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Pannepot Reserva - De Struise Brouwers

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Ratings: 859
Reviews: 338
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.82%


Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-02-2007)
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scottfrie

California

4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottles. 2008 and 2009 vintages poured side by side.

A: Both vintages pour a murky mahogany woody brown. 08 definitely has less carbonation, but a thin dark tan collar briefly stuck around. The 09 has a nice dense finger of foam that slowly faded into a fuzzy film and collar.
S: The 09 is definitely a bit brighter and sweeter smelling, and the 08 has a few hints of musty damp oxidation, but other than that the noses are pretty similar with scents of dark fruits, raisins, leather, pipe tobacco and mild spice.
T: Both are actually fairly similar but the 09 flavors are a bit brighter. Powdery chocolate and dark fruits dominate, especially candied dates, raisins, and figs. Vanilla, oak, spice, nutmeg, and slight caramel, come through as well with a surprisingly earthy hoppy finish, slight sticky booziness, and slight bitterness.
M: Fairly similar as expected on both vintages. Maybe a bit more carbonation on the 09. Thick body, chewy mouthfeel, heavy and smooth, very soft carb, mellow, well-aged, and integrated.
O: Age has done wonders. 08 is amazing but I like the brighter (yet still very mellow) flavors of the 09 better. Both are some of the best quads in the world.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 01:40:36 | More by scottfrie
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Shroud0fdoom

Maryland

4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

*11.2 oz. Bottle* (2008)
I've been wanting the Pannepot Reserva for a long time. Went to Max's seeing they had the Reserva 2009. I tried a sample and it was delicious! So I seen this little goober staring at me in the fridge. I said, "That bottle is definitely coming home with me today"! Well, enough of my chatter box, (Coffee is kicking in). Lets get down to business. I poured this liquid into my Chimay Chalice.... Yes that is my goto chalice while reviewing brews. This brew looks like the standard BSDA and or Quad. Dark murky brown body with sediment chunks floating around. Looks like I'm going to enjoy this! There was no frothy head to speak of just a nice light khaki lacing around the Chalice. Well, we know what's next. The aroma on this brew is very complex of Sherry notes. Toffee mingled with dark fruits hints of raisins and tart cherries. There is charred oak that gives off a smoked meat note. There was a subtle amount of spicy yeast character and hints of alcohol. Yes this smell is outrageous! Yup, now its time to sacrifice. This tastes like the nose details. Dark fruits and Sherry notes of toffee and hints of alcohol. Yet not offensive. There is a subtle touch of chocolate and mild vanilla that paves a way for a toasted nut finish. More vanilla in the aftertaste which I am a fan of! The flavor is very mellow yet takes your palate on a joy ride. The feel on this brew is Medium-light with soft velvety carbonation.

Overall: Bam! This beer packs some enjoyment factor for me. This beer so far is my highlight of 2014. I should go back to Max's and get the 2005 Vintage. This brew is delicate and still takes you on a joy ride like it stole your neighbor's car. Belgian Strong Ales are one of my favorite styles of beer, and then age it in Oak Barrels? Yes, Please! This brew is Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 10:51:03 | More by Shroud0fdoom
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macher0

Kentucky

4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft at the Holy Grale in Louisville, Kentucky.

Dark ruby red to brown appearance. The nose is of sweet plums and cherries. The taste is very strong with dark malts, figs, plums, dried cherries, and a little smoke. Very smooth for an old. Overall very nice. It's definitely recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2014 05:01:05 | More by macher0
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BierJager89

California

4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Very dark purple with a brown head.

S: Dark fruit, a touch of pineapple in the nose.

T: Nice and spicy, some strong fruit notes, grape, cinnamon, very tasty.

M: Typical of the style, full bodied, on the smooth side.

O: One of the better quads out there, though not on the same tier as bernardus, rochefort, westy, etc.

Note: 2010 vintage, imbibed in 2012

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 18:07:45 | More by BierJager89
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BMMillsy

Florida

4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Snagged this bottle off a shelf at Dawson’s in Severna Park, hiding behind some other brews while home for the holidays. 2009 bottle poured to a Unibroue tulip on 1/9/14. The bottle says only 3,000 bottles of this made. Not a bad find! Pours a murky dark brownish purple with a small off white or khaki colored head. Beautiful aroma of plums, super ripe pears, raisins, tobacco, toffee, chocolate, brown sugar, lots of beautiful mellow oak with a nice helping of booze that makes me almost think this was bourbon barrels. Flavor of raisins, plums, brown sugar, some warming booze, light cocoa, toffee, tobacco, and much more spice than would be expected from the aroma. The oak dries out the finish a bit and keeps this a very smooth and mellow brew despite the alcohol and spice present. The mouthfeel is heavy, like huge imperial stout heavy, and yet has low to medium carbonation. This was pretty freaking awesome.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 03:52:04 | More by BMMillsy
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Brabander

Netherlands

4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The Struise Brouwers were at the Borefts festival in Bodegraven, the Netherlands with a lot of super beers. In De Molen, a fine dutch brewery, were a lot of good breweries but the best brewer was The Struise.

Poured in my the Molen tasting glass this beer looks absolutely perfect. This is one of the best quads when you don't like the oaktaste.

Typical aroma of a banana, licorice and vanilla mix. Sweet spicey complex flavour.

Loved every sip of it. I asked Urbain when he is going to brew this pannepeut again because i need a crate of this beer!! I will have to wait a while.

Serving type: on-tap

12-26-2013 11:55:26 | More by Brabander
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DIM

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: Dark, murky brown; served with a small fizzy head.

s: Soft, dark fruits abound. Rich, boozy plums and raisins with a hint of chocolate. Floral heat comes out as this warms.

t: Incredibly rich fruit flavors of raisins, plums, and figs plus chocolate and sherry(?).

m: Soft and full bodied.

o: Decadent.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2013 19:26:31 | More by DIM
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rand

California

3.81/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From 33 cL bottle to snifter

A: Deep, dark brown in color, opaque and creamy looking. Forms a effervescent 1-inch that fall under its own weight, leaving barely a trace.

S: Malt-forward, subdued nose with unusual notes of nutmeg or paprika. Dried fruit can be parsed, specifically raisins and prunes. The surrounding bouquet is sweet and toffee-like. Not as boozy and you'd expect for the style.

T: The dried fruit notes are most prominent, which play off a caramelly sweetness at the front of the sip. Drier than most quads, and a noticeable hop twang blends with oak and pepper, further dried by booze. Not the most complex quad, but singular on the palate and relatively drinkable. Finishes long and bittersweet.

M: Full-bodied, but not as chewy as it appeared on the pour. Ample carbonation adds to the drying aspect.

Not what I was expecting but damn tasty nonetheless. I'd heard this beer is rich and estery and sweet, appropriate for the time of year. This was much drier and "lighter" for the style, a "drinkable" Quadrupel.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 08:47:58 | More by rand
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metter98

New York

4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color. It poured with quarter finger high tan head that died down a bit but consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark fruits are present in the nose—plums and prunes seem to stand out in particular. The smell becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
T: Much like the smell, the overall taste is dominated by flavors of plums and prunes with slight amounts of associated sweetness. No alcohol is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer tastes nothing like something that is 10% abv—the alcohol is very well hidden.

Note: 2010 vintage

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 23:47:18 | More by metter98
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GJ40

North Carolina

4.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 330ml bottle purchased at The Beer Dispensary in Apex, NC. Bottle says 2009.

A - Deep brown with a reddish tinge. Some light makes its way through. A small beige head.

S - Brown sugar, molasses and dark dried fruits.

T - Rich and deep but so so smooth. Brown sugar, molasses and roasted marshmallows. A perception of sweetness without being sugary. The 10% alcohol is well hidden.

M - Creamy and smooth with a moderate carbonation.

O - Fantastic depth of flavors that intrigue and challenge you with every sip.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 21:57:55 | More by GJ40
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themind

New Jersey

4.89/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing beer! It's sweet, dark roasty fruit dominates the palate. You can taste the subtle oak flavor making this a perfectly balanced Quad. This is Pennepot on steroids!The beer hides the ABV very well making this brew very drinkable.This beer is Legendary! its just so smooth. This beats Abt 12 which is tough to do.

Bottom Line: World Class Quad!

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 02:20:24 | More by themind
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dwagner003

California

4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2010 Reserva poured into a tulip glass and you can immediately smell this beer. The aroma is big oak right up front, with sweet dark fruits in the background. I cannot wait to take the first sip.

First flavor is strong alcohol, but that quickly mellows out and this beer's true colors start to show. It's sweet, dark, roasty fruit. You can taste the wonderful oak flavor. It's deep and it sticks with you. Finishes with a boozy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is outstanding. Silky, with the perfect amount of carbonation for the style.

Overall, comparable with standard Pannepot, but just.. different.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2013 01:41:18 | More by dwagner003
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JayQue

Virginia

4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2005 vintage

Purchased from Etre Gourmet. Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into my Chimay goblet. Murky, dense brown color with a minimal head and no lacing. A hard pure produces a covering of the top of the glass.

Smell is marvelous. Malt, brown sugar and dark fruit - plums and raisins.

Taste is great as well. Dark fruit and bready and caramel malts are dominant. Some sweetness.

Mouthfeel is rich and smooth. There is a little warming effect from alcohol but no burn. 8 years is a long time to age, provided much of the smoothness, but I wonder if there was any lost flavor during that time.

Enjoyed this one....an excellent Quad.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 04:07:11 | More by JayQue
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.73/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 9/20/2013 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains apples, brown sugar, caramelized malts and Belgian yeast.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of brown sugar, fruit, caramel and some spice. Then some breadiness comes in from Belgian yeast and a hearty malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, strong kick, decent representation of style, it’s a solid beer but there are others in the style that I would pick first.

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2013 16:57:29 | More by TheManiacalOne
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eric5bellies

Australia

4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my To Øl chalice, 2008 Vintage

A - Pours a dark cola colour, with a one fingered head that reduces to a film and laces.

S - Aromas of plums and dark woody fruits, chocolate and molasses.Plenty going on here.

T - Up front some nice sweet plums and vanilla. followed by some molasses and chocolate with a pronounced woodyness. The finish is very long and port like with the oak lingering. The booze is warming but no overpowering.

M - Medium to full body and low to medium carbonation. Very smooth

O - One of those beer that I not forget in a hurry. Pronounced balanced flavours, plenty of aroma just a little let down by the appearance. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 12:23:31 | More by eric5bellies
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inlimbo77

Delaware

4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz, 2009 vintage
HF wine glass

A: Dirty brown. Reddish hues. Light tan thin layer of head. Forms a collar around the edges of the glass. Some lacing.

S: Oak. Dark fruits. Tannic. Some toffee. Some nuttiness.

T: Dark fruit: fig, raisin, prune, etc. sweetness. Malts. Some tannic notes. Finish is dry but some lingering sweetness.

M: Medium to full bodied.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2013 15:41:27 | More by inlimbo77
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shleepy

California

4.56/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at The Refuge in San Carlos; cylindrical, slightly curved glass. (Pasting notes & ratings from smartphone notes taken a few months ago). I had the 2009 "vintage."

A: Black, with short, tan head.

S: Cant smell too much because of the glass (was filled up all the way)... Mainly just some oakiness.

T: Cherry, chocolate, oak, hazelnuts, and lots of vanilla. Very, very tasty, especially upon the first sip. A little vinous (in a good way), probably from the high alcohol %. Lingering cookie-like aftertaste.

M: Medium-heavy body; bordering on just plain heavy... Maybe would have called it very heavy if I wasn't hungry. Flat mouthfeel, as expected, but feels syrupy and creamy.

O: Rivals the great oak-ages imperial stouts for level of complexity and tastiness.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2013 04:19:31 | More by shleepy
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2010 Reserva. poured into tulip.

A: pours a dark brownish/red. head is slightly off-white with hints of red. retention is decent. no lacing.

S: decent amount of oak with a lot of sweet unfermented sugar. a good deal of fruit underneath, but this is super sweet and relatively oaky.

T: a really rich drink. vinous. plums. figs. sweet heat, but not overwhelming. actually it is pretty mellow. oak is there and you can definitely tell in the finish. dries it out best it can. however, it doesn't completely. lingering fig flavor.

M: lower carb on a full body.

D: not too shabby. a full bodied brew with a good deal of flavor. very complex. the oak is present and adds one more dimension to regular pannepot.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 02:28:15 | More by Jimmys
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 7.22.13
2010 Vintage

A - Pours a dark mocha brown with a light brown head with good retention.

S - Caramel candy, boozy raisins.

T - Toasted malt, subtle caramel, light fruitiness.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - A touch of sweetness, but a nice easy to drink beer with lots of caramel and fruit.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 03:14:10 | More by HuskyinPDX
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TwelveOunces

Kentucky

4.88/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

11.2 oz poured into a snifter
2010 Vintage

A- Pours muddy dark brown. Turns black in the glass. A surprising two finger brown head. An intimidating looking beer.

S- Dark fruits, plum, figs, raisins. A caramel and candy sugar. A Belgian yeasty twang. Nice stuff

T- A syrupy beer. A good bittersweet balance. A massive dark fruit flavor profile starts this beer off. Candied raisins, ripe plums, a cherry pit flavor and a fig newton taste both in fruit and breaddy crust. A Roasted caramel and breaddy backbone. A slight char. A bit of dryness and crisp feel from the oak barrels. A bit of chocolate and pepper. A slight twang and spiciness from the yeast but the body and bold dark fruit flavor dominates the nose.

M- So much feel to this beer its fantastic. Silky smooth and great carbonation. A treat to the tongue.

O- Not a cheap beer but a fantastic value. $8.50 a bottle? I may need to get more. The best quad I have had to date, simply fantastic stuff. If this is the Reserva, whats the Grand Reserva taste like?

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 00:21:35 | More by TwelveOunces
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.36/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

4 oz. served into a tasting snifter at ChurchKey. From notes; 2010 vintage.

A: Pours a dark ruby color. The head is little more than a thin khaki film. Still, it's very stout-like in appearance.

S: There are some evident tones of nuts, dark fruits, oak, and spicing here, however it's not nearly as evocative as I expected. What is here, at least, is well balanced and pleasurable.

T: The opening is mildly nutty and spicy. This will progress into a middle of earthy toffee, with a light oak finish. Solid complexity, but the flavors themselves aren't blowing my mind.

M: It's medium bodied in texture. The alcohol (seemingly in typical De Struise fashion) is well concealed in spite of its (also seemingly in typical De Struise fashion) dry finish. Very drinkable, as well.

O: Decent, but pretty disappointing. The only brew from De Struise this night that didn't wow me. Mayhaps the keg isn't in fantastic shape? This would probably be better if it were bottle conditioned, in fairness.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2013 18:17:44 | More by ThisWangsChung
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2008 bottling poured into a La Trappe chalice. The pour is dark and mysterious with nice mahogany highlights along the sides of the glass. Not much head, but enough to leave a nice thin lacing on the surface. The nose is simply divine. I smell gingerbread, dark fruits, cocoa, cookie dough, and rum. There is just so much there and all of it smells delicious.

Full-bodied, velvety smooth feel, and a luscious, extremely rich, malty flavor. The beer tastes like liquid spiced cake. Loads of rich, bready malt, brown sugar, honey, dark chocolate, toffee, raisins, and dates all meld together perfectly. That distinctive puff-pastry taste of Belgian yeast adds the perfect dry, biscuity, earthy hint to the richness. A warming, rummy alcohol whiff on the finish merely makes the flavors richer and gives the beer a port-like character.

A phenomenal beer. The flavor is so far off-the-charts I need new charts. I suppose it feels just a bit thin for all that flavor and I hate to compare every quad to those nice bottle-conditioned Trappist Ales, but this one did come off as a tad under-carbonated. Still, if you like quads and come across this one, you must pick it up. Expensive, but definitely worth a try. The flavor and complexity are simply unsurpassed.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 20:31:53 | More by deadonhisfeet
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retry4z

California

4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served room temperature in a snifter from a 33cl bottle. This is the 2010 batch. Bought for $8.50, which I hear is on the low end of the price spectrum.

Dark appearance with hint of cola color around the edges. Very fine carbonation, so the head disappears quickly.

Smell of an upstanding quad, with aromas of alcohol, caramel, spices, dried fruit, and malt.

Very smooth, dried-plum with alcohol taste, licorice, and cinnamon taste. Warm alcohol aftertaste.

With !0% abv, this is one of the better quads, but the licorice flavor is overwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2013 05:10:46 | More by retry4z
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kojevergas

Texas

3.74/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

My favourite style from one of my favourite breweries. Pannepot Reserve 2010 vintage. "Belgian Ale Brewed with Spices and Aged in Oak." I've had all the other Pannepot variants; really excited for this one. I try to avoid buying Belgian beers while in the U.S. because I know how much cheaper I can get them in Belgium, but I couldn't help myself when this came to my local beer store. Acquired for $7.99 USD. Expections could not be higher; every Pannepot I've had has been incredible. I loved the Grand Reserva. 10% ABV cofnirmed. "PnP No. 4" Bottle lot: 29|01|HH. Unpasteurized, unfiltered, and bottle conditioned. Imported by the Shelton Bastards. 11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with unbranded standard pry-off cap served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

Served cold, straight from the fridge, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a lovely tan colour head, about 1.5 fingers in thickness. Nice soft complexion and creamy succulent texture. Colour is quite appealing given the style. Even consistent lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Supple, luscious, and inviting. No bubble show. Retention is quite good, around 7 minutes I'd say. The last of the creamy head clings to the surface, tantalizing the consumer. Soft and approachable.

Body colour is a a very dark ruby-black; solid and opaque. Some ruby glow at the bottom of the glass from scattered light. No yeast particles are visible, but it's nontransparent. Colour intensity is mild.

Looking good for a quadrupel. Very excited for this one.

Sm: Great. Dark fruits - including plum and fig. Cocoa powder, caramel, biscuit malts. Berry skin. Cream. Subtle supple oak in the background. Buried raisin. Dark currants and cherries emerge as it warms. A delightful mix of beautifully integrated dark fruit with very subtle oak notes. Luxuriously appealing. Traces of biscuity yeast. Some grape. Plum is dominant. An extremely subtle aroma with magnificent complexity. Mild in strength. No alcohol comes through. Can't wait to drink this one.

T: Ripples of luxurious dark fruit throughout - dates, dominant plum, fig, dark cherry, dark currants... Fruity notes are more overt than in many other top of the line quads; it lacks the masterful delicate subtlety of something like Westvleteren. Caramel. Hints of nutty notes. Biscuit malt. Some brown malt. Light cocoa powder. Some grape. Fruity sweetness up front slowly gives way to a bit of a more dry raisin body which still feels smooth and wet in spite of the hardening of texture. Nuanced. Oak isn't as splendorous as the aroma indicated; it's too restrained and timid here. I get the sense that the oak helps lend cohesion and focus to the many different flavours, but it doesn't offer much in terms of oaky or wooden taste. Not getting any subtle toasty or vanilla notes you might expect in an oak aged beer.

Overall, it's far more fruity than I expected. As a result, it's not quite as well balanced and built as other top Belgian quadrupels. Do I like it? Shit yes.

Mf: Supple, soft, smooth, and wet. Good carbonation; the bottle conditioning definitely helps it feel natural and apt. Good thickness and body. Good presence on the palate. Feels custom-tailored to the flavour profile. Extremely well done.

Still, it lacks the delicacy or fragility of superior quads.

Dr: Definitely a fine quad, no doubt. I'd definitely get it again at a better price; I can't justify the cost in the U.S. again knowing how little this would run be in Belgium. Hides its ABV very well and shows signs it would develop nicely with age. I'd definitely recommend this one to friends. Another jaw-dropper from De Struise. I tend to be hard on quads since they're my favourite, but this one I hold in high regard. I'd happily drink more than one of these in a night. I'm glad I'm not sharing it with anyone else.

Constructively, I'd like to see still more complexity and subtlety, as well as a refined fragile and delicate mouthfeel. Also, bring that oak out more, please! And maybe tame the fruit a bit. A bit too sweet and syrupy; I'm sure some reviewers will accuse it of being reminiscent of cough syrup but that's juvenile and reductive.

High B

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 03:21:52 | More by kojevergas
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writerLJBerg

Oregon

3.61/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

330mL bottle from Belmont Station. 2010 vintage. Westvleteren goblet.

A: Fizzes up from the glass. Very dark mahogany to the point of nearly being black. Creamy head disintegrates into leftovers. Leaves some pretty nice legs.

N: Greeted by a cavalcade of walnuts, sweet malt, raisins, prune, and oak. There's a touch of molasses about this. Some cola and plenty of clove. Cinnamon, peppercorn, fig and caramel. Very aromatic and pleasing if disjointed.

T: Heavy on the wood with a hint of savory flavors over the top of a bread sweetness. Tastes very exotic if a little overspiced and almost 'funky'. Shows some biting astringency. A little bit of soy sauce/salt.

M: Dense and full with lively carbonation.

O: I'd much prefer the base beer, the Monk's Ale or the Grand Reserva. Though this beer is very well rounded, it's almost got a wild element to it. Disappointed, I admit.

Serving type: bottle

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