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Pannepot Reserva | De Struise Brouwers

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Pannepot ReservaPannepot Reserva
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers
Belgium | website

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-02-2007

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Photo of largadeer
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky tawny color with a large and long-lasting head that leaves a coating of foam on the glass. The nose is rich, full of chocolate, raisins and molasses. There's a faint red wine-like tartness, and a odd mineral aroma beneath the surface. On the palate it's fruity and slightly tart, like a semi-ripe blackberry. A big chocolate malt flavor makes up the foundation, with subtler notes of tannins, minerals and figs beneath that. The finish is semi-dry and semi-tart with a light astringency. The full body and chocolatey, almost roasty malt profile make this an unusual quad, and a fairly good one.

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Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The head quickly turns rocky as three fingers of deep biscuity tan bubbles fade slowly leaving a bit of lace. Body is almost black but does show lots of brown on the edges when held to light. Nose is a big bold rustic spice profile. Some phenol spices with tones of leather, wood, sun scorched soil, raisins and dark fruit all come through on the nose. With first sip you immediately take a step back and say wow!, this beer is something special. First off I have to say that this is probably the best I've ever had a 10% alcohol hidden, and that is totally a complement. Rich toffee and bready malts are mixed with dark fruits for a wonderful complexity. Creamy smooth with lengthy richness and soft spices all through the palate. Carbonation is just right and carries all the flavors well. Oak is classic in this one and really adds maturity. Mouthfeel is oh so lovely and slightly thick. You would really have to stop me from drinking this beer all night, but at some time you could remind me that it is $23 a bottle and 10% alcohol.

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Photo of glid02
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2005 version.

Pours a hazy, rustic brown color with a big off-white head. The head recedes fairly quickly into a thin pancake of bubbles on top that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of booze and Belgian candy sugar soaked fruits - plums, raisins and pears - with hints of spices. I'm not getting a lot of woody aromas, but the spiciness seems toned down a bit from the normal version.

Tastes very good. Belgian candy sugar and fruits join a sweet malt background. Hints of cinnamon and nutmeg come out every now and then.

Mouthfeel is great. This is the biggest improvement over the normal version of this beer in my opinion. It's almost velvety.

Drinkability is good. The sweetness from the Belgian candy sugar isn't overbearing, nor are the spices. This goes down easily, especially considering the 10% ABV.

Overall this is a tasty beer, but for the price I would recommend sticking with the non-Reserva, though if you're curious it's certainly worth a try.

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Photo of Crosling
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown colored beer with a firm tan head. Rockin aroma showcases the intricate complexities of Pannepot, with added notes of vanilla, red burgundy and a very light toasted wood. Nose is awesome. Flavor is mildly disappointing. The barrel seemed to mellow and tame the original Pannepot, but it seemed to lose a bit of its flavor intensity and concentration. Doesnt quite have the depth of flavor or body of regular Pannepot. That being said, still a killer brew.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An 11.2 oz./33cL bottle (vintage 2006) poured to a 'La Chouffe' tulip glass. Tonight I was at the Rose Garden when the Blazers pulled off a stunning, come-from-behind victory over the Detroit Pistons - a reason to celebrate with a fine beer at home to end the night.

A: Pours a deep, purple-ish brown - instantly muddy then a flurry of swirling carbonation that glistens, then fades. A creamy ivory headbuilds to about a finger high, settling slowly. Plenty of streaming bubbles cut through the murk. Pretty lace criss-crosses up and down the glass.

S: A wallop of dark fruits - spiced apples, ripe cherries, mashed plums - wafts heavily from the glass on the first pour. with warming comes more cinnamon, cloves and a definitely 'baked apple pie' aroma.

T: Syrupy raisins, heavy caramel and those spice-laden apples. Beery and earthy yeast, a mildly tart, generously-sugared dessert beer. A little rummy, some caramel and mild squeezed citrus. Hints of tartness and a vinous 'white grape' woodiness (with some of the butteriness/creaminess or a Chardonnay), but still a more sugar-sweet version of the Belgian Pannepot.

M: Becomes a little heavy rather quickly, sticky but never over-the-top. A medium-full body with a creamy mouthfeel.

D: A fine sipper: luscious feel, complex flavors, enticing aroma. Not quite as masterful as the Belgian, but still a delicious beer. A strong recommendation and a beer I'm glad to have a few more of on hand (and even more at the local market).

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4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Reviewed 12/24/2008 (bottle):

Pours a clearish reddish brown color body. Suspended particles. Small off-white head. Dark fruity aroma, spices. A nice Belgian aroma. Somewhat musty, maybe coriander or something. Sweet spices, very aromatic. Dark fruity taste, plum and dark grape. Soft mouthfeel. Some smokiness present too. Very tasty, not too overwhelming.

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Photo of hopdog
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle shared courtesy of egajdzis. 2005 Vintage. Opened to a very lout and audible pop.

Poured a medium to deeper reddish tinged brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of wood, dark fruits -raisins and plums-, caramel, and some earthiness. The wood really came out more and more as I spent time with this one. Tastes of wood, the same dark fruits, and vanilla. Alcohol content well hidden.

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Photo of seaoflament
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Brad for sending this one along as an extra in a recent trade.

The beer is a beautiful mahogany color, a good inch of tan colored foam on top. A decent, quarter inch thick, ring forms and survives throughout the entirety of the beer. Good presentation but not the best I've seen from a quad, hardly any lacing.

The first thing I get off the aroma is a delicious combination of dark fruits, raisins, dates, prunes, figs, and hints of berries. Then I detect a good dose of vanilla, oak, nutmeg, woodsy licorice, and a healthy underlying fruity alcohol. Cinnamon and caramel begin to show up as the beer breathes. Very complex quad, I'm still putting this jigsaw together, or taking it apart I should say. Hints of cherries throughout, a little more licorice, toasted malts, and brown sugar. Spicy but I don't think it is as spicy as the regular Pannepot. Some mustiness that comes across well, more like a wet oak aroma. Slightly peppery. A bit of chocolate makes an appearance as well. The chocolate and caramel aromas become more pronounced as the beer warms up. Wow, it smells like a multi-grain bread with cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, raisins, and topped with caramel and chocolate! Some rum soaked raisins are also in there. Overall, wonderful aroma.

Starts off with some malty sweetness, and brown sugar on the lips and tip of the tongue. Mid-palate it opens up the ripe prunes and fleshy, sweet, raisins. The finish is slightly spicy with a rush of toasted malts and caramel. Some sweet and candied cherry flavors in the second sip and a warming alcohol finish. Caramel and fruit sweetness in the finish. I don't know. I guess it was hard for this to live up to the aroma, it is just missing something. Some cola flavors as well.

Very decent mouthfeel, I wish the carbonation was a little more lively and soft...it feels a bit watery in mid-palate. Alcohol is well hidden, only a little bit in the tail of the sip to help warm you up. The mouthfeel is a tad thin as the carbonation doesn't really lift the beer.

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Photo of MacDomer
3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Flup, thanks for the opportunity! 2006 bottle poured into my Westvleteren chalise.

A - Pours a rich and dark mahogany with a light tan frothy head. I left the last few drops in the bottle as there were lots of little chunky floaties left. Great head retention and nice trails of lacing; a thin pool of light tan microfoam covered the entire top of the beer for the duration of this tasting.

S - Not a very powerful nose. There are hints of caramel malt, red fruits, spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, and that typical belgian yeastiness. No alcohol presence.

T - Reflects the nose, nice sweetness from the malts. I'm wondering if this one is a bit cold right now? I feel it's a bit closed. I'll come back to the taste in a few minutes. Back now, and this has opened up - more dark red fruits, spicy nuances, and tasty maltiness. Belgian yeastiness and candied orange peel on the finish.

M - This one has a medium body and a nice smooth mouthfeel, assisted by those tiny Belgian bubbles just flowing over my tongue. Nice, tight carbonation - tingly. Overall, soft like a pillow and goes down extremely well.

D - Pretty good. This is tasty, the alcohol is completely hidden. I'd call this a really-nice-to-have, but not a must have.

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Photo of ShrLSU
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - dark creamy brown in color. a tight light tan head that sticks to the glass. S - creamy dark fruit and bready yeast T - nice malty taste with dark raisin and fig taste. maybe some slight apple taste. a bready yeast taste and nice caramel malt. M - nice and creamy. low carbonation and easy drinking quad. D - pretty dead on to what I expected. a standout quad. very rich in malt, dark fruits and yeast. complex enough for balanced flavors but not too complex to confuse the pallate.

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Photo of korndog
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky dark brown with creamy head that rapidly dissipates. Heavy aroma of prune juice and burnt sugar.
More dark fruit on the taste with some cherry tobacco notes, drying out somewhat, but not completely clean on the pallet.
Slightly tart finish. Possible orange peel note in finish. Alcohol still very evident through the heaviness of this beer.

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Photo of scottoale
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2006 vintage, 330ml. brown bottle with Lot codes notched on the right-hand edge of the label: |C| |C| |BB|.

It pours a dark cherry-mahogany, with murkiness and flecks from the yeast and spices. Ruby hues come through when held to the light, the carbonation is happening. Over three fingers of thick ivory head eventually settle to a 1/4" and leave some sticky lace, clinging to the glass.

The smell is deep dark fruity, sweet and dusty. A lot going on here, malty, yeasty extravaganza in a most complex aroma, that begs for a taste.

The flavor is extremely dark and fruit filled, with notes of plum, cherry, fig, molasses, brown sugar and spices, several spices. The alcohol and carbonation keep the flavors moving, as well as help the balance of things, with the yeast. Sweet, spicy and fruity with a little dust.

Big body with the alcohol suppressed, makes this brew easy enough too drink...just don't forget what the 10% ABV can do to you. It's bigger than it seems yet not as warming as you'ld expect. Great tasty stuff!

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Photo of Absumaster
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2007 edition - A dark brown beer with a creamy head that clings to the glass. Some yeast flakes visible in the beer.

Smell is alcoholic and full of cacao, candisugar and roasted malt. The clear character of the Belgian yeast brings some higher alcohols and some fenols.

Taste is very much cacao powder. Roasted malts are present, but very mild and smooth. The alcohol is warming, but still mild considering the 10% ABV. There is a nice candisugar twist to this beer. The yeast adds notes of juniper and to a lesser extent coriander. Mouthfeel is thick, a little syrupy and sticky. A very complez and heavy beer that is a real sipper.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 330ml bottle of 2006 vintage, served at cellar temperature and poured into a tulip glass

A - Poured a very dark brown, almost a cola like color with a very hazy and cloudy appearance pretty much obscuring everything inside and making it look a very thick consistency. A very nice three finger high head of tan colored lace came flying up to the top. Very active on the pour would be an understatement, this thing was all over the place. Almost came out of the top of the glass. After a few more minutes, it finally settled down and began to fold in on itself and become more of just a thin half-inch layer across the top. Tons of spider web like lace coating the inside of the glass, leaving tons of dripping lace. Hard to tell how much carbonation there was as it was just way to hazy. Some small amount of sediment visible on the bottom of the glass, which did not really move much, sort of just hanging around on the bottom of the glass for the duration of the session.

S - The aroma was very varied, deep and complex with different hints and small nuances of smell coming through at various different times during the course of the session. The first thing I was able to pick up with a very nice dark fruity aroma. Lots of raisins, figs, plums, and even a touch of grape showing up in here. Very well mixed and balanced between them but leading more toward the sugary notes as it started to warm up. Lots of spice was evident as well right from the start. A sort of odd nutmeg like spice along with a touch of cinnamon, and sugar. Some aromas of oak or other wood like characteristics starting to come through now as well. The profile is really starting to thicken up now and get a bit complex on me. Some light grassy like smells along with touches of earthy grains all floating around in there as well. Overall really quite full and at the same time very well balanced. Major factor here was the raisin like fruits that were the only constant in the aroma the entire time.

T - The first sip of this just started to bring on wave after wave of thick evolving flavor that really was showing off quite well and became increasingly more complex with each and every sip. The first notes that came across were very rich, sugary notes of raisins, which were just a wonderful way to start off the whole thing. Deep dark fruity flavors were the norm on this was with prunes and figs lining up behind it, quickly delving it deeper and deeper. A very strong presence of sugar was next up, really pushing through and drying to lighten it up. A touch of something sour playing around in the back, and just briefly showing up in the flavor before diving back down and out of site again. Rolling on some nice earthy, oak like notes starting to come now with spices becoming more and more dominant. Cinnamon and nutmeg, even some all spice and a hint of banana keeping developing it further. The finish brought everything back together again and just kept evolving it and drying you out, making you come back and get another sip so that you could bring it back to where it was before. Really, no hint of any kind of alcohol in this one, which to be honest was remarkable for something that should have been so big. Overall, I was quite pleased with the overall flavor and thought that it really developed quite well.

M - This was a very thick ale, not quite full bodied, but damn close and it had such a luscious and creamy smooth body that it was really a pleasure to take each passing sip, as each one was better then the one before that. Really a tremendously good beer here. The carbonation held up excellently and really pushed the entire thing into overdrive, allowing the flavors to really pop and explore the full range of possibilities. Great smooth finish, though not intensely dry, it was more sugary and long flavors of spice persisted for a good long time afterward.

D - Now see this category can become tricky at times only because you get the situation where something is so incredibly drinkable, but at the same time, it has a high ABV so it leaves you in the situation of what to do, In this case the answer was simple, you just keep drinking. It was really just that easy to do. There was just no hint of any kind of alcohol in this whatsoever and the flavors were so rich and bold, with such and in-depth and wonderful profile that it was truly hard to say no to this one. I could have easily had another without any incident, it was just that good. So smooth and delicious.

Overall, I thought this was a really great Belgian ale. The flavors were rich and pure, mingling so well and cross such a wide range of style that it was almost impossible to nail down where it was coming from .A deep dark ale; this one would surely please anyone who gives it a try. Does it live up to the hype? I will let you decide that, my feelings are kind of mixed on the subject personally, but one thing for sure, it is damn good.

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 bottle, poured in a big wine glass at 56 F/ 13 C.

Deep red-brown, fizzy beige head that mostly dissipates, lace in solid rings.

Aroma strikes a nice balance between fresh and dark elements. Fresh white grape and young pine, with dark bread, toffee, cocoa, and mild spice.

Flavor of fresh sweet grape and apple juice, then dark sweet dough, raisins, chocolate, and nuts. Quite sweet, in a good way. Lingering nuts and chocolate, with a little fruit hanging on too, quite tasty.

Texture is good overall, but a little fizzy. Swirling does help. Quite drinkable, it somehow isn't heavy.

Good characterful beer. I'd like some Christmas pudding with this.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I asked for this beer at Bier Circus in Brussels, and the bartender told me that they didn't stock it because the brewers were not "real brewers" or words to that effect. However, I found the beer at Beer Mania, and real brewers or not, I found both this at the Old Fisherman's Ale to be quite good beers.

Poured a dark brown after exploding out of the bottle onto the counter and floor. Minimal head despite the overcarbonation. Aroma was complex - malty, sweet, with dried fruit notes and lots of slightly roasty maltiness accented by cherry notes. Full mouthfeel hit me first - you pucker a bit like a red wine full of tannins - the flavor is some coffee and dried fruit. I thought it tasted a bit like apricots and dried cherries. Delicious.

I would highly recommend this beer.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Green's, Ponce location. Accidentally grabbed this one while looking for the regular Pannepot for a trade - once I realized what it was, I ran to the other Green's for my trade Pannepot and cracked this one right open! Poured into a Watou chalice.

Appearance: Pours a chocolate brown body with ruby hues and a coffee-colored foamy, bubbly, quickly-dissipating half-finger head. Floaties abound. Looks like what a quadrupel should look like, and (from my notes) is very similar to the import version.

Aroma: Mild, far more mild than the import. Spices are far more muted, fruits are kicked up a notch - and there are a lot of higher, sweet, lighter fruit notes in this one. Everything else remains pretty much the same, until ...

Taste: The taste. Yeah, this one's definitely all about the fruity, malty notes and less about the spices. There's still cinnamon and nutmeg there, maybe even a hint of Chinese five-spice, but it's largely raisins, dates, sweet cherries, pears, and banana, with hints of other toasted malts taking a definite back seat (springy, citrusy coffee). There's a dose of fusel, estery alcohol here, too, but it's actually a little better than in the import version, IMO, because of the way it melds with the lighter fruits - this may only apply to you if you like rum raisin ice cream. Rates a 4.5, but a very high, almost-5.0 4.5.

Mouthfeel: Big, pillowy, fluffy, crunchy, though a little uneven. Precisely what you'd expect from a good Belgian quadrupel.

Drinkability: A completely different beer from the import version, in my opinion. This one barely tastes spiced at all, and what spice that is present gets subsumed in the alcohol. In some ways it's better, in some ways not so good, but it's definitely worth seeking out, just like the original. Next time I'm down in Atlanta, I intend to pick up one of each so I can do a horizontal.

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Photo of morimech
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2006

Pours a very dark brown with a dense one inch of tan head that has great retention. Heavy lacing is left on the glass surface.

The aroma is packed full of dark fruit, spice, candied surgar, and alcohol.

Complex flavors of figs, dates, prunes, raisins, not overly sweet, and some warmth from the alcohol. Spice is unusual and unidentifiable. I usually do not like alcohol flavor in my beer but it adds another flavor profile I was not able to appreciate in other beers.

Medium body with low carbonation. Semi-creamy texture to the body until the alcohol stings the tongue.

The 10% ABV is noticable but is not harsh. Not going to drink more than a bottle during a session. A bit expensive as well but I liked this Quad more than others I have drank.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2006

Pours garnet brown with amber edging, and a chill haze with fine particulates in suspension.
A solid two inch head of dense, beige foam reluctantly settled to a thick skim coat and plenty of whipped lacework.

Aromatics lead off with spice-dusted raisins, dark rum, and chocolate-drizzled grape jam.
Hints of coriander, nutmeg, white pepper, cloves, and anise. Some brown sugar steps forward as well as a trace of bannana.
Finishes with a mild vineous note.

Medium bodied, with a creamy mouthfeel and tacky. Lightly chewy and sticky.

Grape jam, ripe fruit, rich malt, and spiced rum start the pallet. A warming boozy note quickly steps forward and warms throughout.
Tangerines, grape bubblegum, sugar-crusted cloves, plump raisins, and doughy malt follow through.

Finishes with a lingering warmth, tacky sugars, and fading spice.

I think this one could improve even more with a couple more years in the cellar, minimum.

Very much looking forward to the new version, which will be unspiced, and as I recall, a bit drier.

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Photo of gford217
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours dark brown out of the bottle and settles into a dark mahogany in the glass. The head is fluffy and off-white and dissipates fairly quickly to a ring with good lacing. The aroma is sweet with dark fruit, plums and raisins, and a bit of candied sugar and roasted malts. There are some spices in the aroma but very faint. The taste is a little less complex than the original version with a little less spiciness and a heavy dose of grape sweetness. There's a little bit of cola flavor in there as well on top of a roasted malt base with some caramel tones. The mourhfeel is medium bodied with a little less carbonation than the original. There is a little less sour kick on this one and, for me, leads to a slightly more drinkable beer. Either way, this is a slight notch below the original but a great beer on its own.

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Photo of Quej
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very dark brown, with some lighter orange highlights. A thick off-white head with some visible carbonation and good retension.
S - Very sweet, malty scents with dark fruits and even grains detectable.
T - Starts off sweet and smooth, tends toawrds a dry, alcoholic finish passing through a warm fruity center full of red berries, cherries, molassess and even maple.
M - Heavy bodied, quite thick and modestly carbonated. Quite cloying, but smooth.
D - Doesn't drink like a 10%, but it's still heavy. Quite a good beer.

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Photo of daftafne
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark cola color with tan specks of yeast suspended throughout. A small, resilient tan head is present which is reminiscent of froth on top of a cappuccino. I smell toffee, rose, grapes, and caramel. Tastes of raisins, figs, sugary malt, pepper, and finishes with ginger (nice of them to help clear the palate before the next sip). The perfect amount of sweetness, nowhere near cloying. Surprisingly smooth. Creamy with a dry finish. The alcohol is almost entirely hidden. Overall, delicious! It is a complex yet very drinkable quad.

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Photo of tendermorsel
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2006 bottling poured into a Chimay glass.

Great dark brown color. Extremely lively head. Excellent lacing that lasted till the last drop.

This is a truly a unique beer. I have never had a quad like this. Extremely well balanced. There are hints of star annise as well as sweet candy flavors.

Extremely smooth and drinkable for the high ABV. Don't get me wrong this is a sipper but I could drink this all night long.

Here's to the "Sturdy Brewers" for another great beer.

Highly Recommended.

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Photo of philipquarles
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006 vintage. Pours an opaque dark brown with a medium tan head. Dissipates rather quickly to leave a foam film on top. Very little lacing.

Smells of roasted malt, spices, dark fruits, and caramelized sugar. This theme carries on to the taste, where roasted chocolaty malt is very strong. Plum and grape esters come through, along with spices, hops, and just a hint of alcohol. Very balanced, complex, and mellow brew.

Mouthfeel is very good. Not quite as velvety as something like Westvletern 12, but close. Very light carbonation--this is what I would hope a beer like this would feel like.

Very drinkable brew that I can only assume will get better and better with age.

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Photo of rallison
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Carlos for cracking open this beautiful 750 for our tasting!

Red wine, spice and raisins in the aroma.

Complex taste. Raisins, grapes, wine and brown sugar play together. Woody and slightly vinous. Lots of spice character.

High carbonation yet quite rich - but not thick nor cloying in any way. Brown sugar spice on the finish.

Very nice beer. Side by side with the regular Pannepot, this beer is just not quite as good. Is this a great beer? Yes. But, the oak aging seems to take a little away from the base beer while making the flavors conflict ever so slightly - although, this beer is also slightly more complex than the base beer as well.

Quite simply, I'll take regular Pannepot over this just barely (it has taken me a long time to come around to this conclusion - used to be that I couldn't stand the spices in regular Pannepot!), but would jump at the chance to drink either one!

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Also, here is my review from having it on tap at the Kulminator quite a while back. However, I cannot be sure this was actually the beer I had (although it sounds similar enough), so I will leave this as reference, but have it not count toward the score now that I have a proper review from the bottle.

I got to actually have this on tap at the Kulminator in Antwerp. Lucky me, I know. It was actually quite interesting, as it is quite different on tap than from the bottle (the bottled version not being the reserve). Most significantly, I found the bottled version to be a little too black licorice in taste. But then again, I don't really like black licorice.

On tap, the flavors melded together better, eliminating the emphasis on the licorice. Beautiful dark pour with a bit of head. Nice, spicy, licorice-y smell. Taste was wonderful. Like a cross between a quad and an imperial stout. Sort of. With some good spices thrown in too. Mouthfeel on tap was exceptional. Very full bodied, but very smooth. Also, no hint of alcohol from this serving. Drinkability was very good considering the alcohol.

Anyway, this is a beer worth trying. You've probably never had anything like it. Go try it.

Old Scores: 4.5/4/4.5/4.5/4 (ha, it still ended up being the same exact rating almost 2 years later)

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Pannepot Reserva from De Struise Brouwers
95 out of 100 based on 373 ratings.