Pannepot Reserva - De Struise Brouwers

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Reviews: 358
Hads: 1,038
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.71%
Wants: 120
Gots: 187 | FT: 18
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-02-2007

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Photo of lsummers
4.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep dark purple red. Not quite stout in color but definitely Belgian dark ale.

Smells fantastic, plums, raisins, dried fruit and molasses, touch of alcohol smokiness. Belgian yeast is also present.

Tastes of definite dark fruits, black cherry and raisins with fig. Mixed into a vat of oaky chocolate. Some spicy notes from the yeast poke through along with a touch of molasses. Somewhat sweet yet highly balanced with a touch of its abv showing. Still I can't tell its 10%

Mouthfeel is perfect, creamy round and smooth.

Overall, I'm loving this one. Seems age does this 2009 version well. I'm already planning on finding more. A highly recommended try if you like quads and dark ales. (698 characters)

Photo of claspada
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a semi-hazy, dark brown body with a wispy, khaki colored head. As it recedes I get some decent spotty lacing.

Aromas begin with a melange of dark malts and toasted oak wrapped up in a luscious, sweet-smelling raisin/plum syrup. Medium-dark fruit and a light cola like rooty, spiciness.

The tastes begin with toasted brown bread soaked in caramel, tangy plums, golden raisins and an herbal, almost root beer spiciness. As it warms you get a little more of the Belgian esters from the Belgian yeast.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with moderate to light carbonation. Finish is dryish and semi-sweet. Finish is farily dry for such a big beer but dont get me wrong there is some candy sweetness here as well.

Overall this is a great Quad from a great brewer. I really need to sample this, the original and the Grand Reserva at the same time because I really can't recall a great difference in flavor but a horizontal tasting will hopefully alleviate that. Probably my favorite (and decently available) brewery of the Quad style. (1,044 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I had the 2009 at Torst.

This comes in a rich dark brown, black color with a small head.

There is a big bready plum aroma. It's somewhat mellow without big booze and of dark fruits.

The flavor is similar to the aroma. It has a clean finish with this wonderful fresh pop despite being barrel aged. There's burnt caramel and sugar flavor. It has some prot wine characteristics. It really is one of the best quads I've had.

The mouthfeel is what I love because it has such a creamy smooth character. (500 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330 mL bottle poured into a De Struise chalice. 2008 bottle.

Appearance - Deep garnet body that doesn't produce a head until the pour is almost complete. Chunks of sediment start flowing in and suspend themselves in the reddish fluid. The head is fleeting and results in just a lopsided collar of khaki foam.

Smell - Dark fruit dominated aroma. Brown sugar, caramel, all that stuff. Lacking the earthy component of regular Pannepot. Reminds me of Pannepeut.

Taste - Dark fruit flavors abound here as well and build to a slight cola flavor. The oak builds as the fruity sharpness does as well. It culminates in a bite that covers up much of the depth of the malt flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium low carbonation and that bite lingers on the palate. Not sure what to call it. Tannins maybe?

Overall - Well it's Pannepot so it's still a great beer, but I guess I'm just disappointed that the oak seems to have cut out the great flavors instead of augmenting them. (959 characters)

Photo of Agold
3.55/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

2009

Perfectly dark with a half inch of off white head. Very nice retention and some nice spots of lacing. Aroma is light cocoa and prune. Flavor is a kinda hot with a lot of quad pruney notes with a touch of sherry. The roasty cocoa is a nice counterpoint to the quad character. I don't get a ton of oak, perhaps a touch of vanilla in the aftertaste but not a huge barrel character from the oak. Mid level carbonation with a bit of a bite. Maybe could up the body a bit. (473 characters)

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2007 bottle

Whoops. A slow gusher. Pours a couple fingers of lightly tanned off white head and a dark brown body that is lighter brown and amber at the bottom of the Struise glass.

An aromatic beer for sure. Getting whiffs as I poured. Lots of dark fruit. Brown sugar sweetness. Peppery spice. Oak barrel wood, vanilla, and coconut. The coconut smell is so wonderful in this. Slight alcohol aroma at room temp.

The inviting nose leads into a wonderful taste. A great warming beer. Dark fruit especially raisins, dark bread, brown sugar, caramel and plenty of barrel character(tannin and coconut).

This is so smooth. Even with the gushing the carbonation is subtle and makes for a creamy medium bodied mouthfeel. Dry.

This was delectable. Pannepot is such a great beer and throwing it into a barrel is divine. (813 characters)

Photo of popery
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes, 1/24/11. Excellent beer. Pours dark brown with a small-ish beige head. Combines Pannepot’s huge fruity, malty flavors with drying oak overtones. Raisins, plums, prunes, figs, dates, molasses, caramel, spice, sherry and wood. The taste is fairly sweet but ends with a dry oak flavor. Lush mouthfeel that, again, mostly dries out in the end. Just makes me hunger all the more for the Grande Reserva. Edit: I later tried this beer against the GR and, while my scores for this beer dropped slightly, I definitely preferred it to the GR, which was a bit disappointing. (577 characters)

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

330mL bottle to mini snifter.
Lot B4DD. 2008 Vintage. Sampled 20JAN13

[A] Loud pop upon uncapping. Poured slow. A small light tan head rises and fades rather quickly - although a thin crescent shaped collar remains throughout. The body is very dark garnet with bright ruby highlights at the edges - and throughout when backlit. Impressively clear.

[S] Big, juicy red grape notes stand out to me more than anything else. Other dark red dried fruit aromas blend in. Raisins, raspberry, strawberry. Light cardboard on the end.

[T] Big, jammy fruits. Perfectly sweet with adequate bitterness and oaky tannins to counter. The flavor is super smooth - but it does drop off quickly. Oxidation is evident as it should be for a 4-5 year old bottle. Whatever the spices that were used in the making of this beer, I cannot tell. Alcohol is well masked.

[M] The mouthfeel is damn near perfect for a quad. Silky, slick and very smooth. The body is medium-full for the style. Alcohol warms slowly to a gentle heat long after the sip. The carbonation is light and fine. The prickling sensation is very even throughout the palate.

[O] For me, this is what a quad should be like - except that I would prefer a little more complexity on the nose and more duration on the flavor. I think a younger bottle would solve this, as well as the oxidation issue. Overall though, still a great experience. (1,382 characters)

Photo of devilben02
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I finally broke down and opened this 2008-dated bottle that I had stashed inside my kegerator for around three years. It pours from the bottle with a warm chestnut brown color that is light enough that the many floating specks of sediment are easily identified. A big, foamy beige head helps to redeem the appearance, though. The aroma is sadly a bit muted, but it does convey some nice notes of dark brown sugar and dried grains. The flavor is certainly more assertive, with moderately rich, dry toffee-like sweetness, some mild floral and dried herb characteristics, and some slightly tangy yeast. The medium body and light, fine carbonation do a very nice job lightening the profile without taking away substance. Overall, this isn't a standard setter for a Belgian quad and lacks the same dry, fruity depth of the best in this class, but it is mouth-pleasing and quite a bit more drinkable than it's 10% ABV would suggest. (926 characters)

Photo of jeonseh
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a GI goblet

A - Dark chestnut brown with a slight reddish hue. Looks to have a medium body. Only a small layer of foam sits on top like a layer of moss on a pond

S - Malty nose. It is bready, has dates, figs and raisins, tart cherries, brown sugar, and light oak.

T - Up front, there are dark fruits with dates and figs. There is also bread malt, brown sugar, and light oak. The finish is slightly astringent with light lemon and oak as well as a brandy-like alcohol kick

MF - Creamy body that just rolls and coats the tongue. Low carbonation overall. Finish is slightly astringent with oak and it is warming alcohol that lingers on

O - Great beer. The time in the barrel allows the flavors to mellow out and blend together better than they do in regular Pannepot. (788 characters)

Photo of Kendo
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

About 10 months ago I set a lofty goal for myself: reach my 1000th beer review on BeerAdvocate.com before the end of the world (la fin du monde). For awhile I didn't think it was possible - I do have two kids and a full-time job after all. Well, here I am on 12/20/12 sitting at 999 beer reviews on BA.com. A process that I began in February of 2006 continues. Inasmuch as the Mayan calendar says we're all doomed tomorrow, what better way to go out than with my 1000th review?

Vintage 2008. Purchased a couple years ago; it was in my cellar until last night, when I moved it to the DBF. Here we go. . . .

A: Poured - carefully, so as to avoid disturbing the sediment - into my trusty Piraat tulipy-snifterish glass that has seen a significant number of those 999 beers. Body is cola-black with a small greyish head that settles quickly to leave a wisp of film on top. When backlit it's more chestnut-brown with ruby hues on the edges, and sediment/floaties are visible.

S: Very, very nice. First impression is the dark fruits. Raisins, plums, and some grapes. Also some spice - I'm thinking cinnamon, but maybe nutmeg as well. Also sugary - maybe light brown sugar and a touch of molasses.

T: First impression is the sugary sweetness of the taste and the heat of the alcohol at the back end. Sugar-dipped raisins and other dark fruit flavors (think prunes). A touch of sourness shows up at the back of the palate, but there's also a nice drying bitterness at the finish that at times seems tannic and makes me think of oak. Cinnamon and nutmeg spiciness is there at times, though in fairly modest amounts - the sugary sweetness dominates over the spices. As it warms and the palate adjusts to the sugary sweetness, I'm aware of a more vinuous, plummy character.

M: I'd call it medium-full in heft. Nicely creamy and yet fizzy (airy-fizzy, if that makes sense, kind of like I've come to expect from the best Belgians). That active but fizzy carbonation seems to help the flavors explode in your mouth. Nice dry finish, with a bit of sugar and the alcohol heat noted down the gulley.

O: Good stuff. A nearly 5-year-old beer that has held its carbonation quite well. It's a tad bit more sugary than I would like in order to give it a 5 in the taste category, but it's certainly deserving of just one notch lower. (2,318 characters)

Photo of mechamifune
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a super deep red/near brown. Hardly any head to speak of....what is there is slightly tan, very whispy. Looks a little thin. Nothing offputting but nothing iniviting.
Smell is dark fruits, candi sugar and alcohol
Taste stays in line with the smell, followed by a distinct warming sensation. After a few sips I notice a lingering spicyness in the aftertaste
Mouthfeel seems a little thin given the abv . As I get further through the bottle though it starts to feel about right as the flavor profile doesn't overwhelm and feels smooth. Carbonation seems about right....a sipper for sure.
Overall this beer is about what you would expect if you are familiar with the style. A bit smoother than most (this being from 2008 helps that a bit I would imagine) in the genre. As with most quads and bsda's I can appreciate the complexity of the taste and can enjoy it as a slow sipper, but I just can't find that flavor note that makes me really fall in love with it the way I do a great IPA or IS. Then again, I paid $9 for 11.2 ounces of this, so maybe it's for the best. (1,069 characters)

Photo of Phelps
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

In my Lost Abbey glass, this beer is a murky, deep purple hue. About an inch of brown sugar-colored head fizzles quickly to a thin ring.

Sweet, rich nose. Dates, maple, brown sugar, chocolate, sherry. Just a touch lighter than I'd like.

Bigger, better, brighter flavor. The dark fruits are huge here -- raising, figs, dates. Tangy, like juice. The swallow brings a bit of chocolate and more than a little alcohol flavor. Maybe even some oak. I'm liking it more and more as it warms.

Moderate bitterness, mild alcohol heat. Silky medium body with mild, fizzy carbonation.

The dark fruits are a little too big and tangy for my tastes -- I prefer more of the deep malt flavors. (678 characters)

Photo of stonermouse
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great find a Vinnin Liquors in Swampscott, MA. 2008 vintage, poured into a snifter.

Pretty pour. Manhattan cocktail-colored, with a touch of red. Great lacing with a super head and perfect carbonation.

Smell is of toffee and dark fruit. It's a bit hot in the aroma, even at 4 years in.

Taste is wonderful, for a number of reasons. Complexity is number one. Mild sweetness compliments the plum and raisin primary flavors. There's a bit of musty wood from the oak, which, even though I haven't had the chance to try the regular Pannepot, seems to add depth and complexity to the flavor. Agrees with the aroma, in that there's still some booziness there. But it adds body and umph to the already impressive flavors here.

Mouthfeel is quite nice- just a bit sticky, with nice finishing flavors.

What a nice treat. I can count on one hand the number of Quads I've tried, and this one crushes all of them. I may need to look further into this style. (948 characters)

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

Pannepot Reserve 2009
Thick very dark brown/ black pour, with lighter brownish/ near-ruby highlights when held in the light. Real thick look to it, nice head fades quickly, but looks healthy.
Smells figgy and fruity, of dark types. Maybe a berry or licorice hint. Pleasant. Slight alcohol.  
Great mouthful upon first sip. It immediately reminds me of a tasty big quad like St. Bernardus. Oaky with dark fruit notes. Chocolate, nutty for sure, raisin as well. Smooth burning of a finish.
Mouthfeel is great with medium feel, ample carbonation. Alcohol present to the end.
This is a great Belgium take overall. (613 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This 0.33l bottle is courtesy of Brabander. Vintage 2009, with PNP No. 4 and best by date of 16/08/2016 on the label. Enjoyed outside on a breezy, Fall day...

Poured into a small tulip; it is a very deep, dark, opaque brown. Head is tan, foamy and fine, sitting at 1/2". Carbo is steady and plentiful, while the lacing is decent. Smells of ripe, dark fruit and some caramelized brown sugar. Body is medium-plus, and it is quite smooth heading down.

It does have some oak in the flavor, along with good doses of dates, raisins and figs. Mix in a touch of caramel and some hints of rummy brown bread And molasses next. It also has light touches of roasty bitterness. A tasty, well-made brew. Thnx, Thijs! Prosit!

4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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Photo of chugalug06
4.64/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2009

Very dark, just like plums and blood. Thick and viscous with a bubbly tan head.

Raisin, nutty, spicy, milky, chocolaty, caramel, and lots of toffee

Heavy, well thought out flavors. Grape notes are great; buried in the right amount of sweetness. Nothing heavy, just strong robust flavors. Very chewy and nicely heavily carbonated. Smooth, no heat.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! This brew flies sooo far under the radar it's not funny. Amazing Quad! (456 characters)

Photo of draheim
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle (2008 - code A 4 DD) poured into a chalice. Pours a clear dark brown/mahogany with a soft, 1-finger khaki head that leaves behind a nice thin layer of lace.

Aroma is sweet candi sugar, dark fruit, spices and alcohol.

Taste is sweet dark malt, Belgian yeast, candied raisins and figs. Tons of plums, prunes, and other sweet sticky fruits. No hint of alcohol on the palate.

Mouthfeel is clean and smooth, just the right level of stickiness with a dry finish.

Overall a solid quad that hits all the right notes. (527 characters)

Photo of Philousa
3.71/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 vintage.

Pours an inky mahogany with a bone colored head that is barely there. The foam comes up like a magic spell conjured from the drink, the bubbles small and delicate. Lots of vanilla with dark milk chocolate, wet oak, and an alcohol tinge in the aroma. There is some plum and other dark fruit in there, but you have to take a big whiff, since the chocolate is so prevalent. Lots of dark chocolate throughout the flavor profile. Young oak wood and subtle vanilla bean waft through. There is some definite plum and date flavors that are potent like a juice, but fleeting, like it's peeking it's head above the chocolate flavor for air. This beer is thick with flavor not unlike a brownie. This is a dangerous beer, as I cannot detect the alcohol at all. Feel is balanced with a somewhat dry finish. 

While I enjoyed this beer, I feel thre are more complex quads out there to be had for cheaper or the same price. The chocolate male is just too dominating. (967 characters)

Photo of rapidsequence
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 vintage. Dont remember where I got it or how much it was.

Appearance: Pours a dark iced-tea brown with a significant amount of chill haze. The head and lacing are disappointing for a quad-- especially a real Belgian one.

Smell: Very sweet smelling dark fruit and Belgian yeast. Dark berries, plum, raisin. Cakelike. Some pear and apple. Spicy, but not too much. Vanilla and woody oak.

Taste: Similar to the smell, except that the spice is much more prevalent in the flavor, as is the oak. Dark fruit, caramel and cake are there, but more present in the finish. It seems overspiced to me, and although the oak is nice, I think its a bit overdone too.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is slightly low I feel, and the oak and booze thins the overall feel a bit. Not at all bad, but not perfect.

Overall: A damn good quad. I like the oak, but I'm not sure its any better than the regular Pannepot. (897 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.77/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

09 vintage totally not worth the hype. pours a clear caramel color with a red trace and a minimal white head that fades to nothing in seconds. the smell is just fine, sweet residual sugars from a big ass malt profile, a touch of molasses, and plento of booze. the flavor is a letdown to me though. it has none of the complexity im accustomed to in a quad. nothing woody about this, nothing spirited and clever in the malts used, and just way too much sugar and booze. this is not an elegant beer. the mouthfeel is flat and watered down, made caustic from the alcohol, which should have mellowed out by now. sticky sweet feeling left after the last sip, a funny buzz, and a turning tummy. this isnt anywhere near one of the best quads ive had. good beer by other standards maybe, or maybe my bottle was bunk, but this was a huge letdown for me. (843 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2009

A-very dark brown with a thin tan head

S-strong dark belgian grains and caramels. some brown sugars. smells potent. some oak in there.

T-comes in with amazing taste of creamy dark belgian malts and dog breath. ooo this tastes like a true belgian. some peppercorn. oh this beer just makes love to every inch of my mouth. it pleases every sense. i'm truly impressed. the after-taste is awesome with good dark belgian malts and sugars. wow this is a good beer.

M-so thick and creamy. good amount of carbonation with a dry finish

O-i think every sip i take, i taste something new and different. this beer is too complex to accurately review. so much is happening. so much is going on. its so drinkable. i'm not sure where the 10% is, because i can't taste it in this quad. simply put, best quad i've ever had. (815 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a dark murky brown in color with pale brown highlights and a thin head that left almost no lacing sticking to the glass.

S: pretty much has aroma as the regular pannepot but you can tell it was barrel aged due to the vanilla oakiness coming through with plenty of dark fruitiness, brown sugar, sweet belgian yeast, and hints of pears.

T: lots going on the palate consisting of dark fruits such as raisins and plums alongside pear esters, belgian yeast sweetness, barrel oakiness, vanilla accents, boozy heat on the backend but mild chocolate flavor.

M: the brew was medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a sweet, mild dark fruity, chocolatey, oaky, and slightly boozy finish.

O: solid once again like the base beer and the barrel aging worked it's magic. (788 characters)

Photo of andrewinski1
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. The bottle says 2009. There is a nice off-white fluffy head atop a clear dark amber/brown body.

The aroma is full of prune and cinnamon spice. There is a slight note of molasses and vanilla.

The taste balances the fruity, prune-like yeast influence with the dark malts. There is a great vanilla note here as well. There is a hint of spice in the finish, but ultimately finishes with a burst of juiciness.

This is medium bodied, with smooth carbonation. This is a real treat. I like Pannepot alright, but this is definitely a step up. (559 characters)

Photo of IPA35
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage

A really dark brown beer, hardly any light coming through at all. A medium off white head with reasonable retention. Beautiful.

Smells very good: big sweet dark fruits in here, caramel/brown sugar, oak, vanilla. Basically a nice quad with quite some oakiness.

The taste starts out with fruity sweetness. Nice and than it moves towards a more malt dominated taste. Quite a dry, roast-like maltiness. The oak gives it that distict woody, vanilla and toffee flavour, especially in the aftertaste. It works really well with this beer. Complex. A tasty brew for sure.

The mouthfeel is medium, for example the Westvleteren 12 has a more rich mouthfeel. Still, this is not bad at all and still rather creamy. Low to medium carbonation, which fits the style if you ask me.

Overall a great beer, I really like what the oak did to this beer. Now I just need to try the normal version! My second beer from this brewery and again this is very good. I will look out for more of their beers! (996 characters)

Pannepot Reserva from De Struise Brouwers
94 out of 100 based on 358 ratings.