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Pannepot Reserva - De Struise Brouwers

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Reviews: 360
Hads: 1,060
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 125
Gots: 195 | FT: 19
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Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-02-2007

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Reviews: 360 | Hads: 1,060
Photo of haz77
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage

A - Pours a very dark brown with a red hue when held up to the light. An inch of tight tan head recedes to a firm cap. Nothing to dislike here.

S - Coffee, cocoa, caramel, apple, rum, dark dried fruit, cinnamon, anise. Lovely complexity and depth.

T - Initial flavour is all dark dried fruit. Milk chocolate pushes through before being nudged aside by sweet caramel and a soft spike of rum in the middle of the drink. Finish is light medicinal phenols and soft drying bitterness of hops. Subtle herbal hops linger in the aftertaste along with dark chocolate and woodiness. Great balance and an adept transition of flavours.

M - Full mouthfeel is made lighter initially by refined, yet fizzy carbonation. Once this fades more creaminess evolves. Doesn't quite reach the same heights as the Grand Reserva I had recently, but certainly very good.

D - Another variation of Pannepot and another winner. So easy to sip despite packing a big punch. Alcohol only revealed in the rum note and lightly warming aftertaste, otherwise expertly masked. A cracker.

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Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

- 2009 vintage cellared on 13-Jan-12.
- Poured into St. Bernardus balloon glass on 18-Apr-14 (aged about 5 years).

Smells like a sweet, creamy, sophisticated Barleywine with candied sugar.

Getting the bitter yeast because I poured a bit too much of the sediment (poured real carefully too... I hate it when this happens). Behind all the yeasty nasty I get from the sediment, I get the well-rounded, beautiful Quad with the velvet malty, caramel body and hints of spices.

One of the best Belgian Quads out there. Not sure if I appreciate the oak age as much because the regular Pannepot (and even Pannepeut) is just as good when aged. If you consider yourself a fan of Belgian Quads and have not had this one yet, then you're not complete yet.

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Photo of Kendo
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of jale
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to my buddy Eric (turdfurgison) for this and my 100th review.

A: Pours a cloudy brown with a finger of tan head.

S: Caramel and bready malts with just a hint of banana. Warming brings out port like aromas and maybe some grape Nehi.

T: Sweet bready and caramel malts upfront followed by mellow alcohol heat. Dark fruits follow into some tobacco a hint of banana and then some smoke at the finish. Complex beer and if I sat here for an hour, I'm sure many other flavors would emerge.

M: Medium body with great carbonation. Sweet but not cloying.

O: I really enjoyed this beer and will drink more of this. Thanks again Eric.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark, murky brown with a pillowy, lingering khaki head.

S: Aromas of ripe plums, red grapes, oak, spices, port, and dark chocolate are abundant on the nose. Complex and welcoming at the same time.

T: Notes of port, spiced pears, cream, pepper, plums, dark chocolate, red table grapes, and oak wash across the palate. The finish is spicy and sweet with notes of dark chocolate, oak, and port.

M: Full bodied, creamy, silky, and smooth. The alcohol is very well-hidden. Very easy to drink for an ale of this strength.

O: This is one of my favorite quads. It is also one of the best barrel-aged beers I've tried. This is one not to miss.

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Photo of Satchboogie
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz 2008 vintage poured into a Rochefort chalice

A: Dark brown, opaque, 1/2 inch bubbly off-white head that quickly dissipates.

S: Strong, brown sugar, dark fruits (figs, plums) and almost a little sour apple, spicy alcohol.

T: Everything in the nose is there. The first thing to come is the sugar (brown sugar and molasses) and dark fruits(plum, fig, dates, little prune), there's some underlying spices reminiscent of a christmas food (likely nutmeg, clove, etc). Malt is a lightly roasted and has a nice spiced dark fruit cake tastes. Alcohol is present and acts a little spicy (not heat/pepper wise) and earthy. There's a decent amount of oak and a little vanilla in the background. There's quite a lot going on, the oak plays a light undertone, and everything is really well balanced (all the flavors/nuances are pretty much there from start to finish). Finish is nice and warm. I really can't think of any improvement besides maybe a bit more oak presence.

M: Carbonation is a bit high for a quad, but does work well. The body is very thick and viscous, almost syrupy and coats everything. Extremely smooth and velvety although the higher carbonation does break it up just a bit, but I like how fine the carbonation is.

D: I only had one bottle and had to keep myself from guzzling this down. It was extremely tastes and went down way to easily, the alcohol really only added to the taste/experience rather than being "boozy".

This isn't an earth shattering beer, but I found it near perfect for the style. Paired wonderfully with 18-month aged Gouda. My only regret was not buying more than one bottle! Finish this glass had me begging for more.

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

What a luxury to get to have a 2008 Reserva right after trying the Grand Reserva 2005!

A: pours a medium brown into a dark brown-black, nearly opaque tulip; decent beige head settles into a thin film that lingered

S: notes of sugars and malts, some fruits and some cocoa

T: dark fruits pervade, fainter dryness than the 2005 Grand Reserva, more bold fruit and sweet malt flavors

M: a tad heavier than the GR 2005, but I was less aware of the alcohol (perhaps because I'd just had a GR 2005) - rich and sweet

O: man, what a double-header I just had - the Reserva 2008 is a heartier drink than the GR 2005 (IMO), a little sweeter and bolder, or less refined, if you will, but equally deserving and rewarding. My respect for De Struise's Pannepot line grows with every drink. Cheers!

...and then (over a month later (5-27-12)) got to compare the 2008 to a 2009 Reserva - quick notes: the 2008 was sweeter, smoother, and less sharp/spicy; the dark fruit tastes of the 2008 had a darker, riper flavor - and I know this may go against the consensus, but I think I liked the 2009 a teensy bit more - I like the crisper, spicier taste in this beer (probably why the standard Pannepot (2011 as of my reviews here), is my overall favorite (by a hair's breadth, mind you)).
And in the big picture, Pannepot, as a whole, is a top 10 all-time beer - one that immediately captured my imagination and tastebuds.
Buy any Pannepot you find.

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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 Hullabaloo2
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 bottle served in an Orval goblet on 11/16/2009

Aroma - Deep, rich aoma of dark fruit. Some apple. Very wine like. Mild alcohol. The aroma is very upfront in this beer

Appearance - Dark brown with a red hue. Very little light gets through. Tan head poured 1 fingerwidth and stayed at one fingerwidth. Very nice head retention. Ok lacing.

Taste - Much like the aroma a very deep rich flavor of dark fruits and dark sugars (molasses); however, it's not sweet. This is followed by caramel malt and spicesSome bitterness I believe due to the alcohol. Slight lingering spice and bitterness. Complex beyond my words.

Mouth Feel - Heavy body. Several reviews say low carbonation, but it has a lot of carbonation; however, it is very smooth. Alcohol is present, but is not hot and is very well covered. Lingering spice and slight lingering bitterness. Almost cloying.

Overall Impression - This is different from the quads that I ususally drink (St. Bernardus 12, Gouden Carolus Grand Cru, etc.), but it is definitely a great beer. If only I could get this on a regular basis. I can't speak to the accuracy of its world wide rating, but I can understand why people would rate it so highly. This is a must get if you can. I would even recommend mail ordering it if you can't get it locally. As and after thought, I think Gouden Carolus Grand Cru is still my favorite quad.

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

Thanks to Smalls for hooking me up with this beauty! Nice ruby-brown pour with a quickly fading head and great lacing. Unique nutty nose with prunes, oak, caramel, red wine, and a touch of vanilla. The taste mirrors the nose and is just as complex. The nuttiness and complexity makes this stand out from other quads I've had. It reminds me of a nice red wine. Very woody and smooth and the vanilla and oak get really noticeable as it warms. The alcohol is really well disguised. Definitely the smoothest, most drinkable and enjoyable quad I've ever had. Another world class offering from De Struise!

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

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Struise tulip.

2009 Vintage

A: Pours a dense and rich deep brown with 1/2 a finger of exceedingly creamy, dark khaki colored foam. Retention was excellent with some semblence of head lasting till the final sips.

S: Brown bread, banana, coconut, bruised dark fruit, rum drenched raisins, fudge brownies, and chocolate chip bread pudding.

T: See above with the addition of toasted caramel, clove, molassas, vanilla, and chocolate covered cherries.

M: Warming and sweet with an awesome alcohol burn that keeps everything in check.

0: Another classic entry in the Pannepot series. Keep 'em coming!

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

A - Poured from a 2007 vintage bottle into a Chimay goblet. Pours and has the highlights of dark raisin flesh. A medium, khaki head settles on top before dissipating into a film.

S - Strong sweet aroma of raisins, figs, cherries, malt, toffee and brown sugar.

T - Nice and sweet with a strong malt characteristic. Toffee and dark brown sugar, just a little bit of cherry tart. Potent alcohol taste lingers in the finish.

M - Medium bodied, chewy.

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

This is the 2008 vintage, aged in my cellar now a couple of years.

Poured into a big snifter, body is dark reddish brown, almost black. Poured to a half inch head, tan and foamy, that soon dissipated to a ring. Each sip leaves little puffs of lace clouds on the glass.

Smells of dark fruit, especially cherries, vanilla and old wood, and alcohol.

Tastes of cola, dark cherries, coffee, chocolate, oak wood, and liquor, to name just a few of the flavors in this complex beer.
Starts sweet with a bit of char, then has a nice tart midpalate with cherry flavor and chocolate that lasts into the long finish.

The body on this is medium and the carbonation is low. Creamy if you slosh it around in the mouth, otherwise the mouthfeel is lightly fizzy.

This is an interesting, complex beer. It is moderately strong in alcohol and makes a good evening digestif.

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

2007 bottle tasted blind as part of a top 10 quad blind tasting.

A: Deep brown body with the faintest hints of red. Healthy khaki cap.

S: Plenty of dark fruits, figs and raisins. A little clove and possibly nutmeg.

T: Spice (nutmeg?) and loads of dark fruits up front. Nice malty base with caramel and brown sugar.

M: Medium-full bodied. Smooth and velvety.

O: Very nice. Layered and complex. Top notch quad.

Serving type: bottle

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

2008 Vintage

Poured into a Rock Art tulip. The body has an unfiltered plum brown color with a thin off-white head on top. Light lacing is left behind. Looks great for a dark Belgian.

The aroma is filled with oaky, dried figs, caramel sweetness and light cloves. Cherries, plums and mocha chocolate. Nice woodiness with a touch of smoked malt.

Tipping back the glass coats my tongue with creamy, smooth, oaked fruits, vinous chocolate and light alcohol. Caramel and oak barrel with a touch of coffee. Belgian spices linger in the background. A delicious mix of notes. Not sure if this is a Belgian quad or Belgian strong dark, but either way it is excellent.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with light carbonation and light warming alcohol. A touch of spice and bitterness. Almost velvety.

This is a very drinkable big beer and the bottle size is about the perfect serving size. I really enjoyed sipping on this beer and many thanks to sleepydave for bringing this over. I still haven't cracked one of my regular Pannepots, but after having this I'll have to try one of those soon. There are really no flaws associated with this beer and I think it has just become one of my favorite Belgians. I will definitely have to seek out another bottle of this.

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

Ive been staring at this at Sams for a good 3 months now, but thanks djbutters, I dont have to worry about it anymore.

Dark muddy brown in color. Off-white ring floats at the top of the snifter.

Smell is sweet, full of candied sugar, carmalized plums, and brown sugar coated raisins. Nice and complex, booze melds in somewhere, but isnt too much. I like it.

I really feel the brown sugar and caramelized sugars, but not too much. The dry feeling from the sugar is balanced by the latent sweetness from the brown sugar. Its really not as sweet as I would expect from a quad. It almost feels like SA Maple Pecan Porter. Maple and brown sugar really take the forefront. The dark fruits from the smell are noticeably absent.

Usually when a quad is very sweet, it leaves a sugar coating in your mouth, but the age has really mellowed out, and left the remnants of caramelized sugars. I like it alot more than the fruity, overly sweet quads

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Photo of pmccallum86
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 Vintage

Pours a beautiful brown color with a light off white head.

Smell is of Belgian yeast, dried fruits, and nutmeg. Very nice

Great dried fruit flavors up front with a hint of oaky vanilla in the finish. Very complex, slight heat.

Mouthfeel is full with medium carbonation.

Overall a great quad, I am a fan.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage.

For a 3-year-old beer, the head keeps this beer looking lively and fresh...it disappears to a skim pretty quickly, of course, but its mocha color is nice while it lasts. The liquid is a dense, muddy dark brown.

Aroma is a tantalizing, heady mixture of cinnamon, black pepper, coffee grounds, allspice, anise, yeast and alcohol. Nothing spikes out further than the other, all is in balanced accord. Even a bit of pumpernickel emerges with some warming. Smells like a pretty serious beer.

The nose hints at what's to come on the tongue, and does not falsely advertise. All of that is there, with the same balance exhibited in the nose. There's also a nearly astringent herbal essence that comes in, which seems like it must be hops, but with three years for those to fade, it's probably the unrevealed "spice" that the label touts. Some raising and less identifiable dark fruits emerge. The heady, vinous, almost charred-meat character is likely the wood, but even the French oak barrels this was aged in don't exactly scream "barrel" or "wood." There's nothing literal in Pannepot Reserva 2008; all ingredients and brewing techniques take on more interpretive, symbolic characters.

Soft and smooth on the tongue with just a little bit of carbonation caress. With all the complexity and depth of flavor, it's nice that the texture doesn't budge in too thick or cloying. Spice and wood mingle in the finish, with a nearly citrus-like sourness being hinted at but never totally delivered, all keeping the imagination soaring...

Man alive, this is one complex and satisfying beer. Another incredible Belgian delight.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz. bottle poured into a tulip. 2008 vintage.

(A)- Pours a very dark brown color with very faint mahogany highlights. Produced a good frothy tan head with good retention behind it. Some stringy lacing left behind.

(S)- Very dry with an earthy clay, yeast, and banana aroma. Some dark ripe fruits of plum and dates, but subtle.

(T)- Very similar to the smell, only totally backwards. A huge dark fruit profile of plum, raisin, and dates. Subtle banana. A light dusty cocoa in there too with a dry earthy clay finish. Very nice.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. Smooth and rich, with great ABV integration; in no way does this feel like 10%. Thicker and richer than the original Pannepot.

(D)- A great take on the style. Thicker in texture than I expected, but it added an additional richness to the beer somehow. Smooth as can be with great flavors. Extremely easy to consume and enjoy; my bottle did not last long.

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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 nickd717
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle.

Pours a great clear dark brown color with a nicely formed tan head and good lacing.

Aroma is fairly rich - sweet caramel and toffee and candied rum-soaked dark fruits. Some Belgian yeast also. Similar to a more balanced Pannepot, without too much oak presence.

Flavor is amazingly good. All the great aspects of Pannepot are there: caramel, toffee, date, prune, fig, along with some oak barrel and slight vanilla.

Incredible palate on this one. One of the smoothest beers I've ever had. Medium-full bodied with fairly soft carbonation.

An excellent beer overall. The others there didn't think it was quite so impressive, but damn, I thought it was good, and it's pretty rare too.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a deep amber to brown in color with a light tan head. In the aroma, oaky and dark fruit. In the taste, dark fruits, a mellow oaky taste, and just a pinch of alcohol. A small alcohol bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry oak and small alcohol like aftertaste. A nice oak presence with a dark fruit sweet to dryness, a really nice sipper.

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

2008 Vintage. Could not resist pulling this up from cellar despite my best attempt at willpower, and recent vow only to drink hb.

Dark brown with orange/red highlights top a finger of thick tan foam. It is a thick and opaque look. The head relaxes to a nice cap that hangs around.

Mmm what an aroma, caramel and candy, light spicy notes, figs, some really dark bread to it, wonderful herbal and earthy hints, very complex undernotes hard to describe, merest hint of alcohol.

Good gosh, where to start. Amazing taste that starts with spicy, sweet, fig, caramel, and quickly adds some earthy herbal, then it goes berserk on the tongue. It seems to morph into a million different subtle flavors, tickling the palate with deliciousness that finally resolves to a lingering sweet balanced with oak, deep vanilla and dark fruit, herbal and spicy bitter. The finish resists being as juicy and full of alcohol as it somehow should be, staying perfect on palate for the entire bottle.

In the mouth this is a star performer. This is as good as a quad gets, lively carb. that adds no flavor and keeps the profile bright, perfect viscosity, no alcohol presence, and a juicy finish that doesn't cloy nor build spice resin in mouth. As good as W12 or R10, perhaps better.

Overall this is one of the finest 4 quads in the world, perhaps the best of them. A touch less complex than W12, a bit less thick than R10. Almost like STB's more talented and mature brother. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

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4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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

On tap at Novare Res. 16oz pour served in my chalice. Not sure of the year on this one

A: Dark crimson hue. Just a whisp of white colored head. No lacing

S: Some crisp apple, cherry, caramel, molasses and a touch of oak

T: Slightly oaky. Notes of sherry. Some light fruit (apple/cherry), molasses. Kinda hard to lock down all the flavors in this

M: Full bodied. Very smooth. Some carbonation, don't really notice it though

D: Very complex quad. Zero sign of alcohol. As I said, hard to get all flavors because there were so many. Was very excited to see this on tap

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Pannepot Reserva from De Struise Brouwers
95 out of 100 based on 360 ratings.