Pannepot Reserva - De Struise Brouwers

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Reviews: 357
Hads: 1,036
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 4.94%
Wants: 120
Gots: 186 | 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 Wisconsinality
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into Delirium tulip.

2008 Vintage.

A- Pours a nice molasses brown with a good fingers worth of head that recedes slowly and leaves some nice soapy lacing around the edge of the glass.

S- Rich, dark fruits, dates, figs, some black cherries. There is also a little pie crust filling graham cracker-ness in there as well. This is what a quad should smell like.

T- Hand down the best tasting Quad I have had. The cherries are pronounced and the other dark fruits are more than just a nuance of the beer. The malt is there and so is a touch of hops but there is so much more. The oak is barely noticeable, but lends a soothing touch to the brew.

M- Spot on, full bodied that just glides down the throat. Smooth in every aspect. The carbonation is there but doesn't take away from this beer.

D- If you can get your hands on this, do. This is my favorite style and it doesn't get any better than this. No alcohol present the entire time sipping this brew. (975 characters)

Photo of Brez07
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
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 (570 characters)

Photo of callmescraps
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been on the lookout for this one forever, finally ran into it. Opened Christmas Eve after getting all my presents under the tree.

Appearance- Dark, chestnut brown. Very rich. A full inch of light, beige/mocha head. Big bubbles. Settles quickly into not much.

Smell- Dried fruit, raisins, figs? Some cola smell. Spice cake. Chocolate covered stone fruit.

Taste- More cola. A nice spice mixture. It's well integrated, so not overpowering. Light chocolate as well. Cocoa powder. Some cherry, just a hint. There is a pleasant almost tartness. A sherry character. Very nice and complex, but not overwhelming. Some tannin and some oak.

Mouthfeel- Lovely carbonation. Light.

Drinkability- No hint of the 10% abv. Goes down almost too easy.

Really excellent beer. Just lovely. Would be very interested to try the regular. (824 characters)

Photo of flannelman808
4.77/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the 2007 vintage ...

A: Pours a burnt umber color with a medium-high opacity. A light tan head forms on top with fading but lasting retention and good lacing.

S: Caramel candy covered apple is what this reminds me of! smells great. Other flavors linger as well however, notably fruity ones (raisin, bing cherry) but also some subdued toasted grain.

T: Once again I'm blown away by these guys. This stuff is so complex, and so freaken great. Dark sweet and slightly tart fruit meets spice and a red apple candy coating. Dry finishing overall despite the sweet flavors, props on the bitter level within the beer to keep it all in balance. This one might age better and the pannepot reserva. Ill need a few more bottles.

M: Thick but only to hold onto a menagerie of flavor.

O: fantastic stuff, highly drinkable despite the abv. This is a triumph. Why aren't more Quads this interesting!? (900 characters)

Photo of bfields4
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark amber brown hazy body. Brown lacy head.

Oak barrel vanilla, peppery lots of spices. Sweet molasses malty and dark fruit aroma.

Lots of fruit from dark grape, plumb, fig, etc. to a nice lighter cherry. Belgian estery flavors and spices provide for a nice complexity.

Very smooth and lighter than expected. Still chewy, but not quite as heavy as some other quads. Lots of complexity, easy to drink and very hidden alcohol. Such a beautiful beer. I may perfer this to westy. (479 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 ricke
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 vintage.

A: Dark reddish brown with a medium-sized pale beige head. Good head retention and nice lacings.

S: Deep and rich malty aromas. Lots of fruity notes (cherries, plums, figs, currants) - this is like a fruit basket! Tagging along the fruits are notes of wood, cola and chocolaty fudge, and wonderful caramel notes. Very vinous. Some spicy yeast. Very complex, almost overwhelming.

T: At first, the taste is very very reminiscent of red wine- fruity notes, wood, earth and spices make for one vinous experience. After a few sips, things get easier to sort out and the red wine character decreases to some extent. Some malts, but not very powerful. Lovely balance of sweet caramel, fudge, and notes of ripe dark fruits (but not as complex as in the smell). Dry woody notes linger on, Belgian yeast, spices and earth. The sweetness is balanced by a gentle tart note that sticks around to the finish. The finish is mildly bitter with notes of well integrated warming alcohol, currants, wood, mild phenols and hints of iron. Beautiful and rich, very well balanced.

M: Surprisingly light with rather high levels of carbonation. The mouthfeel definitely makes the beer dangerously easy to drink.

D: Very good, better than the Grand Reserva version. (1,258 characters)

Photo of pmccallum86
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (321 characters)

Photo of BeerNemesis
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pannepot Reserva - Old Fisherman's Ale | 330 ml. | 10.0% ABV | 2008 vintage

Brewer: De Struise Brouwers
Style: Quadrupel (Quad)
Glass: Duvel tulip

Presentation:
The label looks something like a Roman mosaic of a sailboat. It looks very good.

Appearance:
Murky brownish-red. The anemic, mocha-milky head settles into a thin and disparate layer of bubbles.

Aroma:
Hmm, not getting too much out of the nose. Reminds me of toasted whole grain bread and raisins.

Taste:
Complex, uncompromising taste. It seeps deep into the tongue infusing it with the hefty sweetness of dark fruits--plums, raisins, and fig. Dark caramel and warm molasses round out the fruity flavor. It is toasted grain--charred bread crust to be exact--that creates the platform atop which intricate flavor structures assemble, stretch, strive, and erupt into a kaleidoscopic array of flavors. Orange peal, coriander, and ground pepper are imbedded into undulating walls of oaky malts. And then a vinous undercurrent threatens to plunge the whole proposition into chaos. The tannic transmutes, in the end, into something more like anise, silky, funky and expansive. Alcohol is infused into everything. It accompanies all stages of development.

Mouthfeel:
Heavy, almost viscous. Carbonation is there but you don't notice it.

Harmony:
A beautiful drink. It will leave you tired, but not weary. There is a feeling of accomplishment that grows throughout the process of understanding how all the flavors develop and coexist harmoniously.

Would I get it again?:
Oh yeah.

Bottled: ?
Served: December 8, 2010 (1,584 characters)

Photo of Mavajo
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours dark brown with a beige head. Aroma is vinuous with some dark fruits and a smidge of coffee. The vinuous character appears again in a big, big way in the taste - absolutely delicious. It's backed up by a dark fruit character with subtle notes of chocolate/coffee. Also layered with spices and brown sugar. Mouthfeel is excellent. Medium-heavy bodied with perfect carbonation.

This really is a tremendous beer. I was seriously disappointed by Pannepot and found it overly roasty. However, the barrel aging has completely muffled those notes in the Reserva and added a huge vinuous character. Phenomenal quad. (614 characters)

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

2008 Reserva poured into a Rochefort goblet.

Pours a very dark maroon with a 1.5 finger head that fades fairly quickly.

A nice nose with cinnamon, cloves, vanilla, prunes, and other miscellaneous baking spices.

Very, very thick and viscous in the mouth; it is almost like drinking a creamy milkshake.

Warm flavors with a bit of bubblegum, clove, molasses, coffee grounds, raisins, vanilla bean, rum, and cherry. A boozy finish warms the belly.

Despite all of the flavors present in the beer (and there are many), the tastes are surprisingly subtle, never knocking you over the head. A wonderful beer, nicely balanced, but I sort of wanted all of these flavors amplified about 10-15%.

That said, this is tremendously drinkable and I highly recommend it to any who can get their hands on one. (796 characters)

Photo of spdyfire83
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

234th Review
33cl bottle poured into wine glass
Vintage: 2009
Lot 32253728050711
BB: 16/08/2016

Enjoyed next to Pannepot (2010) and Pannepot Grand Reserva (2005)

A: Medium brown. Half (tan) fingernail head on gentle pour.

S: Smells of sweet toffee, oak, and raisin. Hint of spice, but loads of woodiness here. Very nice!

T: Soft balance of dark fruits and fig along with oak, toffee sweetness, and touch of spice. Warming booze rounds this one out, but the balance of oak and dark fruit is sublime.

M: Full bodied with even carbonation.

O: Of the three, this was my second favorite. The oak character adds a lot to this beer and I think it is very well balanced and smooth. (679 characters)

Photo of kiddynamite920
3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: 2008 bottle. Very dark brown with a fingers worth of head, lacing already evident. Hints at a dark, red copper when light hits it.

S: Actually a bit light for how dark the beer is. Green apples and pears. The cherries and figs are definitely there, and it finishes with cinnamon and oak-y wood notes. Definitely one that aged gracefully.

T: Sweet, caramel with dark notes of fig and molasses. The light smells of the nose don't come through on the palate. Instead, this is where this beer shines. Brown sugar and vanilla extract. Some cherry and a bit of bitterness. Interesting beer.

M: Thick and chewy, full bodied and full of flavor that lasts for a while. Low carbonation that makes for a very smooth body.

O: This one is very enjoyable but, a bit on the raisin side for me. Sweet and viscous. Too much caramel and sweetness. (836 characters)

Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

appearance; rich, murky chestnut brown. Much carbonation and a tan collar but little to no head or lacing.

smell; a lot of malty sweetness with spices mingled in alcohol soaked plums and cherries.

taste; rich sweet malts balanced with alcohol bitters. Very rich notes of dark chocolate coated cherries and brown rum. Aftertaste is like walnuts(possible due to oak) and candied sugar. Really complex and wonderful.

mouthfeel; froathy and creamy, on the light end of medium bodied. Very easy to drink with a warm and soothing, alcoholic finish. Puckers the mouth slightly with a tannic bitterness(from the oak for sure).

overall; one of the best quads out there, definitely worth a try, taste great with Tilsit cheese. (720 characters)

Photo of infi
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage – poured into brandy snifter. A long time want!

Dark ruby red body with edges of light orange. No head emerging regardless of pour. But rather, a ring of thin, white and tiny bubbles lining the glass right above the alcoholic legs. Every swirl leaves a nice, thin film of legs on the glass. The smell carries a nice bready maltiness and dark fruitiness that is characteristic of many quadrupels. But the 3+ year aging on this has really shown with the mellowing of certain layers and emerging of further ones. The oak aging really shines through, as well as some caramel sweetness. There is also a sort of flat Dr. Pepper kind of essence in the glass. Very engaging.

The flavors begin with the oakiness and vanilla-esque tannins imparted on the beer. Incredibly good. Lots of nice yeasty breadiness still present on the palate, which then goes into the dark fig and prune-like sweetness. Great amount of earthy and musty qualities to the quad too, like going into an old basement or attic. Just all around old wooden characteristics. 10% alcohol has been tempered after the years of aging and leaves no presence of heat. This is really drinking brilliantly.

Mouthfeel is very smooth! As much carbonation is found visually, there is none to be found on the palate. It's like drinking a light syrup. Such a silky smooth feel. Really glad to have finally found and tried this beer after so long! One of the best drinking aged beers I've tried. Thoroughly delicious! (1,481 characters)

Photo of dubinsky
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 Vintage poured into my Chimay chalice. I purchased a 2007 vintage as well to do a comparison.

A - Pours a deep murky/hazy brown with a dark one finger tan head. There wasn't much head retention as i drank it. Really reminds me of what a flat cola looks like in a glass.

S - Alcohol esters, dark stone fruits and figs hit you first then a really unusuall rusty smell.

T - Earthy dark fruits, raisins, dark cherry, tobacco and leather are the first things that i am tasting. Caramel and molasses malts round off the flavors. There is a lot going on in this beer. I feel like i have ADD while drinking. The layers are so complex. As it warms more flavors keep coming through.

M - Nice, light carbonation, that feels very rich and velvety in my mouth.

D - This is one smooth quad. I am completely forgetting how strong this beer is since its not hot in the very least.

Its not the best smelling quad, but its arguably one of the best tasting and drinking quads i have had. (979 characters)

Photo of muttyd
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Deep amber/brown pour with a thin fizzy head that fades to just a faint ring. Coats the glass nicely. Big Belgian Quad aromas in the nose - loads of spice/clove, dark fruits, toffee malts, some burnt coffee notes as well. Pretty much what I expected, but still very complex. Taste follows the nose but the sweet (slightly boozy) big malt flavors really kick in. Not as thick/creamy as other quads I've had, but still a nice meal in a bottle. Glad I picked up a few bottles of this! (481 characters)

Photo of pants678
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2010 bottle

Real dark brown, lacing beige head, lingering sediment.

Bread, yeast, wood.

Toffee and a rich, robust black tea. Fruit's not more than background, bread and caramel, though, little smoke. More than anything is black tea. Hard to come by unique quads, this one isn't like the trappist's.

Dense, not stout, but unexpected for a quad. Fitting, though. (365 characters)

Photo of r0nyn
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into my DFH snifter. 2008 vintage shared with BAs infi, brun, NYManc and several others.

Deep hazelnut brown color fills the glass, coalescing into a translucent hue that lets light filter in very hesitantly. Smallish off-white head leaves a decent coating of sticky lacing as the liquid is swirled around to agitate the aromas. These aromas are of dark fruits, along with a fairly potent alcoholic twinge. Concentrated whiffs reveal vanilla and oak, tempered by the years in the bottle. Quite sweet and quite enticing.

I haven't had this beer fresh, but I can sort of imagine what it'd be like, just from what it tastes like now. The alcohol has definitely mellowed out, but is still prevalent and gives the taste a good bite. There's a complex mixture of flavors that only age can impart, including dried dark fruit, burnt caramel and an earthy oaked quality. It all comes together as a sweetish taste on the tongue, but not overly so. Mild yeasty notes show up on the backend, lending a pleasant breadiness to an already tasty brew. Mouthfeel is very smooth and silky, with just a hint of dryness. Not too much carbonation coupled with a medium body make for an easy drinking experience.

An exquisitely crafted quadrupel. I've thought the few that I've had in the past had a bit too much heat, but this beer strikes a good, age-evened balance and drinks very, very well. Extremely happy to have tried this. (1,434 characters)

Photo of jale
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (637 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 Trilogy31
2.32/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

2008 riserva pours an oddly quick carbonated head that disappearsquicker than it came. The color is a cola brown, the color along with the head was very reminiscient of pouring a can of soda in a glass - a fleeting foamy head that leaves no trace. Nose brings fishermans friend cough drops, smoky caramel, and i am beginning to be concerned i have an off bottle very disappointing so far. A slight prune taste with simple caramel, oak and a hint of vanilla. There is literally no carbonation and everything is muted and muddled. I really hope this bottle is just off and will rereview when i open a new one. (607 characters)

Photo of thepeter
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage, poured a dark brown. murky, mohogany with not much of a head that turned to No head pretty quickly. Not very much lacing left either. Got some of the expected smells of dark fruit, yeast, roast nut, candy sugar spice and a bit of funk. Tastes were a muted version of the smell the dark candied fruit and yeast were certainly present, along with a nuttiness and a bit of tart funk, which I did not expect. the feel was quite smooth but not as creamy as I remember it being in the past. Never the less I could drink this till I pass out. the Alc is not very present and the flavors are all wonderful, plus, in the end I think my bottle was not as good as others. Not sure what happened but know this beer is better than my experience this time around. (763 characters)

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

2008 vintage

Appearance- Pour is a deep brown with a one finger off white head. Decent retention, some spotty lacing.

Smell- sweet and malty. lots of dark fruits, cherry, plum

Taste- Much like the aroma, dark fruits all over the place, a tad tart. Fairly complex, some earthyness from the oak barrels is coming through as well. Picking up some caramel and vanilla too. Alcohol is virtually undetected.

Mouthfeel- smooth and creamy. Goes down very easy.

Overall- Expensive... Yes. Worth it... Yes! This is excellent, its going to be tough to try to cellar my other bottles. (578 characters)

Photo of Travlr
4.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage tasted at the Kulminator in September 2008.
A: Murky ruby red with thin white head.
S: Aroma of nutmeg and allspice, maybe some vanilla.
T/M: Full-bodied balanced malt, hops and spice - figs and dates, raisins, that vary throughout, Complex mix of flavors and a long bitter finish.
D: Outstanding brew. (318 characters)

Pannepot Reserva from De Struise Brouwers
94 out of 100 based on 357 ratings.