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Pannepot Reserva - De Struise Brouwers

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BA SCORE
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world-class

858 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 858
Reviews: 338
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.82%


Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-02-2007)
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Sachsenfreude

Germany

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 14:48:44 | More by Sachsenfreude
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rinhaak

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2012 03:54:11 | More by rinhaak
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Luk13

Quebec (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

3 way blind taste test alongside pannepot grand reserva 2006 and westvleteren 8. Nice dark appearance with a creamy beige head. A very clean ripe white fruit smell, I get pears here mostly, and something reminiscent of soap also gets me. Taste is quite malty, lot's of those pears still around and a good boozy taste. Beautiful silky smooth mouthfeel, a real success.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 21:02:36 | More by Luk13
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ptykozoon

California

3.55/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark woody, textured brown. Spotty islands, not too much of anything in the foamage dept.

Apple, belgian yeast, raisin, prune. Toned down however. I always feel like De Struise's beers should be more impressive in the nose dept.

Nutty, caramilzed sugar, light oak.

Alcohol very well handled.

Good quad, but lacks the umph. I think my bottle was an '06 or '08 or something. I'm gonna need one of these fresh as I doubt they get that much better with age. The ABV is perfect, but the flavors are DYING.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 00:11:18 | More by ptykozoon
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r0nyn

New York

4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 03:46:43 | More by r0nyn
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basica

Singapore

4.85/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - From a 2007 vintage bottle, pours an opaque dark amber-brown into my De Struise tulip yielding a three-finger thick, pretty and creamy tan head that grows slightly after the initial pour, retaining well and lacing the glass as it finally settles; a high scorer in the appearance department (5)

S - Rich nose of dark fruits, chocolate, caramel and a bready malt backing along with some yeasty notes (4.5)

T - Brown sugar sweetness upfront quickly breaking into intense notes of molasses, spices and dark fruits with suggestions of plums, grapes and raisins, all masterfully blended with a light touch of phenols; chocolates, dark fruits as well as hints of malts and oak were present in the slightly spicy and peppery finish (5)

M - Close to full-bodied thickness with minimal carbonation, going down with a creamy smoothness and a pleasant warming (4.5)

D - Almost flawless in general, with a complex blend of flavors that best appeal to my palates; extremely easy drinking albeit being a pretty bold and characterful beer at the same time. (5)

Compared to the 2006 Vintage regular Pannepot, the 2007 Reserva is clearly better. In the looks department, the Reserva was darker and the head formed with a creamy goodness as the beer poured. The nose is a tad bolder for the Reserva; taste was also bolder and sweeter yet with lower perceived alcholic phenols which were masterfully blended with the dark fruits and molasses making it extremely delectable. The thickness this time was done right as well though not yet perfect. Now this is setting a pretty high standard for the Grand Reserva that will come next in my horizontal tasting journey.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 14:44:44 | More by basica
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sukwonee

Washington

4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle - vintage 2009, purchased for $8.99 per bottle. Poured into Orval Glass

A: Dark Brown, cola like but murkier. Half a finger head.

S: Spices, caramel, some dark fruit and oak notes

T: Chocolate, oak, caramel, dark fruits, fig, sweetness from brown sugar, a bit of boozy finish.

M: Relatively crispy mouth feel due to the amount of carbonation. Medium body.

O: I really liked this a lot. Maybe a tad bit too sweet for me, but well balanced, savory, and complex. Oak aging really added to this beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2012 03:28:38 | More by sukwonee
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pschul4

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with my boy areich6 during a Bulls/Spurs game

A- Pours a dark purpley/brown with very minimal head which is to be expected from a beer of this nature

S- Strong dark fruit and tobacco scents fill the nostrils. Very fruity indeed

T- Loads of malt hit the tongue first then the dark fruit play on the background. A very tiny hint of the tabacco from the nose streak accross the palate towards the back of the sip

M- I like my Quads thicker but this is decent, some carbonation with a touch of smoothness

O- A solid quad with nothing left to be desired but nothing insanely great about it

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 03:46:46 | More by pschul4
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Trilogy31

California

2.33/5  rDev -45.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 04:03:53 | More by Trilogy31
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paulozanello

Brazil

4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Pizzeria Paradiso.

Pours a very dark brown color, not quite black, with little to no light going thru the glass. Head is very silky and thin and has a beige color. No lacing on this one, after about 5 minutes it looks like a glass of wine.

Aroma could be a little stronger and I get lots of dark fruit, raisins, yeasty esters and a port-wine/alcohol note in the end.

This beer tastes very good. Lots of dark fruit (plums, figs, raisings) upfront with a honey-like sweetness throughout. Towards the end of the sip I can definitely get some oak character along with a hint of noble hops. The aftertaste is very rich and yeasty with some alcohol warmth and red grape astrigency.

Body is medium to high and carbonation is on the lower side making this beer incredibly smooth. I find it hard to believe that it is 10% abv.

Very pleasant on the palate and highly drinkable, this is what Belgian beer is all about.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2010 23:26:04 | More by paulozanello
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NorCalYeti

California

4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

taste- caramel, tart apple, brown sugar, popcorn, alcohol

color- deep amber/walnut brown

clarity- clear but dark and dense

smell- red wine, oak, whiskey, alcohol, shoe leather, tart, dark fruit, brown sugar, belgian yeast, biscuits

body- smooth on the palate, hop bite at the front of the mouth, pleasant medium-length finish, oily in the finish as the beer warms, well balanced although i think the hop component comes out on top

appearance- fine, soft, active carbonation although i did not agitate the beer when poured. thin off-white head with medium-weight lace and medium-length retention

overall impression- a great quad and one worth seeking out...a strong contender at 10%

notes and comments- this review is for a 2008 vintaqe. lots of yeast caked to the bottom of the bottle yet it didn't transfer to the glass...nice. first had this beer at trappist in oakland a couple of months ago

beer spy- monument liquors, concord ca, 12/1/10, $6.99, 11.2 oz. bottle

glassware: tulip

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 03:20:33 | More by NorCalYeti
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infi

New York

4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 02:15:58 | More by infi
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NoLiberty

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this lovely beer at Delirium Cafe in Brussels with GrassrootsVT.

App: Pours incredibly dark, almost black with a thick and chunky two finger head that leaves high lacing all the way around the glass. Head retains relatively well throughout the drink.

Aroma: This has a distinctly Belgian quality to it. The nose is of sweet malt, chocolate, and tart raspberry with subtle alcohol. The smell is overpowering and well balanced for the complexity. Refreshing and slightly sweet. Dried fruit, prune, fig and tartness as the beer begins to warm.

Taste: Very soft and smooth. Nutty and malty. Finishes sweet and just slightly tart with a nice alcohol warmth and taste. Softness of oak but very little other oaky characteristics.

Mouth: The mouthfeel is fantastic. Really mild with medium body. Soft and smooth, with really nice gentle but ery present carbonation.

Drink: Incredibly drinkable for a ten percenter, made quenching by the fresh tartness.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2008 00:32:05 | More by NoLiberty
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djmichaelk

Florida

4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle into a snifter.

A - Pours a deep murky brown, with a two-finger head. Very little retention, however, fading in just 30 seconds or so. Nice lacing, though.

S - Raisins are the dominant note here, coupled with a combination of figs and breadiness that brings to mind Fig Newtons. I love Fig Newtons. Therefore, I love the smell of this beer. Great, now I'm hungry.

T - There's plenty of brown sugar and toffee flavors here, reminds me of a candy shop. That dark fruit is right up in your face, and lots of oatmeal cookie. Yum. The oak is very subtle, you have to search it out, but it fills in the flavor and darkens things just enough to give it more character. This is a great beer.

M - Full without being heavy, sweet without being cloying. It lingers just long enough and then finishes nice and dry just when it needs to.

D - It weighs in at 10%, but you'd never know it. It seems light enough that you could drink a pack of these without thinking.

O - This is one I've been waiting a while to try, and it didn't disappoint. I'll be picking up a few more next time I'm in the city.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 00:04:24 | More by djmichaelk
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ryrust5301

Louisiana

4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 vintage poured from a 12oz. bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet.

Appearance - Pours a dark dark brown, almost black. Head checked in at a respectable 1/2 finger length. Color of the head was an off white almost tan color, and left a nice thick halo effect with a thin coating on top.

Smell - Very dry with a smell of roasted coffee. Dark fruits are definitely the headliners in the nose. Brown sugar blends in with a nice malt for some sweetness.

Taste & Mouthfeel - This beer is big and flavorful, and gets better and better with each sip. Very crisp and punchy in the beginning with loads and loads of dark fruit. Huge huge sweet malt lays down a backbone for this beer. The finish is not to be outdone as this brew closes with a sweet drying finish unlike any brew i've had before. Chocolate and spices play a nice role as well.

Drinkability - I've only had the Danish version of this one, and would love to see how the American version pairs up. A very unique brew, and one I tend to enjoy. Very complex and very sweet to boot. Sweetness keeps the drinkability down.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2008 07:04:30 | More by ryrust5301
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dubinsky

California

4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2010 04:22:14 | More by dubinsky
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tsauce2

Indiana

4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

P: 2009 Vintage. 11.2 fl oz bottle in to a globe glass.

A: SRM is dark brown. Nearly opaque. Head is cream/very light tan, very creamy, 1 in, dissipates to 1 cm. Light/medium carbonation. Light lacing.

S: Belgian yeast and spices. Mild malt base.

T: Oak is immediately noticable. Belgian yeast imparts its classic flavor. Spices are robust yet well integrated and restrained. Dark fruit appears to be incorporated. Balanced malt and hop presence. A bit of alcohol is noticable. Aftertaste is light malt and spice with a touch of alcohol.

M: Medium bodied overall, but a bit light for a quad due to the oak aging. Very complex mf with the big ingredient base and oak notes. Oak smooths out the beer noticably, creating mf that is rounded. Carbonation adds a bit of creaminess.

O: Fantastic. Quite a treat. Very well put together and for 10% ABV, quite easy to drink. Alcohol is very faint, which is surprising. Nice spice notes and a classic Belgian quad flavor. Will definitely drink again.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 20:24:53 | More by tsauce2
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pdoran10

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a dark brown color that lets almost no light through into a pint glass. One finger of off white head that leaves impressive lacing.

Smell is brown sugar, sweet cantdy breaded malt, a hint of alcohol heat.

taste is sweet nutmeg and nutty up front. A complex blend of Belgian malt sweetness and molasses. Very interesting flavors.

thick mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. very robust well made beer here.

Highly drinkable quad not much alcohol heat. Really nice smooth beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 13:44:28 | More by pdoran10
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Gfunk720

Connecticut

3.68/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2008 bottle, out of my 3Floyds glass.

A- Dark dark murky brown, almost blackish. It's quite creamy looking, with a small off white head. Light lacing...

S- The first thing that came to mind was a can of dip. I get some light oak and sweetness, but mostly tobacco.

T- I was expecting the worst with the tobacco smell, but it is pretty good. Smooth with a light sweetness. A nice blend of flavors, with notes of dark fruit, tobacco, and oak.

M- It's not light in body, but just a little watery. Has a nice mouthfeel though, and solid aftertaste.

O- Not bad. Not nearly worth the money paid for it. I'd much rather have a Weyerbacher Blasphemy or something similar. None the less, it's a solid quad with some light barrel flavor. Nothing crazy.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2011 23:51:31 | More by Gfunk720
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lsummers

California

4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 04:56:26 | More by lsummers
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05Harley

New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2008 Lot C 4 DD

Purchased through Lakeview Liquors, Chicago, Illinois

Price - $9.04/bottle

Appearance: A murky reddish brown pours from the bottle with bits of sediment followed by a lite tan head which appears briefly for a moment before fading out and retreating to the edge of the glass. Lacing tries to make a stand but falls slowly back into the liquid sensation.

Smell: The nose is filled with grapes, plums, cherries, spices and wood.

Taste: A near perfect balance between sweet and bitterness. Brown sugar, vanilla and oak. This is where this beer shines.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with a medium to thick body. Very little carbonation almost flat like. Dry in the finish.

Drinkability: Bring it on. At 10% its super smooth and dangerous if your not careful. Though I prefer the regular version over this, it still stands out as another fine offering from a great brewery.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 21:23:30 | More by 05Harley
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IPA35

Netherlands

4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 21:33:01 | More by IPA35
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jcartamdg

Florida

4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown almost black color with a paper thin head with great lacing for a quad. Aroma of caramel, figs and raisins. Tastes sweet and fruity, oak notes in the back. Thick and chewy yet easy to drink, not too boozy, the aging has done this beer some good

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 03:07:44 | More by jcartamdg
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schlimenhaumer

New York

4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 2008 bottle into a Delirium tulip at low altitude. Expectations are quite high given the rating and recommendations from friends.

A: Pours a beautiful opaque ruby color with a creamy two-finger off-white head that fades away to a cap that lasts all the way through. Heavy lacing.

S: Maraschino cherries, caramel, some spice and a bit of oak. Alcohol is present in the background. The smell is good, but not quite excellent.

T: The taste is much more complex than I expected after smelling this. Cherry fruitiness up front gives way to prune and candy sugar sweetness; it's easy to appreciate the oak aging here. There's plenty of spice toward the end, most notably coriander. The finish is slightly boozy and cleanses the palate for the next sip.

M: Medium-bodied and quite dry. Suits the flavors nicely, but it's not particularly impressive.

D: This is a very good beer -- especially in terms of flavor -- but it could definitely use some improvement in terms of mouthfeel. The alcohol comes through to a significant extent and makes this one a bit of a sipper.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2012 01:42:32 | More by schlimenhaumer
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boomer31

Minnesota

4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I purchased a few of these and have been sitting on them for some time. Today it just hit me to give it a try.

2006 bottle

A - Deep deep brown with ruby corners and a deep tan head. The head sticks to the glass and remains as I drink it down.

S - Alcohol, plums and figs hit you first then some spice I can't put my finger on. Very unique nose.

T - Again dark fruits and a leather flavor. Molasses and caramel malts come next. This is so complex. The layers of flavor keep you guessing whats in here. As it warms some sweetness, almost cherry like, comes thru.

M - Rich and velvety. Nice low carbonation on this quad.

D - This thing is so smooth. The alcohol in the nose is completely absent in the taste...where is the 10%??

Overall a beauty! I cannot wait to try Black Albert after drinking this one!

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 01:52:06 | More by boomer31
Pannepot Reserva from De Struise Brouwers
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