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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 JLeege
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of Travlr
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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

2008 vintage.

A- Hard pour produces a lopsided kahlua head. About a finger in height, with some tall standing bubbles on top. The brew is an opaque dark mohagony with some violet undertones. Appears to have some lacing on the sides.

S- First whiffs are actually vinous and grapelike. As I dig in there are more dark fruits and subtleties of oak. Some caramel, toffee, bready malt and candied sugar. Just a marvelous nose with lots of aromas that blend well.

T- Big on dark fruit. Lots of plums and figs. Theres a syrup like sweetness and malts. A bit of toffee and mary jane like candy that I get in a lot of dubbels. The oak from the barrel starts on the backend and its real nice. Its a nice smooth oak flavor.

M- Medium to full bodied quad with a medium amount of carbonation. Very smooth. Syrup like in texture. Some heat in the mouth as the booze hasn't completely gone away.

O- The nose was great, it was very easy drinking, but I expected a little more in the taste honestly. This is a great quad and I believe the age has helped. Not the strongest quad at 10% but the booze is definitely in the background and if this were fresh I could see it being harsh. Highly recommended. Will pick up another aged bottle if I see this on shelves.

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Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2008 vintage

Poured from 11.2 fl oz bottle into a RR snifter...

A - Pours a deep mahogany with a one finger tan head. Head dissipates at fairly hasty rate, but there is some sticky lacing to be had...

S - Sweet malts, dark fruits, belgian yeast, a little spice, and some alcohol. Alot sweeter scent than I was expecting...

T - Caramel, figs, plums, brown sugar, and some toffee. Don't pick up any oak. Ends with a good amount of sweet malt, and a touch of lingering dark fruit. Alcohol is present, but is not as prominate as it comes across in the scent. There is alot going on here, and sweet malts are definitely the base...

M - On the higher end of being medium bodied. Carbonation is on the moderate side, but it still prickles the toungue. A definite sipper...

O - Solid brew, but not worth the price-vs- bottle size imo. Was also a little bummed about the lack of oak. Good, but probably not something I will be going out of my way to obtain...


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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 NorCalYeti
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
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

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Photo of levifunk
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage.

a - pour is dark brown with minimum head that dissipates immediately.

s - smell is carmalized brown sugar, plum, and spice

t - plum and brown sugar sweetness. very smooth. some booze flavor, but at 10% that's expected. some spice, but mostly a malty sweet flavor.

m - medium body. carbonation is low, but enough there to keep it from feeling syrupy.

overall - very tasty, I threw a second bottle in the cellar. This will age phenomenally. I'm surprised the lack of oak I taste/smell.

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

2008 bottle poured into a new belgium glass. Opaque brown with ruby edges, small mocha head with some lacing. Smell is caramel and sweet malt up front followed by wet barrel, sweet tobacco, and a hint of orange peel. Taste is not as big as I thought it would be. Only slightly sweet, caramel malts with a touch of bitterness and milk chocolate coffee. Doesn't have the characteristic quad yeast flavor i was expecting. Long roasty aftertaste and alcohol is very well hidden. Mouthfeel is more like a stout then a quad - medium to heavy and a mild carbonation. A great beer overall, although I am not sure it is completely within the style parameters. As far as the BA style description goes, it fits.

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Photo of ptykozoon
3.55/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

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Photo of DenverLogan
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

OK...doing a vertical of the 06, 07, and 08. The 06 had a small head, slight aroma of alcohol and caramel malts, and flavor of caramel malts, slight cider, some citrus and a decent lingering after taste. The 07 had a medium head, strong aroma of malts and alcohol, significant carbonation and some rough notes of malts and alcohol. The 08 was like wood cleaner, ethanol, and bandaids. I'll hope this was just a bad bottle!

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Photo of zoolzoo
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 Vintage

A: Murky looking brown color, one finger head, tiny floaties. Looks like carbonated apple cider.

S: Vinous...grape tartness, raisins and figs. A bready, honey drizzled note lingers in the background. A little bit of tingly alcohol, 10% rearing its head.

T: Sweet, spicy, and complex blend of dark fruits. Dark cherry, sweet plums, raisin. Candi sugar coats just about everything. Im not sure that I can recognize what the oak has contributed here, for better or worse. The finish is dry, slightly and pleasantly boozy.

M: Medium body, medium carb.

O: Overall an enjoyable quad. I guess I should try the other Pannepots too.

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

2008 Vintage, 11.2oz bottle. Poured into a balloon tulip.

Pours a cola brown. When held to the light, the soft brown flows into red highlights. A thin tan head bubbles up gently.

The nose is a delicate mix of spices, dark fruit, and subtle yeast.

Taste mirrors the smell, except there is a very very slight tart note on the tongue.

Mouth is nice and smooth, drinks great for a great big quad.

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Photo of timc100
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Old Fisherman's Ale aged on Oak, 2010 vintage.

A great, well rounded and rich quadruple. Aroma is a little weak and non-distinctive, just some fruity esters and Belgian yeast. Get some sugar as well. On the palate though it has a great depth of flavor: dark chocolate, old leather, Belgian spice, dark cherry though no tartness, some currant and dates as well. Do not get any oak, maybe just some slight vanilla sweetness.

Very smooth, drinking very well

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Photo of foogerd
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage.

A- Dark dirty brown body, looks muddy. Coffee colored small head which died out to leave carbonation bubbles.

S- Smashed raisins, figs and tons of wood. Brown sugared malts as well.

T- Roasted nutty brown sugar, vanilla, light chocolate, some sweet dark cherry flavor. Woody spicy finish with a bit of bitterness seemingly from oxidation. Colder the brew tasted more metallic and bitter as it warmed up it grew to be sweeter and tastier.

M- Full bodied velvety feel.

D- Very tasty as it warms.

I bought two bottles im reviewing the second one I had, this one seems to have a metallic oxidized character when its cold, as opposed to the first bottle which was absolute perfection. So I am subjective considering that the first bottle really blew me away. I would have given the first bottle a 5 in taste.

UPDATE: I tasted a third bottle on 3/14/11 sans any oxidation which was seriously out of this world for a Quad, I have heard of some reports of oxidation but I would tell you to definitely take the chance. Im going to update my score on taste from a 4 to a 4.5

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Photo of shleepy
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at The Refuge in San Carlos; cylindrical, slightly curved glass. (Pasting notes & ratings from smartphone notes taken a few months ago). I had the 2009 "vintage."

A: Black, with short, tan head.

S: Cant smell too much because of the glass (was filled up all the way)... Mainly just some oakiness.

T: Cherry, chocolate, oak, hazelnuts, and lots of vanilla. Very, very tasty, especially upon the first sip. A little vinous (in a good way), probably from the high alcohol %. Lingering cookie-like aftertaste.

M: Medium-heavy body; bordering on just plain heavy... Maybe would have called it very heavy if I wasn't hungry. Flat mouthfeel, as expected, but feels syrupy and creamy.

O: Rivals the great oak-ages imperial stouts for level of complexity and tastiness.

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Photo of stonermouse
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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

poured into a snifter, nice deep brownish amber color with nice lacing.

nose is boozey, oak, dark fruit, caramel.

big caramel and dark fruit flavor upfront, mild vanilla and toast, very boozey, slight medicinal phenolic flavor, finishes slightly dry with a subtle tannic note.

medium bodied, not too full, not overcarbed. very restrained but also very good.

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Photo of mechamifune
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of basica
4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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Photo of paulozanello
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of areich6
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed with my good friend pchul4.

A: Pours with very little, light colored head. Dark brown coloring that looks pretty inviting.

S: Smells like dark fruits such as plums and black cherries. However, it also smells a little like bourbon to me, which is weird cuz it isn't bourbon barrel aged. Idk.

T: Really good. Tastes pretty similar to how it smells, with the dark fruits, but I can also make out a slight citrusy flavor, in addition to a very faint caramel like flavor. The dark fruit taste lingers in the mouth for a while. Cannot taste the alcohol barely at all.

M: Very smooth, with no bite from the alcohol, a little creamy and very drinkable.

O: This is a very good quad.

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Photo of NoLiberty
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of ahq514
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into St Bernardus chalice. 2008 vintage. Bottled April of 2009 according to the label.

Pours a very dark amber color, but I wouldn't call it brown. Suspended yeast floating around. A thin head that leaves off white bubbles on top. Appears to have fairly low carbonation. Not much lacing.

Aroma is very complex and the aromas are very well integrated so it is hard to pick up a lot of specifics for me. There is a strong dose of oak. Typical quad qualities - sweet, strong malt, low amount of hops, and dark fruits and spiciness from the yeast. Very nicely balanced.

Very smooth. Like I mentioned in the aroma, it is a nicely balanced and well integrated beer. There are some oaky, vanilla like characteristics but they are much more subdued than I would have imagined. The oak plays more a part in the finish. Up front is sweet, strong doses of malt. Yeast characteristics make their way in with a stronger case for the spice, but still with a nice dark fruit presence. Then the oak makes itself known, but plays more of a complementary role than a dominant one.

Nice just less than full body. Lower carbonation. The age on this bad boy has made it very drinkable. No alcohol bite.

This is a great quad. Very complex, not over the top, nice complementary oak, well balanced. Hope to get my hands on another vintage of this beer.

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Photo of ryrust5301
4.08/5  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.

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

1st Review:

Poured from a 330 ml bottle, 2008 vintage, into a La Chouffe Tulip, served at about 50 Degrees F. Poured 3/4, swirled the remainder and added to the glass. Emptied the bottle, so hazier than a clear pour. Purchased at Burlington Canal's, $10.49 per bottle. Bought in September '10.

Looks a dark, acorn brown and hazy, with a constant effervescence, but little head retention. Very little lacing, and could see the liquid from the top of the glass. Got a bit more foam with the pour of the last 1/4 of the bottle, swirled with the sediment.

Smell of raisins, figs, and a roasty malt, intermittent with clove and coriander. Get your nose close enough and the fizziness will burst into your nostrils, which isn't a bad thing.

Tastes similar to the nose, but you sense the alcohol quickly, but fades after a couple of sips. As it warms, the toffee and oakey aromas are palpable, and the hops begin to come through.

My all time favorite Belgian beer. I know those are strong words, but this Quad is the strongest of contenders. Pricey, but worth every penny. Has improved with age as well, glad I waited an extra 6 months after purchase to review it.

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