Pannepot Grand Reserva - De Struise Brouwers

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Reviews: 216
Hads: 539
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 170
Gots: 174 | FT: 16
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Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

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Beer added by: SacoDeToro on 03-20-2008

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 bottle. Rich, dark, malty, bready aroma, with a bit of dark chocolate, and some dark fruit along the lines of dates and prunes. On the palate there is a touch of acidity, which adds some freshness and works well with the rich malty/bready/chocolaty flavors. Tasty; complex; full of flavor but mellow and balanced; this has aged gracefully. No discernible alcohol. No overt oak. No explicit oxidization, just some delicate nuttiness. Fine, creamy carbonation; some richness to the texture, but not at all heavy. Quite nice. (527 characters)

Photo of Roguer
4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours a nice dark purplish brown, topped my a modest light brown head. Retention is fantastic, with a thin, 1/8" remainder lasting for ages.

Incredible aroma, deep, sweet, slightly boozy, and packed with flavors. Dark fruit, grapes, chocolate, with soft vanilla, oak, and tannin on the back-end.

Flavor follows: this brew is just swirling in deep fruit flavors from the first sip - grapes, cherries, and prunes. Huge bready malts - fruit bread, banana bread, whole grain wheat all blended together with syrup into a smoothie. Bitter chocolate and tannins round out the finish.

Despite the high ABV (and associated aroma), this beer is impressively smooth. A touch of foaming at times; a bit lively up forward; a minor amount of alcohol heat around mid-palate and on the finish. Long, lingering wet finish. Thick, smooth, and creamy.

Without hyperbole, this is one of the best beers I have ever had, and made itself known as such from the very first sip. It is sweeter than most traditional Quads, but is an absolute delight to drink.

2010 Vintage - yet another fantastic Belgian brew that shows only improvement over time, with zero negative oxidation effects whatsoever. (1,176 characters)

Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Lots of oak and molasses here. Moderate carbonation, head dissipates slowly over time. As it warms the barrel starts to show and a molasses influence appears. Perfect for a rainy, windy, chilly day. (201 characters)

Photo of aleigator
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pannepot grand reserva '09

Pours an almost black, dark brown color with ruby red undertones, and a spongy, light brown head.

Offers aromas of wood, coconut, toasty malts and earth. On top of that foundation settles peppery clove, sugared lemon peel and cardamon, coated up by melted toffee and a whiff of rock sugar. Reveals way less sweetness than the regular version, together with warm, old oak.

Has a lower carbonation with an utmost smooth mouthfeel, complimenting the rich oak flavours.

Tastes of wood bark, moldy earth, forest honey and toffee. The beer then gets topped of by melted caramel, slightly burning spices and sweet rock sugar. Offers a gentle alcoholic warmth, blending directly into the well pronounced spices. Ends with rich caramel and more, slightly burning spices on top of the balancing wooden earth.

Its low carbonation opens the palate up to many subtle flavors, topped off by the typical, spicy Pannepot sweetness, gently balanced by wood and earth, which is an aspect I do miss, regarding the beers regular version. Its wooden aspect compliments the spices, while revealing a pleasant warmth, with oak, which doesnt turn too present on its own. Its finish turns out to be a bit flat unless the barrel turns up, providing a neccesary earthiness, making the beers appearance complete. (1,316 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the 11.2 ounce bottle into a Belgian tulip.

Wispy but mountainous dark-khaki head. Persists well. The body appears pitch-black but is more of a deep dark brown when held to light. Surges of carbonation can be seen within the body. 4.75

Floral, spiced and a tad chocolatey simultaneously. Faint yeast aroma. Light sweetness. 4

Man, that's tasty. Rich coconut flavor and molasses or honey sweetness. Floral from about mid-palate to finish in flavor, but it's layered over the sweeter elements which remain. Kind of has a root beer blend of spices, but more toned down. 4.25

Incredibly smooth and not showing signs of the big ABV; there's not even a lingering dryness or anything suggesting the booze. It's creamy but has a medium carbonation but I really appreciate the absence of the yeasty feel and taste that some Belgians have.
It's an easy-sipper with a sweet, rich feel to it. (891 characters)

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

The beer has a very dark color, almost black, with a beige head. Aroma of spices, fruit (plums, raisins), and a little smell of wine. These aromas reappear in the taste, combined with some hints of chocolate and coffee and a little smoke in the afterstaste. You can really taste that this beer is matured in wine and calvados barrels. But all these different tastes are so well balanced, which makes it a top class beer. (420 characters)

Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2008 bottle opened in 2014. This is brief because I did not have access to the internet at the time of opening. Past its prime but wonderful and interesting. Intricate flavors in harmony and rather subdued. I bought this bottle in Belgium at a shop in Brussels. (261 characters)

Photo of craftbeersweden
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, dark brown beer with a little red in it. One finger high, beige head that dissapears fast without any lacing on the glass.

Nose: Wow! Fudge, sweet caramel malt, coffe, vanilla, oak, pine, whipped cream, brown sugar, banana, dried fruit, green apples, molasses and syrup.
Taste: Sweet! Nuts, cocoa, coffe, vanilla, oak, syrup, brown sugar, herbs, apricot and raisin.
Body: Medium, complex body with a light carbonation. Sweet, oily texture.

This is f-ing awesom! I'm glad I got a lot of bottles to my beercellar... (525 characters)

Photo of SweetChicken
4.59/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2005 vintage

Holy great 10-year old aged beer. This must have been properly cellared because this was a nice, smooth, balanced beer. The feel of this beer was particularly surprising. Silky smooth with a nice tingly carbonation. Can't wait for bottle #2 (258 characters)

Photo of sprat1960
4.74/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2009 Vintage

Look: Dark brown, almost black; hints of red. Pours with a 1 finger tan head that dies down quickly leaving no trace.

Smell: Rich, sweet (think molasses) aroma; mild spices, malty. Delicious aroma that made me want to dive right in.

Taste: Similar to how it smelled, only better. Rich, sweet (think molasses) taste, slightly spicy, malty. Rich, full delicious quad flavor. Perfect.

Feel: Medium to full body; velvety smooth in your mouth. Perfect.

Overall: Fantastic quad. The best that I ever have had. Absolutely delicious smell and flavor, Great feel. I could drink this over and over. I want more! (635 characters)

Photo of MarcWP
4.59/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

09' into Westvleteren chalice.


Pours a dark garnet with fluffy dark tan head that lingers quite nicely.


Aroma is pungent of ripe dark fruit, plum, Bordeaux, pomegranate, oak, molasses, and hints of cherry cordial.


Taste follows the nose closely and presents rum raisin and holiday fruitcake as additions. Velvety, balanced, wonderful.


Mouthfeel is medium bodied with just the enough carbonation thankfully so after spending almost 2 years in barrels.


Overall this is fantastic. Better than Reserva and quite possibly better than the best standard Pannepot that I've had. The use of calvados barrels as a finish is what really elevates this higher than the standard oak aged. Great wine, grape,plum, and rum flavors that aren't as prominent in the Reserva. Hope I can find more of this. (798 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.99/5  rDev -6.1%

Hauled this 2009 bottle back from Bruges, Belgium. Pours dark brown in my glass with some purple showing in the edges where the light comes through. Small off white head that disappears pretty quickly. Aroma of dark fruits, figs, plums, light molasses and even chocolate, candi sugar. Flavor is sweet plums and figs, molasses, brown sugar, light chocolateyness, and a smooth nuttiness from the barrel. Age showing a bit here with some oxidization going on. Thick body, low plus carbonation, really rich and palate coating. Nice beer but would like to try one a bit fresher as this wasn't nearly the level of Reserva or even the regular version. Still yummy though, which speaks to how good those are. (700 characters)

Photo of SomethingClever
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11oz bottle poured into oversized snifter

A: Solid head that disappeared almost immediately dark murky brown does not cling to the glass at all

S: Banana, cloves, figs, plums, some alcohol, smells almost musty like a lot of quads

T: very soft almost sherry like taste with some very heavy banana, plum, alcohol tastes surprised about the alcohol taste, nice and sweet on the tongue with maybe some tobacco on the finish

M: a little clingy on the tongue but doesn't coat, I thought this would be heavier very sugary tasting

O: I had an 08 Grand Reserva and was blown away, while this is good I think Rochefort 10 is better it's odd what one single year would do to the taste. this is a good quad but I was a little surprised with the light harshness of alcohol. Overall a very pleasant quad (796 characters)

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

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter

A: I forgot about the sediment (I don't usually drink beers this old), so there is some sediment/yeast at the bottom of my glass, but you can't see it unless you know to hold the glass up. It is a very dark brown that comes across as pitch black. Almost no head, but a nice mocha collar in its place.
S: Toffee, Artisan Biscotti, Spiced Fruit Cakes and some nutmeg.
T: Delicious and with lots of dried fig and toffee. A great quad and all the flavors that come with it. Nuanced and full.
M: Smooth with just a tingle of gentle carbonation that comes on in a gently, breaking wave against the shore.
O: A beer to be had on special occasions but mainly for winter and on snowy nights. (743 characters)

Photo of benbking
5/5  rDev +17.6%

2009 Vintage poured into a Westy chalice.

Spicy, fruits, a bit of jam. Creamy and smooth. Light head retention lingers as the level in my glass gets lower.
Almost couldn't believe I saw this on the shelf. 10/10. would buy again (228 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Incredibly complex and melded together beautifully, all components- from barrel to fruit, from spice to sweetness, from vinous to malt all fit together in a seamless and decadent taste.

Its deep russet brown is ominously dark, approaching a stout-like austere. With a simmering froth constructing on top, its sultry aromas are bountiful with candied scents of plum, blackberry, raisin and cherry. Further reinforced in its sweetness, light maple and brown sugar wrap the fruit in a cake-like cocoon.

With notions of fruitcake swirling on the palate, a spicy balance introduces red wine, oak, peppercorn, and a supple fennel earthiness. Its full middle lays on the tongue with a boozed sweetness seemingly of rum cake to highlight elements of cinnamon and nutmeg.

Its long and decadent finish is slow to release. As its sweetness gently rolls off the palate, its brandy head builds and those apple influences take hold. Slight numbing warmth and wood spices give a soft dryness to the otherwise savory dessert beer.` (1,018 characters)

Photo of brianmandell
3.67/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2008

-Pours a dark reddish-brown with head reducing to fine lacing.

-Delicious aroma of sherry, plum / jammy dark fruit, sweet molasses, beef gravy and cardboard

-The taste is oxidized and one dimensional. Unfortunately that dimension is cardboard. There is a pleasant note of dark fruit finishing with with a hint of soy sauce and bitter malt. An unpleasant aftertaste develops.

-Mouthfeel is silky with very fine, creamy carbonation.

-I think this would have been a very fine beer in its prime. I recently had a 2010 Reserva that rocked my world. This is a shell of that beer. I am giving extra points to the overall score given that opening any beer at this age is a crapshoot and that Pannepot has not disappointed me in the past. (748 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.71/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

2005 vintage.

Pours a clear dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, candied fruit, and slight cardboard aromas. Taste is much the same with candied fruit, caramel, and slight cardboard flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that seems a bit old and oxidized at this point, but it's still fairly tasty as is. (673 characters)

Photo of hooliganlife
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

grand reserva vintage

pours quite still, dark thick cola black. basically no head

sweet dark fruit candy, faint leather, sherry, and plum.

has some oxidation for sure however i do not feel its taking away from the flavors. the sherry flavor is quite nice. well rounded subtle complex dark fruits and rich candy.

mild to moderate carbonation, just enough to liven up the body and the flavors. felt it complimented the flavors perfectly.

old, yes. but still drinking well IMO (479 characters)

Photo of BarrytheBear
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2005 vintage courtesy of Steve...thank you!

A nice dark brown with a good half inch cap that rings and puddles.

Plenty of wood and wet paper along with tobacco leaf and chocolate. There's a nice roasted coffee here as well that's unexpected.

Interesting quad and not wholly anticipated: coal, dark fruits, figs, and molasses encompassed by a sweet sherry-like sweetness. Red grapes and roasted coffee on the back end with lingering port qualities.

On the low end of carbonation with a moderate body that shows it's age while still holding its ground.

Sophie Marceau...aging but still plenty well put together. (616 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2005 Vintage, apparently this is the first batch. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice very dark mahogany hue that would be clear if not for how dark it is. Nice half finger light tan head fades to leave a creamy halo and a thin cloud.

S - Aromas of well, an old quad. Definitely oxidation, light caramel, brown sugar, darker fruits, figs, faint vanilla. Like someone else said there is some sherry notes.

T - Taste is figs, oxidation/cherry, with a strong chocolate and coffee finish. Almost port like this is not bad, just not expected. What's really unexpected is the level of chocolate and coffee and lightly sweet dark fruits on the finish. Pleasant.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, slightly silky, alcohol is hidden nice.

O - Overall, perhaps I should have drank this a few years back but still glad I did not. Nice complexity here. (857 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
2.8/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Vintage '05 on the bottle. Pour is deep brown with a tight tan head. Nose has a ton of rich dark malt, figs, brown sugar, red grapes, a bit oxidized, nutty, cardboard, and boozy notes in back. Taste is also a good bit oxidized. The cardboard is strong with the rich malt being faded. Brown sugar and fig with booze in back. The cardboard lingers through the finish. Medium to full body, fairly good carbonation. (411 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle poured into a De Struise tulip. 2005 vintage.

Appearance - Dark brown. Light passes through revealing a tinge or red and some floating bits suspended in the beer. Medium khaki head that resolves into a creamy collar.

Smell - Oxidation lends sherry to the nose. Nothing offensive, but this is getting old. Fruit and caramel malt. Some brown sugar and a hint of darker roasted malts.

Taste - Bright fruitiness up front. Almost a wine-like characteristic. Oak. Again, sherry oxidation flavors. Brown sugar turns into a chocolatey finish and coffee is left in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation. Slickness from the oxidation. Sweet.

Overall - This definitely has its drawbacks. The oxidation doesn't open up any exciting flavors. It's not too old, but it's old. Nonetheless, this is a fantastic and complex beer. (836 characters)

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

Sent to me by a friend in Calgary. 2005 vintage.

A - Pours the definition of 'murky.' Sort of a muddy brown colour in the glass with a one finger beige. head. Good carbonation. Spotty lace and a film of retention.

S - Aroma is full of leather and molasses up front. Lot's of dark fruit and sugar as well. Mild tart dark fruit or cherry notes. Very interesting and complex aroma unlike anything in a Quad I've smelled.

T - Tart cherry really dominates. Barrel character. Dark fruit is big with some wood. Sugar, woody, mild molasses. Might be a little past it's prime as the mild sourness comes out pretty strong, but it's still enjoyable. Not as good as the aroma, but not bad at all.

M - Nice, mild carbonation, medium to full body and a dry and mildly tart finish with lot's of dryness.

O/D - This is probably a bit oxidized, but still pretty enjoyable. The aroma is quite original and enjoyable with lot's of complexity. You can tell that there was a world class Quad underneath this, but maybe it peaked a few years ago. Still pretty darn good though. (1,064 characters)

Photo of Seanniek91
4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Notes from Kulminator. Vintage 2006. Aged in French oak and finished in calvados barrels for 8 months. A very dusty bottle. Served from a 375ml dusty bottle into a DeStruise chalice.

A- Black with soft white head. Awesome lacing.

S-Apple, chocoalte, caramel, oak, booze, brown bread.

T-Apple, brandy, oak, caramel, maple syrup, chocolate, no booze.

M-Thinning body, very little heat, ample enough carbonation.

O-Incredible. Calvados is there, but light. Drink it now before the Barre disappears. (501 characters)

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Pannepot Grand Reserva from De Struise Brouwers
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