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Pannepot Grand Reserva - De Struise Brouwers

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Ratings: 508
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 171
Gots: 168 | FT: 15
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

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Beer added by: SacoDeToro on 03-20-2008

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Ratings: 508 | Reviews: 216
Reviews by CruisaC:
Photo of CruisaC
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 vintage courtesy of yeahnatenelson and buffs9

Pours dark cola with mocha head that settles into a ring

Smell is spices, oak, raisins, and grapes. Fairly subtle but well balanced.

Taste is magnificent. Raisins and oak, blended wonderfully. I get less of the grape flavor that I've noticed from the "regular" Reserva; which isn't a good or bad thing, just different.

Mouthfeel is just the right amount of creaminess and chewiness. Incredibly smooth

Overall, so glad to have another to sip later; I'm amassing a vertical and this shaped up to be the early favorite.

More User Reviews:
Photo of ricke
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark ruby color with a one finger beige head that settles rather quickly.

S: Very complex. Vinous fruity flavors (cherries, ripe apples), roasted malts, coffee, hints of oak and lots of spices. Faint notes of sweet licorice and burnt aromas. Hints of chocolate and nougat develops upon swirling.

T: Lively taste with lots of stuff going on. Very complex. Notes of cherries up front, faint tartness, robust oak barrel character, roasted malts, coffee and lots of spices. In the finish there is a tart fruitiness, sweet licorice and herbs. The bitterness is spicy, rather than hoppy. Some alcohol.

M: Smooth like velvet, full-bodied and sophisticated.

D: A great beer. Packed with strong and bold flavors. Maybe it could have been a little more balanced. Nonetheless, highly recommended.

Photo of badbeer
3.38/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber red color with a tan head that quickly dissipates to a ring around the glass. Smell is of green apple, spices, and some wood. Taste consists of caramel, toffee, spices, clove, but this is also very metallic; even moreso than the regular reserva. Light bodied with a rather high carbonation. I'd try this again, but I don't know that I'd seek it out. It seems like I'd just stick with regular Pannepot over any of the reservas. Thanks to pepsican for the sample.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.49/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle poured into a St. Bernardus chalice. 2005 vintage.

Pours a very dark brown, it's murky and a bit red on the edges. There's no head to speak of, just some light bubbles around the edges, but there was a pop when I opened it. Nose is very rich and malty, it's sweet and boozy. There are dark fruits and raisins, Belgian candy sugar is there as well.

Taste is a bit oaky/woody. There's raisins, sweet caramel malt and some sharp carbonation. There's lots of rich malts, a bit of dark chocolate, it's quite creamy and smooth with a fairly good mouthfeel. You get a tingling on your tongue afterwards from the alcohol and the sweet malts. It is strong and complex, but fairly easy drinking.

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

2005 vintage

11.2oz bottle, fridge temp, poured into a snifter.

appears almost black but is actually a deep ruby color. about one fingers worth of tan colored head, creamy, nice retention and some nice spotty lace. some sediment visible.

initially lots of ripe dark fruits. some alcohol apparent, spicy, flouride like yeast, sweet malts and a bit wine like.

sweet candied dark fruits, dark breads, spicy yeast phenols. not nearly as much alcohol in the taste. some toasty oak comes through, brown sugar and hints of nutmeg and cinamon. comes off very wine like. finsihes with a very nice richness.

very smooth, rich, sweet, full bodied, very nice mouthfeel. carbonation just about right.

definatly one of the best quads ive had. such a nice melding of flavors, age has done this well. id be a little hesitant to buy more because of the huge price tag for one 11.2 oz bottle, but id be very interested to see what further cellaring could do.

Photo of ehammond1
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2005)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, whartontallboy!

(Aged for 4+ years)

Dark brown with auburn and ruby edges and a very thin light brown head that doesn't stay up for too long. This leaves the glass messy with lots of irregular lacing. Appropriate and pretty, though somewhat standard for a beer of this style.

The main elements found in the aroma include dark fruits (raisin, black cherry, fig), along with barrel and some molasses and brown sugar sweetness. I wish everything was a touch more pronounced, but what's here is very nice.

The flavor shines though, significantly more than the aroma. The dark fruit flavors pair magnificently with the oak and molasses sweetness. This is rich, layered, complex, and incredibly drinkable. Zero alcohol presence.

Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Coating.

Simply superb.

Photo of jeonseh
4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap, full glass at FFF Anniversary Party. 2008 vintage

A - Dark purplish brown and very hazy; so much so that I couldn't see through it. Nice dirty white, frothy head sitting on top

S - Plum and honey with a malt backbone. Also smelled Belgian yeast, cherry, and hints of citrus. Really a dynamic nose where you find something new each time. The nose was definitely subtle

T - Rich dark fruit at first, then noticed plums with a light Brandy flavor. Also, there are hints of sugar and honey. As I continued to drink, hints of oak, port and vanilla came out. Thought this was overwhelmingly complex and deep.

MF - Nice thick stickiness to it. Felt perfectly matched to the beer and its flavor profile

O- overall this is quite simply Amazing. One of the best Belgian beers I've had by far and felt it was way better than than the normal Pannepot

Photo of pwoods
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Wetherel for the bottle.

11.2oz brown bottle poured into a chalice.

A: Pours a murky brown. Medium head with great retention and some lacing.

S: Great murky, dank oak. Powerful oak but doesn't cover up that delicious pannet aroma.

T/M: Definitely a tasty spicy pannepot with more ofthe dank oak. Some odd rotten/over-ripenned fruit... Kind of sour? Some licorice kinda flavor. Medium full body with light but assertive carbonation.

D: Drinks nicely but the rotten fruit/sourness is very distracting.

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

This is a nearly perfect quad—pick this up if you can find it. This is a very complex beer; Belgian yeast, sugar and alcohol are all present. This beer is a sipper, but very easy to drink. I am glad we picked up a few of these in Belgium; I will hopefully get the chance to enjoy one or two more.

Photo of ggaughan
4.92/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle tasted at the Kulminator in Antwerp.

Beer poured a block hole like color, dense, with a tan head, bubbley. The aroma is pleasing to the nose. Oaky, toasted malt yet a bit sweet. Dried fruits in the aroma a bit. The taste is complex to say the least. Up front there are potent spicy notes, banana, corriander maybe, some dried fruits and definite oak tones. The high abv is a bit hidden by the complex flavors but you can still feel it on the back end. A very full bodied beer and definitely worth the wait to try it.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.3/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle, 2005 vintage, been sittin' on this one for a while - as the temperature outside drops (again), it's lookin' pretty goo-ood!

Plopped unceremoniously into a pint glass, this beer appears a muddled, sediment-specked, over-saturated iced tea hue, with a half finger of anemic, weakly foamy pale beige head, which flattens rather quickly, leaving only that thin physics-endowed default meniscus of lace around the glass.

It smells of vinous raisins, demerara sugar, bittersweet chocolate, root beer, subtle wood aromas - oak, apple, and brandy, with some other dark fruits lurking about. The taste is quite unexpectedly mellow, though this is perhaps because it is spread across multiple levels - a prominent earthy Old World wine essence, sugary dark fruit, overripe bananas, buttery, bready malt, thin molasses, and drying, musty oak notes.

The carbonation is quite diffuse, the body medium-full in weight, but still somehow airy, and the smoothness akin to a pillow, with a hundred of the same piled on top. It finishes sweet and fruity, but with a weighty drying tendency, all well tempered by a defanged Calvados warming.

This just feels like a simmering time bomb, the alcohol in there somewhere, strategizing, scheming beneath the enjoyable barrel-informed fruity malt. Incredibly tasty, subdued, and maybe a little dangerous. Sublimely easy to drink, at least for this one bottle - as that 20-proof ABV would make itself known eventually.

Photo of Mar02x
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Today I drove to 'Hop duvel' in Gent, Sint-Sixtus in Westvleteren and Deca brewery in Woesten. What a great beer day. The sun was shining and my buddy Ed and I had a Westvleteren 12 in Westvleteren. But to night I am very curios for the Pannepot grand reserva, according to my buddy Thijs ( 'the Brabander'); the best quadrupel he ever tasted. So her I am, ready to take a gulp of this Struise nectar. I am having a 2006 edition, 10% ABV.

A - A black nectar at first sight, but when you hold it against the light a hazy wine red substance without carbonation. The head is off white and slowly retracts until a thin layer remains.

S - A smell of fresh yeast, and faintly some citrus, some alcohol to but again faintly.

T - What a complex brew, the taste evolves during your gulp and when you swallow you feel the warming alcohol. What a balance, it is very hard so separate all the different flavors. I almost have to guess what I am tasting. I'll give it a try; vanilla, wood, raisins, some caramel and brown sugar, bitter but not at all hoppy. The alcohol is present but so nicely blended with the rest of the spices.

M - Nice carbonation not overwhelming, very drinkable liquid, nice taste evolution.

O - A very good quadrupel, not as good as a Westvleteren 12 but definitely worth trying

Photo of SomethingClever
4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
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

Photo of Sammy
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Case from Roland and Russell. Pours dark colour with dark red highlights and lots of lace, off-white head. Aroma: sherry, ok, manipulated yeast, rich. Mouthfeel is on creamy side, it tastes creamy and a bit sour and oaked, and finishes magnificantly satisfying. Deep and soulful. One of the year's best I have had from 600 beers.

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

Tasted in a rather dark bar. Dark brown, some red highlights in the light. Medium mocha head settles gradually.

Unsurprisingly, big dark fruit on the nose. Woodiness in the background.

Spicey apple up front, the calvados comes through loud and clear. Behind the apple there are loads of big dark fruit, mixed with vanilla notes. Spices pop in and out. Very complex beer

Age has obviously done wonders for this. 2005 bottle, alcohol is super soft and the beer goes down really creamy. Very nice.

Photo of cjacobsen
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2005 bottle poured into a snifter.

(A) Opaque ruby brown. Glows ruby around the bottom edges of the glass when held up to the light. Not much of a head, but a super thin layer of bubbles and foam spread across the top of the beer.

(S) The smell of banana stands out the most. Some chocolate and a slight hint of dark fruits come through a little. Biscuit and a bit of malt.

(T) Molasses and fig with dark chocolate and a hint of vanilla. There is a bit of dark roasted malts in the lingering aftertaste as well as a touch of dark cherry. More of the dark fruits and dark grains come through as it opens up.

(M) Medium body. Very well balanced beer. Somewhat grainy but ends fairly smooth. Some bittering. Does have a bit of a syrupy quality to it.

(O) Very solid beer. I think for being 6 years old at this point it's quite superb. It's got a few layers of things going on but isn't too complex for the palate.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.01/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2005 Vintage poured into my Ovila Goblet. Couldn't get a head going on it. No lacing. Dark brown in color.

Aroma is awesome. Dark fruits, bit of roast and Belgian yeast funkiness.

Taste is good. Falls short a bit. Could use a boost in flavor. Almost like a light version of a quad as far as taste goes. Taste of dark fruits and a bit of caramel. Little bit of Belgian yeast. Still tasty.

Mouthfeel is a bit too thin. Low on carb for style.

Overall tasty. Was kinda disappointed but not bad.

Photo of hooliganlife
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
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

Photo of nickd717
4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2005 bottle at the Kulminator in Antwerpen (yeeeeaaaah!).

A - Amazing very dark reddish-brown pour with a large tan head.

S - Aroma of sweet malt, red wine, oak, dark chocolate, and mild roast.

T - Really, really complex and good. Sweet caramel and roasted malt, toffee, coffee, dark chocolate, red wine, brandy, spices, dark fruits...come to think of it, maybe I should be naming the flavors that weren't in this beer instead, that might be a shorter list.

M - Awesome full palate with soft carbonation. Incredibly velvety and smooth.

D - This beer is intense, but it's so damn good it keeps you wanting more. Overall, this beer was absolutely legen...wait for it...DARY!

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of nickhiller
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: chocolate brown, no head.

S: all the notes of a traditional quad. Maybe a little bit of wood.

T: sweet and medicinal, dark cherries, lots of roasted malt and a bitter charcoal-y finish.

M: medium body, sweet/bitter finish.

O: It's hard to taste the aging here, it is pretty much your standard Belgian quad, not unlike Chimay Grand Reserve.

Photo of sjstraub
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2005.

A - Dark with a reddish hint. Head evaporates relatively quickly.

S - Apple and vanilla. Very sweet. No alcohol aroma at all.

T - To me, a very strong calvados flavor with a bit of an anise finish. Incredibly balanced with the sweet nose.

M - Full bodied with a nice carbonation for a 2005 beer.

D - Not a beer that you have more than one of in a session. Heavy, filling beer.

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

2005 bottle. Basically black, with a fairly quick pour forming a finger of tan head. Falls quickly to a half finger cap, but maintains there.

The aroma is strongly dominated by oak woodiness. Behind that is the dark fruits of a quad, but they are muted by the strong wood aroma. Spices notable as well. Altogether nice.

Taste is extraordinary. Much like the regular Pannepot, but with the alcohol muted, and an addition of vanilla-like wood flavour and just a hint of tartness to the mix. Spicy, fruity, rich and sweet.

Mouthfeel is full bodied with a little more than the required carbonation to cut through the body. Here is another 10% ABV beer that drinks like a 6%.

For the money I'd stick with the regular Pannepot, but this is another fantastic brew and well worth trying.

Photo of basica
4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - From a 2006 vintage bottle, pours an opaque dark amber-brown into my De Struise tulip yielding a three-finger thick, pretty, bubbly and creamy tan head that grows slightly after the initial pour, retaining well; it finally settles down to a one-finger thick tan head. (5)

S - Intense nose of dark fruits, caramel, chocolate, alcoholic phenols, oak and bready yeasts (4.5)

T - Intense caramel sweetness upfront with slightly vinous and leathery notes following closely; thick chocolate flavors, molasses and dark fruits with suggestions of raisins, plums and dates, fill the middle with a masterful yet light touch of alcohol; bready malts and spices come through towards the finish which suggested flavors of maple sweetness, raisins, caramel, chocolate and a light touch of oak (5)

M - Luscious full-bodied mouthfeel with a slight syrupy stickiness and a creamy smooth texture; very pleasantly warming as it goes down (5)

D - Godly delectable and complex flavors compounded with a mouthfeel that's kissing perfection, this is a beer that's definitely amongst the few pinnacle selections on my list (5)

Comparing the 2006 Grand Reserva and the 2007 Reserva, oak notes were stronger on the nose for the Grand Reserva and the flavors on the Grand Reserva exhibited vinous, leathery touch remiscent of wine (this is probably due to the barrel aging). Chocolates were also more towards the front, unlike the Reserva (and the regular Pannepot) to form a thicker and more well-blended flavor with the dark fruits, molasses and alcoholic phenols. Over here, the mouthfeel is pretty much perfected at full body and with a light touch of syrupy stickiness.

About half way through my Quadrupel marathon and here's the ordered ranking thus far, starting from the best: 2006 Pannepot Grand Reserva, 2007 Pannepot Reserva, 2006 Pannepot, 2010 La Trappe Quadrupel Oak Aged, 2009 La Trappe Quadrupel, 2009 Ommegang Three Philosophers

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Pannepot Grand Reserva from De Struise Brouwers
95 out of 100 based on 508 ratings.