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Pannepot Grand Reserva | De Struise Brouwers

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Pannepot Grand ReservaPannepot Grand Reserva
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers
Belgium | website

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by SacoDeToro on 03-20-2008

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Reviews: 227 | Ratings: 584
Photo of breadwinner
4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Surprising ability to retain carb, even on a 7-year old bottle. At that age, everything has, of course, smoothed out quite a bit -- subtle nose of light spice, a touch of booze, and definite sweetly dark malt. Palate relies heavily on the latter, molasses-y sweet, though not syrupy in feel thanks to the bubbly carbonation. Oak/Calvados presence really subtle at this point, maybe adding just a touch of spice to an otherwise very smoothly blended brew. Nice stuff, pleasant, but probably past its prime at this point.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 bottle has a deep plum color or burgundy with tiny bubbles for a white head. Mouthfeel is well carbed and soft. Flavor is tannic with figs, raisins, and brandy.

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Photo of mothman
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2006

Tan head. Caramel brown color.

Raisins, caramel, toffee, oak, and molasses. Barrel flavors are light especially for being a reserva.

Full bodied. Nice carbonation.

Very nice beer for being 10 years old.

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Photo of JackieKu
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle. 2010 vintage.

A: Deep brown, near opaque. Small foam.
S: Caramel, toffee, and mildly oak. Some soy sauce.
T: Black soybean. Toffee. Medium sweetness. Low bitterness.
M: Full body. Low carbonation.
O: Great but worse than reserva version.

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle, Beergium 2010 Vintage - Pours dark black with a very small tan head which quickly dissipates. Medium carbonation. Smell - light yeasty oaky, dark stone fruits, alcoholic. Taste - Sweet, dark stone fruits foretaste with a warm alcoholic but not overwhelming finish. Nice easy drinikng winter warmer.

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Photo of kevanb
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle, 2010 vintage, poured into a De Struise Brouwers cervoise.

The beer pours a deep burgundy color, garnet hues when struck by the light, very opaque with a fizzy cola head, taut bubbles that has limited retention and yields just a sparse spot of lace. The aroma is quite nice, fig, plum, raisin, rich grains, nice yeasty esters, caramel a bit of oakiness and some tannin-esque character as well, very complex, very rich and really inviting. The flavors offer plenty of richness as well, fig, prune, raisin, lovely yeast profile, dark bready grains, a bit of alcohol, earthy wood, brown sugar, a bit of wine like acidity that lingers long on the palate. The mouthfeel is nice, coats very well, assertive carbonation supports a lively medium body, zippy and playful that finishes easily with a gentle warming sensation as it goes down.


Verdict: A very, very nice Quadrupel from De Struise Brouwers, loads of complexity, nicely balanced and a pleasure to sip on. Perhaps one of the less thought about Quadrupels, but it holds it own with many of the best out there, a definite must try for anyone who loves the style.

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Photo of thierrynantes
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from Bière & Chopes.

Appearance : dark red brown color with a tan foamy head.
Smell : malty, roasted and dark fruit aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : a very complex flavor, dark malt, spicy notes.
Overall : a veru nive beer in the style Quadrupel.

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Photo of lohyewcheong
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I tried this immediately after Trappist Rochefort 10. And I actually found myself preferring Pannepot Grand Reserva; which is saying a lot, because Trappist Rochefort 10 is my favorite beer

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Photo of Doderlein_Bacillus
4.99/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Incredible beer. Aroma deep and complex. Wood, dark malts, candi sugar, fruits like figgs and dry raisins. It has a very dark brown appearance, the palate is quite exceptional. Taste is so smooth and so complex without being overdone

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Photo of rolltide8425
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2010 Vintage-Pours a dark brown with a modest tan head. Smells of dark fruit, a little oak, chocolate, and yeasty sweetness. Taste follows the smell with tons of dark fruit, sweet chocolate, and some woodiness from the oak. There are also some wine-like tannins present as well as a bit of booziness. Nicely carbonated but also very smooth going down. You could age this for years on end and it would just get better and better.

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.44/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of Roguer
4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of aleigator
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of Wanne
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.27/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
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...

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Photo of SweetChicken
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
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

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Photo of sprat1960
4.74/5  rDev +11%
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!

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Photo of safaricook
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2010 vintage drunk at 6 years old. Nice beige fine head. Well integrated fine carbonation. Sherry in the aroma, some drak fruits. Taste is also sherry, alcoholic and chocolate bitter. Nice brew that my wife enjoyed even more than I

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Photo of MarcWP
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.99/5  rDev -6.6%

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.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.14/5  rDev -3%
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

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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.

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Pannepot Grand Reserva from De Struise Brouwers
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