Pannepot Grand Reserva - De Struise Brouwers
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2.68/5 rDev -37.7%
Re-review of a 2005 vintage bottle traded to me by baggio. Thanks, Rob!
A: Pours an opaque mahogany in the center with ruby translucence at the edges. It's capped by a thin, short-lived trace of tan foam that leaves a milky swirl of bubbles atop the brew.
S: Green apples, oak, caramel, and a mildly tart sour cherry presence. Brown sugar, vanilla, cola-like spices.
T: This beer is tart -- no sourness, but it's a flavor contribution that I find off-putting and clashing with the otherwise sweet body. Caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, and oak open up the palate, segueing into sweet dark fruits (figs, plums). The finish is mildly tannic, with a noticeably tart aftertaste that evokes cherries, grapes, and cola spices. I am truly confused. It's not infected, that much I believe -- but it's so jarring that I can't get past it.
M: This beer is still on the sweet and 'wet' side up front, but the finish is watery at times. It would be excellent otherwise.
O: This beer isn't quite as delicious as I remember it being. I noticed this vintage was distributed to my local beer store, and I passed up on the opportunity to buy it. Either my palate has evolved, or the vintages are different, but I've lost my excitement for this beer.
Previous review: 4.5 / 4.5 / 4.5 / 5.0 / 5.0
Bottle purchased and consumed at Delirium Cafe in Brussels. 2006 vintage.
A: Poured a nearly black, but ultimately opaque mahogany, body with the slightest hints of ruby around the edges where light peeked through. The bartender's expert pour produced a fluffy tan head that filled the top 2 fingers of the glass, retained well, and deposited a few trails of lace down the sides. Beautiful.
S: This really opened up once it warmed to the right temperature. It presented a bouquet of apple, tannins, caramel, spices, vanilla, brown sugar, and dark fruits such as plums and berries. Wonderful to sniff.
T: Bread, crackers, caramel, brown sugar at first. The middle is more fruity, with tart apple -- the result of aging in Calvados casks -- as well as juicy plums, white raisins, orange peel, and possibly berries. I seem to remember the original having some tamarind, which isn't found here. The finish carries elements of coriander and clove. The Calvados contribution is mellow and subtle; whether it was strong before and has simply faded, I can't say. But it's found in good balance in this beer.
M: Medium-full bodied. Moderate carbonation. VERY smooth, and carries not even a trace of alcohol. I'm surprised to find that this delicious sipper is 10%.
D: I requested another and was dismayed to find that I had ordered the last one. I'd have grabbed another in a heartbeat, and now I'm on the trading warpath for it.
11-22-2011 05:55:25 | More by Arbitrator
2.78/5 rDev -35.3%
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.
02-06-2014 00:13:03 | More by cpetrone84
3/5 rDev -30.2%
Nothing like kicking off a new year with a Pannepot variation. Thanks to Cam for picking this up for me since I didn't see any around here. 2005 vintage.
Pours very dark brown with slight highlights, tiny bit of sediment settled at the bottom. Big frothy beige head retains well as a thick cap leaving a bit of lacing, certainly doesn't look 6-7 years old.
Smell is extremely muted, but definite fig/dark fruit in there, oak and alcohol.
Taste also seems very muted, especially compared to the original Pannepot. Chocolate, yeast, spice, dark fruit, oak, maybe some fruity hops (?) all noticeable but very faint. Maybe the age and/or the long oak barrel aging is to blame.
Like other Pannepi, very smooth full mouthfeel, lowish carbonation, not much alcohol present. Sadly, it's the highlight of the beer.
Wow, quite disappointing. The regular Pannepot is one of my favorite beers and the Reserva is great as well, this really didn't do much for me. Flavor is way too faint.
01-01-2012 21:37:47 | More by Chico1985
3.08/5 rDev -28.4%
2005 Reserve. Got this as an extra in a trade a little while ago. Thanks alpineclimber!
Poured in to Duvel tulip.
A - Poured a very dark amber colour - completely opaque - with one finger of light brown head that slowly disappeared. Some good lacing on the glass.
S - Intense sweetness up front with notes of dark caramel, brown sugar and toffee. Dark fruit notes compliment the sweetness.
T - Extremely sweet. Lots of brown sugar, toffee and dark caramel. Some spice and yeast notes come through as well. I don't pick up the oak at all.
M - Medium body; light carbonation.
O - This was extremely sweet - to the point that I could not finish it. It was enjoyable for about a third of the glass and then became too much for me to drink.
08-15-2011 12:11:58 | More by TheSevenDuffs
3.13/5 rDev -27.2%
A brown clouded brew, an off-white very small head, little lacing but good curtains.
A smelling mixture of yeast, old concrete and coke.
Tasting of candid, or burned, sugar, some anisette, finishing with some old cherry seeds, rather wooden sour.
Little carbonation, a bit flat and remarkably thin, a light dry finish.
This was vintage 2005, has most probably peeked a while ago.
01-30-2012 21:48:54 | More by rarbring
3.23/5 rDev -24.9%
From a capped 330 ml brown bottle, best before date on label states 30/11/2013. Also noted is the list of ingredients: water, barley malt, hops, yeast, spices and candy. Noted for the inclusion of the latter 2 on the list.
Pours out a deep murky opaque brown, small beige head that quickly dissipates.
Sweet malt and brown sugar on the nose, candied dates, raisins, faint nutmeg.
Flavour is almost vinuous, green grapes, white raisins, dates, nutmeg, a mild woody nut husk, some sweet candi sugar. Not overly cohesive, nor impressive.
Mouthfeel is fairly light and watery at times, although there's some fullness on the finish.
A rather anti-climactic quad when all is said and done, hopefully it ages well and things come together a bit more over the years.
02-15-2009 23:13:08 | More by IronDjinn
3.3/5 rDev -23.3%
The colour is dark brown, the liquid is clear. The low head is brown. No lacing.
The smell is heavy. Alcohol, dried fruits, Coca Cola, cinnamon, vanilla. Hints of oranges. It is overall quiet sweet.
The taste is a bit tart. Sweet notes of dried fruits. Toffee. It feels a bit tired and flat. Dried apples in the heavy and alcoholic finish.
The carbonation is light, the liquid is dry.
A beer with an extraordinary smell. Sadly, the taste feels a bit tired and old.
01-29-2012 11:15:51 | More by bark
3.33/5 rDev -22.6%
(Comment about 100th Review)
Mahogony with a fizzly head that sizzles down slowly. Not really any lacing to mention.
Smell is nonexistent at first. I let it breathe, swirl it, warm it: nothing. Maybe some chocolate but it's a stretch.
Malt, chocolate, some belgian notes, floral stuff, raisin, a hint of cherries. Very subtle. Aged in Calvados bottles my ass. I love Calvados and got nothing. This beer has aged too long.
Lots of carbonation and moderate alcohol presence.
A pretty simple quad. Nothing really going on too much in this bottle..Looking forward to trying again sometime though, something must be off with some of these bottles.
02-02-2011 06:57:32 | More by ptykozoon
3.35/5 rDev -22.1%
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.
01-03-2009 03:59:37 | More by badbeer
3.35/5 rDev -22.1%
12 oz. bottle, thanks Brad! Deep mahogany pour with really nice creamy lacing. Initial blast of single malt scotch whiskey. Toffee comes in quite a bit as it warms. Creamy and rich. A booziness can easily be detected from the get-go. The biggest weakness here is a strange astringent bitterness around the edges, which comes off as almost sour and simply doesn't belong in this brew. It's really rich, creamy, has a lot of nice components, but certainly didn't all seem to come together right. Not as good as the normal Pannepot.
01-27-2011 02:08:23 | More by JAXSON
3.43/5 rDev -20.2%
2005 Vintage into a small Chimay Chalice.
Pannepot Grand Reserva 2005 goes in the glass a medium hue of brown with some tree bark like colors. The cap is real thin with dark tannish film like appearance. Smell is old dark fruit with plum being the focus. Faint sour apple with some faded roasted malt scent. Some port like quality with grape and small fig. Cant really pick up the barrel, this is an old bottle here. Taste is way left field at this point, perhaps past the point of no return. Dark fruit and some tartness has taken on effect. It's different and pleasant but not what im looking for in a quad. Plum and some apple with grape, sour grapes, Port like flavors, calvados. This is far off from a normal quad. Feel is a big medium and the carb is tame, yet this leaves a tart zing when sipped. I vastly preferred the Pannepot Reserva to this 'grand' version. Perhaps I should try another bottle of it.
01-30-2012 03:45:39 | More by BARFLYB
3.5/5 rDev -18.6%
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.
12-21-2010 21:36:40 | More by kingcrowing
3.5/5 rDev -18.6%
A-Pours deep burgundy with 3/4 inch of tan head. Leaves stringy, soapy lacing.
S-Stewed fruit, prunes, milk chocolate, French oak and vanilla extract. Very blunt and flat compared to the non barrel aged Pannepot.
T/M-Thin and mildly roasty, with flavors of milk chocolate and vanilla. Doesn't show its age like I thought it would. Less herbaceous than the regular Pannepot. The finish is dry and slightly boozy.
O-Not all I hoped it would be. You'd never know this was 6 years old. It seems the extensive barrel aging has stripped away Pannepot's nuances, leaving behind a perfectly average quadruppel.
10-31-2011 18:55:12 | More by DaveHS
Pannepot Grand Reserva from De Struise Brouwers
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