Pannepot Grand Reserva - De Struise Brouwers

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466 Ratings
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Ratings: 466
Reviews: 206
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 163
Gots: 156 | FT: 13
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De Struise Brouwers visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: SacoDeToro on 03-20-2008)
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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 t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of spycow
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.71/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep mahogany with a nice tan head and a tight ring of lace as it goes down.

S: Plenty of dark fruits, molasses, brown sugar, and some wintry spices.

T: Caramel malt base and plenty of brown sugar and molasses. Dates and figs are prominent, with a few notes of cherry. Quite complex.

M: Medium body and nicely creamy.

D: Very drinkable delicious. Love pretty much everything that Struise does.

Photo of nmann08
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of metter98
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is hazy and very dark brownish amber in color. It poured with a thin off white head that died down and consistently left a ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of sweet dark fruits in the nose along with hints of vanilla from the barrel aging.
T: The taste is very complex and develops as the beer warms up. It has flavors of dark fruits and oak from the barrel aging.
M: It feels full-bodied and very smooth on the palate and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very smooth and incredibly well balanced. No traces of alcohol are noticeable, which makes it very easy to drink considering the strength.

Note: 2005 Vintage

Photo of olradetbalder
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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.`

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep brown/burgundy color ale with a super large foamy head with some exceptional retention and great lacing. Aroma of apple is easily distinguishable with some oak notes and light candi sugar notes. Taste is also dominated by the calvados notes with some oak notes and a nice lightly sweet malt base. Great carbonation with a full body and no discernable alcohol notes. Very well done overall but I still think I prefer the original Pannepot and maybe the oak-aged/calvados-aged has replace some of the complexity of the original beer.

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

Roasted pecan brown that becomes darkest black cherry when backlit with bright morning sun. A louder than expected 'pffft' on crown cracking has resulted in nearly half the snifter being filled with fluffy light brown sugar colored foam. Whether much lace ends up sticking on not, this is wonderful looking beer.

The nose would be more enjoyable (and more complex) if it was bolder. Medium-dark fruit and a potpourri of herbs and spices are appreciated. Woodiness is definitely present, but no one could have guessed that what makes Grand Reserva unique among the Pannepot brews is the fact that it was aged in French oak that had previously held Calvados (apple brandy).

I'm not groovin' on this one as much as I did on Old Fisherman's Ale (Denmark Version). It seems too tart for a quadrupel and doesn't have the flavor depth that I remember. Things are coming together a bit better as it warms, but 4.5 for flavor isn't a serious consideration.

Specifics include brown bread soaked in caramel, tart apples, tangy plums, golden raisins, citrus zest and assorted spices. Regarding the identifiability of ingredients other than malt, hops and yeast... cinnamon (yes), orange peel (yes), coriander (maybe) and thyme (no). Clove esters from the Belgian yeast are noted as well. Alcohol is... what alcohol?

The final pour adds an even darker murkiness to the beer. Oddly enough, flavor intensity and complexity are not affected. Considering the fact that PGR was brewed in 2005 and bottled in 2007, the mouthfeel has held up pretty well. It's light-medium for the style and the ABV, but it works.

Aging an outstanding quadrupel in Calvados barrels sounds like a good idea, but it didn't contribute anything worthwhile in the end. I don't care whether or not Grand Reserva is brewed again, as long as De Struise Brouwers continues to provide us with the standard Pannepot Fisherman's Ale. Thanks to biegaman for the bottle.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

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

Another gem I was lucky enough to get ahold of recently. Served chilled and poured into a snifter, this one was consumed on 08/29/2009. Vintage 2005 bottle

Big pour here, huge with a big tan head here, maybe three inches here capping off the top of a very dark brown liquid. Only the slightest bit of reddish light peaking through on the sides and the bottom of the glass here. Aroma was rich, tart fruits, figs, hints of herbal notes, light brown sugar. Warming brings lots of oak, hints of bourbon and undertones of a dark fruit, almost plum like nature. Each sip is decadent and complete, really just a wonderfully complex and amazingly deep and complete flavor. Tons of figs and grapes, hints of light spice on the tongue. Nice sweet notes and oak running through the middle of the palate with each passing sip, masterfully done. Alcohol hidden very well underneath a cloak of dark fruit and spicey goodness. Full bodied with lots of carbonation.

Overall what a night for me. This and Delphine back to back. I was blown away by both. The pannepot is good for me, but this is great, it really just came together damn near perfect for me. I would love to have this again any day, maybe age it for a year or two more.

Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Adam for knocking off this long time want...as an extra. This is the 2005 Vintage.

A: The beer pours much the same as all the other versions of this beer. Dark brown in color with a reddish hint and a finger of creamy khaki head.

S: Heavy on the oak barrel aromas. Decent amounts of dark fruit and some molasses and brown sugar. A subtle booze note as well as some prune juice. Faint to moderate spice notes are present.

T: The flavor has a pronounced chocolate flavor to it. Lots of oak is there, too. Slightly boozy on the finish with a lingering flavor of nutmeg. Numerous dark fruit flavors on the middle of the tongue. Definitely complex.

M: Medium to full in body with a smooth, medium carbonation.

O: Definitely good, but I still find it very hard to top regular Pannepot or the Reserva.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark brown body with a wispy, persistent, off-white head.

Smell: Aroma of dark malts and toasted oak wrapped up in a luscious, sweet-smelling raisin/plum syrup. Yes, I read Calvados, but for me it's very port-like.

Taste: Rich sweet maltiness! Flavors of simple syrup, dark caramel, light brown sugar, and a drop or three of molasses. Did I mention it's sweet? A tiny kick of tartness accompanies the potent, port-like fruitiness and plays nicely alongside the sweetness. Underlying tastes of vanilla and oak. Sweet, fruity finish with a lingering taste of cane sugar.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Quite nice! A superb creation. Can I take away PBR's blue ribbon and give it to this beer?

Photo of largadeer
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wahoo long time want shared by nanoslug. 2005 vintage, 11.2 oz bottle.

Murky dark brown, not quite transluscent. A high level of carbonation feeds a tall and lasting tan head.

Smells pretty great, brown sugar and dates, sweet apples red grapes, and red wine, earthy oak - very homogenous but pretty complex.

There's a great tart green apple flavor on the tongue, sweet red wine, brown sugar, dates - very fruity, oaky, earthy - not necessarily sweet or dry. The mid-palate is buttery, velvety, the finish shows coffee and fig, tart red grapes. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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 emerge077
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

2005 Vintage. Had to finally try this one after thoroughly enjoying the standard and Reserva versions. It pours a dark cherrywood topped by finger of dusty khaki foam. The nose comprises fig, brown sugar, toasted caramel, light oak, very light vanilla, dates, walnuts, dark fruit, very light cocoa, and a small touch of green apple. The taste holds notes of dark fruits, pear, oak, brown sugar, toffee, clove, light vanilla, and light white wine grapes. The fruitiness is a bit off-putting, particularly the sour-leaning pear and spicy grapes. The body is a straight medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a lightly grainy feel. Overall, it's a solid beer, but I think the barrel-aging detracts significantly from the great base by introducing a number of new flavors that clash with the pre-existing ones. Still pretty good, though, interestingly...

Photo of JAHMUR
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is as smooth a quad as you will ever be able to find. I'm letting it warm up a bit to see if some additional character comes out on it, but there are some matured wood tones with the calvados peeking through. Well, sometimes it seems a bit more than just peeking through. Apple tones can be there pretty clearly. This is as easy-drinking for a quad as it's gonna get. A real nice production.

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Pannepot Grand Reserva from De Struise Brouwers
95 out of 100 based on 466 ratings.