Pannepot Grand Reserva - De Struise Brouwers

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Ratings: 534
Reviews: 221
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 171
Gots: 176 | FT: 16
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Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

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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 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 metter98
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
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 Thorpe429
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
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 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
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
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 largadeer
4.3/5  rDev 0%
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 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 mikesgroove
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
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 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 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 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 TMoney2591
3.7/5  rDev -14%
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 oline73
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at Max's. This is the 2005 vintage poured into a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark mahogany color with a layer of off white head that goes away completely.

Smell: Sweet with some dark fruit, cocoa, caramel, and a taste that reminds me of port or sherry. Very complex.

Taste: Sweet, smooth caramel with some dark fruit notes. Very smooth, the age hasn't hurt this beer at all. Some bitterness in the finish with warming alcohol. Great cool weather beer.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side of medium with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: Very smooth. A bit more bitter than I expected, but that wasn't a problem Very complex, would definitely have another.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.3/5  rDev 0%
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.

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

Vintage 2009. Bottle pulled from a friend's cellar in Ghent, Belgium, and brought to the proper serving temperature before the pour, which was into a Westmalle trappist goblet. Part of a three beer cellar pull (shared between three of us, naturally) which also included Westy 12 one year aged and Black Damnation II Mocha Bomb. My life is indeed a good one. Reviewed from over-excited ecstatic notes. Here we go:

A: Black colour. A wonderful head of good retention and thickness. Retained for well over four minutes, which is certainly impressive for a 10% ABV beer. Extraordinarily appealing.

Sm: Light caramel. Nutty hops. Subtle, but not quite as complex as expected. Unfortunately, me nose is broken so it's difficult to detect individual precise notes, especially when the scent is this light. No alcohol came through, which is difficult to accomplish.

T: Estery, minor nut body. The esters bleed into the finish. Brilliantly built and balanced. O, caramel, sweet delicate subtlety. (I don't often ode in my reviews, but in fairness at the time I had three 1-3 year aged 10%+ beers on the table, including Westy 12). The esters are balanced against the nuts, culminating in an artful duel between the flavours on the climax, after which the victor emerges: you, the taster. Quite a lovely beer indeed.

Mf: Smooth where demanded by the flavours of the body, but featuring a perfect dryness/wetness balance. Brilliant.

Dr: Amazing. Try it and you won't regret it, but your wallet might hate you. It's not necessarily a sipper - you could down it easily if desired - but it's best sipped slowly and enjoyed for everything it offers.

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12/13/13: [Truncated notes] Vintage 2005 bottle. Acquired for 5.50 euro, then in a trade. Served into a Westvleteren stem-goblet at me annual Christmas tasting in me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, CO.

A: Nice head.

Body colour is a caramel-amber. Nontransparent. Semitranslucent. Some yeast particles are visible.

Sm: Caramel, refined dark fruit, cream.

A mild strength aroma.

T: Cream, leavened dark fruit, caramel,clean Belgian yeast with accompanying light spice (e.g. clove.)

Mf: Smooth, creamy, wet. Good thickness and body. Complements the flavour profile well. Very approachable. Silky.

Not hot, oily, astringent, gushed, boozy, or harsh.

Dr: Extremely drinkable, though I think the 8 years of age has reduced its complexity and subtlety. It's past its prime. I'd recommend getting it younger.

B

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

Splurged on a bottle at Beer Bistro before my buddy's wedding. Served in a tulip glass. This is the 2005 (only?) vintage.

A - A finger of tan foam with excellent retention and glass-coating lacing. The head eventually settles to a thick, creamy, cap. Dark, dark, brown body with a hint of red when held to the light. Urbain somehow manages to make even the highest-gravity beers look pretty.

S - Huge vinous notes, apple brandy, spices like anise and nutmeg, and a bit of earthen barrel character. There's the obvious quad backbone of raisins, caramel, and dark fruits, but this doesn't smell overly sweet. The nose is a touch harsh and medicinal.

T- Anise, spices, figs & dates, candi sugar, vinous notes, dark chocolate that lends a touch of bitterness, and sweet apple brandy. No discernible alcohol in the taste.

M - Surprisingly dry, with a tannic finish with low residual stickiness - somewhat atypical to style but still quite enjoyable. Smooth medium body with low carbonation.

D - Masterfully hidden ABV in the taste. However, dispite it's pluses, this is never going to be a session brew. It's a complex sipper that needs to be pondered. I'm not sure if it's better than the other Pannepot variants, but it's definitely excellent and worth trying.

Photo of mdfb79
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 03/25/11 notes. Shared with some friends, poured into a tulip. 2005 vintage.

a - Pour a murky brown color with sediment in the glass, one inch of tan head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of wine, oak, figs, raisins, dark fruits, spices, and alcohol. Pretty nice.

t - Tastes of raisins, figs, dark fruits, light oak, light spice, and bready malts. Lots of raisins in the taste, a little bit of a step down from the smell.

m - Medium body and low carbonation, smooth body.

o - A nice quad, but I think this one is my least favorite of the three Pannepot beers. Little too much raisins/figs in the taste and I think the extra time in the barrels muted some of the other smells and flavors. Would like to have again as I heard a new batch is coming out, but considering this is the toughest one for me to get, I'd rather just buy the normal Pannepot off the shelves.

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

Oh yum, long time want, finally getting around to drink more of Urbain's beers. This was a great treat, 2005 vintage. Did I say yum?

Beer is black / brown with haze at the corners of the glass. Forms a good head of small off white bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass but the head doesn't stay around much.

Aroma is sweet and bready with good esters of fruits and some spice as well. Its decent volume, a great aroma.

So, my biggest criticism of this beer is that I can't taste the oak, it says on the bottle that its oak aged but there is no real vanilla or tannic character, it is however good tasting. Its sweet, malty, no alcohol really, mildly spicy in the midpalate, some plums and mild raisins. Very good.

Photo of stakem
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the 2005 vintage. After enjoying the Pannepot, Pannepeut and Pannepot Reserva over the course of the past 8 months or so, I couldn't wait to open this one up as well. I had no idea what the difference was between all of these brews until I had them in hand and could enjoy them and read the bottle descriptions. Until today, I had no idea that the Grand Reserve spent nearly 2 years aging on wood. For the first 14 months it was aged on French Oak and was finished on another 8 months of Calvados.

Poured into a cervoise, this brew appears a hazed color of brown. When held to the light, it displays some ruby coloration through the body and some lighter brown almost orange hints through the edges. A creamy finger of tan head appears across the top and slowly recedes leaving a patchy web of lacework on the glass. The cap retains fairly well with no assistance needed to revival.

The smell of this brew initially is very sweet with a strong scent of belgian candy sugar. I believe the first words uttered from my mouth were: hmm alcoholic candy. More whiffs bring out subtle hints of spices like cinnamon and a bit of caramel. As the brew warms up, a scent of green apples comes to mind coupled with brandy. That apple and brandy combination mixed with caramel and sweetness is very enjoyable through the nose. I find myself spending an unusually time enjoying this brews aroma and not even caring about diving into it's taste. As it comes up to temperature, some of that spicy 10% abv finally starts to shine through with a slight burn to the back of the nose. The increase in temperature also elludes to minor notes of vanilla, woodsy notes from the oak aging and a bit of a slight tangy aspect. All of this comes together to form a fantastic range of depth and enjoyment.

The taste of this brew follows in the footsteps of the aroma. This first notes are that of sweet belgian candy sugar which has a very minor spiced element somewhat like cinnamon but not immediately identifiable as such. The cinnamon is subtle enough that it accents the slight belgian yeast spiciness that is also evident. Through the middle of this brew are notes of caramel malt intertwined with the belgian candy sugar which imparts a minor toffee, almost toasted grain flavoring. It finishes with an slight indication of the oak aging, tasting of vanilla and lightly woodsy. In the aftertaste is a minor herbal touch of hops still present after 6 years of aging, very nice. Late in the aftertaste is a mild lingering flavor of apple and pear skins.

This is a brew that just wont quit, just when you think you got it nailed down and you picked up on everything it has to offer, it shows you more. There is a bunch of depth to this brew to savor and enjoy. The alcohol is initially well balanced and countered by the residual sugar, but as it warms up it gets a bit boozy and the 10% abv is wide out in the open and not hidden at all. This is medium to full bodied leaning more towards full than medium. It's light to moderate carbonation is perfect to give some bubbly life to this brew but not distract from the deep rich flavors. This is a fantastic sipper, among the best I have had not only from struise but across the board in the quad category.

Photo of GClarkage
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

03/11/09- Recieved in a trade with BA member ygtbsm94.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with a best by date on the label of the bottle. Poured into my Abbaye des Rocs chalice.

Appearance- Deep grayish wine like color. About a 1/4 inch head on the pour with some minor spotty lace.

Smell- Really nice nose of concord grapes, plums, caramel and some candied sugar.

Taste- A slight minor metallic note sticks around almost the whole beer until it warms to room temp. Also, the flavor lasts much longer at room temp. Grape flavor reigns supreme with some rasins and plums included. Alcohol is barely noticeable. Sugary sweet, but about the right amount.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation level, very slight hoppy taste in the back of the mouth. Slight sugary coating and flavorful aftertaste when warmed.

Drinkability- I personally liked the regular version of Pannepot better, but this is still pretty good. If not for the metallic note, it would be right up there with some of the better ones.

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

2005 Vintage Best by date December 2012; Sampled September 2008
A vigorous pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip glass produces a tightly packed, initially three-finger thick, beige-tan colored head. The beer is a dark, concentrated plum color with quite a bit of concentrated brown. When held up to the light the beer shows a hazy, dark cranberry hue. The aroma is a mix of dark fruit, sweet spiciness, toasted nut notes and some malty, maillard like, almost oxidation induced umami notes. The nose has specific notes of bergamot, mix with earthy coriander, rich clove, caramelized brown sugar, rich molasses rum notes, light cardamom that gets a bit cola like, as well as rich fruity notes of toasted figs, prunes and caramelized raisins. The finish has a nice toasted whole grain bread note that takes on a certain nuttiness, this last accentuated by a touch of light sherry character. This is definitely a rich smelling brew, lots of concentrated, dark leaning malt notes mix quite well with the soft spice notes.

Quite fruity tasting with a certain sweetness and an off-setting tartness. The finish has a nutty, sherry like edge to it that is definitely signs of oxidation / age, but adds to the complexity instead of detracting. This beer seems to have just started to age a bit around the edges. I lick my lips from the first sip and I get a distinct flavor that is a mix of tart tamarind and brown sugar. Fruit flavors definitely play a role here, more specifically dark fruit notes of concentrated raisins, prunes and a touch of citrus infused figs. Lots of concentrated malt notes intermingle with the fruit; distinct malt notes of molasses, toasted malt in the finish and perhaps a touch of grain astringency, while the intermingled fruit / distinct malt flavors have me noticing notes of dark rum, brandy and some salty tamarind notes. There is definitely a distinct, yet soft tartness to this beer that makes the creamy body and rich mouthfeel seem a bit lighter than it actually is. The oak character is actually quite soft, almost non-existent, though there is just a touch of spicy oak in the finish as well as a touch of a tannic boost. Spice notes play a slightly lesser role in the flavor, but do still contribute notes of vanilla, clean coriander, clove, perhaps a touch of all spice and a finish that has a spicy cola / cardamom note to it.

This seems to be just getting in to its own right now and this, the 2005, vintage probably still has quite a long way before it starts deteriorating; the best by date of 2012 is definitely not a joke. I am really enjoying this beer. The oak character is very soft, which is nice, with the biggest influence being the rum / brandy notes picked up from the calvados cask. This is a very good beer, one which I easily wish I had more than 330ml of; my bottle is gone way to fast leaving me really wishing that I had more. If I could make this better I would add a touch more tartness, the lactic note that is here is quite soft and there is lots of fruit and malt character that could easily balance out a touch more sourness.

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

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

This beer appears a dark brown color. There is an off white / tan head that fades to about 1/4 inch and holds. Spotty lacing encompasses the circumference of the tulip glass. The aroma is of an authentic Belgian quad: yeasty, bready, enticing. The taste is incredibly smooth and delicious. Five years of age on a well crafted quad does some wonderful things. There is a slight hint of alcohol in the finish, but it only serves to add a warming sensation to the finish, enhancing, not distracting from the overall taste profile. What a great beer. I'm glad to have sampled it.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.41/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2005 dated bottle

Pours a medium chestnut, ruby red color. A soft off-white/tan head caps the brew and it looks nice...but quite a quad "look". But really, who cares? The good stuff is next

Aroma is a touch sweet but with some tannin in it. Sour cherry, apple, light caramel, red plum. maybe some raisins. Not a powerful, coming at ya aroma...not bad either

Flavors follow the aroma almost to a T, with emphasis on different characteristics. Red apple, sour cherry up front. Quick tannin in the middle. Red plum and raisin on the end. A bit boozy makes it seem light. Undertones of yeasty breadiness and light caramel. Not getting much roast or "dark" flavors.

Very easy drinking for 10%.

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Pannepot Grand Reserva from De Struise Brouwers
95 out of 100 based on 534 ratings.