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Pannepot Grand Reserva - De Struise Brouwers

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436 Ratings
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Ratings: 436
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 10.21%
Wants: 160
Gots: 153 | FT: 12
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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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3.75/5  rDev -13%

emerge077, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

biboergosum, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev -7.2%

nickfl, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

RblWthACoz, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

MasterSki, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

drabmuh, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of oline73
4.05/5  rDev -6%
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.

oline73, Dec 11, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

mendvicdog, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

mdfb79, Mar 28, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.43/5  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.

Gueuzedude, Sep 16, 2008
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4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
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

kojevergas, Jun 01, 2011
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4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

GClarkage, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of InspectorBob
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

InspectorBob, May 23, 2013
Photo of yourefragile
4/5  rDev -7.2%

yourefragile, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of corby112
5/5  rDev +16%

corby112, Nov 22, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

orangesol, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of weeare138
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to hopdog for openining this one...
Appears a hazy, dark chestnut with crimson highlights when held to the light. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, calvados, port, oak, black grapes, vanilla, raisins, prunes, and brown sugar.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with port wine and calvados soaked oak seeping through in the flavors.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with raisins, and brown sugar clinging to the palate, making for a sweet but delicious beer.

weeare138, Dec 31, 2008
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4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

stakem, Jul 12, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

dbrauneis, Dec 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

Georgiabeer, Jul 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

ejimhof, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of BARFLYB
3.43/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

BARFLYB, Jan 30, 2012
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4.38/5  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.

Huhzubendah, Sep 17, 2010
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4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2005 vintage. Pours a one-finger light brown head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Black color, no highlights, ton of yeast left in bottle. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Dark fruit and alcohol nose and flavor is also alcohol, dark fruit and some oak, mellow sweetness. Very similar to Pannepot Reserva. Expensive at $11.49 for a 330ml (label claims this is a 750ml, I guess they ran out of 330ml labels) bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

jdhilt, Nov 30, 2011
Pannepot Grand Reserva from De Struise Brouwers
96 out of 100 based on 436 ratings.