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Pannepot Grand Reserva - De Struise Brouwers

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442 Ratings
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Ratings: 442
Reviews: 202
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 161
Gots: 155 | FT: 14
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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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Photo of spdyfire83
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

235th Review
33cl bottle poured into wine glass
Vintage: 2005
Lot: A C BB
No BB date that I could see on the bottle.

Enjoyed next to Pannepot (2010) and Pannepot Reserva (2009)

A: Deep tan (almost drown). Single (soft khakis) fingernail head on medium pour.

S: Smells of cinnamon, all-spice, fig, vanilla, oak, and caramel. Oakiness (and the barrel character) is very pronounced and the aromas are wonderful!

T: Loads of oak/barrel up-front followed by ZING of spice and dark fruit. Touch of caramel and vanilla finishes this one off.

M: Full bodied with appropriate carbonation. Goes down easy and disappeared too fast!

O: Of the three, this was - hands down - my favorite. The beauty and depth of this beer is unique, wonderful, and amazing. Age has down wonders to this beer and I think it will get better in due time. Nice work Urbain - bravo!

spdyfire83, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of WynnO
5/5  rDev +16.3%

WynnO, Jun 29, 2012
Photo of jaasen64
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle purchased from Etre. 2008 Grand Reserva- aged 14 months on French Oak and another 8 months on Calvados. Good till 8/16/2016. Poured into CCB snifter.

A- Pours a mostly opaque but slightly translucent very dark reddish-brown mahogany with a quarter finger of creamy mocha brown head that recedes fairly fast to leave no head, slightly below average carbonation.

S- Dark chocolate, vanilla, definitely a lot of oak, some spices, dried apricot, and a mix of other dried/dark fruits, some light booze in the background that blends in fairly well. About average aroma strength.

T- Oak, malts, apples, vanilla, some dried fruits, a tiny bit of apricot, cherries, light molasses. Lightly sweet but high complexity of a lot of different flavors that blend well together to give it a good yet interesting taste.

M- Slightly creamy, medium bodied, not too much carbonation, goes down very smoothly, just a tiny bit of alcoholic burn on the finish.

O- This was a very good beer with lots of complexity. There was so much going on in this that it was hard to distinguish all of the different aromas and tastes. With all the complexity it still was very well balanced and drank very easily. One of my favorite Belgians I've had to date. Definitely recommend trying it. Now I wish I could compare it to the other Pannepots.

jaasen64, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of AdamP
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

AdamP, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of mcss
4/5  rDev -7%

mcss, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of vrbulldog22
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

vrbulldog22, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of andjriz
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

andjriz, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of RuckusDu
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2005 vintage that was a welcomed treat tonight. Not expecting this.

A - poured maybe a half finger of light tan head. Only the slightest hint of red in it. Body is a deep red/amber. Only slight lacing.

S - dark fruits such as prunes and cherries. Lots of bing cherries. Nice balance between tart and sweet. A little Belgian yeast.

T - that old flavor (maybe slightly oxidized, but doesn't taste bad in this). Cherries again and some molasses. Some nice chocolate notes.

M - great carbonation and medium body.

O - a very nice quad. Wonderful cherry flavors that are mixed with some good chocolate. Smooth and beautiful.

RuckusDu, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of ehammond1
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2005)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, whartontallboy!

(Aged for 4+ years)

Dark brown with auburn and ruby edges and a very thin light brown head that doesn't stay up for too long. This leaves the glass messy with lots of irregular lacing. Appropriate and pretty, though somewhat standard for a beer of this style.

The main elements found in the aroma include dark fruits (raisin, black cherry, fig), along with barrel and some molasses and brown sugar sweetness. I wish everything was a touch more pronounced, but what's here is very nice.

The flavor shines though, significantly more than the aroma. The dark fruit flavors pair magnificently with the oak and molasses sweetness. This is rich, layered, complex, and incredibly drinkable. Zero alcohol presence.

Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Coating.

Simply superb.

ehammond1, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of jtingue
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2005 vintage date. Poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance. Deep mahogany brown in color. Clear, other than a few particles of yeast floating about. poured slowly to produce 2 fingers of latte-like head.

Smell. You can really just bury you nose in this one forever. The first thing to hit the nostrils is a subtle sugar soaked funkiness. This distracts, for a moment from the true richness of the smell. What results, in the end, is an aged port with huge undertones of nuts and coriander.

Taste. Starts out just as the smell would suggest, with a mildly acidic port-like experience. This leads quickly into candied pecans and a slightly oaky character. A drier, more alcoholic wine, yet still sweet, wine character returns. The finish is a microcosm of everything tasted up until this point: slightly acidic, semi-dry and grape infused.

Mouthfeel. Very creamy... moderate, but tight carbonation, thick body.

I have had this one once before. For me a truly amazing quad. I really enjoy the subtle acidic quality that the barrel aging has given this one, especially as it pairs with the dark fruit flavors of the original pannepot.

jtingue, May 31, 2012
Photo of UTCengOwl
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

UTCengOwl, May 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

hoppymcgee, May 23, 2012
Photo of theminutemen
4/5  rDev -7%

theminutemen, May 14, 2012
Photo of brystmar
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

brystmar, May 12, 2012
Photo of mulder1010
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ML poured into a tulip 2005 vintage
Thanks to Cam at IBS and Dgilks for the bottles. Much appreciated

A-- Poured a light cola color and settled a dark brownish ruby color. One finger light orange brown head that slowly died to a solid collar. Upon receding it left a half streak of lacing on the glass. Nice head retention to this.

S-- Oak, vanilla, brown sugar, raisin and I would swear spiced orange. Not a big nose but a good solid nose.

T-- I would say a spiced rum fruit cake cake really. Brown sugar, vanilla, dark fruits with orange splashed in, slight amounts of rum and toasted oak. Slightly thin but really nice.

M-- Slightly thin in the front but quite coating in the back. Low carbonation and medium body. Back of the palate is quite solid. Lots of brown sugar and raisin. Finishes with a nice oak kick. Solid stuff.

O-- Has held up quite well. Happy to have one other to drink. Slowly getting back into quads and this helps the cause a lot. Well hidden alcohol and just a well balanced beer

mulder1010, May 08, 2012
Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 bottle, 33cl purchased from Wilbur's in Ft. Collins, can't remember the price. Into a Delirium Tremens snifter.

A: Pours a deep, deep brown with gorgeous red highlights when held to the light. Sand colored head bubbles up to about a quarter of an inch, and quickly fades away leaving an island of bubbles in the middle of the glass. Nice lacing is left behind from the small amount of head that originally came from the pour.

S: Strong sweet notes of caramel, brown sugar, raisins, and vanilla. Slightly phenolic, but fairly mellow, doesn't get out of control like Chimay blue does. No booze at all. Decent amount of oak in here as well.

T: Rich and malty for a quad, caramel, oak, and earthy hops all find their way into the initial sip. Molasses and brown sugar aid with the richness in this beer. Oak lingers but doesn't overtake the beer. Nice amount of bitterness that helps the oak break up some of the sweetness. Wonderful stuff here.

M: Rich and creamy that slowly melds into a dry beer that almost verges on tannic, but never quite gets there. Nice smooth warmth goes all the way down like a good bourbon or scotch. Excellent.

O: A wonderful quad, I'm glad I bought multiples of this, as it is really a special beer. Glad to get to try it!

pokesbeerdude, May 05, 2012
Photo of whartontallboy
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

whartontallboy, May 04, 2012
Photo of CelticAleMan
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

CelticAleMan, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of shagal
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

shagal, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of beerdrifter
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. 2008 vintage. Deep dark brown, nearly black pour with one finger tan head with minimal retention, but nice lacing. Somewhat subdued nose initially, but it comes alive as it warms. Very complex and dominated by dark fruit with hints of cherry, vanilla, caramel, and oak, with just a touch of chocolate. The taste is complex as well but definitely dominated by the wood. Hints of dark fruit, specifically figs, cherry, tobacco, brown sugar, espresso, vanilla, and just a bit of cinnamon and chocolate. It has a subtle vinous character to it and tons of wood with a perfect amount of sweetness. The mouthfeel is slightly syrupy, but very smooth and surprisingly drinkable for a 10% beer. This is definitely my favorite Pannepot and yet another winner from De Struise! A great beer for those who love them aged in wood!

beerdrifter, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of Dope
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 Vintage.

A: A very dark amber pour, bordering on brown. Large, dense light brown head adorns it. Fades quite slowly, lacing fairly nice lacing rings around the glass.

S: Surprisingly boozy, especially given the age - smells almost like rum. Caramel and vanilla are somewhat prominent. Hints of dark fruit and a bit of cocoa in there.

T: Given the age, definitely tastes a lot sweeter/maltier than previous Pannepots I've had. I get lots of sweet raisins, grapes, figs and plums. Maybe even cherry. There is molasses, caramel and a good amount of oaky vanilla as well. Surprisingly decent booze kick too. There is a somewhat bitter cocoa flavor everywhere. Especially nice once it warms.

M: Fairly heavy, astringent and a little drying.

O: Tasty quad, much like the other variations. I feel this is the worst of the bunch though, not as good as the reserva, which isn't as good as the normal one. A little too much oak, a little too boozy compared to the others. Not bad by any means of course. Once it warms up fully, I swear it becomes a different beer. I had to adjust my taste score to a 4.5. The cocoa comes out and it just balances perfectly warm. Interesting. Might have to re-test the regular and reserva versions now.

Dope, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of Greywulfken
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

How long have these been sitting in my local distributor? As if by magic, today I noticed the Pannepot Grand Reserva 2005, Pannepot Reserva 2008, Pannepot Old Monk's ale, and the Pannepot 2011. What a trove!

A: pours dark brown, but fills the glass nearly opaque brown-black, but with lighter edges. Thin film of beige head as I drink, left over from the mild head that formed through the pour

S: cocoa notes and fruity sweetness

T: the cocoa notes are still there, but also dark fruits like raisin and fig, moderated by a faint dryness at the back of the taste that reminds me of the oak casks it was aged in

M: silky, smooth, medium body - very mellow; just the barest touch of alcohol

O: I loved the Pannepot 2011 and 2007 I've had, and this was every bit as good as I'd hoped.

Greywulfken, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of Agent1
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Firstly, I have been anxiously waiting to open this bottle for over a year now. This is the Grand Reserve, and unlike the Old Fisherman's Ale -- which is a vintage beer as well -- this bottle is aged even longer than its younger relative. I have only heard rave reviews about this from friends, so will do my best to rely on my palate, not my conversations or memory.

Appearance - Exceptionally dark. I beautiful creamy head and great retention. Not a lot of head on this beer, but it stays. Light brown/ beige in color. Typical of a Belgian Quad, this dark ale doesn't allow much light through at all.

Smell - Very rich. A plethora of dark, sweet fruits on the nose. Quite a bit of alcohol cuts through, but in a good way. Light cherry and even licorice are present here. Figs and a very, very faint hop aroma.

Taste - Slightly sour. I'm not sure if this is the French oak barrels or the bottle itself. It definitely balances out, though. A nice use of dark candi sugar. Raisin, cherry, caramel apple, blackberry, vanilla, fig, bread and yeast come to mind immediately. A slight hint of toffee can be found in the aftertaste. A little bit of nuts, too. Not much, though, however, they are there. Slightly peppery on the tongue. A nice, rounded woodiness adds an acidic bite to the finish (I assume this is the Calvados?). Brandy or wine can also be noted, although faint. Leaves a subtle, yet shockingly full finish of butter and cream after swallowing.

Mouthfeel - This is where this ale jumps out the most, leaving a thick, buttery layer along the roof of the mouth. The alcohol is hidden quite well. Nicely carbonated. Really >>zaps<< the mouth. When sipping, this beer really stimulates all areas of the palate. Quite smooth and velvety. Very nice.

Overall - Impressively balanced. Not too sure how I feel about the sour oak flavor, or if in part, it has something to do with having a bottle that is already 7 years old and only 10% abv. Again, this could also be a slightly 'off' bottle. Regardless, I certainly enjoy my wine just as much as my beer and would not be surprised if this is finished in recycled wine barrels, similar to the Duchesse de Bourgogne. It definitely has a slight wine-infused quality about it, but at the same time, it really finds its way back to standard Quadrupel territory by incorporating smooth, soft characteristics, along with dark fruits and strong, sugary sweets. Very complex and a must have for any beer lover. Enjoy!

TIP: When opening this reserve ale, I highly recommend thinking more wine than beer. This may help contribute to a better experience overall.

Agent1, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of rjacobs6
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

rjacobs6, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of BeboThoughts
1/5  rDev -76.7%

BeboThoughts, Mar 31, 2012
Pannepot Grand Reserva from De Struise Brouwers
96 out of 100 based on 442 ratings.