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Pannepot Grand Reserva - De Struise Brouwers

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Reviews: 219
Hads: 552
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 16.43%
Wants: 172
Gots: 183 | FT: 17
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Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

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Beer added by: SacoDeToro on 03-20-2008

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle poured into a De Struise tulip. 2005 vintage.

Appearance - Dark brown. Light passes through revealing a tinge or red and some floating bits suspended in the beer. Medium khaki head that resolves into a creamy collar.

Smell - Oxidation lends sherry to the nose. Nothing offensive, but this is getting old. Fruit and caramel malt. Some brown sugar and a hint of darker roasted malts.

Taste - Bright fruitiness up front. Almost a wine-like characteristic. Oak. Again, sherry oxidation flavors. Brown sugar turns into a chocolatey finish and coffee is left in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation. Slickness from the oxidation. Sweet.

Overall - This definitely has its drawbacks. The oxidation doesn't open up any exciting flavors. It's not too old, but it's old. Nonetheless, this is a fantastic and complex beer.

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Photo of tbeckett
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sent to me by a friend in Calgary. 2005 vintage.

A - Pours the definition of 'murky.' Sort of a muddy brown colour in the glass with a one finger beige. head. Good carbonation. Spotty lace and a film of retention.

S - Aroma is full of leather and molasses up front. Lot's of dark fruit and sugar as well. Mild tart dark fruit or cherry notes. Very interesting and complex aroma unlike anything in a Quad I've smelled.

T - Tart cherry really dominates. Barrel character. Dark fruit is big with some wood. Sugar, woody, mild molasses. Might be a little past it's prime as the mild sourness comes out pretty strong, but it's still enjoyable. Not as good as the aroma, but not bad at all.

M - Nice, mild carbonation, medium to full body and a dry and mildly tart finish with lot's of dryness.

O/D - This is probably a bit oxidized, but still pretty enjoyable. The aroma is quite original and enjoyable with lot's of complexity. You can tell that there was a world class Quad underneath this, but maybe it peaked a few years ago. Still pretty darn good though.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Notes from Kulminator. Vintage 2006. Aged in French oak and finished in calvados barrels for 8 months. A very dusty bottle. Served from a 375ml dusty bottle into a DeStruise chalice.

A- Black with soft white head. Awesome lacing.

S-Apple, chocoalte, caramel, oak, booze, brown bread.

T-Apple, brandy, oak, caramel, maple syrup, chocolate, no booze.

M-Thinning body, very little heat, ample enough carbonation.

O-Incredible. Calvados is there, but light. Drink it now before the Barre disappears.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Drank from my Westvleteren chalice, 2008 Vintage

A - Pours a dark cola colour with a one fingered head that reduces quickly to a film.

S - Plenty of malts with oak and a dark fruit aroma

T - Plenty of dark fruit, molasses, brown sugar but not much oak.

M - Medium body with low carbonation.

O - A little disappointed with this beer. Not enough oaky flavours and considering its so hard to get I wouldn't bother.

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Photo of GJ40
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampled from a 33cl bottle I picked up in Brussels. Vintage 2006. Best before March 2014.

A - A mahogany brown with some light coming through. Very little head.

S - Oak, brown sugar, plums and a touch of red wine. Very nice.

T - Rich but smooth with lots of brown sugar and caramel with notes of fig, raisin, oak and black pepper. Entertaining from start to finish. Warming but the 10% alcohol is well hidden.

M - Creamy with very little carbonation.

O - A thought provoking beer.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

33cl bottle at Kulminator in Antwerp, 2005 vintage (hell it was 10 euros, why not?).

A- Pours nearly black, finger of khaki head, great retention and lacing.

S- Smells awesome. Lots of caramel, candy, raisins, and molasses. It's a very sweet aroma but isn't cloying at all. Really nice.

T- A bit of cherry sourness, probably due to the age? Soft, smooth sweetness, caramel, lots of dark fruit, finishes oaky and vinous. Tastes noticeably oxidized and stale, the sourness also just doesn't taste like it belongs here.

M- Medium-bodied, a bit of warmth at the end, alcohol is pretty invisible for being so big though.

O- Not bad overall, the aroma is still incredible, and there are a lot of good flavors in there, but this beer is certainly over the hill by now. I'm not gonna ding it too hard on the score though because I can tell how good this used to be, need to get a fresher bottle of this ASAP.

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Photo of Zach136
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2005 vintage enjoyed many times. Reviewed 5/28/15

Appearance: The deepest brown-red you've seen, totally opaque.

Aroma: Rich blend of dark fruit, vanilla, oak, assorted spices, and chocolate.

Flavor: Follows the notes on the nose, but more pronounced dark fruit and oak. Vanilla is present but in the background.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, drinkable, no booze.

Looking forward to the chance to compare a fresher bottle and update accordingly.

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Photo of RockAZ
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

With all the excitement over the WestyV12, it was a good time to try this on draft and I found a new favorite. This has the power of an ancient Quad, the wine fruit scent and the deep dark earthy tastes that just gets better as it warms up. My new all time best beer of any style, could drink this exclusively if suddenly the rest of the world forgot all their beer recipes and all you could drink was this. Sorry I cannot include more descriptive terms, like steak, mushrooms and biscuits, but if you get the idea that this beer is awesome I have said enough.

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Photo of schnarr84
4.87/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2005 vintage

When I saw this at the store I got so excited I had to buy it. $11.99/341ml isnt too bad for a 8 year old beer. Brewed in 2005 and aged for two years in french oak wine barrels and an additional 5 years in bottle.

Mild carbonation which dissipated quickly. Beer is almost flat but is to be expected. Smells of wine, oak, dark chocolate. Great mouthfeel, so smooth despite the lack of carbonation. Taste brings notes of grapes, and heavy on the wine.

Overall this beer was a game changer for me. I can see myself comparing any other aged strong dark beers to this. It doesnt taste much like a quad, the flavours have mellowed out so much. You get the fruity bouquet youd expect from a quad but it isnt as in your face as you normally get from a beer like La Trappe. I wish everyone could try this beer. My store only had a case.. and it looks like I will be going there for opening tomorrow to grab as many as I can!

Top 3 beer ive ever had, hands down.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle poured into tulip 16/1/13 2005 vintage

A the darkest brown with a deep cola edge, quite murky with lots of sediment upon closer inspection, thumbs width of dense mocha foam slowly falls to a thin film leaving some random lace

S sweet brewers candy, anise, root beer, burnt toffee, faint chocolate, candied cherries, fresh plum and some rum raisin with some woody earthy notes, the smell is complex to say the least

T a little spice and perhaps just a hint of banana bread, faint sour fruit I didn't notice on the nose, the oak comes out a little more in the mouth, not quite the same complexity as the nose but pretty tasty stuff

M not quite full bodied with mellow carbonation, has a little sweet and sour thing going on and a earthy anise finish

O great beer and its held up quite well, perhaps its peaked already but very solid today, the booze is completely hidden and no complaints anywhere

I swore I'd reviewed this one in the past but apparently not, I'm curious what this tasted like a couple years ago, I don't think I'd age this one beyond this point, drink em if you got em

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Photo of sommersb
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 11-25-2012
Freshness: 2005 Vintage
Packaging: 330ml brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Snifter
Purchased: Received in a trade

The label says this beer was brewed in 2005 and laid down in oak barrels for 2 years. So this bottle has aged an additional 5 years after that.

A: Black and opaque in color, with a thin tan head than dissipates quickly. A nice lacing clings to the glass.

S: Big alcohol aromas, plus wood/oak notes. Also smells of rich, dark fruits and a slight bit of sourness.

T: Rich and malty taste, with sweetness and alcohol warming. Fruitiness of dark cherries, raisins and dates. Bitterness is low.

M: Full bodied, and moderately carbonated, the finish is lightly sweet and malty with more of the oak and light sour flavors.

O: Very pleasant, strong dark ale. The aging seems to have done well to this beer.

Thanks to merc7186 for this one!

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Photo of Sarlacc83
3.77/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

350mL bottle from the De Struise bottleshop. 2005 vintage. Drunk 10-10-12, reviewed from notes.

A: Coffee black. Thin creme lacing. No legs.

N: Plastic, biscuit, rose, alcohol. Raisins, plums, and prunes. Cola. Vanilla and tannins. Very complex and sweet.

T: Lots and lots of oak. Very biscuity with a touch of prune and raisin. Lots of bitter herb/cola. Rather surprised this isn't more sweet.

M: Not as quite as round and full as Pannepeut. Lots of alcohol here.

O: A solid beer, if not as good as it's brother. Worth a shot, but I'm not sure if this is better fresh.

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Photo of Rutager
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 bottle courtesy of the generous Alpineclimber. Thanks bro!

Appearance. Pours a deep red-brown with a thin, light tan head.

Smell. Cherry, plum, orange-rind, brown sugar, red grapes, fruity Belgian yeast. Lots going on.

Taste. Tart dark fruits and old wood, red grapes, brown sugar. Complex but lighter than expected. Very nice. Alcohol well hidden.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, medium mouthfeel.

Overall. Very nice. Drinks way too easy for what should be a big sipper!

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
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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Photo of CruisaC
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 vintage courtesy of yeahnatenelson and buffs9

Pours dark cola with mocha head that settles into a ring

Smell is spices, oak, raisins, and grapes. Fairly subtle but well balanced.

Taste is magnificent. Raisins and oak, blended wonderfully. I get less of the grape flavor that I've noticed from the "regular" Reserva; which isn't a good or bad thing, just different.

Mouthfeel is just the right amount of creaminess and chewiness. Incredibly smooth

Overall, so glad to have another to sip later; I'm amassing a vertical and this shaped up to be the early favorite.

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Photo of spdyfire83
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
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!

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Photo of jaasen64
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of RuckusDu
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of jtingue
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of mulder1010
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
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

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
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!

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
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!

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Photo of Dope
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Pannepot Grand Reserva from De Struise Brouwers
94 out of 100 based on 219 ratings.