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Pannepot Grand Reserva | De Struise Brouwers

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4.27
pDev:
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Pannepot Grand ReservaPannepot Grand Reserva
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers
Belgium | website

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by SacoDeToro on 03-20-2008

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Reviews: 227 | Ratings: 585
Photo of benbking
5/5  rDev +17.1%

2009 Vintage poured into a Westy chalice.

Spicy, fruits, a bit of jam. Creamy and smooth. Light head retention lingers as the level in my glass gets lower.
Almost couldn't believe I saw this on the shelf. 10/10. would buy again

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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.`

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Photo of brianmandell
3.67/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2008

-Pours a dark reddish-brown with head reducing to fine lacing.

-Delicious aroma of sherry, plum / jammy dark fruit, sweet molasses, beef gravy and cardboard

-The taste is oxidized and one dimensional. Unfortunately that dimension is cardboard. There is a pleasant note of dark fruit finishing with with a hint of soy sauce and bitter malt. An unpleasant aftertaste develops.

-Mouthfeel is silky with very fine, creamy carbonation.

-I think this would have been a very fine beer in its prime. I recently had a 2010 Reserva that rocked my world. This is a shell of that beer. I am giving extra points to the overall score given that opening any beer at this age is a crapshoot and that Pannepot has not disappointed me in the past.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.71/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

grand reserva vintage

pours quite still, dark thick cola black. basically no head

sweet dark fruit candy, faint leather, sherry, and plum.

has some oxidation for sure however i do not feel its taking away from the flavors. the sherry flavor is quite nice. well rounded subtle complex dark fruits and rich candy.

mild to moderate carbonation, just enough to liven up the body and the flavors. felt it complimented the flavors perfectly.

old, yes. but still drinking well IMO

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2005 vintage courtesy of Steve...thank you!

A nice dark brown with a good half inch cap that rings and puddles.

Plenty of wood and wet paper along with tobacco leaf and chocolate. There's a nice roasted coffee here as well that's unexpected.

Interesting quad and not wholly anticipated: coal, dark fruits, figs, and molasses encompassed by a sweet sherry-like sweetness. Red grapes and roasted coffee on the back end with lingering port qualities.

On the low end of carbonation with a moderate body that shows it's age while still holding its ground.

Sophie Marceau...aging but still plenty well put together.

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Photo of rudzud
4.11/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2005 Vintage, apparently this is the first batch. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice very dark mahogany hue that would be clear if not for how dark it is. Nice half finger light tan head fades to leave a creamy halo and a thin cloud.

S - Aromas of well, an old quad. Definitely oxidation, light caramel, brown sugar, darker fruits, figs, faint vanilla. Like someone else said there is some sherry notes.

T - Taste is figs, oxidation/cherry, with a strong chocolate and coffee finish. Almost port like this is not bad, just not expected. What's really unexpected is the level of chocolate and coffee and lightly sweet dark fruits on the finish. Pleasant.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, slightly silky, alcohol is hidden nice.

O - Overall, perhaps I should have drank this a few years back but still glad I did not. Nice complexity here.

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Photo of cpetrone84
2.8/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Vintage '05 on the bottle. Pour is deep brown with a tight tan head. Nose has a ton of rich dark malt, figs, brown sugar, red grapes, a bit oxidized, nutty, cardboard, and boozy notes in back. Taste is also a good bit oxidized. The cardboard is strong with the rich malt being faded. Brown sugar and fig with booze in back. The cardboard lingers through the finish. Medium to full body, fairly good carbonation.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
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 -0.2%
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 +12.4%
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 -11%
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 +0.7%
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 -0.9%
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 +0.9%
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 +17.1%
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 +14.1%
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%
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 +1.2%
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 -11.7%
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 -5.2%
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 +0.7%
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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Photo of CruisaC
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
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 +4.7%
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 -0.5%
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.

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Pannepot Grand Reserva from De Struise Brouwers
95 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.