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Pannepot Grand Reserva - De Struise Brouwers

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Ratings: 439
Reviews: 202
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 10.21%
Wants: 160
Gots: 153 | FT: 13
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of kkipple
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A post-Halloween party treat. 12oz bottle into a large Tripel Karmeliet goblet. 2005 vintage, perfectly good looking bottle, I might add.

A. Fizzy, dark chestnut. Cola - lots of yeast sediment here. Lower tan head, some spotty lace. Lots of bubbles stick to the inside of the glass, again reminding one of Pepsi.

S. Extremely Quaddish, this has it all. Candy-sugar malt, oak, vanilla, phenolic, slightly spicy yeast notes, cola again, toasted, Doppelbock-like bready malts... yes please. Covers all the bases very, very well and is smoothed out and pleasant.

T. Pannepot Grand Reserva is an excellent quad. I left most the yeast in the bottle, and the result is a dark, malt-forward, comprehensive beer, one of the better Quadrupels I've had in some time. The oak is very restrained, but adds (I think) more depth to an already very well crafted beer. While this doesn't break any new ground, Grand Reserva is right up there with the best Quads around. A real treat.

M / O. Thick and syrupy at times, medium-low carbonation and a very long, melanoidin rich and sweet finish make this a winner.
In sum, this is a denser, more rounded out version of the already good Pannepot. Worth $10 a bottle? Yes, at least once.

kkipple, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of aasher
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This bottle is the 2005 vintage and courtesy of sixthglass, thanks Tim!

It pours a muddied and syrupy dark brown, full bodied, with the look of creek water after a good rain. It looks great for the style. The aromas are big and malty. It's very bready and also features raisins, spiced rum, toffee, molasses, cloves, and sweet banana like esters. The flavors are heavy on raisin bread, toffee, smooth malts, molasses, and it finishes with a light yet boozy banana finish. It drinks very full and has a moderate amount of alcohol. It is also exceptionally smooth. Overall this is a fine quad with good complexity and well worth a try.

aasher, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of jamie2dope
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This 2005 bottle came courtesy of Bermans in Lexington. Pannepot Grand Reserva pours out a dark chestnut color, with just a small amount of white heading. The first thing I get from the nose is brown bread, followed by chocolate, candy sugar, pepper and some stone fruit. The flavor is very jammy, with elements of plum, dark cherry and strawberry. The alcohol is held in check in an incredible way given the 10% ABV. Mouthfeel is the standout here in that it is incredibly smooth and well rounded from first sip to last. I have had many versions of Pannepot over the years, and I have to say that none have impressed me in the way that this one does. It is so damn smooth and complex. It rivals any of the Trappist Quads out there, and surpasses some of them. Despite the steep price tag, this is one to hunt down. I would be interested to see what further aging will do to this beer, but it is drinking wonderfully right now.

jamie2dope, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of ShogoKawada
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

33cl into chouffe tulip, 2005 vintage.

A-Dark cola brown with a slow building creamy head. Looks great in the glass.

S- Sweet fruit, plumskin. Some candied brown sugar. Intoxicatingly inviting.

T- The most interesting thing about this beer is how smooth it is. Lots of plum and dark chocolate. The fruit seems a lot heavier and darker than regular pannepot. Not sure if this is due to the age, the oak, or some combination. Figs, dates, and brandy lay on the tongue like a warm fuzzy blanket.

M- Slight warming from the alcohol, So smooth and a perfect body. Cannot improve.

O- I like it better than pannepot, and that's saying something. Struise does it again. I will be going back for more bottles ASAP.

ShogoKawada, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of cbeer88
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2005 11.2oz bottle.

Appearance: Slow and steady pour into Duvel tulip so as not to shake up the sediment in this guy yields a nice solid finger of mocha colored head. Body is a very dark brown, pushing to black. Decent lacing, particularly for a quad.

Smell: Raisins, plums, molasses, a hint of cinnamon, brown sugar, and brandy.

Taste: Raisins, belgian yeast, oak, brandy, apple, caramel, and a hint of general fruitiness. Wow this guy has so much going on, and it's all blended together beautifully. In fact, I'll go so far as to say this is one of the most wonderfully subtle barrel agings I've ever tasted. Hard to tell if it's the age or the beer itself without a fresh one for comparison, but ultimately it doesn't matter - it's delicious.

Mouthfeel: Strong carb and a full body. The alcohol blends in very nicely and has very little burn for a 10% brandy barrel aged beer.

Drinkability: Moderate - it's enjoyable but a slow sipper.

Overall: What a tasty treat. It was quite the ordeal to get ahold of a few of these guys, but I am extremely happy that I did. Fans of Pannepot and/or quad lovers, this is a must try, and it has held up beautifully.

cbeer88, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of nickhiller
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: chocolate brown, no head.

S: all the notes of a traditional quad. Maybe a little bit of wood.

T: sweet and medicinal, dark cherries, lots of roasted malt and a bitter charcoal-y finish.

M: medium body, sweet/bitter finish.

O: It's hard to taste the aging here, it is pretty much your standard Belgian quad, not unlike Chimay Grand Reserve.

nickhiller, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of Mar02x
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Today I drove to 'Hop duvel' in Gent, Sint-Sixtus in Westvleteren and Deca brewery in Woesten. What a great beer day. The sun was shining and my buddy Ed and I had a Westvleteren 12 in Westvleteren. But to night I am very curios for the Pannepot grand reserva, according to my buddy Thijs ( 'the Brabander'); the best quadrupel he ever tasted. So her I am, ready to take a gulp of this Struise nectar. I am having a 2006 edition, 10% ABV.

A - A black nectar at first sight, but when you hold it against the light a hazy wine red substance without carbonation. The head is off white and slowly retracts until a thin layer remains.

S - A smell of fresh yeast, and faintly some citrus, some alcohol to but again faintly.

T - What a complex brew, the taste evolves during your gulp and when you swallow you feel the warming alcohol. What a balance, it is very hard so separate all the different flavors. I almost have to guess what I am tasting. I'll give it a try; vanilla, wood, raisins, some caramel and brown sugar, bitter but not at all hoppy. The alcohol is present but so nicely blended with the rest of the spices.

M - Nice carbonation not overwhelming, very drinkable liquid, nice taste evolution.

O - A very good quadrupel, not as good as a Westvleteren 12 but definitely worth trying

Mar02x, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of HopHead84
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

9/3/2011

750ml 2005 vintage shared by Paul, thanks! 

A: Deep brown, bordering on black with an impressive beige head. Lots of lacing.

S: Cinnamon and gingerbread with sweet malt. Prune blends with plum and light oxidation. Apple brandy is evident but faint. Smells nice.

T: More apple brandy in the flavor than the nose. Luscious dark fruit notes remind me of prune, plum, and grape. Rich caramel and light pepper-like phenols.

M: Upper full in body with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Really nice stuff. A pleasure to try.

HopHead84, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of Brabander
4.94/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

O my God! What is this for a brew? I know almost all Struise beers but never had this one. Generously gift of my alltime beerbuddy Matt, CRooney5787. I owe you one Matt!

2005 vintage like the most. Poured in my Struise glass this beers looks like all Struise beers; fabulous. Urbain not only makes them very tasty but also very good looking.

Deepbrown colour and a four finger head which leaves nice lacing in the glass.

Smell is not as overwhealming as the Pannepot but absolutely great.

And then the taste; sheer heaven. Alcohol is well hidden and the taste is between the Pannepeut and the Pannepot, a bit less spicy.

This has to be one of the best beers i have ever drunk...

I have to review this one cause i drank a 2005 bottle yesterday. Now this beer is about 8 years old and it just becomes better and better. Wow!

Brabander, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of davey101
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2006 vintage. 11.2 oz bottle into a chimay goblet. Slow gush over. Not a lot of sediment in the glass/bottle.

A - Dark cola brown body and a khaki head that leaves some edging and lacing. Looks like all the other pannepot's I have tried.

S - Candied figs, brown sugar, molasses, spice, yeast and a light alcohol burn. There are faint charred oak and vanilla notes.

T - Unbelievably rich and smooth mouth feel with the perfect amount of carbonation, even being 5 years old. The taste is phenomenal. Dark caramelized fruits, brown sugar and light spices. Barrel notes that actually blend in and accommodate the other flavors. The aftertaste is somewhat savory. Alcohol is slightly warming.

O - This beer was amazing. Certainly the best quad I have ever had. I drank a 2008 reserva last night and found the earthy raw oak notes to be a bit distracting. This perfected that fault. The barrel notes are so smooth and delicate and do not over power whatsoever. My favorite pannepot variation for sure.

davey101, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.08/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2005 Reserve. Got this as an extra in a trade a little while ago. Thanks alpineclimber!

Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a very dark amber colour - completely opaque - with one finger of light brown head that slowly disappeared. Some good lacing on the glass.

S - Intense sweetness up front with notes of dark caramel, brown sugar and toffee. Dark fruit notes compliment the sweetness.

T - Extremely sweet. Lots of brown sugar, toffee and dark caramel. Some spice and yeast notes come through as well. I don't pick up the oak at all.

M - Medium body; light carbonation.

O - This was extremely sweet - to the point that I could not finish it. It was enjoyable for about a third of the glass and then became too much for me to drink.

TheSevenDuffs, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of jrenihan
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 vintage.

Beer is a very dark brown, almost black, with a thin tan head that is quite active: lots of little bubbles furiously exploding. Minimal retention and lacing.

The smell is fantastic, very warm and enveloping. Oak, sweet malt, and a hint of cocoa. Has a bit of a smoky scent, slightly roasted.

The oak is quite present in the taste, coupled with a bourbon-like flavour. A sweet caramel flavour is present throughout. A hint of dark cherry occupies the background. A slightly roasted character is present as well. Alcohol is noticeable but not overdone.

Mild carbonation, medium to full bodied beer.

A very, very nice beer. The oak barrels really leave their mark, and it works very well. Has quite a different taste than the classic quads, but is an excellent beer. However, I do find that it is a bit rich- hard even to finish a regular bottle of.

jrenihan, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of BobZ
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml Bottle, Poured into my Duvel Tulip. 2005 Vintage.

Appearance: Very dark reddish brown, little to no head, just a small cap which remains throughout the beer. Very nice lacing.

Smell: Incredible, one of the best smelling beers I’ve ever had, highly complex, sweet dark fruit, vanilla, hints of brandy. As it warms the aromas continue to unlock, the vanilla strengthens as does the alcoholic character of the brandy.

Taste: So much flavor, the Belgian candy sugar, the Belgian yeast, the incredible dark fruit flavors. Then as the beer warms the vanilla and oak flavors intensify. Nice warmth on the finish. This beer is best served “slightly” chilled then experienced as it changes while warming. Exceptional work of art from De Struise.

Mouth feel: The barrel aging tends to thin the beer slightly; however, this beer still held up very well with solid body. Extremely smooth.

Overall: Incredible, glad to have more in the cellar. I’m looking forward to trying later vintages because this 2005 is going to be very tough to beat.

BobZ, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of rvdoorn
4.93/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2006 vintage
Look: the beer pours a dark-brown color with a medium head.
Smell: Sweet caramel, brown sugar, malts, Belgium yeast, dark fruits (figs and raisins), nuts, light spices and Madera wine.
Taste: Malts, dark fruits (figs, and a lot of raisins again), grapes Belgium yeast, oak, bourbon, Madera, brown sugar and spices. The sweetness and spices are perfectly balanced.
Mouthfeel: a medium body, medium carbonation.
Overall: Fantastic brew. Quite a bit different from the 2005 version I had some weeks ago though (that one had much more red fruits in the taste). What an amazing brew, leaving you to want more!

rvdoorn, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of stakem
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
Photo of tmoneyba
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured dark reddish/brown color with an average light brown frothy head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Medium to heavy complex dark fruit, wood, caramel and alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy complex sweet flavor with medium to heavy fruity sweet finish and a small bite of alcohol. Standout brew.

tmoneyba, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of Neffbeer
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the 33cl 2005 version, poured into a Westvleteren goblet.

A: This is the second one of this batch that I have had and the previous one had little to no carbonation. This one however was adequately carbonated and revealed a dark brown brew with a solid one and a half finger head. It displays amazing retention, for the vessel and the age, and leaves behind a good bit of lacing.

S: The aroma is saturated with dark fruits and decadent caramelized sugar. There is a faint hint of the oak barrels, but they very well integrated at this point of the beers life. Some subtle notes of age are also present with some apples and port like sweetness/booze emerging the more it warms.

T: Wham, the flavors are incredibly smooth and have blended seamlessly together. Caramelized sugar, dark fruits, vanilla, port, some mild sour funk, oak, and sublime spiciness round out the flavors. It finishes with a tart vinous quality that is surprisingly dry.

M: Not bad at all in the mouthfeel department, thick and viscous with velvet-like carbonation.

O: Compared to my first pass of the 2005 this one was a home run. It is evident that there is considerable bottle variation among these brews, but I guess that comes with the territory. The 2005 is still drinking fabulously, seek this out.

Neffbeer, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

womencantsail, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of kojevergas
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
Photo of Jeffo
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one at the De Molen beer shop in Bodegraven.

From a bottle into a Struise tulip.
Vintage: 2006
Note: Drank the regular, reserva and grand reserva. Comparisons drawn.

APPEARANCE: A massive gusher. Be ready. Once it got pouring, it was fine. Yielded a big, three finger, medium looking, fluffy, light tan head with amazing retention. Stuck around forever. A deep sienna brown, opaque, with higher levels of carbonation evident. Head eventually fades to a good foam cap and leaves chunky lacing down the top of the glass. A good film remains until the end and leaves some nice, thick lacing down the glass. Started out of control, but settled down very nicely.

SMELL: Just like the regular version, but with slight notes of oak and vanilla in there as well. Spicy and herbal, with tyme and coriander, with lots of caramel malt and brown sugar. Quite bold and very enticing indeed. Much bigger and more complex than the reserva.

TASTE: The regular is all there. Caramel malt, brown sugar, and loads of spicy and herbal qualities. A mild touch of oak and vanilla are in there as well, which adds to and compliments the already wonderfully complex base beer. Aftertaste is bigger, with sweet caramel malts, lots of spices, and a touch of oak for good measure. Very nice indeed.

PALATE: Medium body and medium lower end carbonation. Very creamy on the palate, much more so than the other two versions, goes down smooth and with a bit of heat after the swallow, and finishes slightly mouth-coating. Really good stuff.

OVERALL: Despite the questionable and worrisome beginning, this was phenomenal. Unlike the Reserva, the aging on the Grand Reserva did not mute the spicy wonders that make the base Pannepot so enjoyable. Instead, the aging has left slight nuances of oak and vanilla throughout that really do compliment the brew. Wonderful nose, flavors, and a beautifully creamy palate that plays the supporting role perfectly. A classic example of an oak aged brew. Well done gentlemen.

Jeffo, May 30, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted blind as part of top 10 quad tasting with callmemickey and sideshowe.

A - Pours dark brown with little head.

S - Caramel, molasses on the nose as well as some dark fruit as it warms.

T - There's a nice slight sweetness along with some nutmeg. Very dry oaky finish.

M - Mild carbonation with a dry finish, but very full body. There's no heat and the beer appears to be aged.

O - Again, solid beer in a vaccuum, but in the company of these other beers, the Grand Reserva ended up #6 of 10. I'd still go out of my way to drink this again as it was delicious.

ChrisPro, May 25, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted in a rather dark bar. Dark brown, some red highlights in the light. Medium mocha head settles gradually.

Unsurprisingly, big dark fruit on the nose. Woodiness in the background.

Spicey apple up front, the calvados comes through loud and clear. Behind the apple there are loads of big dark fruit, mixed with vanilla notes. Spices pop in and out. Very complex beer

Age has obviously done wonders for this. 2005 bottle, alcohol is super soft and the beer goes down really creamy. Very nice.

CanuckRover, May 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2005 Vintage poured into my Ovila Goblet. Couldn't get a head going on it. No lacing. Dark brown in color.

Aroma is awesome. Dark fruits, bit of roast and Belgian yeast funkiness.

Taste is good. Falls short a bit. Could use a boost in flavor. Almost like a light version of a quad as far as taste goes. Taste of dark fruits and a bit of caramel. Little bit of Belgian yeast. Still tasty.

Mouthfeel is a bit too thin. Low on carb for style.

Overall tasty. Was kinda disappointed but not bad.

PeprSprYoFace, May 10, 2011
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4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured in a Westy chalice.

One of my favorite Belgian brewers: De Struise never disappointed me :)

Grand Reserva Vintage 2006 - PNP No.4
Best Before March 2014

A: Pours a dark brown color with a medium to small beige head with medium retention. Few lacings left

S: Very candy. Bit fruity. Belgian yeasts, coffee beans, oak and alcohol

T: Follows the nose. Sweet upfront. Roasted malts, yeasts, notes of coffee and oak. Nice hop bitterness aftertaste and a bit of alcohol too

M: Very creamy. Full bodied. Low carbonation

O: Excellent as expected

eduardolinhalis, May 03, 2011
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4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 Vintage

A dense off white foam tops this murky brown brew. The lacing lacks form taking a random nature.

Rich and delicious in the nose featuring oak, cherries, leather, and a stinging twinge in the nostrils.

The taste mirrors what the smell reveals in terms of flavors. Not one of the above flavors sticks out but the oak and cherry really come through in the end. There is plenty of heat in the aftertaste which rounds out a very flavorful beer.

The only thing differentiating a wine's mouthfeel with this beer's mouthfeel is the mild carbonation. A bone dry finish completes the feel.

I was happy to find this as I'm on a work trip in Calgary. I've seen the Pannepot name floating around the site and knew it had to be good. I concur, this is quite tasty.

TCgoalie, May 03, 2011
Pannepot Grand Reserva from De Struise Brouwers
96 out of 100 based on 439 ratings.