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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 PeprSprYoFace
4/5  rDev -7%
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
Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
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
Photo of TCgoalie
4.47/5  rDev +4%
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
Photo of largadeer
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wahoo long time want shared by nanoslug. 2005 vintage, 11.2 oz bottle.

Murky dark brown, not quite transluscent. A high level of carbonation feeds a tall and lasting tan head.

Smells pretty great, brown sugar and dates, sweet apples red grapes, and red wine, earthy oak - very homogenous but pretty complex.

There's a great tart green apple flavor on the tongue, sweet red wine, brown sugar, dates - very fruity, oaky, earthy - not necessarily sweet or dry. The mid-palate is buttery, velvety, the finish shows coffee and fig, tart red grapes. Thoroughly enjoyable.

largadeer, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of callmemickey
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 bottle tasted blind as part of a top 10 quad blind tasting.

A: Dark muddy red-brown. Thin skim of a dirty-white head.

S: Blend of dark fruits, figs, raisins, some boozy notes. Very sublime.

T: Quite a bit of a boozy sweetness (very little heat), some pepper, and tons of raisins and a bit of plums.

M: Medium bodied, with a light prickly feel courtesy of the barrel aging-mostly in the finish.

O: A quality, yet somewhat unique quad. The barrel aging separates this beer from the pack somewhat.

callmemickey, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
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
Photo of Damian
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 33 cl bottle
Vintage 2006
PNP No.4
Best Before M(arch) (20)14
Served in a chalice
Acquired in a trade with xpimptastikx

The liquid poured an opaque, dark brown color (bordering on black) with a tight, creamy, one and a half finger tall, beige-colored crown. More stout-like in appearance than a typical quad. The head slowly receded to a resilient film. Scraggly pieces of lacing clung to the glass.

Not much happening in the way of the nose initially. Dark malts and candi sugar notes were detectible. Slightly roasty with a crisp, powdery dryness. Hints of ripe fruits were also noticeable. As the beer warmed, sweet caramel notes and some booziness came out as well. Oaky with indications of brown sugar.

The flavor profile was similar to the nose. Deeper and darker than your average quad. Malty up front with dark candi sugar notes and a distinctly Belgian yeastiness. A touch roasty. Coffee notes were apparent. Spicy. Fruity and slightly sweet in the center. Brown sugar was noticeable as well. The lingering finish was crisp, dry, woody and a bit sour. For a beer aged on French oak and Calvados wood, the oaky/woody presence was surprisingly subtle. At 10% ABV, this beer hid its alcohol prowess remarkably well.

The mouthfeel was uniquely Belgian. Light and frothy on the palate with a fine, aggressive carbonation. The bubbles were actually a bit distracting. As the beer sat, the carbonation settled down to a more appropriate level.

I have tried Pannepot - Old Fisherman's Ale and now Pannepot Grand Reserva and I cannot say that I was enamored by either of them. Between the somewhat muted flavor profile and the excessive carbonation, this beer simply did not do much for me.

Damian, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
4.3/5  rDev 0%
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 dasenebler
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl, 2005 Vintage, best before 11/2012. From notes on 2/11/11.

Pours a dark mahogany with a small and bubbly beige head. There are small spots of tan lace all over the glass.

The aroma is remarkable. Big notes of oak, whiskey, plum and other dark fruits, plus some light alcohol. Mellow, but deep.

The flavor is rich and almost port-like. Lots of caramel, and sweet, bready malts. Not as spicy as the standard Pannepot, but it's there. Barrel flavor comes through strongly, with lots of oak. There's also some cherry and dark stone fruit character. Like some of the other vintages of Pannepot, this Grand Reserva has a slightly tart component, which adds even more complexity to the mix. Though, even for the 2005 vintage, the alcohol is relatively prominent in this beer, though definitely not "hot" or off-putting. The mouthfeel is smooth and sticky, but could use a bit more carbonation, and maybe more heft.

May have caught this bottle a bit past it's prime, but it's still a complex and pleasurable beer. Glad to have had the opportunity to savor this rarity.

dasenebler, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of basica
4.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - From a 2006 vintage bottle, pours an opaque dark amber-brown into my De Struise tulip yielding a three-finger thick, pretty, bubbly and creamy tan head that grows slightly after the initial pour, retaining well; it finally settles down to a one-finger thick tan head. (5)

S - Intense nose of dark fruits, caramel, chocolate, alcoholic phenols, oak and bready yeasts (4.5)

T - Intense caramel sweetness upfront with slightly vinous and leathery notes following closely; thick chocolate flavors, molasses and dark fruits with suggestions of raisins, plums and dates, fill the middle with a masterful yet light touch of alcohol; bready malts and spices come through towards the finish which suggested flavors of maple sweetness, raisins, caramel, chocolate and a light touch of oak (5)

M - Luscious full-bodied mouthfeel with a slight syrupy stickiness and a creamy smooth texture; very pleasantly warming as it goes down (5)

D - Godly delectable and complex flavors compounded with a mouthfeel that's kissing perfection, this is a beer that's definitely amongst the few pinnacle selections on my list (5)

Comparing the 2006 Grand Reserva and the 2007 Reserva, oak notes were stronger on the nose for the Grand Reserva and the flavors on the Grand Reserva exhibited vinous, leathery touch remiscent of wine (this is probably due to the barrel aging). Chocolates were also more towards the front, unlike the Reserva (and the regular Pannepot) to form a thicker and more well-blended flavor with the dark fruits, molasses and alcoholic phenols. Over here, the mouthfeel is pretty much perfected at full body and with a light touch of syrupy stickiness.

About half way through my Quadrupel marathon and here's the ordered ranking thus far, starting from the best: 2006 Pannepot Grand Reserva, 2007 Pannepot Reserva, 2006 Pannepot, 2010 La Trappe Quadrupel Oak Aged, 2009 La Trappe Quadrupel, 2009 Ommegang Three Philosophers

basica, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of CrellMoset
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2005 vintage, 330 mL, courtesy of urwutuh8 - thanks! Poured in to a cervoise.

Appearance: Pours that telltale quadrupel chestnut brown, a deep hue, slightly ruddy in appearance, hazed just beneath the surface with suspended yeast and the secrets of the priory. Or something. An aggressive pour by my standards yielded a full finger of initially creamy but ultimately quickly fading head. The main difference between the appearance of this brew and, say, the Pannepot: Old Monk's Ale I had the other eve is the increased carbonation in this one, typical of aged beers that have spent a lot of time in a barrel, and which does a lot to keep the foamy collar and wispy surface lacing on this one present throughout. I imagine the choice of glassware also helped a little (cervoise vs. snifter). Lacing on the sides of the glass is still a non-issue.

Aroma: Brown sugar encrusted cherries, freshly squeezed grape juice, a raisins macerated in rum all emerge as this one nears room temperature. I should note room temperature in my house right now is approximately 42 degrees F given that my heat has failed, though I'm cupping this one to warm it up. Relatively dry and heavily toasted malts mingle with gorgeously robust, slightly tart, and multifaceted stone fruits, coconut and toasted oak, and a kiss of alcohol sizzle to make for a very attractive blend of sweet, spicy, and sour.

Taste: Age and aging in oak have rendered this one tart, almost like a cabernet in many ways. The malts here are fantastically dry - six years of aging have rendered them vaguely toasty, with hints of well attenuated brown sugar and molasses hinting at what once might have been a stronger, sweeter, more counterbalancing force for the rest of the flavor profile here. Oak is prominent - green, chalky, hinting at leather and vanilla - and mingles well with prunes, cherries, raisins, a few tropical fruits, and slew of other nondescript stone and dried fruits. It's almost too tart at points, or rather, not too tart, but the tartness is overpowering to the point where it begins to taste less like a quadrupel and more like, well, a wine barrel aged dark Belgian ale of some sort.

Mouthfeel: A surprising amount of carbonation for a six-year old beer, but then again, it is a quadrupel. The Belgian Lift (TBL, TM) is in fine force here, rendering a beer with very little residual "stick" left after six years in a bottle a Velvety Tongue Cloud (no TM). The end result is sublime: the bright, crisp, clean lift amplifies the tartness amazingly. This is what a dry wine with carbonation would feel like. No - a dry wine with perfect carbonation.

Drinkability: A pretty exceptional beer, and one I'm glad I held on to as long as I did, though I am fascinated by the thought of what this might have tasted like with only a year or two of age on it - would it have been sweeter? Less tart? Hotter? Who knows, and I'll likely never have the opportunity to know. Pannepot Grand Reserva is a good beer, indeed the most wine-like beer I've ever had, so I'll leave it at - if you like wine and you like beer, seek this one out.

CrellMoset, Feb 10, 2011
Photo of ptykozoon
3.33/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Comment about 100th Review)
'06

Mahogony with a fizzly head that sizzles down slowly. Not really any lacing to mention.

Smell is nonexistent at first. I let it breathe, swirl it, warm it: nothing. Maybe some chocolate but it's a stretch.

Malt, chocolate, some belgian notes, floral stuff, raisin, a hint of cherries. Very subtle. Aged in Calvados bottles my ass. I love Calvados and got nothing. This beer has aged too long.

Lots of carbonation and moderate alcohol presence.

A pretty simple quad. Nothing really going on too much in this bottle..Looking forward to trying again sometime though, something must be off with some of these bottles.

ptykozoon, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of CuriousMonk
3.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750ml bottle (Vintage 2005) into a tulip glass. Pours cloudy dark/ruby-brown with a small, rocky, light brown head, somewhat lasting with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, toffee), average hops (flowers, herbs), average yeast (horse blanket, earth, leaves) with notes of dates, vanilla, and cinnamon. Picked up alcohol smells as well. Taste of Beligan candy, bittwer sweet, oak, and champagne flavor. Full bodied, sticky texture, average carbonation, and a bitter finish. Average duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity and bitterness. Too much of a barley wine / champagne beer for me. I gave it a name, "The Dark Champagne of Beers".

CuriousMonk, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of JAXSON
3.35/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2009 rate.

12 oz. bottle, thanks Brad! Deep mahogany pour with really nice creamy lacing. Initial blast of single malt scotch whiskey. Toffee comes in quite a bit as it warms. Creamy and rich. A booziness can easily be detected from the get-go. The biggest weakness here is a strange astringent bitterness around the edges, which comes off as almost sour and simply doesn't belong in this brew. It's really rich, creamy, has a lot of nice components, but certainly didn't all seem to come together right. Not as good as the normal Pannepot.

JAXSON, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle received in a trade with CuriousMonk. Thanks Ryan.

Pours a very murky, muddy, brown in color. There was a eighth inch of head on the pour, but that has since disappeared and is now just around the perimeter of the glass.
Smell is very dark wine like. There's some belgian candy sugar and some dark figs as well.
Taste is even more dark wine than is in the smell. Moutheel is a bit thinner than I was expecting, but works none the less. Lots of grape flavors come through in the flavor. The alcohol is completely unnoticeable in this beer. Even more so than the other Pannepot varietals.
Outstanding beer, and getting more complex as it warms. I can't get enough of the Struise Pannepot offerings. Can't have enough of this in the cellar.

FtownThrowDown, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of domtronzero
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark mahogony brownish colored, murky, with a short long lasting tannish head. Tons of lacing left throughout.

S - Faint sweet pilsner malts, dark stone fruits, and a very light pleasant alcohol aroma.

F/M - Again, light candy pils malt sweetness, with a bready character. Dark fruity esters are noticeable and ligering. Medium low bitterness with a semi dry finish. Light oaky flavor. Alcohol is light and helps cleanse the palate. Lingering sweet dark fruit flavor.

D - This is a good beer, rich and complex. Rather easy drinking with a nice balance of flavors.

domtronzero, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of kingcrowing
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle poured into a St. Bernardus chalice. 2005 vintage.

Pours a very dark brown, it's murky and a bit red on the edges. There's no head to speak of, just some light bubbles around the edges, but there was a pop when I opened it. Nose is very rich and malty, it's sweet and boozy. There are dark fruits and raisins, Belgian candy sugar is there as well.

Taste is a bit oaky/woody. There's raisins, sweet caramel malt and some sharp carbonation. There's lots of rich malts, a bit of dark chocolate, it's quite creamy and smooth with a fairly good mouthfeel. You get a tingling on your tongue afterwards from the alcohol and the sweet malts. It is strong and complex, but fairly easy drinking.

kingcrowing, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of OlieIPA
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a Stone IRS glass at approximately 50 degrees Fahrenheit

A: Pours highly carbonated and a translucent brown into the glassware, where it then forms a cream colored momentarily. A few rigorous swirls invite the head back, but again, this aspect sinks quickly back into the body of the beer.

S: This beer entices the nose with blueberry, blackberry and oak off at first, but then follows through with some brown sugar, spice and apple-like characteristics.

T: Not as deep and rich in flavor as other Quad's I've run into, but the flavor profile very balance and pleasant to drink. A lot dark fig and spice character that is rounded out by a sugary consistency and flavor that I can't quite figure out. The oak character is robust and easy to detect as well, but compliments the other components within the flavor profile.

M: Probably the thing I disliked the most; very thin and overly carbonated. I think more body would have enhanced and brought forth more flavors that this beer obviously has, but is mask by this fact.

D: Again, not as rich and bountiful as others within the style, but I found it quite easy to drink. Especially for a 10% ABV beer!

Overall: A good beer, but if I were to introduce someone to this style, I would probably go with something else. A try it beer. Cheers!

OlieIPA, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
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 Huhzubendah
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
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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4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from my notes. This keg from 2008 was tapped at Ebenezer's for the 6th Annual Belgian Beer Fest. Chris told me I was probably the first person to try this from a keg in the US.

It has a tan foamy head. The liquid is hazy, opaque and brown, but does appear translucent near the bottom of my glass.

The aroma is both sweet and spiced. I can detect raisin, pine and some musty yeast.

It tastes Great. There is vanilla as well as some bitter hops. It has a creamy quality that I rather enjoy. None of the flavors lingers too long--it is all rather subtle.

It has a medium body and low carbonation. It feels creamy. There is very little coat left behind. This beer feels most impressive for a quad.

It is incredibly drinkable. This beer could do a lot of damage; it tastes and feels nothing like I expect a 10% ABV beer to be. I'm a little glad it is so rare, as otherwise I would drink it all the time. I do wish I had a second pour before I left Lovell.

ToasterChef, Aug 24, 2010
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4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The 2005 vintage drunk from a chalice. No specific best before date; good forever, right?...:)

A - moderate tan head, bubbly with moderate lacing. Very dark in color (but not as solid as a porter/stout). Lots of sediment in the bottom of the glass and floating throughout.

S - roasted malts with some dried fruit.

T - truly exceptional balance of roasted malts, molasses, slight tobacco and persistent sour fruits. Remarkably little impact from the alcohol.

M - moderately, but appropriately carbonated. The tart aftertaste persists indefinitely.

D - incredibly easy to drink considering the alcohol content. Goes down amazingly easy.

This is an exceptional beer; easily one of the best.

DoktorZee, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of sjstraub
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2005.

A - Dark with a reddish hint. Head evaporates relatively quickly.

S - Apple and vanilla. Very sweet. No alcohol aroma at all.

T - To me, a very strong calvados flavor with a bit of an anise finish. Incredibly balanced with the sweet nose.

M - Full bodied with a nice carbonation for a 2005 beer.

D - Not a beer that you have more than one of in a session. Heavy, filling beer.

sjstraub, Aug 17, 2010
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4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark chestnut and garnet color. Extremely thick, creamy, frothy off-white head that lasts a long time. Great retention that finally settles in a thick creamy lace.

S - Lots of dark fruit with date, fig, and raisin. Loads of dark toasted malt with some caramel and molasses along with a touch of chocolate. Fairly strong licorice/anise aroma. Some oak and vanilla is also present.

T - Starts with strong dark fruit and licorice along with some Calvados flavor. Some dark roasted malt with burnt molasses and caramel provide a background base. Good amount of spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, pepper, coriander, etc.) along with some yeast flavors. Hints of vanilla and oak come out toward the end.

M - Medium to full body with good carbonation. Very smooth and creamy feel.

D - Pretty drinkable beer with a great body/feel that is very smooth and creamy. Alcohol is present, but pretty well hidden. Good taste with a pretty good mixture.

Notes: Vintage 2005. Pretty good beer, but I'm not entirely sure if the aging in the Calvados really made an improvement to either the normal Pannepot or the Reserva as it detracts a bit from the enjoyable flavors in those two. It does add a little something different though. This is another great beer from a great brewery, and worth trying, but I don't really feel like I need to have it again if I can get other Pannepot offerings.

FreshHawk, Aug 11, 2010
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4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330mL bottle, 2005 vintage, poured into a snifter.

Pours a murky chestnut brown with a thick beige head that recedes slowly to a creamy cap with some spotty lacing.

The aroma is massive and sweet. There's lots of candi sugar and dark fruits - raisins and figs. The barrel character comes out with some oak and booze. Some light spiciness as well. Wonderful smell.

The taste has a light tartness up front, maybe with cherries or raspberries. The backbone is heavy on Belgian yeast and candi sugar. The finish is spicy with a light tartness and a heavy barrel character - spicy oak, alcohol burn.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with decent carbonation, maybe a tad thinner than I expected. it's a little bit thinner than I would expect.

This is another excellent beer from Struise - a big complex quad with an intriguing barrel presence - lots of oaky tannins.

gford217, Aug 05, 2010
Pannepot Grand Reserva from De Struise Brouwers
94 out of 100 based on 442 ratings.