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Pannepot Grand Reserva - De Struise Brouwers

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Ratings: 478
Reviews: 209
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 10.72%
Wants: 165
Gots: 160 | FT: 15
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: SacoDeToro on 03-20-2008

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Photo of jrenihan
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of BobZ
4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of rvdoorn
4.92/5  rDev +14.7%
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!

Photo of stakem
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of tmoneyba
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of Neffbeer
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of kojevergas
4.33/5  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

Photo of Jeffo
4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of ChrisPro
4.12/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of CanuckRover
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.01/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.38/5  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

Photo of TCgoalie
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of largadeer
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of callmemickey
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of mdfb79
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of Damian
3.98/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of dasenebler
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of basica
4.88/5  rDev +13.8%
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

Photo of CrellMoset
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of ptykozoon
3.29/5  rDev -23.3%
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.

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3.7/5  rDev -13.8%
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".

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3.4/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

Pannepot Grand Reserva from De Struise Brouwers
95 out of 100 based on 478 ratings.