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Pannepot Grand Reserva - De Struise Brouwers

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Reviews: 218
Hads: 546
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 171
Gots: 180 | FT: 17
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Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

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Reviews: 218 | Hads: 546
Photo of russwbeck
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2005 Vintage on-tap at Max's for their Belgian Beer Fest.

The beer boasts a dark pour with a slight off white head. Dark fruits, some roast, candied sugar, Belgian yeasts are all noted for aromas. It smells very mellow and balanced. The taste is basically aged to perfection. Balanced and mellow, this beer focuses on roast and mellowed booze. Very sweet with candied sugar and caramel all blending together perfectly. It's so smooth, no harsh booze, no misplaced flavors, just delicious and wonderfully drinkable. Best beer of the night by far. My god it was good. (566 characters)

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330mL bottle with a 500mL label on it. Served in a snifter. 2005 vintage, Lot A Batch C-BB notched in the label. Sampled 3/19/12.

A: Average vigor on the pour produces a 1 finger tall head. Light brown in color, foamy, bubbly and quick to recede. A thick collar remains for quite some time. The body is so dark brown that you cannot see through it, but tilting the glass reveals some transparency and light shades of amber brown. Lacing is spare.

S: The nose brings about rich scents of dried dark fruit, namely raisin and prune with a little cherry in the distance. Deeply toasted malts of molasses, caramel and a hint of chocolate. Earthy and rustic. Oxidation is noticeable but doesn't detract from the nose.

T: Dark, earthy fruit flavor backed by a pleasant malt sweetness. Traces of grape and cherry become evident as the beer warms, along with a sweeter, stickier caramel which, together, is quite an impressive flavor combination. Lightly spicy. Moderate alcohol.

M: Luscious body - but only medium to medium full. The silky smooth texture glides effortlessly over the tongue, coating a different layer of flavor at each pass. The carbonation is gentle and works perfectly with the flavor profile. Almost port-like. Graceful and quite decadent.

O: This beer *really* became special right around room temperature. The flavor and mouthfeel in particular. While I enjoyed this beer quite a bit, I was hoping for a little more. The taste gained a half point during the second half of the glass, which had a pretty profound impact on its rating (went from 4.0 to 4.23). (1,576 characters)

Photo of Aethien
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2005

Dark brown with next to no head.
Smells like dark fruit, plums, figs and cherries along with some booziness, brown sugar and malts. All very smooth though.
The taste has an initial sugary sweetness that makes way for dark fruits and alcohol and a dry finish where the oak is definitely noticeable. Very smooth and subtle.
The mouthfeel is very smooth and with just enough carbonation to make it feel light and quite easily drinkable for such a high alcohol brew.

Overall, I like this quad I appreciate the fruity flavours but I've had better quads. I'd love to pick up a normal Pannepot to compare ti with though. (628 characters)

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.84/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2008 vintage. 33cl into Struise tulip. 16/8/16.  Dark dark ruby, beige head. Medium retention. More carbonation than expected. Aroma of vanilla, coffee, brown sugar, caramel, chocolate. Taste. Insane. Amazing. No alcohol at all, so smooth, great flavors that follow the aromas. Awesome, fantastic. Spectacular. One of the best. Ever.  (336 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

vintage 2008 picked up in a recent webshop order. poured into my westvleteren chalice.

a - poured a really nice ruby brown. the head was a bit lacking on this...although the extended barrel aging could explain that (?). i've always found de struise to be one of the best at brewing a quad...and the creamy look is something i usually admire. the rest is there, but where is that gorgeous head?

s - vanilla cherry fig and plum with a burst of apple. just as wonderful as the other pannepots but with a different angle...much more subtle and a bit woody.

t - ooh boy, there's pannepot, but seems a bit boozier...and definitely fruitier. the calvados seems to be fairly present giving it an almost sangria vibe.

m - wonderfully smooth as other pannepots, but this one seems to have picked up some booziness in the barrels. easy drinker none-the-less.

o - overall, another winner...but for my tastes, i think i prefer the straight pannepot over the reservas...the grand reserva definitely adds layers of complexity to an already amazing beer. very brandy and sangria like. really well done beer. i've come to have high expectations on everything struise i try and i've yet to be dissappointed. (1,194 characters)

Photo of Kendo
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2005, bottle consumed February 16, 2012. Thanks MRMOJORISIN for picking this one up for me. . . . Took it from the cellar and put it into the DBF for 1 hour, so this should be about 50 degrees.

A: Poured from the bottle (label says 1 pt, 9.4 fl oz, but this is likely a 33 cl bottle) into a Chimay chalice. Looks like cola - clear black with a small khaki-colored head.

S: Mmmm. Nice. Dark, dried fruits - prunes and figs. Molasses and brown sugary malt. Booze - but in a nice, integrated way. Unlike some booze-barrel-aged beers, it's not in-your-face boozy, just gently boozy.

T: First impression: sugary-sweet malt is followed by some spices - nutmeg, perhaps, then something with a little more kick. Dark fruits are there - think berries and cherries. Booze is noted a little, though more as a warming sensation in the belly than on the tastebuds. Finishes with a dry, woodsy astringency that leaves a mouth-puckering dryness on the roof of the mouth into the aftertaste. It doesn't drink like a 10% beer.

M: Medium in heft, though as with so many authentic Belgians, it has a nice fizziness to it that makes it seem lighter in heft, almost thin.

O: Good stuff, glad to have gotten a bottle. Alcohol becomes a little more prevalent as I work my way down the glass, detracts from drinkability a bit. Still good stuff, a nice sipper as it warms and the booze steps up. (1,385 characters)

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

I was lucky enough to recieve this in Secret Santa '11. I poured from a 11.2 ounce bottle, 2005 vintage, into a snifter, somewhat murky brown pour, moderate white head. The aroma has a ton of dark fruit, oak notes. The flavor is very similar to the aroma, oak more prevalent. The body is full, good carbonation, very smooth for a high abv brew. Great quad, the calvados barrels seemed to add oak, didn't really pick up brandy notes. (432 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle courtesy of 2BDChicago. 2005 vintage served in my Ommegang tulip. Pours a murky plum-colored hue with a creamy, half inch, tan-colored head that eventually recedes into a consistent quarter inch cap. Creamy swaths of lacing are revealed during the tasting and exhibit excellent adhesion. Nose expresses vinous notes, dark fruit, anise and nutmeg. Taste consistent with nose; however, the dark fruit character is much bolder than in the nose. There is also a suggestion of Belgian yeast in the flavor profile as well as some metallic notes towards the finish. Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with a pleasant carbonation that falls just short of lively. Some residual alcohol heat also peaks out the finish. All and all, a very good Quad; however, I can't say that I really pick up any of the oak aging. That said, at the price point this beer comes in at, I would have to say that St. Bernardus Abt 12 is still the way to go. (938 characters)

Photo of rarbring
3.15/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A brown clouded brew, an off-white very small head, little lacing but good curtains.

A smelling mixture of yeast, old concrete and coke.

Tasting of candid, or burned, sugar, some anisette, finishing with some old cherry seeds, rather wooden sour.

Little carbonation, a bit flat and remarkably thin, a light dry finish.

This was vintage 2005, has most probably peeked a while ago. (383 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
3.41/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2005 Vintage into a small Chimay Chalice.

Pannepot Grand Reserva 2005 goes in the glass a medium hue of brown with some tree bark like colors. The cap is real thin with dark tannish film like appearance. Smell is old dark fruit with plum being the focus. Faint sour apple with some faded roasted malt scent. Some port like quality with grape and small fig. Cant really pick up the barrel, this is an old bottle here. Taste is way left field at this point, perhaps past the point of no return. Dark fruit and some tartness has taken on effect. It's different and pleasant but not what im looking for in a quad. Plum and some apple with grape, sour grapes, Port like flavors, calvados. This is far off from a normal quad. Feel is a big medium and the carb is tame, yet this leaves a tart zing when sipped. I vastly preferred the Pannepot Reserva to this 'grand' version. Perhaps I should try another bottle of it. (912 characters)

Photo of bark
3.36/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Vintage 2005.

The colour is dark brown, the liquid is clear. The low head is brown. No lacing.

The smell is heavy. Alcohol, dried fruits, Coca Cola, cinnamon, vanilla. Hints of oranges. It is overall quiet sweet.

The taste is a bit tart. Sweet notes of dried fruits. Toffee. It feels a bit tired and flat. Dried apples in the heavy and alcoholic finish.

The carbonation is light, the liquid is dry.

A beer with an extraordinary smell. Sadly, the taste feels a bit tired and old. (488 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.92/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet. 2008 vintage.

3.5 A: Pours a ruddy brown color. Barely half a fingers of frothy light brown head. Retention isn't all that great either, but the ABV is up there. No lacing.

4.0 S: Strong green apple presence alongside candied plum, fig, and date. Vanilla with some oak, caramel, toasted malts, and a light nuttiness. Peppery spiciness. It's very nice, but everything about it is subtle.

4.0 T: Taste is like the nose for the most part. Candied dark fruits, green and red apple, vanilla and oak. Caramel, toasted malt, nuts. Pepper fromt the yeast. Here's the thing about this though. There's an almost "biting" woody aspect in here. It's not present in the normal Pannepot, so I assume it's from the Calvados. It's not a bad flavor, but it is a dominant one that doesn't fit in with the rest of the beer. Either way, still tasty.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. This could use a bit more carbonation and it would be better if it were spritzier. Could use a touch more creaminess too.

4.0 D: Good beer, but I can't say that I think all the extra stuff has made the regular any better. (1,106 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 vintage bottle that has been around MA lately.

A- Dark brown pour with red around the edges. Tan head forms with pretty nice size and frothy texture for such an old beer. Bubbly ring leaves legs and a few webs of lace.

S- Smoothed out dark red fruits, oak and brown sugar. Not picking up a ton but I do like what I get. Definitely not very aromatic for a Quad/strong Belgian.

T- More going on here. Starts out with a nice dark cherry, grape fruit presence with notes of oak, wine, spice and brown sugar/toasted malts backing it. A bit of smoke and cocoa as well. Pretty complex with a nice, smooth balance.

MF- Lower end carbonation in a smooth, somewhat oily thick body. Alcohol warmth has almost completely subsided and there is a spice bitterness.

Not sure anything will ever compare with 2006 Pannepot for me but this is still a nice beer. Spices sort of take over a bit too much as I go on. (905 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Small bottle with a label calling it a 750ml from 2005; the first part of that clearly isn't the case, I don't know about the second.

A: Deep brown body with a finger of fine tan head. Ok retention, great lace. Terrific.

S: Oak, raisins, vanilla, chocolate, spice, and only the faintest hint of booze. Splendid.

T: Smooth, rich, and oaky, with wood up front and strong Quad fruitiness finishing things out. Candied sweetness and light pice on the long, semi-sweet finish. Light booze. Smooth, complex, and great.

M: Super soft, well-carbonated, and absolutely luxurious. Perfect.

O: Incredible beer. I love regular Pannepot, and the Grand Reserve is a definite step up in terms of both smoothness and complexity. I do miss the more powerful spicing of the regular version, but I think the oak overtones more than make up for it. Great beer.

Cheers! (854 characters)

Photo of dgilks
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very, very dark brown colour with a smooth, small, creamy tan head. Looks quite nice.

Dark, figgy, plummy fruit aroma with lots of dark toffee and caramelised malt notes. Some earth comes out too. Very dense overall with the oak contributing additional complexity. I like that there is something of the Calvados oak that can be distinguished.

Rich malt with a slightly sharp darker malt note that comes through. Still lots of fruit but it seems a little sharper and less plummy than in the aroma. Still quite sweet with a mildly bitter toffee note adding more. The figgy, plummy, mildly alcoholic flavour comes out as this warms up, improving it a fair bit.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation. Good.

This is certainly a rich and robust Belgian ale. The oak certainly penetrates the beer and the malt character is very prominent too. (846 characters)

Photo of Bendurgin
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice. This one pours dark brown with about a finger of creamy beige head. Retains a solid cap with some sticky lace.

Sweet on the aroma with toffee, figs, raisins and brown sugar. Sweet with a dark malty profile. The taste is a lot of what the aroma would indicate. Dark malts with toffee and a grape skin flavor. Nice sweet edge to this.

The body is full and somewhat creamy with soft carbonation.

Overall a nice one to find on tap. The Pannepot offerings never seem to disappoint. (503 characters)

Photo of haz77
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2005 vintage.

A - Pours an opaque, near black, brown with an inch of slightly frothy tan head. This falls to a thin layer of the course of a minute. All as expected.

S - Coffee, cocoa, caramel, cinnamon and other spices, cola, dried dark fruit, light grassy hops, a hint of port.

T - Initial dark fruit is moved aside by caramel and cocoa in the middle. Finish is coffee and grassy hops with a background chocolate note in the aftertaste. Also a lingering flavour of sweet wine. Layers of interest and complexity. Delicious.

M - Liquid velvet. Initially full bodied, with a light spritz of carbonation. The bubbles subside for the most part and the mouthfeel takes on a rich, creamy texture. This never becomes overpoweringly syrupy or cloying and the remaining carbonation and hops cleanse the mouth by the finish. Simply perfection.

D - A magnificent brew. Not drastically different from Pannepot (although the Grand Reserva has a more noticeable sour edge from recollection), but that certainly isn't a bad thing. (1,022 characters)

Photo of sidetracked
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated Vintage 2005.

Pours a clear, deep mahogany brown with a dense tan bubbly head. Good head retention.

Aroma of oak mixed with a dark fruit sweetness. Vanilla. Raisins. Dates. Some alcohol heat.

Upfront taste is sweet dark fruit, raisin, molasses, roasty. Dark roasty malt middle. Sweetness follows through to the finish. Additional flavors of oak, red grapes, brown sugar, and a hint of alcohol in the finish. Lingering sweetness.

Full bodied and somewhat syrupy with low carbonation. Smooth. Really coats the mouth.

Overall delicious. Nice balance of roasty and sweet. Oak adds some nice complexity. Would like to compare this to regular Pannepot.

11/24/2011 (676 characters)

Photo of mdagnew
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought online from Beermerchants.com... 2007 vintage...

Poured a deep dark murky mahogany brown / almost black colour. Light mocha tan head poured big thick and foamy then faded to good thick coating with even thicker edging... quite a lot of thick lacing lines coat the glass most of the way down...

Aroma - Rich dark fruits mixed with Christmas spices - black currents and cherries, apples, dates and plums, light cinnamon and nutmeg... lots of toasted bready malts, red wine hints, light liquorice mixed with chocolate, faint marzipan, nut brittle, light black treacle sweetness, earthy and leathery notes, cola traces, some sour soy notes...

Taste - Lots of spiciness (again cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, vanilla and black pepper) mixed with milk chocolate and fruit (plums, dates, raisins), warming alcohol coming through, bready / yeasty, some candy sugar, light metallic traces, molasses and brown sugar sweetness, roasted malts, again some soy / Flanders red ale sourness..

Feel - Smooth and creamy with a little sharpness underneath... medium / fulll bodied... pretty drinkable although the alcohol soon catches up with you..

Overall - Another excellent Struise brew.. definitely recommended... (1,217 characters)

Photo of larryi86
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a goblet 2005 vintage

A- Dark brown/black with a nice one finger tan head.

S- Dark fruits, caramel malts, cherries, oak, spices. Good nose, but I was hoping that it would be bigger.

T- A lot stronger than the nose. Dark fruits and caramel malts up front, touch of tart apples and cherries, some oak, light earthy spices, hint of vanilla, really well balanced and complex.

M- Medium to full body, smooth.

O- A great beer that is very easy to enjoy. At first I thought the little tartness was oxidation, but on the second and third sip I was able to place it as tart fruits, not oxidation. I really hope I am able to stock up on this, very happy that I was able to find this. (705 characters)

Photo of silentjay
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"vintage 2005"

darker than expected (an almost black brown/mahogany), but with a beautiful khaki head that raises to the tip of the glass (if not higher) sticks around forever and laces well.

lots of dark cherries in the aroma with some belgian yeast and a bit of mediumd-dark malts and some other dark fruits making their way in to compete with the cherries (figs, dates, etc.) some lighter fruits in there as well, maybe some apple, pear, and banana.

smooth, with tons of cherry flavor, a bit of oak flavors bringing some vanilla and some sweet malts bringing some molasses and dark caramel. other fruits are in there, as well.

almost medium bodied with a subtle carbonation that is more fluffy than prickly.

didn't quit knock my socks off, but it definitely impressed me. I was expecting more barrel qualities in the aroma and flavor, but it seems the quadruple aspects of the beer managed to take precedence. (917 characters)

Photo of bmwats
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Dark brown. Pours about a 1 finger, brown white head. Settles quickly, leaving a smattering of foam on the surface and a nice beer ring. Not much lacing to speak of.

S: Roasted coffee malt, with a little oak, and parsley.

T: Tastes like it smells. Roasted espresso, with a woody tone. Slightly bittersweet.

M: Hearty and robust. Bittersweet finish lingers throughout.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is pretty solid. Nice, dark appearance with a decent head. Nose is roasted, woody malt. Flavor has a hearty roasted coffee feel, with a bittersweet finish. (604 characters)

Photo of nicoco184
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared a 2005 Grand Reserva with mrand01.

Poured into a Mad Elf tulip.

A: Chestnut colored, hazy, thin rim of cream-colored head that is incredibly sticky.

S: Malty, dark fruit scents.

T: Coffee right off the bat, malts, oak, sweetness at the tail end, with a little bit of alcohol heat.

M: Light carbonation, medium-heavy body, sticky flavor

O: The complexity is excellent and I imagine will become deeper in flavor as the beer temperature rises. (454 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
2.99/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Nothing like kicking off a new year with a Pannepot variation. Thanks to Cam for picking this up for me since I didn't see any around here. 2005 vintage.

Pours very dark brown with slight highlights, tiny bit of sediment settled at the bottom. Big frothy beige head retains well as a thick cap leaving a bit of lacing, certainly doesn't look 6-7 years old.

Smell is extremely muted, but definite fig/dark fruit in there, oak and alcohol.

Taste also seems very muted, especially compared to the original Pannepot. Chocolate, yeast, spice, dark fruit, oak, maybe some fruity hops (?) all noticeable but very faint. Maybe the age and/or the long oak barrel aging is to blame.

Like other Pannepi, very smooth full mouthfeel, lowish carbonation, not much alcohol present. Sadly, it's the highlight of the beer.

Wow, quite disappointing. The regular Pannepot is one of my favorite beers and the Reserva is great as well, this really didn't do much for me. Flavor is way too faint. (979 characters)

Photo of buffs9
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brownish colored, murky, lots of lacing left throughout.

S - dark stone fruits, and a a bit of alcohol.

T - Again, malt sweetness, with a that belgian yeast character. To me it's like a slightly less sweet St. Bernardus Abt 12, which I love

O - I really liked this beer, but not sure it's worth $10/bottle (317 characters)

Pannepot Grand Reserva from De Struise Brouwers
94 out of 100 based on 218 ratings.