Pannepot Grand Reserva - De Struise Brouwers
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4.23/5 rDev -1.6%
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).
03-20-2012 00:56:59 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
4.18/5 rDev -2.8%
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.
03-18-2012 15:13:07 | More by Aethien
4.85/5 rDev +12.8%
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.
03-01-2012 01:32:48 | More by KickbacksSteve
4.3/5 rDev 0%
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.
02-27-2012 03:31:27 | More by cosmicevan
4.15/5 rDev -3.5%
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.
02-17-2012 02:58:11 | More by Kendo
4.05/5 rDev -5.8%
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.
02-11-2012 13:25:27 | More by bonkers
4/5 rDev -7%
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.
01-31-2012 02:36:23 | More by Jwale73
3.13/5 rDev -27.2%
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.
01-30-2012 21:48:54 | More by rarbring
3.43/5 rDev -20.2%
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.
01-30-2012 03:45:39 | More by BARFLYB
Pannepot Grand Reserva from De Struise Brouwers
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