Pannepot Grand Reserva - De Struise Brouwers

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Reviews: 216
Hads: 539
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 170
Gots: 174 | FT: 16
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Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

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Beer added by: SacoDeToro on 03-20-2008

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Photo of nickd717
4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2005 bottle at the Kulminator in Antwerpen (yeeeeaaaah!).

A - Amazing very dark reddish-brown pour with a large tan head.

S - Aroma of sweet malt, red wine, oak, dark chocolate, and mild roast.

T - Really, really complex and good. Sweet caramel and roasted malt, toffee, coffee, dark chocolate, red wine, brandy, spices, dark fruits...come to think of it, maybe I should be naming the flavors that weren't in this beer instead, that might be a shorter list.

M - Awesome full palate with soft carbonation. Incredibly velvety and smooth.

D - This beer is intense, but it's so damn good it keeps you wanting more. Overall, this beer was absolutely legen...wait for it...DARY! (678 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another gem I was lucky enough to get ahold of recently. Served chilled and poured into a snifter, this one was consumed on 08/29/2009. Vintage 2005 bottle

Big pour here, huge with a big tan head here, maybe three inches here capping off the top of a very dark brown liquid. Only the slightest bit of reddish light peaking through on the sides and the bottom of the glass here. Aroma was rich, tart fruits, figs, hints of herbal notes, light brown sugar. Warming brings lots of oak, hints of bourbon and undertones of a dark fruit, almost plum like nature. Each sip is decadent and complete, really just a wonderfully complex and amazingly deep and complete flavor. Tons of figs and grapes, hints of light spice on the tongue. Nice sweet notes and oak running through the middle of the palate with each passing sip, masterfully done. Alcohol hidden very well underneath a cloak of dark fruit and spicey goodness. Full bodied with lots of carbonation.

Overall what a night for me. This and Delphine back to back. I was blown away by both. The pannepot is good for me, but this is great, it really just came together damn near perfect for me. I would love to have this again any day, maybe age it for a year or two more. (1,221 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a prunish cola, not much off white head, leaves to ring. Persistent clinging bubbly lace.

S - Very wine like in the nose. Like champagne and barley mixed together.

T - Taste follows smell. If blindfolded, you might be fooled at initial taste that you are drinking wine. Barley dense sweet surrounds to quash that note.

M - Medium solid body, good coat carb and balance.

D - For the style, very. (408 characters)

Photo of markaberrant
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 vintage

A - not quite opaque, hint of red flash around edges, looks to be clear, thin tan head, recedes to a ring, almost no lacing

S - deep plum, spicy yeast, vanilla oak

T - lots of plum and grape, tart fruitiness, mellow wood, spicy esters, extremely smooth flavours

M - med light, med low carbonation, overall light and airy, as opposed to creamy, very smooth alcohol, no harshness or astringency from oak barrel

D - extremely smooth oak character, tart fruitiness, well aged, very tasty

I didn't much care for the regular Pannepot, but this is a completely different beast. Tart grape/ plum reminds me of the essence of grape soda (without the cloying sugary sweet character). The oak is well integrated into the overall flavour of the beer, and just adds to the complexity instead of screaming "OAK." I'm glad I got the chance to try this, as it really is outstanding, but the price point (about $14 per 330ml bottle in Alberta) seems a tad excessive. (968 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Roasted pecan brown that becomes darkest black cherry when backlit with bright morning sun. A louder than expected 'pffft' on crown cracking has resulted in nearly half the snifter being filled with fluffy light brown sugar colored foam. Whether much lace ends up sticking on not, this is wonderful looking beer.

The nose would be more enjoyable (and more complex) if it was bolder. Medium-dark fruit and a potpourri of herbs and spices are appreciated. Woodiness is definitely present, but no one could have guessed that what makes Grand Reserva unique among the Pannepot brews is the fact that it was aged in French oak that had previously held Calvados (apple brandy).

I'm not groovin' on this one as much as I did on Old Fisherman's Ale (Denmark Version). It seems too tart for a quadrupel and doesn't have the flavor depth that I remember. Things are coming together a bit better as it warms, but 4.5 for flavor isn't a serious consideration.

Specifics include brown bread soaked in caramel, tart apples, tangy plums, golden raisins, citrus zest and assorted spices. Regarding the identifiability of ingredients other than malt, hops and yeast... cinnamon (yes), orange peel (yes), coriander (maybe) and thyme (no). Clove esters from the Belgian yeast are noted as well. Alcohol is... what alcohol?

The final pour adds an even darker murkiness to the beer. Oddly enough, flavor intensity and complexity are not affected. Considering the fact that PGR was brewed in 2005 and bottled in 2007, the mouthfeel has held up pretty well. It's light-medium for the style and the ABV, but it works.

Aging an outstanding quadrupel in Calvados barrels sounds like a good idea, but it didn't contribute anything worthwhile in the end. I don't care whether or not Grand Reserva is brewed again, as long as De Struise Brouwers continues to provide us with the standard Pannepot Fisherman's Ale. Thanks to biegaman for the bottle. (1,924 characters)

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. notches on the side indicate: A 12 (month) 12 (year). tasted in mid/late april 2009.

dark reddish brown. red ruby tint under the light. nearly sediment-free when decanted properly. 2-finger beige head, gradually recedes to thin wispy layer. pretty good lacing throughout.

fruity aroma of cherries and ripe apple, touch of oak and vanilla. dark caramel note into light anise and licorice. faint euro hop hint. trace of coffee-like acidity.

acidity becomes brighter on the palate, and more fruity and grape-like as well, melding with the oak note, giving reminiscences of wine. caramel is slightly thinned out though. hops peek in, but bitterness is more coffee-like, with more coffee tones in the aftertaste too. hint of spice behind the acidity.

smooth, medium body, with acidic texture towards the finish. mild to moderate carbonation accentuates acidity slightly, and otherwise just helps give body.

the oak aging seems to give some interesting complexities, but loses some of the robustness of flavor the original pannepot has. (1,049 characters)

Photo of crnipeter
4.69/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml 2005 vintage poured into chalice

A - dark reddish brown topped by quickly dissipating light tan head scattered with medium sized bubbles.

S - apple, pear, cherries, basket of dried fruits: prunes, raisins and figs; brandy, brown sugar and faint oakiness entering the nostrils.

T - a well mellowed brew - very potent, strongly vinous and sweet with intense fruity flavors that are pretty much the same as the nose suggests with apple being the dominant taste. Some oaky tannins. Ending with non-aggressive apple sourness. Apart from traces of brandy alcohol is barely noticeable, no hoppy bitterness. Hops, if present, are there only to balance the malts.

M - smooth & creamy, medium to heavy bodied.

D - well hidden alcohol in combination with apple sourness makes it dangerously drinkable.

If you can't choose between beer and wine grab this one. It's best of both worlds. (885 characters)

Photo of MAB
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fabulous beer! Especially since I was so disappointed with the "Fisherman's Ale" from the same brewer.

Beautiful dark with slightly amber color, not too much head- it just right for my purpose; I'm not a fan of big head, even if it does break down.

Lovely malty flavor is followed immediately by a cherry-like adjunct. Almost thick, it sits on the tongue and coats it with sweet malty goodness. Perfectly balanced by hops that do not add much flavor that I could detect. This is not about the hops; it's about the balance of sweetness, alcohol burn, and interesting yeast/ fruit flavors.

A great brew. Like the picture on this site (above), mine was a 2005 vintage, so it would have been four years old, I suppose, when I drank it. The time blended and mellowed the flavors to make me extremely sad that I didn't buy two (or more!) of these back in 2007, I think it was. (873 characters)

Photo of ricke
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark ruby color with a one finger beige head that settles rather quickly.

S: Very complex. Vinous fruity flavors (cherries, ripe apples), roasted malts, coffee, hints of oak and lots of spices. Faint notes of sweet licorice and burnt aromas. Hints of chocolate and nougat develops upon swirling.

T: Lively taste with lots of stuff going on. Very complex. Notes of cherries up front, faint tartness, robust oak barrel character, roasted malts, coffee and lots of spices. In the finish there is a tart fruitiness, sweet licorice and herbs. The bitterness is spicy, rather than hoppy. Some alcohol.

M: Smooth like velvet, full-bodied and sophisticated.

D: A great beer. Packed with strong and bold flavors. Maybe it could have been a little more balanced. Nonetheless, highly recommended. (794 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Barely into a Papago Brewing visit on Friday night (3/27) and the über-generosity of psprings continues. A 330ml (2005) bottle is introduced, poured to a small tulip glass.

A: Deep, dark coffee-brown richness, showing a little ruby against the cooler fluorescents next to my table. 1/2-finger of sudsy tan cream sits atop, hanging around for several minutes. Lace is limited (a bit surprising), barely sticking small flecks and awkward ribbons.

S: Ah, that uniquely Belgian/'Pannepot' aroma: Spiced dark fruit (raisins, prunes, figs, dried apples), ground cloves and nutmeg, peppery woodiness. Robust, lasting, improving with warmth.

T: Tangy but earthy spiciness with a zested orange/lemon peel. Cracked pepper and leathery grain. Red apple skins, hints of tart funk. Mild raisin sweetness, maybe carobs, in the finish. Lots of interesting/diverse flavors, maybe too many muddling things up?

M: Tingly mouthfeel, full of effervescent carbonation. Velvety smoothness once the initial carbonation subsides, mellowed with age and lusciously full.

D: As a professed lover of the Pannepot brews, this one was a must for me. Had many of the elements of the quadrupels of theirs I've enjoyed, though the muddled medley of flavors here didn'y make me a convert to this over the 'regular' Pannepot. Still, I'd never turn one down - again, big thanks to Paul for sharing this treat. (1,380 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

03/11/09- Recieved in a trade with BA member ygtbsm94.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with a best by date on the label of the bottle. Poured into my Abbaye des Rocs chalice.

Appearance- Deep grayish wine like color. About a 1/4 inch head on the pour with some minor spotty lace.

Smell- Really nice nose of concord grapes, plums, caramel and some candied sugar.

Taste- A slight minor metallic note sticks around almost the whole beer until it warms to room temp. Also, the flavor lasts much longer at room temp. Grape flavor reigns supreme with some rasins and plums included. Alcohol is barely noticeable. Sugary sweet, but about the right amount.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation level, very slight hoppy taste in the back of the mouth. Slight sugary coating and flavorful aftertaste when warmed.

Drinkability- I personally liked the regular version of Pannepot better, but this is still pretty good. If not for the metallic note, it would be right up there with some of the better ones. (988 characters)

Photo of IronDjinn
3.27/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a capped 330 ml brown bottle, best before date on label states 30/11/2013. Also noted is the list of ingredients: water, barley malt, hops, yeast, spices and candy. Noted for the inclusion of the latter 2 on the list.

Pours out a deep murky opaque brown, small beige head that quickly dissipates.

Sweet malt and brown sugar on the nose, candied dates, raisins, faint nutmeg.

Flavour is almost vinuous, green grapes, white raisins, dates, nutmeg, a mild woody nut husk, some sweet candi sugar. Not overly cohesive, nor impressive.

Mouthfeel is fairly light and watery at times, although there's some fullness on the finish.

A rather anti-climactic quad when all is said and done, hopefully it ages well and things come together a bit more over the years. (763 characters)

Photo of brdc
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Small capped bottle. 2005 Vintage Best by date December 2012

Poured into a goblet, it produces a dense, creamy tan colored head atop a dark ruby beer.
Dark fruits and spices predominate on the aroma, along with a malty sweetness, cardamom, brown sugar.
Creamy on the palate as well, mostly malty sweetness, with prominent spices, dark fruits, a note of oak and vanilla.
It is a very good beer, but still inferior to regular pannepot. Better than reserva. (458 characters)

Photo of badbeer
3.38/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber red color with a tan head that quickly dissipates to a ring around the glass. Smell is of green apple, spices, and some wood. Taste consists of caramel, toffee, spices, clove, but this is also very metallic; even moreso than the regular reserva. Light bodied with a rather high carbonation. I'd try this again, but I don't know that I'd seek it out. It seems like I'd just stick with regular Pannepot over any of the reservas. Thanks to pepsican for the sample. (467 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to hopdog for openining this one...
Appears a hazy, dark chestnut with crimson highlights when held to the light. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, calvados, port, oak, black grapes, vanilla, raisins, prunes, and brown sugar.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with port wine and calvados soaked oak seeping through in the flavors.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with raisins, and brown sugar clinging to the palate, making for a sweet but delicious beer. (500 characters)

Photo of elricorico
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2005 bottle. Basically black, with a fairly quick pour forming a finger of tan head. Falls quickly to a half finger cap, but maintains there.

The aroma is strongly dominated by oak woodiness. Behind that is the dark fruits of a quad, but they are muted by the strong wood aroma. Spices notable as well. Altogether nice.

Taste is extraordinary. Much like the regular Pannepot, but with the alcohol muted, and an addition of vanilla-like wood flavour and just a hint of tartness to the mix. Spicy, fruity, rich and sweet.

Mouthfeel is full bodied with a little more than the required carbonation to cut through the body. Here is another 10% ABV beer that drinks like a 6%.

For the money I'd stick with the regular Pannepot, but this is another fantastic brew and well worth trying. (783 characters)

Photo of DrJay
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2005. Thanks for the trade northyorksammy!
Dark brown with some reddish highlights, a moderate pour produced a fluffy beige cap. Excellent head retention, with two fingers of foam settling to a finger's worth over several minutes, leaving behind some chunky, clinging lace. A thin cap lingered right through to the bottom of the glass. Big dried fruit aroma, mostly raisins, with some earthy prune skin and figs. Lots of malt too, rich and sweet, with notes of molasses and toffee dominating, along with cake and dough in the background. Kind of smells like fruitcake, but much better than that, with a hint of boozy rum. Wood character was quite subdued, but there was a bit of vanilla in there. Very fruity flavour too, again with the dried fruits mentioned above, but with more of a fresh plum character. Alcohol was more pronouned than in the aroma, as were mellow oak tannins. Alcohol was a little spicy in the finish and vanilla appeared here as well. Lots of sweetness, but just a little of that was from brown sugar and toffee flavours, more from the fruit department. Finished with a bit of cherry sourness. Pretty tasty. Medium to full bodied with creamy, lowish carbonation, just a bit of astringent dryness and plenty of warmth. Really quite good and pretty drinkable for a big beer. (1,303 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with a small ruby head and tight carbonation. Aromas of various spices and heavy duty German style maltings. Star anise, fennel, and licorice come to my mind, and upon first sip they also hit my palate. Kinda chocolate-y yet not really.. there is some Cinnamon flavors in here as well. Mouthfeel is creamy, but not too thick or over the top. Drinkability is good, but I could not drink this one all night as the spices would definately get to me after awhile. This is more rounded, less spicy, and more drinkable than the regular version (548 characters)

Photo of brewandbbq
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2005, Russell and Roland Canadian import.

Pours clear, dark ruby with a mahogany hue. A inch-plus head of dense beige settled slowly, making way for an almost full skim coat on the surface. A few ropes of lacework for the duration as well.

Aromatics lead off with juicy malt, ripe fruit, and a boozy warmth. Grape jam, plump raisins, vanilla nougat, and brandy.
An oaky earthiness steps forward along with hints of cherries, musty boards, sherry, and cocoa.

Medium bodied, with an extremely creamy mouthfeel. Quite luscious and a bit sticky.

A blend of dark fruits and cherries, along with rum soaked raisins and grape jam lead off the palate. An earthy, woody note add a tannic dryness atop some residual sugars.
Warming brandy and a light tartness follow through along with lingering malt and some faint citrus spicing.

Finishes with a boozy wave, cherry pits, and a bright orange note that pulls through a chocolate nod.

Wowza, great beer. Dryer and less spicy than the Panneput from 2006. The oak aging, faint tartness, and brandy really ramp up the complexity of the brew.

Too bad it's nearly impossible to get.

Mad props to Northyorksammy for the hookup! (1,176 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 Vintage

Pours a very nice brown color, nice carbonation, nice little tan head, with some nice sticky lacing left behing. The nose is malty, with some plums, raisins, figs. The taste is malty, some dark fruits, oaky. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a very tasty brew, highly recommended. Thanks Eric. (310 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2005 Vintage, best by Dec 2012. I'm glad someone uses the notching.

It pours a cloudy dark reddish brown with a very small head of foam that shrinks to a fine layer but never less during the session and there's some good lacing.

The smell has some tart dark fruits up front with good notes of oak and a malty sweetness that I guess is candy sugar. It's not particularly strong in anyone category but combined...me likes.

The taste is better than the nose. Dark fruit tartness hits my tastebuds first followed by a nice oaky flavour with some vanilla mixed in. When I swish the beer in my mouth, I can tell the dark fruit is made up of plums and and black cherries and overall, it has what I consider a sherry like character. The alcohol is slightly noticeable in the taste and gives me some warming after the swallow but I can't complain as it's pretty much under control.

The mouthfeel is medium up front but seems to cross over into light territory just before the swallow, the carbonation is light, and it finishes with tart and spicy notes. I really like this but I just wonder what it would have tasted like fresh.

Bottom line: This is damn good stuff! (1,162 characters)

Photo of seaoflament
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hoppymeal and ygtbsm94 each for a bottle of this beer.

Pours a muddy cola color with a decent inch of foam. The head quickly dies down to a ring with some activity in the center thanks to my Chimay goblet.

Wow, the aroma is pretty darn good. First I pick up a deep malt aroma, very toasted and sweet. Then I get a whiff of apples, spices and coffee in the back. This one keeps getting more complex as it breathes and warms up. I can now detect some oak, chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, grapes, and a bit of a vinous character hidden in the back, which also comes across as tangy or sour. Dark Belgian candy is also noticeable. Tobacco and hints of brandy (from the calvados) also in the mix and seems to intensify every minute. Another aroma I'm able to identify is woodsy licorice. A little floral hop profile on the nose with hints of vanilla, raisins, and prunes. Spicy raisin bread comes to mind as it warms up.

The taste is just as intense as the aroma. Quite a bit of chocolate, coffee, and toasted malts upfront and followed by some spiciness and dried fruits in the middle. Oak finish with a more subtle chocolate/coffee flavor in the aftertaste. Apple skins, grapes and dried fruits in the aftertaste as well. There is an apple sourness at the very beginning with some brandy flavor then the rush of sweetness from the malt comes through and a pleasant dryness finishes it all off...really well done. Again I get a floral profile just as in the aroma. A tad of smoke near the end as the beer warms up. It just gets better as it warms up, quite a bit of calvados flavor. I'm almost done with this beer, about 1hr later, and I'm still picking this one apart! Now I'm tasting some slightly sour cherry flavors.

Very good carbonation, delicate on the palate but just a tad watery near the middle. Finish is creamy. The alcohol is almost non-existent to me in this beer.

There is so much going on with Pannepot Grand Reserva but it blends very well. (1,970 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2005 Vintage Best by date December 2012; Sampled September 2008
A vigorous pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip glass produces a tightly packed, initially three-finger thick, beige-tan colored head. The beer is a dark, concentrated plum color with quite a bit of concentrated brown. When held up to the light the beer shows a hazy, dark cranberry hue. The aroma is a mix of dark fruit, sweet spiciness, toasted nut notes and some malty, maillard like, almost oxidation induced umami notes. The nose has specific notes of bergamot, mix with earthy coriander, rich clove, caramelized brown sugar, rich molasses rum notes, light cardamom that gets a bit cola like, as well as rich fruity notes of toasted figs, prunes and caramelized raisins. The finish has a nice toasted whole grain bread note that takes on a certain nuttiness, this last accentuated by a touch of light sherry character. This is definitely a rich smelling brew, lots of concentrated, dark leaning malt notes mix quite well with the soft spice notes.

Quite fruity tasting with a certain sweetness and an off-setting tartness. The finish has a nutty, sherry like edge to it that is definitely signs of oxidation / age, but adds to the complexity instead of detracting. This beer seems to have just started to age a bit around the edges. I lick my lips from the first sip and I get a distinct flavor that is a mix of tart tamarind and brown sugar. Fruit flavors definitely play a role here, more specifically dark fruit notes of concentrated raisins, prunes and a touch of citrus infused figs. Lots of concentrated malt notes intermingle with the fruit; distinct malt notes of molasses, toasted malt in the finish and perhaps a touch of grain astringency, while the intermingled fruit / distinct malt flavors have me noticing notes of dark rum, brandy and some salty tamarind notes. There is definitely a distinct, yet soft tartness to this beer that makes the creamy body and rich mouthfeel seem a bit lighter than it actually is. The oak character is actually quite soft, almost non-existent, though there is just a touch of spicy oak in the finish as well as a touch of a tannic boost. Spice notes play a slightly lesser role in the flavor, but do still contribute notes of vanilla, clean coriander, clove, perhaps a touch of all spice and a finish that has a spicy cola / cardamom note to it.

This seems to be just getting in to its own right now and this, the 2005, vintage probably still has quite a long way before it starts deteriorating; the best by date of 2012 is definitely not a joke. I am really enjoying this beer. The oak character is very soft, which is nice, with the biggest influence being the rum / brandy notes picked up from the calvados cask. This is a very good beer, one which I easily wish I had more than 330ml of; my bottle is gone way to fast leaving me really wishing that I had more. If I could make this better I would add a touch more tartness, the lactic note that is here is quite soft and there is lots of fruit and malt character that could easily balance out a touch more sourness. (3,091 characters)

Photo of Ljunkan
4.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this twice. It was quite expensive, limited and so on... so I only got three bottles (which of 1 ½ was for me...), but I'm really happy for that anyway. It was an honour too drink something from Struise.

Dark red/brown color with a quite small, beige head.

Smells a bit vinous, oaky with notes of dried fruits and spices.

Taste is outstanding. Here we got notes of liqourice, spices, port/red wine like flavours, sour apples and peppercake. A nice, typical sourness makes this a wonderful brew. Their's also some oaky notes and some amazing flavours from the calvados.

This is my favourite beer from Belgium until this date, beating the Rochefort 10. (659 characters)

Photo of Bananaman
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! Pannepot seems to have appeared out of the blue (I hadn't heard of them until two months ago). But my good friend David ordered a few bottles, we shared one and I drank one by myself.

Hazy dark-brown/orange color with a small white/beige head.

Smells fresh of fruits, peppercakes, liqourice and some sourness. Some sweet maltiness too.

The taste is pretty low on bitterness. There are pretty much the same tones in the flavour as in the smell. But there's a really nice malty sweetness that's balanced by a light sourness. You can really tell that this is aged on calvados casks.

Wonderful! I'd really like to lay my hands on a few more of these. (655 characters)

Pannepot Grand Reserva from De Struise Brouwers
94 out of 100 based on 216 ratings.