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Pannepot Grand Reserva - De Struise Brouwers

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429 Ratings
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Ratings: 429
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 158
Gots: 149 | FT: 12
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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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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

shagal, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of beerdrifter
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. 2008 vintage. Deep dark brown, nearly black pour with one finger tan head with minimal retention, but nice lacing. Somewhat subdued nose initially, but it comes alive as it warms. Very complex and dominated by dark fruit with hints of cherry, vanilla, caramel, and oak, with just a touch of chocolate. The taste is complex as well but definitely dominated by the wood. Hints of dark fruit, specifically figs, cherry, tobacco, brown sugar, espresso, vanilla, and just a bit of cinnamon and chocolate. It has a subtle vinous character to it and tons of wood with a perfect amount of sweetness. The mouthfeel is slightly syrupy, but very smooth and surprisingly drinkable for a 10% beer. This is definitely my favorite Pannepot and yet another winner from De Struise! A great beer for those who love them aged in wood!

beerdrifter, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of Dope
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 Vintage.

A: A very dark amber pour, bordering on brown. Large, dense light brown head adorns it. Fades quite slowly, lacing fairly nice lacing rings around the glass.

S: Surprisingly boozy, especially given the age - smells almost like rum. Caramel and vanilla are somewhat prominent. Hints of dark fruit and a bit of cocoa in there.

T: Given the age, definitely tastes a lot sweeter/maltier than previous Pannepots I've had. I get lots of sweet raisins, grapes, figs and plums. Maybe even cherry. There is molasses, caramel and a good amount of oaky vanilla as well. Surprisingly decent booze kick too. There is a somewhat bitter cocoa flavor everywhere. Especially nice once it warms.

M: Fairly heavy, astringent and a little drying.

O: Tasty quad, much like the other variations. I feel this is the worst of the bunch though, not as good as the reserva, which isn't as good as the normal one. A little too much oak, a little too boozy compared to the others. Not bad by any means of course. Once it warms up fully, I swear it becomes a different beer. I had to adjust my taste score to a 4.5. The cocoa comes out and it just balances perfectly warm. Interesting. Might have to re-test the regular and reserva versions now.

Dope, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of Greywulfken
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

How long have these been sitting in my local distributor? As if by magic, today I noticed the Pannepot Grand Reserva 2005, Pannepot Reserva 2008, Pannepot Old Monk's ale, and the Pannepot 2011. What a trove!

A: pours dark brown, but fills the glass nearly opaque brown-black, but with lighter edges. Thin film of beige head as I drink, left over from the mild head that formed through the pour

S: cocoa notes and fruity sweetness

T: the cocoa notes are still there, but also dark fruits like raisin and fig, moderated by a faint dryness at the back of the taste that reminds me of the oak casks it was aged in

M: silky, smooth, medium body - very mellow; just the barest touch of alcohol

O: I loved the Pannepot 2011 and 2007 I've had, and this was every bit as good as I'd hoped.

Greywulfken, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of Agent1
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Firstly, I have been anxiously waiting to open this bottle for over a year now. This is the Grand Reserve, and unlike the Old Fisherman's Ale -- which is a vintage beer as well -- this bottle is aged even longer than its younger relative. I have only heard rave reviews about this from friends, so will do my best to rely on my palate, not my conversations or memory.

Appearance - Exceptionally dark. I beautiful creamy head and great retention. Not a lot of head on this beer, but it stays. Light brown/ beige in color. Typical of a Belgian Quad, this dark ale doesn't allow much light through at all.

Smell - Very rich. A plethora of dark, sweet fruits on the nose. Quite a bit of alcohol cuts through, but in a good way. Light cherry and even licorice are present here. Figs and a very, very faint hop aroma.

Taste - Slightly sour. I'm not sure if this is the French oak barrels or the bottle itself. It definitely balances out, though. A nice use of dark candi sugar. Raisin, cherry, caramel apple, blackberry, vanilla, fig, bread and yeast come to mind immediately. A slight hint of toffee can be found in the aftertaste. A little bit of nuts, too. Not much, though, however, they are there. Slightly peppery on the tongue. A nice, rounded woodiness adds an acidic bite to the finish (I assume this is the Calvados?). Brandy or wine can also be noted, although faint. Leaves a subtle, yet shockingly full finish of butter and cream after swallowing.

Mouthfeel - This is where this ale jumps out the most, leaving a thick, buttery layer along the roof of the mouth. The alcohol is hidden quite well. Nicely carbonated. Really >>zaps<< the mouth. When sipping, this beer really stimulates all areas of the palate. Quite smooth and velvety. Very nice.

Overall - Impressively balanced. Not too sure how I feel about the sour oak flavor, or if in part, it has something to do with having a bottle that is already 7 years old and only 10% abv. Again, this could also be a slightly 'off' bottle. Regardless, I certainly enjoy my wine just as much as my beer and would not be surprised if this is finished in recycled wine barrels, similar to the Duchesse de Bourgogne. It definitely has a slight wine-infused quality about it, but at the same time, it really finds its way back to standard Quadrupel territory by incorporating smooth, soft characteristics, along with dark fruits and strong, sugary sweets. Very complex and a must have for any beer lover. Enjoy!

TIP: When opening this reserve ale, I highly recommend thinking more wine than beer. This may help contribute to a better experience overall.

Agent1, Apr 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

rjacobs6, Apr 01, 2012
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1/5  rDev -76.7%

BeboThoughts, Mar 31, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

lightindarkness, Mar 29, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +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.

russwbeck, Mar 28, 2012
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4.23/5  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).

FeDUBBELFIST, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of Aethien
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Aethien, Mar 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

orangesol, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
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. 

KickbacksSteve, Mar 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

siknessinwi, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of cosmicevan
4.3/5  rDev 0%
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.

cosmicevan, Feb 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7%

hilgart1, Feb 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Bobbydigi, Feb 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7%

qchic, Feb 18, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

mcphish22, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of Kendo
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Kendo, Feb 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7%

John11486, Feb 17, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

csustar001, Feb 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

josefnewsong, Feb 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

daleyke, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of bonkers
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

bonkers, Feb 11, 2012
Pannepot Grand Reserva from De Struise Brouwers
95 out of 100 based on 429 ratings.