Pannepot Wild - De Struise Brouwers
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4.38/5 rDev +6.1%
Brown edged black without any retention or lace. Looks like flat root beer.
Dark and roasty with caramel and chocolate covered cherry. Makes me think of all sorts of nightime sexy words like alluring, seductive and indulgent.
Tastes as indulgent as it smells. I can pick out fig, caramel, and dark bread crust. The Brett is very light handed, adding only a little green grape peel hiccup in the middle. Better and better as it warms.
The Brett doesn't really do too much and I think I like plain ol' Pannepot better.
08-27-2011 20:54:29 | More by donkeyrunner
4.38/5 rDev +6.1%
I had this beer at the CBC festival in Kopenhagen in may this year. The Struise brewers were there with 30 beers on tap. What a success they had. Poured in the CBC snifter.
The Pannepot wild was on my want list for quit a time. Very tasty quad with a bit of sourness because of the wild yeasts. Nice dark fluid and a fairly decent head.
07-28-2012 14:16:48 | More by Brabander
4.38/5 rDev +6.1%
On-tap at Ebenezer's Pub and Lion's Pride. Served in tulip, over and over. Had this one a lot...like maybe 7 times between the two spots.
A - Pours black brown, large frothy tan head, sticky lacing, large cap. This one was very frothy, sticky, and dark. Purty.
S - Nice bretty funk, brown sugar, dark fruit, burnt sugars. The brett adds another dimension onto an already stellar Quad. Really enjoyed the slight funk on this one mixed with the sugars and dark fruits.
T - More dark fruit forward then the nose, burnt sugars, molasses, chocolate, oak, brett funk, raisins. The brett is still there, but takes a back seat to the base beer on the palate, which is totally cool with me.
M - Body is medium, good carbonation, creamy finish.
O - I really really (really) enjoyed this one....at $14 a pop, it was expensive, but I was on vacation and I didn't give a shit. Chris even gave me a free one before we headed out. Glad the fiance drove back! Simply outstanding on-tap, you must try it at either establishment!
Edit: I had this from 3 different kegs and didn't experience any sour or tart notes, as others have noted.
07-12-2011 14:35:22 | More by Sean9689
4.35/5 rDev +5.3%
Bottle: Poured a dark cloudy brown color ale with a huge foamy head with great retention and some good lacing. Aroma of light tart notes with some fruity ester and dry fruits notes is really nice. Taste is a great mix between some light tart notes with some oak and vinous notes that are well balanced against some fruity ester with dry fruit and a solid malt backbone. Body is full with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very interesting beer with loads of complexity while retaining a very good level of drinkability.
10-02-2012 18:16:18 | More by Phyl21ca
4.35/5 rDev +5.3%
This is still on Tap at Lion's Pride in Brunswick probably not much longer I was told once it is gone there is no more.
A - Nice dark some carbination really nice.
S - dark raisons belgian sugars some black liquorice.
T - Nice you can taste the wild mixed with the beer makes it nice.
M - smooth again a feel of the liquorice but not bad.
D - Would have again a hefty price point makes this one a bit of a smaller score.
06-04-2010 23:04:39 | More by Casey10
4.35/5 rDev +5.3%
I'm just enjoying a whole bottle of this beer. The bottle looks great, the beer in the glass also. Deep black, creamy head. Dry-malty aroma. Starts strong-malty, a bit alcoholic, rusty, dry. Some fruity notes of grapes and raisins. Also a little bit smoky. Intense finish, frutiy again, a bit like a good dry red wine. Gets better with every sip. Very drinkable. A great brew!
04-06-2010 19:42:07 | More by kappldav123
4.33/5 rDev +4.8%
Shared a bottle with some fellow BAs. This was one nice treat!
A - Deep mahogany/brown body. Thick foamy tan head.
S - Dark fruits, brown sugar, spice cookie, with a noticeable Brett/sour funk.
T - Very smooth and complex sour Belgian Quad. All the right flavors are there. Very malty, sweet, funky and sour.
M - Creamy, bubbly on the tongue. Sour finish.
D - Excellent beer. Wish we had more than one bottle. I would love to try this on tap.
05-20-2010 23:21:17 | More by muttyd
4.33/5 rDev +4.8%
Half pour, served in a wine glass.
Dark brown hazy with a nice tan head that dispersed slowly and left a little lacing.
Dried cherry, unsweetened chocolate, acai, some funkiness, spice and light alcohol.
Dried fruit and chocolate in the front, molasses in the middle, tart and funky with slick finish.
Not as good as the as the Reserva but it was pretty good.
09-11-2011 20:21:05 | More by Burt
4.33/5 rDev +4.8%
On tap at Ebenezer's into a tulip.
A: Opaque dark brown body under a finger of fine light-brown foam. Nice.
S: Spicy, chocolatey, and grassy. Dark fruits, a bit of barnyard, and some light tartness. Very nice, hugely complex.
T: A wild explosion of flavors: brown sugar, prunes, grass, flowers, clove, pepper, grapes, Brett, and a rich maple sweetness on the lightly boozy finish. Intoxicating in every sense of the word.
M: Frothy, thick, and sticky. In a word, big.
O: I was a bit underwhelmed by this one at first (especially given its $14 price tag), but as it warmed the aroma and flavor both opened up magnificently. I'd really like to try it side-by-side with regular Pannepot someday to see exactly how big of a difference the Brett makes; I'm not entirely sure that the influx of grassiness and faint tartness is really an improvement over the spectacular base, but it was still one hell of a beer.
08-29-2011 01:17:57 | More by woosterbill
4.3/5 rDev +4.1%
Had on tap @ Ebenezers.
A: Light creamy head fades semi quickly over the very dark murky color with a very slight brown stained light shining through on the edges.
N: Light wild Brett aromas that leads to some funk, with a little Barnyard, and little vinegar. Not too wild or funky, but definitely present. Some earthy malts to go with that, and the range of Pannepot fruits, figs, plums, nuts, spices, toffee, molasses and I even get a slight sour cherry note.
T: Again the very Panepot flavors, dark dried fruits, figs, plums, nuts, spices, toffee, molasses, some sweet syrups, etc. It has a creamy taste to it too, with a little Brett and wild fink again, some barnyard and some sour tart fruit too. Some light earthy malts too. It has some sour, but subtle, and definite spices. The wild flavors are subdued enough to not overpower, and pretty clean.
M: Medium body with lower but decent carbonation.
F: Light sweetness but mostly dry, with a slight sticky syrupy finish. SOme lingering spices, the typical Panepot spices as well as the same fruits and nuts. Again some creamy flavors lingering with a dry mouth smacking Brett wild funk hammering the dryness. A slight tart fruit wild yeast flavor too. A little warming booze on the finish as well that seems to come out more without the sweetness.
07-07-2010 01:55:53 | More by jlindros
4.28/5 rDev +3.6%
I was recently lucky enough to try three different Pannepot incarnations in as many days - the Pannepeut (Danish), Reserva (barrel aged), and this, the Wild. Came across this one on draught at The Lion's Pride in Brunswick, Maine.
Served to me in smallish goblet, full and luscious head atop a rusty dark brown ale. Clearly this one has been dosed with a little something wild. I believe the bartender mentioned that the 2007 batch was a bit off at brewing, and the brewers decided to push it in that direction by adding wild yeast and aging in oak. I'm glad they did, this is a unique twist on a classic. Aromas traditional to a quad and familiarly Pannepot-ish, rich and malty, sweet, fruitcake, spicy, raisins, and laced with a mild funk. Crazy. Flavor is indeed affected a bit by the "wild", but not as much as I thought from the smell. Still very assertive and lush - rich, spicy deep quad flavors, smooth and bready, with a slight pang of earthy funk, not sour. Umami. Very even yet lively on the palate, and fun and interesting to drink. Definitely a great twist on one of my all-time favorites.
10-06-2010 21:01:46 | More by twelvsies
4.25/5 rDev +2.9%
Enjoyed on tap at Ebenezer's pub. Expensive glass, worth having a masterful blend of cherry and wild yeast. An imperial stout aroma. Only a Little head on black coca-cola looking body. Very tasty and drinkable, and leaving some taste on my palate. Goldilocks not too sour and a little sweet.Very drinkable for this level of abv, which did not show its boozy side.
08-20-2012 01:55:18 | More by Sammy
4.25/5 rDev +2.9%
On tap at Ebenezer's Pub
A - dark murky brown with a khaki frothy head. Effervescence from the bottlm replenishes the head for a while. Nice lacing as I drank.
S - tons of dark fruits and caramel along with some spice that reminded me of nutmeg. There was a bit of Brett funk, but nowhere near what I expected. I had expected the Brett to change the beer, but really all it did was add a slight complexity to a stellar brew.
T - very sweet burnt sugar followed by a great nutty bitter finish.
M - Full bodied and slightly sharp carbonation, but it still worked. With as sweet as the beer is, it seemed to leave a slightly dry tannic finish on my tongue. No booze at all.
O - confirms that De Struise is the best quad maker in the world. Just an awesome variation on an already impressive beer. Definitely would love to try again (but still prefer the regular).
07-24-2011 00:51:35 | More by ChrisPro
4.22/5 rDev +2.2%
Huge thanks to tpd975 for cracking this bottle at the RBWG at Redlight Redlight. Served in a tulip-shaped taster glass.
A - Looks a lot like regular Pannepot - dark, dark, brown color that verges on black. Big off-white foam that eventually dissipates to a thin cap and leaves a little lacing. Maybe not quite as attractive as the normal version, but still quite nice.
S - You can definitely pick out the funk - I actually find regular Pannepot a little funky to begin with, but this is substantially more amped up. There's a lot of sweet fruitiness to the brett, with some light acetic acid and red wine in there as well. As expected, there is the regular backdrop of anise, dark fruits, and spices, but they've been pushed into the periphery. No trace of booze in the nose, which is an improvement over other Pannepots. Wonderful stuff.
T - The taste is a bit of a letdown compared to the aroma - it's a bit medicinal and slightly sour, and there is a large amount of earthy and tannic bitterness in the finish that I don't remember being present in any other variant of this beer. This is all in addition to the dark fruit and licorice malt backbone. Spices are less present here than in the nose. Again, it's less boozy - I was beginning to wonder if it was 100% wild fermentation (and thus a lower ABV), but after the description it starts out as regular 10% Pannepot before going into the barrels. I guess the added flavors and aging have tempered the heat of the young beer a bit. It's probably a 3.75 but I'll round up and be a little tougher elsewhere.
M - The carbonation is a little lower than I expected, particularly for a Struise beer. I actually thought it could use a little more sprtiz and effervescence to highlight the gueuze-like qualities. Soft, smooth, medium-full body, with a nice dry finish and minimal heat.
D - A very interesting experiment, but again I'm not sure it improves on the original beer. The aftertaste was pretty intense and would slow me down more than the ABV, although the entire 750ml bottle would slow down even the most intrepid drinkers by the end. I'd certainly have it again, but I doubt I'll ever have the chance - unless Urbain makes more (wink, wink, nudge, nudge).
03-14-2010 05:53:33 | More by MasterSki
4.18/5 rDev +1.2%
This was the 2007 version poured at the Copenhagen Beer Celebration. Poured into a tasting tulip glass.
Appearance: Pours a cloudy mahogany with a finger of tan head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.
Smell: Sweet with some dark fruit and caramel notes. I'm also getting some vanilla and mild alcohol warmth. Not getting too much from the wild yeast, maybe it cut the sweetness a tad.
Taste: This one retains the maltiness of the original with some caramel and vanilla notes. Getting some dark fruit and a very mild tartness. The finish is slightly bitter and sweet. I'm having a hard time describing the actual difference the wild yeast made, but they were there and I enjoyed them. I guess I need a more sophisticated palate.
Mouthfeel: The body is syrupy with medium carbonation and a super dry finish. I think the extra dryness comes from the wild yeast.
Overall: This is a very nice beer. The finish just sucks the moisture out of your mouth. The wild yeast seems to have lightened things up a bit and added a tart note, but this is not a sour beer by any means. Very good.
05-13-2012 11:25:00 | More by oline73
4.18/5 rDev +1.2%
On-tap at the Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2012
Poured in a CBC taster
Enjoyed on 11 May 2012
A: Medium brown. Single (tan) fingernail head.
S: Like the other Pannepots, this smells of dark dried fruit, spice, and hint of funk. Not as bold as the others in smell, but inviting nonetheless.
T: Mostly dark fruit with touch of vanilla, oak, and spice. Mild tartness here, but not quite what I was expecting (not in a bad way though). Hint of sweetness towards the end. Decently complex, all things considered.
M: Medium/full bodied with appropriate carbonation.
O: A fun twist on an old classic. Thanks for bringing this treat to Copenhagen in your 30-tap unit, Urbain!
07-20-2012 17:45:34 | More by spdyfire83
4.15/5 rDev +0.5%
First beer of the day at Ebenezer's last weekend. Had a small taste of this at a previous Ebenezer's venture but got a proper pour this time and enjoyed it much more.
Poured into an Ebenezer's glass looking much like the other Pannepi. Dark brown body with a beige head that retains quite well, eventually reducing down a partial cap near the end. A bit of lace left.
Bretty funkiness is prominent in the scent, but the intense chocolate/yeast/dark fruit of the base beer shine through and meld well.
Like the scent, a good balance and melding of flavors. Has all the yeast, dark cherries, red wine notes, chocolate and leather of Pannepot, with a good dose of brett, light fruity notes and oak brought on by the Wild.
Very smooth mouthfeel, exceptionally drinkable and light for 10%.
Quite a complex beast, easy drinking, could've easily drank 2 glasses of this. 2006 Pannepot still regins supreme in my eyes but this was one of the better variations I've had.
08-31-2012 16:42:44 | More by Chico1985
4.1/5 rDev -0.7%
Thank you, Alex, for sharing this rarity,
Dark brown with a dense, tan head with good retention and moderate lacing, this isn't as good as the regular Pannepot. The nose is quite excellent. A blend of the regular Pannepot with a mild Brett influence, this is complex and nuanced with a little smoke, a little chocolate and a moderate spice character. Great balance on display here. Some dark fruit and alcohol appear. The Brett character is excellent. A little understated (and thankfully so), there's just a touch of funk to keep things interesting.
The palate is solid. Smoke, fruit, plums, and a light spice are all present, along with some toast, Brett funk and a light sourness. Just a touch flabby, I find the finish a little disjointed. The Brett character is light, with a mild funk and some tannins. Some brown sugar is also present. Medium in body with low carbonation, this beer has a great finish, long-lasting with toast, spice and chocolate. Excellent stuff.
08-10-2010 19:55:43 | More by DefenCorps
4.1/5 rDev -0.7%
Wow, this bottle is lively. Gushed all over the place, but luckily some of it wound up in my glass. Thanks for sharing Dave!
Pours a dark, murky, brown-red with a thin ring of light tan foam. Leaves some nice lacing behind.
Sweet cherry and Belgian spice on the nose. Sweet acidity and some barnyard funk. Earthy and musty with a hint of caramel. Nice complexity.
Blegian spice and sweet cherries on the tongue. Much like the nose. Earthy oak. Cherry is the dominant fruit followed by red grapes. More earthy and funky than sour. Nice brett presence. Interesting take on the regular Pannepot. I like it.
Mouthfeel is earthy and dry with a touch of sweetness. Almost saison-like. Slightly tannic. Good carbonation.
Overall, I like this beer quite a bit. A nice addition to the Pannepot series. Tastes more like a fruity brett saison than anything else. I found my glass to be enjoyable, but due to the rarity of this beer I don't think I'll be seeking out another. Worth trying if you have easy access.
04-05-2011 19:15:53 | More by sisuspeed
4.08/5 rDev -1.2%
2008 Bottle; Sampled June 2010
Interesting, the beer has a light pellicle on it in the bottle, so is obviously still actively fermenting. Oh well, I am going to cut that short by opening this today. I decided to serve this just lightly chilled, perhaps in the mid 60s. A soft pour produces almost a finger of darkly browned, dark-tan colored froth. The beer is a concentrated, dark brown-plum color that shows a clearish, dark plum hue when held up to the light. Interesting, the aroma smells of overly ripe cheese that is not quite rancid, though a rich plum like fruitiness is perhaps a stronger influence on the nose. Some alcohol contributes to a warming sensation in my nose and this mixes with some fruity acetate type aromas. Richer notes of molasses, dates and prunes as well as some lightly toasted dark grain all remind me of a dark, rum soaked holiday cake or even fruit-cake. The ripe cheese note along with the acetate definitely is the most noticeable part of the aroma (it sort of reminds me of rotting fruit), but it is not so strong as to be objectionable and there is just enough other things going on here that the nose is fairly enjoyable.
Lightly sweet tasting up front, the beer has a richness to it through the middle and actually feels quite a bit lighter than one might expect from a beer of this strength. Still there is a lot of viscosity to this brew and the palate gets coated well enough that a rich, dark malt character lingers on after each sip. A healthy carbonation helps to make this beer more drinkable; though despite all this the beer is most definitely a sipping beer. The ripe cheese quality is more reduced than it is in the aroma, but the rotting, though really more fermenting, fruit character seems to be a bit more noticeable. Flavors of concentrated plum (though not quite prune), fig, some date like notes and fermenting raisin are each present and are accentuated by a light tartness. Malt / dark sugar flavors are also found here with notes of molasses, sweet rum, rich almost umami like concentrated malt flavors, light toasted grain flavors that have been soaked in brown sugar add to the general richness here. Some nail-polish like flavors as well as higher alcohols add a warming, almost heat to the finish.
This is actually quite vinous in character, though admittedly in a foxed sort of way; the aroma starts to pick up notes of Concord grapes as does the flavor. Really though there is a soft oak character here (that contributes a touch of oak-spiciness, hints of buttery richness, and a soft wood character) as well as a berry-like wine character, and flavors that I just can't quite put my finger on, but most definitely make me think of a complex red wine.
This manages to be quite rich and decadent, but without having a heavy body; the wild process has definitely dried out the base beer here. This ends up much more enjoyable than it started out as, but still falls short of that brilliantl 2006 batch of Pannepot that I finally polished-off my last bottle of recently. I really like the texture that this beer achieves, rich without being overly heavy, or anywhere near cloying actually. While the acetate, touch of acetone, and higher alcohol heat is always present, it isn't at such a level that I can't enjoy this beer; without it and with more sourness, this beer would be thoroughly brilliant. As it is I'll have to settle for the subtle oak, signature wine influence and rich Pannepot flavors, something I am perfectly happy to do.
10-06-2010 14:13:08 | More by Gueuzedude
Pannepot Wild from De Struise Brouwers
91 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.