Pannepot Wild - De Struise Brouwers
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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
3.85/5 rDev -6.8%
On tap at Ebenezer's the weekend of Night of the Funk 2010.
Pours a very dark brown into a nice Belgian chalice. Good off white head with really nice retention and some pretty good lacing. The nose brings some light notes of sourness and funk, although they're not terribly present. While nice, the side effect is that much of the really great notes of the original version are covered up.
The taste does a better job of integrating everything, though the great yeasty esters and complex malt don't stand out as much as I would like. The feel represents this well, as the slight funk doesn't mesh all that well with the remaining components of the beer. Overall, almost a lighter version of Pannepot that has gotten just a bit of an infection.
I'm really excited that I got to try this, although in the end it was a bit of a disappointment.
11-09-2010 22:32:50 | More by Thorpe429
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
4.83/5 rDev +16.9%
Notes of dark fruit, plums, raisins, are immediately noticeable as is the rich oak notes that are coming at me. Nothing sours here at all about this one. Complex sugary notes dancing around with a touch of a grape skin like tartness hidden way in the back. Interesting mix of flavors here for sure. The balance in flavor here is sublime and I have to admit I am utterly floored. Oak flavor all over this, just wonderful woody notes that are soaked with a rich spiciness that I can only equate the yeast flavor in a perfect quad. Again with the grapes and plum notes offering just that light touch of fruit flavor before melding back into a super dry finish. Small touch of tartness again as it fades away.
08-24-2011 03:07:20 | More by mikesgroove
3.9/5 rDev -5.6%
Thanks to Henry for knocking another one of my wants off at the tasting. A tough thing to do...
A: The beer exploded out of the bottle and when it finally made it into the glass, we see a chestnut color with a quickly receding khaki head.
S: There's a bit of an herbal note as I first smell the beer and it's quite heavy on the roast as well (for a quad, anyway). The wildness soon shows itself and there is an intense red wine aroma. Yet, it's still very sweet.
T: This sounds strange, but this tastes a lot like Manischewitz, or maybe a grape Jello shot. Sweet red grapes dominate and there's a definite alcohol flavor on the back end. I get a fair amount of roast and just a small amount of oak.
M: The body is medium to full with a surprisingly moderate level of carbonation.
D: Perhaps a little boozy to be all that drinkable, but still quite nice. I liked all the wine character, but I could see it becoming overwhelming with any considerable amount consumed.
01-13-2011 23:12:47 | More by womencantsail
4.4/5 rDev +6.5%
Thanks, Alex. 750ml bottle.
Dark chestnut brown in the glass. Nicely carbonated, a gentle pour produces a small beige head that retains well.
Pretty funky aroma, but not outright sour - it still resembles Pannepot. It smells both tart and malty with fruity notes of plums, berries, red grapes. A bit vinous and spicy.
Tart dark fruit flavors are prominent; plums, figs, a little turbinado sugar. Medium-full body, lightly sour (on the acetic side) and moderately tannic, but more funky and musty than anything. Vinous and oaky finish, light lingering dark sugar sweetness. Really nice stuff, this exceeded my expectations.
08-09-2010 22:35:24 | More by largadeer
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
4.3/5 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
4.18/5 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
4.08/5 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
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.25/5 rDev -21.3%
2008 bottle. Kind of a gusher.
Pours a beige head. Color is a ruby hued dark bronze.
Aroma: A ton of spice. Cinnamon shows the most. Soured pannepot. Roasted malts, caramel and wine flavors. Grape juice.
Taste: Boozy kind of. Raisins, grape juice, plums, chocolate, caramel. Wine-like flavors. Oaky and spiced. Some cherries. Big roast.
Mouthfeel: Dry and roasted. Full bodied with a medium to high amount of carbonation. Ends pretty clean.
Overall, not really for me. Decent, but nothing stellar. Somewhat enjoyable, but I couldn't drink very much of this.
01-26-2011 00:21:35 | More by mothman
4.43/5 rDev +7.3%
On tap at The Lion's Pride.
Came to the table a solid brown/black color with a thin tan head that slowly dissipates but never leaves. Smells of oak, vanilla, caramel, dark fruits, dark sugars, a little tart, and a little funk. The flavor follows the nose quite well but adds a heavy tart cherry, chocolate and raisin flavor. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet sugary tart mouthfeel. This is a damn fine beer, in fact my favorite from the night. The funk is restrained and mixed very well with the quad that is underneath!
07-17-2012 21:28:52 | More by johnnnniee
3.55/5 rDev -14%
750mL bottle from baggio. I first tried this at DLD 2010 courtesy of Masterski (thanks Alex), and now I've got an entire 750 to myself.
The beer pours a dark russet brown color, nearly opaque, with a huge tan foam and sheets of lacing. The nose is less wild from this bottle than the one I tried at DLD. I remember significantly more bret character from that one. This current bottle smells more quad-like, smoke and dark fruits and a little medicinal aroma too. It tastes a lot like the standard Pannepot, and I'm wondering if Struise made more than one batch of this stuff. From DLD I remember mild wild flavors that were well balanced with the dark fruit. In this bottle the dark fruits are nearly everything I taste, plums, raisins, dates and such. The medicinal / cough syrup qualities come through a little too, reminiscent of Carolus beers.
I think this is a good beer but not quite great. If there were more bret involved that might have changed things for the better, but who knows? It's an interesting experiment.
08-22-2010 17:08:34 | More by TurdFurgison
3.68/5 rDev -10.9%
Thanks to Olga for this birthday present. 2008 batch, 75cl bottle into my Narke tulp...Pours like a regular pannepot, dark brown, lighter brown on the edges. A slight gusher when first opened, didn't explode but have a glass ready. The head only rises about two fingers, ok retention and lacing...The aroma is pretty light, expected a bit more. Oak, red wine, and vinegar on the front, missing a lot of the malty goodness that I really like in the original. Light spice in the middle...The taste again is not at all what was expected. Its more oak and woody vinegar than anything with alcohol. All quad characteristics are gone, I'm missing some of the sweet dark fruits or sugar. The finish is lots of alcohol and oak, a little sugar...The feel is full and viscous... A little tough to drink as I am just not feeling it totally.
A rare one that doesn't meet the hype. An interesting style but don't give up much to get this. This reminds me of an infected beer that is now sour, i.e. Rurik.
10-17-2010 01:35:27 | More by jrallen34
3.58/5 rDev -13.3%
WW5 bottle from Avalon68. Cheers!
A - Well, right out of the gate this thing just exploded, which was pretty surprising. Rusty brown colored beer with a foamy beige head from the explosion.
S - I'm not totally thrille with this. I've love the regular version of this beer, as something that is a very nice quad. This loses a bit of its quad nature to some of the funk an sourness. It smells good, but I prefer the regular.
T - Sweeter, with some grapes and vinous influence on a quad. There are some dark fruits, oak. Can pick up a little bit of roast on this one even.
M - Full bodied with some pretty active carbonation. Also, it exploded.
O - An interesting beer, I liked it, but I thought it actually takes away from the good quad nature that Pannepot usually has. Glad to have tried it.
09-28-2011 04:58:44 | More by AgentZero
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
4.33/5 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
Pannepot Wild from De Struise Brouwers
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