Pannepot Wild - De Struise Brouwers
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4.35/5 rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
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!
Serving type: bottle
04-06-2010 19:42:07 | More by kappldav123
4.22/5 rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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).
Serving type: bottle
03-14-2010 05:53:33 | More by MasterSki
Pannepot Wild from De Struise Brouwers
92 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.