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Pannepot Reserva | De Struise Brouwers

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Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers
Belgium | website

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-02-2007

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377
Ratings:
1,112
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
15.26%
 
 
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Photo of Baldpacker
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

First tried at Delerium Cafe in Belgium. Then purchased in the Faroe Islands. Both 2012 Pannepot Reserva Old Fisherman's Ale Aged on Oak.

L: Deep malty brown. Head dissolves very quickly.

S: Molasses, Fig, Malt.

T: Thick and complex. Caramel, Molasses, Malt, Figs, and a little Earth. Finishes dry, not bitter, with a lingering sweetness.

F: Great mouthfeel. Light carbonation with small bubbles that let the flavours dance on my tongue.

Overall: Quite possibly my favourite beer in existence. I'd like to compare it side by side with a Westvleteran 12, Abt 12, and Rochefort 10, but from my recollection of those beers the Pannepot has more complexity.

If it weren't 10% ABV and so hard to find I wouldn't stop drinking these.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.82/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2012 Vintage poured into a snifter.

Pours a dark mahogany color with a 1-finger caramel head. The head settles into a nice golden ring around the top of the beer.

The aroma starts off with a barrage of dark fruits: Fig, and lightly tart black cherries lead the way. Then comes the expected woodiness from the oak barrels. Finishes with a subtle tinge of alcohol, with some even more subtle notes of caramel and vanilla.

The flavor brings notes of fig, plum, and cherries, as well as a surprising amount of chocolate. There's a good amount of vanilla and oak throughout, as well as some molasses. Perfectly balanced sweetness.

The feel is medium-bodied with relatively light carbonation. Goes down about as smooth as a beer can, with just the faintest hint of alcohol warming as it goes down.

Overall, I had very high expectations for this given how much I love regular Pannepot, and this definitely met and even exceeded those expectations. This beer is rich, complex, and surprisingly drinkable. Definitely my favorite Quad to date.

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Photo of babaracas
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012 reserva. Pours a hazy dark red-brown, thin tan head settles to a thin ring, a few dots left behind. Smell: fig, black currant, molasses, baking spices, tobacco and bourbon notes. Taste: baked fig, black plum, a bit vinous, toasted brown bread, lots of caramel and a molasses note, cardamom-ish spice and herbal flavors dominate the finish. Medium-plus sugary body, moderate carbonation, sticky finish with drying oak at the end. Delicious.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 Vintage
Poured into a snifter.
A - Pours a very dark brown with a small head that disappears quickly.
S - Aroma is dark fruit, and I keep thinking if I breathe deeply enough some alcohol will come through.
T - Flavor follows the nose. Dark fruits with little sweetness, almost dark cherry. Some barrel.
M - Low carbonation, medium mouth feel.
O - Delicious beer. Make sure you let this warm to almost room temperature to let all the flavors come forward.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2012 Vintage. Dark chocolate pour with mahogany hues, and a reddish brown colored head @ 2 fingers. The head fizzles out quite quickly though docking the score a bit, although this is 10% to be fair and most in the know, know that more alcohol equals less head.

Deep, black cherry and currant with tons of oak barrel here on the nose. Some bourbon like sweetness and syrup and alcohol burn invades the nostrils eloquently.

Tons and tons and tons of flavor. Cherries, plums, currants, black licorice, anise, herbal, oaky woodiness, and straight beautiful burns from the alcohol. The sour qualities aren't there quite as much, but this drinks more like an intensely aged mahogany barleywine than anything. It's still delicious.

Insanely carbonated while being super sticky and wine-like at the same time with plenty of resins, vine, and grape juice qualities. It fades dry...super dry.

This beer drinks like a wine, punches like a barleywine, and tastes like a quad. This is a superb accomplishment. By the end of the glass I'll be gone, but I'll have enjoyed the ride immensely.

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Photo of burnstar
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 beer, reviewed in 2016. Pours very dark brown with a sudsy head that dissipates quickly. Smell is sweet with a huge very dark carmel note. Taste is dark fruit, raisins, etc. Again- a big molasses note with a little burnt bitterness. The 10% isn't noticeable at all. Full bodied and well carbonated. Overall- it's nitpicky but the dark sugar/molasses is strong enough that the beer is a little one note but it's still a very solid quad and a great beer.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 2012 Reserva poured into my St Bernardus chalice. Sweet, dark fruit complimented so nicely by the oak barrel presence. A pleasure and easy to drink at 10%, one of the best quads I have had recently.

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Photo of n2185
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a deep brown that is almost black with two fingers of tan head that fades into a frothy ring with little lacing.

S: Sweet candy sugar and Belgian spices up front with date and fig aromas following. The finish has a light Port and oaky aroma.

T: Candy sugar and dark fruits like dates and prunes hit first with a sweet yeasty flavor and oak coming through after. Molasses, hearty bread, and tawny Port flavors come though as well with a finish that has only a hint of alcohol warmth.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation, this beer is dangerously drinkable for its abv.

O: An incredible beer, overall, and one of the best quads out there.

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Photo of noz03
4.99/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drank the 2012 at Beer Mania in Brussels. Absolutely amazing beer! Very complex, smooth with a slight sweetness. This is one of if not my all time favourite beer I've ever tasted!

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Photo of CoreyC
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

2010 consumed April 2016
A - Brown with a reddish hue, effervescent head
S - stone fruit - plums raisons
T - Delicious. So smooth and sweet with strong plum/prune/raison flavors.
M - Nice slightly sticky
O - Just delicious

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.62/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

2010 bottle consumed on March 22 2016.

Pours good and looks great, with a hefty head that lasts for a while and some lacing.

Smells like raisins, flowers, sugar and countryside. A quad, yes, but a lot more nuanced/smooth.

The taste follows the nose, with dark fruit, figs, pureed dates, sweetness and a tad of freshly-licked oak.

Unfortunately the mouthfeel is shot and gone; watery-thin, oxidated and damaging to the quality of the beer overall.

Overall this brew is nice enough and rather drinkable for the ABV, but it falls way short of the expectactions.

I would assume that drinking this fresh(er) would be advisable.

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Photo of JackieKu
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

330ml bottle. 2010 vintage. Bottled on 2014-11.

A: Hazy dark brown. Poured 1.5 fingers high of head.
S: Caramel, toffee, and oak. Hints of raspberry. Quite aromatic.
T: Toffee and chocolate. Medium sweetness. Low bitterness. Hints of vanilla aftertaste.
M: Full body. Moderate carbonation.
O: Perfect. I cannot get wrong for this beer. The best thing is it's easy to be obtained with fair price.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
3.13/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Gonna be a short review on this one. Pannepot reserve 2010 in bottle at the church key dc. It was very smooth and mellow, perhaps too mellow, a bit roasty, no real bitterness to speak of, in short...ehh it's okay, just okay, that's it

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Photo of Tele
4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: Bottle (2010)
Consumed: 12.29.15

A: 4.75 Pours very dark brown, almost black, with a one-inch tan head. Head lasts about three minutes and leaves some lace in the glass.

S: 4.25 Fairly mild aromas of vanilla, cherries, toffee, cinnamon, clove, brown sugar, and a hint of damp oak.

T: 4.75 Really well executed and strong quad flavors. Lots of Belgian yeast and eaters with a nice, bold roasted malt quality. The oak adds a surprising amount of vanilla. Dark berries and a bit of dark chocolate and coconut linger on the finish.

M: 4.5 Great body and carbonation with a slightly dry finish. Very drinkable.

O: 4.5 This is a really great quad with bold flavors. Stays true to more traditional beers, but the oak transforms this into something new and interesting.

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2010 vintage, enjoyed in December 2015.

This beer poured murky dark brown, with very little head present. What head was present quickly became a thin ring of bubbles along the top of the beer. The smell is where this beer picks up the pace, all of those deep dark fruit scents one usually associates with a big quad, along with the oak that melds in to give it an almost sultry smell. The taste is a continuation of the smell, and the dark fruits are joined by vanilla and some wine qualities, and then the oak is there again. This is quite enjoyable. The feel is medium, with a slightly above low amount of carbonation. This beer is smooth.

A very nice beer for sipping on a cool December afternoon, I only wish I had more, or at least easy access to more.

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Photo of brewskis
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2010 vintage. Poured out of a 11.2 oz. bottle in December 2015.

Pours a murky dark brown with a finger of a dark tan head.

Aroma consists of prunes, raisins, black cherry, chocolate, light roasted malt, oak, vinous (oxidation?), carmel, and light vanilla.

Taste has undergone some oxidation which bring some vinous (grape-like) qualities, but it does not detract from the beer. Get prune, raisin, black cherry, date, chocolate, brown sugar, molasses, light roast, and light oak. Extremely smooth at this point.

Medium body. Smooth carbonation and creamy. Sticky finish.

This has aged wonderfully. Although oxidation has somewhat set in at this point, it adds to the complexity of the beer in my opinion. Pannepot is one of my favorite quads and the addition of oak definitely doesn't hurt.

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Photo of NilocRellim
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

2010 reserve drank in 2015.

Looks very dark mahogany. Very oaky, but like a clean woody oak. You get the booze on the nose as well as sticky fruit. Boozy and oak cask flavours prevelant with sticky fruits and a bit of chocolate at the end.

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Photo of Doderlein_Bacillus
4.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours hazy deep brown with a huge light brown head. Aroma is wineous, roasted malt, dried fruit, raisins mainly. Flavour is soft malty sweet. Strong fruity and complex profile, really lovely blend. Alcohol makes a short appearance. Slight smoked note and soft malty caramel with a strong alcohol note in the finish.

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Photo of DarnBeerGeek
3.37/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I tasted the 2010. Deep brown color with some redness on the edges of the chalice. There was barely any head and it faded pretty quickly. Nose of fresh cherry, raspberry, and dark chocolate. This beer had a heavy (overpowering) sour cherry tang with a hint of chocolate coming through on the finish. It was a bit more sour than I was expecting.

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Photo of alexanderplatz
2.75/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This looked and tasted more like some variant of porter or stout than a quad. If someone had told me that it was made entirely from fermented molasses it would have seemed believable. Too syrupy and cloying. Not complex like a Trappistes Rochefort 10. Too heavy. Did not finish a 5 oz. glass served as part of a beer flight. Worst of all, it was a bit of a palate bomb and subsequent beers didn't taste as good.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pannepot Reserva Vertical(2009, 2010 and 2011(Old Fisherman's Ale)) 10 smells the sweetest, 09 is earthy with dark fruits and 11 has huge Belgian yeast notes. 09 - chocolate, dark fruits, oak. Absolutely zero sweetness. 10 - super smooth, chocolate covered cherries, oak. Little bit of sweetness. 11 - raisins, prunes, clove, oak, Belgian yeast. Sweetest of the bunch. I'd have to go 10 > 11 > 09. The 09 was just way too dry.

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Photo of timc100
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Old Fisherman's Ale aged on Oak, 2010 vintage.

A great, well rounded and rich quadruple. Aroma is a little weak and non-distinctive, just some fruity esters and Belgian yeast. Get some sugar as well. On the palate though it has a great depth of flavor: dark chocolate, old leather, Belgian spice, dark cherry though no tartness, some currant and dates as well. Do not get any oak, maybe just some slight vanilla sweetness.

Very smooth, drinking very well

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Bottle received in a recent trade. '09 vintage. Thanks Adam!

Pours a dark purplish brown, almost black, with a short lived half inch head, and no lacing. Looks still.

Smells pretty grapey, a bit vinous, with some chocolate, tobacco, sherry, and slight oxidation.

This tastes amazing, but I'm not sure it's an improvement on regular Pannepot. There's a great dark fruit flavor, raisin puree, dark cherries, grapes, wine, sherry, and some slight but pleasant oxidation. As it warms, I get a bit more malt complexity in the form of chocolate and tobacco. This is at an age where it's probably gonna start falling off soon- the oxidation is at a pleasant level, but it might get worse soon.

This is medium bodied, with a silky and oily mouthfeel, and a very low level of carbonation. It's a slow sipper for sure, but not because of the alcohol- it's not present at all at about 6 years old.

This is a really nicely done beer that has aged quite nicely. I don't know how it tastes fresh, but at 6 years old, it's quite tasty. Regular Pannepot is probably better, but I wouldn't kick this one out of bed.

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Photo of Roguer
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Small tan head, quickly fading. Extremely dark brew straddling the line between brown and black; relatively clear.

Classic quad aroma; prunes dominant; barest hint of dry spices; cola, vanilla, and a bit of oak.

Flavor is a lovely, thick, complex blend of all things Pannepot and oak: prunes, plums, and red grapes; dry spices; notes of creamy chocolate and coffee running throughout; slightly tart and very woody oak; brown sugar and molasses; kiss of vanilla on the finish.

Thick and extremely smooth mouthfeel; nice warming in the chest, but otherwise no real hint of alcohol; lively mouthfeel with no sting or foaming. Long lingering aftertaste, sticky and cloying and sweet.

A fabulous, one-of-a-kind quad, Pannepot again hits it out of the park. Just the right amount of sweetness.

2010 bottle, reviewed Jan 2015. No sign of oxidation whatsoever.

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Photo of JamesStreet
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is for the 2010 vintage
Poured into St Bernardus goblet
A- poured a dark color with brown highlights. A bit of sediments floating around. Not a big head, but a lingering cream-colored head with near zero lace.
S- sweet bready malts, ripened dark fruit along the lines of raisins, figs, dates.
T- follows the nose, loses some of the fruits. Tastes much better than the 2009. Hardly any heat at all
M- medium-bodied, medium-carbed.
O- as stated earlier, this one really outshines the 2009. Tasted very similar to St Bernardus' Abt 12. This is what I expect a Belgian Quad to taste like!

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