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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:
1,111
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
8.92%
 
 
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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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Photo of stumac
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Vintage 2010 (5 years aged)

About to follow this beer up with a Pannepot Grand Reserva 2009 Vintage.

Pours opaque dark brown with little khaki foam sitting on top. The nose is hints of dark fruit and booze. Flavors of chocolate, plums, vanilla, red apple, alky heat, toffee. Nice subtle crispy carbo, medium feel. Sweet lingering on my tongue.

A very well aged hoe

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Photo of hansavijaticar
4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Tried it alongside best quads (Westvleteren 12, Rochefort 10, St Bernardus 12 and La Trappe Q.) and it was very different. Smoke, chocolate, black berries - none of those is present in those quads. Not much of dried fruits, like in VW12, R10 and SB12. None of the honey and candies, like in La Trappe. More bitter. Also, much darker. I'd say it's something between BA Imp. Stout and Belgian strong dark ales. Very original beer, one of the best Belgian.

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Photo of Tone
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black color. 1/5 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of European yeast, alcohol, sweet malt, hint of spice, hint of wood, hint of liquor, and a hint of pale malt. Fits the style of a Quadrupel. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of European yeast, alcohol, sweet malt, hint of spice, hint of wood, hint of pale malt, and slight liquor. Overall, weak appearance, complex aroma, complex body, but not well blended.

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Photo of spoony
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

From a 330 ml bottle (2009 vintage) into a chalice. Reviewed from notes dated November 10, 2014.

A-The beer is very, very dark...nearly black. A short, creamy head of mocha foam lasts for quite a while. Not much in the way of visible carbonation.

S-The aroma is more like a stout than many quadrupels with some nutty, chocolate and roasted flavors coming through. That being said, there is still a healthy dose of Belgian flavors like nutmeg spice, molasses, brown sugar, molasses, prune, and raisin.

T-The taste is more fruity than the smell with plum, raisin, prune, and grape flavors hitting my palate. I also taste brown sugar, tobacco, and a light kick of black pepper spice on the finish. Alcohol is mostly concealed but a little bit of medicinal flavor comes through. My bottle was a 2009 vintage so I'm not surprised that I taste a bit of oxidation.

M-A lovely, creamy, mild carbonation rolls across the palate. The body is medium to full. Very nice.

O-This is another really good De Struise beer. The Reserva, like their other BDSA/Quad style beers is a nice mix of traditional flavors that have been tweaked just a bit. The high point of this beer is the mouthfeel, which is damn near perfect. Really well made beer here.

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Photo of MarcWP
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage into Westy Chalice


Big brown pour with dark roasty brown fuzzy head that settles to nothing. This baby picked up some carb and became a gusher.


Aroma is deep of fruit cake, dark fig, sherry, sweet date, rum raisin, and faint oaky vanilla. Smells fabulous.


Taste has a deeper chocolate powder potency than the nose. Alongside that is stewed plum, sherry, old raisin, Madeira, sweet molasses, and a roasty caramel presence. Smooth flavor profile and certainly showing signs of age.


Mouthfeel is a bit thin likely since compared to regular Pannepot this was oak aged and already has some years on it. Still a good amount of carbonation and overall pleasant feel on the palate.


Overall very nice but not as great as two year old Pannepot.

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

Poured 2010 11oz. bottle into St. Bernardus snifter

A-Pours very dark burgundy with 1/2 finger beige head. Has minimal lacing.

S-Aroma is of caramel, fruits, toffee, malt, some oak.

T-Taste is of caramel, fruits, and roasted malt.

M-Mouthfeel is well balanced has a semi-stickiness to the tongue. Full bodied. Low carbonation.

O-Overall this is great quad a must have. Hides the 10% very well. Must get some more.

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Photo of pants678
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2010 bottle

Real dark brown, lacing beige head, lingering sediment.

Bread, yeast, wood.

Toffee and a rich, robust black tea. Fruit's not more than background, bread and caramel, though, little smoke. More than anything is black tea. Hard to come by unique quads, this one isn't like the trappist's.

Dense, not stout, but unexpected for a quad. Fitting, though.

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Photo of brentk56
3.73/5  rDev -12.4%

2008 bottling

Appearance: A rather disappointing pour for a Belgian, with the head quickly dissipating and leaving the opaque mahogany colored liquid behind

Smell: Layered dried plum, oak, leather, caramel and brown bread

Taste: After sniffing the aroma, the taste is a bit of a letdown; the plum flavor is there in spades and the bread and caramel builds through the middle, but something is lacking; I am looking for a rich finish, but the oak and leather enters and fades without delivering; somewhat boozy

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low carbonation; warmth in the gullet

Overall: Expecting a six year old beer to deliver was perhaps a bit much, in this instance, but I thought the beer was going to be far more expressive and impressive than it turned out to be

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.76/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2011 Vintage. Poured from the bottle into a chalice.

Pours a deep, nearly opaque brown with a dark tan head that fades away to a dusting on top. There is some obvious sedimentation and a fair number of floaties.

The aroma is quite amazing. Deep and malty sweetness, caramel, toffee, dark dried fruit, leather and yeasty bread all coming through. As it warms a bit, even hints of dark chocolate.

The taste slowly builds on the tongue. there's sweet malt and light fruit up front growing to bitter dark chocolate and dark roast coffee and even hints of soy, although it's understated. As it warms, I get more raisin, even some fresh grape. There is a long lasting dryness on the tongue.

The mouthfeel is quite amazing. It's rich and smooth and creamy with a little bubbly feel as well.

This is a pretty remarkable drinking experience. You must try it. Awesome.

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Photo of brianmandell
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pannepot Reserva 2010

Pours a deep mahogany brown with a thin head reducing to clumpy lacing.

Aromas of sherry, sweet Marsala, raisin, toffee, brown sugar, apple cider.

Taste leads with soft brown sugar and explodes into raisin, cherry and dark fruits. The sweet sherry comes next and finishes with some soy sauce and oak. The alcohol is well integrated.

Mouthfeel is velvety and slightly viscous but not too thick. It has the silky mouthfeel characteristics that you get with a good barrel aged beer.

I can't believe how bright and alive this beer is for it's age. I liked the Pannepot 2011 despite its intense soy sauce flavor but this bottle knocks it out of the park for me. Every sip brings a wave of intense yet intricate flavors. The sherry flavors in particular are very interesting and enjoyable. Let this warm up a bit if you are taking it out of the fridge. I will look for more bottles of the Reserva. Can't wait to crack the Grand Reserva.

Update: April 15 - the second bottle was a different experience than the first. This was still a great beer but it was covered by a sugary apple cider sweetness.

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Pannepot Reserva from De Struise Brouwers
95 out of 100 based on 377 ratings.
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