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Pannepot ReservaPannepot Reserva

Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-02-2007

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330 mL bottle poured into a De Struise chalice. 2008 bottle.

Appearance - Deep garnet body that doesn't produce a head until the pour is almost complete. Chunks of sediment start flowing in and suspend themselves in the reddish fluid. The head is fleeting and results in just a lopsided collar of khaki foam.

Smell - Dark fruit dominated aroma. Brown sugar, caramel, all that stuff. Lacking the earthy component of regular Pannepot. Reminds me of Pannepeut.

Taste - Dark fruit flavors abound here as well and build to a slight cola flavor. The oak builds as the fruity sharpness does as well. It culminates in a bite that covers up much of the depth of the malt flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium low carbonation and that bite lingers on the palate. Not sure what to call it. Tannins maybe?

Overall - Well it's Pannepot so it's still a great beer, but I guess I'm just disappointed that the oak seems to have cut out the great flavors instead of augmenting them.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a elongated tulip glass. Vintage 2009.

A very dark body on this beer. Practically, walnut black, walnut brown body, giving to a nice creamy tan two finger head with good staying power. Manages a good puck for a long time while drinking. I am impressed by how incredibly dark this looks. There's some snapping carbonation while pouring and loud spitzy hiss.

Nose is a bit subtle and simple. Spritzy clean, with a mild dark toffee and Belgian sweetness. Faint oak and round character, but mostly pretty subdued. Some small "figgy" character.

Taste is very impressive. A wine like body, with bubbly carbonation. Faint oak, and hints of vanilla. Very intense dark red fruits of cherry, raspberry sweetness. I am surprised by how little dark raisin and fig there is on this for a quad. There's even some faint roasty finish to this also, like a porter. As the drink warms up, there is a distinct black licorice coating and aftertaste.

Pretty fun drink, quite mellow, no heat on this at all either. Fun beer from these guys. Perhaps not a fav style, but I'll take it.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 vintage thanks to ygtbsm94. Served in a Great Northern Brewers Club tulip.

A - Pours with voluminous tan foam that settles to a thin cap, and splotchy lace. Body is a hazed glowing brown ruby-red.

S - Oak, vanilla, roasted grains, spices, caramel, nutty, nuts and berries, cake and bread.

T - Taste is more smooth out at this stage, but doesn't display obvious oxidation. Finish is slightly musty. Alcohol is well-hidden. Otherwise mostly bread, fruity esters, honey cake.

M - Medium carbonation, medium-full body, very chewy with lots of residual stickiness mixed with barrel tannins. No obvious heat.

D - Split the bottle three ways and it was easy to finish this bad boy. I like this better than the recent vintages, but I'm not sure it's a big improvement over the other Pannepot variants. Still, well worth trying!

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Photo of drabmuh
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer is dark brown and hazy with a strong tan head of tiny bubbles that leaves a TON of lacing on the glass, it's completely coated. Beer served in a Russian River tulip. Carbonation steady.

Aroma is sweet and caramelly with some dark fruit and candy in there.

Beer is sweet and medium to thick in the mouth. The roast comes up late and is separated from the total beer. This is a nice, caramel candied beer. Oddly dry late on the palate though. Beer is very drinkable. It's very awesome. If you like Quads, this is a must try. Low bitterness, easy finish, a great great beer.

The oak is not pronounced in oakiness or vanilla in this beer though, if it were more oaky in it's nature I think I would appreciate the oak aging more. Personally.

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

A: poured a dark murky brown in color with pale brown highlights and a thin head that left almost no lacing sticking to the glass.

S: pretty much has aroma as the regular pannepot but you can tell it was barrel aged due to the vanilla oakiness coming through with plenty of dark fruitiness, brown sugar, sweet belgian yeast, and hints of pears.

T: lots going on the palate consisting of dark fruits such as raisins and plums alongside pear esters, belgian yeast sweetness, barrel oakiness, vanilla accents, boozy heat on the backend but mild chocolate flavor.

M: the brew was medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a sweet, mild dark fruity, chocolatey, oaky, and slightly boozy finish.

O: solid once again like the base beer and the barrel aging worked it's magic.

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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 DoubleJ
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've been waiting to try Pannepot, and what I picked up was the reserve version without notice. On to the beer:

The head of this one goes away semi-quick to a lace around the glass. Chocolate brown is the color of the beer, with a brownish orange hue. The sugary part of the aroma reminds me of the inside of a truffle at times. Dark fruit flavors are tossed around amind the dominance of sweetr red grape. I finally get a little toasted oak in there.

When the beer enters the mouth, I understand the reason for Pannepot's claim to fame. This is a quad that smacks you with an unbelievably smooth flavor while the alcohol hides. A light kiss of vanilla and oak give way for figs and plenty of red grape. A light red vinigrette flavor ponders if part of a Flemish Red were mixed in this beer. Oddly, as time goes on, the flavor becomes more monotone (but still very good). It's medium-full in the mouth with, you guessed it, a very smooth feel. It's also stupidly easy to drink.

I need to drink quads more often, and Pannepot Reserva justifies that statement.

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Photo of liamt07
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Jason, as part of the QuadShowdown. 330ml into a tulip, 2007 vintage.

Poured a dark brown, with a light tan/cream coloured soapy head. Fairly dense head, leaves some bubbles behind; unfiltered body. Nose is quite bold, some licorice, chocolate, dark fruits, caramel, booze soaked dark fruits. Very complex, I could sniff this for hours. Taste is yeasty,with some grape, chocolate and licorice. Mouthfeel is a tad lighter than I'd like but still fairly full, a touch bitter in the finish. Lingering flavour and a bit of booze. Excellent quad and something I could keep my nose to for hours. Flavour holds up quite well to the nose on this as well.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a slightly hazy, very dark mahogany brown, with a half finger light khaki head that dissipate to almost nothing; no lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, dark stone fruit, raisins and figs, a bit boozy. Flavor is rich dark stone fruit, intense as if starting to be boiled down to syrup (but not at all syrupy), vanilla, raisins, a bit of date and figs, faint oak. Nice plumy finish. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A really nice dark fruit quad. I dry plums every year, and there is a point where they are almost done, but not quite dry that you can pull them out of the drier and the flavor has become incredibly intense and estery. This ale captures that flavor for me. The regular Pannepot is one of my favorite ales and tied for the best with St. Bernardus and Rochfort. This seems a bit more complex and rich and the touch of oak is welcome. Really a world class quad and ale.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up on a New Jersey shelf for cheaper than I found the original in PA. Stoked to try this one out, never thought I would see this. 2008 vintage.

Into the snifter Reserva pours out the standard bark brown deep dirty pond water out of the bottle becoming dark burgundy in the glass. With a tilted pour not getting any foam on top. Some swirls create some soda pop bubbles but nothing beyond that.

More wood focused in the nose as the original had a more dark fruit vibe. Big scents of wood/oak with underlining vanilla. Some apple and plum with with toasted malt, caramel, raisin, werthers.

Im blown away by how tame and tasty this is at once. Reserva is luscious while big in smooth oaky vanilla up front. The fruit takes a backseat but remains present. Some cocco, apple, plum, raisin, bourbon tones, just all together marvelous.

Feel is so smooth it's not funny. it just glides down the mouth leaving oak and malt sweetness but no heat or intrusion. Approaching full bodied with a light carb letting you know your not alone.

I really wish I grabbed more of this. It was a treat and a sipped mine for a hour or so smiling. Not being a great fan of the original, the barrel aging, or perhaps this vintage just clicked.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this one a few times over the years.. mainly from Inflatablechair... But... now, suddenly we are getting them in Boise!! Yaayy!!

2008 375 shared with Sam tonight... poured into my small tulip. Thin tannish head atop a hazed deep amber brew.

Nose is boozy and pretty oak forward with some toasty malts and hints of raisin... good malt presence with an interesting plummy quality.

Flavor is not as rich as the nose... but still pretty nice.. mildly malty and a bit sweeter than I appreciate... some lite cherry ester notes... overall the malt profile is lighter than expected... oak is present but really shows on the more heavy side toward the finish and it combines with a lingering sweetness...

Pretty nice.. the oak never goes too far and just adds a nice layer of complexity from front to back..


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Photo of John_M
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

De Struise seems to make so many pannepot beers these days, it's hard to keep track of them all. The 2008 draft version of this beer was available at Max's during their recent Belgian event.

The beer pours a fairly dark brown color with red highlights. Head retention is quite good in this beer, and there is considerable sticky lacking all around. The nose is surprisingly faint and mute, though I did get some light vanilla and chocolate, as well as a hint of cherry. On the palate, this beer is just delicious, with chocolate, vanilla, cherry and light coffee all combining to make for a very fine tasting beer. This moderately sweet beer is smooth, rich and long on the palate, with no more than a hint of alcoholic heat in the finish. The beer finishes well, and frankly this beer is all too easy to drink. My glass was gone before I realized it.

Another excellent pannepot beer from De Struise. What a surprise.

From 5/12/12. The 2009 is on tap at Max's today. It's every bit as good... consitent high quality from this excellent brewer.

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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 HopHead84
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks again to a generous BMan1113VR for this. Maybe on our next chance meeting I'll have a bottle in tow.

The beer appears tawny with a creamy head that lingers...lingers...lingers. What retention!

The nose is full of dark fruits (quite vinous) in the form of grapes and plums. Spices are evident, and the malt profile is bready and sweet with noticeable alcohol.

The flavor is also very fruity, with raisins, plums, and grapes. The sweetness has a candied sugar quality and the bready malt backbone is substantial. The finish is sugary sweet with lingering dark fruits.

The beer is medium-full bodied with a nice medium level of carbonation, though the mouthfeel is a tad thin and watery.

This is a big fruity and vinous quad. The 4-6 ounces that I tried was satiating.

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Photo of weeare138
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This version of Pannepøt special beer brewed and named as a wink to the Danish market presented at the Danish beer festival 'Københavnske Øldage 2006' exclusively at Ølbutikkens stand. It is produced to express the brewers gratitude to all the Danish beer amateurs that drink their products daily.

Much thanks to egajdzis for breaking this out so we could do a side by side comparison with the original version, which faired differently...

Appears a hazy, dark amber with a light beige head that slowly fades into a mild cap. Lots of streaky lacing is left all around the glass.
Smell is of dark brown sugar, mineral water, caramel, ripeened dark fruit, nuts, & mild anise notes.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a mineral water flavor that reminds me very much of the Westy brews.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, mineraly, with caramel and brown sugar.

This version was much better than the original version IMO with not even close to the amount of spices as the other version had. This one was also lighter in color.

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Photo of dar482
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I had the 2009 at Torst.

This comes in a rich dark brown, black color with a small head.

There is a big bready plum aroma. It's somewhat mellow without big booze and of dark fruits.

The flavor is similar to the aroma. It has a clean finish with this wonderful fresh pop despite being barrel aged. There's burnt caramel and sugar flavor. It has some prot wine characteristics. It really is one of the best quads I've had.

The mouthfeel is what I love because it has such a creamy smooth character.

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

2008 vintage. Pours a three-finger light head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Black color, no highlights, ton of yeast left in bottle. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Dark fruit and alcohol nose and flavor is also alcohol and dark fruit, mellow sweetness. Expensive at $10.49 for a 330ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)
2008 vintage
A- This beer pours a dense opaque brown body with a light sticky tan cream head that leaves register marks after each sip. There is some jetsam of trub swirling around in the body.

S- The aroma of dark candi sugar is soft with a tartness of fruit and red wine tannins to follow. There is a oaky vanilla note that comes through in the finish as the beer warms.

T- The sweet candi sugar is dark and raw with a jam sweetness to it and a cream flavor to follow. The finish is pretty clean from the fizz.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a tight fizz that is full in the finish. There is a creamy texture and a very soft alcohol warmth that hangs on the tongue after each sip.

O- This beer has some nice flavor with a subtle complexity and a soft woody note. There is a nice full sweetness but a little more alcohol to cut it would be nice. There are very faint notes of brett and yeast character that would be nice to taste more of but they just didn't come through.

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Photo of kscaldef
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 Vintage

A: Pours reddish-brown with high clarity. Mediocre head quickly dies down to a film of bubble.

S: Brown sugar and caramel. Raisin, strawberry, orange peel.

T: Starts off woody, then waves of caramel, vanilla, bready malts, toffee.

M: Fairly high carbonation, maybe a hair more than I'd like, but combined with the relative dryness, keeps it quite drinkable.

O: Good sipper. Not mind-blowing, but well-done.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.81/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got this bottle from leftmindedrighty in a trade. Thanks Aaron!

This pours from 11.2oz bottle(2006) a very dark brown with about a 2 finger head of foam that lasts for the entire session as a solid thin layer and there's some good lacing.

The smell has notes of citrus, spice, sugar...it's fairly light on the nose.

The taste is tasty. Peppery notes along wiith some chocolate, dark fruit, fig, mild candy sugars...this is really smooth.

It has a fairly thick mouthfeel to it, the carbonation is medium to light, and it finishes with a mix of bitter chocolate and maybe, raisin.

The alcohol, I noticed during the swallow but not so much after the swallow. I think I could only drink one of these at a sitting but it's quite nice.

Thanks again go out to Aaron!

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A-Pretty brown hue. Smaller head. The color is quite attractive however. Light lacing.

S-Dried fruits, yeast, brown sugar. A bit of alcohol as well. Incredibly complex. Smells very, very smooth. Excited to try this.

T-The components are there from the nose but they melt into one delicious concoction. All the flavors mesh very well. The alcohol is detectable but adds depth. Very complex and begs to be sipped quickly.

M-Awesome feel here. Lighter carbonation. Fuller body. Perfectly smooth. A 'fuzzy' feel. Leaves the tongue feeling strange in a positive way.

O/D-Quite a delicious brew. Very impressed. Complexity is astonishing. Smooth as smooth can be.

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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 barczar
3.92/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque deep brown with a modest beige head that dissipates to minimal lacing.

Fairly subtle aromas of plum, prune, and dark belgian candi sugar complement toasted oak and a hint of belgian yeast. Raisins emerge as it warms.

Boozy oak, with sweet maple backbone and underlying dark fruit notes of fig, prunes, and raisins form the flavor profile. Hints of rum and vanilla add complexity at the peppery finish.

Body is moderate, with minimal carbonation and lots of alcohol heat.

Pretty hot. Could use some aging to calm that down, but the flavor and aroma were more subtle than expected. Somewhat disappointing. Overrated, imo.

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Photo of dwagner003
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2010 Reserva poured into a tulip glass and you can immediately smell this beer. The aroma is big oak right up front, with sweet dark fruits in the background. I cannot wait to take the first sip.

First flavor is strong alcohol, but that quickly mellows out and this beer's true colors start to show. It's sweet, dark, roasty fruit. You can taste the wonderful oak flavor. It's deep and it sticks with you. Finishes with a boozy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is outstanding. Silky, with the perfect amount of carbonation for the style.

Overall, comparable with standard Pannepot, but just.. different.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle, 2008 vintage. Served in a DFH Signature glass, the beer pours a murky dark brown color with about a half inch light tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells like dark fruit, brown sugar, oak, molasses and a bit of rum. The taste is sweet and malty, it tastes like dark fruit, sweet spices, booze, molasses, brown sugar and a bit of peppery spice and oak. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and coating with moderate carbonation. I think this is a pretty good brew, I've liked the other Pannepot versions I've tried in the past, and this one is no different. Definitely worth trying!

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