Pannepot Reserva | De Struise Brouwers

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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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Photo of DenverLogan
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

OK...doing a vertical of the 06, 07, and 08. The 06 had a small head, slight aroma of alcohol and caramel malts, and flavor of caramel malts, slight cider, some citrus and a decent lingering after taste. The 07 had a medium head, strong aroma of malts and alcohol, significant carbonation and some rough notes of malts and alcohol. The 08 was like wood cleaner, ethanol, and bandaids. I'll hope this was just a bad bottle!

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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 zoolzoo
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 Vintage

A: Murky looking brown color, one finger head, tiny floaties. Looks like carbonated apple cider.

S: Vinous...grape tartness, raisins and figs. A bready, honey drizzled note lingers in the background. A little bit of tingly alcohol, 10% rearing its head.

T: Sweet, spicy, and complex blend of dark fruits. Dark cherry, sweet plums, raisin. Candi sugar coats just about everything. Im not sure that I can recognize what the oak has contributed here, for better or worse. The finish is dry, slightly and pleasantly boozy.

M: Medium body, medium carb.

O: Overall an enjoyable quad. I guess I should try the other Pannepots too.

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

Great find a Vinnin Liquors in Swampscott, MA. 2008 vintage, poured into a snifter.

Pretty pour. Manhattan cocktail-colored, with a touch of red. Great lacing with a super head and perfect carbonation.

Smell is of toffee and dark fruit. It's a bit hot in the aroma, even at 4 years in.

Taste is wonderful, for a number of reasons. Complexity is number one. Mild sweetness compliments the plum and raisin primary flavors. There's a bit of musty wood from the oak, which, even though I haven't had the chance to try the regular Pannepot, seems to add depth and complexity to the flavor. Agrees with the aroma, in that there's still some booziness there. But it adds body and umph to the already impressive flavors here.

Mouthfeel is quite nice- just a bit sticky, with nice finishing flavors.

What a nice treat. I can count on one hand the number of Quads I've tried, and this one crushes all of them. I may need to look further into this style.

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Photo of mondegreen
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 Vintage, 11.2oz bottle. Poured into a balloon tulip.

Pours a cola brown. When held to the light, the soft brown flows into red highlights. A thin tan head bubbles up gently.

The nose is a delicate mix of spices, dark fruit, and subtle yeast.

Taste mirrors the smell, except there is a very very slight tart note on the tongue.

Mouth is nice and smooth, drinks great for a great big quad.

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Photo of foogerd
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage.

A- Dark dirty brown body, looks muddy. Coffee colored small head which died out to leave carbonation bubbles.

S- Smashed raisins, figs and tons of wood. Brown sugared malts as well.

T- Roasted nutty brown sugar, vanilla, light chocolate, some sweet dark cherry flavor. Woody spicy finish with a bit of bitterness seemingly from oxidation. Colder the brew tasted more metallic and bitter as it warmed up it grew to be sweeter and tastier.

M- Full bodied velvety feel.

D- Very tasty as it warms.

I bought two bottles im reviewing the second one I had, this one seems to have a metallic oxidized character when its cold, as opposed to the first bottle which was absolute perfection. So I am subjective considering that the first bottle really blew me away. I would have given the first bottle a 5 in taste.

UPDATE: I tasted a third bottle on 3/14/11 sans any oxidation which was seriously out of this world for a Quad, I have heard of some reports of oxidation but I would tell you to definitely take the chance. Im going to update my score on taste from a 4 to a 4.5

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Photo of wyattshotmaker
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a snifter, nice deep brownish amber color with nice lacing.

nose is boozey, oak, dark fruit, caramel.

big caramel and dark fruit flavor upfront, mild vanilla and toast, very boozey, slight medicinal phenolic flavor, finishes slightly dry with a subtle tannic note.

medium bodied, not too full, not overcarbed. very restrained but also very good.

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Photo of mechamifune
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a super deep red/near brown. Hardly any head to speak of....what is there is slightly tan, very whispy. Looks a little thin. Nothing offputting but nothing iniviting.
Smell is dark fruits, candi sugar and alcohol
Taste stays in line with the smell, followed by a distinct warming sensation. After a few sips I notice a lingering spicyness in the aftertaste
Mouthfeel seems a little thin given the abv . As I get further through the bottle though it starts to feel about right as the flavor profile doesn't overwhelm and feels smooth. Carbonation seems about right....a sipper for sure.
Overall this beer is about what you would expect if you are familiar with the style. A bit smoother than most (this being from 2008 helps that a bit I would imagine) in the genre. As with most quads and bsda's I can appreciate the complexity of the taste and can enjoy it as a slow sipper, but I just can't find that flavor note that makes me really fall in love with it the way I do a great IPA or IS. Then again, I paid $9 for 11.2 ounces of this, so maybe it's for the best.

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Photo of basica
4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - From a 2007 vintage bottle, pours an opaque dark amber-brown into my De Struise tulip yielding a three-finger thick, pretty and creamy tan head that grows slightly after the initial pour, retaining well and lacing the glass as it finally settles; a high scorer in the appearance department (5)

S - Rich nose of dark fruits, chocolate, caramel and a bready malt backing along with some yeasty notes (4.5)

T - Brown sugar sweetness upfront quickly breaking into intense notes of molasses, spices and dark fruits with suggestions of plums, grapes and raisins, all masterfully blended with a light touch of phenols; chocolates, dark fruits as well as hints of malts and oak were present in the slightly spicy and peppery finish (5)

M - Close to full-bodied thickness with minimal carbonation, going down with a creamy smoothness and a pleasant warming (4.5)

D - Almost flawless in general, with a complex blend of flavors that best appeal to my palates; extremely easy drinking albeit being a pretty bold and characterful beer at the same time. (5)

Compared to the 2006 Vintage regular Pannepot, the 2007 Reserva is clearly better. In the looks department, the Reserva was darker and the head formed with a creamy goodness as the beer poured. The nose is a tad bolder for the Reserva; taste was also bolder and sweeter yet with lower perceived alcholic phenols which were masterfully blended with the dark fruits and molasses making it extremely delectable. The thickness this time was done right as well though not yet perfect. Now this is setting a pretty high standard for the Grand Reserva that will come next in my horizontal tasting journey.

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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 paulozanello
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Pizzeria Paradiso.

Pours a very dark brown color, not quite black, with little to no light going thru the glass. Head is very silky and thin and has a beige color. No lacing on this one, after about 5 minutes it looks like a glass of wine.

Aroma could be a little stronger and I get lots of dark fruit, raisins, yeasty esters and a port-wine/alcohol note in the end.

This beer tastes very good. Lots of dark fruit (plums, figs, raisings) upfront with a honey-like sweetness throughout. Towards the end of the sip I can definitely get some oak character along with a hint of noble hops. The aftertaste is very rich and yeasty with some alcohol warmth and red grape astrigency.

Body is medium to high and carbonation is on the lower side making this beer incredibly smooth. I find it hard to believe that it is 10% abv.

Very pleasant on the palate and highly drinkable, this is what Belgian beer is all about.

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Photo of areich6
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed with my good friend pchul4.

A: Pours with very little, light colored head. Dark brown coloring that looks pretty inviting.

S: Smells like dark fruits such as plums and black cherries. However, it also smells a little like bourbon to me, which is weird cuz it isn't bourbon barrel aged. Idk.

T: Really good. Tastes pretty similar to how it smells, with the dark fruits, but I can also make out a slight citrusy flavor, in addition to a very faint caramel like flavor. The dark fruit taste lingers in the mouth for a while. Cannot taste the alcohol barely at all.

M: Very smooth, with no bite from the alcohol, a little creamy and very drinkable.

O: This is a very good quad.

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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

*11.2 oz. Bottle* (2008)
I've been wanting the Pannepot Reserva for a long time. Went to Max's seeing they had the Reserva 2009. I tried a sample and it was delicious! So I seen this little goober staring at me in the fridge. I said, "That bottle is definitely coming home with me today"! Well, enough of my chatter box, (Coffee is kicking in). Lets get down to business. I poured this liquid into my Chimay Chalice.... Yes that is my goto chalice while reviewing brews. This brew looks like the standard BSDA and or Quad. Dark murky brown body with sediment chunks floating around. Looks like I'm going to enjoy this! There was no frothy head to speak of just a nice light khaki lacing around the Chalice. Well, we know what's next. The aroma on this brew is very complex of Sherry notes. Toffee mingled with dark fruits hints of raisins and tart cherries. There is charred oak that gives off a smoked meat note. There was a subtle amount of spicy yeast character and hints of alcohol. Yes this smell is outrageous! Yup, now its time to sacrifice. This tastes like the nose details. Dark fruits and Sherry notes of toffee and hints of alcohol. Yet not offensive. There is a subtle touch of chocolate and mild vanilla that paves a way for a toasted nut finish. More vanilla in the aftertaste which I am a fan of! The flavor is very mellow yet takes your palate on a joy ride. The feel on this brew is Medium-light with soft velvety carbonation.

Overall: Bam! This beer packs some enjoyment factor for me. This beer so far is my highlight of 2014. I should go back to Max's and get the 2005 Vintage. This brew is delicate and still takes you on a joy ride like it stole your neighbor's car. Belgian Strong Ales are one of my favorite styles of beer, and then age it in Oak Barrels? Yes, Please! This brew is Recommended.

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Photo of NoLiberty
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this lovely beer at Delirium Cafe in Brussels with GrassrootsVT.

App: Pours incredibly dark, almost black with a thick and chunky two finger head that leaves high lacing all the way around the glass. Head retains relatively well throughout the drink.

Aroma: This has a distinctly Belgian quality to it. The nose is of sweet malt, chocolate, and tart raspberry with subtle alcohol. The smell is overpowering and well balanced for the complexity. Refreshing and slightly sweet. Dried fruit, prune, fig and tartness as the beer begins to warm.

Taste: Very soft and smooth. Nutty and malty. Finishes sweet and just slightly tart with a nice alcohol warmth and taste. Softness of oak but very little other oaky characteristics.

Mouth: The mouthfeel is fantastic. Really mild with medium body. Soft and smooth, with really nice gentle but ery present carbonation.

Drink: Incredibly drinkable for a ten percenter, made quenching by the fresh tartness.

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Photo of ahq514
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into St Bernardus chalice. 2008 vintage. Bottled April of 2009 according to the label.

Pours a very dark amber color, but I wouldn't call it brown. Suspended yeast floating around. A thin head that leaves off white bubbles on top. Appears to have fairly low carbonation. Not much lacing.

Aroma is very complex and the aromas are very well integrated so it is hard to pick up a lot of specifics for me. There is a strong dose of oak. Typical quad qualities - sweet, strong malt, low amount of hops, and dark fruits and spiciness from the yeast. Very nicely balanced.

Very smooth. Like I mentioned in the aroma, it is a nicely balanced and well integrated beer. There are some oaky, vanilla like characteristics but they are much more subdued than I would have imagined. The oak plays more a part in the finish. Up front is sweet, strong doses of malt. Yeast characteristics make their way in with a stronger case for the spice, but still with a nice dark fruit presence. Then the oak makes itself known, but plays more of a complementary role than a dominant one.

Nice just less than full body. Lower carbonation. The age on this bad boy has made it very drinkable. No alcohol bite.

This is a great quad. Very complex, not over the top, nice complementary oak, well balanced. Hope to get my hands on another vintage of this beer.

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Photo of ryrust5301
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 vintage poured from a 12oz. bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet.

Appearance - Pours a dark dark brown, almost black. Head checked in at a respectable 1/2 finger length. Color of the head was an off white almost tan color, and left a nice thick halo effect with a thin coating on top.

Smell - Very dry with a smell of roasted coffee. Dark fruits are definitely the headliners in the nose. Brown sugar blends in with a nice malt for some sweetness.

Taste & Mouthfeel - This beer is big and flavorful, and gets better and better with each sip. Very crisp and punchy in the beginning with loads and loads of dark fruit. Huge huge sweet malt lays down a backbone for this beer. The finish is not to be outdone as this brew closes with a sweet drying finish unlike any brew i've had before. Chocolate and spices play a nice role as well.

Drinkability - I've only had the Danish version of this one, and would love to see how the American version pairs up. A very unique brew, and one I tend to enjoy. Very complex and very sweet to boot. Sweetness keeps the drinkability down.

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Photo of YaKnowBrady
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

1st Review:

Poured from a 330 ml bottle, 2008 vintage, into a La Chouffe Tulip, served at about 50 Degrees F. Poured 3/4, swirled the remainder and added to the glass. Emptied the bottle, so hazier than a clear pour. Purchased at Burlington Canal's, $10.49 per bottle. Bought in September '10.

Looks a dark, acorn brown and hazy, with a constant effervescence, but little head retention. Very little lacing, and could see the liquid from the top of the glass. Got a bit more foam with the pour of the last 1/4 of the bottle, swirled with the sediment.

Smell of raisins, figs, and a roasty malt, intermittent with clove and coriander. Get your nose close enough and the fizziness will burst into your nostrils, which isn't a bad thing.

Tastes similar to the nose, but you sense the alcohol quickly, but fades after a couple of sips. As it warms, the toffee and oakey aromas are palpable, and the hops begin to come through.

My all time favorite Belgian beer. I know those are strong words, but this Quad is the strongest of contenders. Pricey, but worth every penny. Has improved with age as well, glad I waited an extra 6 months after purchase to review it.

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Photo of pdoran10
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a dark brown color that lets almost no light through into a pint glass. One finger of off white head that leaves impressive lacing.

Smell is brown sugar, sweet cantdy breaded malt, a hint of alcohol heat.

taste is sweet nutmeg and nutty up front. A complex blend of Belgian malt sweetness and molasses. Very interesting flavors.

thick mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. very robust well made beer here.

Highly drinkable quad not much alcohol heat. Really nice smooth beer.

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Photo of Gfunk720
3.63/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2008 bottle, out of my 3Floyds glass.

A- Dark dark murky brown, almost blackish. It's quite creamy looking, with a small off white head. Light lacing...

S- The first thing that came to mind was a can of dip. I get some light oak and sweetness, but mostly tobacco.

T- I was expecting the worst with the tobacco smell, but it is pretty good. Smooth with a light sweetness. A nice blend of flavors, with notes of dark fruit, tobacco, and oak.

M- It's not light in body, but just a little watery. Has a nice mouthfeel though, and solid aftertaste.

O- Not bad. Not nearly worth the money paid for it. I'd much rather have a Weyerbacher Blasphemy or something similar. None the less, it's a solid quad with some light barrel flavor. Nothing crazy.

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Photo of 05Harley
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2008 Lot C 4 DD

Purchased through Lakeview Liquors, Chicago, Illinois

Price - $9.04/bottle

Appearance: A murky reddish brown pours from the bottle with bits of sediment followed by a lite tan head which appears briefly for a moment before fading out and retreating to the edge of the glass. Lacing tries to make a stand but falls slowly back into the liquid sensation.

Smell: The nose is filled with grapes, plums, cherries, spices and wood.

Taste: A near perfect balance between sweet and bitterness. Brown sugar, vanilla and oak. This is where this beer shines.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with a medium to thick body. Very little carbonation almost flat like. Dry in the finish.

Drinkability: Bring it on. At 10% its super smooth and dangerous if your not careful. Though I prefer the regular version over this, it still stands out as another fine offering from a great brewery.

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Photo of Kshock
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Very nice, deep ruby red color. little head retention, does have a nice lace. The head is a slightly off white color.

S- Very mild aroma, but is reminiscent of dark fruits. You can get a slight oak aroma out of it.

T- This beer has an awesome blend. You get dark fruits, brown sugar, and oak. All blend very seamlessly and has an amazing finish to it.

M- Another area where this beer shined. Incredible soft mouthfeel, with almost no residual flavors.

D- For a barrel aged Quad, this drinks very nicely. Could be a very dangerous combination :)

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Photo of schlimenhaumer
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 2008 bottle into a Delirium tulip at low altitude. Expectations are quite high given the rating and recommendations from friends.

A: Pours a beautiful opaque ruby color with a creamy two-finger off-white head that fades away to a cap that lasts all the way through. Heavy lacing.

S: Maraschino cherries, caramel, some spice and a bit of oak. Alcohol is present in the background. The smell is good, but not quite excellent.

T: The taste is much more complex than I expected after smelling this. Cherry fruitiness up front gives way to prune and candy sugar sweetness; it's easy to appreciate the oak aging here. There's plenty of spice toward the end, most notably coriander. The finish is slightly boozy and cleanses the palate for the next sip.

M: Medium-bodied and quite dry. Suits the flavors nicely, but it's not particularly impressive.

D: This is a very good beer -- especially in terms of flavor -- but it could definitely use some improvement in terms of mouthfeel. The alcohol comes through to a significant extent and makes this one a bit of a sipper.

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Photo of IPA35
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage

A really dark brown beer, hardly any light coming through at all. A medium off white head with reasonable retention. Beautiful.

Smells very good: big sweet dark fruits in here, caramel/brown sugar, oak, vanilla. Basically a nice quad with quite some oakiness.

The taste starts out with fruity sweetness. Nice and than it moves towards a more malt dominated taste. Quite a dry, roast-like maltiness. The oak gives it that distict woody, vanilla and toffee flavour, especially in the aftertaste. It works really well with this beer. Complex. A tasty brew for sure.

The mouthfeel is medium, for example the Westvleteren 12 has a more rich mouthfeel. Still, this is not bad at all and still rather creamy. Low to medium carbonation, which fits the style if you ask me.

Overall a great beer, I really like what the oak did to this beer. Now I just need to try the normal version! My second beer from this brewery and again this is very good. I will look out for more of their beers!

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Photo of jcartamdg
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown almost black color with a paper thin head with great lacing for a quad. Aroma of caramel, figs and raisins. Tastes sweet and fruity, oak notes in the back. Thick and chewy yet easy to drink, not too boozy, the aging has done this beer some good

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Pannepot Reserva from De Struise Brouwers
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