Pannepot Reserva | De Struise Brouwers

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Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers
Belgium
struise.com

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-02-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,151
Reviews:
385
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
8.9%
 
 
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133
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230
For Trade:
19
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Photo of davelag
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Paulkasykes30
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of Kendo
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

About 10 months ago I set a lofty goal for myself: reach my 1000th beer review on BeerAdvocate.com before the end of the world (la fin du monde). For awhile I didn't think it was possible - I do have two kids and a full-time job after all. Well, here I am on 12/20/12 sitting at 999 beer reviews on BA.com. A process that I began in February of 2006 continues. Inasmuch as the Mayan calendar says we're all doomed tomorrow, what better way to go out than with my 1000th review?

Vintage 2008. Purchased a couple years ago; it was in my cellar until last night, when I moved it to the DBF. Here we go. . . .

A: Poured - carefully, so as to avoid disturbing the sediment - into my trusty Piraat tulipy-snifterish glass that has seen a significant number of those 999 beers. Body is cola-black with a small greyish head that settles quickly to leave a wisp of film on top. When backlit it's more chestnut-brown with ruby hues on the edges, and sediment/floaties are visible.

S: Very, very nice. First impression is the dark fruits. Raisins, plums, and some grapes. Also some spice - I'm thinking cinnamon, but maybe nutmeg as well. Also sugary - maybe light brown sugar and a touch of molasses.

T: First impression is the sugary sweetness of the taste and the heat of the alcohol at the back end. Sugar-dipped raisins and other dark fruit flavors (think prunes). A touch of sourness shows up at the back of the palate, but there's also a nice drying bitterness at the finish that at times seems tannic and makes me think of oak. Cinnamon and nutmeg spiciness is there at times, though in fairly modest amounts - the sugary sweetness dominates over the spices. As it warms and the palate adjusts to the sugary sweetness, I'm aware of a more vinuous, plummy character.

M: I'd call it medium-full in heft. Nicely creamy and yet fizzy (airy-fizzy, if that makes sense, kind of like I've come to expect from the best Belgians). That active but fizzy carbonation seems to help the flavors explode in your mouth. Nice dry finish, with a bit of sugar and the alcohol heat noted down the gulley.

O: Good stuff. A nearly 5-year-old beer that has held its carbonation quite well. It's a tad bit more sugary than I would like in order to give it a 5 in the taste category, but it's certainly deserving of just one notch lower.

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Photo of BartMcStout
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of jtdolla911
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of mechamifune
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
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 gtermi
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of Phelps
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

In my Lost Abbey glass, this beer is a murky, deep purple hue. About an inch of brown sugar-colored head fizzles quickly to a thin ring.

Sweet, rich nose. Dates, maple, brown sugar, chocolate, sherry. Just a touch lighter than I'd like.

Bigger, better, brighter flavor. The dark fruits are huge here -- raising, figs, dates. Tangy, like juice. The swallow brings a bit of chocolate and more than a little alcohol flavor. Maybe even some oak. I'm liking it more and more as it warms.

Moderate bitterness, mild alcohol heat. Silky medium body with mild, fizzy carbonation.

The dark fruits are a little too big and tangy for my tastes -- I prefer more of the deep malt flavors.

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Photo of stonermouse
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
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 TBoneJones
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pannepot Reserve 2009
Thick very dark brown/ black pour, with lighter brownish/ near-ruby highlights when held in the light. Real thick look to it, nice head fades quickly, but looks healthy.
Smells figgy and fruity, of dark types. Maybe a berry or licorice hint. Pleasant. Slight alcohol.  
Great mouthful upon first sip. It immediately reminds me of a tasty big quad like St. Bernardus. Oaky with dark fruit notes. Chocolate, nutty for sure, raisin as well. Smooth burning of a finish.
Mouthfeel is great with medium feel, ample carbonation. Alcohol present to the end.
This is a great Belgium take overall.

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Photo of mrebeka
4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of Bierman9
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This 0.33l bottle is courtesy of Brabander. Vintage 2009, with PNP No. 4 and best by date of 16/08/2016 on the label. Enjoyed outside on a breezy, Fall day...

Poured into a small tulip; it is a very deep, dark, opaque brown. Head is tan, foamy and fine, sitting at 1/2". Carbo is steady and plentiful, while the lacing is decent. Smells of ripe, dark fruit and some caramelized brown sugar. Body is medium-plus, and it is quite smooth heading down.

It does have some oak in the flavor, along with good doses of dates, raisins and figs. Mix in a touch of caramel and some hints of rummy brown bread And molasses next. It also has light touches of roasty bitterness. A tasty, well-made brew. Thnx, Thijs! Prosit!

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

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Photo of chugalug06
4.64/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2009

Very dark, just like plums and blood. Thick and viscous with a bubbly tan head.

Raisin, nutty, spicy, milky, chocolaty, caramel, and lots of toffee

Heavy, well thought out flavors. Grape notes are great; buried in the right amount of sweetness. Nothing heavy, just strong robust flavors. Very chewy and nicely heavily carbonated. Smooth, no heat.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! This brew flies sooo far under the radar it's not funny. Amazing Quad!

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Photo of eawolff99
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of draheim
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle (2008 - code A 4 DD) poured into a chalice. Pours a clear dark brown/mahogany with a soft, 1-finger khaki head that leaves behind a nice thin layer of lace.

Aroma is sweet candi sugar, dark fruit, spices and alcohol.

Taste is sweet dark malt, Belgian yeast, candied raisins and figs. Tons of plums, prunes, and other sweet sticky fruits. No hint of alcohol on the palate.

Mouthfeel is clean and smooth, just the right level of stickiness with a dry finish.

Overall a solid quad that hits all the right notes.

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Photo of Philousa
3.71/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 vintage.

Pours an inky mahogany with a bone colored head that is barely there. The foam comes up like a magic spell conjured from the drink, the bubbles small and delicate. Lots of vanilla with dark milk chocolate, wet oak, and an alcohol tinge in the aroma. There is some plum and other dark fruit in there, but you have to take a big whiff, since the chocolate is so prevalent. Lots of dark chocolate throughout the flavor profile. Young oak wood and subtle vanilla bean waft through. There is some definite plum and date flavors that are potent like a juice, but fleeting, like it's peeking it's head above the chocolate flavor for air. This beer is thick with flavor not unlike a brownie. This is a dangerous beer, as I cannot detect the alcohol at all. Feel is balanced with a somewhat dry finish. 

While I enjoyed this beer, I feel thre are more complex quads out there to be had for cheaper or the same price. The chocolate male is just too dominating.

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Photo of djcira
5/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of rapidsequence
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 vintage. Dont remember where I got it or how much it was.

Appearance: Pours a dark iced-tea brown with a significant amount of chill haze. The head and lacing are disappointing for a quad-- especially a real Belgian one.

Smell: Very sweet smelling dark fruit and Belgian yeast. Dark berries, plum, raisin. Cakelike. Some pear and apple. Spicy, but not too much. Vanilla and woody oak.

Taste: Similar to the smell, except that the spice is much more prevalent in the flavor, as is the oak. Dark fruit, caramel and cake are there, but more present in the finish. It seems overspiced to me, and although the oak is nice, I think its a bit overdone too.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is slightly low I feel, and the oak and booze thins the overall feel a bit. Not at all bad, but not perfect.

Overall: A damn good quad. I like the oak, but I'm not sure its any better than the regular Pannepot.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.77/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

09 vintage totally not worth the hype. pours a clear caramel color with a red trace and a minimal white head that fades to nothing in seconds. the smell is just fine, sweet residual sugars from a big ass malt profile, a touch of molasses, and plento of booze. the flavor is a letdown to me though. it has none of the complexity im accustomed to in a quad. nothing woody about this, nothing spirited and clever in the malts used, and just way too much sugar and booze. this is not an elegant beer. the mouthfeel is flat and watered down, made caustic from the alcohol, which should have mellowed out by now. sticky sweet feeling left after the last sip, a funny buzz, and a turning tummy. this isnt anywhere near one of the best quads ive had. good beer by other standards maybe, or maybe my bottle was bunk, but this was a huge letdown for me.

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Photo of mtbdonn
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of AdamBear
4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2009

A-very dark brown with a thin tan head

S-strong dark belgian grains and caramels. some brown sugars. smells potent. some oak in there.

T-comes in with amazing taste of creamy dark belgian malts and dog breath. ooo this tastes like a true belgian. some peppercorn. oh this beer just makes love to every inch of my mouth. it pleases every sense. i'm truly impressed. the after-taste is awesome with good dark belgian malts and sugars. wow this is a good beer.

M-so thick and creamy. good amount of carbonation with a dry finish

O-i think every sip i take, i taste something new and different. this beer is too complex to accurately review. so much is happening. so much is going on. its so drinkable. i'm not sure where the 10% is, because i can't taste it in this quad. simply put, best quad i've ever had.

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Photo of uvm2003
3.25/5  rDev -23.9%

Pannepot Reserva from De Struise Brouwers
4.27 out of 5 based on 1,151 ratings.
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