Dismiss Notice
We're celebrating 10 years of BeerAdvocate magazine with $10 print subscriptions for US residents.

Subscribe now!

Pannepot Reserva | De Struise Brouwers

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
BA SCORE
95
world-class
382 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Pannepot ReservaPannepot Reserva
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers
Belgium
noordhoek.com

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-02-2007

BEER STATS
Reviews:
382
Ratings:
1,130
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
15.26%
 
 
Wants:
131
Gots:
229
For Trade:
20
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 382 | Ratings: 1,130
Photo of pmccallum86
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 Vintage

Pours a beautiful brown color with a light off white head.

Smell is of Belgian yeast, dried fruits, and nutmeg. Very nice

Great dried fruit flavors up front with a hint of oaky vanilla in the finish. Very complex, slight heat.

Mouthfeel is full with medium carbonation.

Overall a great quad, I am a fan.

 321 characters

Photo of ricke
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 vintage.

A: Dark reddish brown with a medium-sized pale beige head. Good head retention and nice lacings.

S: Deep and rich malty aromas. Lots of fruity notes (cherries, plums, figs, currants) - this is like a fruit basket! Tagging along the fruits are notes of wood, cola and chocolaty fudge, and wonderful caramel notes. Very vinous. Some spicy yeast. Very complex, almost overwhelming.

T: At first, the taste is very very reminiscent of red wine- fruity notes, wood, earth and spices make for one vinous experience. After a few sips, things get easier to sort out and the red wine character decreases to some extent. Some malts, but not very powerful. Lovely balance of sweet caramel, fudge, and notes of ripe dark fruits (but not as complex as in the smell). Dry woody notes linger on, Belgian yeast, spices and earth. The sweetness is balanced by a gentle tart note that sticks around to the finish. The finish is mildly bitter with notes of well integrated warming alcohol, currants, wood, mild phenols and hints of iron. Beautiful and rich, very well balanced.

M: Surprisingly light with rather high levels of carbonation. The mouthfeel definitely makes the beer dangerously easy to drink.

D: Very good, better than the Grand Reserva version.

 1,258 characters

Photo of macher0
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft at the Holy Grale in Louisville, Kentucky.

Dark ruby red to brown appearance. The nose is of sweet plums and cherries. The taste is very strong with dark malts, figs, plums, dried cherries, and a little smoke. Very smooth for an old. Overall very nice. It's definitely recommended.

 292 characters

Photo of BeerNemesis
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pannepot Reserva - Old Fisherman's Ale | 330 ml. | 10.0% ABV | 2008 vintage

Brewer: De Struise Brouwers
Style: Quadrupel (Quad)
Glass: Duvel tulip

Presentation:
The label looks something like a Roman mosaic of a sailboat. It looks very good.

Appearance:
Murky brownish-red. The anemic, mocha-milky head settles into a thin and disparate layer of bubbles.

Aroma:
Hmm, not getting too much out of the nose. Reminds me of toasted whole grain bread and raisins.

Taste:
Complex, uncompromising taste. It seeps deep into the tongue infusing it with the hefty sweetness of dark fruits--plums, raisins, and fig. Dark caramel and warm molasses round out the fruity flavor. It is toasted grain--charred bread crust to be exact--that creates the platform atop which intricate flavor structures assemble, stretch, strive, and erupt into a kaleidoscopic array of flavors. Orange peal, coriander, and ground pepper are imbedded into undulating walls of oaky malts. And then a vinous undercurrent threatens to plunge the whole proposition into chaos. The tannic transmutes, in the end, into something more like anise, silky, funky and expansive. Alcohol is infused into everything. It accompanies all stages of development.

Mouthfeel:
Heavy, almost viscous. Carbonation is there but you don't notice it.

Harmony:
A beautiful drink. It will leave you tired, but not weary. There is a feeling of accomplishment that grows throughout the process of understanding how all the flavors develop and coexist harmoniously.

Would I get it again?:
Oh yeah.

Bottled: ?
Served: December 8, 2010

 1,584 characters

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

Pours dark brown with a beige head. Aroma is vinuous with some dark fruits and a smidge of coffee. The vinuous character appears again in a big, big way in the taste - absolutely delicious. It's backed up by a dark fruit character with subtle notes of chocolate/coffee. Also layered with spices and brown sugar. Mouthfeel is excellent. Medium-heavy bodied with perfect carbonation.

This really is a tremendous beer. I was seriously disappointed by Pannepot and found it overly roasty. However, the barrel aging has completely muffled those notes in the Reserva and added a huge vinuous character. Phenomenal quad.

 614 characters

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

2008 Reserva poured into a Rochefort goblet.

Pours a very dark maroon with a 1.5 finger head that fades fairly quickly.

A nice nose with cinnamon, cloves, vanilla, prunes, and other miscellaneous baking spices.

Very, very thick and viscous in the mouth; it is almost like drinking a creamy milkshake.

Warm flavors with a bit of bubblegum, clove, molasses, coffee grounds, raisins, vanilla bean, rum, and cherry. A boozy finish warms the belly.

Despite all of the flavors present in the beer (and there are many), the tastes are surprisingly subtle, never knocking you over the head. A wonderful beer, nicely balanced, but I sort of wanted all of these flavors amplified about 10-15%.

That said, this is tremendously drinkable and I highly recommend it to any who can get their hands on one.

 796 characters

Photo of spdyfire83
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

234th Review
33cl bottle poured into wine glass
Vintage: 2009
Lot 32253728050711
BB: 16/08/2016

Enjoyed next to Pannepot (2010) and Pannepot Grand Reserva (2005)

A: Medium brown. Half (tan) fingernail head on gentle pour.

S: Smells of sweet toffee, oak, and raisin. Hint of spice, but loads of woodiness here. Very nice!

T: Soft balance of dark fruits and fig along with oak, toffee sweetness, and touch of spice. Warming booze rounds this one out, but the balance of oak and dark fruit is sublime.

M: Full bodied with even carbonation.

O: Of the three, this was my second favorite. The oak character adds a lot to this beer and I think it is very well balanced and smooth.

 679 characters

Photo of kiddynamite920
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: 2008 bottle. Very dark brown with a fingers worth of head, lacing already evident. Hints at a dark, red copper when light hits it.

S: Actually a bit light for how dark the beer is. Green apples and pears. The cherries and figs are definitely there, and it finishes with cinnamon and oak-y wood notes. Definitely one that aged gracefully.

T: Sweet, caramel with dark notes of fig and molasses. The light smells of the nose don't come through on the palate. Instead, this is where this beer shines. Brown sugar and vanilla extract. Some cherry and a bit of bitterness. Interesting beer.

M: Thick and chewy, full bodied and full of flavor that lasts for a while. Low carbonation that makes for a very smooth body.

O: This one is very enjoyable but, a bit on the raisin side for me. Sweet and viscous. Too much caramel and sweetness.

 836 characters

Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

appearance; rich, murky chestnut brown. Much carbonation and a tan collar but little to no head or lacing.

smell; a lot of malty sweetness with spices mingled in alcohol soaked plums and cherries.

taste; rich sweet malts balanced with alcohol bitters. Very rich notes of dark chocolate coated cherries and brown rum. Aftertaste is like walnuts(possible due to oak) and candied sugar. Really complex and wonderful.

mouthfeel; froathy and creamy, on the light end of medium bodied. Very easy to drink with a warm and soothing, alcoholic finish. Puckers the mouth slightly with a tannic bitterness(from the oak for sure).

overall; one of the best quads out there, definitely worth a try, taste great with Tilsit cheese.

 720 characters

Photo of infi
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage – poured into brandy snifter. A long time want!

Dark ruby red body with edges of light orange. No head emerging regardless of pour. But rather, a ring of thin, white and tiny bubbles lining the glass right above the alcoholic legs. Every swirl leaves a nice, thin film of legs on the glass. The smell carries a nice bready maltiness and dark fruitiness that is characteristic of many quadrupels. But the 3+ year aging on this has really shown with the mellowing of certain layers and emerging of further ones. The oak aging really shines through, as well as some caramel sweetness. There is also a sort of flat Dr. Pepper kind of essence in the glass. Very engaging.

The flavors begin with the oakiness and vanilla-esque tannins imparted on the beer. Incredibly good. Lots of nice yeasty breadiness still present on the palate, which then goes into the dark fig and prune-like sweetness. Great amount of earthy and musty qualities to the quad too, like going into an old basement or attic. Just all around old wooden characteristics. 10% alcohol has been tempered after the years of aging and leaves no presence of heat. This is really drinking brilliantly.

Mouthfeel is very smooth! As much carbonation is found visually, there is none to be found on the palate. It's like drinking a light syrup. Such a silky smooth feel. Really glad to have finally found and tried this beer after so long! One of the best drinking aged beers I've tried. Thoroughly delicious!

 1,481 characters

Photo of muttyd
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Deep amber/brown pour with a thin fizzy head that fades to just a faint ring. Coats the glass nicely. Big Belgian Quad aromas in the nose - loads of spice/clove, dark fruits, toffee malts, some burnt coffee notes as well. Pretty much what I expected, but still very complex. Taste follows the nose but the sweet (slightly boozy) big malt flavors really kick in. Not as thick/creamy as other quads I've had, but still a nice meal in a bottle. Glad I picked up a few bottles of this!

 481 characters

Photo of ptykozoon
3.55/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark woody, textured brown. Spotty islands, not too much of anything in the foamage dept.

Apple, belgian yeast, raisin, prune. Toned down however. I always feel like De Struise's beers should be more impressive in the nose dept.

Nutty, caramilzed sugar, light oak.

Alcohol very well handled.

Good quad, but lacks the umph. I think my bottle was an '06 or '08 or something. I'm gonna need one of these fresh as I doubt they get that much better with age. The ABV is perfect, but the flavors are DYING.

 504 characters

Photo of r0nyn
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into my DFH snifter. 2008 vintage shared with BAs infi, brun, NYManc and several others.

Deep hazelnut brown color fills the glass, coalescing into a translucent hue that lets light filter in very hesitantly. Smallish off-white head leaves a decent coating of sticky lacing as the liquid is swirled around to agitate the aromas. These aromas are of dark fruits, along with a fairly potent alcoholic twinge. Concentrated whiffs reveal vanilla and oak, tempered by the years in the bottle. Quite sweet and quite enticing.

I haven't had this beer fresh, but I can sort of imagine what it'd be like, just from what it tastes like now. The alcohol has definitely mellowed out, but is still prevalent and gives the taste a good bite. There's a complex mixture of flavors that only age can impart, including dried dark fruit, burnt caramel and an earthy oaked quality. It all comes together as a sweetish taste on the tongue, but not overly so. Mild yeasty notes show up on the backend, lending a pleasant breadiness to an already tasty brew. Mouthfeel is very smooth and silky, with just a hint of dryness. Not too much carbonation coupled with a medium body make for an easy drinking experience.

An exquisitely crafted quadrupel. I've thought the few that I've had in the past had a bit too much heat, but this beer strikes a good, age-evened balance and drinks very, very well. Extremely happy to have tried this.

 1,434 characters

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

Big thanks to my buddy Eric (turdfurgison) for this and my 100th review.

A: Pours a cloudy brown with a finger of tan head.

S: Caramel and bready malts with just a hint of banana. Warming brings out port like aromas and maybe some grape Nehi.

T: Sweet bready and caramel malts upfront followed by mellow alcohol heat. Dark fruits follow into some tobacco a hint of banana and then some smoke at the finish. Complex beer and if I sat here for an hour, I'm sure many other flavors would emerge.

M: Medium body with great carbonation. Sweet but not cloying.

O: I really enjoyed this beer and will drink more of this. Thanks again Eric.

 637 characters

Photo of Trilogy31
2.32/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

2008 riserva pours an oddly quick carbonated head that disappearsquicker than it came. The color is a cola brown, the color along with the head was very reminiscient of pouring a can of soda in a glass - a fleeting foamy head that leaves no trace. Nose brings fishermans friend cough drops, smoky caramel, and i am beginning to be concerned i have an off bottle very disappointing so far. A slight prune taste with simple caramel, oak and a hint of vanilla. There is literally no carbonation and everything is muted and muddled. I really hope this bottle is just off and will rereview when i open a new one.

 607 characters

Photo of thepeter
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage, poured a dark brown. murky, mohogany with not much of a head that turned to No head pretty quickly. Not very much lacing left either. Got some of the expected smells of dark fruit, yeast, roast nut, candy sugar spice and a bit of funk. Tastes were a muted version of the smell the dark candied fruit and yeast were certainly present, along with a nuttiness and a bit of tart funk, which I did not expect. the feel was quite smooth but not as creamy as I remember it being in the past. Never the less I could drink this till I pass out. the Alc is not very present and the flavors are all wonderful, plus, in the end I think my bottle was not as good as others. Not sure what happened but know this beer is better than my experience this time around.

 763 characters

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

2008 vintage

Appearance- Pour is a deep brown with a one finger off white head. Decent retention, some spotty lacing.

Smell- sweet and malty. lots of dark fruits, cherry, plum

Taste- Much like the aroma, dark fruits all over the place, a tad tart. Fairly complex, some earthyness from the oak barrels is coming through as well. Picking up some caramel and vanilla too. Alcohol is virtually undetected.

Mouthfeel- smooth and creamy. Goes down very easy.

Overall- Expensive... Yes. Worth it... Yes! This is excellent, its going to be tough to try to cellar my other bottles.

 578 characters

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

2008 vintage.

A- Hard pour produces a lopsided kahlua head. About a finger in height, with some tall standing bubbles on top. The brew is an opaque dark mohagony with some violet undertones. Appears to have some lacing on the sides.

S- First whiffs are actually vinous and grapelike. As I dig in there are more dark fruits and subtleties of oak. Some caramel, toffee, bready malt and candied sugar. Just a marvelous nose with lots of aromas that blend well.

T- Big on dark fruit. Lots of plums and figs. Theres a syrup like sweetness and malts. A bit of toffee and mary jane like candy that I get in a lot of dubbels. The oak from the barrel starts on the backend and its real nice. Its a nice smooth oak flavor.

M- Medium to full bodied quad with a medium amount of carbonation. Very smooth. Syrup like in texture. Some heat in the mouth as the booze hasn't completely gone away.

O- The nose was great, it was very easy drinking, but I expected a little more in the taste honestly. This is a great quad and I believe the age has helped. Not the strongest quad at 10% but the booze is definitely in the background and if this were fresh I could see it being harsh. Highly recommended. Will pick up another aged bottle if I see this on shelves.

 1,251 characters

Photo of Travlr
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage tasted at the Kulminator in September 2008.
A: Murky ruby red with thin white head.
S: Aroma of nutmeg and allspice, maybe some vanilla.
T/M: Full-bodied balanced malt, hops and spice - figs and dates, raisins, that vary throughout, Complex mix of flavors and a long bitter finish.
D: Outstanding brew.

 318 characters

Photo of NorCalYeti
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

taste- caramel, tart apple, brown sugar, popcorn, alcohol

color- deep amber/walnut brown

clarity- clear but dark and dense

smell- red wine, oak, whiskey, alcohol, shoe leather, tart, dark fruit, brown sugar, belgian yeast, biscuits

body- smooth on the palate, hop bite at the front of the mouth, pleasant medium-length finish, oily in the finish as the beer warms, well balanced although i think the hop component comes out on top

appearance- fine, soft, active carbonation although i did not agitate the beer when poured. thin off-white head with medium-weight lace and medium-length retention

overall impression- a great quad and one worth seeking out...a strong contender at 10%

notes and comments- this review is for a 2008 vintaqe. lots of yeast caked to the bottom of the bottle yet it didn't transfer to the glass...nice. first had this beer at trappist in oakland a couple of months ago

beer spy- monument liquors, concord ca, 12/1/10, $6.99, 11.2 oz. bottle

glassware: tulip

 992 characters

Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2008 vintage

Poured from 11.2 fl oz bottle into a RR snifter...

A - Pours a deep mahogany with a one finger tan head. Head dissipates at fairly hasty rate, but there is some sticky lacing to be had...

S - Sweet malts, dark fruits, belgian yeast, a little spice, and some alcohol. Alot sweeter scent than I was expecting...

T - Caramel, figs, plums, brown sugar, and some toffee. Don't pick up any oak. Ends with a good amount of sweet malt, and a touch of lingering dark fruit. Alcohol is present, but is not as prominate as it comes across in the scent. There is alot going on here, and sweet malts are definitely the base...

M - On the higher end of being medium bodied. Carbonation is on the moderate side, but it still prickles the toungue. A definite sipper...

O - Solid brew, but not worth the price-vs- bottle size imo. Was also a little bummed about the lack of oak. Good, but probably not something I will be going out of my way to obtain...

Cheers...

 967 characters

Photo of haz77
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage

A - Pours a very dark brown with a red hue when held up to the light. An inch of tight tan head recedes to a firm cap. Nothing to dislike here.

S - Coffee, cocoa, caramel, apple, rum, dark dried fruit, cinnamon, anise. Lovely complexity and depth.

T - Initial flavour is all dark dried fruit. Milk chocolate pushes through before being nudged aside by sweet caramel and a soft spike of rum in the middle of the drink. Finish is light medicinal phenols and soft drying bitterness of hops. Subtle herbal hops linger in the aftertaste along with dark chocolate and woodiness. Great balance and an adept transition of flavours.

M - Full mouthfeel is made lighter initially by refined, yet fizzy carbonation. Once this fades more creaminess evolves. Doesn't quite reach the same heights as the Grand Reserva I had recently, but certainly very good.

D - Another variation of Pannepot and another winner. So easy to sip despite packing a big punch. Alcohol only revealed in the rum note and lightly warming aftertaste, otherwise expertly masked. A cracker.

 1,067 characters

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

2008 vintage.

a - pour is dark brown with minimum head that dissipates immediately.

s - smell is carmalized brown sugar, plum, and spice

t - plum and brown sugar sweetness. very smooth. some booze flavor, but at 10% that's expected. some spice, but mostly a malty sweet flavor.

m - medium body. carbonation is low, but enough there to keep it from feeling syrupy.

overall - very tasty, I threw a second bottle in the cellar. This will age phenomenally. I'm surprised the lack of oak I taste/smell.

 502 characters

Photo of shleepy
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at The Refuge in San Carlos; cylindrical, slightly curved glass. (Pasting notes & ratings from smartphone notes taken a few months ago). I had the 2009 "vintage."

A: Black, with short, tan head.

S: Cant smell too much because of the glass (was filled up all the way)... Mainly just some oakiness.

T: Cherry, chocolate, oak, hazelnuts, and lots of vanilla. Very, very tasty, especially upon the first sip. A little vinous (in a good way), probably from the high alcohol %. Lingering cookie-like aftertaste.

M: Medium-heavy body; bordering on just plain heavy... Maybe would have called it very heavy if I wasn't hungry. Flat mouthfeel, as expected, but feels syrupy and creamy.

O: Rivals the great oak-ages imperial stouts for level of complexity and tastiness.

 772 characters

Photo of nkersten
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 bottle poured into a new belgium glass. Opaque brown with ruby edges, small mocha head with some lacing. Smell is caramel and sweet malt up front followed by wet barrel, sweet tobacco, and a hint of orange peel. Taste is not as big as I thought it would be. Only slightly sweet, caramel malts with a touch of bitterness and milk chocolate coffee. Doesn't have the characteristic quad yeast flavor i was expecting. Long roasty aftertaste and alcohol is very well hidden. Mouthfeel is more like a stout then a quad - medium to heavy and a mild carbonation. A great beer overall, although I am not sure it is completely within the style parameters. As far as the BA style description goes, it fits.

 700 characters

Pannepot Reserva from De Struise Brouwers
4.26 out of 5 based on 1,130 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • 10 Years of BeerAdvocate Magazine

    We're celebrating 10 years of BA mag with $10 print subscriptions for US residents!

    Subscribe