Pannepot Grand Reserva
De Struise Brouwers

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Quadrupel (Quad)
4.33 | pDev: 9.7%
De Struise Brouwers
Retired (no longer brewed)
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RblWthACoz from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is as smooth a quad as you will ever be able to find. I'm letting it warm up a bit to see if some additional character comes out on it, but there are some matured wood tones with the calvados peeking through. Well, sometimes it seems a bit more than just peeking through. Apple tones can be there pretty clearly. This is as easy-drinking for a quad as it's gonna get. A real nice production.

Aug 17, 2012
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hooliganlife from Missouri

4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

grand reserva vintage

pours quite still, dark thick cola black. basically no head

sweet dark fruit candy, faint leather, sherry, and plum.

has some oxidation for sure however i do not feel its taking away from the flavors. the sherry flavor is quite nice. well rounded subtle complex dark fruits and rich candy.

mild to moderate carbonation, just enough to liven up the body and the flavors. felt it complimented the flavors perfectly.

old, yes. but still drinking well IMO

Apr 29, 2014
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Roguer from Georgia

4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours a nice dark purplish brown, topped my a modest light brown head. Retention is fantastic, with a thin, 1/8" remainder lasting for ages.

Incredible aroma, deep, sweet, slightly boozy, and packed with flavors. Dark fruit, grapes, chocolate, with soft vanilla, oak, and tannin on the back-end.

Flavor follows: this brew is just swirling in deep fruit flavors from the first sip - grapes, cherries, and prunes. Huge bready malts - fruit bread, banana bread, whole grain wheat all blended together with syrup into a smoothie. Bitter chocolate and tannins round out the finish.

Despite the high ABV (and associated aroma), this beer is impressively smooth. A touch of foaming at times; a bit lively up forward; a minor amount of alcohol heat around mid-palate and on the finish. Long, lingering wet finish. Thick, smooth, and creamy.

Without hyperbole, this is one of the best beers I have ever had, and made itself known as such from the very first sip. It is sweeter than most traditional Quads, but is an absolute delight to drink.

2010 Vintage - yet another fantastic Belgian brew that shows only improvement over time, with zero negative oxidation effects whatsoever.

Jun 30, 2015
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Gueuzedude from Arizona

4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2005 Vintage Best by date December 2012; Sampled September 2008
A vigorous pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip glass produces a tightly packed, initially three-finger thick, beige-tan colored head. The beer is a dark, concentrated plum color with quite a bit of concentrated brown. When held up to the light the beer shows a hazy, dark cranberry hue. The aroma is a mix of dark fruit, sweet spiciness, toasted nut notes and some malty, maillard like, almost oxidation induced umami notes. The nose has specific notes of bergamot, mix with earthy coriander, rich clove, caramelized brown sugar, rich molasses rum notes, light cardamom that gets a bit cola like, as well as rich fruity notes of toasted figs, prunes and caramelized raisins. The finish has a nice toasted whole grain bread note that takes on a certain nuttiness, this last accentuated by a touch of light sherry character. This is definitely a rich smelling brew, lots of concentrated, dark leaning malt notes mix quite well with the soft spice notes.

Quite fruity tasting with a certain sweetness and an off-setting tartness. The finish has a nutty, sherry like edge to it that is definitely signs of oxidation / age, but adds to the complexity instead of detracting. This beer seems to have just started to age a bit around the edges. I lick my lips from the first sip and I get a distinct flavor that is a mix of tart tamarind and brown sugar. Fruit flavors definitely play a role here, more specifically dark fruit notes of concentrated raisins, prunes and a touch of citrus infused figs. Lots of concentrated malt notes intermingle with the fruit; distinct malt notes of molasses, toasted malt in the finish and perhaps a touch of grain astringency, while the intermingled fruit / distinct malt flavors have me noticing notes of dark rum, brandy and some salty tamarind notes. There is definitely a distinct, yet soft tartness to this beer that makes the creamy body and rich mouthfeel seem a bit lighter than it actually is. The oak character is actually quite soft, almost non-existent, though there is just a touch of spicy oak in the finish as well as a touch of a tannic boost. Spice notes play a slightly lesser role in the flavor, but do still contribute notes of vanilla, clean coriander, clove, perhaps a touch of all spice and a finish that has a spicy cola / cardamom note to it.

This seems to be just getting in to its own right now and this, the 2005, vintage probably still has quite a long way before it starts deteriorating; the best by date of 2012 is definitely not a joke. I am really enjoying this beer. The oak character is very soft, which is nice, with the biggest influence being the rum / brandy notes picked up from the calvados cask. This is a very good beer, one which I easily wish I had more than 330ml of; my bottle is gone way to fast leaving me really wishing that I had more. If I could make this better I would add a touch more tartness, the lactic note that is here is quite soft and there is lots of fruit and malt character that could easily balance out a touch more sourness.

Sep 16, 2008
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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Roasted pecan brown that becomes darkest black cherry when backlit with bright morning sun. A louder than expected 'pffft' on crown cracking has resulted in nearly half the snifter being filled with fluffy light brown sugar colored foam. Whether much lace ends up sticking on not, this is wonderful looking beer.

The nose would be more enjoyable (and more complex) if it was bolder. Medium-dark fruit and a potpourri of herbs and spices are appreciated. Woodiness is definitely present, but no one could have guessed that what makes Grand Reserva unique among the Pannepot brews is the fact that it was aged in French oak that had previously held Calvados (apple brandy).

I'm not groovin' on this one as much as I did on Old Fisherman's Ale (Denmark Version). It seems too tart for a quadrupel and doesn't have the flavor depth that I remember. Things are coming together a bit better as it warms, but 4.5 for flavor isn't a serious consideration.

Specifics include brown bread soaked in caramel, tart apples, tangy plums, golden raisins, citrus zest and assorted spices. Regarding the identifiability of ingredients other than malt, hops and yeast... cinnamon (yes), orange peel (yes), coriander (maybe) and thyme (no). Clove esters from the Belgian yeast are noted as well. Alcohol is... what alcohol?

The final pour adds an even darker murkiness to the beer. Oddly enough, flavor intensity and complexity are not affected. Considering the fact that PGR was brewed in 2005 and bottled in 2007, the mouthfeel has held up pretty well. It's light-medium for the style and the ABV, but it works.

Aging an outstanding quadrupel in Calvados barrels sounds like a good idea, but it didn't contribute anything worthwhile in the end. I don't care whether or not Grand Reserva is brewed again, as long as De Struise Brouwers continues to provide us with the standard Pannepot Fisherman's Ale. Thanks to biegaman for the bottle.

Jul 17, 2009
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Incredibly complex and melded together beautifully, all components- from barrel to fruit, from spice to sweetness, from vinous to malt all fit together in a seamless and decadent taste.

Its deep russet brown is ominously dark, approaching a stout-like austere. With a simmering froth constructing on top, its sultry aromas are bountiful with candied scents of plum, blackberry, raisin and cherry. Further reinforced in its sweetness, light maple and brown sugar wrap the fruit in a cake-like cocoon.

With notions of fruitcake swirling on the palate, a spicy balance introduces red wine, oak, peppercorn, and a supple fennel earthiness. Its full middle lays on the tongue with a boozed sweetness seemingly of rum cake to highlight elements of cinnamon and nutmeg.

Its long and decadent finish is slow to release. As its sweetness gently rolls off the palate, its brandy head builds and those apple influences take hold. Slight numbing warmth and wood spices give a soft dryness to the otherwise savory dessert beer.`

Sep 17, 2014
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haz77 from Australia

4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2005 vintage.

A - Pours an opaque, near black, brown with an inch of slightly frothy tan head. This falls to a thin layer of the course of a minute. All as expected.

S - Coffee, cocoa, caramel, cinnamon and other spices, cola, dried dark fruit, light grassy hops, a hint of port.

T - Initial dark fruit is moved aside by caramel and cocoa in the middle. Finish is coffee and grassy hops with a background chocolate note in the aftertaste. Also a lingering flavour of sweet wine. Layers of interest and complexity. Delicious.

M - Liquid velvet. Initially full bodied, with a light spritz of carbonation. The bubbles subside for the most part and the mouthfeel takes on a rich, creamy texture. This never becomes overpoweringly syrupy or cloying and the remaining carbonation and hops cleanse the mouth by the finish. Simply perfection.

D - A magnificent brew. Not drastically different from Pannepot (although the Grand Reserva has a more noticeable sour edge from recollection), but that certainly isn't a bad thing.

Jan 16, 2012
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Damian from Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 33 cl bottle
Vintage 2006
PNP No.4
Best Before M(arch) (20)14
Served in a chalice
Acquired in a trade with xpimptastikx

The liquid poured an opaque, dark brown color (bordering on black) with a tight, creamy, one and a half finger tall, beige-colored crown. More stout-like in appearance than a typical quad. The head slowly receded to a resilient film. Scraggly pieces of lacing clung to the glass.

Not much happening in the way of the nose initially. Dark malts and candi sugar notes were detectible. Slightly roasty with a crisp, powdery dryness. Hints of ripe fruits were also noticeable. As the beer warmed, sweet caramel notes and some booziness came out as well. Oaky with indications of brown sugar.

The flavor profile was similar to the nose. Deeper and darker than your average quad. Malty up front with dark candi sugar notes and a distinctly Belgian yeastiness. A touch roasty. Coffee notes were apparent. Spicy. Fruity and slightly sweet in the center. Brown sugar was noticeable as well. The lingering finish was crisp, dry, woody and a bit sour. For a beer aged on French oak and Calvados wood, the oaky/woody presence was surprisingly subtle. At 10% ABV, this beer hid its alcohol prowess remarkably well.

The mouthfeel was uniquely Belgian. Light and frothy on the palate with a fine, aggressive carbonation. The bubbles were actually a bit distracting. As the beer sat, the carbonation settled down to a more appropriate level.

I have tried Pannepot - Old Fisherman's Ale and now Pannepot Grand Reserva and I cannot say that I was enamored by either of them. Between the somewhat muted flavor profile and the excessive carbonation, this beer simply did not do much for me.

Mar 23, 2011
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klipper from Michigan

4/5  rDev -7.6%

Nov 14, 2011
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benlhoest from Belgium

4.96/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Nov 01, 2015
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eric5bellies from Australia

3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Drank from my Westvleteren chalice, 2008 Vintage

A - Pours a dark cola colour with a one fingered head that reduces quickly to a film.

S - Plenty of malts with oak and a dark fruit aroma

T - Plenty of dark fruit, molasses, brown sugar but not much oak.

M - Medium body with low carbonation.

O - A little disappointed with this beer. Not enough oaky flavours and considering its so hard to get I wouldn't bother.

Sep 03, 2013
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kscaldef from Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

Oct 18, 2013
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KG710 from Georgia

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Jun 29, 2014
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Georgiabeer from Georgia

4/5  rDev -7.6%

Jul 22, 2014
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starrdogg from District of Columbia

4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to dyan for this one - thrown in as an extra!

2005 Vintage, served alongside a 2007 regular Pannepot.

A: Pours a dark brown, but significantly lighter than its non-BA brother. It's got very little head and minimal lacing, both noticeably less than the regular.

S: Smell is very similar to the regular. It's got the same caramel/molasses sweet cola smell, but with a hint of brandy and alcohol in there.

T: While the smells of the two beers are similar, the tastes are quite different. It's noticeably sweeter than the regular one and has more dark fruit flavor - the brandy is there, but definitely doesn't overwhelm the beer like some brandy barrel beers. The caramel malts are definitely still there, but they're more subdued and the roastiness only comes out subtly in the finish. Some oak comes through in the finish as well.

M: The mouthfeel is a bit thinner than the regular and it's significantly less carbonated.

O: Trying this side-by-side with the regular was a very interesting experience. Both beers are excellent, but I'd give the slight edge to the regular due mainly to a slight edge in mouthfeel. I also feel like the sweetness of the Grand Reserva might make it tough to drink more than one bottle, where the regular Pannepot is just so easy to drink. Overall, however, I'm just nitpicking. Both are great beers.

Nov 13, 2011
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Corson from Canada (AB)

4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Aug 23, 2016
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seaoflament from California

4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hoppymeal and ygtbsm94 each for a bottle of this beer.

Pours a muddy cola color with a decent inch of foam. The head quickly dies down to a ring with some activity in the center thanks to my Chimay goblet.

Wow, the aroma is pretty darn good. First I pick up a deep malt aroma, very toasted and sweet. Then I get a whiff of apples, spices and coffee in the back. This one keeps getting more complex as it breathes and warms up. I can now detect some oak, chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, grapes, and a bit of a vinous character hidden in the back, which also comes across as tangy or sour. Dark Belgian candy is also noticeable. Tobacco and hints of brandy (from the calvados) also in the mix and seems to intensify every minute. Another aroma I'm able to identify is woodsy licorice. A little floral hop profile on the nose with hints of vanilla, raisins, and prunes. Spicy raisin bread comes to mind as it warms up.

The taste is just as intense as the aroma. Quite a bit of chocolate, coffee, and toasted malts upfront and followed by some spiciness and dried fruits in the middle. Oak finish with a more subtle chocolate/coffee flavor in the aftertaste. Apple skins, grapes and dried fruits in the aftertaste as well. There is an apple sourness at the very beginning with some brandy flavor then the rush of sweetness from the malt comes through and a pleasant dryness finishes it all off...really well done. Again I get a floral profile just as in the aroma. A tad of smoke near the end as the beer warms up. It just gets better as it warms up, quite a bit of calvados flavor. I'm almost done with this beer, about 1hr later, and I'm still picking this one apart! Now I'm tasting some slightly sour cherry flavors.

Very good carbonation, delicate on the palate but just a tad watery near the middle. Finish is creamy. The alcohol is almost non-existent to me in this beer.

There is so much going on with Pannepot Grand Reserva but it blends very well.

Oct 14, 2008
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kjkinsey from Texas

4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

May 02, 2015
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CavemanRamblin from North Carolina

4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

May 15, 2015
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Beerzebub from California

4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 bottle. Rich, dark, malty, bready aroma, with a bit of dark chocolate, and some dark fruit along the lines of dates and prunes. On the palate there is a touch of acidity, which adds some freshness and works well with the rich malty/bready/chocolaty flavors. Tasty; complex; full of flavor but mellow and balanced; this has aged gracefully. No discernible alcohol. No overt oak. No explicit oxidization, just some delicate nuttiness. Fine, creamy carbonation; some richness to the texture, but not at all heavy. Quite nice.

Jul 05, 2015
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DJButters from California

5/5  rDev +15.5%

Nov 14, 2011
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Fox82791 from New York

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Nov 13, 2014
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srandycarter from California

4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a prunish cola, not much off white head, leaves to ring. Persistent clinging bubbly lace.

S - Very wine like in the nose. Like champagne and barley mixed together.

T - Taste follows smell. If blindfolded, you might be fooled at initial taste that you are drinking wine. Barley dense sweet surrounds to quash that note.

M - Medium solid body, good coat carb and balance.

D - For the style, very.

Aug 20, 2009
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mentaltraveller from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a nearly perfect quad—pick this up if you can find it. This is a very complex beer; Belgian yeast, sugar and alcohol are all present. This beer is a sipper, but very easy to drink. I am glad we picked up a few of these in Belgium; I will hopefully get the chance to enjoy one or two more.

Dec 12, 2011
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Faroveryonder from Missouri

4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 19, 2015
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