Pannepot Grand Reserva | De Struise Brouwers

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Pannepot Grand ReservaPannepot Grand Reserva

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De Struise Brouwers

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of RockAZ
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

With all the excitement over the WestyV12, it was a good time to try this on draft and I found a new favorite. This has the power of an ancient Quad, the wine fruit scent and the deep dark earthy tastes that just gets better as it warms up. My new all time best beer of any style, could drink this exclusively if suddenly the rest of the world forgot all their beer recipes and all you could drink was this. Sorry I cannot include more descriptive terms, like steak, mushrooms and biscuits, but if you get the idea that this beer is awesome I have said enough.

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Photo of benbking
5/5  rDev +17.1%

2009 Vintage poured into a Westy chalice.

Spicy, fruits, a bit of jam. Creamy and smooth. Light head retention lingers as the level in my glass gets lower.
Almost couldn't believe I saw this on the shelf. 10/10. would buy again

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Photo of Doderlein_Bacillus
4.99/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Incredible beer. Aroma deep and complex. Wood, dark malts, candi sugar, fruits like figgs and dry raisins. It has a very dark brown appearance, the palate is quite exceptional. Taste is so smooth and so complex without being overdone

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Photo of Brabander
4.94/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

O my God! What is this for a brew? I know almost all Struise beers but never had this one. Generously gift of my alltime beerbuddy Matt, CRooney5787. I owe you one Matt!

2005 vintage like the most. Poured in my Struise glass this beers looks like all Struise beers; fabulous. Urbain not only makes them very tasty but also very good looking.

Deepbrown colour and a four finger head which leaves nice lacing in the glass.

Smell is not as overwhealming as the Pannepot but absolutely great.

And then the taste; sheer heaven. Alcohol is well hidden and the taste is between the Pannepeut and the Pannepot, a bit less spicy.

This has to be one of the best beers i have ever drunk...

I have to review this one cause i drank a 2005 bottle yesterday. Now this beer is about 8 years old and it just becomes better and better. Wow!

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Photo of ggaughan
4.92/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle tasted at the Kulminator in Antwerp.

Beer poured a block hole like color, dense, with a tan head, bubbley. The aroma is pleasing to the nose. Oaky, toasted malt yet a bit sweet. Dried fruits in the aroma a bit. The taste is complex to say the least. Up front there are potent spicy notes, banana, corriander maybe, some dried fruits and definite oak tones. The high abv is a bit hidden by the complex flavors but you can still feel it on the back end. A very full bodied beer and definitely worth the wait to try it.

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Photo of belgiumking
4.92/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

33cl bottle, unlabeled, shared with Urbain and his brother-in-law Phil and Danny Debeule, an accomplished home-brewer from Hamme, Belgium.

Urbain opened 2 bottles and poured them during the brewing of a batch of Pannepouet at the Deca Brewery February 29, 2008.

Poured a rich very dark brown/black, very much like an Imperial stout.

Aroma was very complex. Rich dark malts, dark fruits,vanilla, licorice, cocolate, cocoa, coffee, spices, dark candi sugar, molasses, very rich oak, wine, port, sweet cream and cinnamon.

Flavor followed through with all the complexity of the aroma. Extreme flavor components, great nuances of oak, chocolate, dark fruit, coffee; great complex sweetness combined with a slightly sour offset. This beer is a wonder of flavors.

While tasting this beer at Deca, I thought it might have been the best beer I had ever tasted; even beating out Westvleteren 12. However, I have tasted this beer once again in a commercial bottle, and while still an excellent beer, not of the caliber of the one I had at the brewery.

A Top 10 beer.

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Photo of rvdoorn
4.92/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2006 vintage
Look: the beer pours a dark-brown color with a medium head.
Smell: Sweet caramel, brown sugar, malts, Belgium yeast, dark fruits (figs and raisins), nuts, light spices and Madera wine.
Taste: Malts, dark fruits (figs, and a lot of raisins again), grapes Belgium yeast, oak, bourbon, Madera, brown sugar and spices. The sweetness and spices are perfectly balanced.
Mouthfeel: a medium body, medium carbonation.
Overall: Fantastic brew. Quite a bit different from the 2005 version I had some weeks ago though (that one had much more red fruits in the taste). What an amazing brew, leaving you to want more!

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Photo of basica
4.88/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - From a 2006 vintage bottle, pours an opaque dark amber-brown into my De Struise tulip yielding a three-finger thick, pretty, bubbly and creamy tan head that grows slightly after the initial pour, retaining well; it finally settles down to a one-finger thick tan head. (5)

S - Intense nose of dark fruits, caramel, chocolate, alcoholic phenols, oak and bready yeasts (4.5)

T - Intense caramel sweetness upfront with slightly vinous and leathery notes following closely; thick chocolate flavors, molasses and dark fruits with suggestions of raisins, plums and dates, fill the middle with a masterful yet light touch of alcohol; bready malts and spices come through towards the finish which suggested flavors of maple sweetness, raisins, caramel, chocolate and a light touch of oak (5)

M - Luscious full-bodied mouthfeel with a slight syrupy stickiness and a creamy smooth texture; very pleasantly warming as it goes down (5)

D - Godly delectable and complex flavors compounded with a mouthfeel that's kissing perfection, this is a beer that's definitely amongst the few pinnacle selections on my list (5)

Comparing the 2006 Grand Reserva and the 2007 Reserva, oak notes were stronger on the nose for the Grand Reserva and the flavors on the Grand Reserva exhibited vinous, leathery touch remiscent of wine (this is probably due to the barrel aging). Chocolates were also more towards the front, unlike the Reserva (and the regular Pannepot) to form a thicker and more well-blended flavor with the dark fruits, molasses and alcoholic phenols. Over here, the mouthfeel is pretty much perfected at full body and with a light touch of syrupy stickiness.

About half way through my Quadrupel marathon and here's the ordered ranking thus far, starting from the best: 2006 Pannepot Grand Reserva, 2007 Pannepot Reserva, 2006 Pannepot, 2010 La Trappe Quadrupel Oak Aged, 2009 La Trappe Quadrupel, 2009 Ommegang Three Philosophers

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Photo of schnarr84
4.87/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2005 vintage

When I saw this at the store I got so excited I had to buy it. $11.99/341ml isnt too bad for a 8 year old beer. Brewed in 2005 and aged for two years in french oak wine barrels and an additional 5 years in bottle.

Mild carbonation which dissipated quickly. Beer is almost flat but is to be expected. Smells of wine, oak, dark chocolate. Great mouthfeel, so smooth despite the lack of carbonation. Taste brings notes of grapes, and heavy on the wine.

Overall this beer was a game changer for me. I can see myself comparing any other aged strong dark beers to this. It doesnt taste much like a quad, the flavours have mellowed out so much. You get the fruity bouquet youd expect from a quad but it isnt as in your face as you normally get from a beer like La Trappe. I wish everyone could try this beer. My store only had a case.. and it looks like I will be going there for opening tomorrow to grab as many as I can!

Top 3 beer ive ever had, hands down.

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Photo of Roguer
4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.84/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2008 vintage. 33cl into Struise tulip. 16/8/16.  Dark dark ruby, beige head. Medium retention. More carbonation than expected. Aroma of vanilla, coffee, brown sugar, caramel, chocolate. Taste. Insane. Amazing. No alcohol at all, so smooth, great flavors that follow the aromas. Awesome, fantastic. Spectacular. One of the best. Ever. 

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Photo of Satchboogie
4.84/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes: '05 Vintage (33cl bottle)

A: Pours dark brown, pretty much black, completely opaque. Just over a finger of light brown head that actually sticks around for a little while. Surprisingly good lacing and alcohol legs. Looks perty.

S: Where to begin. Huge brown sugar and molasses sweetness, big fig, black current, and dark fruits. Oak comes out with a hint of vanilla. Very deeply dark and vinous with port qualities. I think I can pick up some Brandy/rum alcohol notes from the Calvados barrels, but it's not a boozy note. I pick up just a touch of tartness, almost cherry like.

T: First thing that strikes me is that despite how sweet the nose was (and how sweet most pannepot/beligan quads are) it's actually rather dry, especially with the level of oak going on. Moderate levels of the brown sugar and molasses up front that dries out to the finish. Currants, figs, and raisins. I get a little of that Apple Brandy on the back end. Lots of oak and a touch of vanilla on the finish. A bit spicy on the front end and a little bit of an alcohol bite on the finish, rum like. It is a little tart with dark cherry and becomes a touch dry/acidic to the finish, but I actually really like that quality. The finish/aftertaste just gets better and better as the beer warms.

M: Medium to slightly full body, light carbonation. Very smooth though the oak character dries out the mouthfeel a bit and it is a little acidic/tart. The body seems a little bit thinner than the normal pannepot/reserva. That said, this body is incredibly smooth and the alcohol is only noticeable in the finish, but in a very pleasant way. Velvety smooth luscious mouthfeel.

O: This is probably the best Quad I've ever had and certainly the most complex. While there are some aspects that I think maybe could be a little better, it's simply amazing as it is. I'd highly recommend getting a bottle if you ever have the chance.

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Photo of ccrida
4.82/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33 cl bottle (huge thx northyorksammy!) poured into my Westvleteren chalice, Pannepot Grand Reserva is a very dark, murky brown with a tan head that leaves scattered, foamy lace.

Smell is robust, some toffee but very vinous. Wow, this is what I call a quad!

Taste is not quite as robust but still very full. Exceptionally vinous, to the point where I'm wondering if the French oak barrels this was aged in were previously used for wine. While there's only the slightest tartness to this (and I think it's more of a perceived flavor then indication of any souring microbes, as this has too much residual sugar for a 5 year old beer), it reminds me of a mix between a quad and Flanders red -which I'm loving. Outstanding, with an awesome cranberry-raisin character that finishes with just the slightest tartness Again, Wow.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with some slickness and a nice carbonation.

Drinkability is sadly awesome. The best quad I've ever had, of course it's a super rare brew that's 5 years old...hopefully they'll make more again! The label (from the Ontario importer Roland + Russell) claims it's limited to 30 Hl / 2 years. That's not a lot, but it implies they at least intended to rerelease it...but the fact is, it's hard to get (I saw it going for over $100 a bottle at some beer bar in the Bay area after I traded for it, although I doubt they really sell it at that price), which hurts the score a bit, even if I'm in love at the first whiff...

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another gem I was lucky enough to get ahold of recently. Served chilled and poured into a snifter, this one was consumed on 08/29/2009. Vintage 2005 bottle

Big pour here, huge with a big tan head here, maybe three inches here capping off the top of a very dark brown liquid. Only the slightest bit of reddish light peaking through on the sides and the bottom of the glass here. Aroma was rich, tart fruits, figs, hints of herbal notes, light brown sugar. Warming brings lots of oak, hints of bourbon and undertones of a dark fruit, almost plum like nature. Each sip is decadent and complete, really just a wonderfully complex and amazingly deep and complete flavor. Tons of figs and grapes, hints of light spice on the tongue. Nice sweet notes and oak running through the middle of the palate with each passing sip, masterfully done. Alcohol hidden very well underneath a cloak of dark fruit and spicey goodness. Full bodied with lots of carbonation.

Overall what a night for me. This and Delphine back to back. I was blown away by both. The pannepot is good for me, but this is great, it really just came together damn near perfect for me. I would love to have this again any day, maybe age it for a year or two more.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Notes from Kulminator. Vintage 2006. Aged in French oak and finished in calvados barrels for 8 months. A very dusty bottle. Served from a 375ml dusty bottle into a DeStruise chalice.

A- Black with soft white head. Awesome lacing.

S-Apple, chocoalte, caramel, oak, booze, brown bread.

T-Apple, brandy, oak, caramel, maple syrup, chocolate, no booze.

M-Thinning body, very little heat, ample enough carbonation.

O-Incredible. Calvados is there, but light. Drink it now before the Barre disappears.

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Photo of lohyewcheong
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I tried this immediately after Trappist Rochefort 10. And I actually found myself preferring Pannepot Grand Reserva; which is saying a lot, because Trappist Rochefort 10 is my favorite beer

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Photo of jeonseh
4.78/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap, full glass at FFF Anniversary Party. 2008 vintage

A - Dark purplish brown and very hazy; so much so that I couldn't see through it. Nice dirty white, frothy head sitting on top

S - Plum and honey with a malt backbone. Also smelled Belgian yeast, cherry, and hints of citrus. Really a dynamic nose where you find something new each time. The nose was definitely subtle

T - Rich dark fruit at first, then noticed plums with a light Brandy flavor. Also, there are hints of sugar and honey. As I continued to drink, hints of oak, port and vanilla came out. Thought this was overwhelmingly complex and deep.

MF - Nice thick stickiness to it. Felt perfectly matched to the beer and its flavor profile

O- overall this is quite simply Amazing. One of the best Belgian beers I've had by far and felt it was way better than than the normal Pannepot

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Photo of nickd717
4.78/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2005 bottle at the Kulminator in Antwerpen (yeeeeaaaah!).

A - Amazing very dark reddish-brown pour with a large tan head.

S - Aroma of sweet malt, red wine, oak, dark chocolate, and mild roast.

T - Really, really complex and good. Sweet caramel and roasted malt, toffee, coffee, dark chocolate, red wine, brandy, spices, dark fruits...come to think of it, maybe I should be naming the flavors that weren't in this beer instead, that might be a shorter list.

M - Awesome full palate with soft carbonation. Incredibly velvety and smooth.

D - This beer is intense, but it's so damn good it keeps you wanting more. Overall, this beer was absolutely legen...wait for it...DARY!

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Photo of DoktorZee
4.78/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The 2005 vintage drunk from a chalice. No specific best before date; good forever, right?...:)

A - moderate tan head, bubbly with moderate lacing. Very dark in color (but not as solid as a porter/stout). Lots of sediment in the bottom of the glass and floating throughout.

S - roasted malts with some dried fruit.

T - truly exceptional balance of roasted malts, molasses, slight tobacco and persistent sour fruits. Remarkably little impact from the alcohol.

M - moderately, but appropriately carbonated. The tart aftertaste persists indefinitely.

D - incredibly easy to drink considering the alcohol content. Goes down amazingly easy.

This is an exceptional beer; easily one of the best.

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Photo of sprat1960
4.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2009 Vintage

Look: Dark brown, almost black; hints of red. Pours with a 1 finger tan head that dies down quickly leaving no trace.

Smell: Rich, sweet (think molasses) aroma; mild spices, malty. Delicious aroma that made me want to dive right in.

Taste: Similar to how it smelled, only better. Rich, sweet (think molasses) taste, slightly spicy, malty. Rich, full delicious quad flavor. Perfect.

Feel: Medium to full body; velvety smooth in your mouth. Perfect.

Overall: Fantastic quad. The best that I ever have had. Absolutely delicious smell and flavor, Great feel. I could drink this over and over. I want more!

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.73/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle purchased and drank at Novare Res in Portland, ME. '09 vintage.

This pours a dark plum brown color, with a very small head, looks lightly carbonated.

Smells like chocolate, brandy soaked fruitcake, oak, maybe a little maple, port, caramel, and toffee.

This is absurdly good. It's decadent, but not overly ostentatious. It's sweet, but dry at the same time, from the oak, and a slight bitterness that I can't really place, with lots of dark fruit flavor, raisins/plums/etc, a hint of Calvados, full-bodied port wine, earthy maple, toffee, and caramel. It's classified here as a quad, feels closer to a BSDA or even a barleywine, or even something entirely different from any of those. Whatever you want to call it, I call it supremely delicious.

This is medium bodied, again, like Blue Monk SR, deceptively full, but not too thick, and a really drinkable for the style and ABV. It went down super easy, but I sipped it slow anyway, because it was so tasty, and I didn't want it to end.

More and more, I find that De Struise is becoming one of my absolute favorite breweries. I need to make it a priority to visit some day.

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Photo of Ljunkan
4.73/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this twice. It was quite expensive, limited and so on... so I only got three bottles (which of 1 ½ was for me...), but I'm really happy for that anyway. It was an honour too drink something from Struise.

Dark red/brown color with a quite small, beige head.

Smells a bit vinous, oaky with notes of dried fruits and spices.

Taste is outstanding. Here we got notes of liqourice, spices, port/red wine like flavours, sour apples and peppercake. A nice, typical sourness makes this a wonderful brew. Their's also some oaky notes and some amazing flavours from the calvados.

This is my favourite beer from Belgium until this date, beating the Rochefort 10.

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Photo of davey101
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2006 vintage. 11.2 oz bottle into a chimay goblet. Slow gush over. Not a lot of sediment in the glass/bottle.

A - Dark cola brown body and a khaki head that leaves some edging and lacing. Looks like all the other pannepot's I have tried.

S - Candied figs, brown sugar, molasses, spice, yeast and a light alcohol burn. There are faint charred oak and vanilla notes.

T - Unbelievably rich and smooth mouth feel with the perfect amount of carbonation, even being 5 years old. The taste is phenomenal. Dark caramelized fruits, brown sugar and light spices. Barrel notes that actually blend in and accommodate the other flavors. The aftertaste is somewhat savory. Alcohol is slightly warming.

O - This beer was amazing. Certainly the best quad I have ever had. I drank a 2008 reserva last night and found the earthy raw oak notes to be a bit distracting. This perfected that fault. The barrel notes are so smooth and delicate and do not over power whatsoever. My favorite pannepot variation for sure.

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Photo of Bananaman
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! Pannepot seems to have appeared out of the blue (I hadn't heard of them until two months ago). But my good friend David ordered a few bottles, we shared one and I drank one by myself.

Hazy dark-brown/orange color with a small white/beige head.

Smells fresh of fruits, peppercakes, liqourice and some sourness. Some sweet maltiness too.

The taste is pretty low on bitterness. There are pretty much the same tones in the flavour as in the smell. But there's a really nice malty sweetness that's balanced by a light sourness. You can really tell that this is aged on calvados casks.

Wonderful! I'd really like to lay my hands on a few more of these.

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Photo of crnipeter
4.69/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml 2005 vintage poured into chalice

A - dark reddish brown topped by quickly dissipating light tan head scattered with medium sized bubbles.

S - apple, pear, cherries, basket of dried fruits: prunes, raisins and figs; brandy, brown sugar and faint oakiness entering the nostrils.

T - a well mellowed brew - very potent, strongly vinous and sweet with intense fruity flavors that are pretty much the same as the nose suggests with apple being the dominant taste. Some oaky tannins. Ending with non-aggressive apple sourness. Apart from traces of brandy alcohol is barely noticeable, no hoppy bitterness. Hops, if present, are there only to balance the malts.

M - smooth & creamy, medium to heavy bodied.

D - well hidden alcohol in combination with apple sourness makes it dangerously drinkable.

If you can't choose between beer and wine grab this one. It's best of both worlds.

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