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Pannepot Grand Reserva | De Struise Brouwers

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Pannepot Grand ReservaPannepot Grand Reserva

Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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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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Photo of CruisaC
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 vintage courtesy of yeahnatenelson and buffs9

Pours dark cola with mocha head that settles into a ring

Smell is spices, oak, raisins, and grapes. Fairly subtle but well balanced.

Taste is magnificent. Raisins and oak, blended wonderfully. I get less of the grape flavor that I've noticed from the "regular" Reserva; which isn't a good or bad thing, just different.

Mouthfeel is just the right amount of creaminess and chewiness. Incredibly smooth

Overall, so glad to have another to sip later; I'm amassing a vertical and this shaped up to be the early favorite.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one at the De Molen beer shop in Bodegraven.

From a bottle into a Struise tulip.
Vintage: 2006
Note: Drank the regular, reserva and grand reserva. Comparisons drawn.

APPEARANCE: A massive gusher. Be ready. Once it got pouring, it was fine. Yielded a big, three finger, medium looking, fluffy, light tan head with amazing retention. Stuck around forever. A deep sienna brown, opaque, with higher levels of carbonation evident. Head eventually fades to a good foam cap and leaves chunky lacing down the top of the glass. A good film remains until the end and leaves some nice, thick lacing down the glass. Started out of control, but settled down very nicely.

SMELL: Just like the regular version, but with slight notes of oak and vanilla in there as well. Spicy and herbal, with tyme and coriander, with lots of caramel malt and brown sugar. Quite bold and very enticing indeed. Much bigger and more complex than the reserva.

TASTE: The regular is all there. Caramel malt, brown sugar, and loads of spicy and herbal qualities. A mild touch of oak and vanilla are in there as well, which adds to and compliments the already wonderfully complex base beer. Aftertaste is bigger, with sweet caramel malts, lots of spices, and a touch of oak for good measure. Very nice indeed.

PALATE: Medium body and medium lower end carbonation. Very creamy on the palate, much more so than the other two versions, goes down smooth and with a bit of heat after the swallow, and finishes slightly mouth-coating. Really good stuff.

OVERALL: Despite the questionable and worrisome beginning, this was phenomenal. Unlike the Reserva, the aging on the Grand Reserva did not mute the spicy wonders that make the base Pannepot so enjoyable. Instead, the aging has left slight nuances of oak and vanilla throughout that really do compliment the brew. Wonderful nose, flavors, and a beautifully creamy palate that plays the supporting role perfectly. A classic example of an oak aged brew. Well done gentlemen.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I drank this 2005 version from a 11.2 oz bottle into my Rochefort glass.

It pours dark brown, much darker than the regular pannepot. There is hardly any carbonation, only about a quarter of an inch rises and is gone right away. Good to great lacing.

The aroma is medium and complex. There is lots of dark fruits on the front prunes and figs, some yeast in the middle, and light subtle oaky finish. Really balanced, and allows you smell something different each whiff.

The taste is simply outstanding, wonderfully flavor and complex. It starts off with a great balance of sweet prunes, yeast and inverted sugar like a great trappist blonde. Then all of a sudden you get this super smooth oaky finish that is surprising and great. A superb twist on a quad.

The feel is medium bodied, and very smooth, coates the mouth and finishes slick as glass. Not much of lasting taste.

The drinkability is great, very surprised this is 10%.

Overall, I didn't have great expectations because although I like pannepot I don't think its on par with trappists. However, after drinking this it clearly is deserved in such praise. Great beer.

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Photo of ToasterChef
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from my notes. This keg from 2008 was tapped at Ebenezer's for the 6th Annual Belgian Beer Fest. Chris told me I was probably the first person to try this from a keg in the US.

It has a tan foamy head. The liquid is hazy, opaque and brown, but does appear translucent near the bottom of my glass.

The aroma is both sweet and spiced. I can detect raisin, pine and some musty yeast.

It tastes Great. There is vanilla as well as some bitter hops. It has a creamy quality that I rather enjoy. None of the flavors lingers too long--it is all rather subtle.

It has a medium body and low carbonation. It feels creamy. There is very little coat left behind. This beer feels most impressive for a quad.

It is incredibly drinkable. This beer could do a lot of damage; it tastes and feels nothing like I expect a 10% ABV beer to be. I'm a little glad it is so rare, as otherwise I would drink it all the time. I do wish I had a second pour before I left Lovell.

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Photo of ciriliox
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Very very dark. Almost opaque, with a "big bubbled foam" that becomes a thin but durable ring with some ramifications in the surface of the liquid.

S: Very nice, but not very strong. Sweet wine (Porto), berries, vanilla and chocolate are there.

T: With the body and the power of a quad, but very blake. A world of flavours in one single, special and spicy one.

M: It's pure SILK. It's the smoothest beer i've tasted so far. It caresses your mouth. Really.

D: its 10% is like a joke, when you taste it. Maybe too powerful to drink it too often, but when you have it in front of you, it's impossible to stop drinking it.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

33cl into chouffe tulip, 2005 vintage.

A-Dark cola brown with a slow building creamy head. Looks great in the glass.

S- Sweet fruit, plumskin. Some candied brown sugar. Intoxicatingly inviting.

T- The most interesting thing about this beer is how smooth it is. Lots of plum and dark chocolate. The fruit seems a lot heavier and darker than regular pannepot. Not sure if this is due to the age, the oak, or some combination. Figs, dates, and brandy lay on the tongue like a warm fuzzy blanket.

M- Slight warming from the alcohol, So smooth and a perfect body. Cannot improve.

O- I like it better than pannepot, and that's saying something. Struise does it again. I will be going back for more bottles ASAP.

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Photo of larryi86
4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a goblet 2005 vintage

A- Dark brown/black with a nice one finger tan head.

S- Dark fruits, caramel malts, cherries, oak, spices. Good nose, but I was hoping that it would be bigger.

T- A lot stronger than the nose. Dark fruits and caramel malts up front, touch of tart apples and cherries, some oak, light earthy spices, hint of vanilla, really well balanced and complex.

M- Medium to full body, smooth.

O- A great beer that is very easy to enjoy. At first I thought the little tartness was oxidation, but on the second and third sip I was able to place it as tart fruits, not oxidation. I really hope I am able to stock up on this, very happy that I was able to find this.

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Photo of rhinos00
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big, big thanks to Eric for hooking me up with this long time want. Poured from a 330 mL bottle into a snifter. 2005 Vintage.

A- Pours a very dark maroon, bordering on chocolate brown. Produced a fingers width of off-white colored head. Quickly reduced to a thicker ring around the glass.

S- Has all the classic profiles of a fine quad crossed with a port, wine like character. Hefty dose of raisins, figs, and candied malts upfront. The uniqueness behind the aroma is the distinct vinous sweetness in the back end. Pretty potent.

T- Very nice blend of flavors going on here. As in the nose, the typical quad flavors are present. Lots of dark fruit, along with sweet malts. Then comes the oak. A perfect distinct flavor to mark the separation between the quad aspect of this beer and the wine like characteristics in the finish. Taste finishes with very smoothly, with a sweet ripe grapes from a fine cab.

M- Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. Almost lent a fuller more vibrant body.

D- As this warmed it went down easier and easier. Very easy going.

Overall, damn this is one fine variation of a quad. Wish I had a couple more bottles stowed away in my cellar. Thanks again Eric.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2011 bottle consumed in September 2016. Thoroughly enjoyable, hits all the right notes... sweet, bready, heady, well carbonated. Notes of plum, raisins, "barrique", fortified wine and butterscotch. Lovely, delicate, assertive.

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Photo of SweetChicken
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2005 vintage

Holy great 10-year old aged beer. This must have been properly cellared because this was a nice, smooth, balanced beer. The feel of this beer was particularly surprising. Silky smooth with a nice tingly carbonation. Can't wait for bottle #2

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Photo of MarcWP
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

09' into Westvleteren chalice.

Pours a dark garnet with fluffy dark tan head that lingers quite nicely.

Aroma is pungent of ripe dark fruit, plum, Bordeaux, pomegranate, oak, molasses, and hints of cherry cordial.

Taste follows the nose closely and presents rum raisin and holiday fruitcake as additions. Velvety, balanced, wonderful.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with just the enough carbonation thankfully so after spending almost 2 years in barrels.

Overall this is fantastic. Better than Reserva and quite possibly better than the best standard Pannepot that I've had. The use of calvados barrels as a finish is what really elevates this higher than the standard oak aged. Great wine, grape,plum, and rum flavors that aren't as prominent in the Reserva. Hope I can find more of this.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark chestnut and garnet color. Extremely thick, creamy, frothy off-white head that lasts a long time. Great retention that finally settles in a thick creamy lace.

S - Lots of dark fruit with date, fig, and raisin. Loads of dark toasted malt with some caramel and molasses along with a touch of chocolate. Fairly strong licorice/anise aroma. Some oak and vanilla is also present.

T - Starts with strong dark fruit and licorice along with some Calvados flavor. Some dark roasted malt with burnt molasses and caramel provide a background base. Good amount of spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, pepper, coriander, etc.) along with some yeast flavors. Hints of vanilla and oak come out toward the end.

M - Medium to full body with good carbonation. Very smooth and creamy feel.

D - Pretty drinkable beer with a great body/feel that is very smooth and creamy. Alcohol is present, but pretty well hidden. Good taste with a pretty good mixture.

Notes: Vintage 2005. Pretty good beer, but I'm not entirely sure if the aging in the Calvados really made an improvement to either the normal Pannepot or the Reserva as it detracts a bit from the enjoyable flavors in those two. It does add a little something different though. This is another great beer from a great brewery, and worth trying, but I don't really feel like I need to have it again if I can get other Pannepot offerings.

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Photo of beerpirates
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle 33 cl
vintage 2005
poured in my struise glass

very limited edition, but I'm really happy to own this beer

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

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

Taste is outstanding. Here we got notes of liqourice, spices, port/red wine like flavours, 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 one of my favourite beers

a real masterpiece , this is not only beer , this is pure art

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Photo of jamie2dope
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This 2005 bottle came courtesy of Bermans in Lexington. Pannepot Grand Reserva pours out a dark chestnut color, with just a small amount of white heading. The first thing I get from the nose is brown bread, followed by chocolate, candy sugar, pepper and some stone fruit. The flavor is very jammy, with elements of plum, dark cherry and strawberry. The alcohol is held in check in an incredible way given the 10% ABV. Mouthfeel is the standout here in that it is incredibly smooth and well rounded from first sip to last. I have had many versions of Pannepot over the years, and I have to say that none have impressed me in the way that this one does. It is so damn smooth and complex. It rivals any of the Trappist Quads out there, and surpasses some of them. Despite the steep price tag, this is one to hunt down. I would be interested to see what further aging will do to this beer, but it is drinking wonderfully right now.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Small bottle with a label calling it a 750ml from 2005; the first part of that clearly isn't the case, I don't know about the second.

A: Deep brown body with a finger of fine tan head. Ok retention, great lace. Terrific.

S: Oak, raisins, vanilla, chocolate, spice, and only the faintest hint of booze. Splendid.

T: Smooth, rich, and oaky, with wood up front and strong Quad fruitiness finishing things out. Candied sweetness and light pice on the long, semi-sweet finish. Light booze. Smooth, complex, and great.

M: Super soft, well-carbonated, and absolutely luxurious. Perfect.

O: Incredible beer. I love regular Pannepot, and the Grand Reserve is a definite step up in terms of both smoothness and complexity. I do miss the more powerful spicing of the regular version, but I think the oak overtones more than make up for it. Great beer.


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Photo of impending
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2005 33cl into a tulip. Pours a deep black walnut, nice small tan head retained, minor lacing.

Aroma is rich and thick, overly ripe dark fruits about to turn. Plums, tiny brown sugar, oak and a smidgen of a liqueur.

Scrumptious, just what you would want it to be. Smooth in every measure. Figgy, raisins, black cherries and plums, nice barrel contribution with the oak and vanilla subtly obvious. Medium to full bodied mouthfeel.
Warms superbly.

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Vintage 2011. Dark fruits, bourbon, roast, and wood make up the nose and taste. Dark, murky, brown color. Moderate feel, maybe even like "flat cola" too. Overall, a really great quad!

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Photo of BobZ
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml Bottle, Poured into my Duvel Tulip. 2005 Vintage.

Appearance: Very dark reddish brown, little to no head, just a small cap which remains throughout the beer. Very nice lacing.

Smell: Incredible, one of the best smelling beers I’ve ever had, highly complex, sweet dark fruit, vanilla, hints of brandy. As it warms the aromas continue to unlock, the vanilla strengthens as does the alcoholic character of the brandy.

Taste: So much flavor, the Belgian candy sugar, the Belgian yeast, the incredible dark fruit flavors. Then as the beer warms the vanilla and oak flavors intensify. Nice warmth on the finish. This beer is best served “slightly” chilled then experienced as it changes while warming. Exceptional work of art from De Struise.

Mouth feel: The barrel aging tends to thin the beer slightly; however, this beer still held up very well with solid body. Extremely smooth.

Overall: Incredible, glad to have more in the cellar. I’m looking forward to trying later vintages because this 2005 is going to be very tough to beat.

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Photo of alcstradamus
4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured softly directly into the center of my glass. Four finger head on top of a near black body. Decent lacing.

I had the regular Reserva earlier in the evening so it will be interesting to compare the two. The nose here is similar, although somehow there seems to be more sweetness and less wood even though this got an extra barrel treatment. Light oak, sweet citrus notes, and ripe dark fruits mostly.

Taste is wood forward with a strong wave of raisins and grapes coming in behind and taking over the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is full bodied with high but soft carbonation. Alcohol is very hidden for 10% and I can't bare to simply sip this, it demands my complete attention.

Overall, I found this to be "slightly" better than the regular Reserva. Both had a similar flavor profile, but in different proportions. Reserva was wood heavy with low sweetness, Grand Reserva was sweet with low woodiness.

I would have to do a side-by-side to really be able to make a judgement call, but based on memory I have found the Pannepot, Pannepot Reserva, and Pannepot Grand Reserva to all be relatively equal and world class brews. They all have their own strengths and their own weaknesses, but all are amazing.

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Photo of mentaltraveller
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Pannepot Grand Reserva from De Struise Brouwers
4.27 out of 5 based on 615 ratings.
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