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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 TMoney2591
3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

2005 Vintage. Had to finally try this one after thoroughly enjoying the standard and Reserva versions. It pours a dark cherrywood topped by finger of dusty khaki foam. The nose comprises fig, brown sugar, toasted caramel, light oak, very light vanilla, dates, walnuts, dark fruit, very light cocoa, and a small touch of green apple. The taste holds notes of dark fruits, pear, oak, brown sugar, toffee, clove, light vanilla, and light white wine grapes. The fruitiness is a bit off-putting, particularly the sour-leaning pear and spicy grapes. The body is a straight medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a lightly grainy feel. Overall, it's a solid beer, but I think the barrel-aging detracts significantly from the great base by introducing a number of new flavors that clash with the pre-existing ones. Still pretty good, though, interestingly...

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750ml bottle (Vintage 2005) into a tulip glass. Pours cloudy dark/ruby-brown with a small, rocky, light brown head, somewhat lasting with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, toffee), average hops (flowers, herbs), average yeast (horse blanket, earth, leaves) with notes of dates, vanilla, and cinnamon. Picked up alcohol smells as well. Taste of Beligan candy, bittwer sweet, oak, and champagne flavor. Full bodied, sticky texture, average carbonation, and a bitter finish. Average duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity and bitterness. Too much of a barley wine / champagne beer for me. I gave it a name, "The Dark Champagne of Beers".

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.71/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

2005 vintage.

Pours a clear dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, candied fruit, and slight cardboard aromas. Taste is much the same with candied fruit, caramel, and slight cardboard flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that seems a bit old and oxidized at this point, but it's still fairly tasty as is.

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Photo of OlieIPA
3.74/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a Stone IRS glass at approximately 50 degrees Fahrenheit

A: Pours highly carbonated and a translucent brown into the glassware, where it then forms a cream colored momentarily. A few rigorous swirls invite the head back, but again, this aspect sinks quickly back into the body of the beer.

S: This beer entices the nose with blueberry, blackberry and oak off at first, but then follows through with some brown sugar, spice and apple-like characteristics.

T: Not as deep and rich in flavor as other Quad's I've run into, but the flavor profile very balance and pleasant to drink. A lot dark fig and spice character that is rounded out by a sugary consistency and flavor that I can't quite figure out. The oak character is robust and easy to detect as well, but compliments the other components within the flavor profile.

M: Probably the thing I disliked the most; very thin and overly carbonated. I think more body would have enhanced and brought forth more flavors that this beer obviously has, but is mask by this fact.

D: Again, not as rich and bountiful as others within the style, but I found it quite easy to drink. Especially for a 10% ABV beer!

Overall: A good beer, but if I were to introduce someone to this style, I would probably go with something else. A try it beer. Cheers!

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Photo of Sarlacc83
3.77/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

350mL bottle from the De Struise bottleshop. 2005 vintage. Drunk 10-10-12, reviewed from notes.

A: Coffee black. Thin creme lacing. No legs.

N: Plastic, biscuit, rose, alcohol. Raisins, plums, and prunes. Cola. Vanilla and tannins. Very complex and sweet.

T: Lots and lots of oak. Very biscuity with a touch of prune and raisin. Lots of bitter herb/cola. Rather surprised this isn't more sweet.

M: Not as quite as round and full as Pannepeut. Lots of alcohol here.

O: A solid beer, if not as good as it's brother. Worth a shot, but I'm not sure if this is better fresh.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.8/5  rDev -11%
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.

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Photo of bobsy
3.8/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I believe this bottle came from wildone as part of CanBIF 5. If not - apologies.

Pours a ruddy brown with a creamy tan head, which eventually fades to a wispy covering. The aroma contains raisin, brown sugar and spice. The body is as you would expect - medium carb and weight. Raisins also come through strong in the flavour, as well as there non-dried, still on the vine counterparts. Beyond this there's layers of toffee, brown sugar and red wine. Its certainly a very juicy quad, perhaps too much so, and I have yet to be really impressed by De Struise.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2005 grand reserva, definitely excited to try this.

Jet black with little head or carbonation. In the light the beer actually becomes a very dark brown. Quad-tastic, and it does not look watery.

Tons of dark stone fruits, grape and some oak. A strong alcohol also mixes in, but it's subtle and masked.

Some chocolatey fruits and a a little wood. This beer isn't nearly as rich as I had anticipated. The aftertaste is tobacco and lots of over-ripe fruit.

This beer is a little hot with alcohol, but provides a lot of tasty fruit as well. The Belgian yeast doesn't come though as much as with other quads, but I'm assuming it's because there is so much going on with the barrel aging. It becomes significantly sweeter when it warms up

This beer was quite overpriced, but still tasty. I would have liked to grab a 4 pack of 3 philosophers and allow it to age a couple years instead. Worth tasting, and I grabbed a few for down the road... So we'll see what happens

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Photo of crossovert
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle.

It pours a slightly reddish brown with not too much head.

You wouldn't have to tell me this was aged in Calvados barrels. It is full on with the calvados scent. I think it kind of detracts form this brew which is one of the best of all time. There is also a lot of basic dark fruit. Some of the original qualities of the beer have been masked. It still smells pretty good though.

The flavor is rich and complex. Lots of caramel and oak. There is also dark fruit, calvados, and dark malt.

I prefer the Reserva, though this is a fine beer.

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Photo of domtronzero
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark mahogony brownish colored, murky, with a short long lasting tannish head. Tons of lacing left throughout.

S - Faint sweet pilsner malts, dark stone fruits, and a very light pleasant alcohol aroma.

F/M - Again, light candy pils malt sweetness, with a bready character. Dark fruity esters are noticeable and ligering. Medium low bitterness with a semi dry finish. Light oaky flavor. Alcohol is light and helps cleanse the palate. Lingering sweet dark fruit flavor.

D - This is a good beer, rich and complex. Rather easy drinking with a nice balance of flavors.

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Photo of cbutova
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 vintage bottle that has been around MA lately.

A- Dark brown pour with red around the edges. Tan head forms with pretty nice size and frothy texture for such an old beer. Bubbly ring leaves legs and a few webs of lace.

S- Smoothed out dark red fruits, oak and brown sugar. Not picking up a ton but I do like what I get. Definitely not very aromatic for a Quad/strong Belgian.

T- More going on here. Starts out with a nice dark cherry, grape fruit presence with notes of oak, wine, spice and brown sugar/toasted malts backing it. A bit of smoke and cocoa as well. Pretty complex with a nice, smooth balance.

MF- Lower end carbonation in a smooth, somewhat oily thick body. Alcohol warmth has almost completely subsided and there is a spice bitterness.

Not sure anything will ever compare with 2006 Pannepot for me but this is still a nice beer. Spices sort of take over a bit too much as I go on.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Adam for knocking off this long time want...as an extra. This is the 2005 Vintage.

A: The beer pours much the same as all the other versions of this beer. Dark brown in color with a reddish hint and a finger of creamy khaki head.

S: Heavy on the oak barrel aromas. Decent amounts of dark fruit and some molasses and brown sugar. A subtle booze note as well as some prune juice. Faint to moderate spice notes are present.

T: The flavor has a pronounced chocolate flavor to it. Lots of oak is there, too. Slightly boozy on the finish with a lingering flavor of nutmeg. Numerous dark fruit flavors on the middle of the tongue. Definitely complex.

M: Medium to full in body with a smooth, medium carbonation.

O: Definitely good, but I still find it very hard to top regular Pannepot or the Reserva.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2005 dated bottle

Pours a medium chestnut, ruby red color. A soft off-white/tan head caps the brew and it looks nice...but quite a quad "look". But really, who cares? The good stuff is next

Aroma is a touch sweet but with some tannin in it. Sour cherry, apple, light caramel, red plum. maybe some raisins. Not a powerful, coming at ya aroma...not bad either

Flavors follow the aroma almost to a T, with emphasis on different characteristics. Red apple, sour cherry up front. Quick tannin in the middle. Red plum and raisin on the end. A bit boozy makes it seem light. Undertones of yeasty breadiness and light caramel. Not getting much roast or "dark" flavors.

Very easy drinking for 10%.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.92/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet. 2008 vintage.

3.5 A: Pours a ruddy brown color. Barely half a fingers of frothy light brown head. Retention isn't all that great either, but the ABV is up there. No lacing.

4.0 S: Strong green apple presence alongside candied plum, fig, and date. Vanilla with some oak, caramel, toasted malts, and a light nuttiness. Peppery spiciness. It's very nice, but everything about it is subtle.

4.0 T: Taste is like the nose for the most part. Candied dark fruits, green and red apple, vanilla and oak. Caramel, toasted malt, nuts. Pepper fromt the yeast. Here's the thing about this though. There's an almost "biting" woody aspect in here. It's not present in the normal Pannepot, so I assume it's from the Calvados. It's not a bad flavor, but it is a dominant one that doesn't fit in with the rest of the beer. Either way, still tasty.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. This could use a bit more carbonation and it would be better if it were spritzier. Could use a touch more creaminess too.

4.0 D: Good beer, but I can't say that I think all the extra stuff has made the regular any better.

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Photo of treyrab
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had the pleasure of drinking this at Ma Che Siete Venuti A Fa in Rome on May 15, 2010 while backpacking on vacation. Very happy to find a bottle of this.

2005 vintage.

A: Pours an amazing dark brown almost black with a nice two finger tan head. Very creamy looking and perfect for the style.

S: Very oaky. So oaky it is very dry smelling. Tons of spice and licorice. The licorice is really forthcoming. Also dry cocoa powder and some coffee.

T: This is very dry from all the oak flavor. The oak is very nice, but maybe too much. Nice dry chocolate and tons of Belgian spice. Some licorice as well that was noticed in the scent.

Overall, this was a great beer. But I preferred the regular version better.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.96/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2005 vintage. Holding up very well all things considered. Purchased at whole food las vegas for $10. RIP chris (their beer guy) who picked this one out for me.

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Photo of Damian
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.99/5  rDev -6.6%

Hauled this 2009 bottle back from Bruges, Belgium. Pours dark brown in my glass with some purple showing in the edges where the light comes through. Small off white head that disappears pretty quickly. Aroma of dark fruits, figs, plums, light molasses and even chocolate, candi sugar. Flavor is sweet plums and figs, molasses, brown sugar, light chocolateyness, and a smooth nuttiness from the barrel. Age showing a bit here with some oxidization going on. Thick body, low plus carbonation, really rich and palate coating. Nice beer but would like to try one a bit fresher as this wasn't nearly the level of Reserva or even the regular version. Still yummy though, which speaks to how good those are.

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Photo of nickhiller
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: chocolate brown, no head.

S: all the notes of a traditional quad. Maybe a little bit of wood.

T: sweet and medicinal, dark cherries, lots of roasted malt and a bitter charcoal-y finish.

M: medium body, sweet/bitter finish.

O: It's hard to taste the aging here, it is pretty much your standard Belgian quad, not unlike Chimay Grand Reserve.

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Photo of bmwats
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Dark brown. Pours about a 1 finger, brown white head. Settles quickly, leaving a smattering of foam on the surface and a nice beer ring. Not much lacing to speak of.

S: Roasted coffee malt, with a little oak, and parsley.

T: Tastes like it smells. Roasted espresso, with a woody tone. Slightly bittersweet.

M: Hearty and robust. Bittersweet finish lingers throughout.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is pretty solid. Nice, dark appearance with a decent head. Nose is roasted, woody malt. Flavor has a hearty roasted coffee feel, with a bittersweet finish.

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Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle courtesy of 2BDChicago. 2005 vintage served in my Ommegang tulip. Pours a murky plum-colored hue with a creamy, half inch, tan-colored head that eventually recedes into a consistent quarter inch cap. Creamy swaths of lacing are revealed during the tasting and exhibit excellent adhesion. Nose expresses vinous notes, dark fruit, anise and nutmeg. Taste consistent with nose; however, the dark fruit character is much bolder than in the nose. There is also a suggestion of Belgian yeast in the flavor profile as well as some metallic notes towards the finish. Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with a pleasant carbonation that falls just short of lively. Some residual alcohol heat also peaks out the finish. All and all, a very good Quad; however, I can't say that I really pick up any of the oak aging. That said, at the price point this beer comes in at, I would have to say that St. Bernardus Abt 12 is still the way to go.

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Photo of SacoDeToro
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Cquiroga for supplying the bottle at the Woodshop Tasting.

The beer poured a deep medium brown with a foamy off-white head.

The aroma was of dark dried fruits, such as figs and raisins, Belgian yeast esters, dark caramelly sugars, and alcohol. Some brandy-like barrel character was evident as well. Plenty of spices, such as cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg.

The flavor of the beer was very complex. It started out with a rush of figs, raisins, and a caramel sweetness. The warmth of the high alcohol helped the flavor flow into that of a nice port wine. The esters of the yeast gave the beer that distinct Belgian fruitiness. The regular version of this beer is very complex and outstanding, but the barrel character only seemed to muddy up what I consider a masterpiece. The spices seemed subdued compared to the standard Pannepot, but still had notes of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg.

The carbonation was dialed in just right The mouthfeel was medium/light and slightly creamy.

Overall a very good beer, but not quite as wonderful as the standard Pannepot

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Photo of Crosling
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fà in Roma and then again at Monk's Cafe in Stockholm. I was underwhelmed both times. Mostly I failed to see how the wood had that big of an influence on the beer. Lately, I have been drinking a lot of regular Pannepot 2006 (nearly 2 years old, its amazing.) That beer has more complexity to me than the Grand Reserva. So yes, this was a tasty beer, but I expected more oak character.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.01/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2005 Vintage poured into my Ovila Goblet. Couldn't get a head going on it. No lacing. Dark brown in color.

Aroma is awesome. Dark fruits, bit of roast and Belgian yeast funkiness.

Taste is good. Falls short a bit. Could use a boost in flavor. Almost like a light version of a quad as far as taste goes. Taste of dark fruits and a bit of caramel. Little bit of Belgian yeast. Still tasty.

Mouthfeel is a bit too thin. Low on carb for style.

Overall tasty. Was kinda disappointed but not bad.

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Pannepot Grand Reserva from De Struise Brouwers
4.27 out of 5 based on 616 ratings.
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