Pannepot Grand Reserva | De Struise Brouwers

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers
Belgium
struise.com

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by SacoDeToro on 03-20-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
639
Reviews:
243
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
9.84%
 
 
Wants:
185
Gots:
204
For Trade:
18
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Photo of Sammy
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Case from Roland and Russell. Pours dark colour with dark red highlights and lots of lace, off-white head. Aroma: sherry, ok, manipulated yeast, rich. Mouthfeel is on creamy side, it tastes creamy and a bit sour and oaked, and finishes magnificantly satisfying. Deep and soulful. One of the year's best I have had from 600 beers.

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Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of spycow
5/5  rDev +17.1%

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 djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of nmann08
5/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of metter98
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is hazy and very dark brownish amber in color. It poured with a thin off white head that died down and consistently left a ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of sweet dark fruits in the nose along with hints of vanilla from the barrel aging.
T: The taste is very complex and develops as the beer warms up. It has flavors of dark fruits and oak from the barrel aging.
M: It feels full-bodied and very smooth on the palate and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very smooth and incredibly well balanced. No traces of alcohol are noticeable, which makes it very easy to drink considering the strength.

Note: 2005 Vintage

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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.`

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Photo of biboergosum
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle, 2005 vintage, been sittin' on this one for a while - as the temperature outside drops (again), it's lookin' pretty goo-ood!

Plopped unceremoniously into a pint glass, this beer appears a muddled, sediment-specked, over-saturated iced tea hue, with a half finger of anemic, weakly foamy pale beige head, which flattens rather quickly, leaving only that thin physics-endowed default meniscus of lace around the glass.

It smells of vinous raisins, demerara sugar, bittersweet chocolate, root beer, subtle wood aromas - oak, apple, and brandy - with some other dark fruits lurking about. The taste is quite unexpectedly mellow, though this is perhaps because it is spread across multiple levels - a prominent earthy Old World wine essence, sugary dark fruit, overripe bananas, buttery, bready malt, thin molasses, and drying, musty oak notes.

The carbonation is quite diffuse, the body medium-full in weight, but still somehow airy, and the smoothness akin to a pillow, with a hundred of the same piled on top. It finishes sweet and fruity, but with a weighty drying tendency, all well tempered by a defanged Calvados warming.

This just feels like a simmering time bomb, the alcohol in there somewhere, strategizing, scheming beneath the enjoyable barrel-informed fruity malt. Incredibly tasty, subdued, and maybe a little dangerous. Sublimely easy to drink, at least for this one bottle - as that 20-proof ABV would make itself known eventually.

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4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2009. Bottle pulled from a friend's cellar in Ghent, Belgium, and brought to the proper serving temperature before the pour, which was into a Westmalle trappist goblet. Part of a three beer cellar pull (shared between three of us, naturally) which also included Westy 12 one year aged and Black Damnation II Mocha Bomb. My life is indeed a good one. Reviewed from over-excited ecstatic notes. Here we go:

A: Black colour. A wonderful head of good retention and thickness. Retained for well over four minutes, which is certainly impressive for a 10% ABV beer. Extraordinarily appealing.

Sm: Light caramel. Nutty hops. Subtle, but not quite as complex as expected. Unfortunately, me nose is broken so it's difficult to detect individual precise notes, especially when the scent is this light. No alcohol came through, which is difficult to accomplish.

T: Estery, minor nut body. The esters bleed into the finish. Brilliantly built and balanced. O, caramel, sweet delicate subtlety. (I don't often ode in my reviews, but in fairness at the time I had three 1-3 year aged 10%+ beers on the table, including Westy 12). The esters are balanced against the nuts, culminating in an artful duel between the flavours on the climax, after which the victor emerges: you, the taster. Quite a lovely beer indeed.

Mf: Smooth where demanded by the flavours of the body, but featuring a perfect dryness/wetness balance. Brilliant.

Dr: Amazing. Try it and you won't regret it, but your wallet might hate you. It's not necessarily a sipper - you could down it easily if desired - but it's best sipped slowly and enjoyed for everything it offers.

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12/13/13: [Truncated notes] Vintage 2005 bottle. Acquired for 5.50 euro, then in a trade. Served into a Westvleteren stem-goblet at me annual Christmas tasting in me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, CO.

A: Nice head.

Body colour is a caramel-amber. Nontransparent. Semitranslucent. Some yeast particles are visible.

Sm: Caramel, refined dark fruit, cream.

A mild strength aroma.

T: Cream, leavened dark fruit, caramel,clean Belgian yeast with accompanying light spice (e.g. clove.)

Mf: Smooth, creamy, wet. Good thickness and body. Complements the flavour profile well. Very approachable. Silky.

Not hot, oily, astringent, gushed, boozy, or harsh.

Dr: Extremely drinkable, though I think the 8 years of age has reduced its complexity and subtlety. It's past its prime. I'd recommend getting it younger.

B

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Photo of oline73
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at Max's. This is the 2005 vintage poured into a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark mahogany color with a layer of off white head that goes away completely.

Smell: Sweet with some dark fruit, cocoa, caramel, and a taste that reminds me of port or sherry. Very complex.

Taste: Sweet, smooth caramel with some dark fruit notes. Very smooth, the age hasn't hurt this beer at all. Some bitterness in the finish with warming alcohol. Great cool weather beer.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side of medium with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: Very smooth. A bit more bitter than I expected, but that wasn't a problem Very complex, would definitely have another.

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep brown/burgundy color ale with a super large foamy head with some exceptional retention and great lacing. Aroma of apple is easily distinguishable with some oak notes and light candi sugar notes. Taste is also dominated by the calvados notes with some oak notes and a nice lightly sweet malt base. Great carbonation with a full body and no discernable alcohol notes. Very well done overall but I still think I prefer the original Pannepot and maybe the oak-aged/calvados-aged has replace some of the complexity of the original beer.

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Photo of largadeer
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wahoo long time want shared by nanoslug. 2005 vintage, 11.2 oz bottle.

Murky dark brown, not quite transluscent. A high level of carbonation feeds a tall and lasting tan head.

Smells pretty great, brown sugar and dates, sweet apples red grapes, and red wine, earthy oak - very homogenous but pretty complex.

There's a great tart green apple flavor on the tongue, sweet red wine, brown sugar, dates - very fruity, oaky, earthy - not necessarily sweet or dry. The mid-palate is buttery, velvety, the finish shows coffee and fig, tart red grapes. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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Photo of olradetbalder
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into chalice, 2011 vintage bottling. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy very dark reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, plum, cherry, fig, date, apricot, apple, berry, red grape, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, and oak; with lighter notes of chocolate, cocoa, molasses, clove, vanilla, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready/light roasted malt, fruity yeast, and moderate oak notes; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, cherry, fig, date, apricot, apple, berry, red grape, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, and oak; with lighter notes of chocolate, cocoa, molasses, clove, vanilla, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light yeast spiciness and herbal/roast bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of dark fruit, cherry, apricot, apple, berry, red grape, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, oak, light chocolate/cocoa/molasses, herbal, yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roasted malt, fruity yeast, and moderate oak flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light dryness from bitter/spiciness, lightly increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, and slightly sticky/chalky/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 10%. Overall this is an incredible oak aged Quadrupel style. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roasted malt, fruity yeast, and moderate oak flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the big ABV. Incredible yeast/malt complexity in perfect balance; nice oak presence that is never overwhelming, tannic, or drying. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of DrBier
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep mahogany with a nice tan head and a tight ring of lace as it goes down.

S: Plenty of dark fruits, molasses, brown sugar, and some wintry spices.

T: Caramel malt base and plenty of brown sugar and molasses. Dates and figs are prominent, with a few notes of cherry. Quite complex.

M: Medium body and nicely creamy.

D: Very drinkable delicious. Love pretty much everything that Struise does.

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Photo of mothman
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2006

Tan head. Caramel brown color.

Raisins, caramel, toffee, oak, and molasses. Barrel flavors are light especially for being a reserva.

Full bodied. Nice carbonation.

Very nice beer for being 10 years old.

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Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev -6.3%

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