Pannepot Grand Reserva | De Struise Brouwers

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Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers
Belgium
noordhoek.com

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by SacoDeToro on 03-20-2008

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4.27
pDev:
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Photo of RblWthACoz
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.

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Photo of rolltide8425
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2010 Vintage-Pours a dark brown with a modest tan head. Smells of dark fruit, a little oak, chocolate, and yeasty sweetness. Taste follows the smell with tons of dark fruit, sweet chocolate, and some woodiness from the oak. There are also some wine-like tannins present as well as a bit of booziness. Nicely carbonated but also very smooth going down. You could age this for years on end and it would just get better and better.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Splurged on a bottle at Beer Bistro before my buddy's wedding. Served in a tulip glass. This is the 2005 (only?) vintage.

A - A finger of tan foam with excellent retention and glass-coating lacing. The head eventually settles to a thick, creamy, cap. Dark, dark, brown body with a hint of red when held to the light. Urbain somehow manages to make even the highest-gravity beers look pretty.

S - Huge vinous notes, apple brandy, spices like anise and nutmeg, and a bit of earthen barrel character. There's the obvious quad backbone of raisins, caramel, and dark fruits, but this doesn't smell overly sweet. The nose is a touch harsh and medicinal.

T- Anise, spices, figs & dates, candi sugar, vinous notes, dark chocolate that lends a touch of bitterness, and sweet apple brandy. No discernible alcohol in the taste.

M - Surprisingly dry, with a tannic finish with low residual stickiness - somewhat atypical to style but still quite enjoyable. Smooth medium body with low carbonation.

D - Masterfully hidden ABV in the taste. However, dispite it's pluses, this is never going to be a session brew. It's a complex sipper that needs to be pondered. I'm not sure if it's better than the other Pannepot variants, but it's definitely excellent and worth trying.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

03/11/09- Recieved in a trade with BA member ygtbsm94.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with a best by date on the label of the bottle. Poured into my Abbaye des Rocs chalice.

Appearance- Deep grayish wine like color. About a 1/4 inch head on the pour with some minor spotty lace.

Smell- Really nice nose of concord grapes, plums, caramel and some candied sugar.

Taste- A slight minor metallic note sticks around almost the whole beer until it warms to room temp. Also, the flavor lasts much longer at room temp. Grape flavor reigns supreme with some rasins and plums included. Alcohol is barely noticeable. Sugary sweet, but about the right amount.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation level, very slight hoppy taste in the back of the mouth. Slight sugary coating and flavorful aftertaste when warmed.

Drinkability- I personally liked the regular version of Pannepot better, but this is still pretty good. If not for the metallic note, it would be right up there with some of the better ones.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oh yum, long time want, finally getting around to drink more of Urbain's beers. This was a great treat, 2005 vintage. Did I say yum?

Beer is black / brown with haze at the corners of the glass. Forms a good head of small off white bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass but the head doesn't stay around much.

Aroma is sweet and bready with good esters of fruits and some spice as well. Its decent volume, a great aroma.

So, my biggest criticism of this beer is that I can't taste the oak, it says on the bottle that its oak aged but there is no real vanilla or tannic character, it is however good tasting. Its sweet, malty, no alcohol really, mildly spicy in the midpalate, some plums and mild raisins. Very good.

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

This bottle is the 2005 vintage and courtesy of sixthglass, thanks Tim!

It pours a muddied and syrupy dark brown, full bodied, with the look of creek water after a good rain. It looks great for the style. The aromas are big and malty. It's very bready and also features raisins, spiced rum, toffee, molasses, cloves, and sweet banana like esters. The flavors are heavy on raisin bread, toffee, smooth malts, molasses, and it finishes with a light yet boozy banana finish. It drinks very full and has a moderate amount of alcohol. It is also exceptionally smooth. Overall this is a fine quad with good complexity and well worth a try.

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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 TheSevenDuffs
3.15/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2005 Reserve. Got this as an extra in a trade a little while ago. Thanks alpineclimber!

Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a very dark amber colour - completely opaque - with one finger of light brown head that slowly disappeared. Some good lacing on the glass.

S - Intense sweetness up front with notes of dark caramel, brown sugar and toffee. Dark fruit notes compliment the sweetness.

T - Extremely sweet. Lots of brown sugar, toffee and dark caramel. Some spice and yeast notes come through as well. I don't pick up the oak at all.

M - Medium body; light carbonation.

O - This was extremely sweet - to the point that I could not finish it. It was enjoyable for about a third of the glass and then became too much for me to drink.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 Vintage

Pours a very nice brown color, nice carbonation, nice little tan head, with some nice sticky lacing left behing. The nose is malty, with some plums, raisins, figs. The taste is malty, some dark fruits, oaky. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a very tasty brew, highly recommended. Thanks Eric.

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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 BARFLYB
3.41/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2005 Vintage into a small Chimay Chalice.

Pannepot Grand Reserva 2005 goes in the glass a medium hue of brown with some tree bark like colors. The cap is real thin with dark tannish film like appearance. Smell is old dark fruit with plum being the focus. Faint sour apple with some faded roasted malt scent. Some port like quality with grape and small fig. Cant really pick up the barrel, this is an old bottle here. Taste is way left field at this point, perhaps past the point of no return. Dark fruit and some tartness has taken on effect. It's different and pleasant but not what im looking for in a quad. Plum and some apple with grape, sour grapes, Port like flavors, calvados. This is far off from a normal quad. Feel is a big medium and the carb is tame, yet this leaves a tart zing when sipped. I vastly preferred the Pannepot Reserva to this 'grand' version. Perhaps I should try another bottle of it.

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Photo of biegaman
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 Vintage enjoyed 01/07/10.

The beer refuses to let its true colour be discerned. Away from the light, its toneless brown shade is exceedingly dim, when against it it rejects any highlighting. The complexion is content to stay as murky as can be. Weensy bubbles pin prick the surface and sporadic clumps of suds elevate it unevenly; observed from above, the blur that is (was) its head appears a landscape photo taken by primitive aerial satellite.

The 10% alcohol may have proven to be too much for the beer's head to sustain itself, but the aroma seems to be holding its own just fine. Although not entirely unscathed, lusciously malty notes (and their overtones of prunes, figs, toffee, port and brown sugar) can still be appreciated at great capacity, somewhat surprising considering it's spent 24 months in barrels and three years subsequently in the bottle.

I recall this being, not only too strong, but rather disjointed when having sampled it soon after bottling. The lush, melodious flavours of the Quad seemed to clash with the mighty, surly and strong notes of the calvados barrels; I remember thinking that the experiment came together like a lost chord that should never have been found. But, three years later, I'm happy to report that all that's changed...

Those lush, melodious flavours that I love so much about Pannepot (and the Quad style in general) are now fully ripened and tuneful. An assortment of dark fruits (prunes, raisins) intermix with rich sweets (brown sugar, toffee) and honey-roasted nuts which, taken all in together, form the basis for what I presume could have been some kind of dessert that for centuries would have only been served to royalty.

The character of the calvados and the very ripe but mellow apple brandy flavour it imparts turn out to be quite well suited to this beer's style (once the alcohol has simmered enough so that we can appreciate it, of course). While this has the complexities of such a liquor, there is enough velvety maltiness to retain this in the realm of malted beverages.

The plain oak barrels which this beer called home for over a year have also made a difference in the overall product (or so I'd think). The beer is, as just mentioned, velvety smooth with a spiciness that - whether derived from yeast or alcohol or actual spices themselves - is subdued and savory, delicate and matured. Pictures of orange zest and clove and anise may pop into mind but never really imprint themselves on the tongue.

I would say without hesitation the Struise Pannepot is one of the most finely crafted beers I know of and that it serves not only as perhaps the finest example of its style but also as physical testament to the artistry that defines the Belgian brewing tradition at large. This version of it is a beer that, to quote Harold McGee, "touches the mind not with release from the world, but with a heightened attentiveness and connection to it."

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of John_M
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with Dyan last night. Many thanks for sharing this beauty with me Dyan.

The beer pours a dark brown color with fair head retention and not much lacing. The nose is very attractive in this beer, consisting of milk chocolate, cherries and rootbeer. Flavors generally replicate the nose, but are not quite as intense as I waas expecting, given the aroma profile. The beer is no more then moderately sweet, with a fairly long, soft finish. Alcohol is well disguised, though I can't imagine drinking very much of this.

Not sure extended barrel aging has helped this beer out, as I think I like the base beer version better. Nevertheless, this is still a very fine beer from De Struise.

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Photo of Derek
3.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2005 vintage.

A: Brown, almost black, with deep ruby highlights; tan head has a thin ring of retention that leaves some lace.

S: Sour cherries, raisins, prunes, figs, light spicing, brown sugar & hints of cider.

T: Sour cherry, candied pineapple, raisin, fig, christmas cake like spicing, brown sugar, roasted nut, hints of cocao & molasses, definite wood in the finish, modest bitterness, warming alcohol.

M: Slight residual sweetness, a little tart acidity and a drying alcohol finish.

D: Decent, but I'm not fond of the sourness in this one.

Apparently it was aged in French Calvados oak... I liked Biergotter's better.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

9/3/2011

750ml 2005 vintage shared by Paul, thanks! 

A: Deep brown, bordering on black with an impressive beige head. Lots of lacing.

S: Cinnamon and gingerbread with sweet malt. Prune blends with plum and light oxidation. Apple brandy is evident but faint. Smells nice.

T: More apple brandy in the flavor than the nose. Luscious dark fruit notes remind me of prune, plum, and grape. Rich caramel and light pepper-like phenols.

M: Upper full in body with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Really nice stuff. A pleasure to try.

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Photo of rudzud
4.11/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2005 Vintage, apparently this is the first batch. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice very dark mahogany hue that would be clear if not for how dark it is. Nice half finger light tan head fades to leave a creamy halo and a thin cloud.

S - Aromas of well, an old quad. Definitely oxidation, light caramel, brown sugar, darker fruits, figs, faint vanilla. Like someone else said there is some sherry notes.

T - Taste is figs, oxidation/cherry, with a strong chocolate and coffee finish. Almost port like this is not bad, just not expected. What's really unexpected is the level of chocolate and coffee and lightly sweet dark fruits on the finish. Pleasant.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, slightly silky, alcohol is hidden nice.

O - Overall, perhaps I should have drank this a few years back but still glad I did not. Nice complexity here.

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Photo of weeare138
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to hopdog for openining this one...
Appears a hazy, dark chestnut with crimson highlights when held to the light. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, calvados, port, oak, black grapes, vanilla, raisins, prunes, and brown sugar.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with port wine and calvados soaked oak seeping through in the flavors.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with raisins, and brown sugar clinging to the palate, making for a sweet but delicious beer.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2005 vintage. Pours a one-finger light brown head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Black color, no highlights, ton of yeast left in bottle. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Dark fruit and alcohol nose and flavor is also alcohol, dark fruit and some oak, mellow sweetness. Very similar to Pannepot Reserva. Expensive at $11.49 for a 330ml (label claims this is a 750ml, I guess they ran out of 330ml labels) bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2005 Vintage, best by Dec 2012. I'm glad someone uses the notching.

It pours a cloudy dark reddish brown with a very small head of foam that shrinks to a fine layer but never less during the session and there's some good lacing.

The smell has some tart dark fruits up front with good notes of oak and a malty sweetness that I guess is candy sugar. It's not particularly strong in anyone category but combined...me likes.

The taste is better than the nose. Dark fruit tartness hits my tastebuds first followed by a nice oaky flavour with some vanilla mixed in. When I swish the beer in my mouth, I can tell the dark fruit is made up of plums and and black cherries and overall, it has what I consider a sherry like character. The alcohol is slightly noticeable in the taste and gives me some warming after the swallow but I can't complain as it's pretty much under control.

The mouthfeel is medium up front but seems to cross over into light territory just before the swallow, the carbonation is light, and it finishes with tart and spicy notes. I really like this but I just wonder what it would have tasted like fresh.

Bottom line: This is damn good stuff!

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

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip. 2005 Vintage.

(A)- Pours a fairly thick, very dark near pitch black burnt sienna color. Produced some nice tan froth with good retention and plenty of lace.

(S)- I can definitely see the oak barrel in this. Some dark fruits and subtle yeasty clay behind a dry, oaky, almost tannic yet nutty earth.

(T)- Again, the oak aging definitely shows its face. Some dry, nutty oak flavors in front of some yeasty bread, dark fruits (prune, raisin, cassis).

(M)- A smooth carbonation level. A nice balance to it as well, though far more oak barrel characters than I was expecting. 10% ABV? I taste none of the heat this would perhaps normally portray either.

(D)- This has much much more life left in it for future aging despite being 6 years old or so. A solid to great quad that I think will only just get better and better with time based upon what is in the glass in front of me, though it is quite good now too.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle poured into tulip 16/1/13 2005 vintage

A the darkest brown with a deep cola edge, quite murky with lots of sediment upon closer inspection, thumbs width of dense mocha foam slowly falls to a thin film leaving some random lace

S sweet brewers candy, anise, root beer, burnt toffee, faint chocolate, candied cherries, fresh plum and some rum raisin with some woody earthy notes, the smell is complex to say the least

T a little spice and perhaps just a hint of banana bread, faint sour fruit I didn't notice on the nose, the oak comes out a little more in the mouth, not quite the same complexity as the nose but pretty tasty stuff

M not quite full bodied with mellow carbonation, has a little sweet and sour thing going on and a earthy anise finish

O great beer and its held up quite well, perhaps its peaked already but very solid today, the booze is completely hidden and no complaints anywhere

I swore I'd reviewed this one in the past but apparently not, I'm curious what this tasted like a couple years ago, I don't think I'd age this one beyond this point, drink em if you got em

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Photo of tigg924
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2011 Vintage Pours clear, dark reddish brown in color with minimal head. Taste is fig, prune, raisin with light oak and dark cherry. Sweet, medium bodied for the style, with moderate carbonation. An excellent quad. I think I prefer their regular Pannepot better, but wow what an excellent quad. Well worth seeking out.

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Photo of bylerteck
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sent to me by a friend in Calgary. 2005 vintage.

A - Pours the definition of 'murky.' Sort of a muddy brown colour in the glass with a one finger beige. head. Good carbonation. Spotty lace and a film of retention.

S - Aroma is full of leather and molasses up front. Lot's of dark fruit and sugar as well. Mild tart dark fruit or cherry notes. Very interesting and complex aroma unlike anything in a Quad I've smelled.

T - Tart cherry really dominates. Barrel character. Dark fruit is big with some wood. Sugar, woody, mild molasses. Might be a little past it's prime as the mild sourness comes out pretty strong, but it's still enjoyable. Not as good as the aroma, but not bad at all.

M - Nice, mild carbonation, medium to full body and a dry and mildly tart finish with lot's of dryness.

O/D - This is probably a bit oxidized, but still pretty enjoyable. The aroma is quite original and enjoyable with lot's of complexity. You can tell that there was a world class Quad underneath this, but maybe it peaked a few years ago. Still pretty darn good though.

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Pannepot Grand Reserva from De Struise Brouwers
4.27 out of 5 based on 629 ratings.
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