Pannepot Grand Reserva | De Struise Brouwers

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Pannepot Grand ReservaPannepot Grand Reserva
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:
642
Reviews:
246
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
9.84%
 
 
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187
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204
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Photo of olradetbalder
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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 DrBier
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of Boone757
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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 nickfl
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -18%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of dcmchew
4.69/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of billab914
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark brown body with a wispy, persistent, off-white head.

Smell: Aroma of dark malts and toasted oak wrapped up in a luscious, sweet-smelling raisin/plum syrup. Yes, I read Calvados, but for me it's very port-like.

Taste: Rich sweet maltiness! Flavors of simple syrup, dark caramel, light brown sugar, and a drop or three of molasses. Did I mention it's sweet? A tiny kick of tartness accompanies the potent, port-like fruitiness and plays nicely alongside the sweetness. Underlying tastes of vanilla and oak. Sweet, fruity finish with a lingering taste of cane sugar.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Quite nice! A superb creation. Can I take away PBR's blue ribbon and give it to this beer?

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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 mdaschaf
4/5  rDev -6.3%

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

Photo of smithj4
4/5  rDev -6.3%

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 mdfb79
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 03/25/11 notes. Shared with some friends, poured into a tulip. 2005 vintage.

a - Pour a murky brown color with sediment in the glass, one inch of tan head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of wine, oak, figs, raisins, dark fruits, spices, and alcohol. Pretty nice.

t - Tastes of raisins, figs, dark fruits, light oak, light spice, and bready malts. Lots of raisins in the taste, a little bit of a step down from the smell.

m - Medium body and low carbonation, smooth body.

o - A nice quad, but I think this one is my least favorite of the three Pannepot beers. Little too much raisins/figs in the taste and I think the extra time in the barrels muted some of the other smells and flavors. Would like to have again as I heard a new batch is coming out, but considering this is the toughest one for me to get, I'd rather just buy the normal Pannepot off the shelves.

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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 orangesol
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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 Alieniloquium
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle poured into a De Struise tulip. 2005 vintage.

Appearance - Dark brown. Light passes through revealing a tinge or red and some floating bits suspended in the beer. Medium khaki head that resolves into a creamy collar.

Smell - Oxidation lends sherry to the nose. Nothing offensive, but this is getting old. Fruit and caramel malt. Some brown sugar and a hint of darker roasted malts.

Taste - Bright fruitiness up front. Almost a wine-like characteristic. Oak. Again, sherry oxidation flavors. Brown sugar turns into a chocolatey finish and coffee is left in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation. Slickness from the oxidation. Sweet.

Overall - This definitely has its drawbacks. The oxidation doesn't open up any exciting flavors. It's not too old, but it's old. Nonetheless, this is a fantastic and complex beer.

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Photo of thatoneguymike
4.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pannepot Grand Reserva from De Struise Brouwers
4.27 out of 5 based on 642 ratings.
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