Pannepot Grand Reserva | De Struise Brouwers

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Pannepot Grand ReservaPannepot Grand Reserva

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De Struise Brouwers

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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

Always nice to come visit pwoods and drink his beer. This review is on an 05 vintage poured into a chalice.

Pours a great warm shade of chestnut brown with loads of golden highlights. It is more or less opaque with a good bit of visual viscosity. The initial 1 finger creamy off-white head fades to a swirly skim and only leaves behind the tiniest spots of lace.

Very complex and bold nose. There's a nice sweetness of dark cherries and prunes and a little bit of an anise twist. The alcohol burns the nose just a bit but is tempered by the nice, warm oak.

What a big, bold and complex beer. The candi sugar, caramelized malts and big, fruity flavors of prunes and raisins contribute to a nice, full-bodied sweetness. The alcohol comes out slightly, and it is nicely warming and smooth. That licorice from the nose comes through mostly in the bready, oaky, sticky aftertaste. Feel is fairly full and slick, practically chewy.

Drinkability shouldn't be high, but it is immense. It just goes down so smoothly and tastes so full and delicious. So glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of pwoods
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Wetherel for the bottle.

11.2oz brown bottle poured into a chalice.

A: Pours a murky brown. Medium head with great retention and some lacing.

S: Great murky, dank oak. Powerful oak but doesn't cover up that delicious pannet aroma.

T/M: Definitely a tasty spicy pannepot with more ofthe dank oak. Some odd rotten/over-ripenned fruit... Kind of sour? Some licorice kinda flavor. Medium full body with light but assertive carbonation.

D: Drinks nicely but the rotten fruit/sourness is very distracting.

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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 Reagan1984
3.67/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Masterski for providing this gem. Alex is a great guy..

2005 Vintage on label.

Pours with a creamy tan 2 fingers of head that fades to a ΒΌ inch cap of foam. A deep brown shoe polish color with some orange tones at the edges. Not much in the lacing category.

The aroma reminds me of Coca-Cola. I keep smelling it and I keep coming back to that. There is certainly some dark fruit here, but Coke is where my brain keeps going.

Dark plum, rich deep malts start the show here. Then I get some figs mixed with a slight tartness. After the tartness fades I am left with a subtle molasses flavor and truly a little cola. (for the record, I haven't had a coke in a long time!)

Medium bodied, slick in your mouth and with tiny pin point carbonation.

This is pretty good, but I was hoping for a little more. The tart flavor held me back a bit to be honest. This is what happens sometimes when drinking an aged beer.

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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 rtepiak
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

vintage 2006 in june of '10

pour is a mahogany with a brilliant head. when the bartender popped it came in a rush. pour was about 3 fingers of head. a very intense nose. belgian yeast, beligian cane, figs, molasses, and toasted almonds and port wine. palate was all that with a intense amount of volume a mild sour quality that i've only tasted in the De Rocs grand cru. i really like De Roc. and this beer seems like a higher gravity of that beer. also seemed a bit too sweet... to the point that i hid the other flavors and even the alcohol like a brick. expect they're different styles. quite dense and complex as the beer expands on the palate. wonderful feel. it goes down a smooth sipper. excellent end of the night beer.

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

Oh yeah.... 2005 from the big bottle. Rich brown with swirly head. Moderate aroma of malts and slight alcohol. Sweet malt flavors with some bitterness, spices, funkiness. A little more complex than the regular Pannepot... tasty, rich ...Very nice overall.

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

Poured from a slender 330ml brown bottle with 2005 written on the front of the label. Best before date of 30/11/2013. The beer pours a deep, dark brown with red hues. Small tan head that quickly disappears.

A very mild smell, citrus and earthy. No esters, phenols or alcohol that I would expect from this style. I guess the age of the brew has really mellowed it out.

Just like the smell the taste is mellow. Upfront citrus and dark fruit, with a slight bitter aftertaste. The alcohol is very well hidden but I am fairly sure it is there. This is what I would expect from a quad that is of a five year vintage. A younger quad has a lot of different flavours and notes that are easy to pick out but with a little age all of these sharp individual things meld into an amazing mellow and rich brew.

A medium mouth feel with low carbonation.

A very easy drinking brew, for a quad. I truly believe that the five year vintage has really changed the characteristic of the beer. The best beer store in town has a lot of these sitting on a shelf but at $11.00 dollars for a 330ml bottle, it's a bit pricey.

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Photo of muttyd
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep brown with a thin tan/beige head. Ruby highlights as I hold it up to the light. Great lacing.

S - Big Belgian yeast aroma, apples, dark pitted fruits. Hints of oak and vanilla.

A - Malty, sweet, and yeasty. Some green apple funk/sourness. Oak flavors really come through in the flavor. Alcohol present, but not overbearing. Slight astringency in the finish.

M - Creamy on the tongue, full bodied, and moderate carbonation.

D - Big flavors make this one a sipper, but these big malty Belgian beers are among my favorites. Great overall beer.

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Photo of adkirkish
3.62/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grand Reserva (2005)

A: Sour, green apple up front, tart, w/ a light citrus hop aroma, no diacetyl, and a strong apple aroma presence. Belgian yeast presence.

A: Pours Medium to dark brown w/ no head, no lacing, and little to no visible carbonation/

F: Flavors of sour and tart upfront, belgian malt makes up most of the mid body w/ alcohol, and smoky notes on the finish. No hop presence.

M: Little to no carbonation, medium bodied, and finishes dry.

O: A good example of a strong belgian ale. The apple aroma is a good touch. I couldn't really pull out the oak aroma out of this beer. Perhaps lost over the maturation of this beer. I would not age this beer for more than 2 years due to loss of key belgian flavors in this sample.

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Photo of ccrida
4.82/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33 cl bottle (huge thx northyorksammy!) poured into my Westvleteren chalice, Pannepot Grand Reserva is a very dark, murky brown with a tan head that leaves scattered, foamy lace.

Smell is robust, some toffee but very vinous. Wow, this is what I call a quad!

Taste is not quite as robust but still very full. Exceptionally vinous, to the point where I'm wondering if the French oak barrels this was aged in were previously used for wine. While there's only the slightest tartness to this (and I think it's more of a perceived flavor then indication of any souring microbes, as this has too much residual sugar for a 5 year old beer), it reminds me of a mix between a quad and Flanders red -which I'm loving. Outstanding, with an awesome cranberry-raisin character that finishes with just the slightest tartness Again, Wow.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with some slickness and a nice carbonation.

Drinkability is sadly awesome. The best quad I've ever had, of course it's a super rare brew that's 5 years old...hopefully they'll make more again! The label (from the Ontario importer Roland + Russell) claims it's limited to 30 Hl / 2 years. That's not a lot, but it implies they at least intended to rerelease it...but the fact is, it's hard to get (I saw it going for over $100 a bottle at some beer bar in the Bay area after I traded for it, although I doubt they really sell it at that price), which hurts the score a bit, even if I'm in love at the first whiff...

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

On a great night we put this beer up against a Westvleteren 12. This beer won out.

Bottle has a 2006 date and says it was aged for 14 months in oak casks. This beer is at least 4 years old probably more. Very cool.

Pours dark with ruby highlights, with a nice light colored head. Nose is malty with a hint of oak and brandy. I suspect they aged this in brandy barrels. Floral hops shine thru as well. This beer smells great.

Taste does not disappoint. Belgian maltyness with hints of apple, brown sugar, and that brandy taste comes up at the end. Some mild pepper spice or something. Its hitting all senses. Bitterness is perfect. Mildly sweet.

Mouth feel is creamy and just right.

What a great beer. The very definition of artisinal beer. Thank you De Struise.

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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 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 rye726
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


Pours a rich mahogany with a thick tan head. Settles to a silky cover with excellent lace.

Nose has sweet bready malts, figs, red wine, oak, vanilla, calvados, cocoa, toffee and caramel.

Taste has a nice balance between dry burgundy grapes, wood, calvados, nutty malts, spices, ripe pitted fruits and dark candies.

Full, creamy body has a nice vinous finish. Another truly artisinal ale from Urbain.

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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 koopa
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2005 Vintage 750ml bottle brought back in 2008 from the Cracked Kettle in Amsterdam.

Appearance: Pours an attractive dark brown with some slivers of red. The body has the smallest amount of sediment in it. The crown is a luxurious soft khaki composed of fine velvet like bubbles. Good head retention and lace are displayed.

Smell: A vinous note in the forefront with barrel, apples, pears, and spices playing supporting roles.

Taste: Vinous note combined with candi-sugar, green apples, grapes, a hint of apple brandy even, with a smooth malt foundation.

Mouthfeel: I knew once I laid eyes on the lushness of the crown that the mouthfeel would be divine and it is. Medium body with a touch of heft, smooth silky body, with creamy carbonation. Outstanding.

Drinkability: The mouthfeel really helps here but both the large abv and the vinous note keeps it from a perfect score. Still extremely drinkable for a brew of this stature.

Time is treating this one well. Glad I have another 750ml in the cellar still!

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Photo of thekevlarkid
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Out of a vintage 2006 bottle this beer was a dark, burgundy color with two fingers of beige head that retained well and left rings of lacing down my glass. The aroma was of dark fruits, roasted malt, toasted malt, sour apples (from the French Oak barrels) and spices. The flavors were complex and highly advanced. I hate to sound pretentious, but this would roll right over a pedestrian beer drinker. I tasted the French oak, an array of malts, plums, raisins, simple syrup, brown sugar, port wine, buttery bread and alcohol on the finish. There was so much going on and the elements were so well blended it was difficult to discern the spices but this impressive montage of flavors was reflective of how well executed the beer was. My only complaint was the French oak plus Calvados that the beer was aged in came through so strongly, especially as it warmed up, that it suppressed some of the more subtle elements. The mouthfeel was creamy, the body medium/full and the carbonation medium.

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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 gyllstromk
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 vintage

Another great beer by one of my new favorite breweries. Pours dark burgundy with mild carbonation. Nose is a deep vanilla, notes of rum, chocolate, and burnt malts. Hints of lavender and I detected a small amount of nice yeasty funk at the beginning. Oak/vanilla elements dominate the palette, with mild sweetness and bitterness, and a very slight tartness. No detectable Belgian yeast phenols, though there may be a slight kiss of Brettanomyces. Is this really a quadrupel?: tastes more like an oak aged stout/porter.

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Photo of Luk13
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

3 way blind taste test alongside westvleteren 8 and pannepot reserva 2006. Nice dark appearance with little head. Fruity, ripe cherry aroma and some alcohol, maybe a bit of oak. Taste is very bold, ripe and fruity. Good alcohol presence, again a beautiful palate.

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

Vintage 2005 tasted in September 2008.
A: Very dark brown with medium pale tan head that settles quickly and reveals scant lacing.
S: Aroma of malt, caramel and dates.
T: Tastes of liquorice and caramel, the sweetness nicely balanced with hoppy bitterness, especially late.
M: Good body.
D: Excellent brew, to be sought after.

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

11.2 oz, 2005 vintage, shared courtesy of Bobsy - another gem, thanks bro!

Pours a dark cola brown with light foam, leaves generous lacing down the glass.

Nose is dark fruits, brown sugar, raisins, lightly spiced.

This is an insanely smooth, drinkable quad. Not as spicy as others but rich toffee and caramel, plums and grapes, brown sugar, light spices (coriander, anise), a hint of oak and tannins, light oranges. Such silky smooth body and carb, the years have mellowed this into a beauty.

This is terrific. Rich, sumptuous and yet somehow drinkable, not a hint of the ABV, goes down way too easy. Thanks Rob!

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