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

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Added by SacoDeToro on 03-20-2008

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Ratings:
644
Reviews:
247
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
9.84%
 
 
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187
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204
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Photo of CruisaC
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 vintage courtesy of yeahnatenelson and buffs9

Pours dark cola with mocha head that settles into a ring

Smell is spices, oak, raisins, and grapes. Fairly subtle but well balanced.

Taste is magnificent. Raisins and oak, blended wonderfully. I get less of the grape flavor that I've noticed from the "regular" Reserva; which isn't a good or bad thing, just different.

Mouthfeel is just the right amount of creaminess and chewiness. Incredibly smooth

Overall, so glad to have another to sip later; I'm amassing a vertical and this shaped up to be the early favorite.

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Photo of drgarage
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of bobv
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of spdyfire83
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

235th Review
33cl bottle poured into wine glass
Vintage: 2005
Lot: A C BB
No BB date that I could see on the bottle.

Enjoyed next to Pannepot (2010) and Pannepot Reserva (2009)

A: Deep tan (almost drown). Single (soft khakis) fingernail head on medium pour.

S: Smells of cinnamon, all-spice, fig, vanilla, oak, and caramel. Oakiness (and the barrel character) is very pronounced and the aromas are wonderful!

T: Loads of oak/barrel up-front followed by ZING of spice and dark fruit. Touch of caramel and vanilla finishes this one off.

M: Full bodied with appropriate carbonation. Goes down easy and disappeared too fast!

O: Of the three, this was - hands down - my favorite. The beauty and depth of this beer is unique, wonderful, and amazing. Age has down wonders to this beer and I think it will get better in due time. Nice work Urbain - bravo!

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Photo of WynnO
5/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of jaasen64
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle purchased from Etre. 2008 Grand Reserva- aged 14 months on French Oak and another 8 months on Calvados. Good till 8/16/2016. Poured into CCB snifter.

A- Pours a mostly opaque but slightly translucent very dark reddish-brown mahogany with a quarter finger of creamy mocha brown head that recedes fairly fast to leave no head, slightly below average carbonation.

S- Dark chocolate, vanilla, definitely a lot of oak, some spices, dried apricot, and a mix of other dried/dark fruits, some light booze in the background that blends in fairly well. About average aroma strength.

T- Oak, malts, apples, vanilla, some dried fruits, a tiny bit of apricot, cherries, light molasses. Lightly sweet but high complexity of a lot of different flavors that blend well together to give it a good yet interesting taste.

M- Slightly creamy, medium bodied, not too much carbonation, goes down very smoothly, just a tiny bit of alcoholic burn on the finish.

O- This was a very good beer with lots of complexity. There was so much going on in this that it was hard to distinguish all of the different aromas and tastes. With all the complexity it still was very well balanced and drank very easily. One of my favorite Belgians I've had to date. Definitely recommend trying it. Now I wish I could compare it to the other Pannepots.

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Photo of AdamP
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of mcss
4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of andjriz
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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

2005 vintage that was a welcomed treat tonight. Not expecting this.

A - poured maybe a half finger of light tan head. Only the slightest hint of red in it. Body is a deep red/amber. Only slight lacing.

S - dark fruits such as prunes and cherries. Lots of bing cherries. Nice balance between tart and sweet. A little Belgian yeast.

T - that old flavor (maybe slightly oxidized, but doesn't taste bad in this). Cherries again and some molasses. Some nice chocolate notes.

M - great carbonation and medium body.

O - a very nice quad. Wonderful cherry flavors that are mixed with some good chocolate. Smooth and beautiful.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2005)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, whartontallboy!

(Aged for 4+ years)

Dark brown with auburn and ruby edges and a very thin light brown head that doesn't stay up for too long. This leaves the glass messy with lots of irregular lacing. Appropriate and pretty, though somewhat standard for a beer of this style.

The main elements found in the aroma include dark fruits (raisin, black cherry, fig), along with barrel and some molasses and brown sugar sweetness. I wish everything was a touch more pronounced, but what's here is very nice.

The flavor shines though, significantly more than the aroma. The dark fruit flavors pair magnificently with the oak and molasses sweetness. This is rich, layered, complex, and incredibly drinkable. Zero alcohol presence.

Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Coating.

Simply superb.

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Photo of jtingue
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2005 vintage date. Poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance. Deep mahogany brown in color. Clear, other than a few particles of yeast floating about. poured slowly to produce 2 fingers of latte-like head.

Smell. You can really just bury you nose in this one forever. The first thing to hit the nostrils is a subtle sugar soaked funkiness. This distracts, for a moment from the true richness of the smell. What results, in the end, is an aged port with huge undertones of nuts and coriander.

Taste. Starts out just as the smell would suggest, with a mildly acidic port-like experience. This leads quickly into candied pecans and a slightly oaky character. A drier, more alcoholic wine, yet still sweet, wine character returns. The finish is a microcosm of everything tasted up until this point: slightly acidic, semi-dry and grape infused.

Mouthfeel. Very creamy... moderate, but tight carbonation, thick body.

I have had this one once before. For me a truly amazing quad. I really enjoy the subtle acidic quality that the barrel aging has given this one, especially as it pairs with the dark fruit flavors of the original pannepot.

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Photo of UTCengOwl
3.5/5  rDev -18%

Photo of hoppymcgee
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of theminutemen
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of brystmar
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of mulder1010
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ML poured into a tulip 2005 vintage
Thanks to Cam at IBS and Dgilks for the bottles. Much appreciated

A-- Poured a light cola color and settled a dark brownish ruby color. One finger light orange brown head that slowly died to a solid collar. Upon receding it left a half streak of lacing on the glass. Nice head retention to this.

S-- Oak, vanilla, brown sugar, raisin and I would swear spiced orange. Not a big nose but a good solid nose.

T-- I would say a spiced rum fruit cake cake really. Brown sugar, vanilla, dark fruits with orange splashed in, slight amounts of rum and toasted oak. Slightly thin but really nice.

M-- Slightly thin in the front but quite coating in the back. Low carbonation and medium body. Back of the palate is quite solid. Lots of brown sugar and raisin. Finishes with a nice oak kick. Solid stuff.

O-- Has held up quite well. Happy to have one other to drink. Slowly getting back into quads and this helps the cause a lot. Well hidden alcohol and just a well balanced beer

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

2005 bottle, 33cl purchased from Wilbur's in Ft. Collins, can't remember the price. Into a Delirium Tremens snifter.

A: Pours a deep, deep brown with gorgeous red highlights when held to the light. Sand colored head bubbles up to about a quarter of an inch, and quickly fades away leaving an island of bubbles in the middle of the glass. Nice lacing is left behind from the small amount of head that originally came from the pour.

S: Strong sweet notes of caramel, brown sugar, raisins, and vanilla. Slightly phenolic, but fairly mellow, doesn't get out of control like Chimay blue does. No booze at all. Decent amount of oak in here as well.

T: Rich and malty for a quad, caramel, oak, and earthy hops all find their way into the initial sip. Molasses and brown sugar aid with the richness in this beer. Oak lingers but doesn't overtake the beer. Nice amount of bitterness that helps the oak break up some of the sweetness. Wonderful stuff here.

M: Rich and creamy that slowly melds into a dry beer that almost verges on tannic, but never quite gets there. Nice smooth warmth goes all the way down like a good bourbon or scotch. Excellent.

O: A wonderful quad, I'm glad I bought multiples of this, as it is really a special beer. Glad to get to try it!

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Photo of whartontallboy
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of CelticAleMan
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of shagal
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. 2008 vintage. Deep dark brown, nearly black pour with one finger tan head with minimal retention, but nice lacing. Somewhat subdued nose initially, but it comes alive as it warms. Very complex and dominated by dark fruit with hints of cherry, vanilla, caramel, and oak, with just a touch of chocolate. The taste is complex as well but definitely dominated by the wood. Hints of dark fruit, specifically figs, cherry, tobacco, brown sugar, espresso, vanilla, and just a bit of cinnamon and chocolate. It has a subtle vinous character to it and tons of wood with a perfect amount of sweetness. The mouthfeel is slightly syrupy, but very smooth and surprisingly drinkable for a 10% beer. This is definitely my favorite Pannepot and yet another winner from De Struise! A great beer for those who love them aged in wood!

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

2005 Vintage.

A: A very dark amber pour, bordering on brown. Large, dense light brown head adorns it. Fades quite slowly, lacing fairly nice lacing rings around the glass.

S: Surprisingly boozy, especially given the age - smells almost like rum. Caramel and vanilla are somewhat prominent. Hints of dark fruit and a bit of cocoa in there.

T: Given the age, definitely tastes a lot sweeter/maltier than previous Pannepots I've had. I get lots of sweet raisins, grapes, figs and plums. Maybe even cherry. There is molasses, caramel and a good amount of oaky vanilla as well. Surprisingly decent booze kick too. There is a somewhat bitter cocoa flavor everywhere. Especially nice once it warms.

M: Fairly heavy, astringent and a little drying.

O: Tasty quad, much like the other variations. I feel this is the worst of the bunch though, not as good as the reserva, which isn't as good as the normal one. A little too much oak, a little too boozy compared to the others. Not bad by any means of course. Once it warms up fully, I swear it becomes a different beer. I had to adjust my taste score to a 4.5. The cocoa comes out and it just balances perfectly warm. Interesting. Might have to re-test the regular and reserva versions now.

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

How long have these been sitting in my local distributor? As if by magic, today I noticed the Pannepot Grand Reserva 2005, Pannepot Reserva 2008, Pannepot Old Monk's ale, and the Pannepot 2011. What a trove!

A: pours dark brown, but fills the glass nearly opaque brown-black, but with lighter edges. Thin film of beige head as I drink, left over from the mild head that formed through the pour

S: cocoa notes and fruity sweetness

T: the cocoa notes are still there, but also dark fruits like raisin and fig, moderated by a faint dryness at the back of the taste that reminds me of the oak casks it was aged in

M: silky, smooth, medium body - very mellow; just the barest touch of alcohol

O: I loved the Pannepot 2011 and 2007 I've had, and this was every bit as good as I'd hoped.

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Pannepot Grand Reserva from De Struise Brouwers
4.27 out of 5 based on 644 ratings.
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