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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

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#658
Reviews:
251
Ratings:
649
pDev:
9.77%
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Photo of brdc
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Small capped bottle. 2005 Vintage Best by date December 2012

Poured into a goblet, it produces a dense, creamy tan colored head atop a dark ruby beer.
Dark fruits and spices predominate on the aroma, along with a malty sweetness, cardamom, brown sugar.
Creamy on the palate as well, mostly malty sweetness, with prominent spices, dark fruits, a note of oak and vanilla.
It is a very good beer, but still inferior to regular pannepot. Better than reserva.

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Photo of badbeer
3.38/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber red color with a tan head that quickly dissipates to a ring around the glass. Smell is of green apple, spices, and some wood. Taste consists of caramel, toffee, spices, clove, but this is also very metallic; even moreso than the regular reserva. Light bodied with a rather high carbonation. I'd try this again, but I don't know that I'd seek it out. It seems like I'd just stick with regular Pannepot over any of the reservas. Thanks to pepsican for the sample.

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Photo of weeare138
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
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 elricorico
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2005 bottle. Basically black, with a fairly quick pour forming a finger of tan head. Falls quickly to a half finger cap, but maintains there.

The aroma is strongly dominated by oak woodiness. Behind that is the dark fruits of a quad, but they are muted by the strong wood aroma. Spices notable as well. Altogether nice.

Taste is extraordinary. Much like the regular Pannepot, but with the alcohol muted, and an addition of vanilla-like wood flavour and just a hint of tartness to the mix. Spicy, fruity, rich and sweet.

Mouthfeel is full bodied with a little more than the required carbonation to cut through the body. Here is another 10% ABV beer that drinks like a 6%.

For the money I'd stick with the regular Pannepot, but this is another fantastic brew and well worth trying.

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Photo of DrJay
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2005. Thanks for the trade northyorksammy!
Dark brown with some reddish highlights, a moderate pour produced a fluffy beige cap. Excellent head retention, with two fingers of foam settling to a finger's worth over several minutes, leaving behind some chunky, clinging lace. A thin cap lingered right through to the bottom of the glass. Big dried fruit aroma, mostly raisins, with some earthy prune skin and figs. Lots of malt too, rich and sweet, with notes of molasses and toffee dominating, along with cake and dough in the background. Kind of smells like fruitcake, but much better than that, with a hint of boozy rum. Wood character was quite subdued, but there was a bit of vanilla in there. Very fruity flavour too, again with the dried fruits mentioned above, but with more of a fresh plum character. Alcohol was more pronouned than in the aroma, as were mellow oak tannins. Alcohol was a little spicy in the finish and vanilla appeared here as well. Lots of sweetness, but just a little of that was from brown sugar and toffee flavours, more from the fruit department. Finished with a bit of cherry sourness. Pretty tasty. Medium to full bodied with creamy, lowish carbonation, just a bit of astringent dryness and plenty of warmth. Really quite good and pretty drinkable for a big beer.

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

Dark brown with a small ruby head and tight carbonation. Aromas of various spices and heavy duty German style maltings. Star anise, fennel, and licorice come to my mind, and upon first sip they also hit my palate. Kinda chocolate-y yet not really.. there is some Cinnamon flavors in here as well. Mouthfeel is creamy, but not too thick or over the top. Drinkability is good, but I could not drink this one all night as the spices would definately get to me after awhile. This is more rounded, less spicy, and more drinkable than the regular version

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

Vintage 2005, Russell and Roland Canadian import.

Pours clear, dark ruby with a mahogany hue. A inch-plus head of dense beige settled slowly, making way for an almost full skim coat on the surface. A few ropes of lacework for the duration as well.

Aromatics lead off with juicy malt, ripe fruit, and a boozy warmth. Grape jam, plump raisins, vanilla nougat, and brandy.
An oaky earthiness steps forward along with hints of cherries, musty boards, sherry, and cocoa.

Medium bodied, with an extremely creamy mouthfeel. Quite luscious and a bit sticky.

A blend of dark fruits and cherries, along with rum soaked raisins and grape jam lead off the palate. An earthy, woody note add a tannic dryness atop some residual sugars.
Warming brandy and a light tartness follow through along with lingering malt and some faint citrus spicing.

Finishes with a boozy wave, cherry pits, and a bright orange note that pulls through a chocolate nod.

Wowza, great beer. Dryer and less spicy than the Panneput from 2006. The oak aging, faint tartness, and brandy really ramp up the complexity of the brew.

Too bad it's nearly impossible to get.

Mad props to Northyorksammy for the hookup!

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Photo of Wasatch
4.47/5  rDev +4%
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 Bitterbill
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
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 seaoflament
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hoppymeal and ygtbsm94 each for a bottle of this beer.

Pours a muddy cola color with a decent inch of foam. The head quickly dies down to a ring with some activity in the center thanks to my Chimay goblet.

Wow, the aroma is pretty darn good. First I pick up a deep malt aroma, very toasted and sweet. Then I get a whiff of apples, spices and coffee in the back. This one keeps getting more complex as it breathes and warms up. I can now detect some oak, chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, grapes, and a bit of a vinous character hidden in the back, which also comes across as tangy or sour. Dark Belgian candy is also noticeable. Tobacco and hints of brandy (from the calvados) also in the mix and seems to intensify every minute. Another aroma I'm able to identify is woodsy licorice. A little floral hop profile on the nose with hints of vanilla, raisins, and prunes. Spicy raisin bread comes to mind as it warms up.

The taste is just as intense as the aroma. Quite a bit of chocolate, coffee, and toasted malts upfront and followed by some spiciness and dried fruits in the middle. Oak finish with a more subtle chocolate/coffee flavor in the aftertaste. Apple skins, grapes and dried fruits in the aftertaste as well. There is an apple sourness at the very beginning with some brandy flavor then the rush of sweetness from the malt comes through and a pleasant dryness finishes it all off...really well done. Again I get a floral profile just as in the aroma. A tad of smoke near the end as the beer warms up. It just gets better as it warms up, quite a bit of calvados flavor. I'm almost done with this beer, about 1hr later, and I'm still picking this one apart! Now I'm tasting some slightly sour cherry flavors.

Very good carbonation, delicate on the palate but just a tad watery near the middle. Finish is creamy. The alcohol is almost non-existent to me in this beer.

There is so much going on with Pannepot Grand Reserva but it blends very well.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
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 Ljunkan
4.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this twice. It was quite expensive, limited and so on... so I only got three bottles (which of 1 ½ was for me...), but I'm really happy for that anyway. It was an honour too drink something from Struise.

Dark red/brown color with a quite small, beige head.

Smells a bit vinous, oaky with notes of dried fruits and spices.

Taste is outstanding. Here we got notes of liqourice, spices, port/red wine like flavours, sour apples and 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 my favourite beer from Belgium until this date, beating the Rochefort 10.

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Photo of Bananaman
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! Pannepot seems to have appeared out of the blue (I hadn't heard of them until two months ago). But my good friend David ordered a few bottles, we shared one and I drank one by myself.

Hazy dark-brown/orange color with a small white/beige head.

Smells fresh of fruits, peppercakes, liqourice and some sourness. Some sweet maltiness too.

The taste is pretty low on bitterness. There are pretty much the same tones in the flavour as in the smell. But there's a really nice malty sweetness that's balanced by a light sourness. You can really tell that this is aged on calvados casks.

Wonderful! I'd really like to lay my hands on a few more of these.

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Photo of NoLiberty
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours from 330 ml bottle into small tulip glass. Very deep, but clear chestnut brown color with only very slight reddish hues around the edges. Nice, off-white solid 2 finger head that settles into a very consistent and thick cap with nice high lacing. Really nice carbonation.

Aroma: Initial aroma has slight tart twang and "spice" flavors, but is quickly followed by strong candy sugar and then by a spicy alcohol aroma underlying brown sugar, maple, molasses and some dried fruit characteristics.

Taste: A great balance of sweet flavors and a long-lasting but less strong tartness. Up front is sweet, fruity, some esters. Middle has some spicy alcohol notes and finishes with a surprisingly clean and with little residual flavors. I was surprised by how clean and fresh this beer tasted for its age. Also not many oaky characteristics but certainly well balanced by its time on oak and with some fruity tartness.

Mouthfeel: Awesome mouthfeel. So smooth and soft, just great. Carbonation is very present but not biting, and with a super silk light body that just rolls all over the mouth. Not sweet or cloying despite 10% alcohol and solid sweetness.

Drinkability: Yes, very good drinkability.

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Photo of Sammy
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
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 Viggo
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a case of this today from a local importer, good shit!! The regular Pannepot is awesome stuff.

Pours a muddy dark reddish brown, huge and thick light tan head forms, quickly settles itself down into a thick ring, some spiral lacing on the glass, pretty nice. Smell is rad, very oaky, white wine/chardonnay buttery oak, caramel, fruit, figs, bread, light chocolate roast, grapey/red wine type of aroma, crazy, really neat. Taste is intense, tons of fruit, wood, wine, caramel, butter, bread, tart and earthy, red wine, cherries, alcohol comes through in finish, bites the tongue. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with medium carbonation. Wood is insane in this, and I'm not sure to think. Maybe my palate isn't 100% but I can't say I'm too impressed. I'll re-review later.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
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 Crosling
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fà in Roma and then again at Monk's Cafe in Stockholm. I was underwhelmed both times. Mostly I failed to see how the wood had that big of an influence on the beer. Lately, I have been drinking a lot of regular Pannepot 2006 (nearly 2 years old, its amazing.) That beer has more complexity to me than the Grand Reserva. So yes, this was a tasty beer, but I expected more oak character.

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Photo of hoppymeal
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark murky brown in color, some chunkiness, a good sized medium tan head slowly fades with a little lacing. Aroma is bready with a little spice, some sweet raisins, and some slightly tart smelling cherry. Taste follows this well with the breadiness mixing with the raisin and dark fruit sweetness up front, a small amount of the slightly tart cherry and apple comes in mid taste and blends well with some spices and a good woody flavor. Mouthfeel is medium in body, decent spiciness mid taste to the finish cuts through the maltiness and leads into a good dryness, a small amount of alcohol warmth at the back of the throat in the finish. Very nice beer, the wood ageing has worked well with the flavors and especially the feel

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Photo of ggaughan
4.92/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle tasted at the Kulminator in Antwerp.

Beer poured a block hole like color, dense, with a tan head, bubbley. The aroma is pleasing to the nose. Oaky, toasted malt yet a bit sweet. Dried fruits in the aroma a bit. The taste is complex to say the least. Up front there are potent spicy notes, banana, corriander maybe, some dried fruits and definite oak tones. The high abv is a bit hidden by the complex flavors but you can still feel it on the back end. A very full bodied beer and definitely worth the wait to try it.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.47/5  rDev +4%
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 ATLbeerDog
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown root beer like color with above average head, and above average lacing and carbonation. Bittersweet oaky malt smell. Tastes a little lighter than the aroma or ABV would indicate. Has a nice malt backbone. Finishes well and tastes like it is bottle conditioned. A very good beer!

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Photo of belgiumking
4.92/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

33cl bottle, unlabeled, shared with Urbain and his brother-in-law Phil and Danny Debeule, an accomplished home-brewer from Hamme, Belgium.

Urbain opened 2 bottles and poured them during the brewing of a batch of Pannepouet at the Deca Brewery February 29, 2008.

Poured a rich very dark brown/black, very much like an Imperial stout.

Aroma was very complex. Rich dark malts, dark fruits,vanilla, licorice, cocolate, cocoa, coffee, spices, dark candi sugar, molasses, very rich oak, wine, port, sweet cream and cinnamon.

Flavor followed through with all the complexity of the aroma. Extreme flavor components, great nuances of oak, chocolate, dark fruit, coffee; great complex sweetness combined with a slightly sour offset. This beer is a wonder of flavors.

While tasting this beer at Deca, I thought it might have been the best beer I had ever tasted; even beating out Westvleteren 12. However, I have tasted this beer once again in a commercial bottle, and while still an excellent beer, not of the caliber of the one I had at the brewery.

A Top 10 beer.

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Photo of SacoDeToro
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Cquiroga for supplying the bottle at the Woodshop Tasting.

The beer poured a deep medium brown with a foamy off-white head.

The aroma was of dark dried fruits, such as figs and raisins, Belgian yeast esters, dark caramelly sugars, and alcohol. Some brandy-like barrel character was evident as well. Plenty of spices, such as cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg.

The flavor of the beer was very complex. It started out with a rush of figs, raisins, and a caramel sweetness. The warmth of the high alcohol helped the flavor flow into that of a nice port wine. The esters of the yeast gave the beer that distinct Belgian fruitiness. The regular version of this beer is very complex and outstanding, but the barrel character only seemed to muddy up what I consider a masterpiece. The spices seemed subdued compared to the standard Pannepot, but still had notes of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg.

The carbonation was dialed in just right The mouthfeel was medium/light and slightly creamy.

Overall a very good beer, but not quite as wonderful as the standard Pannepot

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Pannepot Grand Reserva from De Struise Brouwers
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 649 ratings
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