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Pannepot Grand ReservaPannepot Grand Reserva

Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers
Belgium | website

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of jrallen34
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
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 +4%
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 +3.3%
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 +0.5%
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 +4.2%
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 +2.8%
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 +0.9%
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 -14.3%
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 +9.2%
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 +2.1%
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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Photo of bobsy
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I believe this bottle came from wildone as part of CanBIF 5. If not - apologies.

Pours a ruddy brown with a creamy tan head, which eventually fades to a wispy covering. The aroma contains raisin, brown sugar and spice. The body is as you would expect - medium carb and weight. Raisins also come through strong in the flavour, as well as there non-dried, still on the vine counterparts. Beyond this there's layers of toffee, brown sugar and red wine. Its certainly a very juicy quad, perhaps too much so, and I have yet to be really impressed by De Struise.

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

I got a couple thanks to Brad and Eric. Thanks guys! I split this with john last night,

Reddish brown with a dense brown head, red highlights, great lacing and retention.

Nose is spicy like the Reserva with a mild chocolate and cream, but there's no mistaking the calvados component of this beer. Sweet apple brandy, this is like a complex pumpkin cake. Spicy with nuitmeg and black cardamom. Vanilla is apparent and for a beer that sat in oak for as long as this did, there's no wood character at all.

Opening with a sweet apple brandy character, pie spices and brown sugar, this is dessert in a glass. While I like my quads dry and fruity, this is one that goes against that and comes out better for it. Big in body, low carbonation enhance the dessert-like character of this beer. More refined than the Reserva, this tastes and finishes better. Chocolate, cream and milk early, with a fig like character, the finish is long and sweet. Thoroughly enjoyable, I preferred this version. However, the best version is the base beer itself, as the barrel character just whelms the yeast flavors.

**Edit 21 Mar 2014**

My last bottle of the 05 vintage. Spicy, fruity, cola sweetness, red wine, calvados, sherry. red wine and calvados are noticeable. The palate has a mild sherry like tartness and tannin bite. Fruity, vinous and a little yeasty, age has transformed this beer. Minimal sweetness, balanced by acidity and tannins. Booze is wonderfully hidden. 4.25/4/4.25

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Photo of John_M
4.09/5  rDev -4%
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 rhinos00
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big, big thanks to Eric for hooking me up with this long time want. Poured from a 330 mL bottle into a snifter. 2005 Vintage.

A- Pours a very dark maroon, bordering on chocolate brown. Produced a fingers width of off-white colored head. Quickly reduced to a thicker ring around the glass.

S- Has all the classic profiles of a fine quad crossed with a port, wine like character. Hefty dose of raisins, figs, and candied malts upfront. The uniqueness behind the aroma is the distinct vinous sweetness in the back end. Pretty potent.

T- Very nice blend of flavors going on here. As in the nose, the typical quad flavors are present. Lots of dark fruit, along with sweet malts. Then comes the oak. A perfect distinct flavor to mark the separation between the quad aspect of this beer and the wine like characteristics in the finish. Taste finishes with very smoothly, with a sweet ripe grapes from a fine cab.

M- Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. Almost lent a fuller more vibrant body.

D- As this warmed it went down easier and easier. Very easy going.

Overall, damn this is one fine variation of a quad. Wish I had a couple more bottles stowed away in my cellar. Thanks again Eric.

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Photo of alcstradamus
4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured softly directly into the center of my glass. Four finger head on top of a near black body. Decent lacing.

I had the regular Reserva earlier in the evening so it will be interesting to compare the two. The nose here is similar, although somehow there seems to be more sweetness and less wood even though this got an extra barrel treatment. Light oak, sweet citrus notes, and ripe dark fruits mostly.

Taste is wood forward with a strong wave of raisins and grapes coming in behind and taking over the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is full bodied with high but soft carbonation. Alcohol is very hidden for 10% and I can't bare to simply sip this, it demands my complete attention.

Overall, I found this to be "slightly" better than the regular Reserva. Both had a similar flavor profile, but in different proportions. Reserva was wood heavy with low sweetness, Grand Reserva was sweet with low woodiness.

I would have to do a side-by-side to really be able to make a judgement call, but based on memory I have found the Pannepot, Pannepot Reserva, and Pannepot Grand Reserva to all be relatively equal and world class brews. They all have their own strengths and their own weaknesses, but all are amazing.

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Photo of nickd717
4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2005 bottle at the Kulminator in Antwerpen (yeeeeaaaah!).

A - Amazing very dark reddish-brown pour with a large tan head.

S - Aroma of sweet malt, red wine, oak, dark chocolate, and mild roast.

T - Really, really complex and good. Sweet caramel and roasted malt, toffee, coffee, dark chocolate, red wine, brandy, spices, dark fruits...come to think of it, maybe I should be naming the flavors that weren't in this beer instead, that might be a shorter list.

M - Awesome full palate with soft carbonation. Incredibly velvety and smooth.

D - This beer is intense, but it's so damn good it keeps you wanting more. Overall, this beer was absolutely legen...wait for it...DARY!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
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 srandycarter
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a prunish cola, not much off white head, leaves to ring. Persistent clinging bubbly lace.

S - Very wine like in the nose. Like champagne and barley mixed together.

T - Taste follows smell. If blindfolded, you might be fooled at initial taste that you are drinking wine. Barley dense sweet surrounds to quash that note.

M - Medium solid body, good coat carb and balance.

D - For the style, very.

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Photo of markaberrant
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 vintage

A - not quite opaque, hint of red flash around edges, looks to be clear, thin tan head, recedes to a ring, almost no lacing

S - deep plum, spicy yeast, vanilla oak

T - lots of plum and grape, tart fruitiness, mellow wood, spicy esters, extremely smooth flavours

M - med light, med low carbonation, overall light and airy, as opposed to creamy, very smooth alcohol, no harshness or astringency from oak barrel

D - extremely smooth oak character, tart fruitiness, well aged, very tasty

I didn't much care for the regular Pannepot, but this is a completely different beast. Tart grape/ plum reminds me of the essence of grape soda (without the cloying sugary sweet character). The oak is well integrated into the overall flavour of the beer, and just adds to the complexity instead of screaming "OAK." I'm glad I got the chance to try this, as it really is outstanding, but the price point (about $14 per 330ml bottle in Alberta) seems a tad excessive.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev -6.1%
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 tai4ji2x
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. notches on the side indicate: A 12 (month) 12 (year). tasted in mid/late april 2009.

dark reddish brown. red ruby tint under the light. nearly sediment-free when decanted properly. 2-finger beige head, gradually recedes to thin wispy layer. pretty good lacing throughout.

fruity aroma of cherries and ripe apple, touch of oak and vanilla. dark caramel note into light anise and licorice. faint euro hop hint. trace of coffee-like acidity.

acidity becomes brighter on the palate, and more fruity and grape-like as well, melding with the oak note, giving reminiscences of wine. caramel is slightly thinned out though. hops peek in, but bitterness is more coffee-like, with more coffee tones in the aftertaste too. hint of spice behind the acidity.

smooth, medium body, with acidic texture towards the finish. mild to moderate carbonation accentuates acidity slightly, and otherwise just helps give body.

the oak aging seems to give some interesting complexities, but loses some of the robustness of flavor the original pannepot has.

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Photo of crnipeter
4.69/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml 2005 vintage poured into chalice

A - dark reddish brown topped by quickly dissipating light tan head scattered with medium sized bubbles.

S - apple, pear, cherries, basket of dried fruits: prunes, raisins and figs; brandy, brown sugar and faint oakiness entering the nostrils.

T - a well mellowed brew - very potent, strongly vinous and sweet with intense fruity flavors that are pretty much the same as the nose suggests with apple being the dominant taste. Some oaky tannins. Ending with non-aggressive apple sourness. Apart from traces of brandy alcohol is barely noticeable, no hoppy bitterness. Hops, if present, are there only to balance the malts.

M - smooth & creamy, medium to heavy bodied.

D - well hidden alcohol in combination with apple sourness makes it dangerously drinkable.

If you can't choose between beer and wine grab this one. It's best of both worlds.

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Photo of MAB
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fabulous beer! Especially since I was so disappointed with the "Fisherman's Ale" from the same brewer.

Beautiful dark with slightly amber color, not too much head- it just right for my purpose; I'm not a fan of big head, even if it does break down.

Lovely malty flavor is followed immediately by a cherry-like adjunct. Almost thick, it sits on the tongue and coats it with sweet malty goodness. Perfectly balanced by hops that do not add much flavor that I could detect. This is not about the hops; it's about the balance of sweetness, alcohol burn, and interesting yeast/ fruit flavors.

A great brew. Like the picture on this site (above), mine was a 2005 vintage, so it would have been four years old, I suppose, when I drank it. The time blended and mellowed the flavors to make me extremely sad that I didn't buy two (or more!) of these back in 2007, I think it was.

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Photo of ricke
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark ruby color with a one finger beige head that settles rather quickly.

S: Very complex. Vinous fruity flavors (cherries, ripe apples), roasted malts, coffee, hints of oak and lots of spices. Faint notes of sweet licorice and burnt aromas. Hints of chocolate and nougat develops upon swirling.

T: Lively taste with lots of stuff going on. Very complex. Notes of cherries up front, faint tartness, robust oak barrel character, roasted malts, coffee and lots of spices. In the finish there is a tart fruitiness, sweet licorice and herbs. The bitterness is spicy, rather than hoppy. Some alcohol.

M: Smooth like velvet, full-bodied and sophisticated.

D: A great beer. Packed with strong and bold flavors. Maybe it could have been a little more balanced. Nonetheless, highly recommended.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Barely into a Papago Brewing visit on Friday night (3/27) and the ├╝ber-generosity of psprings continues. A 330ml (2005) bottle is introduced, poured to a small tulip glass.

A: Deep, dark coffee-brown richness, showing a little ruby against the cooler fluorescents next to my table. 1/2-finger of sudsy tan cream sits atop, hanging around for several minutes. Lace is limited (a bit surprising), barely sticking small flecks and awkward ribbons.

S: Ah, that uniquely Belgian/'Pannepot' aroma: Spiced dark fruit (raisins, prunes, figs, dried apples), ground cloves and nutmeg, peppery woodiness. Robust, lasting, improving with warmth.

T: Tangy but earthy spiciness with a zested orange/lemon peel. Cracked pepper and leathery grain. Red apple skins, hints of tart funk. Mild raisin sweetness, maybe carobs, in the finish. Lots of interesting/diverse flavors, maybe too many muddling things up?

M: Tingly mouthfeel, full of effervescent carbonation. Velvety smoothness once the initial carbonation subsides, mellowed with age and lusciously full.

D: As a professed lover of the Pannepot brews, this one was a must for me. Had many of the elements of the quadrupels of theirs I've enjoyed, though the muddled medley of flavors here didn'y make me a convert to this over the 'regular' Pannepot. Still, I'd never turn one down - again, big thanks to Paul for sharing this treat.

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Pannepot Grand Reserva from De Struise Brouwers
94 out of 100 based on 231 ratings.
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