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Pannepot Special Reserve | De Struise Brouwers

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BA SCORE
4.41/5
Outstanding
45 Ratings
Pannepot Special ReservePannepot Special Reserve
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers
Belgium
struise.com

Style: Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Pannepot aged for three years on port barrels.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,066
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
45
pDev:
8.16%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
7
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 45 |  Reviews: 10
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4.26/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of doktorhops
4.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Yay, been looking forward to this for soooo long! Pannepot Special Reserva: A version of Struise Brouwers Old Fisherman’s Spiced Ale, barrel-aged for 4 years in a Bordeaux oak barrel from France. Funny they aged this in wine barrels from France because this is the beer equivalent of a very fine aged wine. In fact it reminds me of that Black Books episode where they try to recreate a bottle of wine reserved for the Pope by using a cheap bottle of red, vanilla essence and an oak twig (probably my favourite episode of Black Books) #goodtimes So what exactly can one expect from this 10% ABV beauty? Something smooth, yet spicy, with a long oak finish? Your guess is as good as mine (if that was your guess, otherwise hard luck old spice).

Poured from a 330ml bottle into an Orval chalice.

A: Dark brown with a burgundy-red tinge, quite an active mocha-coloured head that fizzles down as fast as it came leaving a faint ring of lace. Looks like a Belgian Dark Strong Ale (as opposed to the Quadrupel it’s listed as on BA), reminds me of Gulden Draak, which is not golden despite the name. 8/10.

S: Very much like the original Pannepot Old Fisherman's Ale (cardamom, cinnamon, mace, dark fruits, brown sugar and yep: Vegemite/Marmite) with a solid red grape must vinous note from the barrel. Here’s hoping that Vegemite/Marmite character from original Pannepot has settled down a little, although I know if I had it today – 4 years after my original Pannepot review – I would have rated it higher than a respectable, yet slightly paltry: 8.05/10. 9/10.

T: As expected “It’s a party in my mouth, and everyone's invited!” (God bless you Ken Griffey Jr.), with a flavour profile so explosive I’m surprised a glass bottle could contain it: cardamom, cinnamon, mace, dark fruits, brown sugar, VegeMarmite™, yes yes, some mid-palate oak wood tones, touch of vanilla, red grape must, yeast? Did I mention yeast? VegeMarmite™ is a yeast paste so that counts, and a dry spicy finish. Next to no alco-burn. This is a true sipper right here. 9/10.

M: Mid to heavy bodied, the minimal carbonation comes across as a bit prickly for some reason, detracts a touch from this otherwise world-class brew. 7/10.

D: It’s hard to go past this Pannepot Special Reserva, some of the edges I found too rough with original Pannepot have mellowed over time, along with that chaotic nature, and the barrel has given this brew a subtle face-lift, enough to leave a refined sipper that has a slight wild side – top stuff Struise! 9/10.

Food match: Gotta be some fine French ‘haute cuisine’ for this puppy… puppies too.

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Photo of mltobin
4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of steverx8
4.64/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Holderness
4.06/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L -- Pours a rather turbid brown body with a finger of light tan head produced with moderate pour. Good retention and some lacing
S -- Port, cherry, caramel, milk chocolate, oak
T -- Largely follows the nose, with a nice light fruitiness imparted by the yeast esters. Good amount of tannins
F -- Soft for the ABV. Medium mouthfeel, medium- carb. Much fuller and well-rounded than regular Pannepot
O -- I wish that there were more American brewers putting things in barrels for 3+ years like a lot of these Belgian brewers do. Feels like the 6-12 months that's the norm over here just isn't long enough a lot of the time
cr

82/100

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Photo of josanguapo
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Version de 2014 De Tercertiempocervezas. En copa Teku. Jugando a Avernum 5. Notas de vino bordeaux y madera bien clara pero tambien bien ajustadas, sin saturar. Mejor que las otras versiones de pannepot que he probado hasta ahora.

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Photo of jpaulreese
3.79/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of REVZEB
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best smelling quads I have ever had. The port beautifully brings the sweet elements more to the front to play with the trademark spices. Caramel, toffee, brown sugar, wine, raisin, plum, date all fill the nose with the yeast, spices and molasses. Taste is not as pure as original, but the new layers are a welcomed addition. Feel has more strength and vitality through the sip. Wonderful

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Photo of PugsandBeer
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of darktronica
4.19/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2018 release of the 2014 vintage, aged four years in Bordeaux barrels. Big jammy, tannic tartness, significantly different from the standard Pannepot. Much of the spice and quad character has gotten overshadowed by the wine once it hits the palate.

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Photo of VikingDAB
3.98/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of cozmo
4.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nichols33
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of warpedrevolution
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mig100
4.39/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has been a longtime want of mine. 750ml bottle into a tulip appears a very dark brown with thin khaki head that is quick to fade and boast minimal retention power due to its low carbonation.

The aroma is peimarily brown sugar raisons and caramel/molasses that comes off very similar to plain old pannepot that isnt barrel aged.

It tastes the same with molasses, caramel, raisons and brown sugary notes. A faint kiss of fruity alcohol and seemingly no barrel notes or oxidation despite a proclaimed 5 years of barrel aging.

This is medium in body and light in carbonation. Its ok but very much akin to plain jane pannepot which is a fraction of the price of this. Somewhat of a let down.

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4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dutchcraftbeergeek
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

World class beer.
Little on the heavy side.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.79/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Photo of YvesB
3.75/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kingjohnh
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -15%

Photo of Sparky44
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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Pannepot Special Reserve from De Struise Brouwers
Beer rating: 4.41 out of 5 with 45 ratings