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Brewed by De Struise Brouwers
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Oostvleteren, Belgium

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RATINGS: 899   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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"Vintage 2005"
Our PGR has aged for 24 months on oak barrels and has been bottled for the first time on the 27th of December 2007. The main difference with the Pannepot Reserva is that PGR matured the last ten months on Calvados oak barrels, adding extra complexity to the beer. We dedicate this beer as a tribute to Jeppe & Michael of Ølbutikken in Denmark. Those gentlemen were the first to discover our beers on an International basis back in 2004 and are responsable somehow for our beers being all over the globe since then. As a token of gratitude towards Jeppe & Michael, the first shipment of PGR was scheduled to Ølbutikken so they could be the first to launch its commercialisation.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
conway (1928) - - APR 24, 2015
Bottle. Another dark brown / ruby pour with a little off white head. Similar to the Reserva but adds a little more fruity sweetness and spice. Base beer still shines through. Very nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Unde (532) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 24, 2015
(2010 bottle) Reddish brown colour with not much head on top. Aroma has tannin, red wine, chocolate, plums and dried fruits. Taste has chocolate, tannin and vanilla. Really soft flavours. Soft round and full body with minimal carbonation. New flavours coming up after every sip, great beer to enjoy nice and slow.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Punkero (42) - FINLAND - APR 22, 2015
Dangerous and intimidating appearance. Enticing and soft taste. Elegant dark beer, not too sweet, not too dry. Some spices as well. This is what fine beer is like. If you don’t fancy porters and stouts, try this!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ineedbeer (1080) - Oakland, California, USA - APR 21, 2015
Poured from a 2009 vintage bottle. Aroma is moderately sweet with mostly dark caramel and toffee. Hints of chocolate and roast and even lighter notes of tobacco. Medium light raisin, fig and prune esters with a light clove and coriander phenolic note. A light brandy character with a hint of oak and sherry. Pours a dark brown with a bit of a burnt amber hue. A moderately sized, fairly thick, dark tan head with good retention as it recedes to a thin head that lingers thicker on the edges. Medium light lacing and moderate legs. Flavor is moderately sweet and a but sweeter in the finish. Lots of caramel, toffee, and burnt sugar notes. Lighter chocolate and treacle with faint roast and faint we tobacco. Here the phenolics are a bit stronger than in the aroma with some clove and a hint of anise. More brandy character as well. Light raisin, fig and prune. Hints of the alcohol. Medium bitterness balances out the sweetness a bit. Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth. Overall, this is borderline perfect for the style. All the elements balance very nicely and work in harmony. The spices are complimentary as is the calvados and the alcohol is barely noticeable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Taboada (472) - Compostela (Galiza), - APR 20, 2015
330 mml bottle tasted on the 18/04/2015. Dark borwn to amber colour. Vintage 2010 version. Intense aroma of cola, coffee and wood. Aroma of licorice, wood and cherries. Toffee and coffee aftertaste. Next one please!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
freretoc (1070) - Besançon, FRANCE - APR 20, 2015
Bue en bouteille de 33cl chez Will, couleur marron, mousse marron et effervescence moyenne, une attaque sur le café et le calvados, attaque sur la pomme verte puis continuité sur l’alcool, deuxième bouche sur le tonneau et la pierre de fusil, ça s’amplifie sur le café et le caramel, fin de bouche énorme sur le calva. Tuerie !!!!!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skoisirius (1823) - Earth, Washington, USA - APR 19, 2015
Randomly found a 2008? 2010? bottle down at City Beer Store, SF sometime last fall. Doubt they still have them, but worth a check. This puppy was still absolutely gorgeous in every way. Subtle chocolately oaked vanilla throughout, hidden Belgian sugars,berries, tobacco, light hints at leather (reminiscent of HOTD Adam), toffee, other fruits, and more. If you can find one, buy it. It’s that fucking good!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
vipinvelp (2682) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - APR 15, 2015
Clear dark ruby brown, light brown foam head. Nice warm wine aroma and taste, calvados apparently but I am not a wine drinker. Great beer. (Velp 201504)

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ClarkVV (4058) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 14, 2015
2008 draught at Mead Hall, 4/9/15.
Deep cocoa powder brown beer shows a high clarity and plentiful burgundy/auburn highlights on the edges. Beige head is medium-sized and recedes slowly to cover.
Soft, understated wood tannins combine with very light caramel and toffee malt notes while fruitiness, either from the yeast or the calvados helps brighten things somewhat. Most of the things you’d expect from wood-aging are present; vanilla, oak, mild astringency. However, there’s absolutely no harshnss, even upon warming, nor any fusels or heavy ethanol. Notes of dark berries, light tobacco, cocoa powder and black pepper all lurk behind the delightful yeast that makes this beer so endearing. Didn’t bother reading the description before drinking and was not aware this was calvados-aged. It’s subtle and I would not have guessed calvados, though it’s obviously not bourbon.
Much like the aroma, the flavor is "mild" for its size, with chewy, dry toffee-like malt notes providing a delicious base for the wood tannin and esters to play about on. Ample carbonation still, though not overdone, lending to more drinkability. Vanilla, apples, currants, blueberries and very light brown sugar notes. Alcohol provides some warmth, which seems inevitable at this level, but is never raw/grainy/harsh. I’ve had issues with calvados barrel-aged beers being very sharp/harsh (see fresh DDB Dulle Teve Reserva) but with this one I couldnt even tell it was calvados. I think the 7 years have certainly done this well, by the looks of the fresher ratings. Apple character has faded quite a bit. Lots to love here; the texture, the relative mildness and the cohesion of all the flavors (and the delightful yeast, of course). Not too much to find fault here and like the regular version, just a stupendous beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CraftBeerNick (1169) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2015
Bottle at home. 2009 Vintage, 12th April 15. Pours dark, aroma, fruit cake, spice, yeast, biscuit. Taste dark fruit, prune, slight liquorice, sweet caramel, some molasses, oak and vanilla, great complexity. Very nice, better than pannepot


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