wkalle (263) - SWEDEN - OCT 31, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2010-10-30 Bottle from 2005. Pours dark ruby brown with a light beige moderately lasting head. Raisins caramel, licorice and bread in aroma. Dark fruits and lightly sweet in flavor with a slightly tart bitter finish. Also some warming alcohol in the very end. Very nice, but not as nice as I had expected.
thirdeye11 (5952) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(330ml bottle 2005 vintage thanks to blutt59) clear ruby brown with soapy tan bubbles. Nose of raisin, brown and candi sugars, sweet plum. Taste of toasty raisin, brown sugar, mild oxidation, and alcoholic. Really had high hopes on this one, but think I’d prefer it at 2-3 years instead of 5. It just was a bit out of balance.
changeup45 (1729) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - OCT 20, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
’05 bottle generously traded to me by Glouglouburp. The color is a murky dark brown that’s topped with a thin tan head. A pencil thin frothy layer remains on top the whole way through. Apple, cherries, funky yeast in the aroma, along with wood, candi sugar, and some light vinegar notes. The flavor is a little too vinegary for me. Definitely more so than regular Pannepot and Reserva and its a bit of a turn off. Lots of rotted wood in here with ripe apples, licorice, sweet dark fruit, funky yeast, and a little metallic taste. The palate is considerably thinner than expected. Probably due to the extra time in oak as well as age of the bottle but this lacks the rich qualities I was expecting. Man, Pannepot and Pannepot Reserva are both world class brews but this one, for whatever reason, fell way short. I want to give this a better review, really do, but just can’t. A must revisit.
phaleslu (9017) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330 ml bottle shared by lushawn- thanks again, Shawn! 2005 vintage. Pours a cloudy dark brown color with a small khaki head that leaves just a ring in the glass. Aroma of vanilla, caramel malts, raisins, brown sugar, and brandy. Flavor of oak, apples, caramel malts, dried fruit, dough, and vanilla. Light-medium bodied, with low carbonation and a fruity, watery mouthfeel. Back to back with the Pannepeut, I liked this one better despite the body it loses in the barrels and over the years.
SrSilliGose (3327) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - OCT 16, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2005 Bottle. Aroma of candied caramel apples, raisins, some light rumcake and doughy brandy. Bloody mineral calcium tablets, winey dry wood. Neat beer. A bit watery. Neat though.
theisti (3734) - Kansas, USA - OCT 14, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2006 bottle generously sent to me by alagnak. Pour is cloudy brown, with a tan khaki head that falls quite fast. Aroma is molasses, cane sugar sweetness. Behind the sweetness is alcohol booziness. Sweet and a touch unrefined. Taste is the nose, big heavy sweetness up front with the molasses and cane sugar, followed close behind with the hot booze. Palate is surprisingly thin, slick and oily. Not sure if age will further beef this up, but I was not overly impressed. Of course, I am not the world’s biggest fan of any sweet and boozy beer, so grain of salt! Thanks for sending this my way, Chris.
peteinSD (1450) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 9, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
’05 bottle. Slightest carbonation on the edges of the glass; no head. Aroma is similar to the Reserva but the profile is tighter, cleaner. Flavor is a bit muddied but the doughy, cinnamon spice and candied sugar pokes through. I’m having a hard time determining what the extra aging and barrel work added to the beer as compared to the Reserva. Perhaps it’s a slight tinge of bitterness underneath the spice that isn’t present in the Reserva. Good beer but I’m not blown away as I was with the Reserva.
blutt59 (6423) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 20, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2005 bottle, muddy brown color with strong whiskey, brown sugar and cocoa aroma, flavor is malty fig and raisins, walnuts, caramel
mar (5142) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 18, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2005 bottle thanks to blutt59. poured a deep chocolate with a cream head. brown sugar, yeast, dried fruits, and light alcohol. nice on the palate, flavor is dried fruits, yeast, brown sugar, figs, and alcohol.
ClubGonzo (5220) - Bergen, NORWAY - SEP 16, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2010 2005 bottle from Beer Planet, Brussels. My first 5-year old ale, anticipations are high - particularly coming from De Struise, one of my favorite Belgian brewers. Pours a deep dark mahogany brown with a small tan head barely surfacing. Nose is deep smooth and oaky malt tones with hints of booze, port wine, raisins and figs. Seems a bit milder than the regular, younger Pannepot. Taste is extremely silky, with nutty flavors coming in first, only to be replaced slowly by port wine, brandy, caramel and hints of toffee. Excellent blended; this is a brew merged to a seamless mix of flavors over the years. I guess I had this just in its prime; any more taste loss and the silky smoothness would not have prevailed in favor of the younger, more pronounced vintages. A really, really nice brew from De Struise.