brokensail (16057) - Dublin, California, USA - JUN 10, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: The beer pours much the same as all the other versions of this beer. Dark brown in color with a reddish hint and a finger of creamy khaki head.
S: Heavy on the oak barrel aromas. Decent amounts of dark fruit and some molasses and brown sugar. A subtle booze note as well as some prune juice. Faint to moderate spice notes are present.
T: The flavor has a pronounced chocolate flavor to it. Lots of oak is there, too. Slightly boozy on the finish with a lingering flavor of nutmeg. Numerous dark fruit flavors on the middle of the tongue. Definitely complex.
M: Medium to full in body with a smooth, medium carbonation.
O: Definitely good, but I still find it very hard to top regular Pannepot or the Reserva.
kermis (11250) - Where the wild whales are, NETHERLANDS - MAY 24, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared. Aroma of malt and raisins. Flavor of the same with dark fruits and caramel. Great beer
Scopey (12711) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2006 bottle at Schraevenacker. It pours darkest brown/near black, with a thick foamy beige head. The nose is plum, cherry, fig, apple, sesame seed, soy sauce, caramel and is quite vinous. The taste is packed full of dark fruit, charcoal, vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, chocolate, sweet pear, coconut, sesame seed, soy sauce, toast, plum wine, sake, wood and finishes with pleasant alcohol warmth. Itís complex, smooth and well-balanced. However, I think the original Pannepot still pips this one to the post.
tderoeck (8210) - Gent, BELGIUM - APR 18, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
03/08/2010 33cl bottle @ home 2006
Was a small gusher upon opening. Head was more solid than the normal Reserva. Aroma: had more roasted malts and wood, compared to the Reserva and the normal Pannepot. Taste is both sweeter and more refreshing than the Reserva. Aftertaste: a little nutty, nice sour touch on the tongue, more a feeling than a flavour.
03/08/2010 33cl bottle @ home 2005 - Thanks to Klaas for the bottle!
Almost no head. Aroma: a little sweeter, some oranges. MF: a little less sparkling, more creamy. Taste: alcoholsweetness, oranges, port. Aftertaste: a little sweet, again that pleasant tart touch, a little mocha but not much.
jaspe007 (47) - Utrecht/Wageningen, NETHERLANDS - APR 11, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice dark color, good lacing, tanned head... not much different from ordinary pannepot. Taste however, little less to my liking than the original, a bit too strong port taste, a bit "fat" or greasy... but very well balanced. Kulminator; bottle of couple years old.
radioscooter (41) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2011
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Back to the Belgians...
First off, let me say that my reviews get tempered by íeffortí. When we first started drinking Belgians, all we had available was Chimay. Not a bad thing, but it made it hard to really compare beers and set up this crazy fake economy.
Now thereís this and that and oh my god THIS and you have to try THAT...
(thereís a lot of hype)
I tried so mnay Belgians that I was getting sick of the style. I had to chase down Westvleteren 12 because that was "IT". And then this, and then that...
I came to rest a few years ago on Rochefort 10. Without a doubt, the most exotic - yet full-on perfect Quad in the abbey style that you can purchase in America readily. What a bonus that you can get it in a Columbus general store for $5.99 a bottle. I can roll out to Market District in PA and get it easily. Should that decrease its spiritual validity? No. But somehow, people rate it lower because you donít have to pay a smuggler to bring it in to the states. And because their abbey has not closed down sales to infidels like Westvleteren.
I had Westy for the first time last year. Itís great. Donít get me wrong. World class. BUT. Itís like selling your bone marrow to get one here.
Rochefort 10 is at least as good AND you can actually get it! I think "effort" needs to be a criteria attribute for rating beer. as in "Is it worth the damn effort" But I digress. At many BAíers insisting - I sought out Pannepot. It took a LOT of effort to get one. But less effort than a Westy 12. But considerably more effort than a Rochefort 10.
Pours like a Belgian. Looks like a Belgian. Done.
Taste is somewhere between R10 and W 12. Thatís an oversimplification. Itís flat-out wonderful. But is it waaay more wonderful than R10? Not really. Is it soooo different from R10? Not really.
If you havenít had it - yes you have to try it. But donít break the bank to do so.
Like Rochefort 10, but a little less cloying.
In a perfect world- if all 3 of these were available at my local bottle store for the same price - I would still buy R10.
But thatís me.
nimbleprop (7560) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 6, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
33cl bottle pours a hazy, deep copper amber with just a little, cloudy off white head. Big fruity nose, lots of sherry, prunes, grappa, boozy. Flavor is woody, caramel, prunes, sherry, red wine, malty. Full bodied, slightly cloying finish. Mellow, drinkable, not super special.
gramity (1625) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - APR 5, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured murky brown with noticeable sediment in the glass. Small off white head developed but was not very thick.
The aroma is complex with notes of figs, raisin, plums (dark fruits galore), oak, wine, spices, and some alcohol. Pretty nice but almost too sweet for my personal tastes.
The same list of aromas is present in the taste, albeit in different degrees of potency. It is very tasty although definitely too sweet for my personal tastes. I find it to be rather sugary.
It drinks smooth with a medium body and low carbonation.
Overall - I am not bashing this beer but I would prefer the original.
Nellie (349) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 1, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2005 vintage. Strong caramel smell and flavor, almost no alcohol flavor. Cognac after taste. Great after-dinner beer.
callmemickey (4285) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2013 2006 bottle tasted blind as part of a top 10 quad blind tasting.
A: Dark muddy red-brown. Thin skim of a dirty-white head.
S: Blend of dark fruits, figs, raisins, some boozy notes. Very sublime.
T: Quite a bit of a boozy sweetness (very little heat), some pepper, and tons of raisins and a bit of plums.
M: Medium bodied, with a light prickly feel courtesy of the barrel aging-mostly in the finish.
O: A quality, yet somewhat unique quad. The barrel aging treatment helps this standout.