theisti (3705) - 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 (1446) - 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 (6411) - 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 (5134) - 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 (5071) - 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.
gyllenbock (6897) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 14, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. (Vintage 2005)
Dark with a small, creamy tan head.
Very nice vinous aroma with oak and fruit. Excellent taste of dried fruits, plum, oak. Sweet and a little sour. Nice big body, smooth and very drinkable despite 10% alcohol. Not much carbonation.
A very nice beer.
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml Bottle (2006 Vintage): Complex, sweet, lightly vinous aroma of dark ripe fruit, malt, raisins, figs, plums, apple, slight yeast, slight wood, and slight port wine. Poured very dark brown/ruby/magenta in color with a medium-sized, brown head that diminished but lasted throughout. Opaque. Lightly sparkling. Flavor is heavily sweet. Tastes of malt, dark ripe fruit, wood, light tobacco, light caramel, raisins, figs, plums, slight vanilla, and a hint of yeast. Full body. Lightly viscous, then dry texture. Soft carbonation. Malt, dark ripe fruit, light tobacco, light caramel, fig, slight oak, and hint of vanilla finish is dry. 10%ABV is completely hidden throughout.
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 29, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml of the 2005 vintage thanks to alen (also recently received a 2006 from bu11zeye). Pours with a large tan head over a deep brown body. The head leaves great lacing. Aroma of cherry, plum, bread, maple, and brandy. Taste is brandy, bready, vinous, dark fruits and plum. Delicate nuances. Lively carbonation with a creamy mouthfeel.
FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 11, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A - Dark chestnut and garnet color. Extremely thick, creamy, frothy off-white head that lasts a long time. Great retention that finally settles in a thick creamy lace.
S - Lots of dark fruit with date, fig, and raisin. Loads of dark toasted malt with some caramel and molasses along with a touch of chocolate. Fairly strong licorice/anise aroma. Some oak and vanilla is also present.
T - Starts with strong dark fruit and licorice along with some Calvados flavor. Some dark roasted malt with burnt molasses and caramel provide a background base. Good amount of spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, pepper, coriander, etc.) along with some yeast flavors. Hints of vanilla and oak come out toward the end.
M - Medium to full body with good carbonation. Very smooth and creamy feel.
D - Pretty drinkable beer with a great body/feel that is very smooth and creamy. Alcohol is present, but pretty well hidden. Good taste with a pretty good mixture.
Notes: Vintage 2005. Pretty good beer, but I’m not entirely sure if the aging in the Calvados really made an improvement to either the normal Pannepot or the Reserva as it detracts a bit from the enjoyable flavors in those two. It does add a little something different though. This is another great beer from a great brewery, and worth trying, but I don’t really feel like I need to have it again if I can get other Pannepot offerings.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 4, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330mL bottle, 2005 vintage, poured into a snifter.
Pours a murky chestnut brown with a thick beige head that recedes slowly to a creamy cap with some spotty lacing.
The aroma is massive and sweet. There’s lots of candi sugar and dark fruits - raisins and figs. The barrel character comes out with some oak and booze. Some light spiciness as well. Wonderful smell.
The taste has a light tartness up front, maybe with cherries or raspberries. The backbone is heavy on Belgian yeast and candi sugar. The finish is spicy with a light tartness and a heavy barrel character - spicy oak, alcohol burn.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with decent carbonation, maybe a tad thinner than I expected. it’s a little bit thinner than I would expect.
This is another excellent beer from Struise - a big complex quad with an intriguing barrel presence - lots of oaky tannins.