kramer (4856) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle, via jbrus. Pours a dark amber body with a small foamy light brown head. Nice fruity nose with lots of candi sugar, figs, plum, and oaky notes. The regular Pannepot flavor seems a bit overtaken by the oak, some of the sweet maltiness is lost. Lots of fruitiness and banana esters, peppery alcohol, and caramel. Mouthfeel is full bodied and slightly syrupy with a tannic dryness. Overall, pretty good beer, but I’m not so sure it’s all that different or better than the regular version.
hunter18 (3) - Laren NH, NETHERLANDS - APR 30, 2008 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Nice darky oak flavor. dark beer with excellent taste. My favorite beer so far.
marcbé (86) - Trois-Rivičres, Quebec, CANADA - APR 28, 2008
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark amber color with only a veil of pale brown foam. Aroma is very complex, earthy leather and wood, then fruit, raisin strawberry and apple And after, all the spices. Very well balanced. very good
Gusgus (232) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - APR 28, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ Monks Cafe 080425. Pours very creamy. Hazy, red-brown. The first sniff is almost a disappointment. Very withdrawn and muddy. Hints of oak, vanilla, burnt sugar and toasted apples, with soft red wine in the background. Vinous and soft, in the typical Struise way. I like the silkiness, but the flavors and aromas are withheld and muddled. There is certainly no wow-factor in this beer. Very confusing beer, I really want to like it, but in never reaches out and connects with me.
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to cgarvieuk. Aroma is sweet, fruity, rich malts, candy sugar, nutmeg, hints of spice and quite a noteable bit of apple. Taste is nice and tasty sweet and drinkable, very good mouthfeel. This is a hot beer man, but like the ordinary pannepot is soo vasty superior(and also better than the reserva), im hazarding a guess that this beer surely is best as it comes and not barrel aged, which in turn reinforses my idea that 99.999999999999% of beers out there are very much unsuited to barrel aging. Im glad i have another 2 bottles as i think i’ll age one and have the other with some friends. Im thinking also now that this may infact be more drinkable, in that it slips down very easy, compaired with the regural pannepot, but the complexity of the spice and malty sweetness is missing.
Skinnyviking (6733) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 22, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. High creamy and long lasting brown head. Very dark almost black red brown body. Coffee aroma with a good deal of hops. The 10% alcohol cannot be spotten in the flavor which is more like a sweet and smooth port wine with low carboration and a short aftertaste. A bit of liquorice can be spotted.
anders37 (16225) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 20, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a dark amber color with a small off-white head. Has a sweetish malty dark fruit and oak aroma with some hints of chocolate aswell. Sweet malty and slightly yeasty dark fruit flavor with hints of chocolate, also some hints of oak. Warming malty dark fruit finish with some nice hints of oak in the aftertaste.
Odeed (1775) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 16, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
(FIRST OFF A BIG THANKS TO MIKETD FOR THE HOOKUP ON THIS)pours a deep dark brown with a nice thick light brown head.as the head rests it leaves walls of thick webbing on the trappist glass.the aroma is balanced and complex.i pick up figs,oak,chocolate,brown sugar,belgain yeast,allspice,and caramel.the flavor is much of the same with the oak shinning through a bit more.seriously complex and delicate.the alcohol is well hidden.this is superb.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - APR 14, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 330mL Bottle. Tasted side-by-side with the other Pannepots. Dark brown, ruddy tinged pour with a healthy layer of creamy tan head. Lots of calvados aromas imparted to the beer, creating a bit of a vinous, dried fruit character. Notes of chocolate, spice, and tobacco present, but the calvados presence is a bit dominating. While still inviting, the more subtle nuances of the regular version are up-staged by the boldness of the calvados cask. Medium bodied, effervescent mouthfeel. Flavors of chocolate fudge, molasses, and hints of vanilla combine with some boozey stewed apples. Spicy oak contributes some dryness and light tannins in the finish. This certainly is a good beer, but the incredible complexity of the base beer is a bit lost in the presence of the calvados. While I can certainly see how this would be pleasant to some, it leaves me missing the beautiful malt and spice complexity of the regular Pannepot, which was clearly my favorite of the four versions tasted.
cgarvieuk (13911) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 9, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2014 Bottle at home ... Deep Deep brown ... dried fruit and malts ... rich deep fruit tones ... touch of brandy or is it rum ... some coconut some apple ... touch sharp sourness but just a touch ... little alcohol ... little chocolate little drying ... Im so looking forward to head to heading this with a normal Pannepot... 4.5
Take 2 ...Ok along side the Pannepot theres not much in it. But the Mouth Feel is just that bit better and just a bit smoother
deep brown ... thin tan head ... raisins oak and red wine nose ... sweet sweet malts ... big red wine ... ligth yeastyness ... hint of sourness... nice soft sour chocolate ...some granny smith apple... 4.0
deep red brown ... thin tan head ... deep roast ... dark fruits ... raisins ... light red wine nose... fizzy ... light tart sweetness .. rich green raisins ... soft chocolate ... light apple ... nice but not hitting spot today 4.0
grand reserve 2005 ... bottle at home ... deep black brown... deeproat ... light sourness ... huge wine tones ... definite raw green rasins ... tart ... big wine ... dark malts ... heavy malts ... def wine tones 4.1
bottle at home ... 200412 ... deep brown ... thin tan head ... deep roast ... rich vine fruits nose... soft balsamic vinegar/wine tones ... soft toffee malts ... light sharpness .. rich smooth ... toffee ... but long wine linger 4.0
deep red berry fruits nose ... sharp front ... big berry ... soft soft roast ... 4.2 nice
bottle at home .. drunk may 2014 ... deep brown ..t hin tan head ... soft red wine .. soft fruit nose .. dry fruit ... light tart fruits ... soft wine tones ... drty fruits ... 4.0