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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mike_77 (3784) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - FEB 11, 2009
Dark brown colour with thin head. Aroma full of rich, dark fruits and a little sour oak. Tastes somewhat sour but there’s enough sugar to keep this reasonably well balanced. Amongst the sour oak and alcohol some dark fruits creep through. The high level of alcohol and the oak do help to emulate some brandy-like undertones.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - FEB 9, 2009
33cL bottle. A meaty fist of alcohol punches my nose and bowls me over with apple-puckered gin. Surprisingly savory and bold. Gutsy. An amalgamation of malt roast and barrel char meet for a real chewy kick of smoke. Pours a vibrant ruby-mahogany, clear with a long, sweeping lace in mocha. Palate gives that explosive foam, I’m used to. This follows with a quick dispersion of flavors. There’s definitely a smokey corner to this beer, running over some sweet apple, pear, and almond extract edges. There’s a tangy, aged malt waft that adds some balance to the crispness of the alcohols and the murky underlying fire. This doesn’t quite have the sprightly explosiveness I remember with the straight version, but I do appreciate the Calvados inflection and some of the more smokey notes I’m picking up in this barrel version. An old-Fullers-like hop dust graces the backend with some lemon character. Even with the barrel addition, this beer maintains its palate deftness without compromise. And that’s something I can really appreciate. Warming, the spice picks up steam and adds some needing complexity. Thanks Sammy!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SHIG (3868) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - FEB 9, 2009
Bottle: Poured a reddish brown with no head. Aroma is woodsy, liquorice, and fruit. Taste is winey, sweet liquorice, and the oak still presents just enough bitterness to make this balanced. Very enjoyable!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cole (967) - , Alberta, CANADA - JAN 27, 2009
330ml bottle. 2005 vintage. Strong complex aroma. Flavors of chocolate, fruit, raisins, and oak. The fiish is rather sour, with a hint of licorice and coffee. You can really taste the 10%. This is a good beer but at $25/bottle it is not worth it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (10606) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 26, 2009
Pours cloudy ruby-brown with a small, rocky, light brown head, somewhat lasting with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, toffee), average hops (flowers, herbs), average yeast (horse blanket, earth, leaves) with notes of dates, vanilla, and cinnamon. Full bodied, sticky texture, average carbonation, and a bitter finish. Average duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity and bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 26, 2009
Pours a light brown with a thin off-white head with poor retention but some lace. Aroma of dark sweet apple cider & brown sugar with cinnamon. Tastes much like a toasted apple pie, caramel with apple and cloves, allspice, just a hint of heat from the spices and not much in the way of alco-burn, which is nice, but a bit less complex and spicy than the regular variety. Thin slightly creamy body with ok carb. This is quite subtle and enjoyable, but a bit of a let-down considering its much spicier cousin. Many thanks to Boutip for the trade!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
altonbrownd (3752) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - JAN 24, 2009
Bottle from Cracked Kettle. Dark body. Tan head. Sweet and complex nose. Taste of malt, caramel, toffee, vanilla. Very smooth and drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - JAN 19, 2009
Pours dark amber, malty, dark fruits, caramel, wood, vanilla, little yeasty, clean finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
AgentSteve (1640) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - JAN 19, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2009 Pours attractive deep brown with a finger thick tan head. The flavor and nose on this was rich and powerful without being too sweet. Dried fruit, caramel, cherries, vanilla, oak, all blending nicely. Creamy on the palate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
grandgenie (259) - gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 19, 2009
Bière dégusté à l’autre oeil bistro côte à côte avec la PANNEPOT. Verre utilisé pour la dégustation était de forme tulipe. Une des plus grandes expériences gustatives et de face à face dans ma vie. Aussi, mon plus gros dilemme pour déterminer un vainqueur, une lutte sans merci et trufflé de surprise et rebondissement. Pour cette fois, l’heureuse gagnante est la GRANDE RÉSERVE, je vais quand même vous avouez que ça joué du coude car les deux bières offres de beau moments de plénitude. Bière d’un brun ambré avec reflet brunâtre. Une bière avec plus de dépôt avec une mousse plus foncé que sa voisine la pannepot. Au nez elle est boisé, sucré, la pomme grenade et un soupçon de vanille et de porto. Au goût , du caramel, de la pomme grenade et du salé avec un léger goût de prune. Évolutive ayant beaucoup à offrir au vieillissement.

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