GilBier (75) - Dendermonde, BELGIUM - JUN 16, 2008
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
From a lableless 75 cl bottle. Pours a very dark brown beer with a fine light-brown creamy and longlasting foam on top. Aroma is very trappist like(Rochefort) and has lots of different aspects going on. It smells like Coffee, bread, port, sweet dough, raisins apples (Calvados) and wood. Taste is very similar to the aroma. The beer is mild, not to sweet, slight bitter, like coffee bitters and hops. Mouthfeeling is mild and soft malty with a nice touch of wood, dryed sliced apple, some banana and good boos soaked raisins. Not as sweet and a bit more dry as the regular pannepot, but very complex and the afthertaste is superb. Thanks to the Struise guys for letting me taste this one from a champage size bottle.
fiulijn (14978) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 14, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Vintage 2005, 3 years old
It pours a dark chestnut color, almost black in my large Des Fagnes glass, with a medium sized head, persistent. Mild aroma, with sour chocolate, wood, cedar. Good body; there is a caramel and candi sugar flavor, with sweet liquorice; it has a too low bitterness. At the end, there is some warming alcohol feeling. Good, big, but lacking complexity, excitement.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUN 12, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured an almost clear deep ruby-brown color with a large long lasting tan head. Semi-sweet malty aroma with notes of dark fruits, brown sugar, wood, cola and a yeasty spice. The flavor was semi-dry with some mild dark fruits and a woody drier finish. The end starts to thin a little. Medium bodied. For 10% it just slides right down with not alcohol taste and just some light warmth.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUN 11, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
First bottle of BrianK’s 25th Birthday tasting. Pours an amber brown body with a thin tan head. Aroma is boozy with some spices present. Flavor is much less spiced then the regular pannepot. Spices, etoh, oak, and an undesirable metallic flavor.
badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - JUN 11, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber red color with a tan head that quickly dissipates to a ring around the glass. Smell is of green apple, spices, and some wood. Taste consists of caramel, toffee, spices, clove, but this is also very metallic; even moreso than the regular reserva. Light bodied with a rather high carbonation. I’d try this again, but I don’t know that I’d seek it out. It seems like I’d just stick with regular Pannepot over any of the reservas. Thanks to pepsican for the sample.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 10, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a murky brown color with a medium tan head. Very pleasant aroma of wood, raisins and liquorice. The flavor is also pretty solid, the wood is present, but not too much, there’s also some raisins and liquorice. The body is medium with a liquorous texture and gentle carbonation. It’s a very successfull barrel aging experiment, but I still prefer the original Pannepot.
Hildigöltur (5103) - København, DENMARK - JUN 10, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Hazy reddish brown coloured. Very vinous apple aroma with spicy notes. Sweet and herbal fruit flavour (especially apples and plums). Some pleasant acidity in the finish. Rather fizzy. Medium bodied.
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - JUN 1, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A huge thanks to toncatcher for sharing this one. A brew that we all had been waiting for to try. Deffinetly lived up to the hype. Lots of deep woody flavors with a long lasting bitter flavor. Some sourness. Very good.
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
330mL bottle. Pours deep mahogany, capped with a moderate sized tan head. Lively aroma, with spices, pear, wood, and alcohol in the foreground, and brown sugar, caramel, fruitcake, and dark wheat present as well. Sweet malt, raisin, apple, and whiskey are the dominant flavors, with notes of wheat, plum, and wood. Finishes with some warming alcohol and apple skin flavor. Really nice beer. It’s been a while since I’ve had the original Pannepot, but I think I may like the base beer more than the barrel-aged varieties. I hope to try the 4 versions head to head someday...
toncatcher (228) - Santee - SAN DIEGO, California, USA - MAY 31, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to miketd and Papsoe. Pours a cloudy brown with the slightest of a tan head, Aroma of wood, yeast and soem spice. Flavors of wood, molasses, and spice. Nice mouthfeel.