markwise (4545) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 6, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks kiefdog for the share. Amazing beer that is heavy, but lovable. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Nose is caramel, candy sugar, and some raisiny goodness with some alcohol. Flavor is very similar with a thick sweetness and lots of sugary, raisiny goodness coming out. Deep, dark and excellent complex beer.
Scauca (490) - Lovere, ITALY - JUN 4, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Muddy brown with a little vanishing head. Plenty of dried fruits, red berries, plums, malt, with just an hint of roasted & spices. The flavour is sweet, fruity. Thick body. The alcohol is not that hidden, and perhaps is also a bit too carbonated. A very good beer nevertheless.
kappldav123 (5163) - GERMANY - JUN 4, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
The bottle looks good, the beer in the glass also. Deep black color, nice head. Starts strong-malty, modest smoky, intense notes of liquorice. Finish well balanced, smoky-malty, still very much liquorice. Not as strong as exspected, a bit too much liquorice. Thanks to Bierkoning for the bottle!
MrGGen (312) - ITALY - JUN 2, 2009
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Colore marrone scuro con una grande spessa schiuma, forse un pò troppo frizzante. Aroma complesso di malto, caramello, alcune spezie e uvetta , legno e dolci. Corposo il sapore, con un forte prevalenza di caramello, piuttosto dolce, con qualche tocco legnoso che la rende più complessa, e l’alcol è ben nascosto. Alcune note di liquirizia evidenti soprattutto nel finale. Eccellente.
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 1, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My Bottom Line:
Berries meet peppery spiciness and lenient licorice, before moderate alcohol heat and oaken dryness conclude this elegant sipper of a Belgian Strong Ale.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A frothy head of foam covers the dark mahogany.
-I found this one to be less spicy and sweet than the regular Pannepot and not as fruity and vinous as the Grand Reserva.
-The nose was redolent of BBQ spices at times.
-Tiny bubbles build a lively mouthfeel, increasing drinkability.
-Some roasted malts appear in there at times, and cola-like notes spring from the sweet spiciness.
Bottle. 2005 vintage.
JKJ (24) - Herlev, DENMARK - MAY 29, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle.bottle (big thanks go to JFM for sharing this one) Dark brown color with creamy beige head. Aroma was a little oaky. A lighter body than the regular pannepot but overall not as good as the regular. Still a great beer.
MitchWayne (263) - Kokkola, FINLAND - MAY 28, 2009
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Dark reddish brown beer, nice lacing once again. Lovely sweet, complex and vinous aroma, the alcohol is more present here than in the original but it smells like heaven itself. So malty, spicy, fruity, now with some nice wooden notes mixed in rather than distracting the whole like in Pannepot Grand reserva. So soft yet very warming, you can feel the alcohol mostly when it has already gone down your throat. Superb beer, at least as good as the regular pannepot which makes it a perfect beer or perfect beer plus for me. Got to get more of this, If I had to drink only one beer for the rest of my life it would be this one. Still gay for Pannepot, have to five the bastard and shut up now before someone gets annoyed with me.
Ober (2812) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - MAY 23, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
An almost black colored beer, with a beautiful dark thick foamy beige head. It leaves a beautiful lace on the glass. The aroma of dark malts with dried fruits. Some sweet with spices. Complex. The taste has a thick dark malty flavor with fruits like prune and raisins. There are notes of oak. Also some spices in the back. The aftertaste is smooth, with some nice bittersweet with warming alcohol.
Hank1980 (945) - Athens, Georgia, USA - MAY 21, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2005 bottle shared at tasting. Poured dark with red around the edges, tan head. Aroma of is very subtle, with light oak, dark fruit, and spice. Taste is well balanced mix of fruit, malt, oak. Some light chocolate flavors are noticable. Finish is smooth and refreshing. No alcohol is present in this 10%’er. Overall, a very nice brew.
Bontus (642) - Flanders, BELGIUM - MAY 14, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, Hopduvel. Pours ink black with a tan head. Sweet fruits with coffee malts and a touch of caskwood and oak. Sweet with a vinous lactic sourness and a subtle bitterness. Full bodied but rather soft carbonation. Excellent beer.