HogTownHarry (6063) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 9, 2008
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. At Chris_O’s September 2008 DenCan bash. Huge thanks to ... oh damn: harrisoni? reakt? I’m sure one of you will let me know ... Anyway, 2005 vintage. As it poured it looked a lot like wine ... brownish, slightly cloudy wine, with a decent if diminishing head. Lovely aroma - stellar, just what I would hope for from any Pannepot - a lush melange of yeast, spice, sweet fruity malt, mild tartness and alcohol - nothing out of the ordinary, but done so, so well. The taste was ... a bit thin; frankly, this hasn’t aged as well as I’d like - the yeast and malt seemed to have pulled apart some. The body seemed a little wan, and I was surprised how the alcohol had started to overpower the malt and spice ... it seemed a bit on the overcarbonated side too, but at least the finish was decently sweet. I’m no expert, perhaps this will thicken in a few years, but it seemed thin when I sampled it. Still a very good beer for all that.
Slayer85 (1044) - Firenze, ITALY - OCT 8, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle, vintage 2006, thanks to Jeppe for keeping the beer for me. A cloudy dark ruby beer with a medium sized, beige, creamy, lacing and persistent foam. The aroma is very complex, malty, fruity (cherries, berries, dark fruits) and spicy. Lightly woody and alcoholic. The flavour has a medium sweetness and a light acidity. The oak is well integrated. Very malty, spicy and fruity and some light licorice and chocolate notes like the regular Pannepot. Warming and very complex. Medium to full body, average/lively carbonation, long finish with light bitterness, lightly alcoholic. World class, no doubt.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - OCT 6, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2010 750ML bottle opened the night before i left for japan. My favorite of the series including GR. Dark brown body with etoh and spices radiating off my tulip. Dark fig fruit, liqorice, Solid beer. 4.1
New bottle i must say this is drinking so nice right now. Just a delicious belgian ale. Flavors are so balanced. Brown sugar, cane sugars, fruit tones. Dark plums and raisin notes. Really soft cinnamon and all spice. Hardly any warming i’d swear it was 7 or 8%, just decadent. Easily one of the BEST belgian beers i’ve had to date. 4.4
BoBoChamp (5358) - Gent, BELGIUM - SEP 12, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2014 33cl, Vintage 2010, exclusive brew, from De Hopduvel Gent, very complex brew, balanced, hazy, good head, very good brew, top class!
zathrus13 (1703) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - SEP 9, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours cloudy dark brown, with a large, tan head. Aroma is fruit, oak, alcohol, and malt. Flavor is fruit, smoke, malt, vanilla, and oak. A nice medium bodied palate. Nothing beats you over the head, as far as the oak, or the fruit. It’s a well balanced, well made, tasty brew. Thanks for this bottle, Brad.
Blom (831) - Odense, DENMARK - SEP 6, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with a low but dense grey head. The aroma strikes me as very spicy, pretty close to oaked rum with further notes of liquorice and dark chocolate. Going into the flavours I’m suprised by a combination of sweet belgian strong ale and sour ale in the distance. Prunes and dades are present along with cherry, and brown sugar. Figs blend in carrying wood and earthy notes along with it. A fine specimen, but not as good as the regular Pannepot.
arjoseph (639) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Part of our hotel room tasting, GABF 2007. Thanks to whoever brought it (awaisanen? kp? don’t remember). Big, creamy, eggy head. Smell is absolutely decadent in the oakiness and alcohol, swaddled in caramel and brown-sugar malts that occasionally remind of unsweet chocolate. Nice body, has a rich feel like Westy 12. Lots of different flavors packed in this mostly sweet concoction of malts: figs at first, some bright peaches later, some prickly raisin riding the carbonation, definitely some brown sugar around the figs and peaches, and running counter to it the whole time is an oakey oiliness. Very, very tasty. Since this tasting, I’ve had regular Pannepot a couple of times, and like it better, but it’s pretty damn close. Struise, I love you.
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 17, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black colored with medium sized light brown head. Vinous aroma with bubblegum, licorice and raspberry-caramelly notes, weird one. Not too much oak here in flavor, vanilla makes nice combination with some spices. Aftertaste is sweet still with berries, licorice and some sourness.
cab (866) - DENMARK - AUG 9, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle.33cl. It has a beautiful, lasting, foamy, beige head. The aroma is so very complex. It has all kind of notes, several dark fruits, like dates and prunes.
rallison (116) - USA - JUL 23, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks Carlos for cracking open this beautiful 750 for our tasting!
Red wine, spice and raisins in the aroma.
Complex taste. Raisins, grapes, wine and brown sugar play together. Woody and slightly vinous. Lots of spice character.
High carbonation yet quite rich - but not thick nor cloying in any way. Brown sugar spice on the finish.
Very nice beer. Side by side with the regular Pannepot, this beer is just not quite as good. Is this a great beer? Yes. But, the oak aging seems to take a little away from the base beer while making the flavors conflict ever so slightly - although, this beer is also slightly more complex than the base beer as well.
Quite simply, I’ll take regular Pannepot over this just barely (it has taken me a long time to come around to this conclusion - used to be that I couldn’t stand the spices in regular Pannepot!), but would jump at the chance to drink either one!