Brewed by De Struise Brouwers
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Oostvleteren, Belgium


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RATINGS: 1090   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.15/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
The Pannepot Reserva was an idea from my brew colleague Carlo who wanted to age Pannepot in genuine French oak barrels (barrique 225 liters). We have brewed 90HL at the end of 2005 which has been aging on oak ever since (14 months). 30 Hl was bottled Tuesday 8th May 2007. 60Hl has been transferred now to second hand calvados oak vessels and will be bottled again early autumn 2007, we will name that batch Pannepot Grand Reserva. As quality and results rule at Struise, the Reserva was already brewed again and aging on oak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ClubGonzo (5225) - Bergen, NORWAY - SEP 17, 2010
Bottle from the brewery/shop in Oostvleteren. Pours a deep, dense mahogany body with virtually no retention to speak of. Aroma is vanilla, molasses, hints of raisins and caramel, with some boozy notes. Taste is velvety smooth and filled with caramel, toast, vinous grape-peel notes, hints of nuts and booze. Some sherry notes in the aftertaste. Warming alcohol. A very solid ale from De Struise, and a worthy flagship - or fishin boat - for the brewery. :-)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 16, 2010
2008 Bottle 33cl batch A4DD. I like the new labels but I miss the old ones all the same. Pours a gorgeous glowing shinny mahogany with a perfect fine thick fizzy frothy light tan head with plenty of lacing. Again, this is a completely different animal than Pannepot or Panneput. Aroma is densely fruity, rich berries, super plummy trappist yeast, lovely undertones of vanilla and oak, red wine?, pleasant alcohol notes elevate each aroma, lovely balance, light chocolate tootsie roll, and finishing with the berry note. Flavor follows, fairly ’young’, which I like, plummy, some bitterness upfront that goes away with each sip, so much trappist yeast character, lightly soda poppy, cola, mr pibb, nice berry flavor that isn’t too tart, a light vanilla creaminess, some bitterness lingers in the finish, light nuttiness in the aftertaste, so similar to the Westy and Rochefort, almost more so than anything else I’ve tried from Struise or anyone. Body is near perfect, medium bodied, soft slightly sharp fizzy carbonation, just slightly milky in the body. I wonder how my 2005 bottle is doing... it certainly needs opening.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TURDFERGUSON (4036) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 12, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2010 Bottle, Vintage 2008. Muddy hazelnut brown pour with some nice tan lace lasting throughout. Strong tannic/wine like presence throughout, perhaps given off from the French oak barrels. Complex nose of rich dark fruits, brown sugar, dates, grapes, apples, spices, warming alcohol. Flavor is similar with the signature pannepot spicy element to complement the natural tartness, with plenty of tannic/oak undertones. This is nice and a bit more mellow the regular Pannepot. The carbonation was also lower overall, but the mouthfeel was still on point.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
essexcalf (172) - Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2010
Very nice. I think this would be a good accompaniment to a Christmas pudding, with it’s creamy mouthfeel, rich dark fruit and spicy oak flavour (just like a cream and brandy-soaked fruit pudding). One slight criticism; has an aftertaste that’s a little bit too sour for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
msante79 (2224) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - SEP 4, 2010
11.2 oz bottle from Secret Santa(RCL). Pours murky brown with one finger tannish head. Aroma of raisins, chocolate, dark fruits, dark bready malts, and a bit of oak. Flavors of chocolate and raisins with some bready malts a touch of oak. May be a bit of oxidation here. Still a very high quality beer. Like the original better I think.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gEUS (1676) - Linden, BELGIUM - AUG 31, 2010
This is the West-Vleteren killer in my humble opinion! The first time I tasted it, I had to be pinched to be woken up again :-)... And I wasn’t even sleeping :-). Massive nose full of ripe apples, caramel, warm fruity full bodied impressions. Heard to fine a beer that is similar to this one!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
gyllenbock (7168) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 30, 2010
Bottle. Dark brown with a beautiful tan head. Great aroma, slightly sour, vinous, fruit, vanilla, spices and roasted malt. The taste was vonius, oak, brown sugar, chocolate, raisins, coffee. Nice body and mouth feel. Creamy and very drinkable. Really a splendid beer, one of the best.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jnelson_22 (118) - Heerlen, NETHERLANDS - AUG 29, 2010
2008 bottle. pours dark brown with a nice, soft looking off-white head that lingers decently leaving some thick lacing. Nose is like a standard BDSA with dark malt, deep fruits like raisins, and a caramel sweetness but also with some milk chocolate, roasty nuts and belgian yeast. In the mouth is initially fruity with a prominent caramel sweetness that rides all the way through, moving into plums, cherry and chocolate with over-ripened fruit on the swallow along with some lingering bitter chocolate and some spice like cloves. The more sips i take, the more refined it becomes, mellowing out into a beautifully balanced belgian and leaving me feeling the 10%. Finished this ne off with a cuesta rey #95 in my hand. I really enjoyed how the smoky wood character of the cigar stood up to this brew and made it more smooth and subtle. an excellent ale and worthy to stand next to its brothers. though I’m torn between the standard and the grand reserva as the superior...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SSSteve (4006) - - AUG 27, 2010
bottle. 2008. a muddy brown under a small, frothy, beige head. very mild aroma. a bit woody and a hint of dark grapes. flavor is unsweet dark grapes...a bit tart and oaky, woody. light raisin and fudgy chocolate. a lot of different flavors all in moderation. pretty dry. not one ingredient really outdoes the other. can’t say sweet..can’t say bitter...can’t say spicy..dark..light.., etc. a neat one. so balanced. the more i drink it, the more i like it. the bottles too small! i must find the regular pannepot now!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thornecb (5318) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 23, 2010
2008. Pours dark mahogany into a tulip. Thine white head recedes to nothing. Plum and molasses aromas. Sweet fig, caramel and vanilla from front to back.

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