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


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RATINGS: 1124   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mtjoseph (244) - Murderapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 21, 2010
2008 11.2oz bottle. Pours a deep, hazy, mahogany with a small khaki head. Big nose on this beer. Notes of wine, wood, pears, bread, spices and doughy yeast on the nose. A lot going on here. However, I feel this beer still needs some time to sit and round out. The taste relies heavily on the yeast with brown sugar, fruit (both light and dark), toffee, vanilla, and wine soaked wood with a slick mouthfeel and long finish. Quite nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - SEP 21, 2010
Bottle 2008. Aroma has notes of caramel, fig, oak, dark bread and Belgian yeast. Dark brown murky hue with a smaller off-white head that mostly diminished and left little lace. Flavor is medium/heavy sweet and smooth. Palate is medium/heavy bodied and watery, almost flat, mouth-feel. Overall a very smooth and pleasant brew that has very little bitterness and while bigger bodied it never offends and remains balanced. Complex and enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 18, 2010
Bottle from Samís in Durham. Pours very dark brown with a lovely light mocha head. Nose is dark summer fruits, mild cherries, figs, raisins, and bitter chocolate. I wanted some more of the bitter chocolate to come out on the taste, but the taste matched the nose in that the sweetness won out slightly. Some more tannins and a nice and dry finish were a nice added touch, though. Lovely soft and dry palate. Great beer, but Iím not sure itís worth the extra bucks compared to the non-oaked Pannepot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blutt59 (6504) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 17, 2010
bottle, thanks to SS, dark walnuts color with creamy foam, aroma of smooth nutty, caramel and dark fruit , flavor is much the same with a smokiness to the finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ClubGonzo (5416) - 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 íyoungí, 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 isnít 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 Iíve 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 (4045) - 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 itís creamy mouthfeel, rich dark fruit and spicy oak flavour (just like a cream and brandy-soaked fruit pudding). One slight criticism; has an aftertaste thatís 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 (1720) - 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 wasnít 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!

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