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


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RATINGS: 1107   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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mumares (98) - BELGIUM - AUG 16, 2010
33 cl bottle, 2008 vintage. Pours dark brown with red notes. Tan head disappears fast. Nose is liquorice, chocolate and some woody notes. The oak is very present in the taste, with some tart/lactic flavours. Pleasant full body, very slick. Finish is boozy, some mild bitterness but overall very satisfying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
changeup45 (1729) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - AUG 14, 2010
’08 bottle from Rando7. Not a lot hits me right away in the aroma. It’s airy; wet barrel notes, dark fruit, brown sugar and some alcohol fumes sneaking in there. It begins to open up a little bit as it breathes with more of the dark fruit coming through. Dark brown pour with a thin frothy head staying on top for good. Rich dark fruity flavors consising of prunes, plums, raisins and dates. There’s a slight cherry tart in there but it stays very much in the background. Plenty of dried fruit sweetness. The oak, and some vanilla shows too, smooths this out and adds complexity. There’s some soothing alcohol in the finish with the addition of spices that tastes like it belongs. Excellent beer. Whether it’s better than the regular Pannepot or not, that’s a tough call.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 9, 2010
Bottle. A - Very dark brown/black cola color with a large, extraordinarily creamy, sticky, frothy beige head. Good retention that settles into a nice layer of creamy, sticky lace. S - Lots of dark fruit with raisin, date, plum, and cherry aroma. Good amount of dark, caramel malt and molasses/slightly burnt brown sugar. Hints of chocolate and some oaky/vanilla aroma along with a strong spiced aroma and some yeast. T - Similar to the nose with a good mixture of sweet malt and dark fruit with a good amount oak and spice. These make a good combination of all different taste. Molasses, caramel, and hints of chocolate come out with the malt. Similar dark fruit to the nose combines sweet and slightly tart flavor. Good amount of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and coriander are present. Slight oak and vanilla undertones are present throughout. No overly strong but definitely provide another layer of flavor. Very well balanced and complex beer. M - Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Extremely smooth and creamy with a rich silky feel. D - Very easy to drink with the smooth and creamy body and the nice balance and complexity. Really makes me want to keep drinking this. Notes: Vintage 2007. Incredibly complex, yet very well balanced. Oak flavors aren’t overly strong, but definitely present and make a great difference. Really great beer, recommended.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nickls (2333) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - AUG 2, 2010
Bottle. 2007 on the label. Deep, dark, ruby brown color with a lightly tan/dark beige head. Dark, sweet fruit aromas but has a lot of citrus present as well, some vanilla, and the oak really comes through in the last inhale, comes together in complete bliss. Can’t find the alcohol in the aroma at all. Not nearly as sweet in the taste as suggested in the aroma, toffee, some darker malt notes, bit earthy, rich, touch of sweetness, but quite a dry finish. Woody at the end as well. Medium body, quite lush and a bit slick with subtle carbonation. I hadn’t quite expected to be as taken with this brew as I have been. Just fantastic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (21503) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 21, 2010
6th March 2010. Cloudy brown beer. Soft dry palate. Soft malt, a little woody. Lots of sweet bubblegum with a little orange fruit. Not bad at all!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
blipp (7904) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 16, 2010
Bottle. Pours deep dark brown with a beige head. Big plummy/dark fruity aroma, with some solid woody notes and spices. The flavor has an excellent integration of oak and dark fruity sweetness. Earthy and spicy notes lie underneath. Very good, and certainley deserving of it’s spot in the top 50.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BelgBeerGeek (1308) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JUL 16, 2010
vintage 2008

head: 1/2 inch , beige
colour: dark brown
smell: sweet, candy sugar smell , smokey , alcohol , malts
taste: alcohol, sweet malty flavour , grapefruit, caramel , candy sirup , spices , oily , sweet, bit dry end , salty soy sauce like aftertaste ...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chrisv10 (14799) - DENMARK - JUL 5, 2010
Bottle from 2007. Unclear dark brown with off-white head. Flavour is malt, caramel, fruit, spices and wood.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrChopin (4303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2010
’05 bottle. Cork came out with a loud pop. Sepia pour with a lacing beige-cream head, large-to-short quickly but everlasting. Oxidized and sour nose at this point, cherry, sawdust, and light vinegar present, yet still a decent creamy malt base. The flavor is a bit better, lightly sour again and still hints of cardboard from the oxidation, but the sherry notes blend well with the malt base and create a quite sweet, yet still somewhat balanced experience, very pleasant and warming. Creamy, thin body leaving behind a moderately sweet, sherry-like finish. Wish I’d had opened this earlier as its clearly past its peak, but it’s still rather drinkable. Until a more fresh bottle...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
nickd717 (4071) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 27, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2010 330ml bottle. Pours a great clear dark brown color with a nicely formed tan head and good lacing. Aroma is fairly rich - sweet caramel and toffee and candied rum-soaked dark fruits. Some Belgian yeast also. Flavor is amazingly good. All the good parts of Pannepot are there: caramel, toffee, date, prune, fig, along with some oak barrel and slight vanilla. Incredible palate on this one. One of the smoothest beers I’ve ever had. Medium-full bodied with fairly soft carbonation. An excellent beer overall.

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