maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 4, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of Immy on 07/18/2009. Clear dark brown body with ruby highlights and a medium creamy tan head. Sweet spicy, fruity, belgian aroma, some slight tartness. Big fruity flavor, lots of spice, belgian notes, light fruit. Medium body with moderately high carbonation.
bhensonb (13832) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 3, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by Marcus - 2005. Pours a dark rich brown with a frothy tan head. Strong dark fruit aromas over dark malt. Full bodied with mildly frothy carbonation. Flavor is several dark fruits with cola and mild yeast. Darkly fruity, hinting of bitter and not demonstrating heat. It takes time for the oak to come out. Worth the wait.
marcus (8903) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 3, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 25, 2015 Bottle is labeled PNP 4 2005. Pours opaque dark brown with a fluffy tan head and a yeasty aroma. The flavor is raisin, plum and slightly sour with lots of oak. It is much more mellow than the regular pannepot and certainly more sour from the barrell aging. The sour stays on the palate a while. Lots of spice.
thebeertourist (5175) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 2, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2007 bottle from De Bierkoning. Very dark brown with a big tan head. Vinous aroma and flavours. richer in the mouth, revealing chocolate, spices, fruit and vanilla. Very complex indeed. Accomplished.
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 1, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2005 Edition shared with the folks at the Bruery and a few friends. Rating number 2300. 750ml bottle thanks to JB175. Pours with a huge, fluffy, khaki head over a hazy brown body. Full retention from the head, and great lace. This is a beautiful beer. Aroma is rich and really opens as the beer warms. Raisins, oxidation and sherry make themselves seen early with some spice, meat, chocolate, special b malt, caramel and mulling spices. Light oak brandy presence too. Taste is brandy, oak, meat/Pannepot "blood", raisin, oak tannins, paper oxidation and apricot. Light acidity towards the finish. Huge duration. Creamy mouthfeel and carbonation. Another solid and special de Struise beer!
m4rest88 (388) - Beverly Hills, California, USA - AUG 1, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2005 Bottle thanks to bman1113vr - shared with the folks at the bruery
Pours with a murky dark brown hue with a light brown head that is mostly diminishing.
Aroma is of dark fruits, raisins, and lots of run - smells like its right out of the Caribbean.
Flavor is astringent, salty, sweet, and alcoholic.
Syrupy texture with light carbonation
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - JUL 30, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep cloudy reddish brown with no head. Nice dried fruit, oak, alcohol and sweet malt. Same in the complex and evolving flavor with a smooth mouthfeel.
Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - JUL 27, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2007 vintage from The Cracked Kettle, Amsterdam. Pours an opaque dark brown with a bigger fluffy head that reduces to a certain point and then stays. Aroma has a lot of brown sugar, some chocolate, molasses, maybe a little plum. Nice complex aroma. Flavor repeats the chocolate and molasses, but comes a little more with the dark fruit. I’m also detecting a cognac-like flavor hiding in the background. Very complex. The mouthfeel is simply perfect: Thick and velvety. As soon as I completed the first sip I truly said to myself, "That’s so Struise", in reference to the velvety mouthfeel and finish. There is really something special, I’m convinced, about Struise’s approach to mouthfeel. Or end result thereunto, at least. Overall, world class. Thanks Struise.
TheBeerGod (5949) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUL 26, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of Immy at Immy’s Backyard Throwdown. 2005 vintage. Murky brown pour with a short tan head. Aroma of dark fruits, caramel, brown sugar, custard and sweet malts. Taste is light cocoa, dark fruits, custard, caramel, light spice, yeast notes, brown sugar, oak and vanilla notes. Very tasty! Body is medium and chewy with dense, tingly carbonation. Ends with more dark fruit notes, soft spice, oak, caramel, custard, brown sugar and chocolate. Yummy!
Drake (11499) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 19, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2005 bottle shared by Immy at Immy’s Backyard Throwdown. Pours a brown color with a big frothy head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma is toffee, berries, chocolate, cherries and herbal notes. Taste is chocolate, cherries, berries, burned caramel, spice, herbal notes and bread. Full bodied. Damn good beer.