Struise Pannepot Special Reserve (Port B.A.)
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Brewed by De Struise Brouwers
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Oostvleteren, Belgium


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RATINGS: 89   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95/5   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Saw the first daylight at Borefts Beer festival 2011. Pannepot aged for three years on port barrels.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 27, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2012 On draught at the Boreft Beer Festival, 2011. Pours a red - brown colour with a lacy head. The aroma is just absolutely perfect!! I felt a little tear well up in my eye when I smelled this. Not too sweet with marzipan, caramel and cake. Just a little musty with some light black pepper and chewy caramel. Similar flavours with a chewy mouth-feel. Perfectly balanced alcohol and so smooth. I just love these beers! Also had a few of these at Struise Bruges Beer Shop. It is amazing to have this on draft! Pours a dark brown colour with a decent tan head. Aroma of caramel, chocolate, marzipan and port. Moderate carbonation and an oily mouth-feel with lingering chocolate, caramel, oak and just a little soy sauce. Amazing! (9,5,10,5, 19).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
77ships (8210) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAY 3, 2012
Draft @ ACBF 2012 // black brown with a thick mocha head // dark malts, sweet porto, liquorish, chocolate, very sweet (aging appears to add a lot of liquorish to this – 5 year aged one, I have had was a liquorish bomb), molasses, syrup, brown sugar, dark fruits, toffee, wood, almost booze in finish // touch slick, soft carb. excellent as you would expect but Grand Reserva is still better

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kraddel (6370) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - AUG 8, 2012
BOOM ! i wasnt expecting this? tasted for the first time at a tap tasting in t bierhuyske ( antwerp ) . i didnt like brown beers till this point ! later i was launched to try the other pannepot varieties , but this never got beten so far ! compared to the pannepot we’re used to, this has got all the good things , less of the ’ less good things’. its even easier drinkable, withoud losing any taste or any ’in your face’ elements . just... WAAW ! had it again at struise shop ( bruges) when tasted all other varieties and was boomed again. struise, guys, seriously.. bottle this !

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Travlr (21653) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 28, 2011
Drat at BBF 2011 courtesy of urbeer, thank you sir! Beautiful ruby chestnut color, thick cream colored head. Aroma of vanilla, plums, raisins. Taste is complex fruits with port and light spice. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DarkMagus (504) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 11, 2013
Ok, this is exactly what I am all about. Dark black color with a reddish tint, thin tan head that settles quickly. Bubbles rising from the etching of the glass. Aroma is of dark dried fruits (cherry, dates), candy sugar, alcohol, and a bit of "baked-goods spices". This beer is HEAVY on the sweet and tasty flavors. Mostly in line with the aroma, but with a load of that amazing Belgian candy thing. More intricate flavors came about after the initial gulp: coffee, roasted nuts, raisins, licorice, and alcohol. Really subtle alcohol flavor for such a big beer. Took me awhile to crack this one because it is so rare and epic and whatnot, but I encourage you to "drink em if you got em"! Though it would be cool to see what they’re like in a few years, they’re good now FOR SURE! Wow. One of the best ever.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Barrelbelly (748) - BELGIUM - DEC 11, 2011
From Tap. Dark brown with creamy foam head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, wood. Taste of vey sweet caramel, chocolate, coffee, toffee and wood. Some sticky wine, like tanines, and dry wooden aftertaste. Warm alcohol finish. Much more complex than the original pannepot.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DutchDrebus (5612) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JUN 2, 2012
Bottle thx to benzai. I love this smell. This will sound weird but it smells like my girlfriend. Love the smell. Tastes coffee, red fruits, malts, chocolate and lovely. Great.carbo, full body.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
spdyfire83 (35) - 5280, Colorado, USA - JUL 20, 2012
On-tap at Fermentoren in Copenhagen. Served in a mini snifter. Vintage: 2008. Enjoyed on 11 May 2012: A nice surprise en route to the Sour & Bitter Dinner in Copenhagen - thanks Pinball for guiding us to this. Dark chocolate brown. Half (mocha) fingernail head. Smells of dark dried fruit, port, and hint of Belgian yeast. Touch of spice and oak with more port barrel. Very inviting! Taste follows smell exactly - in the best way possible! A lot of sweetness on this one (I assume from the port barrel), but very rounded, smooth, and big. Similar to the other Pannepots, but the uniqueness of this is really fun and enjoyable. A really fun beer that is deep, complex, and tasty! This could convert a vino to craft beer side for sure.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
auderale (605) - Minot, North Dakota, USA - NOV 13, 2012
Draft at the Kulminator. Year 2008. Dark brown colored pour with small beige head. Fruity with hints of raisins, caramely aroma. Sweet, roasted finish. Very damn good!!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tderoeck (8187) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 22, 2012
6/XI/12 - on tap @ Kulminator (Antwerpen) - BB: n/a (2012-1252)

Clear dark brown beer, small creamy beige head, pretty stable, adhesive, nice lacing in the glass. Aroma: bit sourish, raisins, caramel, red wine, red fruits, cranberries. MF: quite some carbon, medium to full body. Taste: caramel start, red wine tanins, red fruits, some citrus, dried fruits, mocha, dark chocolate, pretty bitter as well. Aftertaste: sugary, caramel, overripe fruits, plums, some banana, red fruits, red wine. Wow, amazing beer!

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