mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
i had had this one before but definitely wanted to rate it. It pours a dark brown with a very nice light brown head. Wonderful aromas of spices, clove, and nutmeg. the semlls are very similar to the taste. I get alot of dark fruit with light chocolate in there as well. This beer was done very nicely and I think it’ll lay down for a while as well. I can see why this one is so highly rated. The carbonation seemed about perfect, and the finish stayed with you for a little while. Good job belgium.
Palidor19 (2922) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Now this is something worth writing about. This a Belgian at its very best. When I first poured it, the first thing I noticed was how big the bubble were on the head of the beer. not to mention the fullness and frothiness of the opaque color head.
The taste is a cornucopia of tropical fruits, berry fruits, elegant spices and rich chocolate caramel flavors. its got a nice thick presence that rushes your tastes buds. This is a winner!!!
steve/brandon (3) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2007 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer was recommended to me by Matta who I met @ my local beer store. A very good beer, rather thick but drinkability is high none the less. He did not lead me wrong, I will be buying this beer again. If you are in the mood for a heavy Belgian Style ale this will not disappoint. Very frothy and the taste is great. It was a beer purchase I do not regret.
eaglefan538 (2857) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 15, 2007
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 26, 2007 WOWEE!!!! Unbelievable. I heard some hype about this one, but wasn’t believing it. Am thrilled, however, to have given this a shot, totally knocked me out with amazement. The pour was deep dark chocolate brown, no light passing through, no burgundy, yet not black. The head was whomping large, tan to chocolate in color, pillowy, fluffy all over everywhere, darned hard to get in the glass, rings of lacing left all over the place, a pretty site. The aroma was incredibly complex, interesting melding of almost orval like aromas (yet this is dark!!!), grapes, coriander, cinammon, other spices, grapes, light floral and rose petals, apples, just wonderful. Left wondering, why so dark, where are the dark fruits and chocolate? Well, the flavor takes flight with rich dark fruits, chocolate, nuts, citrus tones underneath (some oranges), all with a background of grapes, apples, spicing, and floral character. A touch too sweet (although within this style you tolerate sweet) to be perfect, yet just delightful, and complex enough to be anything but cloyingly sweet. Where is the 10% alcohol, man this is smooth and quiet. The mouthfeel had a touch too much of a sticky feel, but man, this was incredible otherwise. One of the best new beer experiences I’ve had in a long while. Outstanding! Re-rate, Feb07, nearly the same experience with a tad more caramel coming out behind it all. Re-rate, Apr07, caramel and some slight metallic or oxidized notes present underneath all of the otherwise beatiful flavors. Will stick with numbers, but either this isn’t as good as it was brand spanking new, or I over-rated it a little bit the first time. Heck, maybe the Orval I had before it this time just put all other beers in their proper place?
KAME (160) - California, USA - JAN 15, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2009 Bottle shared by awaisanen, thanks again Andy. After an evening of tasting great brews, Andy was kind enought to finish things off with a bottle of Pannepot. After experiencing a diminishing love affair with Belgian Strong Ales, I am glad that Struise Pannepot was able to bring me right back, more spry than ever. The aroma is ungodly; full of dark fruits and ginger spices, hints of black licorice and caramel malts fill the nose until you can’t wait any longer and have to take a sip. The first taste is a beautiful velvety montage of sweet malts, dark spices, and Belgian yeast. This brew definitely takes some time to appreciate its complexity, but doing so will be a rewarding experience. I was extremely impressed with this fine offering, and hope that I may get to try this again.
nick76 (4173) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 14, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2007 The aroma has lots of dark fruit, brown sugar, spices, toasted malt and a touch of chocolate flavored coffee. The appearance is dark brown/maroon with some yeast chunks and what amounts to an explosively large head. It literally ran out of my glass and all over the counter. The flavor is like the aroma and very complex. The palate is smooth with an astringent finish. This is a very rich complex Belgian.
petermadsen (390) - Vesterbronxxx, DENMARK - JAN 11, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
dense, black and with a light brown head, nearly coca-cola style, although much more persistent.
The aroma is complex and the first whisp gives the impression of heaps of black and spec. B malts in the beer.
The Flavour... Almost as enjoying the holy supper in one of the few danish churches serving good port. I get the same sensation of the magnificent taste and the imbibation of something holy. The beer seems so full, that 360 degress wouldn’t be enough if it was a circle. The most tiny sip fills your mouth in a way that makes you feel that your jaw will drop and the whole thing will spill down your shirt (or whatever you are wearing...) Intense dried fruit, liqurice, loads of malt and a nice bit of chocolate.
This monster of a taste is caged in a dense and thick liquid, but the carbonation makes it light, easy and highly drinkable like a this kind of beer should be....
Im listening to ’Wild Horses’ by the Stones. Its nearly as classy as the beer. But only nearly...
Jiffypark (31) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 7, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very spicy, very active head. Poured it and took in that darkish red robe... One sip and I thought: Orval. Would have it again, most definitely.
tish (35) - In transition at the moment, Indiana, USA - JAN 7, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fully body, thick with a lot of spice flavor. It went well with Christmas Eve.
smartlung (159) - Valrico, Florida, USA - JAN 6, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle from Knightly in Orlando - had been drying to try this one - think chunky chocolate over pour (almost like I never had poured before) - taste of molasses, fruits and heavy on the spices - incredibly complex - very sticky and sweet - one to savor for dessert - very much reminded me of a port - not what I expected.