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


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RATINGS: 1094   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
"Vintage 2005"
Our PGR has aged for 24 months on oak barrels and has been bottled for the first time on the 27th of December 2007. The main difference with the Pannepot Reserva is that PGR matured the last ten months on Calvados oak barrels, adding extra complexity to the beer. We dedicate this beer as a tribute to Jeppe & Michael of lbutikken in Denmark. Those gentlemen were the first to discover our beers on an International basis back in 2004 and are responsable somehow for our beers being all over the globe since then. As a token of gratitude towards Jeppe & Michael, the first shipment of PGR was scheduled to lbutikken so they could be the first to launch its commercialisation.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
jaspe007 (47) - Utrecht/Wageningen, NETHERLANDS - APR 11, 2011
Nice dark color, good lacing, tanned head... not much different from ordinary pannepot. Taste however, little less to my liking than the original, a bit too strong port taste, a bit "fat" or greasy... but very well balanced. Kulminator; bottle of couple years old.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
radioscooter (41) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2011
Back to the Belgians... First off, let me say that my reviews get tempered by effort. When we first started drinking Belgians, all we had available was Chimay. Not a bad thing, but it made it hard to really compare beers and set up this crazy fake economy. Now theres this and that and oh my god THIS and you have to try THAT... (theres a lot of hype) I tried so mnay Belgians that I was getting sick of the style. I had to chase down Westvleteren 12 because that was "IT". And then this, and then that... I came to rest a few years ago on Rochefort 10. Without a doubt, the most exotic - yet full-on perfect Quad in the abbey style that you can purchase in America readily. What a bonus that you can get it in a Columbus general store for $5.99 a bottle. I can roll out to Market District in PA and get it easily. Should that decrease its spiritual validity? No. But somehow, people rate it lower because you dont have to pay a smuggler to bring it in to the states. And because their abbey has not closed down sales to infidels like Westvleteren. I had Westy for the first time last year. Its great. Dont get me wrong. World class. BUT. Its like selling your bone marrow to get one here. Rochefort 10 is at least as good AND you can actually get it! I think "effort" needs to be a criteria attribute for rating beer. as in "Is it worth the damn effort" But I digress. At many BAers insisting - I sought out Pannepot. It took a LOT of effort to get one. But less effort than a Westy 12. But considerably more effort than a Rochefort 10. Pours like a Belgian. Looks like a Belgian. Done. Taste is somewhere between R10 and W 12. Thats an oversimplification. Its flat-out wonderful. But is it waaay more wonderful than R10? Not really. Is it soooo different from R10? Not really. If you havent had it - yes you have to try it. But dont break the bank to do so. Like Rochefort 10, but a little less cloying. In a perfect world- if all 3 of these were available at my local bottle store for the same price - I would still buy R10. But thats me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (7765) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 6, 2011
33cl bottle pours a hazy, deep copper amber with just a little, cloudy off white head. Big fruity nose, lots of sherry, prunes, grappa, boozy. Flavor is woody, caramel, prunes, sherry, red wine, malty. Full bodied, slightly cloying finish. Mellow, drinkable, not super special.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gramity (1625) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - APR 5, 2011
Poured murky brown with noticeable sediment in the glass. Small off white head developed but was not very thick. The aroma is complex with notes of figs, raisin, plums (dark fruits galore), oak, wine, spices, and some alcohol. Pretty nice but almost too sweet for my personal tastes. The same list of aromas is present in the taste, albeit in different degrees of potency. It is very tasty although definitely too sweet for my personal tastes. I find it to be rather sugary. It drinks smooth with a medium body and low carbonation. Overall - I am not bashing this beer but I would prefer the original.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nellie (349) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 1, 2011
2005 vintage. Strong caramel smell and flavor, almost no alcohol flavor. Cognac after taste. Great after-dinner beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
callmemickey (4381) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2013 2006 bottle tasted blind as part of a top 10 quad blind tasting. A: Dark muddy red-brown. Thin skim of a dirty-white head. S: Blend of dark fruits, figs, raisins, some boozy notes. Very sublime. T: Quite a bit of a boozy sweetness (very little heat), some pepper, and tons of raisins and a bit of plums. M: Medium bodied, with a light prickly feel courtesy of the barrel aging-mostly in the finish. O: A quality, yet somewhat unique quad. The barrel aging treatment helps this standout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
chibuck (3511) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2011
I drank this 2005 version from a 11.2 oz bottle into my Rochefort glass. It pours dark brown, much darker than the regular pannepot. There is hardly any carbonation, only about a quarter of an inch rises and is gone right away. Good to great lacing. The aroma is medium and complex. There is lots of dark fruits on the front prunes and figs, some yeast in the middle, and light subtle oaky finish. Really balanced, and allows you smell something different each whiff. The taste is simply outstanding, wonderfully flavor and complex. It starts off with a great balance of sweet prunes, yeast and inverted sugar like a great trappist blonde. Then all of a sudden you get this super smooth oaky finish that is surprising and great. A superb twist on a quad. The feel is medium bodied, and very smooth, coates the mouth and finishes slick as glass. Not much of lasting taste. The drinkability is great, very surprised this is 10%. Overall, I didnt have great expectations because although I like pannepot I dont think its on par with trappists. However, after drinking this it clearly is deserved in such praise. Great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlovakSniper (5311) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 26, 2011
(Merci Viper666) Le liquide a une robe brune. Un col mousseux flotte sans prtention. Le nez est trs agrable, je dirais mme presque fantastique avec des effluves liquoreuses de pommes et de fruits enfts, des parfums vineux, touch par un caramel chaud, frl par la vanille et exposer des vapeurs douces de bonbons belges. Les saveurs mapparaissent un peu moins intressantes, lgrement dcales par rapport aux armes, mais tout de mme avenantes : les flaveurs rvlent les tannins du chne, les pommes et les fruits ont des caractristiques surettes, lgrement fermentes. Le caramel est prsent mais peu intense. Des pointes de rglisse se dessinent et flattent les papilles. En bouche, le liquide est plutt en manque de corps. Son ptillement est faible et sa texture la limite mince. La finale est douce, assez longue et timidement embras par lalcool.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wyzzywyz22 (2108) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - MAR 25, 2011
2005 bottle from lbutikken, Copenhagen. Super murky dark brown pour with a fading tan head. Big complex aroma of fruitcake, prunes, booze and spices Sweet, vinous flavour with malts, dark fruit, wood, spices and yeast evident. A little tartness towards the finish. Fullish body and gentle carbonation. ABV well smothered. Top class.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rodenbach99 (4374) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 23, 2011
Bouteille de 33cl. Vintage 2005 brasse chez Deca. Cette bire est brune peu de mousse mais lapparence nest pas sa qualit premire, Le nez est trs agrable, odeur de chocolat, bois lger, trs complexe, toffee, caramel et une foule dautres odeurs. La bouche est quelque suret (normal car la bire est vielle) un peu de cidre, de pomme surette, pomme dapi, touche de rglisse. La bire est tout de mme mince en bouche quelque peu liquide, mais peut-on demander plus dune bire brasse il y a 6 ans. En terminant le bois nest pas agressant au contraire il apporte une complexit supplmentaire. Bue en compagnie de Patrick, merci Viper.

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