gEUS (1637) - Linden, BELGIUM - AUG 31, 2010
This is the West-Vleteren killer in my humble opinion!
The first time I tasted it, I had to be pinched to be woken up again :-)... And I wasn’t even sleeping :-).
Massive nose full of ripe apples, caramel, warm fruity full bodied impressions. Heard to fine a beer that is similar to this one! gyllenbock (10033) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 30, 2010
Dark brown with a beautiful tan head.
Great aroma, slightly sour, vinous, fruit, vanilla, spices and roasted malt. The taste was vonius, oak, brown sugar, chocolate, raisins, coffee. Nice body and mouth feel. Creamy and very drinkable. Really a splendid beer, one of the best. jnelson_22 (124) - Heerlen, NETHERLANDS - AUG 29, 2010
2008 bottle. pours dark brown with a nice, soft looking off-white head that lingers decently leaving some thick lacing. Nose is like a standard BDSA with dark malt, deep fruits like raisins, and a caramel sweetness but also with some milk chocolate, roasty nuts and belgian yeast. In the mouth is initially fruity with a prominent caramel sweetness that rides all the way through, moving into plums, cherry and chocolate with over-ripened fruit on the swallow along with some lingering bitter chocolate and some spice like cloves. The more sips i take, the more refined it becomes, mellowing out into a beautifully balanced belgian and leaving me feeling the 10%. Finished this ne off with a cuesta rey #95 in my hand. I really enjoyed how the smoky wood character of the cigar stood up to this brew and made it more smooth and subtle. an excellent ale and worthy to stand next to its brothers. though I’m torn between the standard and the grand reserva as the superior... SSSteve (4006) - - AUG 27, 2010
bottle. 2008. a muddy brown under a small, frothy, beige head. very mild aroma. a bit woody and a hint of dark grapes. flavor is unsweet dark grapes...a bit tart and oaky, woody. light raisin and fudgy chocolate. a lot of different flavors all in moderation. pretty dry. not one ingredient really outdoes the other. can’t say sweet..can’t say bitter...can’t say spicy..dark..light.., etc. a neat one. so balanced. the more i drink it, the more i like it. the bottles too small! i must find the regular pannepot now! thornecb (6155) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 23, 2010
2008. Pours dark mahogany into a tulip. Thine white head recedes to nothing. Plum and molasses aromas. Sweet fig, caramel and vanilla from front to back.
tdtm82 (1701) - Essex, ENGLAND - AUG 20, 2010
Wow. what an amazing beer! Good outer lacing, cloudy burgandy colour, excessive spices, cinnamon, faint figs, raisins, leather, earthy goodness, amazing yeast strain, fantastic balance, lovely bitterness, murky colour, soft carbanation, some lovely warming nutty texture, wow what an amazing beer! Thanks Carlo and Urbain!! holdenn (2127) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2010
Sampled on DLD10. Thanks I think to Adam. A good way to start off the day. Pours a brown red with a beige head. Doughy caramel toffee sweetness. Sweet malts with a fruity tartness. Dry fruity alcohol finish. Solid beer. 9/4/7/3/15 3.8
Rando7 (787) - Iowa, USA - AUG 18, 2010
Very nice beer. Bottle pour to Trappist glass gives purplish brown color with thin tan head hat disappears quickly. nice lacing. Aroma of dark fruits. Taste raisins, plums, Belgian yeasts, spices, sugar, alcohol. Well balanced. palate creamy and slightly thick with clean fruity finish. Nice alcohol burn on the finish. I didn’t notice the oak so much.
Overall a really good beer. A different taste than the regular Pannepot but I can’t say it’s necessarily superior. mumares (104) - 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. changeup45 (1731) - Lake Mary, 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.