Pannepot pours black with absolutely zero light shining through my goblet. A two finger dense tan head formed on the pour and as it fell became craggy. The body and head of this beer are very stout-like. The head does not go anywhere and leaves big patchy lacing as the glass empties. Great looking beer.
Unbelievable aromas are coming from my glass. Really reminiscent of holiday fruits. Spiced apple cider (as in clove, cinammon, nutmeg, and of course apples) Juicy plums and dripping ripe pears. This has one of the most vivid dark fruit aromas I've yet to come across. There's a slight mustiness hidden way in the back with very mild cocoa and cream. This is a beer just stacked with layer upon layer of complexity.
I'm almost afraid to drink this beer cause after the aroma it can only be a step down. Actually the flavor is just about as good as the aroma which is incredible. There are some differences though. The fruits are still very much present but without as much spicing as in the aroma. There is more cocoa and cream in the flavor though. Mustiness on the backend with a touch of bitterness on the swallow. Alcohol adds a nice spiciness on the swallow. My despription can't even begin to describe the complexities of this ale.
Full body with an ultra creamy mouthfeel as it hits the tongue. the carbonation froths this one up mid palate and gives it a very welcomed airy quality. Unbelievably creay and smooth.
I know this is a high abv beer and usually big complex dark Belgians I'm satisfied with one glass. This I find myself wanting more and more. Great drinkability for such a huge beer.
I'm sure if you read this far in my review you can tell I'm crazy about Pannepot. It is a beer I will seek out again and again. One I will never tire of and, hopefully, always have some in the cellar or fridge.
Price: $5.59 Served In: Goblet
A 2006 Vintage received as an extra a few months ago from the generous BRoss242, thanks!
Very attractive pour, a dark brown color, almost like a stout. Very active carbonation from the start; a nice inch of soft café au liat colored bubbles forms quickly and almost just as quickly settles to a thin layer with a little active volcano in the center of my Chimay goblet.
A wonderful spicy aroma upfront with some hints of coffee, toffee, light chocolate, yeast, dark Belgian candy, cinnamon bread, and raisins. Quite an onslaught of aromas which are very well balanced and each seem to compliment each other well. Some brown sugar comes through as well.
Taste is also heavily spiced with cinnamon, some orange peel? Very yeast influenced and some hints of toffee and chocolate as well. Dark fruits as in prunes and dates, and then followed by bready and toasty malts. Alcohol makes a presence in a fruity taste with a detectable, slightly boozy aftertaste. I also pick up a bit of a coca-cola flavor and some subtle notes of vanilla.
The alcohol, for the most part, is well hidden. Pannepot is well carbonated, almost a tad too much. A bit prickly on the tongue because of the carbonation.
I’m enjoying this beer even more as I continue sipping, a really great quad. Big and flavorful.
Served In: Pint Glass
A - Dark brown body that is opaque, letting absolutely no light through. Sort of a chocolately look to it. Big, light cocoa colored head that is about one and a half inches thick and made of mostly tight bubbles. Good to great retention with superb lacing.
S - Big robust nose with tons of different things going on. Dark fruits with plums, raisins and dates. Dark belgian candy sugar, brown sugar, and toffee sweetness. Some belgian spices and yeastiness going on here too.
T - Oh man, this might actually be better than the nose. Big and rich with layer upon layer of flavor. The belgian spices and yeast hit up front here. Dark candy sugar, toffee, molasses and brown sugar come in and provide a luscious sweetness. Dark fruits poke through as listed above, with raisins, dates, prunes. Spices come back at the end. Big malty sweet deliciousness.
M - Full bodied and smooth. Carbonation needs a swirl or two in the glass.
D - This is a wonderful beer as is, but I think that it could actually get better with another couple years. So glad that I got the chance to try it and really wish I had more. Thanks to Duckboy for the bottle.
Served In: Other
A: Spirited carbonation had a premature hand in getting this beer out of the bottle. Pour produces a towering, mashed potato like head with a whipped caramel appearance. Body is thick, muddy, cloudy. Total opacity, it might as well be a solid material. Intensely dark brown in color with perhaps some mahogany highlights…hard to tell in this lighting though.
S: First aroma to hit the nose is clove. Next comes anise, brown turkey fig, nutmeg, ginger, bakers chocolate and some lemon on the highs. Smells great.
T: First flavors are a lot like it smells. Anise, clove and nutmeg are the first flavors through with sweet and balanced dark fruits right on the heel. The more I sip it, the more licorice I taste. There’s a spritzy tropical sweetness of the likes of mango, banana and guava to found as well. Interestingly enough, there’s a fine undercurrent of an almost smoky bakers chocolate which is almost transparent unless you are focusing on it. Little but of nutty almonds, raisins and saturated prunes are next with profound alcohol esters following suite. Finishes juice and malty with tobacco, old plums and burn brown sugar.
M: Medium body with a soft mouth feel.
D: The first few sips, I really wasn’t that impressed. Just another dark Belgian beer is what ran through my mind. But the more I drank it, the complexity of this beer really began to show itself. I really enjoyed this. It definitely stood out against the other beers in this style.
Served In: Tulip
Deep, ruddy brown, and very opaque. Appears quite unfiltered.
Smells lovely, and Belgian. Just a hint of spiciness.
I'd like to say that it lives up to its hype, but I can't. It tastes like a strong, dark Belgian should, but it is in no way blowing me away. I'm not entirely sure what all the love is about. The style says it is a quadrupel, but it reminds me of a tripel or a strong Belgian dark ale.
The mouthfeel is pleasant and smooth. Easily drinkable, and a very good beer. I seriously don't see why it has gotten this much hype.
Served In: Pint Glass
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