Pannepot Reserve - 2008 Vintage
Pannepot Reserva 2008 - Old Fisherman's Ale Aged on Oak is brewed and bottled by De Struise Brouwers from Belgium. De Struise has been brewing tasty beers for some time now and luckily a good number of them make their way across the pond to the U.S. via Shelton Brothers importers.
This particular brew, per the label, is their standard Pannepot aged in genuine oak barrels that were fetched specially from France. They have been barrel aging it since 2005.
Pours into the glass a deep dark brown with a half inch of light tan head on top of the brew. Aromas bring bold deep fruits and caramel upfront with brown sugar and vanilla undertones. A touch of spice and a light woody accent. Somewhat vinous. Quite wonderful!
First sip brings a wealth of dark fruits wrapped in smooth caramel malts. Vinous accents with brown sugar, raisins and spice. Touches of vanilla and oak come through on the way down. Semi sweet with a smooth finish..this is a wonderful beer!
Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied with a nice mellow carbonation that lends itself nicely to the overall beer. Extremely drinkable for a beer of 10% ABV, the oak aging is well placed and adds a nice accent. This one is well worth seeking out.
Overall this earns a rating of Great. A well built and extremely tasty beer.
Check out more from De Struise Brouwers at http://struise.noordhoek.com/eng/
Their Wikipedia page is also helpful at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/De_Struise_Brouwers