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Pannepot - De Struise Brouwers

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Ratings: 2,044
Reviews: 783
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 364
Gots: 387 | FT: 26
Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Old Fisherman's Ale is a dark ale brewed with spices. Pannepot is a term that describes the Fishing Boats from the village of De Panne. Brewed and bottled on the Deca Brewery in Woesten-Vleteren.

EBC:99, IBU:27, OG:1100, FG:1025, ABV:10%
Hops: Bramling Cross, Hallaertau MF

(Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 12-14-2006)
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Reviews by TheLongBeachBum:
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.7/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Vintage 2006.

Labeled as brewed and bottled by De Struise Brouwers a beer marketing company that hire brewing capacity for their beer production. De Struise beers were previously brewed at Brasserie Caulier, but since February 2006, they have all been brewed on the Deca plant in the wonderful surroundings of Woesten-Vleteren.

Presentation: A typically European 11.2 fluid ounce (330ml) brown glass bottle sealed with a standard brass colored crown cap. Main label has a picture of a fishing vessel from De Panne known as a ‘Pannepot’.

Appearance: Utterly amazing pour, deep dark brown with some mahogany but the beer is opaque and the light only refracts at the edges of the glass where the path is of least resistance. Humungous fast rising dark Ovaltine colored head fills the upper parts of my tall Maredsous Goblet with a dark tanned foam plug. Lots of audible fizzing and popping as it slowly fizzles down to a more manageable ½” thick, leaving only a mild lacing as it drops. Carbonation on the pour is a little too high, finely dissolved and it swishes in the body of the brew like a chocolate milkshake. A short period of rest though and the dissolved carbonation is much lower. Looks incredibly sexy I have to say, naughty but nice.

Nose & Taste: It just gets better!! The nose is positively filled with dark delights, exotic treats, sinful surprises and a myriad of bewildering odors that seem strangely familiar. Liquorice sticks, brown sugar, caramel, candy sugar, molasses, alcoholic dark malts, figs, prunes, raisins, sour dark cherries, plums, coconut hair, spices and even herbs…..damn, the deeper you get into this brew the more complex it becomes….I can’t wait any longer I simply must taste this. Oh F*** What the Nose said!!! AND more…..how do they pack all those ingredients and experiences into this one brew. After my first sip I noticed a warming dark alcoholic vapor rise up my nose as I tasted this one, this just adds to the delight. The 10% ABV seems to fill the nose and palate at the same time. This feature of vaporizing beer during the tasting, lends another massive dimension to this offering. The tastes, high in alcohol, have a Brandy like nature, easing slowly and releasing the plethora of components in a relaxed manner. Brooding strength bolsters the flavors. Hints of Coca-Cola enter stage left, how amazing is that after the earlier darker fruits and berries. Some tame hints of Iodine, wood and a strange yet familiar spice pull this beer from the middle shelf to the top drawer in no time. The finish is very long, lingers a lot and tingles a tonne.

Mouthfeel: The alcohol feels a little “hot” at times, but the depth of the flavors and the strong malts can handle it, leaving just a peeping warmth to shadow box the gullet. The fast escaping carbonation helps to produce a feisty explosion of taste and texture at the beginning, whilst the high ABV certainly fills the back end with a thick feel that never wanes. Time may smooth this out a bit, then it would most certainly be a 5.0.

Drinkability: Inflection rules, the mighty 10% alcohol is far from hidden, but like a great 20 year Old Single Malt the strength is a part of the majesty. DANGEROUSLY drinkable, seriously dangerously drinkable, I’m hooked on a 10% beer that I could drink all night.

Overall: Sadly this lone bottle cost nearly $9, I figured there was a mistake when I picked it up, but at the checkout….nope, that’s the price, but it is an annual once a year release at 10%, and a true Vintage beer all said…..erm, decisions….head?heart?head?heart?...Heart!! Wallet? Liver!?! Oh go on then, I’ll take it.

Very expensive; but well worth trying, at least once. Incredible stuff! This is bottle-conditioned and would be a real treat to Cellar for a year or two. One to challenge the Brothers efforts up the road in Woesten-Vleteren for sure.

TheLongBeachBum, Dec 14, 2006
More User Reviews:
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2011 vintage. Lot 2015190511-24FF.

Pours an opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, molasses, dark fruit, spice, and slight cardboard aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel, toffee, molasses, fruit, and roast flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness and a slight alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with an interesting mix of aromas and flavors all around.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 09, 2014
Photo of oberon
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a large tulip glass a near pitch black with only a hint of ruby when held up to the light,a big blooming toasted almond colored head atop leaving globs of soapy-like lace behind as it settles very very slowly.Spiced aromas abound here notes of vanilla and clove really show up front lighter orange peel and pear appear as well,full near chewey mouthfeel almost makes it seem like dessert in a bottle for me.Complex flavors starting out with that vanilla mentioned before with a cola-like presence slightly clovey but not overly done with a brown sugar sweetness rounding out the finish.A very nice brew big on flavor just well crafted.

2006 bottle.

oberon, May 16, 2007
Photo of don1481
4.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle poured into glass. 2011 vintage.

Appearance: Pours dark and fizzy with a rapidly dissipating dark khaki head.

Smell: figs, plums, candy sugar, but various other spice notes seep through.

Taste: definitely different than other quads. Much more spice, less candy sweetness. Don't really pick up the alcohol others described.

Mouthfeel: spices and stickiness linger.

Overall: A different take on a quad, and it works.

don1481, Yesterday at 02:46 AM
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Many thanks to MSUBulldog, a very generous Portland BA, for this sample.

Pours with extremely aggressive carbonation. Watch out or you may lose some of this fine concoction all over your counter as the head just goes crazy. Dark Brown body with a very thick and robust tan head. Great lacing. AN absolute winner. Head is very stable and lasting.

Aroma is surprisingly smoky. Liquorice rises next. Pretty soon lots of lovely candy, booze soaked cherries, raisons, and loads of generic tropical fruit smells excite the olfactory. This is not as fragrant as a quad like St. Bernie but it sure is lovely.

Flavor is better. Just perfect. There are so many tropical fruits in here and even more spice. Robust and intense, loaded with dark malt, cherries, and plums. Next I taste cola candy, those little gummi candies in the shape of coke bottles. Wood and smoke too. Wow. This is so damn good, damned near perfect.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Slightly warming and fun from the spice. Medium to full bodied but not in anyway that detract from drinkability. This one is a perfect drinker. I want more of this!!!

Far too complex and delicious to fit everything into one review after just one bottle. Will need many more samples to gauge the full spectrum of flavors that this beer had to offer.

DaPeculierDane, Jun 03, 2007
Photo of DanGeo
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

DanGeo, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of ricke
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 vintage.

A: Very dark brown with a minimal pale beige head that settles instantly and leaves basically no lacings.

S: Sweet malts and lots of fruit aromas (mostly plums and currants). Prominent but mild spiciness. Woody notes, a hint of chocolate and some alcohol. A pleasant and balanced smell, but it's somewhat restrained - it's almost like its character is too round.

T: The taste is basically just more of the same. Lost of sweet malts and rich flavors of fruits (plums, cherries, currants). Dark bread. Hints of chocolate, a general woody flavor and pleasant spices (reminiscent of Christmas spices). Some earthy yeast (that really gets bigger when the yeast sediments are poured into the glass, the yeast in this one really packs a lot of flavors). For some reason, in all the versions if Pannepot I've had, I think I pick up a taste that reminds me of Coca Cola, don't know how to describe it in any other way though. A light, not very tangy, tart note and some grassy hops in the middle. The finish is gently bitter with a decent amount of sweet alcohol and some wood, raisins, cherries and spices.

M: Rather full-bodied, very smooth texture. Mild carbonation.

D: A good beer. Tasty and balanced with a very round character. I really like how well the sweet malts and fruit esters go with the spices in this one. But overall, the flavors are a little restrained and it feels like the beer holds back a little. Turning everything up a notch of two wouldn't hurt it, I think.

ricke, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of brownbeer
4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 vintage

This was a slow gusher. It poured dark brown with a big, brown head that was slow to die.

Some funk in the nose, dark berry fruitiness, like blackberry, with a licorice spiciness.

The flavors are dark, rich malts with chocolate and spice. The carbonation is brisk and lively, and the finish is warm making for a nice sipper.

Solid beer overall, would like to try it again, definately not my favorite.

brownbeer, Mar 05, 2010
Photo of kaimcm
4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

bottle, 2006 vintage, reviewed 3/08. poured into chimay goblet.

A: opaque mahogany body, creamy mocha head but no lasting power and no stick. dissipates quickly and leaves a tiny ring around the edge. surprising considering the bottle very slowly foamed over upon opening.

S: loads going on here. starts bright with white grapes, pears, honey, waxy comb, darkens with raisins, port, even some rum soaked pastry. touches of spice, yeast, and alcohol. curious about the spices as they blend well. a bit of cinammon and clove.

T/M: so soft and creamy. hits up front fruity and lively, the darker fruits pull through mid palette along with some sugars. spicy, dry, lingering finish. the brightness in the nose doesnt really transfer as the taste is deeper, richer, and darker then the nose predicts. still plenty of port, rum, and fluffly pastry. finish is very yeasty and spicy with some leathery qualities.

D: very high for such a potent and impressive beer. a joy to have.

While I dont claim to love the style, this might be the best quad I've ever had. Ill have to break the Westy in the cellar out and see how it stacks up. Cheers!

kaimcm, Mar 13, 2008
Photo of Schlais
3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

Schlais, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of cjn40277
4.7/5  rDev +8%

cjn40277, Nov 12, 2014
Photo of tbryan5
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

tbryan5, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of SkiBum22
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours pitch black with a thin cream to brown colored head. Great lacing.

S - Raisins and dates right away, brown sugar undernieth the dark fruits. smell candied something or other.

T - Rich dark cherry, plum, fig, rasin, earthy and pie spice, fairly sweet with a mild hop finish. Barely taste the alcohol. It doesn't assault the senses but it just tastes really, really good.

M - Fuller bodied than most Quads with good carbonation.

O - A great quad that stands up with the best of them. Glad I finally got to try this.

SkiBum22, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of joemetric
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%

joemetric, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of mvcramer
5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a spectacular chocolate brown with a thin cream-colored head. I got a very complex aroma of spices and some fruity sweetness. The taste made my mouth as pleased as my nose had been. A wonderful blend of flavors rolled across my palate, starting with delicious malty sweetness. I also got some raisin-like flavors that balanced out the malt, as well as a handful of other spicy flavors blended deliciously into the brew. I love the Belgian beers and this one is at the top of the list of beers I would order at every chance I get. Simply spectacular.

mvcramer, Sep 01, 2007
Photo of farundrpar
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

farundrpar, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of Ben7773
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Ben7773, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of newk340
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 vintage

A: a dark hazy amber, has a quickly receding head.

S: a plethora of dark, yet bitter, fruits... notably, prunes, figs, and cherries.

T: an initial sizzle of bitter cherries and raisins. a rather subdued finish as the dark fruits die away.

MF/D: a buzz of carbonation initially sizzles the tongue, but ends with a rather smooth, dry finish. a little boozy still with some lingering heat.

newk340, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2006.

Pours a dark murky orange brown with a big two finger tan head on top that's creamy and sticks around. Aromas of intoxicating vinous dark malts bathed in raisins, toffee, anise and a plethora of spiciness. Dark fruits underneath with strawberry and cherry popping out.

First sip brings sweet dark malts engulfed in a bath of chocolate and spice. A wave of vinous and dark fruit flavors rushes across the palate. Fruitiness flows down to a sweet finish. Earthy malt and spent yeast flavors linger on in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of fast moving carbonation. A bit over carbonated IMHO. An enjoyable brew that I would like to have again sometime. Will have to try some of the newer vintages.

orbitalr0x, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of blitz134
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm sure I'll be going to bed after this one...been an active day...bottled my Scottish 80/-...gonna end it with a good brew.

This is one dark Belgian. Nearly pitch black, but shows hints of red when held to the light. Foamy upon popping the cap. Nice two-finger tall tan head on the pour. Reduced slowly, well supported by ample carbonation. Some nice stick to the glass.

Dark vinuous fruit aromas, darker than others though, raisin and prunes. Belgian yeast character comes through a little spicy and peppery. Light hints of roasted characters. Subtle alcohol rounds it out.

This is a tasty brew, no doubt. Big dark fruit characters, boozy raisins, fig, and prunes. Super dark candi sugar notes, rum like, leaves a bit of raw sugar aftertaste. Finishes with hints of chocolate and a whisp of cherries. Alcohol is noticable, but its just really smooth.

Smooth, medium bodied, doesn't finish quite as dry as some of the Trappist beers, but it isn't far behind. Slight residual sweetness. A bit of carbonation spikes the tongue.

This is a superb beer. Rich and complex, a little boozy but smooth (I know I've said that a few times, but this is a 10% beer), the way it should be. Finishes a little heavier than the Trappists, making it a little less drinkable, but the complexity makes up for it.

blitz134, Feb 25, 2008
Photo of danthehopslamman
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

danthehopslamman, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Absolutely awesome beer. A 330ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. It was dark brown in color with a huge, airy tan head. The head retained quite well, so I waited a while to stick my nose in it. Spicy, dark fruit aroma. Nice fruity taste, not as spiced as I thought it would be, and a huge malt presence, both coffee and chocolate. Very smooth. I would consider this a sipping beer.
Thanks to Todd the beer guy at McKean and Charles for getting me to try this. I'll be having many more.

lordofthewiens, May 19, 2007
Photo of heddar33
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

heddar33, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of warnerry
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

warnerry, Oct 22, 2014
Photo of dill
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A really unique beer. Really thick and deep mahogany in color. Lots of spices and a nice sweetness to it. Caramel and figs are noted. The warmth from the alcohol is present throughout. What a great one to sip in the cold weather, but not bad outside by the bbq in the summer time either. Just a really good beer.

dill, Jun 17, 2008
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Pannepot from De Struise Brouwers
97 out of 100 based on 2,044 ratings.