Pannepot - De Struise Brouwers

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Ratings: 2,172
Reviews: 809
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.22%
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Gots: 414 | FT: 30
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Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 12-14-2006

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
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Photo of CharlesDarwin
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2006. Gushing. But it pushes forth a phenomenal aroma of incredible unique character. There’s a flow of steady north african spices, exotic asian fruits and nips of candied pipe tobacco smoke. A totally unique aroma, like nothing I’ve breathed before. Musky, yeasty, spicy rich and bold, with creamy black tea notes, faint black cardamom and rich swirls of smoked malt breadiness. Phenomenal. The perfect intensity, allowing all nuances of the aroma to expressive individually, before melding into a one perfumy bliss. Heat nor yeast nor hops dominate aroma. Pours an intimidating deep dark near black mahogany, with a sticky head of tea and milk foam. In the corner a cut of garnet, glowing strongly. On the tongue, a whole new array of flavors and complexity. This is ridiculous. First I grab a real bright passionfruit bubblegum yeast soap, which is actually this beer’s weakest point, but then it yields to a growing warmth in calvados and pear brandies. The residual sweetness slides into a terrific wallop of deep caramels and emaciated raisins, with a toothy bread climbing out of a pot of honey. Intense chewiness with a real backbone. Beer slides off the tongue gracefully, kissing the roof of the mouth with a refined hazlenut and almond bite. A wisp of danish pipe tobacco curls up through the humors. Spices provide a nice base and accentuate the yeast and malt characters. Hopping appears briefly as a sweet lemon rind note in the smack. There are some fantastic sweet fresh maple syrup notes and freshly cut tobacco wood touches that briefly alight out the backdoor. Somehow a little harsh to my nostils and tongue, and the sticky malt notes grow slightly cloying. But to experience such astounding new flavors and nuances, this beer is fantastic. I love the airy quality of quaffablity that comes from the yeast attenuation. Expertly crafted and above all others. The best part is that I keep finding new things in the beers as my palate adapts, now a growing sense of ground fresh ginger root and gentle alder smoke. One of the most intricate beers.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.11/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of oberon
4.37/5  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.

Photo of don1481
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Photo of ricke
4/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of brownbeer
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of kaimcm
4.57/5  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!

Photo of SkiBum22
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of mvcramer
5/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Photo of newk340
4.32/5  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.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of blitz134
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of dill
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of Beaver13
3.45/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle, dated 2006. Pours a dark brown with a huge fizzy light tan head that retains well and laces the glass. This is darker and has more carbonation than the Danish version.

The aroma is very subdued. Light chocolate malts and a little dark fruit, leather and alcohol.

The flavor is smooth rich chocolate malts and some dark fruit with some alcohol and enough bitterness to balance it and give it a dry finish. Some spices come out as it warms. The mouthfeel is medium with sparkly carbonation.

Overall, a nice dessert beer. I think I prefer the Danish version slightly - it's a little more complex. I do like the decadent flavors of this version a little more though even though they are not as complex. The aroma in this one was not very present compared to the Danish. And this one is thinner. While both are dessert type beers, they are quite a bit different.

Photo of tjthresh
3.8/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Delirium Tremens tulip. Pours a dark opaque brown with a initially large tan head. The head fades to just a little layer, but it lasts. The aroma has bits of grape, soy sauce, cherry, wood, fruit pits, caramel malts, yeast phenols, and herbs. I picked up a sugary wine-ish note when warmed it bit more. The initial flavor I pick up is clove. Coco, toffee, pepper, and cooked sugars with a touch of alcohol. Slight bitterness in the finish. Medium body, with a silky texture and a nice touch of carbonation.

Photo of merlin48
4.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle, 2006 bottling, pours into a Duvel goblet a hazed chestnut body topped by a silky beige head. Delicate sheet lacing adorns the glass.

Aroma is complex. Spicy ginger, vanilla, nutmeg and pepper beckon. A hint of molasses teases. Raisins and fresh red plums captivate. Ripe pears are in the background. Stunning!

Mouthfeel is excellent. Almost full bodied. Satiny feel has an ideal even carbonation.

Taste is captivating. Spicy, fruity, and malty, in several dimensions. Nutmeg, ginger, and pepper provide the spiciness. Molasses, caramel, vanilla, and raisins comprise the maltiness. Red plums and cherries add the fruitiness. Esters and phenols come together quite well in this one.

Very nicely done. Teasingly complex and quite satisying.

Photo of Homebrew35
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fingers worth of an egg shell colored creamy head. Deep brown hazy body. Some lacing and a bit of retention.

Smells of molasses, rum raisins, brown sugar, Carmel, lots of toffee, some dark fruits.

Tastes of brown sugar, lots of buttery like toffee, raisins and plums, light woody notes.

Medium bodied, medium carbing. This beer had a sublime feel on the palate. Soft, velvety and neutral felling.

Overall this is an awesome beer. Good smells, great taste and excellent mouthfeel. I have a second bottle I plan to cellar a few years, even though the alcohol is already well hidden.
$7 a small bottle.

Photo of Mora2000
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to my buddy djrn for sending me this bottle. This has been on my wants for a long time. I wanted my first beer of 2011 to be a good one and I think this should do the job nicely. 2007 vintage.

The beer pours a hazy dark brown color with a huge tan head. A great looking beer. The aroma is crazy complex. I get a lot of brown sugar, cherries, chocolate and a sourdough bread component. All of the components meld very well together and make this beer a joy to smell. Hopefully the beer will taste as good as it smells.

The flavor doesn't disappoint. I get a lot of roasted malt and chocolate flavors in the beer. I also get a lot of dark fruit - mainly cherries - along with some sweet brown sugar notes. Some of the sips reveal some coffee notes in the flavor. The coffee is unexpected but compliments the other flavors very, very well. There is a little bit of alcohol in the flavor but it is fairly well hidden. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

A truly exceptional beer and one that I am going to love to try again. Luckily Ross sent me another bottle which I plan on aging for several more years.

Photo of Altenor
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the beers I've wanted to try for a long time. Finally its time came and my first review in Beer Advocate.

Bottle indicated that it was the 2010 edition.

Poured in a snifter.

Appearance: Dark brown, like fresh brewed coffee and khaki head that dissipated fairly fast. A little darker than what I expected. No trace of lacing what so ever.

Smell: Lots of banana and chocolate at the beginning. After a while I began to get dark fruits, dates, prunes, raisins, brown sugar, molasses, and some spices like clove and anis. I also got some of the alcohol and toasty caramel notes. Excellent smell! Couldn't wait to take the first sip.

Taste: At first I got all the sweetness of the fruits then at the middle it transformed to bitter dark chocolate and toasted caramel ending with a long finish and feeling the trace of warm alcohol going down my chest. This is a great tasting beer. What was so interesting about this beer is how every sip changed the perception of my palate. I even got chocolate covered strawberries on my last sips. Very complex.

Mouthfeel: This is the only category that I felt it short on. At first it was excellent. It's fine carbonation made it feel so creamy and smooth but it all escaped fairly quick making it still and dead about 3/4ths of the way before finishing it. I don't know if it was a result of poor cellaring or I need to finish it quicker, which I wouldn't mind at all.

Overall: Awesome beer! I will definetly be getting more of it every time I get a chance. I don't know if this is a great example of a Belgium quad. For me it was like a quad mixed with a stout, but that doesn't concern me. I'll have to go to Belgium to compare it with the Trappist quads and make an educated conclusion.


Photo of deebo
2.55/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Bottle bought in a Brussels shop for 3.95 E with a BB date of 9/31/19. Lot 4016040714. This beer is headless. Murky dark brown appearance. Aromas of sweet and yeast. Taste is over the top sweet fig and prune. It's slightly medicinal. Malty and super sweet. Really lingers in a pruney, medicinal way. The alcohol is covered up well. Expected better things from this one.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a sampling glass, 2008 vintage. Big thanks to drabmuh for sending this!

Pours a very dark brown with a light brown head. Nose is malty and sweet, a bit spicy and almost fruity.

Taste is very good, tart and spices, dark fruits and sweet dark sugars. There's a nice sweet and creamy mouthfeel with a fairly dry finish.

Photo of Franziskaner
4.14/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black in color with minimal light seeping through. A quarter inch of khaki colored head is present. Aroma is faint but I detect malt and plum notes. The flavor is a blend of dark malt,plum,raisin,and fig. The mouth is creamy and chewy.

Photo of TKEbeerman
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into my St. B chalice, this has to be one of the darkest quads I've ever seen. This brew pours a really deep brown with plumb highlights. The bubbly head is an amber brown and eventually settles to a ring atop the body.

S: The aroma is very similar to a BSDA with some spice notes. Not as much clove as you would expect in a quad. Dark fruit notes are resent with some caramel malt.

T: The flavor is borderline excellent. Flavors include dark fruit, raisins, maybe some bruised apples, a dab of chocolate on the back of the pallet, and a little hint of Belgium spiciness when this brew warms.

MF: Mouthfeel is full of carbonation, but I expected a larger body from a Belgium, especially one this dark.

Overall, this is an amazing brew. Something different in the realm of quads. Very malty, but lacks a certain complexity that many great quads benefit from.

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