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Pannepot - De Struise Brouwers


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rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.17%

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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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Photo of barczar


4.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25


Pours an opaque black with minimal tan head that lingers as a ring of foam.

Plums, raisins, sweet molasses, and a touch of leather form the aroma.

Alcohol, raisins, nutty, toasted malt and light roast form the initial flavor. There's a vinous note at the finish that counters the malt sweetness well. Light cardboard oxidation dries things out in the aftertaste.

Body is fairly full, with a hint of carbonation and warming alcohol lingering.

Very complex brew. All is fairly balanced, between esters, oxidation, and malt sweetness.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2014 00:15:34 | More by barczar
Photo of shangwang


4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had on draft at the Pourhouse in Exton, PA a week ago. I'm assuming it was the 2013 vintage, but there was no year notated so I can't be sure.

Heard so much about this beer that when I saw it on the tap list, I didn't hesitate to order. Served in a 12 ounce pour in a generic Belgian-style goblet. Deep dark brown color with almost no head by the time it got to me; all that remained was some thin light brown froth on top. The smell was a little faint, but I got hints of plums and raisins, with some spices and a little alcohol. Very complex taste; a lot going on like a rich German lebkuchen - some spicy coriander and cloves with candied dark fruit and nuttiness, but balanced with some roasted coffee and chocolate flavors. Mouthfeel was good; some carbonation that gave a nice smooth texture.

Really enjoyed this beer. Would love to get my hands on some older bottled vintages to see how age affects the flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2013 16:59:19 | More by shangwang
Photo of Amandipius

4.59/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Upon the elegant glass pouring, aromas of my late aunt grace seized my nasal passage. The head resembled the color of the starboard bow rope on the large rigged schooner known to me as a child as the Victory Chimes. As the head gracefully settled to a thin sheet, I peered into the glass and saw my own reflection. As I looked to my own reflection I finally realized where I went wrong in my life. I'm sorry Suzanna. As I tasted this ale I heard the rose breasted finch's mating call in early autumn. Fig that has been recently been in a snowstorm, cherry with a rough childhood, bark off of an old wise maple tree, chestnuts from the wrong side of town, chocolate that has been melted twice frozen once melted again and then half frozen aged at room temperature ad then slivered .. to finally be melted, and then lastly frozen, are all tastes that come to my mind while I drink this old fishermans ale.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2013 22:33:23 | More by Amandipius
Photo of DrinkSlurm


4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at 1702 in Tucson into 10oz glass. Pours a ruby red molasses brown with no head. Nice dried fruit and chocolate Belgian aromas. Taste is really nice belgian yeasty chocolate with a great sweet dried fruit flavor followed by a bit of peppery spice. Lots of heat with this one...abv is high and its noticeable.
Overall a fantastic quad...well woth the price.

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2012 06:35:55 | More by DrinkSlurm
Photo of MDDMD


4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-dark brown hazy color with a light tan head and a minimal lacing

S-malt, dark fruit, caramel, spices, hint of chocolate

T-malt, caramel, rich dark fruit, chocolate, spices, slight nutty flavor

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth almost creamy

O-a delicious beer so flavorful and smooth, a great after dinner beer

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2012 22:40:55 | More by MDDMD
Photo of adamette


4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed by me on tap at Chef Paul’s Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, Illinois July 26th, 2012 in the presence of my brother in law Mat. I believe the place had been renamed simply “Bavarian Lodge” but I still refer to it as “Chef Paul’s.” By any name this is a world class BeerAdvocate place. Anyone reading this should seek it out.
Review from notes taken while I enjoyed the beer. I was so excited to find this beer on tap but at "Chef Pauls" I cannot say that I was particularly surprised.

A Dark Brown body, minimal head. 4.0

S Sweet malt predominates as it smells much like a deep, dark molasses or even a fine syrup. Love it. 4.5

T Dark sweet malt and dark fruits dominate with a healthy sense of alcohol as well. This is a great tasting Quad. 5.0

M Big, huge beer with thick, sticky malt feel. 4.0

D Drinkability suffers due to the high ABV but overall this is a world class beer of its style. 4.5

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2012 03:46:59 | More by adamette
Photo of mdaschaf


4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Bottleworks.

A: Served in a goblet, the beer was dark brown/burgundy with a small tan head on top. Minimal lacing.

S: Tons of dark fruit, raisins, figs, and a little bit of plum and cherry. There is a little bit of caramel and some chocolate as well.

T: Very fruit and sweet. More raisins, figs, and plums upfront mixed with a bit of chocolate, caramel, and bready malt.

M: Medium to full bodied, amazingly smooth and creamy though.

O: A fantastic example of a quad, right up there with the big boys.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2012 19:02:31 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of Rifugium


4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure when or where I first had this one. This review is from notes on a recent tasting on tap at Farmers' Cabinet.

Poured a reddish-mahogany color with a half inch or so of creamy tan head that retained well and left some doily lacing on the glass. Aroma of Belgian yeast, dark fruits, hints of cocoa and spice. Sweet caramel malts in the taste, toffee, dark fruits, Belgian yeast, with lesser notes of cocoa and brown sugar; slight earthiness in the finish. Heavy-medium body, slightly chewy, smooth for such an elevated ABV. Nice beer overall.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2012 04:49:34 | More by Rifugium
Photo of jono311


3.88/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance-Dark brown bordering on black with a thick tan head that stays fairly constant until the beer warms a bit then some good thick lacing.

Smell-Heavily on the caramel rich malty sweetness with some sweeter spice tones. Some might say cinnamon sugar or maple sugar like aromas.

taste- Follows the nose closely. Very little hop presence this is malty sipper for sure. Dried dark berries, a bit of bitter chocolate, and plenty of spice. Lasting finish.

Mouthfeel- Rich and nicely carbonated. The 10% provides some warmth mid sip and thins the beer out a bit at the swallow. You can feel the booze a bit in this one.

Drinkability- definitely a sipper, ideal for cold or damp evenings.

Overall a high quality quad but a little on the spiced side for my personal taste.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2012 21:53:12 | More by jono311
Photo of argock


4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a short, 10oz clear glass reserve glass at Randy Melnick’s Corner Tap (Chicago, IL).

A: Very dark brown, opaque, bordering on black with ½-finger beige tightly bubbled head with surprising retention and several layers of lacing. (4)

S: Fudge and raisin aromas with a measured and restrained sweetness in the nose with very light herbal hopping (4)

T: Delicious fudgy flavor up front with nuances of cherry and rum raisin. Also some nutty flavors which meld well with the moderate residual soft caramel sweetness. The beer is not totally devoid of hopping as some spicy, herbal notes pop through. A very complex layered flavor profile which drinks really easily. (4.5)

M: Mouthfilling without being heavy with more lively carbonation than most in this style. Very smooth and satisfying. (4.5)

O: What a great find – a complex full-flavored beer with a superb balance of sweetness and flavor to complement the full but light-drinking body. This is a beer that makes me want to make a point to of drinking more quads. (4.5)

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2011 03:09:53 | More by argock
Photo of osusullins


3.5/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is very sweet and boozy.

The nose is dominated by dark fruits with a subtle hint of spice and some chocolate. The sweetness in the beer is very much presant in the aroma.

The taste reminds me of a barleywine because of the sweetness and boozy taste, but I pull almost a maple syrup flavor as well. Not far off from the texture of maple syrup also. Very full bodied. Sits heavy on the tongue. Too sweet for my blood.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2011 05:24:54 | More by osusullins
Photo of orangesol


4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at TJ's Restaurant & Drinkery.

A - Pours murky dark brown with a one finger tall khaki colored head leaving fragmented rings of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of dark fruits; raisins, dates, and figs mostly; candied sugar sweetness, slightly funky yeast, and some light alcohol burn at the end of each sniff.

T - Starts off with lots of dark fruits, similar to the nose, that quickly give way to a mix of toffee, candied sugar, funky yeast, and even more sweetness. The booze begins to creep in after each sip, leaving the pallet dry. The finish is a mix of sweetness and dulled booze, lingering on the pallet for some time.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Big, syrupy, feel with a good amount of booze toward the end of each sip. As big as it feels it remains easy to drink.

O - It's a sipper for sure but there is no doubt that this is one of the best quad's out there. I would never drink this one every day but I would have no problem drinking this one every so often.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2011 21:39:13 | More by orangesol
Photo of xnicknj


4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at devils den in philly

Pours a thick deep purply color with some cherry hues. A beige head fades out leaving little lacing or retention.

A plethora of dark fruits greets the nose with dates, plums, and raisin. Some candied notes add towards the sweetness, along with layers of roasted malts. Faint alcohol presence as well.

Bold and rich on the tongue with layers of malt flavor. Raisins and dates swirl together with a splash of plum. Some dark fruit skin notes with slight acidity. Plenty of malt tones throughout with candied notes and sugar sweetness. Finishes with some plum notes and faint booze.

Full body, a bit syrupy, decent carbonation, sticky and layering on the tongue. A really nice quad, full of flavor, the alcohol is masked well, and another great beer from Struise.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2011 02:35:04 | More by xnicknj
Photo of Tucquan


4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 2011-10-16 at TJ's Restaurant & Drinkery in Paoli, PA

A - Rasin-brown with a 1/2-finger head that fades quickly with no lace. Even so, it looked very appealing with a little light refracting around the very bottom edge of the glass.

S - Raisin, plum, light funky yeast.

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 - Medium-heavy body with light carbonation. Thick and smooth, which coats the mouth for a bit.

O - It's so easy to enjoy this beer. In a way, it reminds me of having a milkshake. Not that it is dairy or chocolate tasting; just in the sense that it tastes good and is satisfying from the first sip to the last.

Notes- After tastings of the (arguably) top four Belgian Quads, I would rate them in this order for my personal taste preference:

1 = Pannepot
2 = Westvleteren XII
3 = Rochefort 10
4 = St. Bernardus Abt 12.

Of interest, my wife would rate them in this order:

1 = St. Bernardus Abt 12
2 = Pannepot
3 = Westvleteren XII
4 = Rochefort 10

Quads aren't my favorite style, but I/we enjoyed everything about this beer and the others mentioned above. For the two of us, it came down to a style preference. I like a challenging brew and she likes a well-balanced, un-assuming brew.

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2011 19:28:00 | More by Tucquan
Photo of rudzud


4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the Armsby Abbey's 3 year anniversary event on 8/24.

A - Deep dark garnet pour with a small head that faded to leave nice clouding.

S - Typical nice quad spices here. Pleasant light funk aroma.

T - Sweet dark fruits that are super smooth and light on the tongue. Very rich.

M - Smooth and creamy, really nice for a quad.

O - Overall I liked this quad. Would like to try it with more age on it though. Glad I have a bottle in my cellar.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2011 23:10:15 | More by rudzud
Photo of illidurit


4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Burger. in Santa Cruz. Pours a deep oily brown, completely opaque, with some nice khaki suds. Sorta boozy on the nose, some raisins, brown sugar and molasses. Perfumey alcohols and maybe a touch of acetone? Mild cherry yogurt. Flavor is raisiny with a light roasted malt finish, ginger, rum, assorted dried fruit. Equal parts sweet, dry, bitter, boozy. A nice round quad but I think it falls short if you compare it to the Westies and Rocheforts of the world.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2011 00:58:59 | More by illidurit
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft @ Rattle n Hum. Unfortunately I don't know the date because it is on draft and the bartenders didn't know for sure. I'm going to guess 2009/10 version though.
Aromas of toffee, light butterscotch and caramel. Slight bit of earthiness and must as well. As it warms I can really get a nice dose of figs, dates and sugar plums. Wish it wasn't served in this stupid flute glass so I could have gotten a better/more enjoyable wiffs.
The tastes begin with nice really strong malt and bready flavors, darker caramels and lesser toffee again. As it warms this totally shines as one of the best Quads on the planet as advertised. Dark fruits highlighted by figs and dates and red grapes match beautifully with the toffee and dark caramels which add a little cherry cordial note. The yeast, while never taking center stage, complements the above flavors which subtle spicy flavors; almost cinnamon and clove. I need this on draft at my house!
The mouthfeel is full and beautiful. Perfect carbonation (medium-low) and the Belgian yeast adds the extra bubbly quality only a great strain can. Overall this is a perfect beer. I recommend it to anyone who can locate it. I couldn't fully enjoy it at the bar because of the stupid glassware and it was served too cold (and I couldn't help myself and wait long enough) but it was still spectacular. Perfect Quad, not hot, not too sweet, not too yeasty or dark malty, just perfect.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2011 13:58:58 | More by claspada
Photo of Spider889


4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Local Option in Chicago.

I am normally not a fan of Quads, but I have heared only good things about this beer, and had to try it on tap!

A very dark brown sugar color with minimal head. As I was drinking I began to swirl the beer in my glass, and the foam created was a very dark mahogany color.

The smell was pretty darn fantastic. There was a sourness to the beer that was unexpected. Deep tobacco hues began to emerge, as did toffee and dark cherries.

The taste was also mildly sour, at least giving an initial kick to the palate before the sweetness of the other flavors emerged. Smokey caramel malts played a big role here, and the beer finished bitter. Quite sweet, I was getting a lot more dark brown sugar/molasses than fruit notes as some Quads tend to showcase.

The mouthfeel was silky smooth, with a worn leathery richness that I really enjoyed. The alcohol was never a nuisance, however this beer was most definitely a sipper.

I would really like to try the other variations of this, including a bottle of this one - an aged version would likely be quite amazing I suspect.

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2011 07:56:48 | More by Spider889
Photo of fastsrt

New York

4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

6 ounce pour at the blind tiger ale house for 8.00$

A: brown, with a rich tan head

S: spicy, funky, sweet.

T: sweet, rich great flavors, fruity, with spice mingled in well balanced and unique.

M: well carbonated, coating. pleasing with every sip

D: good beer not worth 8 bucks for a six ounce pour, i would like to get this in a bottle that I could enjoy over a period of time.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2011 18:58:39 | More by fastsrt
Photo of Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured on tap into appropriate glassware at Brasserie Beck.

Has a pretty brownish maroon color with a nice tannish silky head with some legs to speak of on the sides. The smell is pretty nice and has notes of raisin, malts, grapes, wheat, spices, alcohol sweetness and some other things that are hard to describe but are always there in good quads.

The taste has a whole new level of complexity and features the flavors found in the nose and then some. A very nice level of sweetness to maltiness such that the sugar is not overpowering and the finish is dry as a bone. Nice. Again raisins and dates have a nice presence (not in an oxidized way) with wheat and sweet malt to boot. Very subtle and hidden alcohol complexity.

The mouthfeel is silky and medium in body. very nice. The 10% is definitely hidden well. This beer is really nice stuff and I'm lucky to try it on tap for the first time. One glass is certainly enough for me though!

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2010 13:28:41 | More by Dreadnaught33
Photo of ElGallo

New Hampshire

4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From my tasting notes. On tap at Lion's Pride. Dark and mysterious in the glass with a small but inviting head. Almost looks like a stout at first glance. Nose is fanastic and unlike any quad, stout, or dark ale I have ever encountered. Silky smooth mouthfeel and the taste, like the nose, is unique and delicious. ABV is hard to detect, but this is definitely a sipper so as to appreciate the beauty and complexity of this beer. I have heard it said that these Struise guys "think they are beer artists." I'm gonna have to agree with that, especially because I can only afford beer art and not painted or sculpted art. One of my all-time favorite beers this is.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2010 16:47:38 | More by ElGallo
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4.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from my tasting notes. Served in a snifter at the Lion's Pride. The beer is colored a very dark shade of brown; it is too dark too see anything through it except for a faint glow caused by a bright light. There was a small head of tiny tan bubbles It quickly settled to skim of foam. There was a little bit of lacing left by the settling, but a great amount of lacing occurred as I began to drink the beer. The Old Fisherman's Ale smells nothing like an old fisherman. It is mainly sweet, with plenty of spices. I think I can detect aromas of clove and date, but identifying smells is one of my weak points, so I can't do this aroma justice. I find it be very pleasant and a perfect compliment to the amazing flavor this beer possesses. I taste plums and dates. It is a bit sweet, but not as sweet as other Quads and high alcohol brews. In fact, there is just a hint of alcohol, mostly in the finish. You can feel and taste it evaporating after you swallow. For a spiced beer, this is taste perfection. The body is of medium consistency, while the level of carbonation is on the lighter side. There is some mouth coating, but it is very slight. It is not syrupy or sticky; as I described above, it feels like it is just a thin layer of alcohol the pleasantly disappears. This is especially impressive, considering the strength and style of this beer. This quality mouthfeel lends itself to making Pannepot incredibly drinkable. The spices never get overwhelming. If you order a glass of this, or pop open a bottle, you could sip it slowly for a long time, or just as easily, you could order round after round. The alcohol never impedes the drinkablity (the Old Fisherman's Ale is dangerous that way). I would drink this beer all the time, if it wasn't so rare (and expensive). It's an exceptional product that I can easily call my favorite Quad.

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2010 14:19:36 | More by ToasterChef
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4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Lion's Pride
Appears almost completely opaque murky brown with a pretty tan ring and skim. Some nice lacing
Smells of concord grape, grape bubble yum, caramel, dark malt.
Taste is rich caramel, dark fruit some spice too.
Medium body, nice carbonation. Fine structure and very smooth.
A very nice rich beverage. A special treat that I was happy to try on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2009 16:22:58 | More by ThirstyBird
Photo of HiAIPA


4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at Ebenezer's Lions Pride - which is a superb beer destination in Brunswick, Maine. From the 35 tap selection, this fisherman's brew is a thick, spicy stew of flavor for warming the body after a long work day. Thin lacing gives way to a complex flavor profile of nutmeg, caramel, and baking spices. This goes down very smooth, and you will want more. The DeStruise guys do a great job with this, one of my favorites.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2009 16:27:48 | More by HiAIPA
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4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great head to start and leaves a dense thin layer of bubbles. Light lace. Dark brown and muddy.

Mild aroma of darker (perhaps crystal) malts, although it is hard to detect.

Strong waming, alcoholic taste--much like a fine sherry. Full bodied with a lower level of carbonation than many Quads. This is a very smooth beer. Worthwhile to seek out.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2009 23:27:05 | More by smcolw
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Pannepot from De Struise Brouwers
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