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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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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Real smooth, hard to believe it's 10%. Aroma of coffee grounds, old ale barley, and cinammon and nutmeg. Light brown with generous fluffy white head. Even after a few minutes, this head serves to coat the mouth...until all gone. Drying but satisfying finish. Random tingling on the tongue.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2008 23:19:28 | More by Sammy
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4.13/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2014 02:57:50 | More by UCLABrewN84
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4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2006 vintage. Raisin brown with flashes of black cherry when backlit with bright morning sunshine. A loud 'pffft' on crown cracking was followed by the creation of an expansive crown of ecru colored foam that isn't sticky enough to leave much of itself on the snifter. All three of the Pannepot ales look good, not great.

The same can be said for the nose(s). Despite the inward sloping sides of the glass, the aroma isn't as powerful as it should be. Warming helps to some extent. The beer smells BSDA-like, with dark fruit and ground clove especially prominent. Here's hoping that 3 years in the bottle haven't sapped most of the complexity.

Without tasting them side-by-side, I won't be able to speak about the relative differences between the Danish version and this American version. They're both excellent, that much is certain. Once the overly fizzy bubbles settle down, this should be a more enjoyable experience.

Old Fisherman's Ale has to be one of the darkest quadrupels in existence. There can't be too many that have this much licorice and molasses. Other flavors include dark chocolate-covered raisins, dark toffee, burnt sugar, orange peel, coriander and clove. I would never have guessed that thyme and cinnamon are present as well.

Amazingly enough (or maybe not so amazingly), these scores are identical to the scores given to the Danish version. It's hard to believe there are any major differences between the two. Warming brings more intensity and complexity to an already intense and complex beer.

Too bad the mouthfeel isn't as fantastic as it could be. To be fair, it improves considerably once most of the carbonation enters the atmosphere. It then becomes lightly viscous and almost creamy. My suggestion is to pour... wait 10 minutes (if you're able)... then begin to drink.

Pannepot Old Fisherman's Ale deserves its place on the list of Top Beers on Planet Earth (#46 currently). It's a wonderful quadrupel that emphasizes the Russian Imperial stout part of its personality more than most. Highly recommended for anyone who loves big Belgian ales.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2009 14:29:58 | More by BuckeyeNation
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South Carolina

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

A 330ml bottle of 2006 vintage, served at cellar temperature and poured into a tulip glass

A - Poured a very dark brown, almost a cola like color with a very hazy and cloudy appearance pretty much obscuring everything inside and making it look a very thick consistency. A very nice three finger high head of tan colored lace came flying up to the top. Very active on the pour would be an understatement, this thing was all over the place. Almost came out of the top of the glass. After a few more minutes, it finally settled down and began to fold in on itself and become more of just a thin half-inch layer across the top. Tons of spider web like lace coating the inside of the glass, leaving tons of dripping lace. Hard to tell how much carbonation there was as it was just way to hazy. Some small amount of sediment visible on the bottom of the glass, which did not really move much, sort of just hanging around on the bottom of the glass for the duration of the session.

S - The aroma was very varied, deep and complex with different hints and small nuances of smell coming through at various different times during the course of the session. The first thing I was able to pick up with a very nice dark fruity aroma. Lots of raisins, figs, plums, and even a touch of grape showing up in here. Very well mixed and balanced between them but leading more toward the sugary notes as it started to warm up. Lots of spice was evident as well right from the start. A sort of odd nutmeg like spice along with a touch of cinnamon, and sugar. Some aromas of oak or other wood like characteristics starting to come through now as well. The profile is really starting to thicken up now and get a bit complex on me. Some light grassy like smells along with touches of earthy grains all floating around in there as well. Overall really quite full and at the same time very well balanced. Major factor here was the raisin like fruits that were the only constant in the aroma the entire time.

T - The first sip of this just started to bring on wave after wave of thick evolving flavor that really was showing off quite well and became increasingly more complex with each and every sip. The first notes that came across were very rich, sugary notes of raisins, which were just a wonderful way to start off the whole thing. Deep dark fruity flavors were the norm on this was with prunes and figs lining up behind it, quickly delving it deeper and deeper. A very strong presence of sugar was next up, really pushing through and drying to lighten it up. A touch of something sour playing around in the back, and just briefly showing up in the flavor before diving back down and out of site again. Rolling on some nice earthy, oak like notes starting to come now with spices becoming more and more dominant. Cinnamon and nutmeg, even some all spice and a hint of banana keeping developing it further. The finish brought everything back together again and just kept evolving it and drying you out, making you come back and get another sip so that you could bring it back to where it was before. Really, no hint of any kind of alcohol in this one, which to be honest was remarkable for something that should have been so big. Overall, I was quite pleased with the overall flavor and thought that it really developed quite well.

M - This was a very thick ale, not quite full bodied, but damn close and it had such a luscious and creamy smooth body that it was really a pleasure to take each passing sip, as each one was better then the one before that. Really a tremendously good beer here. The carbonation held up excellently and really pushed the entire thing into overdrive, allowing the flavors to really pop and explore the full range of possibilities. Great smooth finish, though not intensely dry, it was more sugary and long flavors of spice persisted for a good long time afterward.

D - Now see this category can become tricky at times only because you get the situation where something is so incredibly drinkable, but at the same time, it has a high ABV so it leaves you in the situation of what to do, In this case the answer was simple, you just keep drinking. It was really just that easy to do. There was just no hint of any kind of alcohol in this whatsoever and the flavors were so rich and bold, with such and in-depth and wonderful profile that it was truly hard to say no to this one. I could have easily had another without any incident, it was just that good. So smooth and delicious.

Overall, I thought this was a really great Belgian ale. The flavors were rich and pure, mingling so well and cross such a wide range of style that it was almost impossible to nail down where it was coming from .A deep dark ale; this one would surely please anyone who gives it a try. Does it live up to the hype? I will let you decide that, my feelings are kind of mixed on the subject personally, but one thing for sure, it is damn good.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2008 11:19:30 | More by mikesgroove
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage bought at City Beer back in February.

A: The pour is a dark red-brown color with a solid, creamy tan head on top.

S: A really rich fruity, chocolatey aroma. There are a lot of dark fruits and berries, particularly blueberries and cherries. A really strong malt and bread component as well.

T: The fruity and malty sweetness comes out of the gates strong. There is a bit of chocolate, caramel, and toffee. In terms of fruits, blueberries, red grapes, and cherries. A hint of alcohol as the beer warms.

M: A fairly full bodied beer with a really full and creamy carbonation.

D: You can never go wrong with this one, and I'm happy to see how well it holds up to aging. A really fantastic beer and I wish I had bought more.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2010 05:35:55 | More by womencantsail
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North Carolina

4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 bottling

Appearance: Pours a rich, coffee brown color with ruby highlights; despite the age, the carbonated foam billows in the bottle and leaves a nice pattern of lace on the glass

Smell: A stew of dark chocolate, dried fruit (cherries, figs, dates), burnt brown sugar, spice cake and a touch of molasses

Taste: The dark fruits drive the flavor from start to finish, layering cherry, fig and date into the spice cake, chocolate and licorice elements; the booze sneaks up in the middle bringing with it the burnt brown sugar and molasses; with six years of age, all of the harsher elements have mellowed out and the flavors blend nicely in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Tasted side by side with a 2006 Pannepøt and this is by far the superior beer - the flavors are brighter, more balanced and a touch less sweet than the Danish cousin

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2012 21:28:55 | More by brentk56
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Quebec (Canada)

4.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle (vintage 2005): Poured opaque dark brown ale with a super huge foamy dirty brown head with perfect retention. Aroma of liquorice and sweet malt is incredibly well balance. Taste is an almost perfect balance between strong sweet malt with caramel and liquorice with some candi sugar (I would say a bit too much though) with a slightly funky ending from the yeast. Body is full and alcohol is very well masked. This beer is almost like a sweeter version of Rochefort 10 and there is not much more praise I can give to this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2007 18:17:54 | More by Phyl21ca
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fine selection that hovers on mythology. It takes what is great about Belgian Strong Dark Ales and Flander's Ales and showcases them in one glass.

The beer begins with a very dark brown with dark burgundy hightlights emmiting in strong light. Nearly opaque- this proves to be a viscous and unwaivering beer. A froathy head forms and nearly overtakes the glass before eventually settling to a moussey film and leaving good lacing behind.

The aromas and flavors are firmly rested on a hearty pilsner malt base with lots of dark sugars to acheive the color, aroma, and taste of dark and ripe fruits of grapes, plumbs, currants, and blackberries. Tart, lightly acidic, and vineous throughout and at times deliver a complex Merlot character with dark woods and sharp spiciness. Black pepper and anise give a bold balance in the absence of any real hop bitterness. Lightly musty and cidery as if cellar aged. A fantastically complex beer that seems to deliver a different taste with every sip.

Very full and rich with the malts and attenuated sugars. But then the beer seems to evaporate at mid-palate with a cotton-candy confectionate whisper. A lot of spice, tartness, and vineous character left on the tongue but not much residual sweetness. The beer is very well attenuated for such bold textures. Dryness is aided by the apple cider vinegar, woodsy, and combination of spiciness and high alcohols; seemingly a bit fusal at times.

I'll be hard pressed to find a more complex beer. It has all the pleasantries of Trappist Quadrupples, Sour reds, and with an undeniable artisan signature that is only delivered by the best of Belgian brewers. It's a great beer for those who think Flander's are too vineous but want more from the Dark Belgian Ales.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2007 02:40:17 | More by BEERchitect
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4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 Vintage

G: Poured into a Mikasa chalice.

A: Very dark mahogany with hints of ruby and a large, slightly-reddened head with lots of lacing. Some sediment present.

S: Yeast character as well as some sweetness-perhaps cherries.

T: Very strong flavors from the outset. Taste hits hard with plenty of dark fruits, spices, and cherries. Also, hints of chocolate.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The 10% abv is hardly present.

D: Quite complex and very drinkable. As of yet, by far the best quad that I've had.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2009 02:49:11 | More by Thorpe429
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New York

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

A: The beer is opaque and essentially jet black in color. It poured with a small tan head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of dark fruits in the nose—grapes, plums and raisins stand out in particular.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and is dominated by flavors of dark fruits. There is a moderate amount of malty sweetness; hints of spices are noticeable towards the finish.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is also a moderate amount of warming from the alcohol, particularly in the finish.
O: The beer definitely tastes strong and some hints of alcohol are noticeable in the taste; however, the complexity of fruity aromas and flavors make this beer a good one to sip and savor.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 22:51:33 | More by metter98
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North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2007 00:24:13 | More by oberon
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4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Petrus chalice.

2006 Vintage. Boom. It pours a thickly cloudy brown capped by a half-finger of thick tan froth. The nose comprises most of a spice rack (brown sugar and cinnamon taking up quite a bit o' space), potato bread, and some green apples in the back. The overall effect is fresh-baked cinnamon rolls sitting begore a glass of apple cider. Good times. The taste holds notes of yeasty breadiness, brown sugar, cranberries, ginger, spruce, light pine, and a dash of bourbon. Damn, this is some tasty shit! The body is pretty hefty, with an active carbonation and a very easy-going feel, despite it's thickness. Believe the hype. Believe that fishermen can brew some badass beer!

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2010 19:03:15 | More by TMoney2591
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Alberta (Canada)

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

11.2 oz, 2007 vintage. This and the Grand Reserva spent some quality time together in the boring-ass environs of my spare room...time to remedy that.

This beer pours a murkily dark chocolate hue, with dense swirling sediment, and two fingers of creamy, foamy beige head, which settles quickly enough, leaving nothing that could be deemed lace in the vicinity of the glass. It smells of bitter cherry, and other nondescript black fruit, soft, but prominent alcohol, and musty hops. The taste is strong orchard fruit malt, raisin, an earthy tea-like leafiness, some even bready yeastiness, and sweet, restrained alcohol. The carbonation is there, but on the soft side, the body medium-full, smooth, if only a little distracted by the upward-oriented booze weight. It finishes very clean, the understated roasted sugar sweetness, rounded warmth, and slight funky, earthy yeastiness all in lovely concert.

I have to say that this plays out so much more agreeably that its Continental barrel infused sibling. The booze is less body-deflating, and a better overall balance is achieved from the complex melding of flavours. Very nice stuff.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 02:47:51 | More by biboergosum
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4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Dark mahogany, nice, stable 1/4" head, settles quickly.

Beautiful aroma, dark fruits, dark spices, soft cinnamon, nutmeg, met with dark malts, raisins, dates, some pepper, perhaps...

Taste: cool and fruity, at first, then full and expressive, a weighty ale in the mouth, dark fruits in abundance, cherries covered in chocolate, raisins dipped in carob, with a trickle of anise on the side,...very nice. Warming. And alcohol hidden well.

Finishes long in the mouth, hangs in there for a stretch. Well-balanced, tasty, ...somewhere between a dubbel and a quadrupel, is where I'd put this. Reminds me just a bit of what I like in St. Bernardus Abt 12.

I think I'll return to this one. Well worthy.

(I just noticed this is my 2000th bottle. Yay!)

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2008 09:58:30 | More by feloniousmonk
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4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 bottle from Lot C7BB. Poured into my Darkness tulip.

A - Dark, dark brown, with a generous amount of head - the bottle almost bubbled over when I opened it. The head takes quite a while to dissipate and lace coats the side of the glass. A little bit of carbonation creeps up the side of the glass. They don't get much better looking than this!

S - Wow! Dense mix of smells - the most prominent smells almost evoke a gueuze (sour cherries, yeast, funk) but there's a backdrop of malt, licorice, cloves, raisin, dark fruits, and more. My only knock is that it's a little boozy.

T - Starts sour and ends spicy. Dark fruits, anise, molasses, cloves; it's a profoundly deep and complicated beer. I just wish it had a tiny bit more sweetness to it like my other favorite quads (Rochefort, Bernardus 12). Again, also a bit boozy.

M - Creamy and viscous, with a generous amount of carbonation. A little sticky as well, but incredibly satisfying.

D - About as drinkable as they get for a 10% brew. You'd be under the table before you got sick of this one.

Another fine brew by De Struise.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2008 01:09:12 | More by MasterSki
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4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle, labeled "ale brewed with spices" vintage 2006.

Pours into a wide mouthed chalice with fluffy, dimpled foam. Body is a deep dark sienna brown, with tan foam. Looks like a trappist ale, mystical and enticing.

Fruity esters in the nose, banana, roasted malt, almond, a touch sweet.

Taste is a bold mix of motley flavors, but it starts out sweet and roasty. There is anise, banana, chocolate, and brown sugar. Roasted malt and a touch of hops linger in the finish. As it warms, there is an earthiness that seeps in. It begs a comparison to the character of a full bodied coffee, but without the intense bitterness, and a bit sweeter. Bold, complex, and satisfying are adjectives that come to mind.

Smooth mouthfeel, carbonation keeps a good head for the duration of the glass. Sweetness doesn't linger on the palate much, but it could hinder the drinkability if you don't like a slightly sweet dark Belgian. A sl-o-o-w sipper.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2007 03:00:59 | More by emerge077
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4.83/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 version, very pricey at $6 for 12ozs, purchased at Coaltrain , here

Pours a gusher, damn, grab a glass! Finally decanted into my Bush tulip/snifter pouring a reddish chestnut/mahogany with 4+ fingers of whipped up tan/mocha colored head. Superior head retention & very good lacing

S: Chocolate & coffee grounds, with licorice &oak as this warms

T: Chocolate, licorice, leather, leafy hops & a hint of mint up front, damn complex. Raisins, prunes, peppery notes &dryness, permeate this ale as it warms. Finishes dry, some leafy hops, nutmeg, & allspice; warming with juniper & medicinal notes, very nice

MF: Soft, oily, with low carbonation & medium/heavy body

Drinks good for the abv/complexity, a damn shame at least 3 ozs were lost, ugh!! A great quad, only one or two better or equal I can think of. Super complex. What's weird; is this does kind of remind me of fisherman's friend cough drops...

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2007 07:02:14 | More by russpowell
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4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2007 on the label. Wanted this for a while, thanks Tanger. Beer poured into a tulip. Beer is black but brown at the corners and forms an aggressive head of small brown bubbles that leaves some but not a lot of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet with a caramel note. Strong with some alcohol in there. A hint of some acetic sour too, I hope that doesn't mean that this is souring.

Beer is medium to thin in the body. The carbonation is a little harsh on the palate but its OK. There is some sweetness up front and a hint of acetic sourness. Second taste, the carbonation kind of blocks the front palate notes of this beer. There is some sweetness and caramel notes in the back with a hint of roast.

Overall its a good beer but it is over carbonated. This may be due to the age on this bottle. I really enjoyed it. Its an excellent example of a quad.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2010 02:59:01 | More by drabmuh
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4.72/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 03:25:02 | More by Mora2000
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4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 bottle

A - Poured out a cloudy, burgundy color with a small, khaki colored head. It left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled of spices, sour fruits like green apple and some cherry. It had a fairly strong yeast aroma.

T - This one had a nice sour fruity taste. Again, some green apple and cherry. It had a toasty caramel flavor with some spicy bite. It had a subtle boozy taste, too.

M - It was soft and smooth with a dry finish. A medium-bodied ale with a warm alcohol bite.

D - This is a really good Quad. It is not overpowering like some can be.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2009 15:49:30 | More by zeff80
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4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this special amazing beer while at Ebeneezers. One specially picked out by Chris, as he informed me I'm 1 of about 15 people to ever have tried this.

A: The bottle slowly erupts as the waitress cracks it and pours it quickly. It leaves a thick frothy head in the glass. It has a dark brown raisin like color hazy.

N: Sweet malts mostly, with quite a bit of raisin and plum, and more dark fruits. A slight sour fruit flavor, but no spices, as suggested by Chris, unspiced Pannepot!

T: Slightly sweet with lots of raisin! Dark malty flavors create a good shell, with thick syrupy slight porter flavor. More roast and black patent malt like flavors surround it as well. This is all surrounding a nice juicy dark fruit raisin center. A very slight smoke flavor is hinted. The slightest hint of booze and warmth.

M: Pretty thick and slightly syrupy, good carbonation.

F: Finishes slightly dry with a slight lingering smoke and porter flavor with roast. A slight syrup lingering, and the raisin just hangs out for a while too. Not quite sure the alc content of it, but I can only assume its pretty high and hides it well. A very delicious beer and I wish I had a lot more of it! Even my wife who is not a beer drinker, enjoyed this. I think it's the first beer I have shared with her that she actually somewhat enjoyed!

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2010 02:47:35 | More by jlindros
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4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2006 bottle vintage, Sampled November 2006
Rich, fruity notes of sweet prunes emanate from my glass as I pour this brew. It is topped by an initially two-finger thick head that is frothy in texture, clings to the side of my glass a bit and shows a lightly hazy, purplish, dark brown color. It is well carbonated with streaming bubbles of CO2 madly making there way up through the beer. The aroma is heady and sweet with dark fruit notes comprising a major component of the aromatic notes. Notes of cherries, figs, raisins and prunes, as well as a touch of fruit-like tart notes predominantly comprise the fruit driven aromatics. A touch of hot alcohol is noticeable as well, it is quite subtle and adds a not unlike that in a rich brandy. The alcohol mixes with some other spicy notes that are all quite subtle, but at times remind me of pepper, clove, perhaps a touch of cardamom or even nutmeg and a touch of ginger. Interestingly enough, as I dig around a bit more into the aroma the sweet cherry component takes on a larger, more prominent role. There is lots of layered malt character here as well; in addition to the malt driven part of the fruit notes, there are aromas of caramelized, brown sugar encrusted sweet breads and even some notes of molasses.

The first sip leaves me a touch surprised; it is quite a bit drier than I was expecting, based on my reflections of the aroma. This is sweet though and even lightly tart. It almost has a tamarind like character to it. Fruity notes of concentrated sweet / tart plums and plump, lightly caramelized raisins add a softness to this brew that is quite nice. In fact, while this is quite flavorful (even largely so), this beer is defined by its soft, smooth, mouth coating character that makes is oh so drinkable, yet rich and satiating at the same time.

This beer really is about the balance that it strikes. The mixture of richness, light sweetness, tart character, lightly spicy hotness, mouth coating richness, yet reasonable quaffability make for a beguiling brew that just begs to be experienced sip after sip.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2007 22:44:51 | More by Gueuzedude
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4.09/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite a nice quad, has a really nice brown color with a tinge of red. The French oak is noticeable but not too strong. There are some fruity flavors floating around in there too. The finish is dry but still fruity. Keeps you going back for more and each sip lead to another sniff of the sweet aroma.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 16:44:35 | More by Knapp85
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4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Wasatch for this!

11.2 oz. bottle - 2006 vintage:

Pours murky brown with a head that falls to a wisp.

The smell is of toffee with some sweettart fruitiness, brown sugar and maple.

The taste is of a complex mix of toffee, tart fruitiness, maple (and a hint of banana?). The taste has a sweetness, but not as much as I would have associated with the general tastes I pick up. Not tart either. Not bitter. Leans dry. It has an herbal spiciness mixed in, but not too spicy either. Very well-balanced. The complexities are not so easy to describe, as they are woven in and complement each other so well.

It has a gentle, smooth carbonation with a body that is near-full to full but not at all thick.

The abv is extremely well-hidden. For a brew so complex and high in alcohol, it "disappears" (too) quickly. This is certainly a unique, enjoyable brew!

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 01:00:56 | More by jwc215
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United Kingdom (England)

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

Brown 33cl bottle (2007 version, PNP No4) obtained from De Bierboom beershop in Brugge.

Poured into my Westmalle chalice and reviewed while eating a brown breadroll filled with Wiltshire cured ham and lettice (no pickles or anything strong).

Dark, very dark brown, ruby/black with a thin tan coloured head on top, poured the whole bottle in, so some sediment could just be seen sinking to the bottom of the glass as the beer settled down. A thick collar stayed during the review, the thin head turning into a couple of wispy islands.

A slight vingarous aroma was evident at first, then liquorice and toasted/roasted malts, coffee notes too.

Liqourice dominated the taste for me, with a spicey coffee aftertaste once the liquorice subsided a little.

Rich and warming body, the alcohol is well hidden and you would never guess 10%ABV without reading the label. A sweetness arrives in the aftertaste, not coying, but this isn't a sour Belgian.

The weather outside is cold, wet and windy, this beer is an ideal friend to watch the rain with, as it batters against the windowpain trying to get in.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 13:04:05 | More by BlackHaddock
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