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Pannepot - De Struise Brouwers

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812 Reviews
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Reviews: 812
Hads: 2,260
Avg: 4.33
pDev: 15.47%
Wants: 404
Gots: 435 | 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 Sammy
4/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.11/5  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.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.68/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2010;

Pours a dark, deep brown with a lovely khaki full head; nice to look at.

Nose is thick, rich sweet cooked stone fruit, red/black plum character with underlying raisin and hint of carmel and cocoa; hints of purple grape. A bit sweet in the nose but still pleasant.

Mouthfeel is big, bold, thick and creamy. Feel has an expensive richness.

Flavors are rich and full but slightly off-putting. There is lots of cooked stone fruit, some cocoa and coffee but it has a burnt honey character as well. One may conclude that it's not burnt, just the hop bitter kicking in towards a bitter hop/coffee finish.

All in all pretty complex and quite nice and rich. However, there is a bit of a burnt honey mid palate that bothers me a bit on this one. Could just be a personal thing.

Bitter black coffee/burnt carmel finish is actually very nice at the end.

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Photo of metter98
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.79/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2011 vintage. loosely a quad, maybe more a quad that I think it is, I don't know, this is way fruity as they go, and the yeast that makes Belgian beers what they are, especially the big ones, is way down low here, you have to search for it. glorious dark color though, deep brick red, brown overtones and a permanent two finger just off white head. the nose is fruity, raisins and apples come to mind, a mild spice as well. the taste also prominently displays these fruited notes, almost to its detriment. I get raisins all day in the long finish. one thing impressive here is the lack of alcohol presence for a beer so strong. very well disguised, this drinks like a 6% brew. some allspice and faint Belgian yeast in the finish, but I am so distracted by the fruity apple juice type flavors that I don't love the whole picture. for a beer with such acclaim I expected more, not to say I didn't like it, but I was just underwhelmed. the same was true with the reserva version, so maybe its something about this beer that's just disagreeable, maybe its my messed up notion of what a quad should be, I don't know. full body and lively carbonation is very nice, especially with the absence of booze, even at room temperature. a fine brew, but not really my speed.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.11/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
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

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.33/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Photo of largadeer
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Murky opaque brown with that signature ever-lasting foamy head that's so common with Belgian quads.

Smell: The rich sugary aroma brings to mind fruitcake, prunes, dried cherries and molasses. A pleasant spiciness lingers beneath the fruit, adding depth and body.

Taste/mouthfeel: Big and fruity with flavors of figs, raisins, brown sugar, cherries and nutmeg. Very spicy, but in a subtle way - there aren't any specific flavors that stand out to me excepting possibly nutmeg. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy, quite unlike any other quad I've tried, with a subtle finish that leaves only a hint of spice (felt more than tasted) and fruit. This is definitely on the sweet side for the style, but it's excellent stuff.

Notes: A huge thanks to mully for tossing this in as an extra - I've been wanting to try this brew for a long time.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.25/5  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 have spent some quality time together in the boring-ass environs of my spare room...time to remedy that.

This beer pours a murky, rather dark chocolate brown hue, with dense swirling sediment, and two fingers of creamy, foamy, and bubbly beige head, which settles quickly enough, leaving nothing that could be deemed as lace in the vicinity of the glass.

It smells of bitter cherry, and other nondescript black fruit, sodden brown bread, bittersweet chocolate, soft, but prominent steely alcohol, and musty, leafy hops. The taste is strong, but still muddled orchard fruit, bready caramel malt, nutmeg and cinnamon-spiced raisin rum cake, an earthy tea-like leafiness, phenolic yeast, and sweet, crazily restrained alcohol.

The carbonation is there, but surely on the soft and lilting side, the body medium-full in weight, and smooth, if only a little distracted by the upward-oriented booziness. It finishes very clean, the understated roasted dark 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 than its Continental wine barrel aged sibling. The booze is less body-deflating, and a better overall balance is achieved from the complex melding of flavours. Pleasantly sip-worthy - very nice stuff.

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Photo of emerge077
4.33/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.3/5  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.

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Photo of oberon
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of oline73
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2011 bottle poured into a Chimay goblet.

The beer pours a cloudy ruby brown color with a layer of off white head on top that fades to a pencil thin layer around the edge of the glass. The smell is sweet with a strong dark fruit and caramel presence. I'm also getting some Belgian spice in the nose. The taste is quite smooth, I'm guess this has smoothed with the aging. I'm getting sweet dark fruit, Belgian spice, and a bubble gum like note. The finish has some chocolate in it as well, but the sweetness doesn't really linger. The carbonation is very fine, honestly it could use a bit more. The finish is quite dry. I'm really enjoying this beer and I'd gladly have another.

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Photo of nickfl
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A vigorous pour yields one finger of brownish orange head, resting on a hazy, red-brown body. The head settles quickly to a ring of foam and leaves little lace.

S - The spicy, phenolic aroma hit me as soon as I opened the bottle, and once the beer has a chance to open up in the glass it expands into notes of chocolate, dark cherries, raisins, almonds, pepper, cinnamon, and lots of clove.

T - Fruity flavors of pineapple and banana, followed by darker raisin flavors as well as some sourness. The spice kicks in towards the middle with cinnamon, cloves and pepper along with some roasted grain notes of chocolate and dark caramel. Hop bitterness comes out during the finish with long, lingering notes of chocolate, rum, tobacco and a bit of alcoholic warmth.

M - Medium to light body, with moderate carbonation. There is a good bit of residual sweetness initially, but it dries out in the finish.

D - Very complex beer that manages to avoid being overbearing despite the high alcohol and big flavors. The smell is absolutely spectacular, reminds me of Samichlaus, but more interesting. The flavor is quite interesting as well, and I really like the way it finishes, but there is something about the initial sweetness or phenolic character that I find a little cloying. The sourness at the beginning is a nice touch that adds some balance.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
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!

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.25/5  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!

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Photo of kojevergas
3.67/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

.33cl bottle of the 2009 vintage poured into a Trappistenbier goblet in Antwerp, Belgium. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a one finger head of wonderful tan cream, brilliant beautiful thickness, and of good retention for the style. Colour is a stoutish solid dark black. Very appealing.

Sm: Cream, chocolate, toffee, and vanilla. Maybe some alcohol. Complex and interesting.

T: Dark fruit esters, chocolate, caramel (or perchance caramelized malt), cream, vanilla and other more subtle hops including maybe nut on the fringe. Very complex and incredibly well hopped. The foundation is a malted barley fully expressive base. Very well balanced and built for the style. Brilliant. Some spice comes through but not to the extent I expected. It lends the beer an incredible subtlety.

Mf: Nicely coarse and wet, bringing out the best of the flavours in the body.

Dr: High ABV, great quality, and very easy drinking especially considering the ABV. Worth a go for any beer fanatic. Price is excellent for the quality.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.2/5  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.

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Photo of russpowell
4.82/5  rDev +11.3%
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...

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Pannepot from De Struise Brouwers
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