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Pannepot - De Struise Brouwers

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Ratings: 1,953
Reviews: 776
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 365
Gots: 369 | FT: 27
Brewed by:
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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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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Caterwaul, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of Rutager
4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a deep, deep red-brown with 1.5 fingers of orange-tan head.

Smell. Candied oranges, cherries, molasses, sweet malts and fruity yeasts, spices. Just a ton goong on in this one.

Taste. Oranges, plums, brown-sugar, roasted grains, a bit of cherry, chocolate, belgian yeast and spice.

Mouthfeel. Full body, medium carbonation.

Overall. Big beer. Nice and complex with a lot of fruit flavours.

Rutager, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

iL0VEbeer, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of Converge
4.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into a 16oz tulip. 2007 vintage, and by far the oldest beer I've had the pleasure of tasting.

A - Pours a very deep and dark brown, with just a touch of red. Short-lived tan head dissipates, leaving a thin ring around the glass. Despite not real head retention or lacing, this is a fine looking brew.

S - Dark dried fruits, chocolate, and molasses. Figs, medjool dates, dried plums, and lots of chocolate. Subdued caramel and toffee notes, with some leather in there too. Definitely a but more roasty and dark than BSDAs/quads I'm used to. Spice is subtle, but undeniably present. Overall a complex and inviting aroma, almost reminiscent of De Struise's Black Albert.

T - A delicious and complex mixture of chocolate, fruit, and deep resinous flavors. A subtle backbone of bready malt and Belgian yeast lays out a base for a barrage of dark fruits and sweetness, followed by a assertive but not overbearing bitterness. Dates are right up front, with figs, plums, raisins, all mingling in there as well. Sweet notes of caramel, toffee, and candi sugar all come through. A dark chocolatey presence of cocoa adds some bittersweet notes, as it fades into an almost coffee-esque roast in the finish. Subtle earthy hops, Belgian spices, and a mild tart character wrap up the finish. At 10.00% ABV, the alcohol presence is non-existent. The flavor profile here is crafted beautifully.

M - Very viscous, with a full body that fills the mouth with each sip. Creamy, rich and smooth, with a carbonation that while bubbly and pronounced, is impossibly smooth. No alcohol burn whatsoever, just a tremendously drinkable feel.

D - In a lot of ways I think this is comparable to De Struise's Black Albert with the big fruitiness couples with pronounced roast and earthy bitterness, but for me this brew shines far brighter. Certainly a world-class beer in my books.

Converge, Sep 03, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

jrpapajcik, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of Bierman9
3.9/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an 11.2oz bottle Of 2010 vintage I bought in SEP11 at the Struise shop in Brugge (€3.90). Label says "PNP No. 4".

Poured about 11 of the 11.2oz into a small tulip, all save for some yeasties (for later!). I could see it had a deep auburn color on the pour, but once in the glass it became a dense, opaque liquid. Head was thin and fine, a small ring of beige bubbles clinging to the side of the glass. Lacing was decent but not top shelf. Nose was quite mild, just some light maltiness with a hint of spice. Has a body a tad thicker than medium, and it is relatively smooth and even going down.

Flavor has some solid maltiness, with a pleasant level of sweetness without being cloying. Seems likes there are some dates and raisins in there, plus something akin to rum-soaked fruitcake. A little cinnamon, perhaps, as well as a hint of clove. Finishes dry, with a touch of bitterness. Pretty good, though I was, in all honesty, expecting a lot more. Prosit!

3.9/5 rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Bierman9, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of Altenor
4.38/5  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.


Altenor, Aug 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Beeradelphia, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of pmarlowe
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark coffee color with a two-finger block of fluffy, light brown and gray head. A few streaks and dots of lace, with pretty good head retention on the surface.

S: Loads of juicy plum and raisin, dry cocoa, some spice (clove, cardamom).

T: Dark fruit over a layer of melted dark chocolate and supported by light spice. Wow, this is delicious. On the finish, just a bit of sweetness and a little smokiness.

M: Medium-full body, pretty creamy texture, and light carbonation. Alcohol is not perceptible.

O: This hits all the right spots for a quad: dark fruit and chocolate without being overly fruity or sweet or thick.

pmarlowe, Aug 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

atoulouk, Aug 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

greenmonstah, Aug 19, 2012
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5/5  rDev +14.9%

ILiveOffHops, Aug 17, 2012
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5/5  rDev +14.9%

Nickfellow007, Aug 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

hiphopj5, Aug 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

gestenatkritikaster, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Edition

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color. The beer has a two finger tall foamy mocha head of large bubbles that quickly reduces to an extremely thin patch covering less than half of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of dark fruit sweetness featuring plum, fig, grape, and raisin.

T: Similar in taste to the smell, there is a strong presence of dark fruit flavors which impart moderate amounts of sweetness - the dark fruits present are plum, fig, and raisin. Additionally there is some malty sweetness and hints of spices in the finish.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with moderate amounts of alcohol warming in the finish, which gets stronger as the beer warms.

O: This is a nice sipping beer, probably better enjoyed on a cool autumn evening than a warm summer night. The alcohol is not too well hidden and the beer has a pretty intense flavor, with some sweetness that makes it a sipping beer.

dbrauneis, Aug 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

alamode, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of mdaschaf
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

mdaschaf, Aug 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

duceswild, Jul 31, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Chrily, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First brew from De Struise, so I’m excited; plus, I haven’t had a quad for months.

2009 Vintage, brewed about three years before the date of this tasting.

A: A bold, thick body, so dark that its maroon body seems almost black in the light. A foamy, light tan head rises quickly to an inch, then falls to a characteristic, Belgian film of sandy fizz. Spotty, slippery lacing.

S: Not a strong nose, but rich in all the ways you’d for this style. Belgian malts give a spiced tone of raisin, toffee, bubblegum, and fig pudding, and the yeasts and candi syrups are fairly tart: bright berry, tangerine, and cherry. Bit of thick alcohol mixed in, but it’s fairly well-hidden for the most part.

T: An interesting, satisfying mix of enticing bitters and smooth, rich malts. Great dark flavors, starting with chocolate-covered strawberry, toffee, plum, and date: a well-executed, familiar backbone for a quad. It slowly melts into the background, making way for intriguing bitters (the best part of this palate). I’m getting the normal tart after-effects from the candi syrup, as expected, but the boldest bitters are coming from a deep hop presence in this palate – pine and herbal bitterness, with more flavor than astringency. The whole thing finishes with a great touch of lactic acid sours, leading the aftertaste to an earthy sweetness of Belgian malt.

M: Smooth, yet not too thick. Good for the style, and remaining drinkable as ever.

O: A quad with a nice touch of hop flavor – can’t beat that. I bet I’d enjoy it even more if it were a more recent vintage, seeing as that would likely have a more pronounced bitter character.

BarryMFBurton, Jul 28, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage.

Brownish colored body yields tan head. Lace affixes itself to the side of my glass without plans to recede. Sweet malt aroma combines with spices and Belgian yeast. Pleasant but not exceptional. The 2008 bottle I enjoyed a few months back was considerably better.

Malt-forward flavor supported by plums and other dark fruits. Spice tingles my tongue towards the end, heavy body brings the flavors together before finishing slightly boozy. On par with Abt 12, still considerably behind Westy 12.

brystmar, Jul 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

BarrytheBear, Jul 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8%

pbass78, Jul 20, 2012
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4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this from a bottle in Colorado, thanks to a friend who discovered it.
I've had a few American beers lately that follow its lead, Goose Island's Black Mission comes to mind (which was fine), but this beer shows the way!
Dark pour with minimal head; ruby red on the edges.
Aromas of spice, fig and dark, sweet fruits.
A bit more sour on the taste, which is fine with me!
This beer warms nicely. Plum, fig and raisin emerge more and more. Outstanding.

UpToMeBeer, Jul 20, 2012
Pannepot from De Struise Brouwers
97 out of 100 based on 1,953 ratings.