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Pannepot - De Struise Brouwers

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Ratings: 1,846
Reviews: 771
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 344
Gots: 345 | FT: 25
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Belgium

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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heyta

Georgia

4/5  rDev -8%

11-14-2011 14:58:27 | More by heyta
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hu5om

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +14.9%

11-14-2011 14:38:47 | More by hu5om
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jmhart

Georgia

5/5  rDev +14.9%

11-14-2011 11:36:08 | More by jmhart
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bsuedekum

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

11-14-2011 09:28:51 | More by bsuedekum
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bombadil

California

5/5  rDev +14.9%

11-14-2011 08:08:11 | More by bombadil
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Bobbydigi

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

11-14-2011 08:00:53 | More by Bobbydigi
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klipper

Michigan

4/5  rDev -8%

11-14-2011 07:41:57 | More by klipper
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tbeq00

California

5/5  rDev +14.9%

11-14-2011 07:24:37 | More by tbeq00
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle from wordemupg, 330ml bottle into some tulips as part of the QuadShowdown. 2007 vintage.

Poured a very dark brown, a couple of shades off of black. Dark brown head with a thin head retention of a light film. Nose has some caramelized fruits, lightly booze soaked, with some spirit fruitiness. Licorice, some prunes, figs and light grape notes. Taste has more dark fruits, light chocolate notes, dark and rich malt flavours, caramel and a hint of roastiness. Unbelievably smooth mouthfeel, great creaminess to this. Low carbonation is perfect for the style. An exceptional beer, with great complexity. I would love to revisit this on its own.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 20:06:44 | More by liamt07
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mattboyer182

Indiana

4.7/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours pitch black with a thin cream to brown colored head. Great lacing.

S - smells very strong. Incredibly boozey and tons of dark fruit. Belgian yeast obviously.

T - tastes super fruity. Rich and sweet. Caramel, spices and plums.

M - medium to heavy body and medium carbonation.

O - I enjoyed this a lot. I prefer it over st bernardus 12

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 07:08:35 | More by mattboyer182
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starrdogg

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage, tasted alongside the Grand Reserva.

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black with a tan head and a little bit of lacing. Compared to the Grand Reserva it's noticeably darker and has much more lacing. Also has a more substantial head.

S: Has a bit of a cola smell - molasses and caramel, very nice.

T: Flavor isn't nearly as sweet as the smell indicates, it's still somewhat sweet, but incredibly balanced and easy to drink. It caramel malt definitely comes out the most here, but it's got a bit of nuttiness, chocolate and a hint of roast in the finish.

M: Medium-bodied with nice carbonation - perfect for this beer.

O: Pannepot really might be the best quad out there, in my opinion. This beer is absolutely fantastic and perfectly balanced. Not as sweet or light as Bernardus or Westy, not as dark and heavy as Rochefort.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 02:38:50 | More by starrdogg
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Heavenisbeer

Georgia

4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in a nice little specialty shop on Castro in SF. 2010 Release.

Tulip.

A: Pours a dark, oaky, burgundy. Effervescent indeed, gripping the sides of the glass to relinquish their grasp periodically. The off-white head is three fingers off the pour, but then settles within a minute to a cm coating. Very little lacing considering.

S: Dark fruits, mainly prunes and some cherry, raspberry, even blackberry. Extremely fruity, grape juice perfume. The 10% ABV doesn’t poke through in the nose.

T: Strong prunes up front, followed closely by cherries, and then, on deck, biscuits, cookies, and a pleasant toffee malt finish, although the fruits stick around as well, leading into a chocolate-covered cherry linger.

M: Excellent. Not too viscous, well done for the style and the punch. And the warmth from the alcohol is a great reminder that a pleasant buzz is coming.

O: This is effin excellent. Haven’t had too many quads, and if this is an appropriate indication of the style, then I’m stocking up.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 00:09:51 | More by Heavenisbeer
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evlu1441

Alberta (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was kind of surprised to find this at the liquor store around the corner. It's been a while since I've had a quad, but I'm looking forward to this one. 2007 vintage:

Poured into a Trappistes Rochefort chalice, it has an extremely dark reddish brown. The hue is only really visible around the edges. In the middle, it's opaque. There is a lot of sediment floating around in the glass, and almost no head. Perhaps I was a bit too gentle with the pouring.

The aroma is quite complex. Slight raisin and dried fruit mixed with a hint of coffee. There is also a strong clove/spice aspect that balances out with some nice toffee notes towards the end. So far I'm impressed!

Balance is the name of the game when it comes to the flavour here. Smooth and slightly sweet throughout, it starts out with some slight crispness that gives way to dried fruits and a hint of coffee. Slight toffee notes come through towards the end and a hint of coffee bitterness finishes things out. The alcohol is exceptionally well hidden. I would never guess that this was 10%ABV.

It feels a bit on the light side, but it is a very tasty quad! The drinkability makes it perhaps a bit dangerous to have more than a couple around haha!

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 23:09:52 | More by evlu1441
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argock

Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
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
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle poured into a goblet. 2010 vintage.

Appearance - Very dark brown. Almost like a light stout. Some light penetrates at the edges, but it's a dark quad for sure. Nice khaki head with no lacing on the glass and very few bubbles once the head recedes.

Smell - Outrageous. Caramel, dark fruits, roasted malts, bananas, everything. So complex, so delicious smelling. It even has a hint of leather, much like an old ale. The malt complexity is amazing, although I'd imagine that leathery smell comes from some earthy hops.

Taste - Not quite as complex as the smell, but still fantastic. The caramel is a bit more dominant and the fruit flavors aren't as pronounced, but still present. Those earthy, leathery smells are definitely from hops, because the bitterness gives off the same tones in the finish. Wow.

Mouthfeel - Remarkably easy to drink (and dangerously so) as a 10% quad. A little dry, but not too much. Medium heavy bodied, but not a bit syrupy. Slightly boozy, but not overpowering.

Overall - I need to do a side-by-side with Rochefort 10. One of the best beers I've had and it definitely competes with Westy and Rochefort. I don't remember being blown away by the smell of a beer quite as much as this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 01:49:11 | More by Alieniloquium
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mikedotnet

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Very dark brown (nearly black) thick body- almost opaque; thick yet moderate light brown head. I would say this has the appearance of an over-carbonated Russian Imperial Stout.

S - Strangely enough, this smells like a Russian Imperial Stout as well; perhaps a tiny bit more sugary, though. I pick up no hints of fruitiness that I would expect for a quadrupel- only toffee, molasses, and a faint hint of dark candies.

T - Well, it tastes like a Russian Imperial Stout as well. There is a hint of candy sweetness up front that is quickly dominated by massive bitterness and then closed with quite a bit of booziness.

M - Ah, now it seems as though it could be a quadrupel- it's much less dense than a stout and has a decent amount of carbonation. If it weren't for the taste and aroma, I could buy that I was drinking a quad.

O - I was thoroughly unimpressed with this beer. It's not bad by any stretch of the imagination, but quite honestly, if I wanted a Russian Imperial Stout, there are much better options that are far more reasonably priced. My local distributor had this priced significantly higher than Rochefort 10 (which is what I consider to be the archetype for quads). If you are searching for a decent quad, I would recommend steering clear of this. If you're open to trying a high-priced Russian Imperial Stout, this may suit your fancy.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 19:26:41 | More by mikedotnet
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thierrynantes

France

4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer bottle (33 cl. vintage 2010), purchased by Clem (Nantes) and tasted in 2011.

Appearance : dark brown color, with tan foamy head.
Smell : malty, spicy (ginger ?) and coffee aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : full bodied, caramel, coffee and spicy flavours with notes of rum.
Drinkability : a very good beer in the style Quadrupel. Drink at cellar temperature :-)

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 18:18:24 | More by thierrynantes
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osusullins

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -19.5%
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
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tigernipples

New Jersey

4.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2011 PNP No. 4
Poured into a Chimay glass.

A: not much head on the pour, carbonation however is streaming up through the center to the top of the beer. a very dark quad. looks almost stout like. cant see anything through it, looks licorice black.

S: raisins and dates right away but we all knew and know quads smell like this. im not saying nothing knew. brown sugar undernieth the dark fruits. smell candied something or other.

T: man,, tingles on the toungue from the carbonation, love that about belgiums. roasted malts in the middle with notes of chocolate. is this a stout? love it. ending with butterscotch? love it. usual suspects of dark fruits. maybe a drip of vanilla in this? love it. deep deep layers to sift through.

M: medium body for quad. who cares about this category for belguims, except to say the the tingle winglely feeling on my tongue is great.

O: rochefort 10 is the best quad i've ever had. this is damn close. i've never seen this anywhere near me until recently. hope the store guy doesn't get annoyed at me buying one bottle a time till i drink his whole case. i'm going to try and put one away for a later date. hey ? you want to know if this thing is good? YES . buy it if you see it suckas.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 04:06:13 | More by tigernipples
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redleaves

Maine

5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wowie wow wow! Looks great, dark nice creamy head. Good lookin quad. The smell is great, rich caramel, butterscotch and vanilla. Not cloying but medium sweet. Nice mouthfeel, not thick at all like most quads, but not thin. Perfect. The taste is amazingly complex but not overwhelming. Roasty, caramel, butterscotch, coffee maybe, and spices. Raisins, and dark fruit. White chocolate and maybe light banana? Vanilla and oak. The light hop comes in just in time to prevent cloyness and dry out to make it refreshing. This beer is better than I could have imagined. Truly world class and elegant. I feel like I never have to try another quad because nothing can be this amazing. I feel like it's kind of stoutish as well. Worth every penny. They could charge $15 for this and I would pay it.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2011 01:57:00 | More by redleaves
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birchstick

Colorado

4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage

A - pours black in color with a white head that fades to the rim of the glass

S - smells of dark vinous fruits with spiced, candied figs, caramel malts, and a hint of chocolate

T - starts off with sweet dark fruits (vinous grape being the dominant flavor). These fade to a big caramel and some sweet chocolate malt flavors. There is a sweet spiciness in the middles that gives way to a hint of chocolate malt mixed in with candied fruits. The spice appears again on the exhale. Wow, really solid quad!

M - full and creamy, plays nicely with the beer

D - this is a pretty fantastic brew. This was definitely one of the better, if not the, best quads I have tried. Most are overly dominant on the malts, but the spices in this are really well integrated and make this a very enjoyable brew. Looks like I will need to stock up on some more of these and see what time does to them.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 04:21:50 | More by birchstick
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
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
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hombrepalo

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle. 1/2 finger light tan head, quick dissipation with minimal lacing. Dark brown almost black opaque body no visible carbonation. Really interesting nose, some dark stone fruit, cherries, I picked up some fig notes, molasses or burnt brown sugar. Taste mirrors nose and got really complex once the beer warmed, although The Palate picked up some cardboard oxidation notes. Mouthfeel on the full side of medium, above average effervescence, leading to a dry and slightly sticky finish, A really satisfying sipper, this is a world class beer, wish I could find a bit more fresh bottle for comparison.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 19:22:59 | More by hombrepalo
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
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
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
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
Pannepot from De Struise Brouwers
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