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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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Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Old Fisherman's Ale is a dark ale brewed with spices. Pannepot is a term that describes the Fishing Boats from the village of De Panne. Brewed and bottled on the Deca Brewery in Woesten-Vleteren.

EBC:99, IBU:27, OG:1100, FG:1025, ABV:10%
Hops: Bramling Cross, Hallaertau MF

(Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 12-14-2006)
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Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 bottle gifted from drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

The pour is a very dark brown with a gargantuan tan head that has the appearance of whipped meringue. A nice sheet of lacing is left, coating the glass pretty well. Aromas consist of dark fruits, Belgian yeast, various spices, subtle cherries, and alcohol. This beer is quite tasty, and certainly a good example of a quad. Spices add an interesting aspect to the overall flavor. The feel is slightly sticky and sweet with a little warming alcohol kick in the finish. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 02:14:10 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of antoines15


4.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 model poured into a tulip.

pours dark with a full head that dissipates rather quickly but leaves a tiny bit of lacing on the glass.

smells of caramel, figs, chocolate, bread, malt, and a little bit of funk.

tastes awesome, delicious. chocolate, caramel, malty at first. then the fruits come in as it warms.

also awesome, not too thick, not too thin, carbonated just right with the alcohol hidden very well.

could easily drink a few of these and be hammered before i knew it. definitely one too seek out.


Serving type: bottle

05-06-2010 22:59:26 | More by antoines15
Photo of womencantsail


4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
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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4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
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
Photo of portia99


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

11.2oz bottle (2007 batch) received in trade with wedgie9. Thanks Andy! Poured into a Russian River stemmed Belgian glass.

A - Foamed up rapidly in the bottle as I popped the cap, but I acted quickly to not lose a drop. Whew! Pours a muddy, yeasty medium dark brown with a lively, fizzy, but still long lasting two fingers of dark tan foam. As it fizzes away slowly it leaves no lacing on the glass. Was expecting it to be lighter in color, but attractive nonetheless.

S - Very different than I expected. Lots of lactic sourness up front. Smells more like a wild or maybe a Flanders red than it does a quad. Sour apples and sour cherries give some nice fruitiness and enhance the sourness on the nose. Some grape juice and almost red wine-like qualities too. Some dark malts underneath it all and these are mostly squelched by the sour and the fruit, but they are definitely there. Might be a bit of chocolate in there, but I might be reaching. Not anything at all like I was expecting from a quad (if you put this in front of me blindly, I would never guess this was a quad), but I have to say it still smells damn good. Can't wait for the first sip!

T - Hmm, wasn't expecting this after analyzing the aromas heavily. This smells like it should be extremely sour...but it really isn't. The malts really shine thru in the flavor - amazing considering the non-existence in the nose and the overpowering nature of the other aromas. This is chocolately, caramelly at the base, maybe even with a touch of coffee too. The lactic sourness that dominates the smell, only caresses the edges of the flavor profile. The sourness is definitely noticeable, but it really only plays a minor supporting role. An almost bretty character kicks in a bit too - bitter and just a tiny touch of funk. Tart cherries are in there too along with some prunes and plums. Definitely an alcohol punch too...somewhat of a sucker punch, if you will, kinda sneaks up on you - a bit of heat, an interesting flavor component...good stuff. Some spices round things out...cinnamon, maybe some nutmeg, some cloves...all give a bit of "coolness" to the flavor.

M - Somewhat on the light side of medium bodied...carbonation is medium too - which suits this perfectly - creamy and maybe a bit foamy in feel. A minor alcohol warmth component from the 10% alcohol level, but not at all a detractor. Truely a beer to savor.

D - I know I would regret (later) having too many of these in a sitting...but it would be sooo worth it. This is a really amazingly complex and flavorful beer. All I can say is Wow!...I really went in with somewhat low expectations, but this blew me away. Highly recommended - this deserves the recognition it gets and in my opinion is probably underrated.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2010 00:11:24 | More by portia99
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4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Joe (krisandajt) for this "extra" in a trade. Awesome guy!

This is the 2007 batch.

Pours into a chalice a dark brown with a dark tan sudsy head that remains until the end. Just a touch of lacing.

Awesome smell of concord grape juice, caramelized sugar and spices. Very wine like nose.

This has aged wonderfully. Extreme complexity. Red wine grapes, concord jelly, caramelized sugar, toffee. Very deep with dark flavors. Some spicy booze.

The carbonation is soft and fluffy. Smooth with a dry finish. The body is full.

Drinks quite nicely for a ten percent beer. A top notch quad that has aged very well. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2010 21:40:36 | More by jera1350
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4.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Last night, set up a vertical tasting of Pannepot including 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, & 2010 Releases.

Thanks to Jonah (jedwards) for providing the '06 to help make this complete.

Beerporn: http://photobucket.com/bobzbapics

Admittedly, this is advanced beer geekery as my wife chose to point out several times. The sample size was 1/2 of each 11.2 oz (330ml) bottle. Shared with a fellow Struise fan.

Appearance: The 2006 to 2008 were noticeably lighter than the 2009 & 2010, you can see this in the pictures (the glasses go up in order, left to right 2006 to 2010). All were a nice dark brown with an initial head of about a 1/4" that receded to a ring.

Smell: Interestingly this was the first sign of minor differences; the 2006 was very deep and complex with a lot of dark fruit and spice, almost a mild sweetness. This continued in slightly less intensity in the 2007 & 2008 (admittedly splitting hairs here). The 2009 & 2010 have a bit less spice, less sweetness, but more chocolate notes, a bit more stout like. I have to note that all versions smelled great.

Taste: As expected just like the nose, the bottle aging had an incredible effect on the 2006 & 2007 and even impacted the 2008. The dark fruit and the spice, all were very rich and very smooth. The Belgian yeast and hint of sweetness just made these beers truly exceptional, the older the more depth and bold flavor. The 2009 & 2010 versions definitely had more stout like characteristics (almost like a SDA/Quad version of Black Albert), each had the depth and complexity but the dark fruit flavors and spice were muted behind the chocolate and coffee notes.

Overall: A great way to sample these incredible beers. To my palate the 2006 through 2008 were my favorites, if I had to pick one I would say the 2007 is drinking the best right now. I’ll put it up against Westy later this summer as I think I might actually prefer the Pannepot. I still greatly enjoyed the 2009 & 2010 versions but I have a preference for the initial releases as I already have Black Albert as a favorite among stouts.
Had another bottle of the 2009 tonight, extraordinary beer, world class Belgian SDA/Quad.
It has become quite clear that the review at bottom involved an "infected" batch of the 2007 vintage. So with regard to the 2007 vintage "caveat emptor". I finally had a bottle of Pannepot as it was intended to be and that is what I will update my review with.

330ml bottle of the 2009 vintage poured into my St. Bernardus Chalice.

Appearance: Very rich dark brown with a thin head that quickly disappears to about a 1/16". The thin head does manage to provide very nice lacing throughout the beer.

Smell: Gentle on the nose, and like the Pannepeut I sense definite notes of Mocha / Coffee.

Taste: Deep and rich with chocolate and spice, the Mocha comes up with subtlety. The warmth of the alcohol is barely noticeable. I can see this beer becoming much better with some age. There is some sharpness due to the youth of the beer; however, this almost completely disappears as the beer warms. This beer is clearly at its best near room temp.

Mouth: Again, a little "sharp" but still very good on the palate, good carbonation.

Drinkability: Very good, excellent beer, a must have quad, and another tribute to the skill of De Struise.


Below reflects the infected beers I sampled:

Had another bottle tonight 7/16, bottle did not gush, but same reaction to all else, I stand by the original review. Way too sour for my taste.


This review is for the 2007 version.

Appearance: Nice dark brown with a nice head, poured into a Rochefort Chalice (quickly as the bottle gushed).

Smell: Strong, sour fruit smell, almost overwhelming, not what I expected and unlike any other Belgian Quad or Strong Dark Ale, I've had.

Taste: Follows the smell, sourness is up-front, almost like sour cherries. This is the dominant flavor of the profile.

Mouth: Good on the palette, again, good carbonation.

Drinkability: Not great as the sourness is a turn-off for me.

Really a disappointment given how high my expectations were for this beer, I thought maybe the bottle was infected but given the fact that I opened two, that is probably unlikely.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2010 19:11:53 | More by BobZ
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4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a goblet. 2007 vintage.

4.5 A: Super dark brown color, pretty much black. Two fingers of tan creamy head with good retention and lots of lacing around the entire glass.

5.0 S: Wow does this smell good! At first I was impressed with how fruity it is, but soon after layers of complexity (all good) started coming through. TONS of fruity plum with fig and some black cherry as well. Underneath, there is a sweet milk chocolate with even sweeter dark crystal malts and the slightest touch of roastiness. Alcohol is minimal at most and complements rather than interfering.

4.0 T: Very surprising. The taste isn't much like the nose at all. The fruitiness comes in the form of prunes instead of plum (similar, I know, but different enough). Lots of tobacco and raisin this time. Not really any chocolate, but the roasted character is stronger. The downfall of the taste is the alcohol. While it was barely in the nose, it's probably the strongest component in the taste.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good heavy carbonation that is very spritzy. Not so smooth though due to lingering sweetness and alcoholic tinge on finish.

3.5 D: Excellent smelling with a good taste, but the aftertaste doesn't do it for me. At $6, it was well worth it because the nose was phenominal.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2010 01:16:31 | More by DavoleBomb
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4.7/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 Bottle

A-pours a translucent ruby red that glows brilliantly in the light. The head is a darker tan color, tight and bubbly as it fizzles away rather quickly.

S-the nose is big and very nice. It is malty and sweet, notes of chocolate and toffee give this its malty start. Lots of dark cherries, some plums and figs as well in the back with a bready malt underneath it all.

T-extremely malty and oh so good! Lots of dark chocolate and toffee up front, this is quite strong and much more so than the nose. Toasted biscuit comes in at the middle and seems to be more of an underlying flavor than a main component. Sweet dark fruits in the back with notes of alcohol. Dark cherries and plums dominate and the alcohol is very faint but present.

M-very smooth and creamy with a lighter medium body. The carbonation is there and the finish has a slight crisp bite but it doesn't hold the body throughout and the finish is a little thin. The smooth creaminess is unbelievable though!

D-this is an amazing beer and one that lives up to the hype that I have heard. I had the reserva recently and this was much nicer, bigger, smoother and more complex. Fantastic beer and truly glad to have it after it had a few years!

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2010 23:41:37 | More by cpetrone84
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3.65/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into a tulip,decent head that turned into a little head fairly quick.alot of sediment even though i poured it correctly.nose is somewhat apple cidery,hints of sour cherries and fig.

taste has dark fruit flavor upfront,bit of chocolate,slightly tart.has a bit of a cardboard/aspirin/medicinal taste which i'm not feeling that much.

mouthfeel is pretty effervescent.spot on for belgian quads.

overall i wasn't too impressed.might just be a bad bottle.i'd be willing to try it again,but nothing about this really blew me away.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2010 00:53:02 | More by wyattshotmaker
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 vintage. Poured from 11.2oz bottle. Review from notes.

A- Pours a dirty brown color when held to the light shows some red color on the sides of the beer. Two finger mocha colored head comes and stays for a minute. No lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Big darker fruits in the front of the aroma. Light apple scent stands out with this beer as well. Caramel malts give the backbone to this beer. Light alcohol in this as well that tingles the nose.

T- Big green apple flavors come into play first. The darker fruits stay a little at bay with this version as well. Caramel malts come into play as the backing bone of the beer. Light yeasty notes in the middle of the beer. Bigger alcohol burn in the backing of this as the beer warms up.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Alcohol dries the palate nicely with each sip. Big green apple left on the palate with caramel alcoholic flavors left in the aftertaste.

D- I have a couple more of these sitting around and I can't wait to try another one. These seem to just be getting better and better with some age on them.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 18:07:46 | More by alleykatking
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4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An 11.2 ounce bottle - vintage 2006. Uncapped and poured into my Allagash tulip. The quad appears a cloudy dark chestnut color with about an inch of fluffy ecru foam. The aromas and flavors consist of spices - clove maybe?, chocolate, prunes, raisins, plums, brown sugar, molasses, a bit of roasted and toasted grains, dark cherries. Really complex nose, it trumps the flavors by a squeak. The ale approaches full bodied with quite lively carbonation. A tasty quad overall.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 03:53:54 | More by ClockworkOrange
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4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz, 2006 vintage bottle, courtesy of Beerman777,7 into a Duvel tulip. Cheers to my 1-year anniversary of being on BA!

A: Pours a very dark brown, nearly black body underneath two solid fingers tight tan foam. Excellent retention and some light lacing. Good looking quad, but far from spectacular.

S: Whoa. What an array of complex aromas! Exceedingly spicy, with a medley of bakers' ingredients peeking through: cinnamon, ginger, clove, and more, plus brown sugar, vanilla, golden raisins, prunes, chocolate, and straight yeast. Amazing. This is definitely one of the most complex beers I've ever had the pleasure of smelling.

T: Terrific here as well, if perhaps a smidgeon less explosively varied than the nose: dark fruits, chocolate malt, pumpkin (slight, but present), spice (clove dominates here, although cinnamon still comes through a bit), and alcohol round out the palate. My only complaint is that the finish is a bit thin and boozy - before that, it's like having an amazingly rich and moist fruitcake in liquid form. Delicious.

M: Medium bodied (perhaps a bit thinner than I'd like) with carbonation that starts out aggressive and becomes smooth and gentle. Pretty nice.

D: Even with a few years on it this one still shows its strength quite apparently, but it's so good that I'm not struggling through it at all.

Notes: You often hear beer called liquid bread, and this one goes far beyond that. It tastes like a whole pantry full of delicious ingredients has been expertly baked into a cake and then magically liquified. The pronounced spiciness sets it apart from other, fruitier quads I've had (and enjoyed) in the past, and makes this a truly one-of-a-kind experience (as far as I know). Huge thanks to Beerman777 for making this possible!

Cheers, and here's looking forward to another amazing year's worth of delicious beer!

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2010 02:06:06 | More by woosterbill
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4.88/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


pours dark muddy brown with a hug2 2+ finger tanish head (bug bubbles) great retention left spotted lacing

smells of dark fruit and candy malts

taste - yep this is the stuff - sugary dark fruit and malts - some chocolate and tobacco on the aftertaste

mouthfeel is medium/heavy but feels muvh lighter with the high carbonation the gives it dry and creamy finish that fades like cotton candy melting

drinkability - crazy good - 10% who cares this beer is out of this world - sorry rochefort10, best quad to date!

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2010 03:44:09 | More by jsh420
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4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Graciously shared by piginapen. Much thanks.

The beer poured a big dark brown, with a nice brown foamy head. Visible sediment and some floaties noticed. Good lacing for the size of the sample. It looks oh so Belgian.
The aroma was divine, a mish-mash of dark fruits, plums, raisins and figs, chocolates, spices... cinnamon, maybe nutmeg, and some licorice. A little boozy heat was noticed, and a touch of funk, all wonderfully melded together.
The flavor of this quad is massive, with sweet raisins, spicy cinnamon, sweet malts, some boozy heat, with a slick feel that seems like it coats. A yeasty presence makes a show, some doughy tones, a mild bitterness, and a lingering caramel sweetness.
Overall, a delicous and drinkable beer. Rarity and cost make this a well deserved treat.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2010 14:50:54 | More by KrisPaulk77
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New York

4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle into a Brooklyn tulip. Vintage 2007. It's also notched C / 7 / BB, though I have no idea what that means.

Appearance: A huge and initially indomitable mocha-colored head sits atop the nearly-opaque brew, which is extremely dark red at the top. Yet the bottom of the body lets a little light through the dark red. I need to learn to pour these beers a bit warmer, and I think that's the main issue here; I didn't let it sit out of the fridge as long as it needed to. The seemingly indomitable head, looking like dark whipped cream, suddenly comes out from under itself, though it leaves nice layers with subsequent glass swirls, and the color's hard to deny as awesome.

Smell: Initial whiffs of good sourness and rich chocolate, definite earthiness, cherries and granny smith apples, a bit of sweat sock and locker room airiness, some blueberry-scented marker from grade school art class. As it warms, the amount of fruit esters is wild, as it's one of those beers that's sitting there, and your nose is quite a distance away from it, and suddenly, even without a head on the top, you're getting more aromas through the air. Some pineapple begins to shape up, and as it warms the pepper spice develops, with some interesting possibly cinnamon in there for a bit of sweetness. As you could've guessed, there's much going on here.

Taste: Chocolate maltiness, barrel sourness, and huge and ripe fruit esters collide here in an amazing way. Sour cherries and earthy phenolic activity is there, yet the funk is mild, and the brew achieves a near-perfect balance between dryness and sweetness. The spicy nature seems to be a balancing agent here, curbing the sweetness, adding flavor, and working well with the huge fruit esters: the granny smith apples, strawberries, and cherries, and the vinous acidity.

Mouthfeel: No way can I NOT give this a perfect score. Not heavy-bodied or syrupy in the least for a 10% ABV brew, and the bubbly carbonation is like champagne, though it also has this bizarrely amazing slow fullness that develops wonderfully in the mouth, making it airy and bubbly, yet full, though only with the carbonation, and yet that makes it feel like more of a medium-bodied beer, which it's probably not. That doesn't make any sense, but basically this beer's pulling some kind of magic trick I can't make sense of. That said, it's got one of the best mouthfeels ever in any beer I've had the pleasure of trying.

Drinkability: Is this really a Quad? Seems like the 2007 has mellowed out nicely, though I can't compare, as the price tag -- around $9 -- has to knock it down for such a small bottle, even though I know it's tough to find in the states, or at least it was for me. I loved Black Albert, and this is no difference. I'll try as many in the future from De Struise as I can get my hands on.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2010 04:31:00 | More by asabreed
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4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review of the 2007 vintage.

Pours an opaque dark brown with a little floating sediment. There's a 4-finger thick, frothy cafe au lait head. Lots of lacing.

The smell is spicy--cinnamon, nutmeg--along with yeast, molasses & chocolate malts. The taste begins spicy, almost peppery with yeast, caramel and molasses. After sitting for awhile, vinous qualities become prevalent. Some booziness. This is quad is quite sweet. The mouthfeel is thick & carbonated, but the harsh carbonation goes away after 10 minutes. You are left with a sticky mouthfeel.

This is a drinkable brew, but this is definitely a sipper due to the ABV, carbonation & sweetness. Very rich.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2010 03:26:13 | More by theghost3
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4.63/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Small Belgian bottle, 2007 vintage. Poured into stemmed tulip.

A bit of a gusher, this baby pours a murky dark brown with a big, bubbly, light tan head.

Pungent aroma of dark fruit, Saison-like tartness, and alcohol.

Flavor is a symphony. Multiple complex parts working as one. You've got this sweet, malty goodness that is countered by a delicious yeasty tartness and a touch of noble hop bitterness. Loads of dark fruit and spice seem to prevail, but this beer is neither sweet nor dry. The alcohol is well blended and not over-powering, but you can definitely taste it, which I kind of like. At first, this beer was way too carbonated to drink, so I had to let it sit in order to become drinkable. After that, the mouthfeel was like velvet. Definitely still a sipper.

In the end, well-balanced and a joy to drink. It's definitely not a standard Quad, but it's still awesome no matter how you slice it.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2010 04:26:32 | More by dasenebler
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4.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Another fantastic beer from Struise. It is not a stout as Black Albert but a fantastic black winter ale. I must admit to prefer the 2007 version than the 2008 one. The 2008 is more vinous and heavier. The 2007 is perfect. It's Spicy with dark fruits flavors. Onctuous and easy to drink. Yummy mommy

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2010 15:36:10 | More by csais75
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4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 vintage

This was a slow gusher. It poured dark brown with a big, brown head that was slow to die.

Some funk in the nose, dark berry fruitiness, like blackberry, with a licorice spiciness.

The flavors are dark, rich malts with chocolate and spice. The carbonation is brisk and lively, and the finish is warm making for a nice sipper.

Solid beer overall, would like to try it again, definately not my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2010 00:21:56 | More by brownbeer
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4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pours opaque dark brown with a tan head that lingers during the whole glass and laces from top to bottom. Aroma is sweet, spicy, yeasty, and has a touch of alcohol to it. Flavor is amazing. Dark fruit, candi sugars, biscuit, yeast, and alcohol. Overall is a great brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2010 19:28:57 | More by fiver29
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4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very, very dark--almost black. Very little light passes through when held up to the light. Frothy, half-inch tan head that remains.
Smell is slightly sour and tart, with dark, jammy fruits, figs, blue grapes. No alcohol on the nose.
Taste is again slightly sour but a little more tart. Spice, grapes, figs, and other jammy fruits. Nice, slightly tart finish.
Mouthfeel is nice and crisp; slightly dry on the finish.
Very drinkable. Excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2010 23:58:58 | More by Parrotbeak
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4.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 poured into chalice-

Pours a deep rosewood/chestnut color... playing with the ideas of being brown and of being amberish red... but really being neither. Nice big caramel head is fluffy and frothy for a while before slowly receding into a blanket of bubbles. Thick curtains of lace hang on the sides of the glass. Slight amount of sediment at the bottom of my glass. Looks great. Very enticing.

Smells of sweet wonderfulness. Dark fruits like raisin and plum... Maybe fig too... Candied apples... A hint of thick sugar or molasses. The slightest hint of some sweet liquor - like bourbon or cognac... and some chocolate in there as well. Smells like God's potpourri.

Taste falls right in line with nose... but out of order. Sweet chocolate gives way to candied/spiced apples... then dark fruits with a hint of sour cherry as it nears the back of my tongue. That lingering molasses sweetness also seems to coat your mouth so that the slight alcohol that presents on the finish is smooth and enjoyable. Finishes almost a tad dry- which of course makes you want another sip.

Nice amount of carbonation. Good medium to full body. It coats your mouth, but isn't viscous like a big stout. Goes down smooth (like San Diego - "Drink it in!!!")

If only this weren't $7 a bottle... I would consider becoming a fisherman in Belgium if it meant I could have this all the time.
If you have access to this- buy it. If not, trade for it. It is in the top 100 for a reason!

2 additional notes--
-as I drank this and it warmed a little the smell become more of spiced rum, reminding me of Captain Morgan from my high school days.
-I have been drinking this same case of the 2007 for over a year now... and so far it has continued to get better. I haven't taken notes from any other tastings, but in my opinion, it has improved. I'll try to take notes on my last 5 I got...

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2010 03:52:15 | More by AleWatcher
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4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 Vintage.

Served in a red wine glass. Pours a gorgeous deep ruby color with a small frothy head. Very smooth. Cherries, toffee, more dark fruits, bready malts, a little chocolate. Fairly light bodied which makes it pretty drinkable.

Certainly plenty of interesting aspects of this beer. I could see this going well with food or, even better, dessert. I'll probably grab another bottle sometime to bring to a nice BYO restaurant.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2010 02:05:37 | More by b3barron
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4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 Vintage.

Pours black with some ruby highlights and some big sandy head... a bit of a gusher, even after sitting for a while. Head sticks around for most of the brew. Smell is quad-y with some clove, dark fruit, alcohol, etc., but much bigger on the spice (almost cinnamon and nutmeg-y) and molasses as compared to other quads I've had. Big Belgian spices, some roasted malt on the finish, some sweet alcohol, dark fruit (cherries, dates), warming alcohol finish. Tremendous quad. Very smooth and creamy, filling on the feel. Tremendous drinkability, one of my favorite quads.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2010 06:15:54 | More by LordAdmNelson
Pannepot from De Struise Brouwers
97 out of 100 based on 1,846 ratings.