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Pannepot - De Struise Brouwers

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Ratings: 1,884
Reviews: 772
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 352
Gots: 352 | 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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4.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2006 vintage thanks to Chico1985. Reviewed from notes.

A- Glorious dark brown with a great creamy head. Spotty Belgian lace and sticky suds coat the glass. The cloud and ring are pure cream and sustain themselves throughout.

S- Lots of musty caramel and a surprising amount of vanilla, almost smells oaked. Big dark cherry fruits and hints of alcohol. Really has rum and whiskey character. Complex to say the least. Molasses, brown sugar.

T- Could go on forever about this, won't organize, just list from big to faint. Super complex. Old ale musty caramel malt. Raisin/cherry dark fruit. Spices characteristic of a quad. Molasses and brown sugar. Earthy grassy hints randomly. Cola, clove, apples and pear.

MF- Very creamy and smooth carbonation at a low-moderate level. Slightly warm but ABV is very mellow and hidden. Could be a bit more substantial.

DB- A special beer. I really think it has a huge rum and whiskey attribute in both flavor and aroma, puzzling. It takes patience but it is also quaff-able. Very good at four years old, would be a perfect candidate to buy a case to age, if it could be found. A new era in my Belgian ale appreciation.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 16:15:55 | More by cbutova
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4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Anno 2007

Appearance -- Pours a cola brown with two fingers of spongy khaki tan head that stay until the last sip. The head on this thing is beautiful.

Smell -- Raisin, prune, brown sugar, cola, light molasses, earthy spice.

Taste -- There's a lot going on here. Raisin and spice up front, with cola, burnt sugar, light molasses, clove, licorice, and dark chocolate. Finish is raisin, menthol-like hops, and bitter chocolate roast malt. Alcohol evident in the finish.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-to-full in body, smooth with fluffy carbonation. Coats the mouth. Warming alcohol in the throat.

Drinkability -- A very enjoyable quad. I really enjoyed the big roast malt in the finish. Would gladly drink another.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 21:42:10 | More by yeahnatenelson
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle into Delirium tremens glass. 2007 vintage.

A: Pours a very dark reddish-brown with a couple fingers of light brown head that reduced into a thick film that left streaks of wispy lace down the glass. Fine chunks of dark sediment settled onto the bottom of the glass.
S: Not especially potent smelling with notes of dark fruit and ginger. Notes of black cherries and light alcohol come through as well.
T: Delicious flavors of raisins, black cherries, molasses, cinnamon, dates, and dark chocolate. Finish is sweet and slightly warming with alcohol. Aftertaste is full of fruit, chocolate, and faint tobacco.
M: Very smooth and velvety mouthfeel with a full body that is lightened by an ample amount of soft carbonation. Carbonation is a touch prickly, but calms down after a while. Alcohol is way more hidden than it should be for 10%.
D: Wonderful quad and a wonderful beer. Mouth could use a touch of improvement, but not much. I would definitely seek this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 02:55:55 | More by scottfrie
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4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had along side a pannepeut in one night. ended up being the more dessert like of the two. came out the same color of coca cola but a bit more murky and a bit more head. nose of belgian cane sugar and fruit ester interaction. one of the best feels of a quad i've had other than their vintage '06. palate of belgian yeast funk, fig, sugar that expands the floral notes of the beer. rose particularly and some sour plum fruit matched with the sweetness of candied orange peel. decedent.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 00:50:32 | More by rtepiak
Photo of beermanbrian


3.33/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cola colored beer with almost no head. Tons of carb gives it some life. Malty full aroma, caramel and tons of sugar. Taste is malty up front and finishes with a bourbon alcohol bite. Overactive carbonation level detracts from the mouth. Overall a somewhat disappointing beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2010 01:23:48 | More by beermanbrian
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3.65/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours in a lively way and is a deep brown color with a thick beige head that dissipates slowly. Sticky rings of lacing. Dark fruit, bready malt and sweet spice aromas intermingle nicely. Medium body with a refreshing complexity about it. Flavors of raisins, roasted malt, chocolate and spices are all present. The finish is fruity with a lingering spice and malt aftertaste. One of the better beers I have had lately.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2010 23:34:19 | More by Anthony1
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4.85/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to timtheenchanta or beandip for the brew...

2007 bottle

A - The beer pours a deep mahogany hue, nearly opaque through the chalice. It is capped with a copious tan head that recedes to a persistent cappuccino-like froth. Quite impressive.

S - I could smell deliciousness the instant I cracked the crown; it filled the room in a nanosecond. Big red grape, red apple skin, golden fruit and dark fruit macerated in brandy and tannic-woody nuances; these are just some of the impressions I am picking up. Pears, plums and nectarines show up after a bit, along with an increasingly present gingery spiciness.

T - The taste is fantastic, as expected. This is perhaps the closest beer, in terms of flavor, to Westvleteren 12 that I have had. Big grape, nectarine and plum flavors are immediately suggested, and golden raisins too. Perhaps even some dried papaya. There is a nice amount of booze, but it is luxuriously flavor-enhancing and not at all hot. Leathery and gingery flavors, as well as tart and dry pear nuances appear towards the finish. There is a woody spiciness and a Cognac-like element that develops as it airs out. This is a fantastically complex beer, and one of the best brews I've ever had, honestly.

M - The mouthfeel is a bit too thin and bright for my liking; it is not bad, indeed it is good, but does it enhance? I say no. It is the only real flaw.

D - Great, phenomenal, beyond superlative. And since Westvleteren 12 is about as available as rides on the Loch Ness Monster, this is the best realistically available Quad in the entire universe! Those supertasters are right, they do put LSD in this stuff.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2010 19:42:39 | More by ktrillionaire
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New Hampshire

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

From my tasting notes. On tap at Lion's Pride. Dark and mysterious in the glass with a small but inviting head. Almost looks like a stout at first glance. Nose is fanastic and unlike any quad, stout, or dark ale I have ever encountered. Silky smooth mouthfeel and the taste, like the nose, is unique and delicious. ABV is hard to detect, but this is definitely a sipper so as to appreciate the beauty and complexity of this beer. I have heard it said that these Struise guys "think they are beer artists." I'm gonna have to agree with that, especially because I can only afford beer art and not painted or sculpted art. One of my all-time favorite beers this is.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2010 16:47:38 | More by ElGallo
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4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from My Westvleteren Chalice

A - Pours a dark walnut colour that is hazey with a large head that retains and laces.

S - Aromas are very powerfull, very bready and slightly sweet, lots of dark stewed fruit and cinnamon.

T - Plenty of stewed dark fruit here and balanced with malt. followed by some heavy yeasty flavours a little spicey on the finish and bitter the finish is quite prolonged.

M - Very full body and so damn smooth.

D - This is why I drink beer. has everything that you could wish for in a beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2010 16:00:36 | More by eric5bellies
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2.7/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

2007 Vintage

Pours a dark cola-colored brown body with a moderate cream-colored head. Very typical quad look.

The aroma is wonderful - smells almost like a lambic or flanders red to me. Great bouquet of cherries with some yeastiness and a background of caramel sweetness. The taste, however, doesn't live up to the aroma. Taste is primarily of raisins, dark-ish chocolate, and dark fruits. Some caramel and toffee in there too. Beyond all that, there's a bitter aftertaste that is absolutely brutal, especially considering the style. Sort of a roasty bitter aftertaste, almost like you would expect from an imperial stout (think Great Divide Yeti). Does not belong in a quad, and wrecks the experience.

The mouthfeel felt a bit on the light side with pretty generous carbonation. Again, not impressed. But to be fair, I think my impression is tainted after the disappointing taste. When I take a step back and think about it, it's fairly par for the course with most Belgians - but maybe not quite as good as some of its elite brethren.

All in all, a big disappointment. I may sit on a bottle for a couple years and give it a try again, just to be fair. The aftertaste will probably still be lingering across my tongue even then... Ugh.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2010 22:19:56 | More by Mavajo
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4.7/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


A: dark brown, wispy light tan head, light lacing

A: boozy, raisin, brown sugar, rum, oatmeal, sweet malts, very complex and hidden behind the booze, no hop aroma.

F: sweet, brown sugar, maple syrup, molasses, rum, this beer is all sweet and boozy.

M: med body and mouthfeel, light carbonation, boozy warmth.

O: sweet and syrup like, and delishus.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 03:25:56 | More by adkirkish
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4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2 ounce bottle into a snifter. 2007 edition.

A: The darkest of brown, not quite black. Nice two finger tan head with great retention and nice lacing. A lot of floaties as this is an unfiltered beer. Still, this is a gorgeous brew.

S: I get a lot of toffee and caramel on the nose as well as some raisins

T: Wow, what a tasty brew. A lot of dark fruits in the taste. Mostly figs, and a little bit of plum. Some chocolate at the end as well and a little brown sugar.

M: Perfect level of carbonation a tad more thin than I would have liked.

D: Wonderful. I could drink this all night.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 02:54:25 | More by glazeman
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4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

'07 vintage

Pours a very, very deep mahogany with ruby hues into my oversized snifter. Two finger head that subsides pretty quickly. The initial scent is of cherries, and possibly some orange peel. Sticking my nose into the snifter is pure deliciousness - like I am smelling a richly sweet dessert drizzled with partially reduced brandy! The taste is very sweet with dark fruits bursting all over the place. Strong brown sugar presence lending to an almost port-like quality. I could sip on this on a regular basis. I'm interested to try some other vintages soon.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 02:25:25 | More by HoppyMcStout
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4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 Vintage.

A- Pours dark brown with a one finger beige head. Lacing runs slowly down the glass as I swirl.

S- Molasses, rum raisin, caramel, fig, plum, Belgian yeast esters. Very sugary and sweet. Smells much better than the last bottle I had a couple of years ago. It has developed very nicely.

T- Sweet caramel malt, rum raisin, fig, hints of molasses, spice, and an estery Begain yeasty finish (reminiscent of cherry). Delicious.

M- Full bodied, but with a fair amount of carbonated kick. Coats the mouth nicely.

D- I will savor this glass. Drinks incredibly well for a beer of this size.

Overall, I feel this beer has become much better over the past couple of years, and I don't see any reason to believe it will go downhill anytime soon. With that being said, it's great right now. I will definitely be buying newer vintages to age. By far the best quad I have had to date. Fantastic stuff.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2010 18:14:58 | More by TK5150
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3.98/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a 2006 vintage. very excited, for many reasons.

huge head that is packed tightly, creamy white color, very dark body, typical Quad density.
I can smell the spices, but they are super mellow, im going to assume that's the years having their effect. there is a light malt with maybe just a bit of roasted malts in the mix. it's kinda a whisper of an aroma overall and everything is very subdued.

Flavor is another story, this one is very well rounded from the years but with big flavors this time. A whole spice rack randomly mixed lightly into a melted milk chocolate concoction that is then poured on top on little black licorice nibs mixed with black cherries, and dusted lightly with finely ground coffee powder.
Complex and unique, and melded well.

mouthfeel could use some more carbination honestly, just to brighten it up and help deliver and make the finish a bit cleaner. but otherwise the viscosity is great in it's midrange.
Very enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 04:51:09 | More by ChadQuest
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4.19/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

33 cl bottel poured in my struise glass
2008 vintage

Pours a deep brown with a tint of red when held to the light. A tan head that was very small.

Rich malt, dark fruit and wood in the nose, a bit of spice as well, not overly spicy. A bit of heat.

Sweet malt flavor, with loads of dark fruit - cherry, plum, raisin, fig. Oaky, with roasted chocolate and a hint of sweet coffee , but not as sweet as many quads out there.

Rich, full bodied, with a light carbonation and a real silky feel.

A great one, but stil a bit young , this one was just 5 days botteld Will be much better in à few months / year(s )

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2010 15:52:19 | More by beerpirates
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle into a chalice. Pours dark brown with ruby edge, almost mahogany. One-finger tan head with good retention and an average amount of lacing. Nose reveals some licorice, dark fruit (plum, raisins, dates, figs), spices (nutmeg, coriander, cinnamon), brown sugar, grapes, yeast and brandy. Taste: At first very sweet then moves to a little tart with tastes of plum, cherry, grapes. Spices follow and a hint of chocolate. Finish is almost dry, almost oaky with some sweetness and alcohol warming. Beer is full bodied, creamy with heavy carbonation. ABV is certainly not obvious so sip carefully. This is an excellent brew with some sophistication and complexity. I will absolutely revisit it.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2010 22:33:28 | More by regspeir
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4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to glouglouburp (on RB) for these. Side-by-side tasting with Pannepot 2006, Pannepøt 2006 and Pannepot Grand Reserva 2005.

Appearance: Pours a murky dark brown and very little light comes through. A thin layer of tan head recedes quickly. Same appearance as Pannepøt. Grand Reserva is much darker than either.

Nose: Rich and malty like Goya Malta or something. Some old leather and chocolate milk balls. Oxidizing dark caramel malts. It's not oxi in a faulted way, just a creamy way. Pannepøt is very similar on the nose but somewhat brighter and richer at the same time. Grand Reserva is super dense.

Palate: Medium-light bodied and tastes a lot like fig newtons! Some chocolate cake batter notes (vanilla plus chocolate). Palate is much more spry than I would have guessed, but it's coming from the slick and prickly 10% abv. Finish is moderate and well balanced between fruitiness and some earthy bitterness.

Notes: I'm surprised somewhat by the Pannepot and Pannepøt: The former smells duller and is more spry on the palate while the latter has a more bright nose but is dull on the palate. I think this is my favorite expression of the three tasted. It's a little more brash, but bright and spry despite being 4 years old. Then Grand Reserva then Pannepøt.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2010 04:57:26 | More by SFLpunk
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Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 vintage. Been in my basement almost a year.

When they described it as a dark ale on the bottle label, they sure weren't kidding. Dark, Dark brown with some reddish tinges along the glass edge.

Dried fruit, dates, molassess, hint of licorice or aisne and a fair bit of boozy vapour.

Sweet dark malts in the form of unrefined sugar ( malassess), clove like spiciness, dark fruit, and enough booze to keep a person from getting carried away.

Full bodied without being to thick and too sticky.

A definite sip and savour brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2010 04:00:34 | More by Shadman
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Alberta (Canada)

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

330ml bottle poured into tulip july21 2010

A dark cola in color with a two fingers of tan head that hangs around for a few minutes leaving a couple patches of lace, pretty dark but I can still see some sediment at the edge of the glass

S lots of dark fruit, brown sugar, licorice, some spice, raisins and just a little booze, very nice

T as it smells but I pick up on more licorice then I smell and more dark fruits, well flavors come out from everywhere I guess. a fairly complex beer that makes you think with every sip

M pretty thick but nothing you need to chew, just a little heat but very enjoyable

D such a well rounded beer hard not to enjoy this one, for a beer of this strength it's dangerously drinkable

2007 vintage and I would love to see how this would age further I could see it doing quite well. for my 500th review I thought I would knock one off the top 100 and this was a good way to do it

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2010 05:37:11 | More by wordemupg
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4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz. bottle - 2008 Vintage - served into a Trappistes Rochefort chalice

Pours a rich shade of brown somewhere between chestnut and Pepsi. I never get a lot of head when I pour into my Rochefort or Chimay chalices but the thin finger of light beige foam never fully disappears. Though small in stature the foam head does leave lots of spindly lacing. Pannepot sits heavy in the glass, looking from afar to be more like a pudding than a beverage.

The full compliment of dark fruits pop out immediately. Aromas of plum, fig, black cherry and lots of dried raisin blast out of the glass. The fruits smell as if they were dredged through cinnamon and graham cracker. Toasty bread crusts and caramel too. This doesn't reinvent the wheel in the Quadrupel style (though there is a nicely astringent hop presence). What Pannepot does to is cleanly execute the aromas that the best beers in the style are known to deliver. Pannepot smells better than some Trappist versions of the style.

The taste follows the nose to a T. Toasty, crusty malt flavors meet a cinammon-forward spice element, accenting the juicy plum and black cherry and raisin flavors. Perhaps a smidge of candi sugar. This is the hoppiest quad I think I've ever had; there is plenty of leafy European hop flavors to be found here, maybe even a trace element of orange. Caramel comes out with warmth as well as a tiny amount of roast character. This is very complex.

Pannepot has a wonderful mouthfeel; best I've had in the style. It is thick enough to suggest fullness but it isn't so thick that the sweet flavors become overbearing. There is a certain silky quality as the beer passes your tongue. The carbonation is not harsh but is present enough to matter for palate cleansing purposes; if you need some you can swish the beer in your mouth to agitate it. It goes down so easily and the bottle size is prefect for the intensity and complexity of flavor.

This is world-class. I think I like it more than Rochefort 10. I think it might be the best Quadrupel that I've ever had (and I've had pretty much every significant one outside of the venerable Westvleteren 12). The complexity is incredible but it is also easy to drink. I think that non-beer nerds could immediately take a liking to this beer, especially if you pair it with a rich dessert. De Struise tends to make these really expensive beers - $9-10 for a 11.2oz. bottle - that are also totally worth the steep price. This is a wonderful special occasion beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2010 02:39:07 | More by Reaper16
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New Hampshire

4.63/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage: 2008 Lot D Best before 09/2014

Purchased through Kracked Kettle, Netherlands.

Price - $7.18 US

Appearance: Look at the head on that one, WOW. Pour it slow and to the side, you don't want to waste it. Deep brown in color almost black with an off-white frothy head. Amazing retention.

Smell: A spicey nose with Rasins and cherries. A definite hint of George Clinton in there.

Taste: Spicey yet sweet and bitter. Much more complex than the smell probably due to the yeast. Picking up the cherries along with caramel.

Mouthfeel: creamy and silky smooth upfront. Dry with an alcohol warmth in the aftertaste.

Drinkability: This beer is super smooth. Having had 05, 06 and 07 I'd have to say 08 is as good as good as it gets. Love the flavor and carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden and burried in the flavor, what an awesome beer. I can have back to back servings and enjoy each sip like it was my first. My favorite Quad to date (yeah better than Rochefort 10).

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2010 00:00:07 | More by 05Harley
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New York

4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ahhhh, thank you to the gentlemen at Struise. "2009" poured into a Chimay chalice and enjoyed in the backyard on a hot summer day.

This is the darkest opaque brown quadrupel with a nice creamy caramel head that sticks to the glass as drunk and diminishes to look as a lost coast on a sinking continent. The smell at first is of caramel and malts but as it warms I pick up banana, nuts, vanilla, and dried fruit aromas. The taste is sweet and strongly malty with a dryness on the way down. It's a full-bodied, viscous, lightly carbonated pleasure to drink and had I more of these, I'd not stop until four. A strong delicious brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2010 19:09:19 | More by wcintula
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Quebec (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle, 2007 vintage. Slow gusher. Beautiful looking beer, dark dark brown with a pillowy white head. I get lots of plums and cherries in the smell with some candy cane and belgian yeast some caramel too. Taste is sweet but not overwhelmingly so, very well balanced as the sweetness is cut off by the alcohol. Palate is perfect, rich and chewy.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2010 18:23:24 | More by Luk13
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4.88/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I don't think I've seen this around here before, and I stumbled upon a bunch of 2006 bottles in a random store in Hartford last week. I bought 4 of them for $5 a piece, not a bad find methinks.

A little bit of gushing but no beer lost, poured into an oversized wine glass. Color is very dark brown, no light getting through. Head is beige and seems to be settles for a while at 1 finger. Stays in tact the whole time and leaves lacing here and there.

Smell is very strong of dark fruit (raisins especially), spice and chocolate. Very leathery and musty.

Taste is amazing - I've never had it fresh but I'm sure the 4 years age has done this beer very, very well. Pretty much matches the smell. It still screams musty raisins, plums and cherries with a nice spicy kick on the way down. A little bit of grassy-ness (hops?) Yeast taste is surprisingly low for a Belgian.

Excellent mouthfeel as well. Creamy, fluffy and luscious. Yes, luscious. Very little alcohol detectable and carbonation is about perfect, on the low side.

I had a 4-year old Rochefort 10 earlier this year and I'll be damned if this wasn't better. Definitely more drinkable and cheaper. Excellent, somewhat underrated quad. So glad I have 3 more.

**more notes - 5/29/11**

Opened a 2006 on Memorial Day Weekend, on a beautiful Sunday. Still going strong at 5 years old. Incredibly smooth and drinkable at 10%, I think the scent beats out the taste, but this particular vintage is probably one of my all-time favorite beers. I have one more 2006 that I will probably open in a few years.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2010 06:02:47 | More by Chico1985
Pannepot from De Struise Brouwers
97 out of 100 based on 1,884 ratings.