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Pannepot - De Struise Brouwers

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Ratings: 1,887
Reviews: 773
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 352
Gots: 354 | 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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wcintula

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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Luk13

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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Chico1985

Massachusetts

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
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drpimento

Wisconsin

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

Wheee dogs! Big beer! Poured with a huge, light tan, fine, foamy, thick head and some lace. Color is lightly cloudy, reddish brown. Aroma is malt, toffee, dark ripe fruit, leather, dark earth, and licorice. Flavor is like nose but with big sweet and some bitter. Body is excellent with perfect carbonation for this particular beer. Finish is like flavor plus alcohol warmth and is fairly long. Nice end of the day brew. Maybe even a second.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2010 00:59:49 | More by drpimento
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clegolfski

Ohio

4.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2007 Vintage at Buckeye Beer Engine in Lakewood, OH

A = Deep and dark with a dark brown head that evaporates down to a nice settled layer.

S = Complex. It smells fruity the funkiness comes through and really made me curious to try the beer. There is some cocoa in there too.

T = Mmmm that decarbonated Belgian yeast must. Yum. The cocoa is there too and there is a slight tartness on the edges. It finishes clean and is replaced by a alcohol warming with none of the alcohol burn.

M = Wow how can it be so full and rich but so lite. Amazing

D = Theoretically I could drink this all day but man you really have to sip it slow to enjoy the flavor. Not to mention the 10 percent will leave you a little off if you session this guy.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2010 12:23:42 | More by clegolfski
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sweemzander

Illinois

4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz. bottle poured into a tulip. 2007 Vintage.

(A)- Pours a deep dark brown/purple almost black color that produced a huge foamy brown head that is not going anywhere; still over 3 fingers even after several minutes. Awesome retention, still had bits of foam with the last sips.

(S)- A deep and earthy richness with a touch of musty funk. Rich dark fruits with even more earth of clay and yeasty funk.

(T)- Pretty much just like the smell. A deep and earthy richness with great ripe dark fruits. Some earthy funk from the age on this. All together, this is a phenomenal tasting quad.

(M)- A great lively carbonation level and balance. Rich, yet earthy, fruity, and very very smooth for the 10%ABV this has. The age has done wonders for this; granted its more funky, but I welcome it.

(D)- An excellent Quad worthy to be considered one of the best in the style in my opinion. A great example of the style and a dangerous drinker since it goes down so smooth too. This has aged wonderfully and could go on and on for even longer. Awesome stuff.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2010 23:07:42 | More by sweemzander
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WakeandBake

Michigan

4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An opaque dark reddish brown pour with a huge beige head that left some spotty lacing and hung around awhile. Aroma is of sweet dark fruit, cherries, sweet malt, apple, chocolate and booze. Flavor is a pretty complex mix of dark fruit, wood, spice,coco, and alcohol. Mouthfeel is rich and full and finishes, with a lingering oakiness, slightly sour on end . Full body , lively carbonation. I thought it was good but not over the top .

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2010 15:07:12 | More by WakeandBake
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fear025

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma:Mild spicy aroma, raisins and rum.

Appearance:Cloudy, weak lacing

Taste:Dark raisins, spices, fruity. Hot alcohol as it warms. Cherries.

Mouthfeel:Hot warmth, thick viscosity. Creaminess.

Drinkability:Excellent, surprisingly fruity. Should have been more clear

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2010 01:54:24 | More by fear025
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Petrus chalice.

2006 Vintage. Boom. It pours a thickly cloudy brown capped by a half-finger of thick tan froth. The nose comprises most of a spice rack (brown sugar and cinnamon taking up quite a bit o' space), potato bread, and some green apples in the back. The overall effect is fresh-baked cinnamon rolls sitting begore a glass of apple cider. Good times. The taste holds notes of yeasty breadiness, brown sugar, cranberries, ginger, spruce, light pine, and a dash of bourbon. Damn, this is some tasty shit! The body is pretty hefty, with an active carbonation and a very easy-going feel, despite it's thickness. Believe the hype. Believe that fishermen can brew some badass beer!

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2010 19:03:15 | More by TMoney2591
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coalcracker

Pennsylvania

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

Appearance: Pours dark ruby red/cola-like with good amount of head that sticks around for a while.
Smell: Malty and a little funky (in a good way). Can notice sweet fruits in the aroma as well as spice.
Taste: Sharp sweetness and slightly funky taste upon first taste that expands to a fully fruity and to a lesser degree, spicy body. Alcohol warmth then settles at the end. Very tasty with great taste profile.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a little dry at the end.
Drinkability: To be enjoyed as a sipper. Drinkable in the respect that is delicious and not meant to be mass-consumed.

Overall- very satisfied with this beer. Very tasty and complex. Will definitely opt for this again.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2010 02:34:42 | More by coalcracker
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TrueRates

Kentucky

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

2007 vintage. Popped the cap off this brew and I could see the head and bubbles slowly start to creep up to the top. Poured this beer with a gorgeous free flowing tan head. The color of the beer is an extremely dark mahogony with some maroon tones coming through. Insane nose on this beer. Believe it or not, I smell Red Bull, liquorice, plum, honey roast, and Coca Cola syrup. Whoa, is there some carbonation in there! The taste is very remiscent of the nose. More of the dark fruit comes through. Plum, nectarine, great hop bite on the mid-palate, some raison bread, and a melange of dried dark fruit. Not boozy at all. I love this finish. It lingers on without being cloyingly sweet and sticky. I really would like some yeasty artisinal bread, fruit marmalades, and some mild cheese to pair with this beer. I really do just adore this beer. Enough said.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2010 23:26:36 | More by TrueRates
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choyhosoi

California

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

App-Pours a cola-brown ale with a nice white/brown head that looks so inviting. The head is thick and there looks to be little carbonation.

S-Getting scents of grape,raisins,plums, and just a sugary scent overall.

T-Wow!This has got to be one of the best I have ever had! There aren't words. I'm going to enjoy this. If you ever get more than one consider yourself lucky.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2010 01:58:45 | More by choyhosoi
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DenverLogan

Colorado

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

Had the 06, 07, and 08 at Nick's house in Loveland, Co, along with all the other Struise beers rated in this session. The 06 had a nice head, brown, strong malt, brown sugar, alcohol flavors and aromas. Rich and complex and tasty. The 07 was similar with a more complex finish and some more fruity notes. The 08 had bigger carbonation, stronger aroma of alcohol and malts. These are all very tasty for the big beer lover.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2010 03:25:55 | More by DenverLogan
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.63/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle from the 2006 vintage pours a dark cherrywood color with a thin layer of tan foam. Not a whole lot in the way of retention or lacing.

Nose is slightly oxidized malts, coriander, orange flesh and various other spices...nutmeg? spruce tips? I even get some eggnog laced with bourbon.

Taste is interesting, but fairly heavy on the spices. Could pass for a Christmas ale. Sweet, fruitcake breadiness with some herbal refreshment. Better as it warms up and the palate gets adjusted to the spices. Creamy and sugary, I can see where the quad designation comes into play. Toffee maltiness, yeasty. Complex, as different flavors jump out at different times through the tasting...but I gotta wonder - why take a good quadrupel and throw a bunch of spices in it?

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2010 20:58:15 | More by twiggamortis420
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FreshHawk

Illinois

4.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Dark cola brown with a very deep and dark chestnut and ruby hue on the edge. Very large frothy, bubbly sandy almond beige color. Good retention that settles into a nice sticky, foamy layer of lace.

S - Initial aroma has a strong licorice aroma along with plenty of tart dark fruit consisting of plum, prune, fig, and raisin. Some grape aroma is also present. Strong spiced aroma comes out as well with nutmeg and cinnamon being two of the stronger ones. Also has a fairly strong oaky/wine like aroma in the background, and some dark candi sugar comes out too. Interesting and complex aroma with a large variety of aromas.

T - Similar to the nose. Starts off with some licorice, dark candi sugar/molasses. Then some dark fruit with a mix of plum, prune, and fig along with some grape and cherry. These start off somewhat sweet, and then becomes a bit more tart. Fair amount of spiced flavor comes out too. Hints of chocolate come out mid sip. Finishes with a bit more of the oaky/vinous type of taste, and some more sweetness. Like the nose, this is very complex.

M - Medium to full body (a bit closer to full body) with about average carbonation for the style. Pretty smooth and creamy and is a touch drying on the finish.

D - Very drinkable beer. ABV is well hidden and the flavors are very complex which makes me want to drink some more to pick up more flavors.

Notes: Vintage 2007. Very enjoyable and very complex tasting beer. So many different flavors come out while drinking this, and it has an ever changing taste. ABV is very well hidden as well. Definitely recommend trying this.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 00:38:57 | More by FreshHawk
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Dubber55

New York

4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 5/29/2010
2006 vintage

It was a gusher. Pours a murky brown with some ruby highlights. Half a finger of cream colored head. Leaves some nice lacing.

Not much aroma. A feint hint of Belgian yeast and alcohol.

Very complex. Dark fruits, raisins, figs, dates, ginger, cinnamon, caramel, vanilla, lots of licorice. Nicely balanced in my opinion. Perfect taste

This beer is thick and chewy. Medium to low carbonation.

Really smooth for 10% abv. The alcohol is there but, not overpowering. One of the best tasting quads/Belgian strong ales I have ever had.

Consumed 11/5/2011
2010 vintage

Lively carbonation, strong smell of Belgian yeast, bananas, savory spice, and rum soaked raisins. Taste is much the same with the addition of leather/tobacco and hops. Not as complex as the 2006. Should have aged this longer. Still very good. My favorite Quad

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 05:28:55 | More by Dubber55
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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
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antoines15

California

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.

cheers!

Serving type: bottle

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

California

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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drabmuh

Maryland

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
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portia99

Massachusetts

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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jera1350

Minnesota

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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BobZ

Massachusetts

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.
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Had another bottle of the 2009 tonight, extraordinary beer, world class Belgian SDA/Quad.
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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.

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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.

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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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DavoleBomb

Ohio

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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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

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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