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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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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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lightindarkness

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky blackish-brown color that glows red in direct light. Mounds of sandy khaki colored head build on top of the darkness.

Smell is initially of sour yeast, with some fresh yeast scent and dry tart fruits of raspberry and cherry. Kind of a citric acid bite on the nose, along with fresh cut flowers, and plenty of alcohol.

Taste has a lot of fruit flavor that evolves throughout the sip, beginning with lightly sweet apples and strawberries, getting a bit richer in the middle, then finishing clean with lingering crisp flavors and soft sweetness. Plenty of malt fills this one out, but remains submissive in overall taste. A complex beer somewhat difficult to describe. Very rich in overall taste without any flavors standing out as over done or too strong, very nice for a Quad. A little spice blends with yeast and alcohol to give it a full, yet mild flavor, but not overly spiced in character.

Feel is smooth, plenty sticky, leaving a slick coating in the mouth. Ample carbonation isn't overly noted on the tongue.

A very pleasantly drinkable ale, considering the abv and intense character. It's relatively mellow and very flavorful. I like this one a lot.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2008 19:29:04 | More by lightindarkness
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csmiley

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours dark brown and murky. Head was plentiful showing good retention. Lacing was also good. Not much could be done to make this beer look any better.

S - First aromas to come of this beer is caramel (slightly burnt) and sugar. Backing aromas include: bread, alcohol, yeast, and bitter fruit. There is some spiciness that comes across as sweet like allspice or cinnamon.

T - More burnt caramel and sugar in the taste. Also has most of the other aromas in the flavor as well. Bread, yeast, and bitter fruit (dried cherry) are very noticeable. The spice shows up as well but stays in the background. The alcohol is strong but seems to play around in the background and compliment the other flavors.

M - Full bodied with great carbonation levels. Finish is sweet and does not go away for a while.

D - Drinkability is very good. All the categories come together to make one fine beer. Highly recommemded. Goes down smooth but the high abv makes it a sipping beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2008 02:04:48 | More by csmiley
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Halcyondays

California

3.65/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz. bottle, Hi-Times finally got this in, so I was real anxious to try another top 30 beer,

A: Pours a dark murky brown, with a full white head into my Chimay chalice, average head retention, but fairly impressive on the first pour.

S: Very yeasty, with lots of dark ripe fruit.

T: The yeast and fermented candi sugar flavours steal the show here. Striking fig and prune, raisins and brown sugar are the main flavours, with some barley malt evident. Spices are here but they seem to give more of a background secondary supporting character - tough to put my finger on - maybe coriander and nutmeg/mace.

M: Very highly carbonated, and in a similar problem I had with Rochefort 6, it seems to take over the beer at times, making it difficult to taste. Very full-bodied, thick and viscous, made this one of the heaviest beers I have ever drank.

D: An interesting beer to say the least, though at times when I'm drinking it, it's like it's trying to be too big, too complex. A tasty beer, would definitely have again to delve more into it.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2008 21:10:51 | More by Halcyondays
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jmalex

Pennsylvania

4.88/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Even though I'm a day late, there's no better day for a Quad than 4-4.

2006 Vintage

APPEARANCE: Pours a very dark ruddy brown into my Trois Pistoles goblet with no light getting through at all. An initial rush of carbonation comes flowing out of the bottle, and in the glass forms a sturdy light tan head. Some spotty lacing forms on the side of the glass as I drink.

SMELL: Wow, definitely a lot going on here. Cocoa, cinnamon, cherries, apples, figs, all accentuated by a Belgian breadiness and a whiff of alcohol. This is really nice.

TASTE: It's rare when a beer gets an audible "WOW" from me, but this just did. The flavors come on like a freight train and envelop the palate. It's a complex blend of cocoa, dark fruits, spices, and a few things I can't even identify. Everything melds together so well and is seemingly strong and balanced simultaneously. And as quick as everything came on, it floats away in the finish. Incredible.

MOUTHFEEL: Nicely full bodied but hardly seems heavy at all. Just incredibly smooth. The carbonation is piquant and effervescent and suits this beer perfectly.

DRINKABILITY: Amazing for a beer of 10% ABV. It's so smooth for such a big beer. I could drink these forever.

Wow, I didn't expect Pannepot to be this good, but it's simply amazing. It definitely stands up to the Trappists. I only bought 1, but I'll be going back to the store for more.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2008 18:54:48 | More by jmalex
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ggaughan

Pennsylvania

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

2006 Vintage. I had tried several bottles of this fine brew over the past year or so and didn't take down any notes until now. The beer had a sudden rush of strong carbonation to the top of the bottle upon opening it but luckily my glass was nearby and I was able to save every precious drop of beer.

The color was a muddy nearly black color with a thick, vibrant tan head. The nose was excellent. Dried fruit came up right away and there were spicy tones that I got some good wiffs of. The taste was equally pleasing. The dried fruit was very present as was clove, and banana and some yeast notes. There is a very solid body of carbonation in this beer which makes for a full bodied, but pleasing to drink beer.

It would be worth trying along side the over versions of this beer if you have the chance.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2008 12:55:04 | More by ggaughan
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AKBelgianBeast

Alaska

4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jastack for this extra from my wants list!

2006 vintage.

pours a crazy dark almost opaque brown with good fizzy head. nose is dark dark fruits with great belgian spice and deep sugary tones. Taste follows, mostly dark fruits and deep maltiness. A great quad this is. mouthfeel is on the thin side, but still quite good, about like a st. bernies as far as mouthfeel is concerned. Drinkability is quite good as the 10% doesn't show up at all. A wonderful beer and one I will certainly seek again, to add more to the cellar!

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2008 10:02:01 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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objectivemonkey

Minnesota

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

Into a Duvel tulip glass, pours a deep mahogany bordering on russet brown, with a nice sandy color, thin, fluffy head, some nice lacing to it too. The aroma and taste could take an entire Belgian dictionary to fully describe, so much with so great a complexity, exceptionable! You have fruits of figs, raisins, plum, in that sort of direction. There are some lovely spices to it, nutmeg most noticeable. The malts are sugary, caramelized, candied, and fruity. I'm doing a horrible job of this, so in sum, yum yum. Ya, thats right, friggin yum yum. The mouth is pretty full, smooth, finely carbonated, slightly warming, very nice also. In all, this is on tasty brew. Yum friggin yum.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2008 03:52:47 | More by objectivemonkey
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scruffwhor

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark and deep muddy brown with some garnety hints mixed in. No head right after the pour, but thats ok, the color is so deep and mysterious, I'm intrigued. Thearoma is a very light cocoa mixed with fresh, toasted cherries, prunes, and real sweet grapes with a little herbal hint at the finish of the whiff. The first sip is a mix of toasted prunes and apricots. The middle is a light cocoa powder, tobacco, and roasted cherry. The warmth of the alcohol carries through to the finish with all thse great malt and spice flavos in toe. Very warming and deeply sweet palate. Very relaxing beer to drink. Helps collect your thoughts.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2008 03:30:31 | More by scruffwhor
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sinstaineddemon

Connecticut

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

A - holy foam. this beer volcanoed out of the bottle, i lost about 1/5 of it on the countertop, it poured with a huge rocky dark tan head atop a dark, dense beer, stout-esque in appearance

S - dark fruits permeate, but roasted malts dominate, with the definite presence of sweetness of the vanilla/toffee ilk

T - the taste mirrors the aroma, roasted malts step up and make their dominance felt, the fruits become more defined, dates, raisins, and plums, the toffee/vanilla sweetness is reinforced with a licorice addition

M/D - smooth and slightly tangy, easy to drink, a warming flavor all the way down, the ABV is hidden well, a high quality brew

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2008 01:38:27 | More by sinstaineddemon
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Monsone

Illinois

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

11.2 oz bottle poured into an Allagash chalice.

A - Pours a dark brown ruby hue with a big three or four finger brown/tan head.

S - Very pleasant dark fruit aroma. Yeast and some dark maltyness. Complex and layered.

T - Brown sugar sweetness with dark fruits. Alchohol and spiceness as the sweet fruit fades.

M - Full bodied with good carbonation. Really feels great in the mouth.

D - Very drinkable for the style and alcohol. Were is that 10% anyway?

Overall, wow is this one great beer. Just a great experience. I think I may have enjoyed this more than the Westy I had a few months back.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2008 01:19:06 | More by Monsone
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PEBKAC

New York

3.43/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

"When I grow up I want to be,
One of the harvesters of the sea.
I think before my days are done,
I want to be a fisherman."

A dose of Pannepot provided by kmpitz2 pours into my Ommegang chalice. The oatmeal head rises & rises. It covers the top two inches of the glass & sticks. It continues upward & caps off nearly another inch. Amazingly, it doesn't cascade over the sides, or even budge for several minutes. Oily & brown, I take one last breath & dive into the deep end.

Prunes & plumbs, coma inducing raisins & tart apricots, chocolate & alcohol, brown sugar &... oregano? o_0 Heavy & intense, the fumes are almost too much. I beg for just a touch of bitterness in the upcoming onslaught.

Note: I usually don't dive this far into Belgians because of the absurd amount of sugar that resides in every sip, & this one certainly doesn't underrepresent.

Cherries macerated in brandy, licking my fingers after flipping through the New York Times(more pungent ink then regular newspapers), notes of red wine tannins, & more sugar then even concentrated grape juice could aspire to. A syrupy char quiets the finish(& leads the way for a somewhat rindy bitterness), but only serves to reel in the eventual headache. Once that happens, the alcohol(& the accompanying medicinal sting), start to permeate my brain.

Thick, thick like a half melted milkshake. Even at a third of a liter, sitting down isn't enough. If I wasn't already in my chair, I would of layed out on the carpet. A half decent amount of carbonation, but just not enough to regulate everything.

One wee little bottle more then satisfied my hunger for any sustenance for the evening. Thank you kmpitz2 for shaking up my quiet little world. :)

E-5-BB

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2008 00:26:23 | More by PEBKAC
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JDV

Texas

3.63/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared at tasting with Fly, Dewbrewer, Humulone_Red and others. Thanks guys!
Rich colored dark maroon pour with slight transluscence to it. Bright fruity lemony richness on the nose along with brown sugar and raisins. Taste was sweet and smooth with dark brown sugary character. Slightly drying at times, and a touch cloying at times as well. Nice flavor of raisins and the alcohol was hidden exceptionally well. Very smooth and rich, syrupy mouthfeel. Enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2008 03:16:48 | More by JDV
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mully

Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a-- dark thick mahogany, thin head fades to almost nothing but what is left lasts

s-- candi sugar -- herbal spices

t-- fades to a hefty mollases flavor that lingers niecly in the mouth
clean, nutty and rich not as phenolic as I was expecting

m-- good carbonation, pretty heavy on the cabonation

d-- very good, despite the high alcohol this beer goes down quite well probably the only thing that stops this from being a session beer is the price

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2008 01:28:07 | More by mully
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jjayjaye

New York

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

Thanks to drunkmonk for the opportunity to sample this one.

Pours a clear dark brown color with a huge stiff tan head of tiny bubbles that resist fading. A nice amount of lacing produced. The smell is really nice. It's a little tart smelling, earthy, with grape or berry sweetness. Very effervescent, the mouth feel is has an interesting complexity of being creamy and smooth, yet spiced with the tingle of alcohol. Full flavored, the taste is malty and dark fruit with an earthy character of Belgian yeast. A real easy drinker, the mouth and taste complement each other really well. The 10% ABV is gently warming, but otherwise well hidden. The only bad thing that i can say about it is that it isn't packaged in an American sized serving. 11.2 oz just isn't getting for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2008 23:29:50 | More by jjayjaye
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indiapaleale

Massachusetts

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

This stuff pours nice and thick, it is 10% afterall. Its got a nice foamy head that is pretty tight. I love how the drips from the bottom of the bottle discolor the head and stay on top like a good shot of espresso. Wow, this smells good. Its got a nice sweet smell and definitely has the Belgian yeasty smell that distinguishes the abbey-type ales. Along with the sweetness, Pannepot smells a bit liked baked apples with cinnamon and cloves. Its been about 6-7 minutes and the head of this beer is still perfect! I hate to ruin it...

First taste is full of spice and lots of sweet dark dried fruits. This is a pretty powerful brew. Its instantly warming but the alcohol taste is masked well by lots and lots of malty sweetness. This is an amazingly smooth beer with quite a bit of complexity. It really is as good as everyone says it is.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2008 03:43:41 | More by indiapaleale
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daledeee

Iowa

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

I purchased this and see that is is 2006 version. I wonder. Has this been preserved properly?

I pour it with an uncontrollable head. Nice dark tan head with big bubbles that fill up my pint tulip glass. The bubbles do not go away. The head stays on this better than about any beer I have seen. The beer it self is dark yet clear. I can't see through it but it is very clean looking.

The nose is sweet like syrup or molasses and spice.

Taste is very syrupy and sweet with caramel and molasses. Spice is well balanced. Figs or other dark fruit are also apparent. The alcohol is more up front in this than many other similar strength beers. The extra alcohol warmth and very sweet is the only thing that dropped the score on this beer. Otherwise, it is as good as it gets. It's been a while since I ranked one this high.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2008 03:56:14 | More by daledeee
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kaimcm

California

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

bottle, 2006 vintage, reviewed 3/08. poured into chimay goblet.

A: opaque mahogany body, creamy mocha head but no lasting power and no stick. dissipates quickly and leaves a tiny ring around the edge. surprising considering the bottle very slowly foamed over upon opening.

S: loads going on here. starts bright with white grapes, pears, honey, waxy comb, darkens with raisins, port, even some rum soaked pastry. touches of spice, yeast, and alcohol. curious about the spices as they blend well. a bit of cinammon and clove.

T/M: so soft and creamy. hits up front fruity and lively, the darker fruits pull through mid palette along with some sugars. spicy, dry, lingering finish. the brightness in the nose doesnt really transfer as the taste is deeper, richer, and darker then the nose predicts. still plenty of port, rum, and fluffly pastry. finish is very yeasty and spicy with some leathery qualities.

D: very high for such a potent and impressive beer. a joy to have.

While I dont claim to love the style, this might be the best quad I've ever had. Ill have to break the Westy in the cellar out and see how it stacks up. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2008 01:40:37 | More by kaimcm
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BillyB

New Jersey

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

Pours a dark, coppery brown hue with a thick tan head. Nice ruby highlights when held up to the light. A bit hazy.

Very complex aroma with some seriously rich, malty sweetness. Dark fruits, brown sugar, cookies and spices. A bit of alcohol in the nose.

Tastes of raisins, figs, prunes as well as aroma flavors listed above. Sweet maltiness and low bitterness.

Medium-full bodied with a slight alcohol warmth and a sweet finish. Leaves nice lacing on the glass.

A very pleasant and easy drinking beer. I think the alcohol could creep up on you quickly.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2008 15:33:40 | More by BillyB
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drumrboy22

Colorado

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

2006 vintage that erupted upon opening. Been in the cellar for a few months, so not sure why it overflowed on me. Served at cellar temperature. Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Westvleteren chalice. Beer was dark brown with a one finger, light brown, creamy head.

Aroma was raisins and dark fruits, brown sugar, cloves and spices.

Taste was candi sugar, molasses, caramel, alcohol and a light yeast flavor. Very full flavored and complex. A fantastic sipper.

Coated my mouth and tongue and was almost oily going down. Somewhat numbing. Different, but extremely enjoyable.

This is a fantastic quad. I've got another in the cellar and will probably track down some more to put away. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2008 05:48:19 | More by drumrboy22
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dsa7783

New Jersey

4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slim, slender 11.2 oz bottle purchased from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
Pours a deep-dark, mahogany brown hue with a substanial foamy and frothy head that left quite a bit of lacing around the head of the glass...
Dark, rich, malty caramel aroma bursting with sweet, candied sugars...
Taste was superb for a Quadrupel, bursting with flavor and very sweet and malty without being overbearing or cloying... There was a real nice balance of ingredients on this one that complemented each other very nicely... Flavor bursting with malts, caramel, vanilla, honey, candied sugars, dehydrated fruits, prunes, figs, dates, and butter...
Very smooth, slick, rich, and creamy mouthfeel...
Drinkability was likewise exceptional, and the hefty alcohol percentage is very well masked behind a rich conglomeration of deep, dark, thick, malt-dominated flavors...
One of the best Belgian samples I've had in a while, and a must for any Belgian-beer lover...
This one certainly lives up to its hype, and is well worth a try...
Recommended...

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2008 00:00:24 | More by dsa7783
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ElGordo

Oregon

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

Poured from a 2006 vintage 330ml bottle into a Maudite snifter. The beer foams over right out of the bottle, spilling a bit of its precious contents on the counter before I can begin pouring it into the glass. Pours a deep mahogany color with ruby highlights, topped by a finger's worth of creamy, khaki-colored head.
Aroma of sweet malt, a touch of candi sugar, and notes of dark fruit and vanilla come through on the nose. Palate is smooth and sweet up front, chocolaty malt and candi sugar along with ripe plum and vanilla on the finish. Body is luscious and creamy, absolutely perfect for a quad. This beer, while certainly a slow-sipper, is highly drinkable and enjoyable, and the perfect accompaniment to a dark chocolate raspberry truffle. Great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2008 06:53:13 | More by ElGordo
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GatorBeerNerd

Georgia

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

A: This one looks fantastic. A deep dark brown with the slightest reddish tint with a finger thick brown head. There is a slight amount of lacing all the way to the bottom.

S: Aroma has a lot going on. Has fruity characteristics that I cant quite put my finger on. Possibly plums? Even though I cant decipher the aroma's parts, I do know it smells very good.

T: One word, outstanding! This beer has a lot going on in the taste. The smell must have been plums because you can taste hints of it. A very smooth taste with just the slightest hint of warmth from the alcohol. My inability to describe things means I can't give this one the justice it deserves. One more word, WOW!

M: The creaminess of this beer makes it a joy to run around on the tongue. The in mouth carbonation is perfect.

D: The warming of this one is the only reason I dropped it down from a 5. Everything comes together to make you want to really knock this one down except for the alcohol level.

Thank god that the guy at Knightly Spirits talked me into getting 2 of these. This could be my new favorite.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2008 01:47:18 | More by GatorBeerNerd
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udubdawg

Kansas

4.8/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle, 2006

Pours a dark mahogony color, exhibiting a reddish, almost purple hue at the edges. A finely bubbled tan head rises to an impressive height before fading to an uneven cap. No lacing left here even as the final ring fades away.

Nose is wonderfully full, and full of good stuff. Overripe dark fruits - cherry, plum, plus some raisin. Brown sugar sweetness. Christmas cookie spices - nutmeg, maybe anise and ginger? Adding to the spiciness is a light alcohol note as I repeatedly inhale deeply.

Alcohol is notable but quite hidden, only coming our occasionally to lend a bit of boozy warmth and richness to this fantastic brew. It tastes like it smells, full of ripe fruitiness, even more complex sweet carmelized sugary flavors, balancing and unobtrusive spices, and extreme depth. Is this barrel aged? - I think I get a bit of coconut here. Delicious.

soft fluffy carbonation, creamy body. Nearly perfect. As it dries on my palate I'm left with a sweet carmelized sugar memory of this fantastic beer. For the style drinkability is a 6, overall though it is warming and I tell myself to go slow.

A magnificent beverage that approaches or maybe even enters my personal top 10.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2008 22:27:05 | More by udubdawg
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elmore

Wisconsin

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

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a Chimay Chalice. A very dark brown quad. A one finger head with decent retention. Some nice lace left down the glass.

Very intense smell. Lots of sweet dark fruits. Plums, raisins, brown sugar. Hops and alcohol not apparent. Smells alot like Rochefort 10.

Tastes of dark fruits up front. Carmely, chocolate covered cherries. A very sour, tart character in the mid-palate I haven't experienced in a quad. A hint of hops bitterness in the aftertaste. Alcohol not apparent at all.

Creamy velvety mouthfeel. Carbonation is moderate. Very drinkable for the alcohol content.

A very good quad. The smell is definitely the high point of this beer. Has a sourness, I haven't encountered in a quad before, which was very interesting. Definitely give this one a try if you like quads.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2008 21:53:02 | More by elmore
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blitz134

California

4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm sure I'll be going to bed after this one...been an active day...bottled my Scottish 80/-...gonna end it with a good brew.

This is one dark Belgian. Nearly pitch black, but shows hints of red when held to the light. Foamy upon popping the cap. Nice two-finger tall tan head on the pour. Reduced slowly, well supported by ample carbonation. Some nice stick to the glass.

Dark vinuous fruit aromas, darker than others though, raisin and prunes. Belgian yeast character comes through a little spicy and peppery. Light hints of roasted characters. Subtle alcohol rounds it out.

This is a tasty brew, no doubt. Big dark fruit characters, boozy raisins, fig, and prunes. Super dark candi sugar notes, rum like, leaves a bit of raw sugar aftertaste. Finishes with hints of chocolate and a whisp of cherries. Alcohol is noticable, but its just really smooth.

Smooth, medium bodied, doesn't finish quite as dry as some of the Trappist beers, but it isn't far behind. Slight residual sweetness. A bit of carbonation spikes the tongue.

This is a superb beer. Rich and complex, a little boozy but smooth (I know I've said that a few times, but this is a 10% beer), the way it should be. Finishes a little heavier than the Trappists, making it a little less drinkable, but the complexity makes up for it.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2008 04:09:10 | More by blitz134
Pannepot from De Struise Brouwers
97 out of 100 based on 1,884 ratings.