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Pannepot - De Struise Brouwers

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Ratings: 2,123
Reviews: 795
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.22%
Wants: 372
Gots: 406 | FT: 29
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Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 12-14-2006

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
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Photo of hrking
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

all i can say is wow what a great beer. Up until a few months ago this was my number one favorite beer. Then I got a reserva and a Grand Reserva and lets just say it does get better than this. This beer has it all the flavor is over the top and is definitely a better brew than its counter part .The Danish version but hey try both but I prefer this version for it is a little spicier and thicker on the palette which I like. Nice vanilla flavors with spices and earthy flavors abound a great brew and a must have...

Photo of augustgarage
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Obtained in trade from ShogoKawada (thanks!).

Vintage: 2007; Lot: "A 1 CC" - no clue what that corresponds to. Poured from a 330mL bottle into my Trappistes Rochefort goblet.

Opaque bistre liquid topped by a voluminous finger of desert sand foam, which is delicate and creamy on the surface, but a rocky interior layer with several caverns like those of the crumb of a fine French bread. Retention is superlative, lacing is solid, sticky, and nearly obscures the multiple folds of viscous legs. The lees rest atop the edifice like birthmarks.

Prominent esters dominate the aroma, with damson plums, Amontillado sherry, banana bread, raisins and orange, overlaying cloves and pepper. The overall impression is rich preserved fruit spread on home-made dense brown bread (yeast), served with a sweet cordial.

The flavor follows the nose closely, but maximizes the intensity of all the flavors - adding in stewed nectarines, olive oil, ancient (sweet, mellow) sherry vinegar, coffee-infused caramel, candy-coated toasted fennel seeds, and a dark wave of melanoidins that pursue the fruits and spices into the finish which is intensely bready, a bit sweet, yet dry from the faint noble hops and the ostentatious alcohol (refined with hints of leather and loam). No unwelcome oxidation despite all my references to sherry.

Full bodied, creamy, lightly effervescent, and warming.

A border-line masterful concoction which transcends easy categorization (at times it could almost be a Belgian Dark Doppelbock).

Pairs well with almond-stuffed olives, gorgonzola, jamón ibérico de bellota, or even lobster bisque.

Photo of Lunch
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 33cl bottle (2007) purchased at The Wine Source in Baltimore, MD into a Gouden Carolus goblet at the appropriate temperature (12/18/09).

A: Pours a deep and dark near black chestnut brown with some slight ruby hues and one finger of a creamy off white head with nice retention and some lacing.

S: Deep and full aroma of dark fruit, blueberry, rich malt, yeast, and hints of Belgian spice.

T: Exceptional flavor containing notes of blueberry, raisin, plum, sweet malt, chocolate, caramel, toffee, and a pleasant hint of alcohol.

M:Very full-bodied with smooth and creamy carbonation. Perfect for the style and extremely rich yet well-balanced.

D: Incredibly drinkable as the flavors are well balanced and rich especially for the style. The 10% abv. is hidden well only allowing it to show itself in a warming sense.

Overall this was a truly world-class Quadrupel that deserves its place at the top of the style. Highly Recommended.

Photo of WorldWideStout
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2007 version poured into a snifter. Dark brown with a chalky, rocky head that dissipated after a minute or so.

Smell was somewhat similar to an English barleywine, with rich malts dominating the scent.

Taste also had rich malts, with notes of toffee. Dark fruits were also present. A sweet beer, but not cloyingly so.

Mouthfeel was full but beer didn't feel overly viscous as I've come to expect from this style. Heavy in flavor, but it wasn't syrupy.

The rich flavors and somewhat high abv% make this somewhat of a sipper, but with its lighter mouthfeel, I could definitely have had another one.

A stellar, well-balanced brew.

Photo of kimcgolf
4.07/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle to a dark brown with slight reddish tint, and a thin off white head that klingers thru mid-glass. Aroma is malty dark fruit with and the mouthfeel is like a muted Flemish Sour...tangy at first, then slowly turning sweet. Taste brings out the dark fruits of the nose, all rounding to a long, pleasant finish.

Photo of bret27
3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2006 vintage (about 3yrs old at this point)

A: Very very dark brown w/brown fluffy head and sediment.

S: Booze, yeasty, spicy, orange peel

T: Complex. Similar to a holiday spices ale meet strong belgian ale. Multiple spices, I sense coriander, orange peel, fruity, tannins, pine tree, bark, grains. Some boozey warmingness.

M: Up front a little thick, then a little watery through the end

D: Alcohol is hidden well, so pretty good.

Overall: For me I tried to be objective because I know this is a great beer. However, it's not for me. I just can't stand holiday beers or spices. The booze is hidden well, so for the strength it drinks well.
But... for me personally I could finish off a 22oz 10%barleywine, and couldn't finish off a 12oz of this d/t the weird spices and mouthfeel.

Photo of Otterburn
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty dark looking Ale, with a nice moka head.
Pour into a glass from the bottle. 2007 version
Bought in Brussels in 2009.

Colour is brown,dark

It smell very rich,multi dimension smell
I recognise the alcool,some spices

Taste is very rich too. Quit strong but smooth feeling inside. Drinkability* is very good,

Very nice for a cold canadian winter day.

I recommand to try if you have the opportunity*

Photo of WanderingFool
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Old Fisherman's Ale pours a dark ruby color that's almost black in the glass. On top a small, off white head forms. The foam slowly dissolves to a sheet on top of the beer leaving behind several lines and spots of lace.

The aroma is sweet with notes of dark fruit (dates, raisins) and hints of spice (nutmeg).

Each sip of this full bodied beer is very soft on the palate with a mild effervescent fizz on the middle of the tongue. The flavor is a well balanced combination of caramel malt, ripe fruit (grapes, raisin, dates, and a hint of cherry), dark candy sugar, licorice and mild spice (nutmeg, clove, allspice). It finishes with a touch of vanilla and alcohol. Once gone the dark candy sugar and nutmeg flavor lingers on the palate.

This little unassuming bottle is packed with flavor. I probably never would have picked it up if it wasn't so highly regarded on Beer Advocate. Thanks everyone!

Photo of jgasparine
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled a 2007 Vintage Bottle, that when uncapped revealed a substantial yeast sediment down the neck of the bottle and under the cap.

A- Poured carefully from the bottle to yield a thin tan colored head, which quickly receded to some fair edge lacing. The body was almost black by appearance... but when held to a light source, some deep ruby colors were illuminated at the edges. No carbonation was visible, either because of a lack of bubble trains, or the beverage was too dark to enable observation of bubble trains.

S- An extremely complex arrangement of dark fruit and caramel malt, with lesser aromas of chocolate, sherry wine and sloe gin. Incredible.

T- The dark fruit, sticky malts, chocolate, sherry and sloe gin flavors explode on the palate, and remain multi-dimensional through the finish, where some pleasant heat comes into play from the alcohol. Just incredible flavor.

M- A big oily body. Perfect consistency for a quad like this. However, the carbonation is a detractor... it is a bit coarse, and there is a bit too much of it. The over-carbonation issues take this down to a "4" in the mouthfeel department.

D- Very very drinkable for a 10% ABV beer. It is just delicious. Again, the over-carbonation issues take this down to a "4" in the drinkability department. This is an exceptional beer nonetheless, and i will always try to keep a few in the cellar!

Photo of zeff80
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 bottle

A - Poured out a cloudy, burgundy color with a small, khaki colored head. It left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled of spices, sour fruits like green apple and some cherry. It had a fairly strong yeast aroma.

T - This one had a nice sour fruity taste. Again, some green apple and cherry. It had a toasty caramel flavor with some spicy bite. It had a subtle boozy taste, too.

M - It was soft and smooth with a dry finish. A medium-bodied ale with a warm alcohol bite.

D - This is a really good Quad. It is not overpowering like some can be.

Photo of scootny
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 bottle. Thanks to whoever sent this one. Been too long ago. If you read this BM me please.

This is just superb. A beer that pours with a rich mahogany body and light brown head. Moderate head, retention and bit lace here and there. A deep and intoxicatingly complex nose of sweet dark malts and dark breads. Raisins and figs. Spices. Alcohol and burgundy. A light banana yeast ester. Burnt sugar. Each trip to your nose will reveal another olfactory delight.

Taste is thick and rich. Molasses dipped dates with a chocolate cherry and vanilla shake. Mocha that folds into coffee. A touch of alcohol that is so well integrated it come across more like sugar. A nice combination of spices, clove, cinnamon, maybe a touch of nutmeg. A tannic drying that flows into the lightly hopped finish. Light alcohol and sweet brown bread linger. Feel is full and creamy. A satisfying thickness that somehow is still supple and not heavy

A sipper to be sure but I find myself picking up the glass a little quicker than I should.

A great beer that should be sought out.

Photo of BlackHaddock
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brown 33cl bottle (2007 version, PNP No4) obtained from De Bierboom beershop in Brugge.

Poured into my Westmalle chalice and reviewed while eating a brown breadroll filled with Wiltshire cured ham and lettice (no pickles or anything strong).

Dark, very dark brown, ruby/black with a thin tan coloured head on top, poured the whole bottle in, so some sediment could just be seen sinking to the bottom of the glass as the beer settled down. A thick collar stayed during the review, the thin head turning into a couple of wispy islands.

A slight vingarous aroma was evident at first, then liquorice and toasted/roasted malts, coffee notes too.

Liqourice dominated the taste for me, with a spicey coffee aftertaste once the liquorice subsided a little.

Rich and warming body, the alcohol is well hidden and you would never guess 10%ABV without reading the label. A sweetness arrives in the aftertaste, not coying, but this isn't a sour Belgian.

The weather outside is cold, wet and windy, this beer is an ideal friend to watch the rain with, as it batters against the windowpain trying to get in.

Photo of Brabander
4.73/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I bought this bottle (2008 vintage) a few weeks ago at the Deca Brewery in Woesten as i was on my way to the abbey of St. Sixtus at Westvleteren. I have heard a lot about the Struise brouwers so i wanted to try some beer of the. This is my first revieuw from the three beers i have bought.

The appearance is very good. Drank the beer in a Westvleteren chalice. A nice big darkred/brown head form in a few seconds after pouring the beer in the glass. After a short while the head dissapears without a lacing in the glass.

Comparing this beer with the Westvleteren 12 means that you compare a bike with a racing car. For me this beer is the bike. I tasts allright but the complexity of the aroma is not what i expected it would be. There is a certain candismell in the beer which is a bit too much.

The alcohol, 10 %, is hardly noticed.

Photo of craytonic
3.5/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Ruby/mahogany raisin, decent head, no lacing.

Aroma - prunes, figs, orange peel, light spice (nutmeg, cinnamon)

Taste - figs, prunes, licorice, toffee, maple fudge, malt balls, licorice, molasses, orange peel, clove, cinnamon, chocolate covered cherries. All are a bit muted though. Definitely a bit to sweet for me

Mouthfeel - Very thick; a bit too sweet and somewhat boozy

Drinkability - Good quad, but thankful for the smaller bottle

Photo of wl0307
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from the Belgian Beershop, 2007 vintage, coming in a 330ml slim brown bottle; the printed BB date is impossible to decipher, served cool in Hapkin's bulb-shaped sniffer. NOTE: the label also prints "PNP No.4 Brown Brew".

A: pours a nearly black, extremely dark brown hue, coming with a thin tan head settling fast to a rim on top of a rather settled (low-carbonated) body.
S: pretty much like Old Monk's Ale tasted last night, the aroma is dominated by rich jammy sour black prunes, black/roast malts, with a touch of staleness as of ageing in old wine barrels, but the herbal-spicy presence is not as assertive. Interestingly, the combination of a relatively mild presence of herbs/spices here and the above-mentioned characters reminds me of plenty of English old ales somehow; rather than being a Belgian spicy-estery & malty brew, this quadruple comes prune-ish fruity like an old ale should be.
T: the foretaste, composed of such fine, soothing carbonation, is rather richly fruity in taste like longan-fruits, prunes and figs, backed by a classic touch of estery & candy-sugary Belgian dark ale, with all those hints of cola beans, sweet herbs, licorice, marinated brown prunes, etc. blended in. Hops do make a presence in a sort of spicy bitter tail, but only just. The finish is neither heavy nor alcoholic, somehow quite light and soul-lifting as far as my palate is concerned.
M&D: as mentioned earlier, the mouthfeel is really really good, showing but sufficient amount of microscopic fizz to entertain the tastebuds. In comparison with the Old Monk's Ale tasted yesterday, however, the Old Fisherman is not as herbal/spicy as I would've liked it to be, as it probably could've been more complex that way. That said, this quadrupel is still superbly made and shows (to me) almost no sign of heavy alc. - a marvellous nightcap all in all.

Photo of OStrungT
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a murky brown color, with a thin tan head. The head fades slowly, leaving a thick lacing.

This beer smells of earthy yeast, and some subtle spices. Some ginger, coriander and a light clove aroma is present. I can detect a slight raisin like aroma as well. The spicyness hides the alcohol content.

This beer tastes much like it smells. Someearthy yeast and a few subtle spices. The spice flavor is not overwhelming like some beers are. As with the aroma, the spicy flavor masks the alcohol content.

This beer is surprisingly smooth. It leaves a spicy clove aroma, and the alcohol warms on the way down. It is highly carbonated, going well for the style.

This beer might not be the best session beer. The alcohol content makes it a little hard to drink too many at a time.

Overall: A big thanks goes out to monsterfat for this great beer. I really enjoyed it a lot. I will seak this out again.

Photo of SonicAlligator
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 vintage from a snifter glass.

Poured a rich, dark mahogany with slight caramel tints around the edge when held up to the light. Initial cream colored head dissipated quickly to fine bubbles that lingered around at the glass.

Lots of dark fruit, plums, raisins, and fermenting cherries. Sweet, rich malt and a maybe a slight hint of vanilla bean. I also get a subtle warming characteristic on the nose.

Tastes of rich malt with an abundance or dark fruit flavor...raisins, dates, plums, etc. A nice burnt sugar comes through and maybe a little bit of dark toffee. It's amazing how the flavor complexity, sweetness and mild alcohol warmth play off each other in such a delicately balanced and inviting way.

M/D - More carbonation then I was initially expecting and thankfully so. The tingling on the tongue lightened the beer into a creaminess that made it highly drinkable. It's almost silky as it warms. Given the ABV and style, it is very easy to enjoy sip after sip.

Photo of MPLS
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The second brew that I am about to try from the De Struise Brouwers, the first being Black Albert. 2006 Vintage that has been sitting at 50 degrees for the past year, drinking this guy out of boredom.

A: Dark California raisin in color with a splash of red color. Thin head that was gone by the time I could even see how tall it was. White lace that sticks to the top of the glass the whole way through.

S: Spices, alcohol, dark fruits, grapes, clove, caramel and flowers.

T: I get a trace chocolate, light burnt toffee, sweetness that lingers to a small alcohol burn. It's pleasantly sweet that's for sure but wrapped up in spices and the essence of alcohol.

M: A tittle amount of carbonation, slides over the palate and sticks to the sides of the tongue. Great for the style.

D: I'd fish another bottle or two out of the liquor store, curious how this guy tastes as a newer vintage.

Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2007. Poured from slender 12oz dark bottle into my Westy chalice. Pours extremely dark...predictable for a quad. Had dark brown floaters around the bottom of the glass...especially if the remaining 1/4 of the bottle is swirled around before being poured.
Have to say...the amora is the best part of this quad. It smells amazing. It reminds me of rum raison ice-cream.
The taste is very good...but as stated in other reviews, there's a reason it's rated consistently under Rochefort 10, SB apt 12, and Westy 12. It doesn't fall very far under them though. Very, very good beer. The booze is very evident in each mouthful, along with dark fruits, over-ripe fruits, and just good full mouth flavor!

Photo of jrallen34
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this from the bottle into an orval chalice.

This beer is a lot like any quad, good but nothing distuingshes from a good trappist quad.

The color is dark brown with a medium tan head, that has poor retention and watery lacing.

The aroma is nice malts with the smells of iced coffee and toffee.

The taste is good, very similar to rochefort 10, nice mouthfeel and drinkable.

Good but not great like westy 12 or r10.

Photo of meegs
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I just finished a long day of homebrewing and this beer was my pay off. It pours a really nice creamy dark brown with a nice full, fluffy toasted marshmallow colored head. The head retains nicely and leaves a nice lace down the glass. In the nose I catch hints of dark cherries and black licorice. Very nice. This beer has a very nice mouthfeel that's creamy and full bodied and you can feel the carbonation on the tip of the tongue. The taste of the beer is very complex. Slightly sour with hints of cherries. The beer finishes dry. There may be a slight bit of oxidation giving the beer a slightl metallic taste. Overall a great beer.

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2007 batch.

Huge beige head that leaves foamy crags, buttes and topography as it settles. Dark brown with ruby highlights.

Smells like port and licorice hard candy. Taste is of sherry with dark plums, raisins, and lots and lots of candi sugar. Smooth with perfect amount of alcoholic warmth. Complex yet approachable.

Maybe it was just the magic of Ebenezer's but I remember this being better there.

Photo of eduardolinhalis
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

330ml bottle served in a Westvleteren chalice.

I dunno remember the Edition of my first review. This review is based on 2010 Edition enjoyed at the 26/08/2014. LOT 32255711. Best Before 24.09.2016.

A: Pours a deep amber to brown color forming a small to medium beige head. Medium to low retention forming and leaving only few spotty lacings in the glass. A small layer remains for a long time on the top

S: Very sweet, malty, spicy and mainly, fruity. Strong notes of caramel, caramel malts, candi sugar, licorice, dry plums, dry raisins, orange zest, vanilla, chocolate, brown bread, earthy hops and wood. Notes of black pepper and coriander. A bit booze in the end. But a very well hidden 10% ABV

T: Exactly like the nose. Very sweet upfront. Strong notes of caramel, caramel malts, candi sugar, licorice, dry plums, dry raisins, grapefruit, vanilla, chocolate, brown bread, black pepper. Balanced bitterness in the end. Earthy hops

M: Full heavy body. Creamy and molasses. Medium to low carbonation. Sweet, malty and aftertaste with a pleasant earthy bitterness in the back of the tongue

O: Perfect drinkability. Perfect Quad. Perfect beer

Photo of tedpeer
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce - 2007

A - Pours a dark brown with a huge light mocha head that quickly subsided. Some lacing.

S - Bready with dark fruit. Alcohol also.

T - Sweet and fruity, spicy, slightly yeasty. Finishes sweet with some alcohol warmth.

M - Smooth. Good. Nicely carbonated.

D - Very.

Photo of mtstatebeer
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle, 2006. Pours a brown color, with a hint of amber. Small light-brown head with good lacing. Nice and complex beer. Aroma is sweet caramel malts, Belgian candi, and plum. Taste is similar, warms very well. Very nice on the palate, not too heavy, a lot of complexity that hides the alcohol well not boozy.

Pannepot from De Struise Brouwers
96 out of 100 based on 2,123 ratings.