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Pannepot - De Struise Brouwers

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Ratings: 1,944
Reviews: 776
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 360
Gots: 368 | FT: 27
Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers visit their website

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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

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

(Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 12-14-2006)
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Photo of Strix
3.95/5  rDev -9.2%

Nearly opaque murky brown; nice head with good lacing.

Really nice aromas, caramel, toffee, raisin, fruit, brown sugar.

Tastes nearly, but not quite as nice as it smells. Dark fruit, raisin, fig, caramel. Pleasant, but the flavors are a bit muted, they are sort of hard to find for me. Alcohol completely hidden.

A very nice mouthfeel, slick and smooth.

Nice, but didn't live up to expectations.

Strix, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of sholland119
4.58/5  rDev +5.3%

A-Pours a rich, rather muddy dark brown. Thin white head that does not stick around long.

S-An outstanding, complex nose. Caramel, toffee, raisins, brown sugar, Belgian yeast in the background.

T-Just as good as promised by the nose. Medium sweetness throughout without being too much. Brown sugar and toffee combine with spices and raisin for a complex, changing taste. Alcohol is barely present.

M-Thick and rich with light carbonation.

D-Only had one but if I had more and was not driving, bring it on.

Expectation plays such a big part in the experience. I was expecting this to be very good and Westy 12 to be out of this world. Pannepot exceeded my expectations while the Westy probably could not meet them. I am not sure which I'd like better if I tried them blind. Would love to find out though...


sholland119, Jul 31, 2008
Photo of Zorro
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%

Obtained in trade with leftmindedrighty.

2006 vintage Lot A6CC.

Hazy brown colored ale with very slight tan head.

Smell is quite sweet and fruity with lots of candied fruit smells. Molasses, brown sugar, fig, raisin, vanilla, pineapple, and cake aromas. Little bit boozy, mostly vanilla extract.

Taste starts out sweet and woody with lots of fig and plum flavor. Lots of dark preserved fruit flavors but the taste is nowhere near as complex as the smell. Considerable alcohol warmth in the stomach.

Mouthfeel is good.

Not a bad beer but one I honestly prefer smelling to drinking. Doesn't taste bad, but the smell promises heaven in a glass.

Zorro, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of lackenhauser
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%

Muted cherry brown in color. Smallish head atop a full glass. Nice, deep aroma-somewhat funky with a hint of spiciness. Liquid bread flavor up front. Very malty with a nice treacle like sweet taste to it. Mildly spiced but it seems more off the alcohol then anything being added. No real trace of alcohol regardless. Raisens and dried fruit. Nice body. Holy crap what a drinkable quad. Very complex. Well worth seeking out-wish I had bought more.

lackenhauser, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of rallison
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

This will be a comparison against my review of the Reserva. Read that for the baseline.

Altogether better than the Reserva (note that this was not my opinion when I previously review this beer!). The flavors in this are just a bit more clear and not muddled whatsoever. While this has no barrel aging characteristics or the wine notes of the Reserva, this is still wonderfully complex with a great spice/brown sugar/raisin taste. Not quite as complex as the Reserva, but the flavors here mesh better and make this a truly delightful beer.

Highly recommended.


Old Review:

This was one of those beers I could appreciate, but did not truly enjoy. The appearance was gorgeous, served from a 33cl bottle. Nice dark brown, almost black, color. Smell was very much of licorice. Not much else I got from it. Taste is licorice with some coriander, with an excellent caramel/chocolate malt backbone. Mouthfeel is solid, strong and warming. Drinkability was good but not great. Alcohol was decently well hidden. Biggest problem I had? The licorice. After about half a bottle, it got to me. I am no black licorice sort of guy, so unfortunately it started to overwhelm. And that is too bad - I recognized it was a wonderfully complex and different brew, but it just kept distracting me. Ah well, I still enjoyed it. I just enjoyed the reserva of this on-tap even more!

Old Scores: 4.5/4/4/4.5/3.5

rallison, Jul 23, 2008
Photo of tai4ji2x
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%

2006, lot number is C-C-BB

dark, almost opaque brown with red tint. decent head recedes to thin layer. lacing is minimal and tends not to stick.

nutmeg and raisins in aroma, with spiced rum and fruitcake. hint of earthy, herbal hop.

similar flavors, with accent on dried fruit. something like brown sugar, something like molasses - esp. in aftertaste. moderate, almost subdued bitterness, which fades into a sweet and even semi-phenolic finish. this aftertaste has some nutty character to the malt as well.

feel is smooth with an almost syrupy texture that coats the tongue. lively but not overactive carbonation.

very nice

tai4ji2x, Jul 12, 2008
Photo of MSchae1017
4.15/5  rDev -4.6%

This beer was tasted in a goblet from the 330mL bottle.

The beer poured deep brownish amber with a creamy tan head. The beer holds a nice film and laces well. The smell is full of sweet caramel and dark fruits. The taste resembles the smell. Up front with the caramel and fruits, a bit of sweet chocolate also happens to work its way in. The beer leaves a yeasty spiciness on the tongue as you swallow. The beer sports a full body and creamy carbonation. Overall, a very good Quad, very easy to drink and hides the alcohol well.

MSchae1017, Jul 11, 2008
Photo of rudylaw
3.68/5  rDev -15.4%

It pours a dark, wooden color with a fluffy, two-finger head. It smells like there's about 600 things in here. Cloves, spice, dark fruits, molasses, malt, leaves, etc.

The taste is kind of syrupy to me. I can taste most of the flavors I sniffed, but it's overloaded. I'd definitely like to try another one one to compare this experience to however. It is creamy but also a bit thin for a quad.

All in all, it's easy to see why this beer gets high praise due to the complexity. For me, as stated, I would like to try this again, but won't seek it out. This fisherman's ale needs to catch me this time.

rudylaw, Jul 07, 2008
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.88/5  rDev +12.2%

Pours a beautiful black with a very thick, lush head about 4 inches high that settles to a 1/2 inch cap of tan, tightly beaded foam. Very nice lacing as well. Smells quite bready with a winey finish and some light spice notes. Very balanced, slightly sweet, and rich. The taste is a beautiful, rich melange of sweet bready malt, lush fruits, and more prominent spicebox notes and a noticeably vinous finish that is interwoven with the spice and goes on and on. Really quite remarkable. Very rich, smooth, and vinous in the mouth, but with no tannic finish. Extremely good, and noticeably more vinous than the Danish version. To me, this is the Kate the Great of Quads- same take on flavors- pure and vinous over rich and malty or hoppy.

Georgiabeer, Jul 03, 2008
Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.58/5  rDev +5.3%

as a friend and I tried a new beer bar in Portland, ME, I'm looking through the menu and I see this gem in the cellar / limited selection list. If you're reading this you know what comes next!

2006 version

A - Rich reddisch brown color with a nice rich tan head.
S - Ripe dark fruits, sweet malts and a light yeasty spicy undertone.
T - Similar to the nose but with an exquisite balance of flavors.
M - full bodied, creamy smooth, nicely carbonated.
D - wow, I could've sat there and ordered another round or two. It drinks so smooth and so light that it belies the overal strength of this beer.

Definitely recommende!

barleywinebrewer, Jul 02, 2008
Photo of dirtylou
4.03/5  rDev -7.4%

11.2oz bottle, 2006 edition, obtained in a bif of some sort i believe

appearance: pours into a bells tulip-snifter, big dark mahogany body, huge tan creamy foam cap with strong retention and a coating lace...pretty intense looking quad

smell: tons of spice! cinnamon, clove, big dark malts, raisin and nuts, nutmeg and various other spice...a nice whiff of booze and earthy tones comes through as well

taste: this is a pretty powerful nectar...huge spice presence highlighted by clove, cinnamon, nutmeg. The body is sticky and heavy with a huge doughy feel and a massive malt structure. There are some similarities to that of jagermeister, which i will try to ignore in order to block out dark memories. A very interesting and unique beer that has features of a dubbel but clubs you over the head like a quad

mouthfeel: very large body, high spiced

drinkability: use caution

dirtylou, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of CrellMoset
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%

Enjoyed at a tasting with fellow BAer proteus93. Poured into an Ommegang chalice.

Appearance: A deep, opaque brown, just a few shades white of black, but there do appear to be some ruby highlights shining through. A healthy though not unbelievable chocolate head recedes at the rate you'd expect it to for a quadrupel, leaving moderate streaks of lacing behind.

Aroma: Overwhelmingly spicy! Brewed with spices indeed. The whole winter bouquet is present here - allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves. There's also a nice hop spiciness which, while not terribly prominent, compliments the rest well.

Taste: "Rum raisin," says one fellow taster, and I must concur - those dark fruits and sweet, fruity esters meld well with a spicy alcohol to lend it a definite rum characteristic. There's plenty of other goodness here, though - half-city roast coffee, bitter chocolate, and most of the spice notes present in the nose. However, and thankfully so, the spice profile isn't overwhelming in the taste. Excellent. Smooth, warming alcohol is present in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Thick and syrupy, with that perfect Belgian sublimation feel. I know it's not really sublimation, but everyone whose ever had a good Belgian beer knows what I'm talking about - it's there in the glass, it's liquid, and then it touches your tongue and boom, it's gone, filling your mouth up with foamy goodness. 5.0/5.0.

Drinkability: 10% is pretty high, and it's very filling, but those're pretty much the only faults here. Goes well with dessert - pumpkin pie anyone?

Highly recommended.

CrellMoset, Jun 29, 2008
Photo of jdubjacket
4/5  rDev -8%

Poured a bottle into my St. Bernardus chalice. Pours a deep mahogany color with a strong head, which leaves a moderate amount of lacing. Smells very sweet with a lot of sppices. I didn't like this beer in the first few sips. After I got into it more and more, the more I like the way it tastes. Starts off very sweet, and evolves into a malty, bready flavor. Quite complex. Definitely a sipper.

jdubjacket, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of dill
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%

A really unique beer. Really thick and deep mahogany in color. Lots of spices and a nice sweetness to it. Caramel and figs are noted. The warmth from the alcohol is present throughout. What a great one to sip in the cold weather, but not bad outside by the bbq in the summer time either. Just a really good beer.

dill, Jun 17, 2008
Photo of tpd975
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%

How do you celebrate fathers day? I say drink the 24th rated beer in the world.

A: A deep dark brown hue with brillant red highlights showing thru. The head is average and retention is good. Spotty lace noted from top to bottom.

S: Complex aroma. Lots of dark fruits noted. Figs, raisins, and plums mostly. A touch of spice can be detected along with yeast and roasted malt.

T: Wow, this one is big thick and chewy. Huge blast of dark fruits just sit on the tongue and linger. Nice roasty malt and fruits come thru. There is a touch of spice and a splash of booze make this one extra complex.

M: Full in body thich and creamy. Wonderful carbonation makes this one very inviting.

D: Not one you would drink several of, but at this ABV there are very few that you would. It is a nice filling beverage that is to be sipped and enjoyed.

tpd975, Jun 15, 2008
Photo of srandycarter
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%

A- Dark cola, huge off white head that sticks around forever. Clingy sudsy lacing.

S - Spices, wow. Coriander, clove. Banana and cooked dark fruits.

T - Dark toasted malt, dark cooked fruits, some banana and spices. Bitter finish attempts to balance the sweetnes.

M - EXTREMELY carbonated, heavy bodied and very coating.

D - Too much beer to do a lot, but nice enough to think about trying :)

srandycarter, Jun 14, 2008
Photo of kwakwhore
4.63/5  rDev +6.4%

Dark brown pour into a Duvel snifter. Tan head which subsides into a ring around the top of the beer.
Big bloom of dark fruits and sweet malt on the nose.
First taste is a marvelous burst of sweet fruit, sugar, phenols. Almost too much to sort out.
Creamy, soft, pleasantly carbonated mouthfeel. This beer caresses your tongue.
Alcohol is not noticeable in the beer, but 10% does sneak up on you.
Big ups to jcdiflorio for a great trade. My favorite beer of the bunch.
This is an outstanding beer, one of the best Belgians I've had. I will look for it whenever and wherever I can find it.

kwakwhore, Jun 12, 2008
Photo of Proteus93
4.58/5  rDev +5.3%

A: A nice, deep brown... the head on here leaves a beautiful, creamy looking sheet that seems that it will continue to stick around until drinking begins. It's a lighter tan.

S: This smells beautiful... toffee scents, a definite spiciness... I can't make out all of what is coming together there; it's all rather complex and rich. Cinnamon? Allspice? Clove? A little chocolate, and hints of dark fruit - raisin and date.

T: A delicious medley of malt roast, spices, toffee, dark fruits, some spotty notes of anise, maybe (most notable post-finish). Alcohol makes an appearance, but there's plenty else going on here to not pay attention to it - that's to say, it's not really 'hidden'; it's just a little part of the bigger picture.

M + D: Full body, somewhat creamy, somewhat foamy. A very nice feeling brew, with a pleasant warming on the way down. It's rather candy-like and makes for an incredibly easy drinker. It's somewhat tempting to drink it quickly, but exercising some patience is very rewarding. An excellent take at the style, and would do very well among some of the abbey brews. Pick it up if you come by it. Excellent stuff.

Proteus93, Jun 11, 2008
Photo of ejquin
4.58/5  rDev +5.3%

A: Deep brown with thin white head that fades quickly and leaves little lace.

S: Nice nose with elemts of phenols, cinnamon, clove, brown sugar, molasses, hop spice, apple cider

T/M: Thick and chewy with little carbonation. Elements of fig, plum and nutmeg and clove. Cinnamon sweetness on finish. Super smooth. slightest amount of bitternes, smoothes out infinish. Very well balanced for a 10% quad. Nothing leaps out at you and takes center stage. Even the alcohol blends into the background to provide some depth.

D: Very high marks for drinkibility here.

ejquin, Jun 11, 2008
Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.83/5  rDev +11%

Poured a very dark brown with a nice frothy head. You could smell this elixir on the pour. Dark fruits, and belgian yeast dominate. The taste is even better than the nose. This is a wonderful beer. More dark fruits. I notice more than what was in the nose, Blackberry, plum, grape. There is a lot going on in the taste. Nice and complex. The mouthfeel is full and creamy. I could drink this all day long.

FtownThrowDown, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.15/5  rDev -4.6%

Got a bottle of this in a trade and forgot who gave it to me. Sorry man. It is a 2006 11.2oz bottle.

Mine was not a gusher like everyone elses. Poured a nice very dark brown color with a nice size tan head that stays well.

Smells of dark malts and spices with a hint of dark fruits.

Taste is very good. Tastes as it smells and is pretty sweet. A good sweet. A very good quad.

Mouth feel is smooth and that if a good quad with a frothyness that lingers at the end.

Drinkability is ok. A little too sweet to be drinking alot of it. A very fine beer all together.

PeprSprYoFace, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of geexploitation
4.7/5  rDev +8%

2006 bottling, hoping this will be excellent with a bit of age on it. On opening, an anticipated gusher of foam erupts. After settling in the glass, the beer is a deep opal with an utterly tenacious, sticky head of espresso-like foam. The aroma is a Belgian yeast-attack, with spice: cloves and phenols, some coriander(?), another warm spicy note I can't quite name, and a big-time yeast presence. On the palate things really come together. First off there's a nice chocolate malt undertone, laid under big, dark fruits. The sweetness continues with some sharp spicy notes and then a brisk twang from both carbonation and bittering hops. Holding it all together is a powerful-but-subtle sweetness and a mouthfeel that's smoother than glycerin on glass. Wow. This is what a quad ought to taste like. Mouthfeel is superb -- the aforementioned smoothness and carbonation play perfectly together. Pannepot pulls off the Belgian trick of being sweet then finishing dry. Overall, this is a fantastic beer. The only thing that clunks for me -- and this is purely in relative terms -- is the aroma, which is good but not great, while the rest is awesome. Find this. Drink this. Fair play for Belgium.

geexploitation, Jun 07, 2008
Photo of thickerfreakness
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%

This is a 2006 bottle purchased from Bottle Trek.

Wow this one was a gusher. I opened it up to a nice pfft and then tried to smell it in the bottle like I do a lot and it got all over my face haha. I immediately poured this in to my Duvel tulip only losing an ounce or less. Since this one was so highly carbonated it poured a very dark brown with a huge 3 finger light brown head that took a while to fade. but it left some nice lacing when it did.

Smells really sweet of brown sugar and molasses with plenty of belgian yeastiness present. Dark fruits, spices and even a little chocolate present as well.

Taste is similar to the smell with a full rich flavor and a lot more chocolate like flavors present for me with plenty of brown sugar to top it off. After a while a slight metallic taste develops as well.

Mine was nice and full but obviously from the gushing a little bit over carbonated.

A really excellent quadrupel and I can't wait for my Westy 12
2-bottle vertical next week to compare notes. I wish I had another bottle to age this one is a doozy.

thickerfreakness, Jun 05, 2008
Photo of Med
4.65/5  rDev +6.9%

Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - A rich brown color. Dark enough to not see through it but the edges show a very nice color in the light. A nice white head goes almost entirely away but leaves a ring around the edge and some lacing.

S - I don't know where to start. There is so much going on here. Toffee, sweet Belgian yeast, dark fruits, brown sugar, molasses, and just a hint of alcohol. Glorious.

T - This is amazing. Sweet without being cloying. Brown sugar, spices, toffee, a little plum, and strangely enough cola. The alcohol is nearly imperceptible which is frightening. The finish is sweet with a touch of bitter and stays around the back of the mouth. Rich and wonderful.

M - Medium full body coats the mouth very well. The carbonation is good enough to notice but doesn't tingle or distract.

D - I love this beer. I want more. I can't think of too many quads better than this.

Med, Jun 03, 2008
Photo of albern
4/5  rDev -8%

This is marked as a quadrupel, but I would have pegged it as a dubbel. It pours a nice deep amber mohagany color with a nice head and some lacing. This is a full bodied beer with lots of Belgian candied sugars, yeasty carbonation, deep fruits, brown sugar roasted malts, sweet florals, and some spices. The taste is a very nice melange of all of the above. The spices are in the allspice or cinnamon family. The heavy fruits I would peg as in the plum family. There is lots of yeasty bits floating about and if this beer were lighter colored, it would be very cloudy from the residuals. The beer also has some sweet caramel malts, laced with roasted brown sugar, and the very typical Belgian yeasty effervesence and carbonation. This is a very nice dubbel (quadrupel) and worth seeking out. L'Chaim.

albern, May 30, 2008
Pannepot from De Struise Brouwers
97 out of 100 based on 1,944 ratings.