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Pannepot - De Struise Brouwers

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Ratings: 1,918
Reviews: 775
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 358
Gots: 365 | FT: 27
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Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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

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

(Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 12-14-2006)
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Photo of Oxymoron


4.72/5  rDev +8.5%

So how do you say the name? Pours a very dark chestnut brown (think brown porter) with darker shades of black hue through out. Pretty hazy with a pour head and limited retention and lacing.

The nose is complex with a combination of sweeter malt and fruity esters. To start the malt is very complex with muted caramel and toffee notes. Some sugary almost brown sugar finish leaves a candy like aroma. Nice balance of fruity notes with plums, raisins, figs and lighter cherries. Some woody characteristics as well. Hints of vanilla and oak but light. Noticeable fusel alcohol but blends well.

The flavor falls in line well. Similar to the nose a nice balance between malt and esters. The malt is light up front with more caramel and a hint of roast. But this is quickly replaced with a sweet sugary note. A more complex malt/sugar note that leaves a sweet finish through out. The esters come out nicely with figs and plums mostly. The solvent alcohol notes are more perceivable but do balance well.

Very impressed with the finish. There is a lot going on here but everything is blended well and really leaves a nice aftertaste and body. Very enjoyable beer.

05-19-2008 21:04:53 | More by Oxymoron
Photo of largadeer


4.22/5  rDev -3%

Appearance: Murky opaque brown with that signature ever-lasting foamy head that's so common with Belgian quads.

Smell: The rich sugary aroma brings to mind fruitcake, prunes, dried cherries and molasses. A pleasant spiciness lingers beneath the fruit, adding depth and body.

Taste/mouthfeel: Big and fruity with flavors of figs, raisins, brown sugar, cherries and nutmeg. Very spicy, but in a subtle way - there aren't any specific flavors that stand out to me excepting possibly nutmeg. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy, quite unlike any other quad I've tried, with a subtle finish that leaves only a hint of spice (felt more than tasted) and fruit. This is definitely on the sweet side for the style, but it's excellent stuff.

Notes: A huge thanks to mully for tossing this in as an extra - I've been wanting to try this brew for a long time.

05-17-2008 00:46:02 | More by largadeer
Photo of ColoradoBobs


4.83/5  rDev +11%

Moderate pour into a tulip glass yields a beautiful opaque brown-black body under a two-finger light brown-yellow head. Gorgeous. Head fades in ten minutes to a solid cap and leaves medium lacing.

Smell is rich rich rich. Figs, leather, coffee, toffee, burned sugar, dark sweet cherries, bitter-sweet chocolate. As it warms the burned fruit notes come to the front. Certainly one of the five best smelling beers I've ever had, this is right up there with Dark Lord and Westie 12 for aroma.

Taste is spot on with the aroma, so let me repeat: figs, leather, coffee, toffee, burned sugar, dark sweet cherries, bitter-sweet chocolate. As it warms the burned fruit notes come to the front. Finish has a note of -- get this -- pepsin! Mmmm.

Mouthfeel is just excellent, nice and round, with lots of fine carbonation. Swish and swirl before swallowing!

Drinkability is diminished slightly by the booziness, and the potent 10% ABV. However, if there were a sessionable Quad (and it would have to be a long and slow session), this might be it.

Overall, this beer is like liquid sex -- best enjoyed slowly and warm. Savor it. It's worth the patience.

05-13-2008 02:26:33 | More by ColoradoBobs
Photo of HopDerek


4.38/5  rDev +0.7%

Pours a muddy chestnut color with a pinky of creamy tan head, good retention and nice lacing. Smells of dark fruits, molasses, caramel, alcohol, and yeast. Taste starts out with lots of sweetness like molasses, brown sugar, and caramel before the introduction of dark fruits like cherries, plums, figs, and even some orange. A variety of peppery spices hold the beer together very well along with some hints of vanilla, and the alcohol really only rears its head in the aftermath. Medium in body and low in carbonation, creamy and sweet with a nice alcohol burn. A fantastic quadrupel, though like most of them the high alcohol may hinder its drinkability.

05-05-2008 01:24:16 | More by HopDerek
Photo of Hojaminbag


4.45/5  rDev +2.3%

2006, bottle.

Dark brown/mahongany color with a large effervescent light brown head that actually reminded me of the head that occurs when pouring a drink like pepsi or coke. No lacing, nut decent retention.

Very complex and enjoyable smell. Caramel and molasses malts are bolstered with ripe fruit (cherries and others) and peppery yeast. One of the best smelling brews I have encountered.

Taste is equally complex. The sweet malty character that reminds me once again of molasses and caramel hits the palate first. In the middle, the ripe fruitiness comes out. The whole brew is laced with interesting spicy notes. Peppery yeast comes to mind, but the rest are inconceivable to me. Alcohol is masked very well, I only notice it very slightly on the back end; hardly at all. An interesting and complex brew.

Nice carbonation, body. Drinkability might suffer slightly because the flavors from this beer are so big and strong.

04-28-2008 21:27:20 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of prototypic


4.4/5  rDev +1.1%

Appearance: I was a little cautious with the pour due to the massive "pffft" that greeted me when I cracked the cap. Fortunately, the pour resulted in a gorgeous, dark chestnut colored quad with a light tan head. It's opaque with a good bit of sediment floating around. No doubt the head was a very thick three fingers deep. It took its time receding and left an excellent trail of lace in its wake. Excellent looking beer.

Smell: Brown sugar and caramel malts strike first followed closely by dark fruit (raisin and plum) and molasses. It is spicy and a bit herbal though it's incredibly difficult to dissect the individual spices, at least for me personally. There's a very slight yeasty aroma. Alcohol is masked incredibly well as I'm not picking it up at all.

Taste: The flavor mirrors the smell pretty well though the taste is clearly stronger. It's very sweet up front. Brown sugar, molasses, and caramel malts blend very well. It's sweet, but not offensively so. It has a spicy and herbal character, but again, I am unable to identify the blend. Raisin, plum, and cherry flavors are easily noticeable and complement its sweetness. Alcohol has a slight warming effect, but is not noticeable in taste.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied and carbonated very well. I was expecting an overflow on the pour initially, but mouthfeel is excellent. Very smooth. It's one to savor and enjoy but I'm having a difficult time not chugging it. It may be 10%, but it's deceiving. It doesn't come close to tasting or feeling that big.

De Struise certainly hit a homerun with this one. I honestly was expecting an overrated beer. I just didn't think it could compete with Rochefort 10. Much to my surprise, it's easily just as good. Highly recommended.

04-24-2008 01:38:51 | More by prototypic
Photo of merlin48


4.6/5  rDev +5.7%

11.2 oz bottle, 2006 bottling, pours into a Duvel goblet a hazed chestnut body topped by a silky beige head. Delicate sheet lacing adorns the glass.

Aroma is complex. Spicy ginger, vanilla, nutmeg and pepper beckon. A hint of molasses teases. Raisins and fresh red plums captivate. Ripe pears are in the background. Stunning!

Mouthfeel is excellent. Almost full bodied. Satiny feel has an ideal even carbonation.

Taste is captivating. Spicy, fruity, and malty, in several dimensions. Nutmeg, ginger, and pepper provide the spiciness. Molasses, caramel, vanilla, and raisins comprise the maltiness. Red plums and cherries add the fruitiness. Esters and phenols come together quite well in this one.

Very nicely done. Teasingly complex and quite satisying.

04-21-2008 12:53:13 | More by merlin48
Photo of sfoley333


4.83/5  rDev +11%

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle purchased from Pizza Ports bottle shop. Poured into a duvel snifter a dark mahagony color with a two fingear thick tan head. Smell is up front sweet red fruits , mostly cherry, with cinnamon, nutmeg, carmalized brown sugar, and just the slightest hint of alcohol. Taste is a mixture of phenolic cherry, allspice, raisins with malty carmel overtones rounded out by slight chocolate taste. The alcohol is very well hidden for 10% but you still get a little warmth in the stomach. Mouthfeel is medium body with a nice semi syrup texture and a velvet like carbonation level. I wish I could take a bath in this stuff. If i could I pour it over everything I ate its that good.

04-16-2008 07:29:54 | More by sfoley333
Photo of BretSikkink


4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Dark brownish color, some dark red highlighting. Head is silvery and tan, very dense and thick. Big time retention, spidery and full lacing. Beautiful.

Big aromatics of spices (nutmeg primarily, slight fennel/anise touch at the back) with boozy fruit and a nicely phenolic yeast. Complex and strong. A prickle of alcohol towards the end.

Dark chocolate joins the chorus in the flavor department, adding that intriguing mixture of bitter and sweet to the beer. Some dark fruit sweetness, a bit of bold, semi-tart cherry dried out a bit, and nicely spiced.

Smooth, silky, fresh, vibrant. Beautiful mouthfeel, right up there with the world's best. This is an absolutely outstanding beer, which I place up there just a hair behind Rochefort 10 and ahead of St. Bernardus 12 for my money. The alcohol is just a bit more warming and evident here than the Rochefort; otherwise it's a dead heat for flavor and complexity. Highly recommended.

04-16-2008 01:14:31 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of lightindarkness


4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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.

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


4.35/5  rDev 0%

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.

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


3.65/5  rDev -16.1%

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.

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


4.88/5  rDev +12.2%

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.

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


4.7/5  rDev +8%

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.

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


4.35/5  rDev 0%

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!

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


4.58/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

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


4.35/5  rDev 0%

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.

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


4.28/5  rDev -1.6%

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

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


4.65/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

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

New York

3.43/5  rDev -21.1%

"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. :)


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


3.63/5  rDev -16.6%

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.

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


4.35/5  rDev 0%

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

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

New York

4.47/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

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


4.45/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

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


4.47/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

03-17-2008 03:56:14 | More by daledeee
Pannepot from De Struise Brouwers
97 out of 100 based on 1,918 ratings.