Pannepot - De Struise Brouwers

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Ratings: 2,076
Reviews: 786
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 358
Gots: 390 | FT: 27
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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 willjschmidt
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375 ml bottle (2007 bottle) into a Westmalle chalice.

A: Pours a very dark brown with a gushing dark tan head.

S: Dark fruits, spices

T: Prunes, figs, raisons and other dark fruits in the beginning. The finish is loaded with spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon, some pepper. Very complex, layers upon layers of multiple flavors.

M: Very high level of carbonation, medium body.

D: Smooth, a touch hot from the alcohol. A great brew to sip on a cold winter night. Very unique.

Photo of alovesupreme
4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 07 poured into a Maudite snifter.
A murky brown liquid with a phenomenal head that didnt dissipate at all. Great lacing.
Cherry, spiced rum, apple and a striking similarity to a flanders red.
Alcohol is present with a great malt body. Lots of complex fruits with some subtle spice notes.
Silk. This beer gently massages your tongue the whole time its in your mouth.
A phenomenal beer. Very unique in character, but it can rival any of the trappists.

Photo of Backer2004
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2007, found in the back shelves of Brawley's in Charlotte. Never would have even looked for it if it wasn't for BA and for this, I am glad. lots of Belgian yest funkiness to the nose, sour notes, and some Brett makes for a nice drinking experience. Good balance of spices in the finish. Worth a try, but may not be for everyone.

Photo of GruvisHops
4.97/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Vintage 2006

A: 11.2 oz. (330 ml) brown bottle. My Chimay glass is just big enough to hold the dark brown body and it's 1/2" tan head. No light passes through as heavy particulate sits buoyantly suspended throughout.

S: Old ale is what comes to mind on the first whiff. Bittersweet chocolate comes through nicely behind a bed of dark fruits; cherries and raisins, in particular. The wonderful aroma is making me salivate. I can't hold back any longer.

T: WHOA! There's the spices the label mentioned; fresh ground pepper at first, followed by cinnamon and nutmeg... delicious! The spices take a back seat after the first couple of sips as the flavor begins to fall more in line with the aroma. I'm not picking up on raisins as much as I thought I would, but cherries and chocolate are definitely there. I haven't been blown away by the flavor of a beer like this in a while.

M: Quite full and creamy at every corner of the mouth. I'm not normally a fan of the mouthfeel of Belgian ales, but this is the best mouthfeel I've had from any beer style in recent memory.

D: It really gives Bud Light a run for its money!!! OK, maybe that's an inappropriate joke at the moment, but one of those God Damn commercials just came on with that douchebag drawing shit in thin air with his finger, and I felt it necessary to mock the piece of shit... TERRIBLE!!!!

Photo of Biggness
4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a very dark brown with a 3 fingered tan head and nice lacing. The smell is of raisins, caramel and hints of chocolate. The taste is nice and sweet with lots of chocolatey, rasain flavors, a wonderful amount of malts went into this brew for sure. The mouthfeel is nice, a little dry and a little over carbonated. Very drinkable brew for 10%

Photo of twelvsies
4.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been sampling a few of these over the past month or so, and I liked it so much I've been waiting til I drank all of them before I put in a review. This beer only reinforced my already high regard for De Struise Brouwers. It pours a deep dark brown, essentially opaque with a rocky two finger head. The nose on this is quite a treat in itself. On the sweeter side, raisin bread, hints of spice, fruity yeast characters, hints of coco and Belgian candy sugar, and most interestingly a bit of a funky cheese rind aroma, quite clearly. Badass. Not to be mistaken as sour, but it definitely has that bit of earthy funk to it. Flavors are lush and full on this one. Rich maltyness and big almost over the top quad characteristics of spiced plums, rum, spicy notes and light musty hops, and an almost a stout-like chocolaty flavor to it. This might be labeled as an "extreme" quad by some. Definitely pushes the boundaries, yet this is still a very traditional Belgian quad at heart. Rich and velvety on the palate, remains extremely drinkable despite the robust sweet flavors and high ABV. Worth noting that I had several from '07 and a couple from '06. Both great. I think I prefer the fresher, dryer, and slightly more carbonated '07 to the richer, more lush and boozy '06, yet there were some amazing deep flavors developing there. Definitely drink one relatively fresh, and I'm sure this could age for quite some time. Highly supple and enjoyable.

Photo of david131
3.98/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2007 Vintage.

A- A very deep dark brown, almost black. The light brown head has some great retention and is pretty creamy looking.

S- Dark fruits, very sour aromas, alcohol, spices, and some very floral notes. Smells incredibly sour for the style.

T- Sour with some orange rind, floral flavors, and some alcohol numbness. Overall, very sweet, sour, and citrusy. Lacking a little depth.

M- Creamy at first, but it is slightly metallic at the tail end.

D- A unique take n the style, but it is lacking a little depth. I can appreciate what they were going for here, but I can't say I would seek this out.

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

Vintage 2007. Nearly black in color, tan active head. Darker than I expect. I'm intrigued. Smells of spices, carob, dark malt, and a floral hop. Again, not what I expected and very interesting. Taste is intense, plums, fruitcake, graham crackers, Wow! I have no more description than "freakin' good". The mouthfeel is assertive carbonation against a velvet soft background. This just keeps getting better. Drinkability is fantastic. The alcohol is well hidden and the flavors are a terrific balance of sharp and soft, sweet and dry, crisp and malty. Not the most complicated flavor but certainly one of the best. Very, very, very good. Get it if you can.

Photo of apowar
4.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2oz bottle (vintage 2006) into a small snifter.

Pours dark brown, similar to cola. Small, very fine light brown sugar colored head.

Smells of port wine, fig, milk chocolate and rum.

Tastes of rum spice, fig, and caramelized brown sugar with a sweetness that crescendoes toward the end where it is finished with a touch of roasted flavor. Absolutely no alcohol to speak of. Beautifully hidden.

The mouthfeel is truly spectacular. Luxuriously mouthfilling pearly and soft carbonation.

Overall, I think this beer really benefited from a bit of aging. A very distinctive and rare treat.

Photo of bulletrain76
3.68/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

33cl bottle, 2007 vintage. nearly black dark brown color with a tan head. Vinous, sweet aroma, with some dried fruit and an acidic edge. Cookie and mild chocolate sweetness balanced by an almost funky tartness and some alcohol. Almost dry and woody in the back end. Medium to full body with an almost over-carbonated airiness. Once you let it sit a bit and get some of the bubbles out, its quite smooth, but packs some pressure for sure. This one caught me a bit off guard. I wasn"t expecting the acidity, but it gave an elegant balance that actually worked really well, though I think it overshadowed the spicy subtleties that many others seem to get out of this, which was fine for the most part because I could drink a few more of these with this balance.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 Vintage

G: Poured into a Mikasa chalice.

A: Very dark mahogany with hints of ruby and a large, slightly-reddened head with lots of lacing. Some sediment present.

S: Yeast character as well as some sweetness-perhaps cherries.

T: Very strong flavors from the outset. Taste hits hard with plenty of dark fruits, spices, and cherries. Also, hints of chocolate.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The 10% abv is hardly present.

D: Quite complex and very drinkable. As of yet, by far the best quad that I've had.

Photo of bort11
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another solid punch in the liver from mikesgroove and the Fight Club Project Mayhem BIF.

11.2 oz bottle, dated 2006. Split second gusher as soon as the cap was popped. That is some mean bottle conditioning! Quickly poured into a Boulevard Smokestack goblet. Quick mocha colored head that settles down to a effervescent cap. Body color is a dark and solid chestnut brown.

Smell is a light herbal spice. Nutmeg, a little ginger and cinnamon. Nice caramel to plum sweetness it the taste. Still more ginger.

Mouthfeel has a sugary stickiness, but the carbonation is very crisp. Wow! I want more.

Blipped "Fisherman's Blues" by the Waterboys

Photo of charlesw
1.55/5  rDev -64.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Ridiculously overcarbonated - huge head even with the most careful pouring. Still, average in that there are so many examples of the style that are like this. The head is gone so quickly it isn't even funny. Pretty opaque but not entirely so. Light bleeds through around the edges revealing cloudy amber tinges. It's crazy, but just swirling it around in my snifter brings up so much more head. It's just not right.

Smells medicinal - huge amounts of alcohol, sage, bandaids.

Thankfully it doesn't taste like that but it sure isn't good. Oh. Wait. Yes. The aftertaste is exactly that. At first it's a strange assault of bitterness (back right of the tongue) but then, after you swallow, you get the sage and bandaids. Gross.

Mouthfeel seems about. Of course, that's only because it's ridiculously overcarbonated. If it weren't it would surely be a syrupy mess.

Photo of Bcaulin
4.63/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one is just incredible.

Pours a nice cloudy deep brown. Nicely carbonated -- about 3/4 inch of thick head, even spread wide across the Kasteel Chalice. Great retention -- even several minutes after the pour, I can't see any gaps in the head on top.

Smell is subtle and nice. Just as I was hoping -- no dominating banana and clove in the nose. Lots of dark fruit and spices. Some caramel and malt flavor.

Taste is just amazing. Has everything I love in a strong dark ale (not quite your typical Belgian "quad"). Loads of dark fruit and thick malt -- very well hidden alcohol. Lots of flavors that show up as it warms and in the aftertaste -- a little anise and some bready flavor.

Mouthfeel is great -- this one sticks with you for a while. Unfortunate that this gets left out of the normal quads conversation -- it is slightly different, but right up there with St. Bernardus IMO.

Photo of brc
4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 bottle, poured into Cantillon flute. Lot B 6 BB.

Deep brown, almost black color with red around edges. Pours a generous head of small tan bubbles, recedes slowly and leaves some lacing.

Powerful aroma of dark sugar, molasses, cherry, wood, licorice. Almost medicinal.

Very full taste - rum, brandy, licorice, plum. Outside of the alcohol it seems to be mostly malt flavors or yeast byproducts to me, no identifiable spices that the label suggests. There is quite a bit of caramel sweetness as well.

Viscous and coating, with carbonation not really noticeable.

Although the alcohol flavors are there, there isn't an alcohol burn. And though there is plenty going on, everything seems balanced. So, good drinkability.

Photo of roadhouse
3.95/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle into Duvel tulip

2007 vintage

Pours a deep brown, but behind some light it's actually a nice looking shade of ruby red. A two inch light tan head forms on top and takes forever to recede. Leaves quite a bit of lace.

Aroma is surprisingly quite "wild" - not what I was expecting. There's some tart cherry, mixed berries, and various spice that I'm not quite distinguishing.

Taste has a slight sugary sweetness to it then lots of fruit like raisins and plum. It also gets quite funky, which slightly puts a dent in this one for me. Some tart cherries going down with a vague spiciness.

Mouthfeel is light, very dry with high carbonation. It's creamy but almost too much so to the point where it just foams up in my mouth.

I was quite disappointed with this beer. For being ranked so highly I was expecting much more. I'll stick to Rochefort 10.

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

A - Pours dark, almost black garnet with a big khaki head that slowly dissolves.

S - Smells like some sort of delicious dark candy. Spices, reminiscent of some great Belgian winter ales, mingle with the sweetness.

T - Dark fruits, alcohol, dark rum, prunes, roasted malt.

M - Creamy, velvety, full bodied.

Notes - Very sweet, dark, spicy quad.

Photo of nrbw23
4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a murky, rusty brown with a pretty big tan head. Head recedes fairly quick and leaves only light lace. Also quite a bit of floaters in the brew even with a careful pour.

S- Smells of mostly yeast, fruits and some spices. Currants, vanilla, and a touch of caramel are most obvious and also some sort of funk. It also smells really sweet.

T- Roasted malts, spices, toffee, and dark fruits. Alcohol makes an appearance, but its pretty mellow. Quite a bit going on here in this one.

M- Probably on the fuller side of medium in body, almost thick and with fairly low carbonation.

D- Its a very fine brew, just maybe a little to sweet for my taste. Good for sure just nothing that I'd drink all the time. Clearly easy to drink by all means.

Photo of PrinceDarren
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 vintage. This seems more like an "extreme" beer than a traditional Quad.

Poors thick with a thick head. Well carbonated.

Aroma reveals the spice. Could be a touch of clove as well as anise.

Mouthfeel is thick and sticky on the lips.

Tastes like raisins with a hint of licorice and maybe gummy bears. Long finish seems to envelope into burnt toast with a hint of raspberry jam.

I'd like to cellar a bottle for a few years to see how it changes over time.

Photo of jwc215
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Wasatch for this!

11.2 oz. bottle - 2006 vintage:

Pours murky brown with a head that falls to a wisp.

The smell is of toffee with some sweettart fruitiness, brown sugar and maple.

The taste is of a complex mix of toffee, tart fruitiness, maple (and a hint of banana?). The taste has a sweetness, but not as much as I would have associated with the general tastes I pick up. Not tart either. Not bitter. Leans dry. It has an herbal spiciness mixed in, but not too spicy either. Very well-balanced. The complexities are not so easy to describe, as they are woven in and complement each other so well.

It has a gentle, smooth carbonation with a body that is near-full to full but not at all thick.

The abv is extremely well-hidden. For a brew so complex and high in alcohol, it "disappears" (too) quickly. This is certainly a unique, enjoyable brew!

Photo of mnj21655
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 Vintage. 11.2 FL oz. Bottle poured into a chalice.

Pours a clear reddish brown with about a half finger of off white head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is quite good. Lots of malt character, a bit of bread, some toffee and a a good amount of caramel. There's also a nice ester profile here with plums, figs and raisins. There is a touch of perfume-like alcohol as well. Taste is much like the aroma. There is lots of (Munich?) malt upfront. The malt gives way to subdued (relative to the aroma) dark fruit esters. Towards the finish there is a strong sweetness that is reminiscent of caramel. Alcohol is not noticeable. Mouthfeel is pretty good, very smooth. Medium bodied despite the sweet finish with no more then moderate carbonation. Drinkability is very good. This brew is complex and the flavors play well together. The high attenuation makes this easy to drink. The alcohol is quite well masked. Overall is found this very enjoyable and wish that I had a few more kicking around my cellar.

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


Pours dark brown, reddish highlights, fluffy tan head.

Aroma is dark fruits, a bit vinous, molasses, spicy alcohol.

Dances on the tongue with prickly carbonation coupled with a bit of alcohol spice; molasses, dark fruits, and fresh baked, rich, yeasty bread on the taste. Finish is tingly, spicy, yeast, hint of alcohol; dark fruits and burnt brown sugar seem to grow again after several seconds before receding again.

Mouthfeel is effervescently carbonated while still beautifully creamy. Wonderful.

Photo of sprucetip
4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes. Bottle into Midnight Sun goblet.
Pours (after foaming on the table upon opening) murky (possibly from recent travel) brown with vaguely reddish hues. Modest bubbly head fades to film and ring. Active carbonation, no lasting lacing. SMELL is of raisins, plums richly boozy, spicy, anise, sweet malty, chocolate, vanilla. Delightfully balanced, smooth, rich and complex. TASTE dark fruit, booze, malty sweetness, spices, a bit of hop bitterness balancing. These flavors dance around the palate in various combinations gracefully. Mild dryness and bitterness linger a bit after the finish. FEEL moderately strong carb. Rich, thick texture is pleasant. Dryness in the finish and alc warming. OVERALL is to be sipped slowly and savored, but if available in sufficient quantity and prices not exceptionally prohibitive, it could easily be quaffed.

Photo of bobsy
4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark mahogany pour with a nice tan head that soon settled down to a patchy film. Stunning aroma of dates, port soaked raisins, cinnamon and nutmeg. Its enticing, and how a quad should smell in my books. Lots of dark fruit in the flavour - again I'm finding lots of raisin and dates. Lots of plum and chocolate too. Quite sweet, and pleasantly spiced with the cinnamon most apparent. The alcohol is expertly hidden. Slightly chewy mouthfeel with a long lingering finish.

I liked it, but I wouldn't put it in the very top tier of quads. The head retention and lacing wasn't as good as I've come to expect, and every now and then a very sweet baked bean flavour became apparent in the background. Minor criticisms though - its still an awesome brew.

Huge thanks to Alex (Voonder) for sending the fourth highest rated quad!

Photo of dukedevil0
4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Single 11.2oz from Sal's in Elmhurst, IL. 2006 vintage.

A: Pours a dark brown caramel color and a khaki head. Lots of head and started to gush when opening the bottle, then settled down to one finger after the pour. Lots of lacing on the glass. Some yeasties at the bottom.

S: Some dark fruit smells here, figs, raisins, maybe some berries, almost a cinnamon scent too

T: Just like the scent, more dark fruits, figs, raisins, dark berries, and some spices that I can't quite pick out. A little tiny bit of alcohol on the finish.

M: Creamy and highly carbonated from the bottle conditioning, great mouthfeel on this, some other quads I've had that are bottle conditioned seemed almost overly carbonated, but not this. Some warming from the alcohol, but not in any overpowering manner at all, very much in the background.

D: Amazingly drinkable, alcohol is barely picked up, which is a surprise for a 10% abv brew. The flavors here are great.

This beer rocks, I wish it were cheaper so I could stock my fridge full of it.

Pannepot from De Struise Brouwers
97 out of 100 based on 2,076 ratings.