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Pannepot - De Struise Brouwers

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Ratings: 2,122
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 paytoplay
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great beer. Very complex, herb, smoke, oak, chocolate. Bright acidity and high toned. Long finish and opened up further with even more time in the glass and as it warmed up. Seems like it would age well for years. poured out of 33cl. de struise never fails for me.

Photo of adrianwallbridge
2.18/5  rDev -49.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

After reading all the rave reviews on this beer at various places on the internet, I was really pleased when I saw some on an internet shop. I duly ordered 5 bottles along with some Rochefort 10's , Chimay blue's, and Gouden Carolus Blue. I decided to try a Pannepot first, since I had never had one before. It poured with a dark syrupy richness, and reminded me of the glorious Rochefort 10 in appearance. I was really looking forward to tasting it,especially since it was a two year old (2007) vintage, but found the experience completely dissapointing. There was nothing enjoyable about it to me, with just a sweet taste followed by a disgusting bitter aftertaste ( I suppose this is the 'Thyme' some people have detected in the brew). It is meant to be a fishermans ale, but if I was a fisherman, and this was the only beer in the tavern, I would probably stay out at sea all year and drink rainwater. Seriously, though, the other beers I ordered are far better in my opinion.

Photo of punkrkr27
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with ruby highlights and a medium sized tan head. Scrumptious aroma smells of dark fruit, candi sugar, chocolate, nutmeg, apple, cherry, banana esters. Very similar to Rochefort 10. Flavor is dominated by the banana esters with notes of chocolate, plum, and a little roastiness. Alcohol is well hidden in the flavor but adds a nice warming as you swallow. Creamy full mouth feel with lots of tingly carbonation.

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

Bottle, 2006 vintage that I split with John last night.

Clear ruby red pour with a thin, light brown head that rises briefly before falling into a disk rather quickly. Gorgeous color and pour.

The nose is flat out fabulous. Bready and fruity with raisins, plums, dates, brown sugar,and a touch of honey. Rich and deep, I get a combination of fruit cake, rum-soaked raisins, and a spicy character with a touch of cinnamon and clove. A little alcohol is noticeable as it warms up.

Rich and decadent, this opens with a lot of fruity sweetness - raisins, plums and brown sugar. Like an alcoholic fruitcake, this is pretty rich. Mildly spicy with nutmeg, with some chocolate and some yeast. Rum-like in the mid-palate, this finishes a touch sweet and yeasty. The alcohol is brilliantly hidden.

Medium-light in body, this beer is a touch sweeter than I care for, and this makes my 6oz seem the perfect size. Fruity on the finish with a smooth, high carbonation. Great stuff, this!

Photo of HiAIPA
4.11/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at Ebenezer's Lions Pride - which is a superb beer destination in Brunswick, Maine. From the 35 tap selection, this fisherman's brew is a thick, spicy stew of flavor for warming the body after a long work day. Thin lacing gives way to a complex flavor profile of nutmeg, caramel, and baking spices. This goes down very smooth, and you will want more. The DeStruise guys do a great job with this, one of my favorites.

Photo of Mistofminn
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 Vintage

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into my Surly tulip. Pours a dark brown color with a light mocha colored head. The head doesn't have the greatest retention as it disappears quickly, however it does leave a small ring and some spots here and there.

The aroma and the taste are extremely complex, possibly the most complex Belgian beer I've ever had the pleasure of tasting...

I get licorice and molasses, figs and raisins, dark chocolate and lightly roasted coffee, toffee and caramel, clove and spice, orange peel and coriander, the hits just keep on coming. It's amazing you can pick each taste out pretty easily, but that just attests to the skill of the brewers.

The alcohol content is nearly hidden completely. As it warms, there is a slight warming feeling as this nectar slides down your gullet. Only a light burn, and nothing unbearable. It's very well hidden behind the complexity of the beer itself.

The mouthfeel starts out a little rough around the edges, but ends strong. A little bit overcarbonated for my tastes, some time to let the bubbles settle does this brew some good. Best served after sitting for about 15 minutes. Smooth finish with light alcohol burn. Drinkability is great, the complexity of the brew is enough to hide the alchol, but not enough to scare you away. Fantastic.

Overall, a great Quad, and the best I've had yet. I'm not in any way an expert on the style, and until recently I wasn't a fan either. This is a great representation of the style and I'm glad I got a chance to try this one out.

Photo of aubuc1
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle dated 2006 poured in to a goblet.

Pours dark black with a thin tan head.

Smooth smell of roasted malt, sweet ripe fruits and some cinnamony spice. Also some smooth winey smell.

Taste is a slight tart yeasty, bready delight. Very well balanced.

Good mouthfeel that finishes really dry and just disapears completely.

There is some slight alcohol that kicks in after a few sips, but it is really drinkable for such a big beer.

A truly great beer I got in a trade with rgtravers.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2006.

Pours a dark murky orange brown with a big two finger tan head on top that's creamy and sticks around. Aromas of intoxicating vinous dark malts bathed in raisins, toffee, anise and a plethora of spiciness. Dark fruits underneath with strawberry and cherry popping out.

First sip brings sweet dark malts engulfed in a bath of chocolate and spice. A wave of vinous and dark fruit flavors rushes across the palate. Fruitiness flows down to a sweet finish. Earthy malt and spent yeast flavors linger on in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of fast moving carbonation. A bit over carbonated IMHO. An enjoyable brew that I would like to have again sometime. Will have to try some of the newer vintages.

Photo of Rippeddisc
4.04/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2006 bottle opened in Sept '09

A - Thick amber/caramel brown, very dark in the middle. 1 finger head that dissapates

S - caramel, raisins?, very faint nose

T/M - wow, complex. my mouth doesnt know what to make of this. in fact, i cant even describe this. big malt and sweetness followed by the tart alcohol, then a tad more sweetness on the very back that lingers. need to expand my beer vocab for this one. good mouth presence and lingering flavor

edit: as i am drinking this beer it seems to be mellowing out. sweet and smooth, w/o the detectable alc

D - the 10% is hidden very well. and a delicious brew. why not have a couple :-)

Photo of nickd717
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 bottle at Blind Tiger in NYC.

A - Very dark brown with a large tan head and decent lacing.

S - Huge aroma of dark fruits, lots of spices, caramel, candi sugar, vinous notes, and floral hops.

T - Incredibly complex and delicious flavor of roasted malts with port, fig, raisin, date, banana, and spices. A slight tartness is also present, adding to the complexity.

M - Fairly full and syrupy with somewhat fizzy carbonation.

D - Good, but gets to be a bit much when you down too much of it. This is very good, but I much prefer the Grand Reserva.

Photo of coldmeat23
3.7/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

It pours a deep, dark, brown color. Two-fingers of brown foam make the head. This recedes to a nice surface covering. Lacing is in strands and pretty sticky.

Lots of candi sugar and spices. A rich maltiness and a good amount of dark fruit notes. A very good yeast presence, somewhat bready.

Tons of dark fruits. Very earthy. Light maltiness. Warming alcohol, especially in the finish.

Medium-bodied. Medium to high level of carbonation. Smooth and easy with a nice touch of mild creaminess.

A total sipper, to be sure.
I expected more from this brew. It sucks when your expectations outweigh reality.

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

Had this in a bottle at Monks right before the incident

Pours a deep brown with a tint of red when held to the light. A tan head that was very small.

Rich malt, dark fruit and wood in the nose, a bit of spice as well, not overly spicy. A bit of heat.

Sweet malt flavor, with loads of dark fruit - cherry, plum, raisin, fig. Oaky, with roasted chocolate and a hint of coffee Sweet, but not as sweet as many quads out there. The finish has more fruit and heat from the alcohol.

Rich, full bodied, with a light carbonation and a real silky feel.

A great one, complex, well put together, a delight.

Photo of smcolw
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great head to start and leaves a dense thin layer of bubbles. Light lace. Dark brown and muddy.

Mild aroma of darker (perhaps crystal) malts, although it is hard to detect.

Strong waming, alcoholic taste--much like a fine sherry. Full bodied with a lower level of carbonation than many Quads. This is a very smooth beer. Worthwhile to seek out.

Photo of philipquarles
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one quite a few times before, it's about time I review it. 11.2oz bottle from 2007. Pours a cloudy dark mahogany with a ruddy, light beige head. Smells of molasses and dark fruit, as well as some chocolate. Kind of boozy. Tastes of prune juice, overripe fruit, brown sugar, cane syrup, dark chocolaty malts, and alcohol. Warming, sweet finish. Full body with higher carbonation. Definitely a sipper.

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

The first perfect score I've ever given, and it absolutely deserves it! Definitely the best beer I've ever had.

'06 vintage

A -Brown leather color, slightly cloudy, and a beige, thinly laced head that leaves a decorative, sticky pattern of foam on the glass. Really a beauty of a beer.

S - Complex, slightly sour aroma made up of grape, candied sugars, a Merlot wine character and port wine alcohol presence, and peppery spice notes. The age adds a 'cellar' aroma that is amazing. Just one sniff of this beer lets you know it is world class!

T - Upon first sip I was delighted and confused at the same time. All sorts of delicious malt qualities come through on the palate that didn't come through at all in the nose, making it that much more complex. Earthy notes help make this beer a relaxing 'sipper.' Sweet and sour grape notes come later. A truly awesome sensory experience!

M/D - Unlike newer vintages I've had, this beer had a perfect amount of carbonation that helped to appreciate all the flavors. As soon as I finished, I wanted more... much more! And I took a trip to Cincinnati to do just that: get MORE!

Really??!! A perfect score? ... Absolutely!

Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 Vintage.

Poured a deep mahogany with a rich espresso-like steam colored head on top. It was quite voluminous at first, but reduced to a fine thick slick. A beautiful color. The nose was simply magnificent. Deep round notes of currants, raisins, sharp esters, and a burnt brown sugar note. The taste was just ever so slightly too alcoholic. There were sharp cherry notes and some rich chocolate. The mouthfeel was slightly sharp, but as it warmed the feel mellowed into a rich creamy smoothness. Couldn't drink too many of these, but the one I had was well well worth it.

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

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip. 2006 vintage.

A: Dark reddish brown. No head at all.

S: Alcohol, yeast, and spices.

T: Jaw-droppingly complex. Chocolate, dark fruits, spices, and a bunch of other crap I'm struggling to describe. No trace of alcohol, which is pretty surprising after the nose.

M: Smooth and creamy.

D: Astonishingly easy to put down. This has to be on any short list of best Belgian beers.

Photo of smuttanator
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm drinking this beer while baking cookies...which seems oddly appropriate. One of the sweeter beers I've ever had. However, unlike a lot of sweet beers, this is in no way syrupy, in fact its fairly drinkable, and in no way gives a hint of its 11% alchohol. All in all in a very solid and unique beer

Photo of allboutbierge
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage

Tried after a suggestion from fellow BA Garretdcole.

Rich appearance typical of a Quad--Mahogany dried raisin colored hues with moderate long lasting head of an offwhite color. Pungent aromas of raisins, dates, some molasses, faint notes of spice. No yeasty aromas. Everything in balance.

Taste, obviously, is very reflective of the aroma. Some malty notes reminscent of chicory come through. Malt is the main attraction here...again, lots of dates, raisins, dried fruit, maybe some cherry. Lots more in there, the words just fail me. Great balance. Some yeastiness comes in towards the finish.

I will be drinking this again...something to mix in the St. Berny 12 while lounging at the Kangüruh.

Photo of erz316
3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, 2007 vintage, into chimay chalice.

A - bottle pours a big head like a coke, big bubbles that die down a bit slower than a coke; colour is a medium-light brown. body is a very very dark brown, almost black, but still clearly brown. I cant find anything particularly special about the appearance; one thing for which I was going to take off points is the massive head, but the retention is thick and beautiful, so it redeems itself

S - not quite a quad smell, more on the lines of a less fruity dark strong belgian. the nose is malty, slightly spicy, and a bit fruity. the malts are the majority of the sweetness and body of the nose. the middle of the nose is this plumb kind of sweetness. the background is the spices, which are very light, tend to mix in with some identifiable warm alcohol; maybe some cardamom or anise. not a very strong smelling beer, but it has some interesting notes in there from the innateness of the style and the added spices.

T - yeah, there are those spices, and a rather blunt alcohol profile. not exactly what I was expecting. the initial flavours are clear malts, sweet like molasses, and a big licorice flavour. the licorice is what too me aback; I didn't foresee this intensity from the nose. the beer is very strong, and very dark. once the licorice and molasses finish doing their thing, the alcohol comes in full force. the finish is much milder, leading out flavours of raisins, and mild alcohol with some burnt sugar/toffee like malts; anise and the spice medly trails. the finish is bitter, but not a discernible hop bitter, more like a herbal leafy bitterness. the anise stays with us to the very end, along with a lingering cola flavour that starts where the finish ends. the beer is very complicated, and has tons of different flavours to find with each drinking, but the flavour was just not for me. a good beer, but it should find another drinker.

MF&D - the body is quite astringent and puckering. body is a medium heavy, with abundant carbonation. the carbonation is almost too much for me at times, but I guess it serves to cancel out some of the alcohol's effect. I cant really get behind the flavour of this beer, and I would not want to have more than what I have now.

Photo of squaremile
3.4/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't really understand the big deal about this beer beyond the drinkability. Pours a mahogany brown with a small head. The smell is sweet with notes of molasses, raisins, and brown sugar. The flavor is more of the same, but I end up feeling like this is sort of like St. Bernardus Abt 12 Light. The thin/watery mouthfeel just doesn't do it for me. No alcohol present at all, which is remarkable for 10%. It's a fine beer overall, but for the style is isn't in the upper class.

Photo of realmpel
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 version.

Pours a deep, rich red, a very nice color.

The beer is sweet, almost like a Flanders. As it warms, I detect more malt, and little or no hops. Cherries, alcohol notes, almost a cough syrup flavor. I certainly detect the spices; coriander and nutmeg.

Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy, yet enough carbonation to break it up.

It's a strong one, and too sweet for me to drink more than the one bottle. I did enjoy the one I had though.

Photo of treyrab
4.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Why it took me so long to drink this I have no clue. But now I wish I would have drank it much sooner and would have picked up way more!

2006 Vintage.

A: Pours into my chalice a nice, hazy mahogany red with noticeable brown hues and plenty of yeast floaties throughout. For having the beer creep up the neck of the bottle upon opening, this did not yield as large of a head. The head was a one finger and khaki in color.

S: Wow. Tons going on here. One of the best and most complex noses out there. Figs, dates, raisins, plums, sweet toffee, brown sugar, caramel, candi sugar and nice Belgian spices. This is blended together so well.

T: Just as complex and unparalleled to most Belgians I've had. The taste is just as complex as the nose with a nice inviting dark fruit complexity of raisin, fig and dates followed by some nice candi sugar and sweet caramel. The flavors are so well balanced and blended.

Overall, this is one of the best Belgians I have ever had. Almost up there with Westvleteren 12 in complexity. A must try!

Photo of lownote
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had two 2007 bottles. Poured an almost completely black color with lots of head, which evaporated fairly quickly. The beer was not as filling as it looked, all of the tastes seemed really compact, which were the spices, a little sweetness, and some alcohol. Really great beer worth trying.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2006 vintage. Raisin brown with flashes of black cherry when backlit with bright morning sunshine. A loud 'pffft' on crown cracking was followed by the creation of an expansive crown of ecru colored foam that isn't sticky enough to leave much of itself on the snifter. All three of the Pannepot ales look good, not great.

The same can be said for the nose(s). Despite the inward sloping sides of the glass, the aroma isn't as powerful as it should be. Warming helps to some extent. The beer smells BSDA-like, with dark fruit and ground clove especially prominent. Here's hoping that 3 years in the bottle haven't sapped most of the complexity.

Without tasting them side-by-side, I won't be able to speak about the relative differences between the Danish version and this American version. They're both excellent, that much is certain. Once the overly fizzy bubbles settle down, this should be a more enjoyable experience.

Old Fisherman's Ale has to be one of the darkest quadrupels in existence. There can't be too many that have this much licorice and molasses. Other flavors include dark chocolate-covered raisins, dark toffee, burnt sugar, orange peel, coriander and clove. I would never have guessed that thyme and cinnamon are present as well.

Amazingly enough (or maybe not so amazingly), these scores are identical to the scores given to the Danish version. It's hard to believe there are any major differences between the two. Warming brings more intensity and complexity to an already intense and complex beer.

Too bad the mouthfeel isn't as fantastic as it could be. To be fair, it improves considerably once most of the carbonation enters the atmosphere. It then becomes lightly viscous and almost creamy. My suggestion is to pour... wait 10 minutes (if you're able)... then begin to drink.

Pannepot Old Fisherman's Ale deserves its place on the list of Top Beers on Planet Earth (#46 currently). It's a wonderful quadrupel that emphasizes the Russian Imperial stout part of its personality more than most. Highly recommended for anyone who loves big Belgian ales.

Pannepot from De Struise Brouwers
96 out of 100 based on 2,122 ratings.