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Pannepot - De Struise Brouwers

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Ratings: 2,099
Reviews: 792
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.22%
Wants: 367
Gots: 401 | FT: 28
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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 Mauerhan
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into my glass a rich brown. with a fantastic two finger head. off a bottle that is dated 06 i am surprised that there is still this much carbonation. the fluffy tan head stays for quite some time. some lacing. not a whole lot. but what is there sticks around just a tick longer than my friend victor after a good snuggle fest with his latest boy toy. just kidding...vic never gets ass.

smell is plesant. cloves/banana, other assorted spices. i am detecting a slightly sour hint on the end. i might just be crazy or just unable to put my finger on a particular spice. but whatever it is i like it.

taste is good. a nice subtle amount of spices. well balanced. a good amount of sweetness. nice and complex. dark fruits and the spices play off each other nicely. a very tasty brew.

mouth is full and thick. the carbonation plays a nice game with the creamy full thick body of this beer. awesome!

i would love to drink more of these if they were more readily accessible.

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

A: Nice dark brown, black with a massive tan-ish head. Good looking beer.

S: Spice, dark fruits, some dark malt

T/M: Excellent. Dark fruit, lots of spice. Very well balanced quad. I'm impressed. Really like that it has some carbonation. I've noticed a lot of quad-style's here in the US are lacking in carbonation which makes things syrupy. Not so here.

D: If this wasn't so expensive, it'd be a staple.

Photo of bifrostguard
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A dark plum color with a moderate tan head that leaves no lacing. Effervescence is notable.

S - Dark fruits, alcohol, roasted malts and nutmeg.

T - Fruity and mildly sweet. There is plenty of complexity to this one. Plenty of spice and roasted malts with a long and much desired alcohol burn in the finish. Very nice indeed!

M - Thick and creamy with a high level of carbonation.

D - A building sweetness is about the only thing I can see getting in the way of drinking this throughout the night. Luckily, the ABV is high enough that it is a decision I won't have to worry about making.

Photo of egajdzis
3.97/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a cloudy brown color with a large off white head and no lacing. Aroma of mint, dark fruits, roast, yeast, and a funky barnyard aspect as well. Taste was sweet raisins, chocolate, roast, tons of spices and an alcohol burn. Too much spice in this one.

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

This was recommended to me at Eulogy Belgian Tavern in Philly when I didn't know what to order. 2007 bottle poured into a Koningshoeven goblet.

A - poured dark burgundy brown with a 1" tan head in a goblet. Excellent head retention

S - fruity, dark currants, figs, yeast, and port. Hints of coriander, cinnamon, and sweet fruit juice. Spicy phenols take up the rear of the bouquet.

T - tastes like how it smells, rich and complex. Hints of roasted malts, chocolate, and dark fruit sweetness on top of all of the previously mentioned smells. Portlike in sweetness.

M - smooth, thick, and rich in body, highly carbonated.

D - highly drinkable for 10%

Overall - I was extremely impressed by this beer. In my opinion, it is nearly flawless. The 2007 brew is still a bit young. I think a couple of years in the cellar will bring this to perfection. An excellent Quad but a tad pricey... for $10.50/11oz bottle... I am determined to find this at a cheaper price! Do your tastebuds and your soul a favor and bathe them in Pannepot goodness!

Photo of djeucalyptus
3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a murky woody amber hue with a fair finger-and-a-half head of a fluffy off-white which fades fairly quickly leaving some frothy lacing behind, following down the glass a good way.

aroma of yeasty fruits with an almost mead-like quality. Prunes, raisins, fermenting apples and pears, vanilla and some nutmeg, clove and cardamom. Malt and yeast peek through the dominant fruit at times.

The fruit and yeasts in the aroma are dominant on the tongue. Raisins, sweet pear, dates and prunes. There's an almost-sour note mixed in with the fruit. Spices come through as well, but aren't dominant or offensive - nutmeg, mace, cloves, maybe some cinnamon. Subtle hints of wood and smoke add to the complexity. Earthy and sweet finish, with the strong near-alcoholic malt notes coming through at the end.

Smooth and creamy, a bit thin compared to other quads I've had. The carbonation is a touch high, occasionally obscuring the nuances of the spices. Not a bad one to sip on.

This is definitely a complex one, and I can definitely understand people's affection. It didn't quite blow me away, and I can't say I'd have a burning desire to seek it out again over others along these lines, but it's definitely an impressive brew. Worth a shot just to explore it's complexities.

Photo of rhinos00
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 Vintage poured into a snifter.

A- Dark burgundy with shades of dark red when held into light. Nice half inch off-white head formed and remained around the edges of the glass as consumed. Carbonation was still prevalent and rushed to the top of the glass.

S- Not as strong as other quads I have had. Despite this, there was hints of dark fruit mixed with a nice malt aroma. The smell did become more defined as the beer warmed.

T- Perfect. Prunes, raisins, and other various dark fruits hit the palate finishing with a nice malt finish. The alcohol never overwhelmed the flavor.

M- Medium viscosity which coated the tongue. Nice amount of carbonation for a two year old beer.

D- At 10% abv this beer is deceivingly strong. You definitely feel the warmth in the chest from this one.

Overall, I was very pleased I finally got to review this beer. It seems like a lighter, cleaner version of the Rochefort 10. This is definitely a unique beer that is highly recommended.

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

Pours a nice, rich looking mocha and brown color. Some floaties bounce around within. Slight tints of red. Head is somewhat small. I don't have the proper glass, so this is overlooked. The off brown head that does form is somewhat flat and s thin.

Aroma is mostly yeasty fruits. Soft fruit that seems to have fermented. Rich. Prune, raisin, caramel. Some coriander.

Taste is nice. Dark soft fruit like plum or fig. Some ripe banana as well. The sweet beginning gives way to a slightly stringent finish. The feel is oily and alcohol comes to the front. I don't like the mouthfeel so much.

Overall a good beer. I have another in the fridge.

Photo of mhewes
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A : Pours a nice dark red/brown color with a good head that leaves some nice lacing behind

S : A thing of beauty. A huge malt aroma with some dark fruits and spices (cinnamon, nutmeg).

T : Strong sweet malt flavor. You can definitely pick up some dark fruit flavors, some spices, maybe some chocolate also

M : Full-bodied, good carbonation, the alcohol really doesn't make it's presence known

D : It's one that I'd love to have again but I could see only having one bottle at a time.

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

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into red wine glass.

A - Opaque, dark brown, with some red/purple coming through on the edges. Nice brown foam rises about a finger, with decent retention considering ABV. Thick collar with some patching hangs around for the duration. Nice sheet of lacing.

S - Great aroma. Currants, vanilla, and a touch of caramel are most obvious. A hint of sourness lurks as well.

T - Dark fruit component upfront but a little subdued. Figs and raisins stand out the most. Mid palate is actually dominated by alcohol astringency and heat. Finish is nutty, slightly roasty, and with a touch of yeasty chalkiness. Finish is slightly bitter. Overall the brew bounces back and forth between sweet and dry.

M - Medium to full bodied with moderate to low carbonation. The carbonation gets prickly at times, and overall the huge alcohol presence thins this beer out too much.

D - A little strong in a lot of aspects but tasty and decently drinkable. Wouldn't want more than a bottle though.

Photo of maximum12
3.73/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

And thanks goes out to the ever-generous BA beerisheaven for throwing this beer in as an extra on our last trade.

Gotta say this is one of the coolest beers I've ever seen. I thought it was fairly clear, pours black, but held up to the light there's some very distinct brown along the edges. Cool.

Smell, taste, aftertaste, are all more like a barleywine than a quad to me - luckily, I'm a big barleywine fan. The spices, sweets, & fruit that are strong off the surface are on the tongue too, with a very, very, very late kick of alcohol - like 30-40 seconds later. How'd they do that?

Interesting beer. There's just a hint of overcarbonation in this that gives it a soda-like feel, which I'm never fond of, but aside from that the brew is strong & hard. It'd be very difficult to down more than one, though.

Seal of approval from maximum12.

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.68/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blasphemy, I realize, but I thought the Old Monk's Ale was better than this beer. Nonetheless, this is a very good beer offering some very pleasant sour notes in addition to some fruitiness that is quite distinct from the Old Monk's Ale.

Poured a dark red-brown. Didn't leap out of the bottle the way the Old Monk's Ale did. Sturdy tan head fades to a scummy coating atop the beer. Aroma is sour, vinegar, and somehow chalky...like Deus. The aroma was also sour enough to me to be reminiscent of a Berlinerweisse. Flavor is preceded by that rough, chalky mouthfeel. Cherry-ish and very sour. Some roastiness and a ton of sour. I love sour, and believe it to be the flavor atop the beer hierarchy of flavors (if there is such a thing), but I'm not sure that the sour is presented here in the most attractive way...I love sour beers, and this is a very good beer with some sour elements, yet I didn't love this beer.

Nonetheless, I would recommend it. I obtained this bottle at Beer Mania in Brussels.

Photo of paco1029384756
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with foamy white head.

Scent of brown sugar, candi sugar, slight cinnamon, chocolate, and some alcohol.

Strong sweet rush with candi sugar with a bit of brown sugar and dark chocolate, fades into a slightly bitter coffee flavor with a hint of alcohol.

Clean, smooth mouth feel.

I prefer this one to the Denmark version, but I would never refuse another one of these regardless of the version.

Photo of bonbini26
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- deep, dark ruby, with a small settling head.

Smell- Beautiful aroma, dark fruits, dark spices, soft cinnamon, nutmeg, met with dark malts, raisins, plum

Taste- cool and fruity, at first, then full and expressive, a weighty ale in the mouth, dark fruits in abundance, cherries covered in chocolate

Mouthfeel & Drinkability- Finishes long in the mouth, hangs in there for a stretch. Well-balanced, tasty, ...somewhere between a dubbel and a quadrupel, is where I'd put this. with a little more spice than usual, the alcohol is well hidden in this beer also

Photo of 0110x011
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 vintage
Pours dark brown with ruby edges. One finger tan head leaves a thin collar with little lacing. Raisin, fig, anise, and tobacco on the nose, with other scents that are hard to pinpoint. Flavor is a bit fruitier, but is nicely balanced with the spice and earth notes. Big bubbled carbonation leaves the finish a bit too dry, but it is quite drinkable. A fine quad.

Photo of stumac
4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

thanks to my buddy Onslow for this at Stumelagram VI.

pours up a nice brown color with a good sized tan head. the nose is cherry, vanila malts, a slight backdrop of clean mashmallows, sweet malts. the taste is very chewy. it is chocolate like crazy, very sweet, very complex, toffee, chocolate covered cherries. A delicious beer!

Photo of beereality
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006 Bottle
This beer pours a thick cloudy brown liquid that you can not see through, even with my mini spot light. Lots of carbonation going on in there. Beautiful tan or beige head that sticks around for the whole brew. Kind of a sweet leathery smell, hard to describe. My first taste is sweet but not overly so, and do you remember the candy " sugar babies"? that's the taste I get right away, but smooth so smooth. This is pretty strong beer, I don't know how much I can drink. I'm getting some hotness toward the end. Very nice beer, from a great brewery. Cant' wait to try Black Albert.

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

Old fisherman's ale. Is the ale old or does it belong to an old fisherman? I'm gonna try it despite the ambiguously titled title.

Pours a nice beer bottle brown. I'm learning to associated this color with yummmy beer lately. Very thick frothy head of mocha marshmellow. Very pleasing appearance. Looks thick.

Smell is all malt. Maybe some chocolate fragrance.

Strong flavor. I believe I get a coffee taste. Possibly the chocolate too. Something slick and yummy presents itself on the lips as it continues to warm.

Rich, creamy. Great feel. High drinkability. 10% isn't noticeable. Until it warms, then the alcohol pokes its nose out a little.

Overall: this stuff is great.

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

Bottle is labeled 2006

Pours a cloudy dark brown with a smallish tan head that sticks around for a while. Smells of caramel malt, lots of fruits, a bit of bread and same candy sugar sweetness. Tastes of spices and some sweetness up front. Followed by a caramel malty taste fading into a bit of alcohol and Belgian yeast funk. Full body with lots of carbonation that mixes with creamy and coats your entire mouth. Great example of the style!

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


Pours a very dark brown...although it starts out looking like a complete gusher, it's quickly under control and a modest, soft tan head forms. Complex, delicately layered aromas like sweet fruits, leather, warm spices, tart cherries, figs, and maybe some chocolate. First sip is a hugely flavorful. Light, bright spices upfront compliment the oncoming sweetness which, in turn, compliments the fruitiness. Actual malt flavor seems to be more towards the back with some caramel and breadiness. Chocolaty cherries and bread seem to come to the nose more and more. It's certainly a sweet Quad, but a berry tartness finishes it off nicely. Smooth, coating mouthfeel helped by the light carbonation, makes for suprisingly easy drinking. The alcohol noticeable but blends well with the spiciness.

Sweet for sure, but very complex and tasty.

Photo of gford217
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of MrRetardedMonkey poured into my trusty Terrapin snifter.

A: Pours dark, dark mahogany brown with a rocky one-finger tan head that lingers for a while leaving lots of lacing.

S: The smell has a huge sweet caramel malt base with tons dark fruits in there, figs and grapes with a complimentary candied sugar sweetness. I got some spices in the nose but not a dominant aroma for me.

T: The taste has more of the spice character with an opening candied sugar and dark fruit sweetness. There is a heavy roasted malt backbone in the middle with spices lingering in the finish with a faint sour hint as well. Very complex flavor and quite enjoyable.

M: Mouthfeel is incredible - smooth enough to coat your mouth with flavor, but with enough carbonation to keep it dancing on the palate.

D: This is a big, complex beast of a quad and one of the best I've had. It's definitely a sipper but one that I highly recommend.

Photo of vtfan77
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006 bottle

A- Very dark reddish brown, almost stout-like at first glance. A nice tan head forms upon pouring and takes its time going down. A few small chunks of sediment made their way into the glass despite my best efforts.

S- Smells quite rich and alcoholic. A grape-like fruitiness, along with the alcohol, gives it a brandy-like character. Rich toffee, chocolate, and cloves are also in the mix, along with a variety of spicy and fruity aromas that I can't quite place. I only wish the smell were stronger; I had to really stick my nose in the glass to get a good whiff.

T- Starts out a little tart, then delves into a lush palate of dark fruit and rich malt. Medicinal phenols pepper the taste as well. A subtle sweetness is present throughout, but the finish is dry and toasty. Just a touch of bitterness is noticeable, with a lingering coffee-like aftertaste.

M- Full-bodied and smooth, with an active but gentle carbonation. Very nice.

D- The alcohol is more noticeable in the smell than in the taste, and is actually not that high for the style. Despite its richness, this is one of the more drinkable quads I've had, and the quickness with which it disappeared from my glass is a testament to that.

This is an excellent beer. I'm not usually that big on quads, but when they're good... oh man. This is one of the good ones. It compares favorably to the likes of Rochefort 10 and St. Bernardus 12 and is a must-try for fans of the style (and non-fans like me). It went well with a triple-cream Brie. Recommended.

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

The Pannepot was from a 2006 Lot D 4 BB. It poured dark dark brown with a buzzing foam head that quickly dissipated. It was a good 1 to 2 fingers.

The aroma was dark brown sugar and deep red fruit. It had a nice spicy smell to it. The taste was malty all the way through and seemed to pop juicy fruit in the mouth. It was moderate to high carbonation and the alcohol didn't even seem like it was around even though at 10%, it was no slouch.

The Old Fisherman's ale was money. Very enjoyable deep beer. The spices are a nice side accent where you get the sweet malts coming at you during the whole process.

Photo of jwinship83
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- dark brown with ruby red highlights. the head is beige, creamy, and small but constant. several small visible "floaters" can be seen.

S- very complex- cherries, figs, plums, and a faint odor of alcohol.

T- about how it smells. very nice. the warming of the alcohol adds something to this.

M- well carbonated. smooth and creamy from the head.

T- couldnt ask for anything more from a beer. i could have several of these in a sitting. the only hindrance is the high ABV. highly recommended.

Photo of Antilochus
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Vintage 2005. Served in a De Struise tulip at Kulminator, Antwerpen. Dark cloudy brownish black, small yellow-tan head that goes to collar. Notes of chocolate, licorice, dark fruit, candy sugar, spice. Sticky mouthfeel. Well hidden abv. Good stuff, a solid quad.

Pannepot from De Struise Brouwers
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