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Pannepot - De Struise Brouwers

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Ratings: 2,117
Reviews: 794
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.22%
Wants: 372
Gots: 403 | 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 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.

Photo of aerozeppl
4.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Cloudy brown color that poured with minimal white head. Spotty lacing.

S: Musty dark fruit. Weird mix of spices. So much going on here that it is hard to pin down individual smells. Great nose.

T: Starts off with classic blast of Belgian dark fruit. Just so complex with everything blending so well. Figs and dates are able to be picked out as well as some spices and the yeast which adds something nice to this beer.

M: Nice and smooth. Little bit sticky.

D: Simply awesome. No hints of ABV at all. Reminds me of a Westy 8. Just an amazing example of Belgian brewing.

Photo of kirok1999
3.88/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy bronze with a nice wispy head.
Spicy cinnamon, allspice smell. Nicely sweet.
Mild taste, smooth spices come through nicely, sweet but mild, slightly wine like. Very slight paper taste with some banana and raisin notes.
Very little carbonation, very smooth and mellow.
Very nice sipper.

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

2006 vintage.

Ive been keeping this for a long time, I think its ready to go. The pour reveals a turbid chocolate liquid with a clingy, modest eggshell head. Its not a giant merangue like I was expecting but it leaves plenty of lace on the glass. The aroma is replete with fruit compote, dark cocoa, chewy malts and mulling spices. Dark rum and alcohol are noticeable in the background. The taste is a complex showcase of malt flavors; raisin bread, dark chocolate,nutmeg, raw cookie dough, cinammon, black licorice and apple skin. Hops are appropriately diminutive for the style. The finish is is sweet but not cloying with a bit of alcohol zing. The mouthfeel is thick and softly carbonated, almost creamy.

This is a great Quad. Definitely up there with St Bernie 12.

Photo of ASymon13
4.92/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had been looking forward to trying this beer for a while and finally got a 2006 bottle.

It pours a deep, dark brown with a resonable very lightly tan head to it. The head receded fairly fast and left no lacing. The aroma is very rich and full of dark fruits, mainly plum and cherry, as well as some esters along with some nice spiciness to it. Some sweet sugars are noticable and there are some light phenolic tones underneath. The fruitiness settles out after a few minutes and the sweet brown sugar comes out nicely. Oh yeah, and the alcohol is extremely well masked.

The first thing I said after my first sip was "wow!" this is a rich, complex and wonderful beer. It has a wonderful fruitiness to it, light esters and cherry being the basis, and the sugar and spiciness are in perfect balance. I haven't had such a pleasant sipper in a long time. All the flavors come through right from the start, and the sugars give way a bit and what's left is a fantastic spicy and fruity finish. The alcohol is completely masked (until you start finishing the bottle, then it is only felt). It has a medium body, and the carbonation is a bit underwhelming, but that hardly detracts at all. This is a wonderful beer, which has left me scanning potential trades, 'cause I want more!

Photo of DrDogbeer
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had from the bottle at Ebenezer's. Pours a muddy brown color with a light tan head. Tons of carbonation. Smells of dark fruits and spices. Taste is complex- good for a quad. Lots of spice up front. As the beer warms, it warms me. Some ripe dark fruit flavor- raisins? Good bite on the end. Lots of malty richness. Mouthfeel is zesty. I have to say there is a bit mroe going on for me in a rochefort 10, but this was very good.

Photo of Strix
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of sholland119
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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...


Pannepot from De Struise Brouwers
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