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Pannepot - De Struise Brouwers

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Ratings: 2,097
Reviews: 792
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.22%
Wants: 367
Gots: 400 | FT: 27
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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 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...


Photo of Zorro
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Obtained in trade with leftmindedrighty.

2006 vintage Lot A6CC.

Hazy brown colored ale with very slight tan head.

Smell is quite sweet and fruity with lots of candied fruit smells. Molasses, brown sugar, fig, raisin, vanilla, pineapple, and cake aromas. Little bit boozy, mostly vanilla extract.

Taste starts out sweet and woody with lots of fig and plum flavor. Lots of dark preserved fruit flavors but the taste is nowhere near as complex as the smell. Considerable alcohol warmth in the stomach.

Mouthfeel is good.

Not a bad beer but one I honestly prefer smelling to drinking. Doesn't taste bad, but the smell promises heaven in a glass.

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

Muted cherry brown in color. Smallish head atop a full glass. Nice, deep aroma-somewhat funky with a hint of spiciness. Liquid bread flavor up front. Very malty with a nice treacle like sweet taste to it. Mildly spiced but it seems more off the alcohol then anything being added. No real trace of alcohol regardless. Raisens and dried fruit. Nice body. Holy crap what a drinkable quad. Very complex. Well worth seeking out-wish I had bought more.

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

This will be a comparison against my review of the Reserva. Read that for the baseline.

Altogether better than the Reserva (note that this was not my opinion when I previously review this beer!). The flavors in this are just a bit more clear and not muddled whatsoever. While this has no barrel aging characteristics or the wine notes of the Reserva, this is still wonderfully complex with a great spice/brown sugar/raisin taste. Not quite as complex as the Reserva, but the flavors here mesh better and make this a truly delightful beer.

Highly recommended.


Old Review:

This was one of those beers I could appreciate, but did not truly enjoy. The appearance was gorgeous, served from a 33cl bottle. Nice dark brown, almost black, color. Smell was very much of licorice. Not much else I got from it. Taste is licorice with some coriander, with an excellent caramel/chocolate malt backbone. Mouthfeel is solid, strong and warming. Drinkability was good but not great. Alcohol was decently well hidden. Biggest problem I had? The licorice. After about half a bottle, it got to me. I am no black licorice sort of guy, so unfortunately it started to overwhelm. And that is too bad - I recognized it was a wonderfully complex and different brew, but it just kept distracting me. Ah well, I still enjoyed it. I just enjoyed the reserva of this on-tap even more!

Old Scores: 4.5/4/4/4.5/3.5

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006, lot number is C-C-BB

dark, almost opaque brown with red tint. decent head recedes to thin layer. lacing is minimal and tends not to stick.

nutmeg and raisins in aroma, with spiced rum and fruitcake. hint of earthy, herbal hop.

similar flavors, with accent on dried fruit. something like brown sugar, something like molasses - esp. in aftertaste. moderate, almost subdued bitterness, which fades into a sweet and even semi-phenolic finish. this aftertaste has some nutty character to the malt as well.

feel is smooth with an almost syrupy texture that coats the tongue. lively but not overactive carbonation.

very nice

Photo of MSchae1017
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was tasted in a goblet from the 330mL bottle.

The beer poured deep brownish amber with a creamy tan head. The beer holds a nice film and laces well. The smell is full of sweet caramel and dark fruits. The taste resembles the smell. Up front with the caramel and fruits, a bit of sweet chocolate also happens to work its way in. The beer leaves a yeasty spiciness on the tongue as you swallow. The beer sports a full body and creamy carbonation. Overall, a very good Quad, very easy to drink and hides the alcohol well.

Photo of rudylaw
3.72/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

It pours a dark, wooden color with a fluffy, two-finger head. It smells like there's about 600 things in here. Cloves, spice, dark fruits, molasses, malt, leaves, etc.

The taste is kind of syrupy to me. I can taste most of the flavors I sniffed, but it's overloaded. I'd definitely like to try another one one to compare this experience to however. It is creamy but also a bit thin for a quad.

All in all, it's easy to see why this beer gets high praise due to the complexity. For me, as stated, I would like to try this again, but won't seek it out. This fisherman's ale needs to catch me this time.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.85/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful black with a very thick, lush head about 4 inches high that settles to a 1/2 inch cap of tan, tightly beaded foam. Very nice lacing as well. Smells quite bready with a winey finish and some light spice notes. Very balanced, slightly sweet, and rich. The taste is a beautiful, rich melange of sweet bready malt, lush fruits, and more prominent spicebox notes and a noticeably vinous finish that is interwoven with the spice and goes on and on. Really quite remarkable. Very rich, smooth, and vinous in the mouth, but with no tannic finish. Extremely good, and noticeably more vinous than the Danish version. To me, this is the Kate the Great of Quads- same take on flavors- pure and vinous over rich and malty or hoppy.

Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

as a friend and I tried a new beer bar in Portland, ME, I'm looking through the menu and I see this gem in the cellar / limited selection list. If you're reading this you know what comes next!

2006 version

A - Rich reddisch brown color with a nice rich tan head.
S - Ripe dark fruits, sweet malts and a light yeasty spicy undertone.
T - Similar to the nose but with an exquisite balance of flavors.
M - full bodied, creamy smooth, nicely carbonated.
D - wow, I could've sat there and ordered another round or two. It drinks so smooth and so light that it belies the overal strength of this beer.

Definitely recommende!

Photo of dirtylou
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle, 2006 edition, obtained in a bif of some sort i believe

appearance: pours into a bells tulip-snifter, big dark mahogany body, huge tan creamy foam cap with strong retention and a coating lace...pretty intense looking quad

smell: tons of spice! cinnamon, clove, big dark malts, raisin and nuts, nutmeg and various other spice...a nice whiff of booze and earthy tones comes through as well

taste: this is a pretty powerful nectar...huge spice presence highlighted by clove, cinnamon, nutmeg. The body is sticky and heavy with a huge doughy feel and a massive malt structure. There are some similarities to that of jagermeister, which i will try to ignore in order to block out dark memories. A very interesting and unique beer that has features of a dubbel but clubs you over the head like a quad

mouthfeel: very large body, high spiced

drinkability: use caution

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

Enjoyed at a tasting with fellow BAer proteus93. Poured into an Ommegang chalice.

Appearance: A deep, opaque brown, just a few shades white of black, but there do appear to be some ruby highlights shining through. A healthy though not unbelievable chocolate head recedes at the rate you'd expect it to for a quadrupel, leaving moderate streaks of lacing behind.

Aroma: Overwhelmingly spicy! Brewed with spices indeed. The whole winter bouquet is present here - allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves. There's also a nice hop spiciness which, while not terribly prominent, compliments the rest well.

Taste: "Rum raisin," says one fellow taster, and I must concur - those dark fruits and sweet, fruity esters meld well with a spicy alcohol to lend it a definite rum characteristic. There's plenty of other goodness here, though - half-city roast coffee, bitter chocolate, and most of the spice notes present in the nose. However, and thankfully so, the spice profile isn't overwhelming in the taste. Excellent. Smooth, warming alcohol is present in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Thick and syrupy, with that perfect Belgian sublimation feel. I know it's not really sublimation, but everyone whose ever had a good Belgian beer knows what I'm talking about - it's there in the glass, it's liquid, and then it touches your tongue and boom, it's gone, filling your mouth up with foamy goodness. 5.0/5.0.

Drinkability: 10% is pretty high, and it's very filling, but those're pretty much the only faults here. Goes well with dessert - pumpkin pie anyone?

Highly recommended.

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

Poured a bottle into my St. Bernardus chalice. Pours a deep mahogany color with a strong head, which leaves a moderate amount of lacing. Smells very sweet with a lot of sppices. I didn't like this beer in the first few sips. After I got into it more and more, the more I like the way it tastes. Starts off very sweet, and evolves into a malty, bready flavor. Quite complex. Definitely a sipper.

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

A really unique beer. Really thick and deep mahogany in color. Lots of spices and a nice sweetness to it. Caramel and figs are noted. The warmth from the alcohol is present throughout. What a great one to sip in the cold weather, but not bad outside by the bbq in the summer time either. Just a really good beer.

Photo of tpd975
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

How do you celebrate fathers day? I say drink the 24th rated beer in the world.

A: A deep dark brown hue with brillant red highlights showing thru. The head is average and retention is good. Spotty lace noted from top to bottom.

S: Complex aroma. Lots of dark fruits noted. Figs, raisins, and plums mostly. A touch of spice can be detected along with yeast and roasted malt.

T: Wow, this one is big thick and chewy. Huge blast of dark fruits just sit on the tongue and linger. Nice roasty malt and fruits come thru. There is a touch of spice and a splash of booze make this one extra complex.

M: Full in body thich and creamy. Wonderful carbonation makes this one very inviting.

D: Not one you would drink several of, but at this ABV there are very few that you would. It is a nice filling beverage that is to be sipped and enjoyed.

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

A- Dark cola, huge off white head that sticks around forever. Clingy sudsy lacing.

S - Spices, wow. Coriander, clove. Banana and cooked dark fruits.

T - Dark toasted malt, dark cooked fruits, some banana and spices. Bitter finish attempts to balance the sweetnes.

M - EXTREMELY carbonated, heavy bodied and very coating.

D - Too much beer to do a lot, but nice enough to think about trying :)

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

Dark brown pour into a Duvel snifter. Tan head which subsides into a ring around the top of the beer.
Big bloom of dark fruits and sweet malt on the nose.
First taste is a marvelous burst of sweet fruit, sugar, phenols. Almost too much to sort out.
Creamy, soft, pleasantly carbonated mouthfeel. This beer caresses your tongue.
Alcohol is not noticeable in the beer, but 10% does sneak up on you.
Big ups to jcdiflorio for a great trade. My favorite beer of the bunch.
This is an outstanding beer, one of the best Belgians I've had. I will look for it whenever and wherever I can find it.

Photo of Proteus93
4.59/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A nice, deep brown... the head on here leaves a beautiful, creamy looking sheet that seems that it will continue to stick around until drinking begins. It's a lighter tan.

S: This smells beautiful... toffee scents, a definite spiciness... I can't make out all of what is coming together there; it's all rather complex and rich. Cinnamon? Allspice? Clove? A little chocolate, and hints of dark fruit - raisin and date.

T: A delicious medley of malt roast, spices, toffee, dark fruits, some spotty notes of anise, maybe (most notable post-finish). Alcohol makes an appearance, but there's plenty else going on here to not pay attention to it - that's to say, it's not really 'hidden'; it's just a little part of the bigger picture.

M + D: Full body, somewhat creamy, somewhat foamy. A very nice feeling brew, with a pleasant warming on the way down. It's rather candy-like and makes for an incredibly easy drinker. It's somewhat tempting to drink it quickly, but exercising some patience is very rewarding. An excellent take at the style, and would do very well among some of the abbey brews. Pick it up if you come by it. Excellent stuff.

Photo of ejquin
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Deep brown with thin white head that fades quickly and leaves little lace.

S: Nice nose with elemts of phenols, cinnamon, clove, brown sugar, molasses, hop spice, apple cider

T/M: Thick and chewy with little carbonation. Elements of fig, plum and nutmeg and clove. Cinnamon sweetness on finish. Super smooth. slightest amount of bitternes, smoothes out infinish. Very well balanced for a 10% quad. Nothing leaps out at you and takes center stage. Even the alcohol blends into the background to provide some depth.

D: Very high marks for drinkibility here.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a very dark brown with a nice frothy head. You could smell this elixir on the pour. Dark fruits, and belgian yeast dominate. The taste is even better than the nose. This is a wonderful beer. More dark fruits. I notice more than what was in the nose, Blackberry, plum, grape. There is a lot going on in the taste. Nice and complex. The mouthfeel is full and creamy. I could drink this all day long.

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

Got a bottle of this in a trade and forgot who gave it to me. Sorry man. It is a 2006 11.2oz bottle.

Mine was not a gusher like everyone elses. Poured a nice very dark brown color with a nice size tan head that stays well.

Smells of dark malts and spices with a hint of dark fruits.

Taste is very good. Tastes as it smells and is pretty sweet. A good sweet. A very good quad.

Mouth feel is smooth and that if a good quad with a frothyness that lingers at the end.

Drinkability is ok. A little too sweet to be drinking alot of it. A very fine beer all together.

Photo of geexploitation
4.66/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2006 bottling, hoping this will be excellent with a bit of age on it. On opening, an anticipated gusher of foam erupts. After settling in the glass, the beer is a deep opal with an utterly tenacious, sticky head of espresso-like foam. The aroma is a Belgian yeast-attack, with spice: cloves and phenols, some coriander(?), another warm spicy note I can't quite name, and a big-time yeast presence. On the palate things really come together. First off there's a nice chocolate malt undertone, laid under big, dark fruits. The sweetness continues with some sharp spicy notes and then a brisk twang from both carbonation and bittering hops. Holding it all together is a powerful-but-subtle sweetness and a mouthfeel that's smoother than glycerin on glass. Wow. This is what a quad ought to taste like. Mouthfeel is superb -- the aforementioned smoothness and carbonation play perfectly together. Pannepot pulls off the Belgian trick of being sweet then finishing dry. Overall, this is a fantastic beer. The only thing that clunks for me -- and this is purely in relative terms -- is the aroma, which is good but not great, while the rest is awesome. Find this. Drink this. Fair play for Belgium.

Pannepot from De Struise Brouwers
96 out of 100 based on 2,097 ratings.