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Pannepot - De Struise Brouwers

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Ratings: 2,141
Reviews: 799
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.22%
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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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Ratings: 2,141 | Reviews: 799
Photo of marksto
3.73/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 vintage. Pours deep brown, almost opaque, with a huge frothy head with good retention. Dark fruit, alcohol, raisins, and some sweetness on the nose. Flavor offers a mix of fruit like plum and dark cherry up front along with some spiciness. Surpringly dry - almost tart in the finish. Noticible alcohol also seems to contribute to the dryness. It has a reasonable level of complexity but not as much as I expected.

Overall a bit dissapointed in this one. Its reputation precedes it. Certainly a decent beer, but I was surprised by the lack of sweetness and maltiness typical of the big Belgians. Try it if you have the chance, but not really worth seeking IMO.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.94/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 7/4/08. Bottle. HUGE thick, creamy light tan head with a dark brown/black body. Aroma of raisins, alcohol, and prunes. Flavor is very rich and not as raisiny as the aroma. Still, it is dominated by dark fruits along with coffee, roasted malt, apple, pear, and candi sugar in the background. Awesome palate--very smooth and creamy. Complex and well constructed, my only fault with it is that I'm not a super fan of raisin/dark fruits (which isn't a fault, just a personal preference). Very enjoyable though. I had this back-to-back with the Pannepeut and enjoyed the flavors of the Pannepeut better but found the palate of the Pannepot to be much superior.
7/5/7/5/15 (3.9/5)

Photo of popery
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2007. A velvety smooth, complex and delicious Quad.

This beer pours about as dark as possible for a Quad. It's a deep, deep red-brown that only shows color at the very bottom edge of my chalice. The head looks soft enough to use as a pillow and shows no sign of disappearing. The best part of the look comes when you tilt the glass for a sip. Tiny bubbles coat the sides of the glass like a blanket.

I struggle to describe the complex flavors of great quads. They require first hand experience, at the very least with other good quads. As a quad, this beer has good sweetness and sourness with deep, full Belgian fruit esters mingled with godly earthiness. More directly but less accurately, the flavor favors dark stone fruits, sturdy, dry oak and perfectly toasted barley. Pannepot shows off the strength and depth of quads.

The feel is simply divine. Tiny bubbles gently coat the mouth in a symphony of flavor. The 10% abv is nowhere to be seen, but that's almost a given for a Quad at this level. I'm drinking a little 33cl bottle, and it's taking every ounce of my willpower to sip it slowly. It's not just delicious but magnetic. I'm down to my last two or three sips and can hardly write these words for want of savoring my final taste. This beer would garner a perfect score compared straight up against the best of many other categories. Quads just happen to contain a few of the best beers in the world. Fortunately, Pannepot can count itself in that group.

Photo of jjazz
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


2007 Vintage

At first, a nice sparkley head, but if fades relatively fast.

Notes of caramel, brown sugar, and rum with a hint of banana. The phenols are somewhat medicinal at times, which was a bit distracting for me. Otherwise, very complex with delicious dark malt flavors, and low hoppines.

Moderately high carbonation makes for a very full mouthfeel.

A delicious beer, but one I probably won't return to as much as some other quads.
Thanks to ygtbsm94 for the trade!

2006 vintage

Much more carbonation than the 2007 I enjoyed a few weeks ago, leading to a beautiful head. Looks absolutely perfect.

Multi layered aroma of spices, general phenolic character, and some mild esters.

Perfectly carbonated on the palate, with intense spice, brown sugar, spice, coffee and a bit of anise. Delicious.

Much more drinkable than I remember the 2007 being.

I while back, I was very mildly impressed by the 2007, but I love this beer this time around. Better cellaring or better brew? Who knows? Damn good though.

Photo of glid02
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this bottle at Bruisin Ales in Asheville.

Pours black with dark ruby highlights on the edges. Head is three fingers of tan foam that slowly recedes into a thin layer of bubbles on top and a thick ring around the glass. Very nice lacing.

Smells of dark fruits - plums, raisins and figs - with hints of spices and a bit of alcohol.

Tastes great. The spices are more evident here than they are in the smell. The dark fruits are still evident, with a slight but solid malt backbone. There's a very mildly bitter ending, and the fruit flavors linger after the sip.

Mouthfeel is the best part about this beer in my opinion. It's got a great thickness with carbonation that's active up front and subdues a bit as the beer warms. It's like velvet.

Drinkability is good. The alcohol is there, but it warms more than anything else. The smooth mouthfeel makes this go down very easily.

Overall this beer didn't disappoint. It was darker than I'd expected, but it still tastes like a quad. Very, very smooth, and definitely worth a shot.

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

2007 vintage. Lot B/7/BB.

Served at just cooler than cellar temperature. Pours from a 300ml brown bottle into a globe glass. It is one of the most spectacular looking beers I've ever seen. The head is big and luscious mounding high above the rim of the glass. The color is very dark brown, nearly black, with no light passing though. Head retention is the best I've seen and the lacing is thick and plentiful.

Aroma is deep and complex. Lots of dark fruit esters, loads of spice, and some nice bakery-like sweetness.

Flavor is equally amazing with so much going on it's hard to make sense of it all. As I take each sip, new intricacies emerge. There are the quintessential Belgian dark fruits aplenty including figs, apples, plums, raisins, and banana. The spices are a combination of a fine winter warmer and the ones you normally find in a quad. It's fruity and peppery, bitter and sweet.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and effervescent. It's challenging only because of the high carbonation and alcohol. The same could be said for drinkability.

Overall an incredible beer and, without looking at my long list of reviews, it definitely takes the top honor. Absolutely sublime.

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

Got in a trade with johnnnniee - many thanks! Poured from a 33cl bottle (2006 version) into my DT snifter. It was a deep dark brown with mahogany highlights. Slight carb and no lacing. It had a massive beige head that slowly dissipated into a collar.

The aroma was sweet with dark fruits and licorice. The 10% ABV was also present but not overly so. The taste was pretty good but the sweetness bordered on cloying. Alcohol also was a tad too present as well. This is not one of my favorite styles so it's not going to be top scores. Good taste but a small bottle is plenty. The mouthfeel was really good.

Overall, a good beer but not top 100 for me. Quads are a just once in a while beer for me and this hit the spot after several months of not having one. But with that said, I'm not in a rush to have another of these. Glad I tried it but one and done. Recommend especially if you love Quads.

Photo of MasterSki
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 bottle from Lot C7BB. Poured into my Darkness tulip.

A - Dark, dark brown, with a generous amount of head - the bottle almost bubbled over when I opened it. The head takes quite a while to dissipate and lace coats the side of the glass. A little bit of carbonation creeps up the side of the glass. They don't get much better looking than this!

S - Wow! Dense mix of smells - the most prominent smells almost evoke a gueuze (sour cherries, yeast, funk) but there's a backdrop of malt, licorice, cloves, raisin, dark fruits, and more. My only knock is that it's a little boozy.

T - Starts sour and ends spicy. Dark fruits, anise, molasses, cloves; it's a profoundly deep and complicated beer. I just wish it had a tiny bit more sweetness to it like my other favorite quads (Rochefort, Bernardus 12). Again, also a bit boozy.

M - Creamy and viscous, with a generous amount of carbonation. A little sticky as well, but incredibly satisfying.

D - About as drinkable as they get for a 10% brew. You'd be under the table before you got sick of this one.

Another fine brew by De Struise.

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

I poured this ale from an 11.2oz skinny brown bottle into a Gulden Draak tulip snifter.

A= This ale poured a cloudy, medium cola-brown color with loads of yeast and particulates in suspension. The creamy yellow/tan head poured 1" and retained a very long time, eventually settling down to a 1/8" cap. Spotty lace down the glass.

S= This ale smelled of sweet malts, dark cherries, figs, raisins, Belgian yeast, and some faint spices (clove/nutmeg). A moderate alcohol aroma as well.

T= Flavor started off with sweet malty goodness, figs, treacle, brown sugar, candi sugar, rum soaked raisins, and the same spiciness I detected in the aroma. The yeast was a bit funky but rather subdued for a Belgian quad. Lots of warming, spicy alcohol in the finish.

MF= Medium bodied with a beautiful effervescent carbonation level.

D= This is a very easy drinking (and thus dangerous) quad. On par with the finest examples I have had (Konigshoeven, Trappists Rochefort, etc). Highly recommended.

Photo of corby112
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark reddish amber/light brown color with a nice foamy brown head that settles into a lasting lace. Has a pleasant aromas of spices, malt and dark fruit. Has a beautiful balnace of malt and spice. Tastes of malt, cinnamin, and peppermint. Yummy!

Photo of elricorico
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2007 bottle. Practically black in the glass with a creamy finger of tan head. Some lacing, and some of the head sticks around for the long run.

Smell makes me think immediately of Rocheforte 10. Sweet banana, raisins, impressions of strawberry, cherry candy. A notable booziness, but nothing unpleasant.

Rich and sweet to taste, with an assortment of spice that effects all of the notable flavours. Fruitiness is spiced, slight alcohol heat at the finish is spiced as well. Spice settles after first couple of mouthfulls and flavours open up. Like a fruit salad lightly drizzled with sugary syrup.

Slightly lighter in body than expected for the style, though it does have a certain creaminess. Carbonation cuts through but is not coarse. Pleasant.

I don't think beers get much nicer than this one. Lives up to its reputation. Worth trying even at its price.

Photo of NCSUdo
4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz, 2007 bottle

A: Deep brown, not quite black under a nice sized tan head. Excellent lace and retention.

S: Smells sweet, bit of nuttiness and chocolate. Pleasing smell. Good, but a little too simple.

T: Very good taste. Sweet throughout, alcohol there in the end but not too boozy, a little warming. Candied fruits, bit of chocolate. Really well done taste.

M/D: Slightly high on the carbonation, body is full but on the light end. Bit of creaminess in the body makes up for the over-carbonation a bit. Very good drinkability for such a large beer. This one goes done smooth and can be enjoyed one after another, at least until you fall off your chair.

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

This was the 2007 vintage, poured into my Duvel chalice.

Poured nothing but head! Dissapated quickly though. Dark caramel, almost the color of Coca-Cola.

Smells of spice and bannanna. Bubble gum was very present, slight cherry.

Tastes of cherry. Champagne. Reminds me of a Chimay Premiere, albeit a little more fruity. Spicy bubble gum.

Drinks thick and foamy. Very little aftertaste. Very bubbly, champagne like. Hevily carbonated.

This was a great Belgian. Tremendous drinkability. One of the classic Belgian Quads. Alchohol is very well masked!

Photo of Jwale73
3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2007 vintage. 11.2oz bottle served in my Maudite tulip. Poured cola brown with a rocky, khaki-colored head whose volume took up 75% of the vessel before eventually settling into a quarter inch frothy cap. Some strands of lacing present during the tasting. Nose was vinous with some cocoa and black currant. Taste consistent with nose; however, some alcohol also revealed, as well as a subtle spicy quality towards the finish. Mouthfeel was between light- and medium-bodied with a mild, consistent background carbonation. Some acidity and a little alcohol heat. Liked it but didn't love it; nonetheless, an enjoyable sipper.

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

Pannepot 2006 (bottle)
A: snifter. Pours a deep and rich mahogany color, impenetrable by light, with a creamed coffee colored head. Good retention level and nice ring-like lacing.

S: big aromas of sweet dark malts, raisins, figs, plums, big spices, tones of clove.

T: wonderful Belgian Quad. Some light sour berries, big fig, plum and strawberry notes. Light blueberry. Huge spices but they have mellowed some.

M: full bodied. Mild carbonation level. Extremely smooth.

D: very nice brew and well worth getting, I will be looking to get this again and again. Extremely drinkable.

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

33cl bottle, 2006, poured into my Rochefort chalice, Pannepot is a murky, rusty brown with a pretty big tan head barely contained by the wide mouth of the glass, leaving only light lace.

Smell is sweet, brown sugar, pears, vanilla, subdued from cellar to room temp, but good.

Taste is pretty good, but seems simpler then I remember. I've had it once before and am more familiar with the Danish version. It is a good, clean sugary quad, caramelized sugars, fruity esters, little to know phenols or fusels, cotton candy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is prickly, light, with a sticky, bone dry finish.

Drinkability is pretty good, but I wasn't ass wowed I thought I'd be. Maybe it was just the Ølfabrikken Abbey Ale was so good that I'm hypercritical. Still, if I had another (which I wish I did), I'd sit on it another two years at least.

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

Thanks to CrellMoset for the opportunity to try this great beer! Vintage 2006. Poured into my Chimay Chalice.

A- Beautiful coca-cola brown colored body that pours with a 1 finger off white root beer colored head which has perfect retention and plenty of lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- Nose is sweet and complex. A cola like scent comes up first with a sugary sweetness. Behind this is a big malt presence and a bit of alcohol.

T- Cola, anise and plum upfront with a substantial bready yeast backbone. A bit of astringent bitterness comes through alogn with a spicy yeast flavor for the finish as the other flavors remain consistent.

M- Wonderful, full, very smooth yeasty body. Low-to-medium carbonation.

D- This is a very nice quad and is probably one of my favorites. Wonderful and complex. Will buy this again.

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.

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Pannepot from De Struise Brouwers
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