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Pannepot - De Struise Brouwers

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Ratings: 2,041
Reviews: 782
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 364
Gots: 385 | FT: 26
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 12-14-2006)
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Photo of drumrboy22
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2006 vintage that erupted upon opening. Been in the cellar for a few months, so not sure why it overflowed on me. Served at cellar temperature. Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Westvleteren chalice. Beer was dark brown with a one finger, light brown, creamy head.

Aroma was raisins and dark fruits, brown sugar, cloves and spices.

Taste was candi sugar, molasses, caramel, alcohol and a light yeast flavor. Very full flavored and complex. A fantastic sipper.

Coated my mouth and tongue and was almost oily going down. Somewhat numbing. Different, but extremely enjoyable.

This is a fantastic quad. I've got another in the cellar and will probably track down some more to put away. Highly recommended.

drumrboy22, Mar 08, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slim, slender 11.2 oz bottle purchased from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
Pours a deep-dark, mahogany brown hue with a substanial foamy and frothy head that left quite a bit of lacing around the head of the glass...
Dark, rich, malty caramel aroma bursting with sweet, candied sugars...
Taste was superb for a Quadrupel, bursting with flavor and very sweet and malty without being overbearing or cloying... There was a real nice balance of ingredients on this one that complemented each other very nicely... Flavor bursting with malts, caramel, vanilla, honey, candied sugars, dehydrated fruits, prunes, figs, dates, and butter...
Very smooth, slick, rich, and creamy mouthfeel...
Drinkability was likewise exceptional, and the hefty alcohol percentage is very well masked behind a rich conglomeration of deep, dark, thick, malt-dominated flavors...
One of the best Belgian samples I've had in a while, and a must for any Belgian-beer lover...
This one certainly lives up to its hype, and is well worth a try...

dsa7783, Mar 08, 2008
Photo of ElGordo
4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 2006 vintage 330ml bottle into a Maudite snifter. The beer foams over right out of the bottle, spilling a bit of its precious contents on the counter before I can begin pouring it into the glass. Pours a deep mahogany color with ruby highlights, topped by a finger's worth of creamy, khaki-colored head.
Aroma of sweet malt, a touch of candi sugar, and notes of dark fruit and vanilla come through on the nose. Palate is smooth and sweet up front, chocolaty malt and candi sugar along with ripe plum and vanilla on the finish. Body is luscious and creamy, absolutely perfect for a quad. This beer, while certainly a slow-sipper, is highly drinkable and enjoyable, and the perfect accompaniment to a dark chocolate raspberry truffle. Great stuff.

ElGordo, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of GatorBeerNerd
4.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: This one looks fantastic. A deep dark brown with the slightest reddish tint with a finger thick brown head. There is a slight amount of lacing all the way to the bottom.

S: Aroma has a lot going on. Has fruity characteristics that I cant quite put my finger on. Possibly plums? Even though I cant decipher the aroma's parts, I do know it smells very good.

T: One word, outstanding! This beer has a lot going on in the taste. The smell must have been plums because you can taste hints of it. A very smooth taste with just the slightest hint of warmth from the alcohol. My inability to describe things means I can't give this one the justice it deserves. One more word, WOW!

M: The creaminess of this beer makes it a joy to run around on the tongue. The in mouth carbonation is perfect.

D: The warming of this one is the only reason I dropped it down from a 5. Everything comes together to make you want to really knock this one down except for the alcohol level.

Thank god that the guy at Knightly Spirits talked me into getting 2 of these. This could be my new favorite.

GatorBeerNerd, Mar 03, 2008
Photo of udubdawg
4.8/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle, 2006

Pours a dark mahogony color, exhibiting a reddish, almost purple hue at the edges. A finely bubbled tan head rises to an impressive height before fading to an uneven cap. No lacing left here even as the final ring fades away.

Nose is wonderfully full, and full of good stuff. Overripe dark fruits - cherry, plum, plus some raisin. Brown sugar sweetness. Christmas cookie spices - nutmeg, maybe anise and ginger? Adding to the spiciness is a light alcohol note as I repeatedly inhale deeply.

Alcohol is notable but quite hidden, only coming our occasionally to lend a bit of boozy warmth and richness to this fantastic brew. It tastes like it smells, full of ripe fruitiness, even more complex sweet carmelized sugary flavors, balancing and unobtrusive spices, and extreme depth. Is this barrel aged? - I think I get a bit of coconut here. Delicious.

soft fluffy carbonation, creamy body. Nearly perfect. As it dries on my palate I'm left with a sweet carmelized sugar memory of this fantastic beer. For the style drinkability is a 6, overall though it is warming and I tell myself to go slow.

A magnificent beverage that approaches or maybe even enters my personal top 10.

udubdawg, Mar 02, 2008
Photo of elmore
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a Chimay Chalice. A very dark brown quad. A one finger head with decent retention. Some nice lace left down the glass.

Very intense smell. Lots of sweet dark fruits. Plums, raisins, brown sugar. Hops and alcohol not apparent. Smells alot like Rochefort 10.

Tastes of dark fruits up front. Carmely, chocolate covered cherries. A very sour, tart character in the mid-palate I haven't experienced in a quad. A hint of hops bitterness in the aftertaste. Alcohol not apparent at all.

Creamy velvety mouthfeel. Carbonation is moderate. Very drinkable for the alcohol content.

A very good quad. The smell is definitely the high point of this beer. Has a sourness, I haven't encountered in a quad before, which was very interesting. Definitely give this one a try if you like quads.

elmore, Feb 28, 2008
Photo of blitz134
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm sure I'll be going to bed after this one...been an active day...bottled my Scottish 80/-...gonna end it with a good brew.

This is one dark Belgian. Nearly pitch black, but shows hints of red when held to the light. Foamy upon popping the cap. Nice two-finger tall tan head on the pour. Reduced slowly, well supported by ample carbonation. Some nice stick to the glass.

Dark vinuous fruit aromas, darker than others though, raisin and prunes. Belgian yeast character comes through a little spicy and peppery. Light hints of roasted characters. Subtle alcohol rounds it out.

This is a tasty brew, no doubt. Big dark fruit characters, boozy raisins, fig, and prunes. Super dark candi sugar notes, rum like, leaves a bit of raw sugar aftertaste. Finishes with hints of chocolate and a whisp of cherries. Alcohol is noticable, but its just really smooth.

Smooth, medium bodied, doesn't finish quite as dry as some of the Trappist beers, but it isn't far behind. Slight residual sweetness. A bit of carbonation spikes the tongue.

This is a superb beer. Rich and complex, a little boozy but smooth (I know I've said that a few times, but this is a 10% beer), the way it should be. Finishes a little heavier than the Trappists, making it a little less drinkable, but the complexity makes up for it.

blitz134, Feb 25, 2008
Photo of pwoods
4.88/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks a bunch to brewdlyhooked13 for this brew.

11.2oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours out deep brown but appears solid black in the snifter. 1 finger of dark toffee head with excellent retention.. there's actually a thick skim left in the last drops. Decent lacing.

S: Boozy dark fruits and caramel malty sweetness. Straight forward but affective. Some nice rounded spices.

T/M: A nice alcohol line. More of the soaked dark fruits with a yeasty ester back note. Malts are again sweet and has a rich, almost meatiness to it. Some of the nicely rounded spices. Carbonation is lively and body is nearly full.

D: Damn good beer. Drinks pretty damn easy but the depth and complexity make you take your time. Even though it's a highly rated brew, it seems under rated in the fact that most people don't talk about this beer in the same sentence as Westy 12 and Rochefort 10. This beer is every bit as good, if not better, as those two.

pwoods, Feb 25, 2008
Photo of nickfl
4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A vigorous pour yields one finger of brownish orange head, resting on a hazy, red-brown body. The head settles quickly to a ring of foam and leaves little lace.

S - The spicy, phenolic aroma hit me as soon as I opened the bottle, and once the beer has a chance to open up in the glass it expands into notes of chocolate, dark cherries, raisins, almonds, pepper, cinnamon, and lots of clove.

T - Fruity flavors of pineapple and banana, followed by darker raisin flavors as well as some sourness. The spice kicks in towards the middle with cinnamon, cloves and pepper along with some roasted grain notes of chocolate and dark caramel. Hop bitterness comes out during the finish with long, lingering notes of chocolate, rum, tobacco and a bit of alcoholic warmth.

M - Medium to light body, with moderate carbonation. There is a good bit of residual sweetness initially, but it dries out in the finish.

D - Very complex beer that manages to avoid being overbearing despite the high alcohol and big flavors. The smell is absolutely spectacular, reminds me of Samichlaus, but more interesting. The flavor is quite interesting as well, and I really like the way it finishes, but there is something about the initial sweetness or phenolic character that I find a little cloying. The sourness at the beginning is a nice touch that adds some balance.

nickfl, Feb 20, 2008
Photo of SacoDeToro
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a deep medium brown with a foamy off-white head.

The aroma was of dark dried fruits, such as figs and raisins, Belgian yeast esters, dark caramelly sugars, and alcohol.

The flavor of the beer was very complex. It started out with a rush of figs, raisins, and a caramel sweetness. The warmth of the high alcohol helped the flavor flow into that of a nice port wine. The esters of the yeast gave the beer that distinct Belgian fruitiness. The high attenuation and dry finish prevented the beer from having the cloying sweetness that I believe detracts from beer such St. Bernardus Abt 12 and Avery Reverend.

The carbonation was prickly and a little on the high side for my personal taste. The mouthfeel was medium/light and slightly creamy.

Overall a very good beer, but slightly overhyped IMO. Of the prominent Belgian quads, I still prefer Rochefort 10.

SacoDeToro, Feb 19, 2008
Photo of RidiculedDisplay
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to RoyMunson for the bottle.

Appearance: Pours with a three finger rose-brown head that doesn't want to quit. It does, however, eventually settle down into a half-finger. A beautiful color of a head, I think. The body also exudes a sort of sapphire-rose-brown color that is quite unique. Lacing is fully present, with big hilly slopes of the stuff.

Smell: Yeasty funky, some vinousity, and alcohol are on the front end. Below that are grapes, apples, dates, raisins, floral scents that are rather indistinguishable to me, pear, some slight apricot-like citrus quality. I want to say something like banana bread is also in there. Very solid Quad aroma.

Taste: Candy sugar, pears, apricots, banana, apples, belgian yeast, a slight corkiness, a slight spice, akin to cinammon, dates again, but not in that salty sort of way. Coats the mouth with flavors. Really, really well balanced. Surprised me given that the nose did not hint at the smoothness and complexity that the flavor reveals.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, but a slight astringency.

Drinkability: Extremely drinkable for such an ABV. Dangerously so, even.

RidiculedDisplay, Feb 19, 2008
Photo of CharlesRiver
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have heard so much about this brewery and have been waiting to try this beer. First I should say that this beer erupted like a volcano when I opened! It has been in my cellar for a few weeks so I don't know what the problem was.

Anyways, beautiful dark brown with a dark tan head (see above) that just keeps growing. Smell is rich and floral. Coffee, tea, fig and malt dominate. THE BEST smelling beer I have smelt in a long time. Taste is wonderful. More of the above and perfectly intertwined. The middle is where the sweet malt lies but gives way to a wonderful dry note then more coffee/fig. Alcohol is nearly hidden but peaks out about half way in.

Overall, just a wonderful beer. Not a beer that I personally could drink a lot of at one sitting. One of the best "Quad's" that I have ever had.

CharlesRiver, Feb 14, 2008
Photo of malcontent
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep, dark chestnut color with slightly clear, ruby edges. Head is minimal with modest lacing.

Mild dried fruit (prune) heads into richer, beadier territory. Spicing is only detectable in trace amounts with what seems to be coriander stealing the show.

This is one rich beer! Intense flavors of apple skins and caramel evolve into overtones of brandy and butter. Dark bread stands out toward the finish with a big fruity finale. Almost no detectable hops although the buttery aftertaste lingers.

Creamy, full mouthfeel never crosses into viscosity and maintains a healthy level of carbonation throughout. Something of this strength is rarely this drinkable which makes it all the more terrifying/beautiful. Look out for this one!

malcontent, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

"2006" it says here on the label.

Looks just dark black at first, but then some browns start to come out. This really plays with my mind as I stare at it. It flashes from black to brown to deep cranberry back to black. Even held to the light, it's still hard to discern. The head is a solid sandy foam film of tan.

Smells of musky port and a cocktail of dark dried fruits, accompanied by a boozy sting. There's a dry rusty earth smell in the background that made me furrow my brow.

Tastes quite soft with a gentle marshmallow and smooth red wine up front and then fades to a more traditional quad with milky caramel and delicate herbal musky yeast that ties into the same rusty elements from the smell. The assortment of spices here is quite an experience. As it warms, the spices become more and more prominent, so take your time with this one.

The carbonation in this one is a little much for me. It helps the beer look great, but I found the amount of froth that this one kicked up to be a little much. Feels quite thin and dry behind that.

Not bad, but not one of my more favorite takes on the style.

DarkerTheBetter, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 330ml bottle of 2006 vintage, served at cellar temperature and poured into a tulip glass

A - Poured a very dark brown, almost a cola like color with a very hazy and cloudy appearance pretty much obscuring everything inside and making it look a very thick consistency. A very nice three finger high head of tan colored lace came flying up to the top. Very active on the pour would be an understatement, this thing was all over the place. Almost came out of the top of the glass. After a few more minutes, it finally settled down and began to fold in on itself and become more of just a thin half-inch layer across the top. Tons of spider web like lace coating the inside of the glass, leaving tons of dripping lace. Hard to tell how much carbonation there was as it was just way to hazy. Some small amount of sediment visible on the bottom of the glass, which did not really move much, sort of just hanging around on the bottom of the glass for the duration of the session.

S - The aroma was very varied, deep and complex with different hints and small nuances of smell coming through at various different times during the course of the session. The first thing I was able to pick up with a very nice dark fruity aroma. Lots of raisins, figs, plums, and even a touch of grape showing up in here. Very well mixed and balanced between them but leading more toward the sugary notes as it started to warm up. Lots of spice was evident as well right from the start. A sort of odd nutmeg like spice along with a touch of cinnamon, and sugar. Some aromas of oak or other wood like characteristics starting to come through now as well. The profile is really starting to thicken up now and get a bit complex on me. Some light grassy like smells along with touches of earthy grains all floating around in there as well. Overall really quite full and at the same time very well balanced. Major factor here was the raisin like fruits that were the only constant in the aroma the entire time.

T - The first sip of this just started to bring on wave after wave of thick evolving flavor that really was showing off quite well and became increasingly more complex with each and every sip. The first notes that came across were very rich, sugary notes of raisins, which were just a wonderful way to start off the whole thing. Deep dark fruity flavors were the norm on this was with prunes and figs lining up behind it, quickly delving it deeper and deeper. A very strong presence of sugar was next up, really pushing through and drying to lighten it up. A touch of something sour playing around in the back, and just briefly showing up in the flavor before diving back down and out of site again. Rolling on some nice earthy, oak like notes starting to come now with spices becoming more and more dominant. Cinnamon and nutmeg, even some all spice and a hint of banana keeping developing it further. The finish brought everything back together again and just kept evolving it and drying you out, making you come back and get another sip so that you could bring it back to where it was before. Really, no hint of any kind of alcohol in this one, which to be honest was remarkable for something that should have been so big. Overall, I was quite pleased with the overall flavor and thought that it really developed quite well.

M - This was a very thick ale, not quite full bodied, but damn close and it had such a luscious and creamy smooth body that it was really a pleasure to take each passing sip, as each one was better then the one before that. Really a tremendously good beer here. The carbonation held up excellently and really pushed the entire thing into overdrive, allowing the flavors to really pop and explore the full range of possibilities. Great smooth finish, though not intensely dry, it was more sugary and long flavors of spice persisted for a good long time afterward.

D - Now see this category can become tricky at times only because you get the situation where something is so incredibly drinkable, but at the same time, it has a high ABV so it leaves you in the situation of what to do, In this case the answer was simple, you just keep drinking. It was really just that easy to do. There was just no hint of any kind of alcohol in this whatsoever and the flavors were so rich and bold, with such and in-depth and wonderful profile that it was truly hard to say no to this one. I could have easily had another without any incident, it was just that good. So smooth and delicious.

Overall, I thought this was a really great Belgian ale. The flavors were rich and pure, mingling so well and cross such a wide range of style that it was almost impossible to nail down where it was coming from .A deep dark ale; this one would surely please anyone who gives it a try. Does it live up to the hype? I will let you decide that, my feelings are kind of mixed on the subject personally, but one thing for sure, it is damn good.

mikesgroove, Feb 08, 2008
Photo of Graham21
4.85/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark raisin brown with a tan mm head that stays around. The nose is dark and fruity with plum, citrus and raisin undertones and strong banana essence. Also, some nutmeg and light roasted malt smells come through.

So many flavors; matured Apple, bananas and pears, rich Christmas spices, nutmeg, cinnamon, plums, sour tones, raisins, light coffee.

Nice and complex, finishes well, medium-full bodied.

Graham21, Feb 08, 2008
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

thanks to Oxymoron for this!!!
11.2 oz(2006) bottle> 12 oz Postel chalice glass.

This one basically exploded as I tried to pour it...I only got about half of the bottle in my glass due to the fact that it had warmed up to room temp overnight, so I s l o w l y poured out the rest in two tries.. The head is amazing, lively and fluffy...this thing has a life of it's own...a full three fingers at least is observed, but it's brilliant the head is tight, smooth and even but very fluffy. Ultra-sticky lacing is left after a slow dissipation. The color is a dense amber brown with no light getting through. Folks, this is what a Belgian Quad should look like!

The sweet malt scent is simply mouthwatering, big-ripe red fruits, tangy berries, smokey cedar wood, caramel, mild heat tingle, all spice, chocolate brownies, raspberries with vanilla on top, wild black berries, brown sugar and mild cinnemon. Yeah...it's that complex PLUS some.

The flavor is mind-blowing, I was stunned...I've had a few decent quads before, but this one stands out as my favorite. Th depth and complexity here is as good as I've ever had. The malt flavor's alone are "beyond the pale" with rich chocolate chunks, smokey toffee, pure amber candied sugar, and then there's the wonderful balance of herbal and earthy hops, not at all bitter, slightly leafy but very "fresh" tasting. The hop flavors flow out of the malt in a perfect way, delicate but impressive enough to really enjoy the two together, it's a total tream effort here. The 10 % abv is very well hidden, and only adds further depth with warming effect that makes you conpemplate every sip...I just didn't want this experience to end. This is 11.2 oz's of pure bliss, If I could have a lifetime supply of one brew, this just might be the one.

The feel in a word: Luxurious. full bodied, classicly clean and crisp with that heavy champgne-like feel that is both smooth and lively. you just wanna roll this liguid around in the mouth, make it hit every part of the palate....your brain will thank you.

This brew is simply the highest quality stuff I've ever had, I'm in love folks. I hope my girlfriend won't be too jelous, but I'm already getting funny looks as I finish this off. A rightous brew indeed.

GratefulBeerGuy, Feb 07, 2008
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Dark mahogany, nice, stable 1/4" head, settles quickly.

Beautiful aroma, dark fruits, dark spices, soft cinnamon, nutmeg, met with dark malts, raisins, dates, some pepper, perhaps...

Taste: cool and fruity, at first, then full and expressive, a weighty ale in the mouth, dark fruits in abundance, cherries covered in chocolate, raisins dipped in carob, with a trickle of anise on the side,...very nice. Warming. And alcohol hidden well.

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. Reminds me just a bit of what I like in St. Bernardus Abt 12.

I think I'll return to this one. Well worthy.

(I just noticed this is my 2000th bottle. Yay!)

feloniousmonk, Feb 01, 2008
4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to seaoflament for this one.

Be warned: pour with caution, this beer quickly develops a light brown head with huge bubbles that quickly climbs to the top of the glass and almost over. Rocky foam leaves a scattered lace as it fades. Body is the deepest of brown almost black. Nose is very comforting with biscuit like notes and dark fruit, woodsy spices and maybe a hint of banana nut bread. Enters the mouth crisp and robust with spicey sweetness and long dark ripe plum notes. A toffee like character develops and then starts to remind me of a well made snikerdoddle cookie. Complex and well balanced from start to finish. Alchol is well hidden. Mouthfeel is thick and spicey. Drinkability is shortned only by how big this beer is with richness and alchol. Lovely overall.

SPLITGRIN, Jan 27, 2008
Photo of doubleipa
3.85/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

'06 - Plum, prune, tawny port, ginger aromas. Wimpy quarter inch, light brown head. Hazy. Not very powerful aroma, but could detect many different aromas, though. THere was even a bit of a sour note to this one; may be due to it being an '06, but that realy shouldn't be the case. Nice alcohol warmth.

doubleipa, Jan 23, 2008
Photo of JBogan
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle purchased at the Cracked Kettle in Amsterdam. Dark ruby colored with a very fizzy tan two finger head which remained a long time but left almost no lacing.

Smelled of spices, dates, caramel, cherries ... a lot going on here.

Tasted of spices, dark fruits, caramel, a tiny bit of coffee as it warmed, and almost no trace of alcohol.

Really good mouthfeel, somewhat smooth with medium body and a good amount ofcarbonation.

The helpful fellow at the Cracked Kettle (Andy I think) recommended this to me, and it did not disappoint. One of the finest beers I've ever enjoyed.

JBogan, Jan 21, 2008
Photo of baggio
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006 vintage bought at http://www.oelkonsortiet.dk thanks Svend!

A: Black with a huuuuge, rich, head that sticks to the glass.

S: Woaa. Lots going on here. Apples, cherries, nutmeg, prunes, yeast, coffee and sugar.

T: Nuts, roasted malt, coffee, cherries, pepper, figs.

M: Thick and creamy with medium carbonation.

Oh man. A beer that actually lives up to it's reputation. This beer made me feel all happy inside as i slowly sipped away on it. Incredibly complex and well-tasting beer. Best one in a while!

baggio, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of RedHaze
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle.

Pours a very dark brown, leaning towards black with only some faint hints of light peeking through the edges. The head peaks at two fingers, but falls rapidly to a thin ring, leaving behind a thin webbing of lace.

Smell; there's a varied assortment of dark fruits, with raisins, dates, plums, cherries and figs. Brown and candied sugar, along with some molasses and licorice are all intermingled with just a touch of alcohol and spices.

Taste; sweet up front with molasses, brown sugar, candied sugar and oddly some mild hints of cotton candy. Before the sweetness has a chance to totally fade away the fruits start to come out with cherries at first then all of the others as it warms. Dates, figs, plums and a little coconut as well. A little alcohol and spices finishes things off.

Mouthfeel is full bodied with a pretty low carbonation, and the drinkability is just fantastic considering the alcohol content of this one.

RedHaze, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of Overlord
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Whoa. Flavor explosion.

Pours a cola-like dark brown. Cascading inch to two inch dark tan head. Very bubbly (surprising).

Smells like a blend of about half a dozen fruits, I detect a lot of figs, plums, and cherries. Taste is sublime. Probably my favorite quadrupel at this point. An unbelievable concoction of flavors. Cinnamon spiciness, some chocolate, big plum and fig flavoring, and a chocolate/caramel malt backbone.

Sublime. I didn't think I was going to try a beer today that I'd enjoy more than Red Poppy, but this beat it out. The thick oily mouthfeel and pleasant carbonation made this far less boozy than the ABV would lead me to believe.

Overlord, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of mdagnew
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought from The Cracked Kettle, Amsterdam... 2006 vintage

Poured a deep dark murky mahogany brown / almost black colour. Light mocha tan head poured big thick and foamy then faded to good thick coating with even thicker edging... quite a lot of thick lacing lines coat the glass most of the way down...

Aroma - Rich dark fruits mixed with Christmas spices - black currents, black cherries, apples, dates and plums mingle with cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger... lots of toasted bready malts, light liquorice mixed with chocolate, marzipan, nut brittle, light black treacle sweetness, earthy and leathery notes, alcohol is barely noticable...

Taste – Where to start !! Lots of spiciness (again cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, vanilla and black pepper) mixed with milk chocolate and fruit (ripe banana, plums, dates, raisins and berries), lots of nice warming alcohol (cognac ?) coming through, bready / yeasty, some candy sugar, toffee and brown sugar sweetness, nut brown butter notes, roasted malts, faint hint of smoke, light grassy hops...

Feel - Pretty sharp and dry although it does become smoother near the end... full bodied... pretty drinkable although the alcohol soon catches up with you..

Overall - An excellent example of a Quad...definitely up with the Westy's and Rocheforts... highly recommended...

mdagnew, Jan 15, 2008
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