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Pannepot - De Struise Brouwers

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Reviews: 818
Hads: 2,294
Avg: 4.33
pDev: 15.47%
Wants: 412
Gots: 442 | FT: 31
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De Struise Brouwers
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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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Reviews: 818 | Hads: 2,294
Photo of socon67
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2011 vintage

Dark brown pour with a macchiato thick crème foam. Scents of freshly baked cake, raisins, and dates hit the nose. Taste is sweet and warming, with a rich yeasty finish.

This quad has a thickness which combined with the potency makes it a true sipping beer. This is just a notch below the top quads out there. A truly great beer from Struise.

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Photo of hansavijaticar
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown in colour, beige head. Aroma of red wine, dark (dried) fruits, coffee. Flavours same. Finishes sour and coffee-like.
Unique beer. Similar to trappist quadrupels (dark fruits) and imperial stouts (coffee). I liked Reserva better, but this is excellent also.

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Photo of deebo
2.55/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Bottle bought in a Brussels shop for 3.95 E with a BB date of 9/31/19. Lot 4016040714. This beer is headless. Murky dark brown appearance. Aromas of sweet and yeast. Taste is over the top sweet fig and prune. It's slightly medicinal. Malty and super sweet. Really lingers in a pruney, medicinal way. The alcohol is covered up well. Expected better things from this one.

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Photo of Jaxbrew
4.9/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Awesome beer. I've enjoyed multiple vintages of this stuff and none of them have disappointed! There is a super creamy quality about this brew. Super beautiful color too.

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Photo of doktorhops
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another recommendation, from the colleague that recommended Rodenbach Grand Cru, so I am looking forward to this one. Pannepot is described by Struise brewery as being “somewhere in between a Belgian strong dark ale and a stout”... I like both of those styles [yes this statement is diminished by the fact that I do enjoy a great deal of beer styles... shut up!]. Anyway after the Grand Cru I have high expectations for this brew.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Chimay chalice.

A: Deep, dark, murky almost obsidian brown, quite dark and luscious body with a thin ring of khaki lace in the glass... the bubbles in the glass are dense and I know that I am truly in for a heady beer treat. 9/10.

S: Spice heaven. Heavy notes of cardamom, cinnamon, coriander and mace combine with dark fruit (raisin and fig), truckloads of brown sugar, earthy hops and a coffee note. It’s very Christmassy, and in this hot Australian summer the brew warms up quickly... in fact I need to shut up and drink this now. 9/10.

T: Interesting! Hits you with the above spices, dark fruits, earthy notes and coffee. It’s quite sweet (yes brown sugar). However there is this heavy Vegemite™ note throughout - Vegemite (for those of you unaware of anything Australian or Men at Work’s classic single) is a salty, meaty yeast spread - an acquired taste for anyone not Australian or Kiwi (NZ has Marmite). In any case it is a classic mixture of Belgian flavours with an almost bizarre inclusion of Vegemite. Oh well, I happen to like Vegemite. 8/10.

M: Mid to heavy bodied with a rich creamy carbonation. 8/10.

D: This brew is a flavour punch in the face: Tasty but a tad over the top. The Vegemite character gives this Old Fisherman's Spiced Ale a sense of the theatrical which indeed provides us with something different from the rest of the Belgian pack. Is it as noteworthy as Rodenbach’s Grand Cru (the Flemish Red Ale I now recommend to customers)? Not really. The flavour profile is Christmassy but the Vegemite note can be a bit much for others, and the overall flavour is a bit too chaotic, like a firecracker going off in your trousers. 7/10.

Food match: I’m making Vegemite on buttered toast now... not of much help to those of you outside Australia/NZ who don’t have access to or hate Vegemite, but you could just have an orange and five-spice glazed ham with roasted sweet potato and other vegetables.

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Photo of Gbgbrouge
3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle, deep dark brown with low beige head. Aroma is mild and complex. Notes of dried fruit, herbs, spice, leather and some grass. Taste is as complex. Sweet, full and mature. Notes of dark bread, dried fruit, dates, madeira, and a trace of resin. More of an old sweet wine than a beer, but surely irresistible.

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Photo of aleigator
3.44/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2012 version.

Completely black in color, with a one finger broad, beige, froth head.

Smells of spiced, sweet milk chocolate with a caramel core to it, while also providing a flowery, peppery pull. On top of that settles a hint of hot glue, together with molasses, balanced by earthy, calming malts.

Begins with earthy cocoa nibs, cream and toffee. The smooth mouthfeel experiences an addition of bubbly carbonation, which adds to the sweeter toffee presence. Spices become visible in a slightly peppery and licorice fashion, while also compliementing to the sweetness. The balance remains, because of earthy malts, along with hazelnuts and a Coca-Cola note. Finishes with a gentle coffee note, which isn't bitter at all, due to the more present cane sugar and nougat, accompanied by a tingly spiciness.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black in color with minimal light seeping through. A quarter inch of khaki colored head is present. Aroma is faint but I detect malt and plum notes. The flavor is a blend of dark malt,plum,raisin,and fig. The mouth is creamy and chewy.

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Photo of benfons
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: really dark colour, completely untransparent, dark but small head.
S: prunes, figs, malts, hints of caramel and candy syrup
T: basically the same as the smell, with a little bit of tart in the finish, but a lot of sweetness in the main taste.
F: medium body, low carbonation, smooth
O: It's a good solid beer, maybe a tad too sweet for my taste, but with a lot of complexity

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Photo of snowmageddon
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 3/28/2014.

A: pours a dark reddish-brown hue with a rocky head that fades very quickly.
S: fig, raisin
T: raisin, fig, toast, and nuttiness at first. The finish presents subdued earthy, spicy hops with molasses, licorice, and sweet alcohol notes that coat the tongue.
M: medium-light body with low-moderate carbonation. Light but smooth.
O: fantastic quad that shows you a new facet with each sip. Great cold weather beer.

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Photo of don1481
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle poured into glass. 2011 vintage.

Appearance: Pours dark and fizzy with a rapidly dissipating dark khaki head.

Smell: figs, plums, candy sugar, but various other spice notes seep through.

Taste: definitely different than other quads. Much more spice, less candy sweetness. Don't really pick up the alcohol others described.

Mouthfeel: spices and stickiness linger.

Overall: A different take on a quad, and it works.

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Photo of muchloveforhops3
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

330ml bottle poured into a snifter

P- poured at 48 degress F; comes out of the bottle just about black in color (no translucence), with no official head to speak of (just a little bit of off-white foam capping); no lacing
N- medium-strength; sweet dark fruits mixed with alcohol; upon further investigation, dark sugars and toasted malt come out as well
T- one smooth flavor profile; dark fruits (raisins & figs, particularly) greet the tongue; rich, dark sugars are prominent in finish; toasted malt plays a great supporting role throughout; some grape tartness comes out in the aftertaste; perfectly balanced
MF- medium-bodied, with soft-medium carbonation; chewy finish
O- my expectations for this brew were high, and they were definitely met; one solid Quad, rivals Rochefort 10 for the position of favorite within the style

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.97/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4


Pours a hazed dark brown color with amber hues as well as some yeasty sediment.

Aroma has berries, malt, belgian yeast, date, brown sugar, alcohol, just a faint hint of hops. Smells like a big old ale, and just a touch of oxidation,

The taste is big and malty, juicy dark fruits, twigs, simple syrup, and alcohol. Slight suggestions of nuts, cocoa and port wine.

Light bodied for the strength, not as full as I would expect, with a sharp, drier finish. The beer is moreish, and smooths out as it warms slightly and as the drinker becomes accustomed.

Overall, not quite a behemoth, but not small by any means. A very drinkable quad and worth some time in the cellar. The age on this brought out the port flavor, if it was a bit older I bet the vinous qualities would only continue.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage. Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a snifter. Acquired as an extra in a trade from goryshkewych.. thanks!

Pours a deep brown, muddy, nearly black body with a 1 finger off-white head that reduces slowly.

Aromas of caramel, dark fruit, wine, vanilla, some booze and a slight metallic smell.

Taste is out of this world.. first to touch the tongue is toffee, dark fruit, and caramel followed by sweet brown sugar, candi sugar, and vanilla. The finish is roasty with light coffee and chocolate notes. Lovely char that sticks around for a while.

Medium-heavy body with a rich mouthfeel. low carbonation

Amazing beer.. rich, complex, balanced, and easy to dirnk.. or sip. Delicious.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.65/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark opaque brown colour with some ruby & a bubbly, light brown head about 0.5cm tall that fades quite quickly.

Strong dark & ripe fruits (dates/plums/raisins/currants). Lots of sugar & alcohol tinged yet not as strong as a 10% beer should be. Caramel malts come through with some acidity. Complex but not bad.

A strong taste with strong fruit that mirror the nose (dates/plum/currants & a few others). Very sweet some acidity & an almost wine like taste. Grapes feature with lots of sugars too.

Very sweet with some alcohol (doesn't seem 10% though). Smooth, medium body with some acidity but it still goes down easily, helped by the medium carbonation.

Nice stuff from De Struise here, the beer was exceptionally sweet throughout with quite a complex mix of dark & ripe fruits that seems to mask some of the alcohol. It was definitely an enjoyable beer & one that went down well but I'm not entirely sure it is one that I'd go back to again, mainly because it was so strong.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first WOW beer, truely changed what I thought beer could be. It has that trapist feel that just pops flavor and taste at you while still not overpowering.

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Photo of titvs
4.2/5  rDev -3%

Review based on the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 18E). Bottle 33 cl - Batch 5528260913- AROMA: nice dried fruits aromas, reminiscent of raisins and dried figs, with a sweet and caramel/vanilla malt background. no roasted aromas, nor hops and diacetyl. alcohol aromas are spicy and pleasant and not solventy, with an old Port like quality. APPEARANCE: dark brown color with a slight ruby tint. nice moussy brown head with good retention. TASTE: well balanced flavours similar to the aromas (raisins and dried figs) with a sweet and caramelly/vanilla Port like background. moderate bitterness that balances the sweetness. finishes medium-dry. no roasted flavours. gente alcohol warmth and not solventy. PALATE: smooth medium body with medium carbonation with a smooth alcohol warmth noticeable. OVERALL: a very nice, complex dark belgian ale with a plethora of aromas to dive in. And very dangerous...

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%

Bottle purchased at Oliver's in Albany, NY. 2011 vintage.

Pours out a very dark brown, one of the darkest BSDA's I've ever seen. A foamy half inch head lasts almost the whole drinking session. No lacing.

This guy smells like dark fruits, Belgian yeast esters, chocolate, caramel, and currants.

The taste is very similar- this is one of the most chocolatey quads/BSDAs/whatever I've ever had- and really makes it stand out. The 3 years of aging have left no alcohol trace, although I do not know if its particularly boozy fresh. There's caramel and toffee, with wonderful chocolate and nutty flavors, the expected dark fruits- raisins, currants, and plums, with only a small amount of the typical Belgian yeast flavors. This one almost feels like a stout with the chocolate flavors. Amazing.

This one is medium bodied, not quite as thick as I would've liked, but serviceable enough anyway. There's barely any carbonation, but it works well with this one. A slow sipper, not due to the alcohol, but due to how decadent it is.

This is really up there with Rochefort 10 as the best quad I've ever had. It's certainly the most unique.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 2011 bottle. This pours a dark brown color with a foamy light brown head. The aroma is bold with sweet malts and molasses. The taste is sweet, smooth and delicious. There is a good amount of spices that are well blended. There are lots of complex flavors for being an easy drinking beer. Definitely a must try!

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Photo of Brenden
4.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer is an opaque, red-highlighted dark brown that's actually thicker and more viscous than I expect. It seems to have a body that's fuller than is typical for the style and lands almost at stout thickness. The brown head is big and frothy, the bubbles airing out to drop to a full head of foam that stays there thickly, losing height very slowly as the beer recedes while lacing the glass with patches and legs.
Lots of depth and complexity lie within the smell and taste of this beer, new aromas and flavors seeming to develop with every sip. It achieves a difficult balance in dry and sweet notes, vinous or herbal and more "loose" or flowing, as it were. Tons of dark fruits notes, both fresh and dried, are present from start to finish. Not so much cherry, but there's lots of fig, dates, plums, etc., including grapes that, with certain other notes, give it a red wine character which transitions with a creamy sweetness, more fruits, and some warming alcohol to more of a port. Wood is firm, not too drying but with enough character to add more, and there's some must and spicing as well. With a little acidity and more tartness, in the middle it also takes on an aspect of mulled cider. It's a little bit peppery and sharp in the middle-end, while just a touch of herbal leaf is all the hop contribution really needed. The candi sugar-like sweetness takes a strong turn toward the end, then it finishes with a big complexity of tartness, acidity, fruit, must, anise, and ethanol.
The mouthfeel maintains the balance that seems impossible almost perfectly. it has to even out the dryness, biting acidity, and tartness, along with the wood and fusel notes contributed, with what would otherwise be a cloying and sticky sweetness such that the extreme of each side is avoided without confusing the tongue to exasperation. The body has lots of texture and, while full, edges back toward medium to keep from being too heavy. Crispness is firm from beginning to end, while a creamy smoothness takes nothing away from it.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a super hazy dark brown-mahogany color with a billowy off white head. The head fades rather slowly over time to leave a good level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite heavy of darker fruit smells with lots of plum, raisin, and fig. Along with the darker fruit smells comes plenty of bready and lightly roasted malt smells. Some yeasty smells as well as some other sweet aromas of a caramel and toffee nature come along as well. A bit of spice of coriander and clove as well as a slightly funky like smell come and linger on the nose creating a rather dark and sweet but slightly funky off aroma to sit on the nose.

Taste – The taste begins with a very dark fruit sweet flavor with tons of raisin, fig, plum, and cherry. The sweeter flavors are matched by a bit of a bready and doughy taste with a hint of a chocolate and a bit of roasted malt mixed within. The yeast and spice that were detected in the nose come on more strongly toward the middle of the taste and bring a very nice dimension to the brew, complementing well the sweeter dark fruit flavors of the brew nicely. Some candied sugar flavors and a little bit of a rummy booziness develop on the tongue as the flavors advances, bringing a little bit of warmth to the taste. At the very end, a little bit of earth and a light woody/oaky flavor join the profile which end up leaving a very tasty and somewhat smoother, but robust sweet dark fruit quad flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess for a brew of 10 % abv. with a carbonation level that is on the average side as well. The average thickness and carbonation are a nice compromise for the sweeter dark fruit and boozy, oaky, and spiced flavors of the brew and makes for a nice easy drinking, yet slower sipping brew overall.

Overall – This is one quite tasty quad. This one is on the tops of my list. Dark fruity, nicely spiced, and yeasted, with a good blend of a warming taste/feel, but all while maintaining a great drinkability and enjoyability. This is quite a nice quad!!

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Photo of jerefreakinmiah
4.11/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2010 vintage bottle poured into a Karbach sniffer

Poured super dark with a small, light and tan head that dissapated quickly.

Smells of raisins, figs, and honey.

The taste is fantastic. It's definitely a quad on the tongue; heavy on the palate and a medium amount of carbonation for a 4 year old beer. Thus is a super sweet beer that has a large raisin taste profile, typical but delicious Belgian sugary tatse. I could imagine myself drinking this on a cold winter night with oatmeal cookies after dinner!

After half an hour the raisin taste fades to the background and I get honey and molasses. This had become a very drinkable beer!

This may be worth driving 20 miles back to the shop I bought it from.

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Photo of Mrrrrrow
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark and rich, this was recommended in a local beer shop when "the darkest Belgian beer you have" was requested. Surprisingly sweet and syrupy, this isn't a light dainty beer. Quite heavy, but even on this hot summer day it still worked. Overall fantastic.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pannepot from 2010. Poured into a Corsendonk tulip (the glass that I own that most closely resembles the Pannepot glass).

The crack of the bottle was very promising with a snap hiss. Poured with a massive dark khaki-colored head. Super dark brew, as well. The ale is dark brown/purple. Burgundy hues. The foam laces. The look is amazing.

Definitive malty breadiness with a pumpernickel-like spice. Hints of baker's chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, earthy roast, and nuttiness. Obvious phenols with medicinal notes. Herbal, also. Very good.

There are more fruits that pour out in the flavor, but it's definitely a roasty dark quad. Caramelized sugars, molasses, and roastiness overtop of lightly vinous black grape, clove, and raisin. The body is very solid, medium-full. Lots of carbonation still residing in this bottle. The conditioning works. A much coarser bubble than I expected.

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Photo of tomordonez
3.3/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My taste might be changing. From the same that makes Tsjeeses. It pours into a nice head and an almost black body. Smells like chocolate and burnt caramel. Very heavy body and very very sweet. I got the feeling that this didn’t ferment enough. I couldn’t finish more than half a glass.

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Pannepot from De Struise Brouwers
96 out of 100 based on 818 ratings.