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Pannepot - De Struise Brouwers


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Ratings: 1738
Reviews: 763
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.17%

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De Struise Brouwers visit their website

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 scotorum


4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bottle of 2011 purchased at the Warren Store in Vermont a month ago. At the time i thought it a great find, especially for under $6, but since I have seen more 2011s at a couple of other stores at a similar level.

Poured from the 11.2 oz. bottle into an Innis & Gunn flute.

a: Black with ruby tones, finger high tan head receded slowly to surface foam and a little spotty lacing.

s: Dark malt and fruit.

t: Rather stout-like dark roasted malt flavor with dark fruit bitterness underneath. Briefly lingering bitterness at the back of the tongue may be the result of the high ABV.

m: Medium to full with some surging carbonation over the tongue.

o; Excellent smooth quad, amazingly easy drinking considering the 10% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 05:18:07 | More by scotorum
Photo of joe1510


4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz Bottle
West Lakeside

2006 Vintage

Pannepot pours black with absolutely zero light shining through my goblet. A two finger dense tan head formed on the pour and as it fell became craggy. The body and head of this beer are very stout-like. The head does not go anywhere and leaves big patchy lacing as the glass empties. Great looking beer.

Unbelievable aromas are coming from my glass. Really reminiscent of holiday fruits. Spiced apple cider (as in clove, cinammon, nutmeg, and of course apples) Juicy plums and dripping ripe pears. This has one of the most vivid dark fruit aromas I've yet to come across. There's a slight mustiness hidden way in the back with very mild cocoa and cream. This is a beer just stacked with layer upon layer of complexity.

I'm almost afraid to drink this beer cause after the aroma it can only be a step down. Actually the flavor is just about as good as the aroma which is incredible. There are some differences though. The fruits are still very much present but without as much spicing as in the aroma. There is more cocoa and cream in the flavor though. Mustiness on the backend with a touch of bitterness on the swallow. Alcohol adds a nice spiciness on the swallow. My despription can't even begin to describe the complexities of this ale.

Full body with an ultra creamy mouthfeel as it hits the tongue. the carbonation froths this one up mid palate and gives it a very welcomed airy quality. Unbelievably creamy and smooth.

I know this is a high abv beer and usually big complex dark Belgians I'm satisfied with one glass. This I find myself wanting more and more. Great drinkability for such a huge beer.

I'm sure if you read this far in my review you can tell I'm crazy about Pannepot. It is a beer I will seek out again and again. One I will never tire of and, hopefully, always have some in the cellar or fridge.

Reviewed: 9/26/07

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 19:50:39 | More by joe1510
Photo of RickS95


4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage

Pours a typical dark, very dark, somewhat thick liquid. It's not black, just the darkest shade of brown you've ever seen. The line between where brown ends and black starts, this is sitting right on it. The head is very light, not particularly thick, but retains very well. No lacing evident.

Malty, think caramel. Faint chocolate notes. Very fruity, like the best Belgian quads are. Nothing in the terms of hops is present. Alcohol is evident, but not overpowering.

A mixture of the caramel malts and deep, ripe, rich fruits. Licorice. Alcohol only in the finish.

So smooth and creamy. The alcohol is so well hidden with everything else that's going on. Sweet then tart then crisp and tangy. The tartness is very welcome. This is so easy to drink, maybe a little too easy.

Simply superb. Should be up there with other world class quads. In the same breath as Westy, Roche, St. Bernardus.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 03:40:16 | More by RickS95
Photo of Krakistophales


4.26/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

S: Right away you can smell a great deal of spice, oak, and vanilla, as if it were barrel-aged, but clearly this is the doing of a fair amount of booze and heavy handed spice. Beneath this woody veneer lies a depth of dark fruits, mostly cherry, to round it out. Great smell.

T: The taste is almost reverse. Lots of sweet dark fruit up front, which fades out into a sort of mixture of sweet caramel and vanilla with a dry oak finish. Still nice.

O: This is a fine quad, and I would buy again and recommend to anyone.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 03:55:19 | More by Krakistophales
Photo of oline73


4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2011 bottle poured into a Chimay goblet.

The beer pours a cloudy ruby brown color with a layer of off white head on top that fades to a pencil thin layer around the edge of the glass. The smell is sweet with a strong dark fruit and caramel presence. I'm also getting some Belgian spice in the nose. The taste is quite smooth, I'm guess this has smoothed with the aging. I'm getting sweet dark fruit, Belgian spice, and a bubble gum like note. The finish has some chocolate in it as well, but the sweetness doesn't really linger. The carbonation is very fine, honestly it could use a bit more. The finish is quite dry. I'm really enjoying this beer and I'd gladly have another.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 01:53:51 | More by oline73
Photo of rlee1390


4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Black in the glass, more of a deep brown around the edges, two finger tan head and highly carbonated.

S-Lots of darker fruits, plums and spices.

T-Balances is good, rather sweet. Lots of darker fruits along with the spices.

M-Light, nicely carbonated but some alcohol burn.

O-Had side by side with Westy XII, does not hold a candle to it.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 18:03:17 | More by rlee1390
Photo of kbrown


4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

101 Beer Kitchen beer club selection for July.

A- Jet black with a crimson tinge on. Heavy head at pour.

S- Fig, mixed berries, slight malt, resin

M- Clean, tight, not heavy

T- Fruity in the back then the spices hit then a third transition to an interesting full-flavored malty, balanced goodness. Chocolate here. Major transition of taste here that is hemmed together quite well!

O- A strong beer. Makes you think and applaud the complexties. I will look for this one again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 00:00:54 | More by kbrown
Photo of BlurryVisi0n

New York

4.01/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass. Vintage 2011 release poured 07/06/2013.

Appearance: Pours a a slightly hazy brown copper coming off pretty damn dark. The head is a bit thin rising slightly high in the beginning and before a sip settled to less than a quarter inch coming off a light tan with a somewhat orange tint to it.

Smell: A bland yeast that smells very good but lacks a bit of potency.

Taste: A smooth nutmeg with a nice yeast feel. A little sweet purple grape. You can feel a little hit of the alcohol and sugars...me personally I think this is one better suited with dessert or at least make this one your dessert after dinner.

Mouth: It is definitely light to medium carbonation with a sticky sweet yeast. after taste. reminds me a bit of raisin bread at the end.

Overall: Nice pick up not knowing anything about the beer except that it was from Belgium. A little pricey when you think about it but thinking again you spend a lot more for crap at local bars. So this I tell you to grab a glass and enjoy. Salud!

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 04:32:25 | More by BlurryVisi0n
Photo of themind

New Jersey

4.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

An amazing World Class beer that lives up to the hype. This beer is thick and silky with an awesome roasted dark fruit and molasses aroma and taste. The carbonation is dull but works very well. I am not sure a crisp carbonation would work well with this beer. In the end this complex quad is as good as any I have ever had. A must try for any quad lover.

Bottom Line: Near Legendary!

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 00:34:14 | More by themind
Photo of shangwang


4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had on draft at the Pourhouse in Exton, PA a week ago. I'm assuming it was the 2013 vintage, but there was no year notated so I can't be sure.

Heard so much about this beer that when I saw it on the tap list, I didn't hesitate to order. Served in a 12 ounce pour in a generic Belgian-style goblet. Deep dark brown color with almost no head by the time it got to me; all that remained was some thin light brown froth on top. The smell was a little faint, but I got hints of plums and raisins, with some spices and a little alcohol. Very complex taste; a lot going on like a rich German lebkuchen - some spicy coriander and cloves with candied dark fruit and nuttiness, but balanced with some roasted coffee and chocolate flavors. Mouthfeel was good; some carbonation that gave a nice smooth texture.

Really enjoyed this beer. Would love to get my hands on some older bottled vintages to see how age affects the flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2013 16:59:19 | More by shangwang
Photo of ksimons

New York

4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2011 on the label

A-completely gushed when I opened it. When I finally got it into a glass poured a very dark chestnut brown with three fingers worth of tan head

S-rich malt, dark fruit sweetness, with a bit of molasses and chocolate

T-lots of juicy dark fruits, spices, some chocolate, a bit of alcohol warming, and a rich malt backbone

M-medium to full body, carbonation seems a little weak at the start but picks up a bit, but each sip is incredibly smooth and creamy

Overall a very complex, creamy, smooth

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 22:16:01 | More by ksimons
Photo of afi4lifer


4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Oh my! I was recommended this at Redstone liquors in Stoneham, MA and decided to take a chance. Couldn't be happier that I did! Amazing quad, loaded with dark fruits and malts, but perfectly balanced. High amount of sweetness, but it just works. Finished clean and lingers beautifully. World class quad - very fortunate to have tried this. Right up there with Rochefort 10 and so subtly different it compares favorably.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 18:20:18 | More by afi4lifer
Photo of pants678


3.51/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sediment floats in dark, dark brown that's not quite opaque. A light tan head foam rests on top. Murky, for the style.

Pine, earthy notes. Barely noticeable.

Tastes somewhere between oak and maple, not really a combination of the two. A stain of coffee and caramel leaves something to be desired, however, there is a warm brown sugar/molasses character. I imagined something more aggressive yet this is rather kindly and mild. Something may have been lost in transit.

The body's surprisingly light for what looks like a stout. Generally refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 23:48:16 | More by pants678
Photo of bobhits


3.83/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours about as dark and dirty as a quad can be without being a stout in quad name alone. A lot of yeast gives this is a nice thick cloudy and near black appearance. A nice bit of carbonation to start but poured into a chalice and I don't see any lacing or retention from the head.

Molasses, clove, dark fruits, and a bit of acidity that seems a bit high for this style.

A very acidic quad giving off dark fruits, molasses, brown sugars, and some grapes (no raisins nor a wine like flavor).

The body is a bit thin and not very creamy.

I'm not sure I get the hype on this one but it's a nice enough beer. It's pricey and I'm not seeing myself buying again unless I stumble upon a really vintage bottle. This being a 2011 served in 2013.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 08:53:14 | More by bobhits
Photo of CrazyDavros


4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a fading tan head.
Nose shows chocolate, spiced figs, prunes, caramel, burnt brown sugar, candi sugar. Lovely.
More burnt sugar as a flavours along with some roasted malt, bready malt and spices.
Could use a more syrupy body and creamier carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 01:43:30 | More by CrazyDavros
Photo of BrianJohnson

South Carolina

4.74/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Completely not what I expected going in. I've had plenty of Belgian quads, but this is so much different. It has the typical raisin/plum taste and smell, but this one is so much more. There's a hint of a stout as well - coffee and dark roasted malt. Also, there's a nice oaken flavor to it. I would call this one very complex - so many different things to taste in this beer and the aroma is very complex as well. I very much like this beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 20:11:15 | More by BrianJohnson
Photo of JohnG190

New York

4.69/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2011 Vintage Bottle poured into Spiegelau Tulip

Appearance - Inky black with thick mocha head.

Smell - Aroma of raisins and dark fruits, chocolate and dark roast malt.

Taste - Well crafted and deeply complex. Flavor follows aroma with dark fruit and chocolate.

Mouthfeel - Rich mouthfeel with light carbonation.

Overall - Wow, this is a rich, wonderful beer. It's complexity lends itself to deep contemplation and, when finished, reflection. I will seek this one out again.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 16:23:20 | More by JohnG190
Photo of BMMillsy


4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep dark brown with a dark kahki head. Aroma is spices, pungent yeast, chocolate roasted malt. Flavor is a big dark fruit bomb. Sweet figs, chocolate, cherry, hints of spices, yeast funk. Silky smooth texture goes along with the huge complex flavor. Relatively heavy carbonation. Hints of alcohol warmth. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 13:36:18 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of Knapp85


4.09/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite a nice quad, has a really nice brown color with a tinge of red. The French oak is noticeable but not too strong. There are some fruity flavors floating around in there too. The finish is dry but still fruity. Keeps you going back for more and each sip lead to another sniff of the sweet aroma.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 16:44:35 | More by Knapp85
Photo of Seanniek91

Rhode Island

4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served from a vintage 2011 bottle into a Chimay goblet. Served below cellar temps.

Appearance- Black/brown with less that one finger off off-white head.Some nice lacing retains around the top of the beer. Looks more like a stout or porter than a Quad.

Smell- Chocolate, raisons, Leather, dark stone fruits, belgian yeast, heavy booze. Again, this has more similarities to a stout than it does a quad.

Taste- Chocolate and candied plums are very dominant in this one. Raisons, indescribable baking spice and mild yeasty flavors are also there. Booze is there, but very mild. Share similarities to a mix of a quad and a stout.

Mouthfeel- Reasonably full with ample amounts of carbonation. Not sticky, but definantly heavier and mildly viscous.

Overall- Out of all the Belgian Quads I've had, this one is so much different to them. More characteristics of a fruit forward Belgian Stout. Fantastic beer none the less.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 19:56:44 | More by Seanniek91
Photo of babaracas


4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2011. Pours a slightly very dark brown, half inch of creamy tan foam that settles to a thin ring. Smell: fig, raisin, toasted brown bread with a little butter, molasses and coffee notes. Taste: fig, raisin bread soaked in a little booze, quick roasty and earthy coffee hit, toast, dark brown sugar, milk chocolate, mild earthy hopping, plum, pepper. Full bodied, sugary with creamy carbonation hit midsip. Haven't had westy, but this beats down the rest by a large margin.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 04:40:26 | More by babaracas
Photo of cindyjeffsmith


4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: gorgeous, deep dark ruby. Frothy tan head.
Smell: rich, yeasty, bread like with aromatic spice.
Taste: even richer than the nose. The quad flavors are all there but also something like I'd expect from an Ris. A deep dry backbone that supports all the spicy, fruity, bready quad flavors.
Overall: finally got to try this beauty. Lives up to it's fine reputation. I need more.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 22:41:52 | More by cindyjeffsmith
Photo of TwelveOunces


4.51/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage poured into a tulip

A- Pours very dark murky brown. Turns black in the glass. A one finger of a off tan colored head.

S- Massive caramelized dark fruits. Frigs, dates and a nice clove spicyness. A slight graininess, this reminds me of english yeast.

T- A nice bitterness at first and a surprising roasted quality. A nice caramel sweetness followed up by a huge dark fruit quality. A ton of frig and dates and raisins. A nice clove and a subtle spice to the beer. A touch a bannana and a bit of pepper. A hugely complex and smooth quad.

M- A nice rich and thick beer. Alcohol is remarkably well hidden and this beer keeps me comping back. Its complex and constantly changing. Warming on the way down.

O- A magnificent quad, I would rank it up there with the best.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 23:35:50 | More by TwelveOunces
Photo of clayrock81


4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had a 2011 vintage bottle that was kept a little too cold so while I thoroughly enjoyed this beer I wish I could've had a bottle that was stored at proper temp (oh well). Dark brown, syrupy like pour with little tan head that dies quick on top of a very yeasty, citrusy and candi-sugar like aroma. Definite sweetness packed with that typical Belgian orange-like yeast strain as well as some pepper and sharp spices and touches of dark fruit (my wife detected sour fruit but can't say I picked it up). Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, a little thick and sticky, not that much though, and the taste is similiar to the nose although I do detect a sticky, syrupy licorice type sweetness. Good amount of fruits like touches of citric fruits and dark fruits (figs being number one, maybe raisins) along with great balance from sturdy malt backbone and the ABV gives off a complentary edge to the finish and helps mellow out, but not kill, the beer as it warms. Great sipper and a definite must try.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 16:29:39 | More by clayrock81
Photo of JayQue


4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Can't believe I have held on to this and a 2005 Pannepot Reserva for 2 years!! Great beer, worthy of the ratings it receives.

Poured into my Chimay goblet, dark brown color with only the slightest bit of light coming through. Small dark tan head with average (for a Quad) retention and no lacing.

I picked up the aroma as I was opening the bottle. Strong rich smell. Dark fruit....figs raisins and plums, with some spices...black pepper, nutmeg, a little cinnamon.

Taste is outstanding. Dark fruit, candi sugar sweetness, the same spices as detected in the aroma. They are all expertly blended, with the sweetness taking a back seat to the rich fruity, malty presence.

Mouthfeel is very rich and smooth. THe 10% abv is noticible only by a warming presence. There is no alcohol "bite" or burning.

This is a fantastic beer. Can't wait to compare it to the 2005 Reserva.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 01:31:30 | More by JayQue
Pannepot from De Struise Brouwers
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