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Pannepot - De Struise Brouwers

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Reviews: 812
Hads: 2,261
Avg: 4.33
pDev: 9.24%
Wants: 403
Gots: 435 | FT: 30
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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: 812 | Hads: 2,261
Photo of patre_tim
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark Brown opaque with a slight amber tinge, a finger of creamy chocolate milk brown head with a distinct orange tinge.

S: Chocolate, as in a milk chocolate, dark fruits like figs and raisins, a salty brine of an ocean breeze, black liquorice.

T: Dark fruits, cherries, light sour note, white snow (as opposed to yellow snow) ends in a distinct salty taste and black liquorice. The combination is reminiscent of Dutch salty licorice. It unfolds with every sip. I got a metallic tinge on the second sip (a hint of ammonia perhaps as the salty licorice uses this as a component). The salty licorice becomes more dominant with each sip.

M: Thick body that might be sticky except the creamy foamy carbonation makes it smooth and silky.

O: Awesome! I got this in December 2013 in Bruges, just off the main square at De Struise’s personal store. I went to the actual brewery near Westvleteren earlier that day, and was disappointed as it was closed. Bruges was all set in Christmas lights as it was nearing sunset. Great memory! Enjoying this for the first time April 3, 2014.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.74/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - dark brown red body. Short lived one finger head. Spotty lace.

S - spice, dark fruits, raisins, sherry.

T - quite dry when measured against smell. Brown sugar, caramels, figs, prunes, spice and lots of it.

M - light carbonation, medium weight.

O - not as sold on this as I could be. But then I had La Terrible last night. Not quite as complex as it could be.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 11.2 oz bottle 2011 vintage into St Bernardus snifter glass

A-Dark brown with reddish hues with a brownish 1 1/2 finger head. Decent lacing.

S-Superb combination of aromas including chai, dark robust cocoa, raisins, plums and some cigar notes.

T-Taste of plum, dark candi, fruit cake, indian spices, finishing on a long cherry/chocolate finish with spices in the mix.

M-Mouthfeel is almost full bodied, very low carbonation, plummy, dark candi, fruit cake, indian spices, finishing on a long cherry/chocolate finish with spices in the mix.

O-This is a great easy drinking quad. I love this beer!

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Photo of Furlinator
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours murky dark brown with a 1/4 khaki head that quickly fades to a thin ring on top and leaves faint spotty lace.

Smell is of prunes, raisins, caramel, roasted malt and just a hint of chocolate.

Taste is of dark malt, molasses and dark fruit.

Texture is medium bodied with high carbonation.

Another solid Belgian quad that is malt forward with caramel and raisin accents.

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Photo of barczar
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25


Pours an opaque black with minimal tan head that lingers as a ring of foam.

Plums, raisins, sweet molasses, and a touch of leather form the aroma.

Alcohol, raisins, nutty, toasted malt and light roast form the initial flavor. There's a vinous note at the finish that counters the malt sweetness well. Light cardboard oxidation dries things out in the aftertaste.

Body is fairly full, with a hint of carbonation and warming alcohol lingering.

Very complex brew. All is fairly balanced, between esters, oxidation, and malt sweetness.

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

Poured to me blindly at a quad tasting, courtesy of jdhowe. This was the bottle I brought, and with my already great familiarity with De Struise Brouwers, I had a feeling (although at the time I mixed it up with the Rochefort 10) that this was the Pannepot. More below. 2011 vintage. Poured into a mini snifter from a 11.2oz bottle.

This was darkest pour of the tasting, with a near pitch blackness that only showed clarity with some light amber plum streaks when held against the light. A frothy, off-khaki head coated the top of the glass, leaving behind some powerful streaks and legs with each swirl. Carbonation is noticeable, although no bubbles really show. Really a monster beer (even for a quad), and DSB really know what they're doing in the realm of making gargantuan looking beers.

Wow! THIS is how a quad should be, if the knobs are to be tuned up a bit considering all of the ingredients and aspects that go into it. Prunes, raisins, dark cherries, molasses, as well as sweetened notes of rum and vanilla at the finish. Cloves, tobacco, leather, and earth. This reminds me very much of what Rochefort 10 tasted like to my memory back in the day, yet somehow, this is far more powerful. I simply cannot believe that this wasn't barrel aged - it's so resinous smelling, and that is simply magical.

The flavor continues the same success imparted from the aroma, displaying extremely strong, ridiculous notes of dark fruit, spices, and malty sweet goodness. The raisins jump out like nothing else, but there's still some space given for prunes, as well as blackcurrant. Some pepper, cinnamon, and caramel, even chocolate, as well as some light tobacco notes no doubt imparted by the spices (although it could be the hops as well). A lingering, spicy bitterness keeps this from trailing off into becoming a sweet, sickly mess, especially with the ever lingering rum molasses notes that makes this pretty notable. Definitely a lot of heat, and this is an undeniable sipper - still, I enjoyed immensely for its complexity and overall grip in terms of maintaining creaminess, thickness, and good carbonation. A world class quad - yet somehow transcends the style at hand.

Other people at the tasting claimed that this wasn't a "true" quad with its over-the-top feel, and while I understand where they're coming from, I somewhat disagree. This is not a "classic" rendition of a quad - and by that, I really mean that this isn't the version popularized with the Trappists offerings that broke ground commercially in the last century. Given the experimental nature of Belgian brewing and its history of making other beverages (most notably wine), this is a hardcore rustic quad at its basis, with new influences (DSB is highly inspired by American craft brewing). In a way, it's the best of both worlds - malty and rich (old world), yet hoppy and spicy as well (new world). I have a bunch of Pannepots aging right now. I simply cannot wait to crack them over for the next few years.

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

Extremely dark quad, black and opaque. No visible floaties. Head slightly darker than typical for the style, but fades quickly.

Strong stout-like aroma, focusing on chocolate, vanilla/oak, and dark fruit. Complex and impressive.

Flavor follows the nose, with a balanced dose of chocolate, vanilla, raisins, and plums. Not quite as fruity as other quads.

Chewy, super-thick mouthfeel, especially for the style.

This is a very, very tasty quad, but dramatically departs from the style. In a blind tasting, this one stood out the most as both possibly the best and easily the most different. Definitely, definitely try this beer.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2011 served in a snifter

Deep brown color with an almost cloudy texture. This poured with a murky character that yields a fizzy thickness for a head that was short lived.

The aroma seems all dark dried fruits like prunes, dates, figs and raisin. Light chocolate malt couples with a coconut like flavor that reminds me of barrel aging.

I had to take a couple of drinks of this to truly appreciate the nuance and craftsmanship. Very chocolatey on the tongue there's a tempered sweetness. Plum like qualities come near the finish there's a tinge of prune or raisin. After a while I start to detect caramel and toffee malt graininess but all of it is secondary to the chocolate.

The feel is very full but strangely drinkable. The ABV is not detectable but for the warmth. At times there is a weird thinness that hits as if the body of this ale is layered.

There was a sense of trepidation and suspicion when I started this, as there was a sense of hype amongst geeks I knew. This established itself as I very well constructed and nicely diverse beer.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz. bottle into a Burley Oak snifter (2011)

A: No head and almost none even with vigorous swirling. Dark brown with no lacing.

S: Sweet smelling malts. Comes across like a good-smelling barleywine.

T: I get a decent amount of cinnamon towards the end and the aftertaste. Lots of sweet malts here. Lots of raisin.

M: Quite smooth with no carbonation at all. I was expecting it to be more viscous and thick but it is quite thin.

O: Not what I was expecting at all. Decent but possibly past its peak.

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Photo of LVituri
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Eu realmente achei essa cerveja perfeita.
Procurei, mas não achei defeitos.
Aparência linda.
Aroma sensacional.
Sabor encorpado, complexo e cheio de personalidade.
Sem palavras, ela é realmente surpreendente.
Mais uma lendária e poderosa cerveja belga.

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Photo of MacTeo
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dirty dark brown head. Dark beer with good glass lacing at the end. It smells good for a quad, not as boozy on the nose with sweet raisiny smell. Malty molasses taste upfront with nutty bitterness at the end. Light richness mouthfeel; it's very smooth.

Overall, it is more than a good beer. I'm glad I found this beer because I could drink this on any season. I think it can be a comparable brew against any quad whale out there. Roche...? eh, not really, I change my mind. However, I'll buy it again...if I can find it. Next time I'll buy more...

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Photo of Digimaika2
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pannepot 2011

(4.25) A: Black with a tall and bubbly dirty beige head. Commendable retention with some lacing left against the glass.

(4.5) S: Bitter bakers chocolate, molasses, gingerbread, dried dark fruits (most noticeably figs), caramel, and also some hints of fruity-bubblegum. The prevailing aroma is of a thick and rich figgy molasses with various winter spices.

(4.5) T: Figs, bitter molasses, sweet caramel, plums, lots of different spices, faint smoke, and herbal qualities. Quite an earthy bitterness present throughout to compliment a very malty backbone. As others have pointed out, this also has an oak-like flavour that adds another layer to the malt. Excellent.

(4.25) M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Pleasantly creamy with a suitable syrup quality.

(4.5) D: This is very flavourful and rich with spices and that bitter herbal quality. Perfect for this, the coldest night of the year.

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Photo of dar482
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

(2011 Vintage)

The beer comes in an almost black, dark mahogany color with a gorgeous stout looking tan head.

The aroma is fruit forward with dried figs, plums, and super sweet dark raisin. Lots of the Belgian fruity ester as well. Lots dark sweet candy sugar and caramel.

You immediately notice how silky and creamy this beer is. Then the rum soaked raisin, a yeasty fruit bread, candy dark brown sugar. Finish is a bit sticky of caramel. A bit of an alcohol bite.

This is one of the best quads around. Great stuff.

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Photo of richj1970
4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into snifter. 2011 vintage.

A: Pours a very dark reddish brown with a two finger tinted off white head that settles to a small ring around the glass. Little if no lacing.

S: Figs, dates, raisins, apple juice. Some Belgian yeast in the back.

T: Dark fruits. Dates, figs, raisins. Biscuits, sweet malts.

M: Full bodied and nicely carbonated. Coats the tongue nicely.

O: A solid quad, but I had higher expectations for this one...

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.79/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2011 vintage. loosely a quad, maybe more a quad that I think it is, I don't know, this is way fruity as they go, and the yeast that makes Belgian beers what they are, especially the big ones, is way down low here, you have to search for it. glorious dark color though, deep brick red, brown overtones and a permanent two finger just off white head. the nose is fruity, raisins and apples come to mind, a mild spice as well. the taste also prominently displays these fruited notes, almost to its detriment. I get raisins all day in the long finish. one thing impressive here is the lack of alcohol presence for a beer so strong. very well disguised, this drinks like a 6% brew. some allspice and faint Belgian yeast in the finish, but I am so distracted by the fruity apple juice type flavors that I don't love the whole picture. for a beer with such acclaim I expected more, not to say I didn't like it, but I was just underwhelmed. the same was true with the reserva version, so maybe its something about this beer that's just disagreeable, maybe its my messed up notion of what a quad should be, I don't know. full body and lively carbonation is very nice, especially with the absence of booze, even at room temperature. a fine brew, but not really my speed.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.82/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

From: Etre Gourmet, Belgium
Date: 2010 vintage
Glass: Founders oversized snifter

Struise's Pannepot is a relatively good quadrupel, with heavy dark, dried fruit (prunes, raisins, dried black mission figs) sweetness, hints of amber candi sugar and roasted malt, and enjoyably subdued ethanol. While I enjoyed the beer, I don't know if I'd go out of my way to purchase another, as several more readily imported versions have very similar characters to this.

Pours a 1.5cm tall head of tan to light brown-colored foam, made up of small and medium-sized bubbles, creating a fairly frothy looking appearance. Retention is above average, lasting about 1.5 minutes in a decline to a thin ring around the glass and a small island of lace lingering atop the body of the beer. Lacing is minimal, a few spots cling at random to the sides of the glass. Beer is a very dark brown to black color, with light bringing out amber brown hues around the edges of the beer. Carbonation is visible traveling up the sides of the glass, low in number and slow in movement.

Aroma of prunes, raisins, dried black mission figs, amber candi sugar, anise, and subtle ethanol.

Generally pleasant flavors of syrupy sweetness (mostly from fruit, modest molasses-like), anise, and ethanol. Front of palate experiences syrupy, dark dried fruit sweetness (prunes and raisins, primarily) that nears cloying, with hints of anise and ethanol. Mid-palate of heavy dried fruit sweetness (prunes, dried black mission figs, raisins) with a slight touch of roasted malt char, some anise, and moderate ethanol. Aftertaste of light, but very notable roastiness contributing some char and coffee flavor, dark dried fruit sweetness (prunes, black mission figs), diluted molasses, and ethanol.

Beer is medium-bodied, with carbonation of low intensity, resulting in a mostly smooth (9/10) and slightly foamy (1/10) mouthfeel; would be better with a bit more carbonation. Closes dry, with heavy stickiness on the palate and lips.

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Photo of GJ40
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 330ml bottle dated 2010.

A - Deep brown with some light coming through. A small beige head that dissipates quickly but leaves a nice dusting. Clings nicely to the glass.

S - Molasses, roasted marshmallow, brown sugar, toffee and roasted malts. Rich and complex.

T - Follows the aroma closely with dark fruits prominent. Starts semi sweet but finished drier than expected. Lots of flavor and complexity yet still fairly crisp and refreshing. Some lingering bitterness. The 10% alcohol is well hidden.

M - A moderate consistency and carbonation. I expected more of a syrupy feel given the aroma and flavor but it really works.

O - A very complex but balanced and drinkable beer.

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Photo of Etan
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle into a tulip. 2011 vintage.

A: Pours a foreboding woody brown with a moderate tan head.

S: Smooth dark fruit (plum, fig), dusting of nutmeg and cocoa, sweet bread, lightly vinous.

T: Thick grapey sweetness, yeasty, multigrain bread, pleasant hit of booze, subtly astringent grain husk, cooked sugar, warming.

M: Thick-bodied with creamy carbonation.

O: Fantastic quad - rivals the best trappist renditions.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2011, drank 11/15/13

a: a combination of dark murky brown and ruby red, hints of butterscotch in there as well. 2 finger solid off white head that fades pretty rapidly to around a .5 finger

s: this smells diving. caramel, toffee, figs, dates, plums, loads of raisins, milk chocolate, almonds, concord grapes. very rich caramel toffee malts. can't wait to dive in

t: yup - this is great. right away are the plums, grapes, raisins, and figs. then the sweet caramel/toffee syrup maltiness. some roasted chocolaty malts in here as well. sooo much figs, raisins, grapes, and plum in here. its a very hearty beer, with lots of robust flavor. its all blended together so well. maybe a little nutty. also, there is a slight alcohol presence, but it works well with the dark fruits and sweet malt

m: its a full mouthfeel. not much carbonation really - its a 2 year old bottle, not sure if that has anything to do with it, but the carbonation level has no real effect on the beer to me

o: great stuff. drinking this reminds me of why i fell in love with beer in the first place....quads. this is so balanced, and full of flavor - i highly recommend this to anyone.

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Photo of superspak
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into chalice, 2011 vintage. Pours very cloudy nearly opaque reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings to the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big plum, raisin, fig, pear, apple, banana, caramel, toast, candi sugar, molasses, clove, pepper, coriander, light chocolate, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Incredible aromas with great complexity and balance of malt, spice, yeast esters with a great malt/ester balance; and great strength. Taste of big plum, raisin, fig, pear, apple, banana, caramel, molasses, toast, brown bread, chocolate, clove, pepper, candi sugar, light roast, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of dark/light fruits, caramel, molasses, toast, brown bread, chocolate, candi sugar, clove, pepper, light roast, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, balance, and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast and dark malt flavors with big robustness; great malt/yeast flavor balance, and zero cloying sweetness on the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very slick and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible Belgian strong dark ale! All around fantastic complexity, balance, and robustness of yeast, malt, and spice flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. An insanely delicious offering.

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Photo of beertunes
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 on the label. Lot: 5133041012 - B - Bottle Lot /20/01/HH. Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a solid dark brown, only a bit of reddish tint at the top and bottom of the glass. About 1/16 inch of light brown head that instantly dissipated into a thin ring that had decent retention and no lacing.

A noticeable fruity yeast scent hit the nose as soon as I cracked the bottle. Once in the glass, the yeast spice and fruit were slightly crowded out by an alcohol scent that faded after a few minutes. A pretty similar tale was told on the tongue, spice, yeast, light fruit and noticeable alcohol. There was a light malt taste way in the back, and I tend to prefer a bit more earthiness in the style.

The body was way more thin than I look for in the style, not watery by any means, just not as full as I've come to expect. Drinkability was, of course, excellent. The only tick against it was the solid alcohol presence, it made the beer a bit too "sippy" for me. Overall, since this is one of the prototypes for the style, obviously this was a top notch brew. A must try on any beer lovers list. I'll grab a few bottles for the cellar, and probably put it into semi-regular rotation.

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Photo of Gusmotel
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle and served in a tulip.

Appearance: Brown with a reddish tint. The head initially settled at one finger and then dissipated quickly. Solid lacing remained throughout the remainder of the session.

Aroma: Definitely smelled of darker fruits, as others have mentioned. Maybe more specifically like dark black cherries. Not artificial cherry juice you might taste in cheap chocolates or candies, but freshly squeezed after breaking through the skin of your own teeth cherry juice. This smell was blended ever so slightly with mild spices - hard to determine which was which.

Taste: Malt and then a big fruity flavor followed suit and rode throughout the rest of the gulp. Finished off again with cherries and alcohol. Please don't misinterpret, this wasn't a lambic and was not as sweet as such. The fruit flavor was more subtle and complex.

Mouthfeel: Thick, creamy, medium body. Light carbonation kept the Dr. Pepper taste at bay.

Overall: Hits the head directly after just a few sips. It's a heavy beer and though it has spice, the spice doesn't try to cover up the distinct alcohol taste and body in this 10% quad.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A selection from the 2011 offering.

I pour a finger of mocha colored head into my glass. The body is a deep rich brown. When the head goes, it leaves a thick ring around the top. Lace holds its own.

Caramel and heavy rich malt greet the nose. Dark fruit is also apparent with a little booze.

Roasted malt, dark fruit and a hint of caramel greet the tongue first off the bat. Alcohol, earthy notes and coffee finish it off.

Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied. One can feel the carbonation but it still feels a little thicker. It leaves a residue on the middle of the tongue.

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Photo of brureview
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2011. It's best to serve this beer at 50F. I initially served it too warm and put it back in the fridge- different tasting notes at a slightly colder temp.

I also switched glasses. I poured it into a tulip, and later switched to a Pretty Things glass- which is a wide glass- a balloon glass. It is excellent for bourbon barrel aged beers.

The beer poured a deep chocolate color with a 2F head.

The aroma is quite spicy- although I was expecting a stronger aroma-the usual in a high quality quad.

The mouth feel is piquant- not overly carbonated.

The taste is the winner in this quad: deep chocolate melded with spices. Highly complex.
What is singular about this beer is that it balances spice into the overall complexity of the taste.

Overall, an excellent beer- served in the right glass and slightly colder- 48 to 50F starting temp.

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Photo of scotorum
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Pannepot from De Struise Brouwers
96 out of 100 based on 812 ratings.