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Pannepot - De Struise Brouwers


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Ratings: 1742
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 fdig23


4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle.

Appearance: Deep dark mahogany. Nice white head.

Nose: Tons and tons of sweet, rich banana covered in caramel and chocolate. There's plenty of maltiness in the background and a hint of burnt bitterness.

Taste: A lot of fruit, and not necessarily the typical dried variety you find in a quad. The banana is there but in more of a dessert form. Coated in rich, sweet chocolates. Its all balanced by fresh green apple and bitter charcoal. The flavors are big and bold and all over the place. Clearly not as restrained and complex as a trappist Quad, but just as potently flavorful.

Mouthfeel: rich and creamy and almost cloyingly sweet.

Overall: A really nice, tasty, boldly flavorful Quad. A bit too much sweetness and not as much complexity as something like a Rochefort 10, but it definitely holds its own with the amount of flavor it brings to the table.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2013 20:40:31 | More by fdig23
Photo of lsummers


4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2010 version Pours a dark brown almost reminds me of dark purple plums

Smells of dark fruit and raisins, a touch of tobacco. A little boozyness coming through.

Tastes of dates, plums, raisins and figs. All melded with some candied cranberries and some milk chocolate. A touch of alcohol comes through. A strong toffee molasses on the end.

Mouthfeel is fantastic for such an aged beer. Holds a good amount of carbonation. Sticky and creamy.

Overall it's a fantastic quad, one that I feel is a must try for those into the style. I'm definitely going to try different years.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 23:31:26 | More by lsummers
Photo of Dodo2step


4.56/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

P- Thanks to my new friend Donn in Germany for this brew!

A- dark coffee black color with a brown one finger head that has a splotchy lacing on the pint. Very good appearance.

S- a grape nose to it with fig and vanilla notes. Smell is very enticing.

F- wow, the fig and vanilla complement each other beautifully and then there is a smooth backend of a bready/yeasty malt. Amazing.

M-creamy and smooth and rich in dark malts and the flavors linger in the mouth.

O- One of the best beers i have ever had and i still have my Westv 12 to get to yet. I am impressed.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 17:04:47 | More by Dodo2step
Photo of draheim


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

11.2oz bottle (2011) into a chalice. Pours a clear mahogany w/ a 1-finger creamy khaki head, lots of sediment from the bottom of the bottle floating about.

Aroma is deep powerful grape and other dark fruits, bready yeast, sweet candi sugar, dark malt. Smells intoxicating.

Taste follows nose. Dark sweet fruits, spices, Belgian yeast, candi sugar.

Mouthfeel is elegantly smooth with a bone-dry finish.

Overall another outstanding offering from Struise. I don't think they've disappointed me yet.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 08:29:29 | More by draheim
Photo of Amandipius

4.59/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Upon the elegant glass pouring, aromas of my late aunt grace seized my nasal passage. The head resembled the color of the starboard bow rope on the large rigged schooner known to me as a child as the Victory Chimes. As the head gracefully settled to a thin sheet, I peered into the glass and saw my own reflection. As I looked to my own reflection I finally realized where I went wrong in my life. I'm sorry Suzanna. As I tasted this ale I heard the rose breasted finch's mating call in early autumn. Fig that has been recently been in a snowstorm, cherry with a rough childhood, bark off of an old wise maple tree, chestnuts from the wrong side of town, chocolate that has been melted twice frozen once melted again and then half frozen aged at room temperature ad then slivered .. to finally be melted, and then lastly frozen, are all tastes that come to my mind while I drink this old fishermans ale.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2013 22:33:23 | More by Amandipius
Photo of laituegonflable


3.43/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown, almost black in fact. Ochre head, nice density but settles out to a thin film. Sticky lace. Looks nice.

Smells strong. Ethanoic, with sticky fig, sour cherry, vanilla, carob and Benedictine. Bit oversweet, and strong.

Tastes very Belgian. Slight sourness, with spicy phenols. Earthy spice, with a bitter earthy taste. Woody and smokey as well, with a medicine character on the back. Nectarine as well. there's definitely a lot of craftsmanship here, but I'm not getting anything amazing or even particularly complex from it.

Mouthfeel is very heavy and quite boozey, but reasonably silky. Not bad.

A good beer, but I'm really surprised to see the overwhelming love for it here. It's possible the bottle may have been old, but I simply didn't really connect with this. Either way I don't think my disappointment will be anything but a slight statistical blip in the lovefest here, so don't mind me, I'm just passing through.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2013 02:06:33 | More by laituegonflable
Photo of CurtFromHershey


4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage, poured onto a "rocks" glass.

Pours a deep, earthy brown with a thin head which refuses to subside. Beautiful beer.

Smells very boozy, but also of dark fruit, namely fig. Molasses, caramel, sweet bread pudding.

Taste is not too boozy. Ripe berries and figs are present. No overwhelming Belgian yeast flavors. Rich, warm aftertaste with so unpleasantries to he found.

Mouthfeel is slick with sugars, low carbonation despite sturdy head.

Overall a really great beer. I'd put this a notch below bernardus 12, bit still nothing to brush aside.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2013 23:35:51 | More by CurtFromHershey
Photo of coreyfmcdonald


3.51/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle into a snifter, 2011 vintage

A: Pours a very dark amber/brown, almost black with a finger of light tan head which recedes fairly quickly to a thin film. Poor lacing.

S: Caramel, roast, and eatery spices. Like a mix of a Belgian Quad and a Russian Imperial Stout. I certainly get some plum, orange zest, and spicy yeast, but the beer also has a fairly significant roast quality with a bit of milk and dark chocolate.

T: More of the same. Plum and prunes are most evident, but a dark chocolate flavor and a bit of roast comes out as well. The beer is balanced by a nice spiciness - orange zest, yeasty esters, and a bit of peppercorn. The finish is a bit flat.

M: Medium thickness with low, creamy carbonation.

O: Odd for a Quad. There is a distinct chocolate flavor in here that is unlike other beers I've had in the style. It blends well, but it's odd. The flavor is a bit flat, too and the beer could use a bit more carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2013 23:02:26 | More by coreyfmcdonald
Photo of bump8628


4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A little sweeter and heartier than the Trappist versions. Coffee brown with a tight, creamy beige head. Great spice complexity - coriander, clove, and cardamom flavors stand out over the malt. Fig and cherry fruit flavors meld well with the spiciness. Caramel, molasses, a dusting of bakers chocolate, and short bread. Full and slightly sweet finish, but it's not problematic since its so well balanced against the big, complex flavors and a hint of ethanol. Some hoppy woodiness rounds it out. Obviously, a beer that should be enjoyed over time, but I find the glass emptying quickly.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 16:37:51 | More by bump8628
Photo of joecast


4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2010 out of a bottle sporting a worse for wear looking moldy label. Thankfully the beer seems to have been well protected inside.

Dark chocolate appearance with a thin head struggling to stay afloat. The last few mls of the pour allows plenty of sediment to join the party. Luckily it settles pretty quickly into the bottom of the glass like rusty metallic particles.

Some serious malty, dark fruit character on the nose. Slight alcohol in the background but pretty well presented for a 10% beer.

Oh wow. So warming and inviting. Somehow though, it manages to avoid being boozy which could be a bit dangerous.needless to say its all about the malt. And the yeast a little bit. Expertly balanced with enough body yet not so much so that it becomes sickly sweet or too filling.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 08:41:19 | More by joecast
Photo of BierJager89


4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had the 2010 bottle in 2012

A: Very dark purple with a brown head.

S: Dark fruit, a touch of pineapple in the nose.

T: Nice and spicy, some strong fruit notes, grape, cinnamon, very tasty.

M: Full bodied, don't remember the carbonation level.

O: This is a beer I want to a) try again fresh (2013 this year) and b) age and try a couple years old (like 2010 in a year or so). It's one of the best quads I've ever had, but it's not THE best. Definitely worth a try. When I try another bottle, I will edit my review with better notes.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 19:49:57 | More by BierJager89
Photo of DonDirkA


4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nose is dark chocolate, some spices (nutmeg, clove), molasses, roasted malts and bready yeast. Taste is a bit light for the color and nose. Bready, yeasty, spice, roasted malts, chocolate and just a hint of booze. Pretty good but I don't feel like its the 90+ point beauty that I have heard so much about.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 11:00:30 | More by DonDirkA
Photo of hagbergl


4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed a 330 mL bottle of Pannepot (2011 vintage, marked on the label) on the Sunday before Christmas Eve. Served in my St. Bernardus chalice, a perfect glass for Quads.

Appearance (4.5/5): Pannepot is dark brown, not quite black, and translucent. A careful pour produced a one-inch tan head that has exceptional retention. Beautiful looking dark ale with characteristic Belgian 'Abbey' beer appearance.

Smell (5/5): Tons of dark fruit, some spice and booziness, dark bread tones from the malt and yeast. Loaded with complexity and exudes strength and richness. This is an extraordinary smelling Quadruple-style ale.

Taste (4.5/5): Pannepot is (perhaps predictably) boozy, but very clean. Spicy with some coriander and lightly peppery. Fruit notes one can pick out are plum and black cherries. Malty, dark bready, refined even in its strength. Never cloying or overwhelming. The flavors open up as the beer warms–and you most assuredly do want to let this beer sit and evolve.

Mouthfeel (4.5/5): Very smooth, light carbonation/medium-heavy body, the spice creates a little prickle in the back of the mouth and tongue. A bit of light alcohol heat in the back. Not the most 'drinkable' beer in the sense that you're not going to be drinking more than one of these, but obviously that's not the point. This beer is meant for savoring.

Overall (4.75) Pannepot is an incredible Belgian Quad, one that may be just as good St. Bernardus Abt 12. Extraordinarily refined, spicy, fruity, yeasty, bready in all the ways a strong dark Belgian ale should be. Delicious.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2013 06:24:26 | More by hagbergl
Photo of Jimmys


4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 fl. oz. bottle into brand new tulip glass. 2010 vintage. cant really make out the lot coding here.

A: very dark brown. this beer looks silky. hazed body. head is very tightly bubbled. retention is good, not great. unfortunately, not much lacing.

S: super fruity. red grapes. dark, very ripe figs. chestnuts. super sweet brown sugar. no booze, but even some bourbon-like aromas.

T: pretty fucking complex. things start vinous. a combination of rich red wine and a rich cordial. something like an Italian amaretto similar to Disaronno. coffee notes. woody. sweet sugars. gets tangy towards the finish. finishes even more oaky/vanilla/meaty than it started.

M: a relatively mild carbonization. definitely full-bodied.

D: big and complex, while maintaining a serious amount of smoothness. pretty much everything you would want in a quad. not sure what this stuff tastes like fresh out of the gate, but a 2+ year old vintage is very tasty. if I had to guess, more age would just bring forward even more vinous notes that I detected when drinking this brew. definitely worth picking up if you are a fan of the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2013 04:53:40 | More by Jimmys
Photo of StaveHooks


4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle served into a snifter.
Vintage 2011

A - Pours dark brown with a tight knit mocha head that forms a razor thin cap and collar.

S - Spicy, brown bread crust, brown sugar, candied figs, sugary dates, caramel, spicy and fruity alcohol vapors, hints of cocoa, lots of bready yeast,

T - Layers of bready, dark and caramel malts, brown sugar, sweet figs, sticky dates, and currants run underneath. The fruit melds so well with the malts, it's effortless. Hints of cocoa powdered bananas on the finish.

M - Thick velvety feel, very smooth and creamy, warming, medium micro carbonation.

Wow!!! The flavors in this beer were blended perfectly. Everything complimented it's counterpart. Very complex aroma and flavors. One of the best beers I've ever tasted. Seek this gem out!

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 02:22:52 | More by StaveHooks
Photo of deadonhisfeet


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

2011 bottling served in a Lost Abbey Teku. Very dark brown pour, clear with red highlights. Nice 2 fingers of fine head that dissipates rather slowly. Really nice nose. Sweet malt, puff pastry, plums, and spices.

Holy #$%@, does this beer taste good! Full body and nice firm, velvety feel. The flavor just explodes with sweet malt, spicy holiday cake, cookies, raisins, figs, and pastries. I swear I pick up a hint of chocolate in there too. Just super complex, intense, and powerful. The fruitiness one usually associates with this style is here, but is content to ride shotgun to the wonderful sweet malt and spicy phenols. Nice warming alcohol on the finish only enhances the flavor and gives it port-like qualities. I could sit in a room, listen to Mozart, and sip this for hours.

Overall, an absolutely phenomenal beer. One of the 3 or 4 best-tasting beers I have ever had. This is what perfection tastes like. Not much else to say. I wish I could buy more. A lot more.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 01:16:35 | More by deadonhisfeet
Photo of spoony


4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From an 11.2 oz bottle (2011 vintage) into a chalice.

A-The beer was inky and nearly opaque with reddish brown highlights. The head was a thin, spotty mixture of tan and brown foam. No lacing, but the cap of foam never dissipated entirely.

S-The smell was earthy and slightly tart to start. After a minute, it opened up, and I got black cherries, brown sugar, toast, and some caramel. All of this was tied together by a whiff of sweet, warming alcohol.

T-The taste was a lightly boozy and complex mixture of dried fruits, peppery alcohol, toast, and brown sugar. All the flavors played well with one another and the whole package was mildly sweet.

M-The feel was creamy and mostly smooth. The carbonation was fine and mild, and the feel was medium to heavy.

O-This beer (my first from De Struise) is a fabulous example of the style. The flavors are well-balanced against one another, the feel matches the level of sweetness and carbonation, and the alcohol is fragrant and flavorful, but matched to the beer. I will definitely have to try this again with some age on it.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 02:45:48 | More by spoony
Photo of chanokokoro


4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33 cl bottle poured into an unbranded chalice

Pours a very deep, dark amber with glimmering lighter amber highlights. Beige head that recedes fairly quickly, little to no lacing. Dried dark fruit, candi sugar and hints of spice on the nose. Opens with raisin, dried black cherry and plum, hints of date, joined by rich dark fig and yeasty esters. Finishes semi dry with lingering dark fruit, spice including light clove, caramel notes and warming alcohol. Full-bodied, light carbonation, smooth, light syrupy somewhat chewy mouthfeel. An exceptional quadrupel that is a must try for any fan of Belgian quads.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2012 05:26:12 | More by chanokokoro
Photo of DrinkSlurm


4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at 1702 in Tucson into 10oz glass. Pours a ruby red molasses brown with no head. Nice dried fruit and chocolate Belgian aromas. Taste is really nice belgian yeasty chocolate with a great sweet dried fruit flavor followed by a bit of peppery spice. Lots of heat with this one...abv is high and its noticeable.
Overall a fantastic quad...well woth the price.

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2012 06:35:55 | More by DrinkSlurm
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North Carolina

4.51/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter. 2011 Vintage.

A- Pours a murky, mostly opaque dark brown color that's almost black with a 3/4 inch tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a large patch of surface foam. Lacing is a bit weak and slides down the glass quickly.

S- Boozy with some Belgian candy sugar aroma and a bit of yeast. There's some roasted malt but it's mostly lost within all the sweetness and alcohol.

T- Some booze in the front but it quickly smooths out to the Belgian candy sugar sweetness and dark roasted malt. Some spice and non-lingering hop bitterness. The finish brings notes of caramel and a bit of chocolate.

M- Semi-creamy and very unimposing allowing the liquid to slide down the throat effortlessly. Medium-low carbonation assists in this characteristic and the body has the perfect amount of fullness.

O- I had never heard of this until I saw it hiding in the bottom of the cooler in my local nothing-too-special package store. I saw how highly rated it is and decided to give it a go even though it had obviously been sitting there for over a year. So glad I took the chance because this is one of the best Quads I've ever had. Beautiful balance and pairs well with some havarti cheese. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 04:34:21 | More by Immortale25
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4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dark chestnut brown brew, a tan high head, little lacing but good curtains.

A smell of ripe oranges, raisins, figs, dates, almonds and Sherry.

Tasting of brown sugar, dark dried fruits and ripe oranges.

Medium high carbonation, soft and sticky, a good body, a light dry finish.

It is really a very good beer,

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2012 17:05:30 | More by rarbring
Photo of pelicon


4.73/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bought all vintage 0,33 bottles in beer shop in Brussels. This is 2009.

A: Pours dark chocolate brown almost opaque color with good slightly off-white head into properly washed glass. Good lacing.

S: Dried dark fruits, malt, maybe some molasses, hint of caramel and chocolate.

T: Tongue follows the nose. Dried dark fruits mashed with malt, some molasses and caramel character. A hint of spiciness which rounds the beer. Overall very balanced with a touch of alcohol.

O: Definitely will buy again as many as I'll find. I always enjoy quads. Maybe I'll even put some age on newer ones.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 17:31:19 | More by pelicon
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4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark chocolate brown. The head is a light tan with staying power, connecting in sloping hills of foam.

Vibrant aroma on this one. Good amount of red grapes and figs, maple syrup, burnt oats, a little cinnamon. Like an alcoholic oatmeal raisin cookie.

Now this is how i like it. More malty, less fruity. Big notes of maple syrup, grape, toast and alcohol. Fumes containing a mix of booze and roasted malts fill the mouth after the finish.

Body is pretty similar to the Pannepot Reserva: silky-smooth medium, gentle fizz. Soft bitterness plays off a little alcohol heat.

This is my kind of quadruple. The blend of spices, roasted malts and fruit flavors is nearly perfect. A world-class brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 19:35:02 | More by Phelps
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4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 2007 ed. Pours almost an opaque cloudy brown with little yeast floaties and a huge three finger, fizzy, tan head that has great retention staying for the entirety of the drink. Aromas of mangoes, passionfruit, candied dark fruits, dark chocolate, black cherries. Taste is bubby up front with some spicy alcohol, brown sugar, and cinnamon moving to sweet black cherries, dark chocolate, and finally ending with some spice and tart cherries. Completely superb.

2008 ed. Pours a clear to muddy chestnut brown that looks near black in the glass with a massive, towering, four-finger, dense, tan to brown head that has absolutely insane retention and leaves giants swathes of godly lacing. Aroma brings lots of Belgian dark fruits, red licorice, cocoa, tropical florals. Taste is rich, loaded with dark fruits, black cherries, red licorice, nice rum raisin booziness that is light and refined. Finishes with chocolate and cocoa. Enormous rich, full-bodied, complex. This and Westy 12 are truly some of the only beers I’ve had that just blow you away but how endlessly rich and complex they are but at the same time are so easy to drink. One of the best.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2012 17:49:41 | More by tarheels86
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4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage, cellar temp, Bought at Green Jug in Woodland Hills, $6.99

A- Solid 1 finger head with tan, mocha color. Dissipated quickly with a small amount of carbonation

S- Candied, boozy dark fruits. Molasses

T- Dry candied fruit, prune, molasses, roasted malt backbone, fits the style and impresses on every sip. Not too sweet, nice dry finish. alcohol is smooth and hidden well. Some reviewers are noting a red berry flavor but Im not getting that. Maybe that comes with age.

Really wanted to age this for 3 or more years but also wanted to know what it tastes like only a year old. Was surprised to see this at the store and swooped it up immediately knowing I'd seen BA reviewers talking about it. Especially surprised by the price point. Will definitely have again.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2012 03:43:09 | More by Beerbuddy21
Pannepot from De Struise Brouwers
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