Pannepot - De Struise Brouwers

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Reviews: 804
Hads: 2,189
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 8.31%
Wants: 393
Gots: 412 | FT: 29
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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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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. (507 characters)

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. (259 characters)

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... (548 characters)

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. (918 characters)

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. (521 characters)

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... (458 characters)

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. (1,260 characters)

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. (1,986 characters)

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. (696 characters)

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. (425 characters)

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. (1,159 characters)

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. (1,517 characters)

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. (1,183 characters)

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. (1,132 characters)

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. (575 characters)

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. (841 characters)

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. (728 characters)

Photo of joe1510
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
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 (1,892 characters)

Photo of RickS95
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (907 characters)

Photo of Krakistophales
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (518 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (677 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (344 characters)

Photo of kbrown
4.34/5  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. (489 characters)

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.01/5  rDev -7.4%
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 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! (1,023 characters)

Photo of themind
4.95/5  rDev +14.3%
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! (384 characters)

Pannepot from De Struise Brouwers
96 out of 100 based on 804 ratings.