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Pannepot - De Struise Brouwers


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pDev: 9.17%

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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 ArrogantB


3.85/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2006 label with a very cool painting of a pannepot, which is defined as a fishing boat in the descriptive text of the label. The color is black and the head is short white-tan bubbles. The smell is a little sweet and syrupy with a little black licorice but not cloying in the least. First taste was gum, who knows what type, and spices and a little sweetness, pretty good. I wonder what spices they used because while the beer tastes spiced, I sure can’t pick them out individually. This one is a monster because it seems to foam up in my mouth and is going to take a while but the flavors are good, which is all that matters to me. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2007 17:50:41 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of rhoadsrage


4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a snifter)
2006 vintage
A- This beer has a warm dense brown body with a faint hint of light auburn-brown glow at the base. There is a random bubble of carbonation that pokes through the body once and a while. The head is very creamy with not a bubble in it and it sticks to the glass for the entire beer. The head is a light tan and still sits in the base after the beer is gone.

S- The smooth soft smell of perfume sugar and nougat has a soft dark caramel aroma with a slight marshmallow note as the beer warms.

T- The rich caramel sweetness blends with a dark toasted caramel malt hint. There is a soft nougat note followed by a hint of cardboard and sherry that is very nice.

M-This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a very creamy texture with a soft faint alcohol warmth in the finish.

D- This beer has a smooth flavor that has a very subtle complexity and a nice flavor but the creamy texture and head is just amazing.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2007 00:48:56 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of Crosling


4.88/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, from Liquor Max Warehouse, Loveland. Without question, this is one of the better dark Belgian beers currently available in the states. This absolutely ranks up there with Achel Extra, Gouden Carolus Grand Cru, Rochefort 10, etc. It's different however....sweeter, basically. Dark and red fruits, caramel, etc. It's pure, and just about perfect. Tremendous aromas and a heavenly mouthfeel. This is a world class brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2007 00:00:12 | More by Crosling
Photo of mvcramer


5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a spectacular chocolate brown with a thin cream-colored head. I got a very complex aroma of spices and some fruity sweetness. The taste made my mouth as pleased as my nose had been. A wonderful blend of flavors rolled across my palate, starting with delicious malty sweetness. I also got some raisin-like flavors that balanced out the malt, as well as a handful of other spicy flavors blended deliciously into the brew. I love the Belgian beers and this one is at the top of the list of beers I would order at every chance I get. Simply spectacular.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2007 03:15:49 | More by mvcramer
Photo of tendermorsel


4.85/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another great beer sampled at Ebenezer's pub.

Poured a nice reddish brown with a lite whitish lacing for the head.

I really enjoyed this taste of this one. For a quadruple beer this was quite a revelation. The most balanced quad I've ever had. Carmel notes and typical quad sweetness but nothing was overpowering. Dried fruits (raisins and figs) lingered in the background. The hops seemed to mellow a lot of the malt and cut a bit of the alcohol flavor. Very rich and smooth especially on the back end. As I warmed this one it became more and more complex. The sweetness of this increased and the beer became more viscous. The guys at De Stuise know what they are doing.

This is a winner. Highly recommended beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2007 00:35:05 | More by tendermorsel
Photo of clvand0


4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark brown/ruby color with a small head that has great retention and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma is hard to describe - I would describe it as soft. A very mellow blend of dark fruit, sweet, and malty. I'm not sure what the spices are, but I don't get much spice in the aroma. However, the spices come across strongly in the flavor. Lots of flavors of dark fruits and sweet maltiness and spices. There is a hint of licorice flavor in there that I associate with anise. Alcohol is also apparent. Very tasty brew and very smooth. The body is medium and the drinkability is pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2007 23:40:36 | More by clvand0
Photo of mnapier


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

Service Temperature, 50 degrees. Service Glass, 12 ounce German Balloon.

Appearance, under observation appears brown and dense, with a strong tan, foamy , head that leaves behind a lace that snags itself along the glass.

The aroma given off is sweet with cherries, some banana, some cloves, and overall pleasant aroma.

Lifting the glass to my lips, I pick up brown sugar, some cherry, slight molasses, some mustiness, some toffee, and a nice hop bitterness throughout. A pleasnt welcome medium mouthfeel is present all over my tounge.

A very interesting and welcome Quad' and definitely one I would have with some cheese or maybe some Cougar Gold (Washington State University).


Serving type: bottle

08-27-2007 02:12:56 | More by mnapier
Photo of akorsak


4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 33 cL bottle purchased at Capone's.

A: The quad poured with a huge head, measuring in upwards of four fingers and almost overflowing my glass. In total three pours were required to fill said glass. That huge foam has adhered nicely to the sides of the glass. The ale is a dark chocolate brown color. Think Hershey's dark with some ruby red highlights at the bottom of the glass.

S: Even when cold, the ale's aroma is intimidating. There are dark alefruits throughout, plums and dates and raisins alongside a strong yeast profile and candi sugar sweetness. Some alcohol and cocoa round out an active nose. A follow-up smell after a few minutes revealed a cinnamon

T: The taste is a bit of a letdown from the large profile of the nose. Nutmeg and cinnamon abound, zesting up the taste in a manner that is rarely seen outside of winter ales. Those spices are nicely paired with the Belgian yeast to create a sweet murky taste. The candi sugars are fuller in taste, a sign of darker candi. The alcohol, surprisingly, is well hidden making this a dangerous brew. I have mixed emotions on this beer. I like the flavors and want to rave about it but I just can't. The flavors fail to make a lasting 'Wow' impression. The ale is good, great even. It's just not stellar.

M: The mouthfeel is full-bodied, deep with spices and sugars. It's a good sipper and unlike most other quads that I've had (that all forego the spiced angle).

D: Drinkable enough even at 10%. I am especially happy that the alcohol strength never rears its ugly head. A good solid beer that will not disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2007 01:45:18 | More by akorsak
Photo of PAYankeeFan


4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2006 Bottle at Coopers Seafood in Scranton, PA. For $6.50 this was a bargain! It reminds me of a velvet creme filled with nutmeg, figs, dates, dark licorice and sweet raisins. Everything I want in a Belgian seems to be here: the yeasty flavor, the complexity and unfiltered swirling flavors, and it somehow balances itself out. I’d rate it perfect but is seems a tadbit too sweet. I might bring it to the desert island. It certainly has enough sustenance.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2007 01:01:34 | More by PAYankeeFan
Photo of klewis


3.88/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights. Small, bubbly head with little lacing on my goblet.

S: Very sweet smelling - caramel, candy sugar, and some dark fruits.

T: A bit musty and funky and slightly fruity. A sweet taste is followed by a metallic flavor and then a touch of bitterness. The spices that were used in this one are not noticable by me.

M: Thick and sticky with lots of carbonation.

D: Not bad. Quite similar to St. Bernadus or Rochefort - brews that haven't impressed me quite as much as others. This one is no different. Tasty, but nothing special and not worth the price tag.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2007 23:21:30 | More by klewis
Photo of goodbyeohio


4.88/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

can you say friggin spectacular?

opaque brownish black. pillowy solid blanket of beige foam which leaves a thick wall of lace in its wake. bursting with fruity aroma from inches away, possibly an entire foot. 2006 but smells like a little extra age. what is in it that's adding a special tartness? rich scent of leather and candied currants. scarily similar to its peers, rochefort, st. bernie, westy, etc.. but with that musty fruit tweak. which i think improves the experience, nasally.

flavorically? boom. the booze is there, mildly. the flavors meld nicely with the super-airy, super-smooth texture. first comes the belgian malt/sugar base, solidly. then comes fresh berry tannins that coat the tongue somewhat dry but release a big blast of farmy produce freshness that pleases. there are also some aged, winey notes that recalled age in the nose. tough to describe as i've used up all my adjectives and descriptors on its predecessors. imagine what abt 12 tastes like when it's fresh from the tanks. what i imagine that to be is what this beer tastes like. at $4 a 12ozer, this beer is a fucking steal for what it is. i'd take it over westy 12 any day.

definitely one of the best (2006) beers of 2007 if not the grand wizard number one.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2007 15:28:28 | More by goodbyeohio
Photo of Gueuzedude


4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2006 bottle vintage, Sampled November 2006
Rich, fruity notes of sweet prunes emanate from my glass as I pour this brew. It is topped by an initially two-finger thick head that is frothy in texture, clings to the side of my glass a bit and shows a lightly hazy, purplish, dark brown color. It is well carbonated with streaming bubbles of CO2 madly making there way up through the beer. The aroma is heady and sweet with dark fruit notes comprising a major component of the aromatic notes. Notes of cherries, figs, raisins and prunes, as well as a touch of fruit-like tart notes predominantly comprise the fruit driven aromatics. A touch of hot alcohol is noticeable as well, it is quite subtle and adds a not unlike that in a rich brandy. The alcohol mixes with some other spicy notes that are all quite subtle, but at times remind me of pepper, clove, perhaps a touch of cardamom or even nutmeg and a touch of ginger. Interestingly enough, as I dig around a bit more into the aroma the sweet cherry component takes on a larger, more prominent role. There is lots of layered malt character here as well; in addition to the malt driven part of the fruit notes, there are aromas of caramelized, brown sugar encrusted sweet breads and even some notes of molasses.

The first sip leaves me a touch surprised; it is quite a bit drier than I was expecting, based on my reflections of the aroma. This is sweet though and even lightly tart. It almost has a tamarind like character to it. Fruity notes of concentrated sweet / tart plums and plump, lightly caramelized raisins add a softness to this brew that is quite nice. In fact, while this is quite flavorful (even largely so), this beer is defined by its soft, smooth, mouth coating character that makes is oh so drinkable, yet rich and satiating at the same time.

This beer really is about the balance that it strikes. The mixture of richness, light sweetness, tart character, lightly spicy hotness, mouth coating richness, yet reasonable quaffability make for a beguiling brew that just begs to be experienced sip after sip.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2007 22:44:51 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of Ego

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

the head tries desperately to get out of the bottle like me the morning after in college... head rises to about 1 finger and quickly dissipates to pangea and an Oring, deep ruby tone, a touch murky, lacing is quite good, a nice looking brew.

coca cola, brown yeasty, raw sugar, a cohesive blend, nothing is oppressing any other element here, nice.

taste etc...
very full in the mouth. 10% abv ? wow... not detected except for some warming down in the ole belly and some boozy flavor (not feel) in concurrent sips.. Not overly sweet whatsoever (my beef with many many quads), dark fig type of notes with an almost chocolate finish and then a smidge of bittering remains that flattens out into sweet once again... wow, what a ride. very silky and smooth drinking for a 10% beer.. and the complexity lets you find different aspects with each sip.

complex and tasty. really nice quad, worth going out of your way for.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2007 02:33:04 | More by Ego
Photo of bennetj17


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

Picked up a bottle at John's Grocery in Iowa City on the way back from Dark Lord Day 2007. Dark, porter-like black appearance. Thick tan head with lots of carbonation creating long-lasting foam. Spicy fruit aroma, peppery, almost like a Flanders Red yet without the sourness. Plenty of licorice, raspberry, and cherry intensities. Nice.

The flavor is strong on tangy fruit, lightly drying with loads of spices which I cannot readily identify. There is nice balance from a subtle caramel and chocolate sweetness before the whole thing leaves you with the perfect bitterness at the finish. There are so many layers of flavor here it is quite intense. The carbonation might be a bit too strong as the sharp foam interferes a bit as you try and absorb all the flavor.

An excellent Belgian Quad, very unique and complex. I will need to try this again because I think there might be plenty more to experience before I figure it all out...

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2007 05:23:25 | More by bennetj17
Photo of garbercury


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

This is a very, very good beer. The real key is to make sure you drink it at the proper temperature!

Poured into my Chimay goblet and watched the Steelers beat the NO Saints. Had right after a Rochefort 10 and it held up quite nicely...

A--Beautiful beer. Deep dark brown, nice two finger head

S--Spices come out in the aroma, along with the smell of fruits like fig and smoky malts.

T--This beer was so much better once it warmed a bit. I initially had it a bit too cold. So smooth once it was the right temp. Great flavor, almost kind of a expresso flavor, unique and delicious.

MF--This category is hard for me, good feel though

D--This is a great beer, one of the best you will ever find. De Struise is great, relatively new one and they have a good thing going

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2007 00:01:23 | More by garbercury
Photo of johnmichaelsen


4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Were it not for BA, I'm sure I would never have bothered to try this beer, as it's fairly expensive and I knew nothing about it. That would be a shame as, delicious as this beer is, it was worth every penny I spent on it.

The beer pours a dark amber color with a persistent, thick, dense, long lasting head. Lacing is adequate, though not as impressive as I would have expected given how rich this beer is. On the nose this beer is amazing. One gets nuances of cherries, fuji apple, chocolate, a touch of coffee, and even chardonnay. This beer is a stunner. On the palate this beer is just incredible. The beer coats the palate like a rich chocolate milkshake. The beer is incredibly creamy and smooth, and is like satin on the palate. While chocolate and coffee predominate the flavor profile, one also gets a touch of vanilla and ranier cherry. This beer is so drinkable that I was shocked when I saw the abv. I figured it was around 7% or 8% and couldn't believe my eyes when I saw it was 10%.

This beer is extraordinairy and I now quite understand all the glowing reviews. This beer is exceptional and, despite the high price, I plan to pick up a bottle whenever I see it from now on. Wonderful stuff...

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2007 13:38:08 | More by johnmichaelsen
Photo of dnichols


4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought at Liquid Solutions in Oregon City, Oregon. Poured from an 11.2 oz./33cl bottle into a chilled chalis.

A: Dark chocolate brown, Creamy. Tight evenly distributed and abundant foam that lasts long into the experience.

S: Has all the flavor and aroma of a great Belgium quad. Husky chocolate and fig odor complement the earth spices that hit at fig and almonds.

T: Not too sweet. Well balanced flavor of a rich dark chocolate with hints of smokey nuts and roasted malts.

M: Silky smooth and a joy from start to finish. Full body, makes me feel rich as I sip the last drops from the bottom of the challis.

D: I've had three and want many more. It ranks high on my sale of quads and does much to add to the well deserved reputation or Belgium as the kingdom of quads.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2007 01:18:21 | More by dnichols
Photo of msubulldog25


4.63/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from an 11.2 oz./33cl bottle into a snifter. This is the 2006 version, consumed on 3 Aug 2007. I'd never heard of this beer until last September, when I had it on on a couple of occasions in Belgium, most memorably an '04-'06 vertical tasting at Gambrinus in Brugge.

A: An ungodly amount of frothy/creamy ivory foam tops this pour, a careful and slow one. At least three-fingers, with plenty of tiny streaming carbonation. 10 minutes later, the head really hasn't gone anywhere; this has tremendous staying power! Liquid is a deep, chocolate brown, virtually no light penetrating through. Thick, creamy sheets of frothiness - can I go above a '5'?

S: Lovely spiced yeast and dark fruits are bursting from the glass. Cherries are the predominant fruit, followed by dark and syrupy molasses and meadow-fresh clover honey. Candi sugar with cinnamon, clove and nutmeg - there's no way you can't love the smell of a fine Belgian quad...

T: Big, husky/sweet flavors of smoked dark malts, lots of fruit esters and spicy yeast. Toasted nuts, cocoa, sweet fruit (cherries, plums, raisins). Sugary with molasses and reduced, buttery caramel. Not too sweet, not too spicy, well-balanced blend of dark, almost smoky, malt and spice with just enough bittering to keep it from being sticky

M: Creamy but zesty with a steadily rippling carbonation. So silky smooth, with an enveloping medium-full body.

D: Since the first time I tried this, Pannepot was up near the top of my 'favorites' list. Having waited a while to try it, I can easily say it places in my Top 10. A fantastic beer, one that I'm so glad I have access to here in Oregon. I plan to keep these around in the fridge and cellar as it's truly a beer I'd enjoy on special occasions, as well as random ones.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2007 03:49:57 | More by msubulldog25
Photo of gotbeer


4.97/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The appearance of this one is a deep dark brown, almost black with reddish highlights around the very edges where the light attempts to pass through.

The smell is slightly estery with molasses and honey.

The taste is incrediible. This one compares with the benchmarks of the style and then some. What a quad can and should be. Molasses, honey, and overly ripe fruit. The taste is intoxicating, and warming. It hides it's ABV well. Chocolate like malt backbone holds up well.

The mouthfeel is overly smooth, and satisfying. The drinkability is high despite the ABV.

This is a quad that came out of the blue like a sucker punch. Incredible. It is up there with St. Bernardus Abt. 12, and Rochefort, and maybe even better. Find this one, and enjoy it. I will go out on a limb, and say this may be the best beer in the world by it's review's some day.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2007 00:17:52 | More by gotbeer
Photo of genog


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

poured into a goblet. pours a rich deep, dark brown almost black color. Creamy, frothy light brown head at about 1inch all the way around the glass. Beautiful pour. Smell is yeasty, and dark chocolate. Taste is very smooth, and sweet. Slight carbonation in this one, and it is a very smooth drink. I can't wait to see what the danish version tastes like.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2007 20:52:55 | More by genog
Photo of Drew966


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

Pannepot - Old Fisherman's Ale 2006 pours a dark, ruddy brown with a huge creamy tan head that lingers from a brown 11.2 ounce bottle. Dark fruit and spices are in the aroma. The mouthfeel is fairly thick, and seems quite slick. The flavors are intense, I'm particularly struck by the dark fruit, raspberry and cherry perhaps, spices are also noticeable. Dangerously drinkable, the alcohol is noticeable at times, however.This is a very flavorful beer, I think I might like it poured over some vanilla ice cream.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2007 00:10:22 | More by Drew966
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North Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a very deep, burgundy tinted brown color with little light penetration and a huge, billowy cola-colored head...impressive. The aroma is equally impressive, with notes of dark fruits (date, plum, fig, grape), dark chocolate, tobacco, and some spices (anise and clove). The flavor is similar to the aroma with big dark fruit character upfront (fig, plum, grape), along with some spiciness and tobacco like earthiness, as well as dark chocolate and a molasses sweetness that balances the spices. The mouthfeel is slightly prickly because of the carbonation but it otherwise pretty good. The drinkability is off the charts here with little alcohol present in the flavor. Overall, an incredible quad, drinkable and complex with little of the booziness that is typical of stateside renditions.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2007 05:01:50 | More by silver0rlead
Photo of Wildman


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

This beer poured a very dark, almost black color but maintains a deep amber background. If formed a medium dark bubbly head that coated the glass with lace when it subsided. An aroma of malt, chocolate and molasses. A flavor of malt, chocolate, coffee and molasses. The body is medium style and the finish is sweet, but a touch sprite. A very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2007 03:16:15 | More by Wildman
Photo of Damian


3.75/5  rDev -14%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank from an 11.2 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Whole Foods, Portland, OR
2006 vintage

Poured a dark and opaque brown/black with an enormous three-finger, frothy, coffee-colored head. I actually had to stop pouring at one point to allow the head to settle and prevent it from overflowing over the edges of the glass. Even as the beer sat, a quarter-inch of foam continually coated the liquid. Thick, heavy blankets of lacing stuck to the glass and left residual spiderwebs long after the beer was finished.

The aroma was fairly delicate for the style. A distinctly Belgian, powdery yeastiness was immediately recognizable. Raisins, brown sugar, maple syrup and some sweet alcohol came through as well. It was not until the end of the drink that these aromas became significantly more pronounced.

The taste was dark, sweet, fruity and much more intense than the nose. I immediately noticed that the alcohol was far hotter than I would have anticipated for 10% ABV. The beer then displayed an intense array of flavors typically found within this style. Raisins, dates, dried currants, spices and oak came through strong amidst a sweet, rummy alcohol quality and a huge, Belgian malt base. Subtle notes of cocoa were noticeable mid-palate before a strong, snappy, spicy alcohol kick appeared in the finish. By the end of the drink, the alcohol had become rather sharp and biting.

Mouthfeel was disappointingly thin for the style with a very fine, lively (yet almost excessive), Champagne-like carbonation. The liquid felt overly foamy and airy on my palate.

Overall, this beer was packed with flavor, yet it was not nearly as smooth or drinkable as some of its counterparts.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2007 01:46:43 | More by Damian
Photo of jakon


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

11.2 oz bottle Purchased for $4.49ea. on 6-24-07 from Whole Foods in Portland. Labeled as a 2006, but no actual freshness date. So I pick up 2 of the 3 on the shelf and just hope they've been handled with some measure of respect since leaving the brewery.

There's a neat little blurb on the side of the label which reveals a bit of the history behind the beer. Apparently, a 'Pannepot' is a fishing boat. Now I just need to find out whether or not I'm pronouncing it correctly. Also notes that this beer is unfiltered, unpasteurized and bottle-conditioned. And I wouldn't have it any other way. On to the review-

Upon opening, I smell the cap and recognize the general aroma from a few other belgians I've tried in the past. Reminds me of St. Bernardus abt 12 especially. I also notice that the carbonation has been holding up fine, as there are already bubbles forming at the top of the bottle. More so than most brews, but certainly not a gusher. As I pour, I quickly realize that I'll need to do so very softly if I want to get all 11 ounces into my snifter with enough room for the lively head that is rapidly forming despite minimal provocation. Beautiful. Nice dark brew, with a nice tan chef's hat. I got it all in there and the head is standing tall above the rim of the glass. Picture perfect. Well-behaved yeast stayed at the bottom of the bottle, and there are no floaties. Now I can confidently put the other bottle away and forget about it for awhile.

I set this fishing vessel down on the coffee table and admire for a minute. Waiting for a bit of room to sneak in a sip. The dang head is still standing above the rim 3 minutes later. Nice. Eventually, I'm able to coax out a sip without getting a nose full of foam. Very nice. Rich and fruity. Dark fruits. Like figs and raisins. Bread and spices, and a bunch of other things dancing around in there that I can't identify. Maybe some caramel or something. It's sweet, but very well balanced. I'm not great at identifying individual tastes, especially in some of these Belgians, but there is something in here that reminds me of the Adam from Hair of the Dog. Maybe smoke? A particular spice? Well crafted beer. The alcohol comes through strongly, yet very smooth. Its presence is needed, so as to keep some of the other characters from going overboard, but it doesn't get in the way at all. Everything melds perfectly to create a very interesting overall flavor. This beer shines where a few others of similar style and repute have fallen short, imo.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2007 10:45:16 | More by jakon
Pannepot from De Struise Brouwers
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