Pannepøt - Old Monk's Ale - De Struise Brouwers
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Reviews by ccrida:
4.93/5 rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
33cl bottle poured into my large St. Feuillien goblet, the 2006 Pannepøt is a dark, muddy chestnut with lots of streamers exploding off the laser etching up the sides of the goblet, forming a small khaki head that fades to a fairly thick collar and skim, leaving moderate lace. As carbonated as it is, I'd expect a larger, rocky head.
Nose is very strong, sweet brown sugar, raisins, banana's foster, spices, sherry and alcohol. Much brighter then the regular Pannepot, and incredibly alluring. I wish I was having this with some kind of rich dessert drizzled in caramel right now!
Taste is sweet and robust, but countered by plenty of spice to keep it from being cloying. In-line with the suggestions of the aroma, although rounded and not as bright. Light phenols and only a hint of it's high ABV speak to the high level of execution. Exceptional indeed, although I'm sucker for sweet and rich, which you'll find here in spades.
Mouthfeel is very creamy and rich, and the body is on the heavier side for a quad, although it's still got the appropriate level of digestibility from the sugar. The carbonation is really nice. It would've probably foamed out had I not had my goblet on hand, which is impressive given the age.
Drinkability is very high, since I'm absolutely loving this beer, although it's one of my favorite styles. Better then the regular version IIRC, although I've only had it once, about a month ago.
Serving type: bottle
11-09-2007 03:50:57 | More by ccrida
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4/5 rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured a brown body with one finger head and some lace that just doesn't go away. The aroma not only has a touch of booze but strong dark fruits such as figs, toffee, not quite raisins to me but close, some yeast and hints of sugary sweetness. More of the same in the body as a medium body holds together some dark fruits and sweetness for a simple and enjoyable beer that finishes with a hoppy, tart crispness that I was not expecting and the ABV is well hidden (wouldn't have pegged it close to 10%).
Serving type: on-tap
07-28-2014 21:25:07 | More by clayrock81
3.51/5 rDev -16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
much like some of the other incarnations of this beer, im not as awed by it as other folks for whatever reason. it seems to miss the belgian quad mark, not quite be an old ale, and end up honestly being closer to the stingo styles, with a slight tart or tannic element, but none of those sum this up stylistically, and to me it just doesnt taste all that good. big thick amber malt body, mostly still, with a nose of dried stone fruit, figs, tart cherries, booze, and stale grain sugar. the flavor is similar, and while it almost smells infected, the other reviews here tell me thats how its supposed to be, tartness our of nowhere battles sweetness, and booze is there all the way. to me, its not that well refined, its not that different, and its not that special. maybe i had a bad bottle or something, but ive thought this about reserva and others. will have to revisit it in time, but its lack of carbonation hurt it, as did the long tannic finish. strange brew, but not one i cared for too much this time around.
Serving type: bottle
06-30-2014 21:12:10 | More by StonedTrippin
4.01/5 rDev -4.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
5 oz sample served at Max's Taphouse in Baltimore. From notes.
A: Pours a dark brown color. As I kind of expected, no head is formed - at best, there's a dinky off-white collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Wow, there are some wonderful dark fruit notes emanating from the aroma. I'm getting a lot of plums in particular. There are also touches of oak here and there. While I don't think it has a ton of complexity, the definition of the aroma easily compensates.
T: No surprises here. It starts with an excellent dark fruit flavor (very plummy/raisiny in particular), while it finishes with a bit of booze. When I say booze, I don't mean "fusels punching you in the face", I mean "a fruity auxiliary note that balances perfectly with everything else". There's even a touch of back end tartness. Ridiculously solid in general.
M: This hits the perfect balance between crispness, dryness, and lushness. Not only is it complex, it's also easy to drink. Plus, it's not boozy in the least. Good carbonation plays a role in its drinkability.
O: Beers like this remind me why I love De Struise: it's extreme, yet immaculately balanced and delicate all at the same time. I wouldn't have had any trouble killing several glasses of this, that's for damn sure.
Serving type: on-tap
06-23-2014 21:44:01 | More by ThisWangsChung
4.36/5 rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Dark fruit big opaque body deep burgundy brown quadrupel on our hands, with big fluffy khaki brown head forming thick leaving fine speckled Belgian style lacing. Aroma has dark fruit raisin, plum, and other over ripened fruits seeping through your nares as you inhale each sip. I'm currently smoking a Viaje Roman Candle with this quad, and it goes great together...that's not surprising at all deep smoke, spicy black pepper, and other dark leather notes form so well with the Nicaraguan tobacco utilized in this huge spice bomb of a cigar. It's a nice combo of sweet and salty even umami at times on the palate, huge dark malt base with Belgian yeast spice providing the fermentation on this beer. Andre' Farkas from Viaje has done so well with this cigar line, but enough about the smoke let's talk more beer. Perfect level of acidity like a red grape ripened to the point that it's ready to bulge and transmorph into a plump raisin. Mouthfeel is magnificent perfect driven naturally carbonated mouthfeel leaves the palate with some effervescence to carry on the complex body and flavor. Overall, quite frankly I'm in love with this beer yet it needs more age to truly express itself the English on the front of the label says 2012 and it calls itself Old Monk's Ale...I can see why!
Serving type: bottle
06-08-2014 00:02:44 | More by WVbeergeek
Pannepøt - Old Monk's Ale from De Struise Brouwers
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