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Pannepøt - Old Monk's Ale - De Struise Brouwers

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BA SCORE
93
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407 Ratings
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Ratings: 407
Reviews: 218
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 40
Gots: 85 | FT: 6
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: weeare138 on 04-02-2007)
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Reviews by sweemzander:
Photo of sweemzander
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. 2011 vintage.

(A)- Pours a near pitch black color, but much more like an inky purple color in its highlights. Produced a nice cap of tan froth.

(S)- A rich bready yeasty profile with a great juicy plum and grape dark fruit components. Borderline magical in how good this smells. The combination just works.

(T)- Similar to the smell. The juicy dark fruits are there, but the biscuit-like bready yeast takes center stage creating a subtle spice and bitterness to the finish.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Mildly bitter from the heavy yeast, but countered well with the rich and juicy dark fruits this has.

(O)- Overall, an excellent Quad. Can put this up with the greats of the style and it would fit right in.

sweemzander, Dec 19, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%

Bottle purchased at Premiere Gourmet in Buffalo, NY. ’11 vintage.

Pours a dark garnet red/brown, with a half inch head that descends quite quickly to a film on top of the beer. The head sort of remains on the very edges of the beer. No lacing.

Smells like molasses, caramel, honey, and toasted bread. No chocolate, unlike it’s cousin- Pannepot- Old Fisherman’s Ale.

Tastes quite sweet. Some honey and molasses flavors up front, a bit of toasted bread. No alcohol is present. As the beer is pretty thin, it stays away from being too syrupy sweet.

This one is a little thinner than I would’ve wanted, unfortunately letting it also fall a little flat in the flavor department. Almost no carbonation. Nonetheless, pretty drinkable.

Inferior to regular Pannepot, but still fairly tasty. Probably wouldn’t buy it again, though.

GreesyFizeek, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To understand how much a type of beer can be pushed, the boundaries of the envelope must be reached. And that's where Panepeut goes.

Pouring a rich prune-rust color, there's colors of red, purple and brown that all culminate in a very murky set of hues. A creamy ivory-stained forms above its haze with semi-strong retention as its head begins to fall apart after a few minutes. With light and isolated pockets of foam, its lacing is light but apparent.

Its tart and fruity aromas are woven together with light elements of toast, chocolate and confectioner's type of sweetness. But the scent of dry wine, cider and oak plays into its tangy and earthy scent.

Its tart and malty taste promotes a complex taste even on the earl palate- Its light honey and powdered sugar taste is immediately met with sourish red grapes, cider, oaken merlot, light vinegar and savory soy character. Its deliciously dry taste is challenged by the dry earthiness of attic-like must, cellar character and overall aged woods that stops shy of mushroom.

Drier than the typical Strong Belgian Dark Ale, Pannepeut starts with a creamy and carbonated dryness that dictates its texture throughout. Finishing warm and winey, it's evident that the beer's acidity has a lot to do with its taste.

As a stand-alone beer- Panepeut seems to under-deliver as its taste falls tarter and more "challenging" to the taste. Paired with food, I can see this beer singing with pickled flavors and petite beef filet.

BEERchitect, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of tbryan5
4/5  rDev -4.3%

tbryan5, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006 vintage.

Pours into my snifter a deep, dark garnet that glows crimson at the edges in the light. A quarter inch of khaki foam sits atop the brew. Aromas start with big vinous malts with toffee, caramel and cocoa intertwined. Dark fruits and raisins abound.

First sip brings smooth, deep malts teeming with vinous notes, toffee, caramel and cocoa. Loads of dark fruits and raisins throughout the middle. A touch of spice as it flows down with a warming alcohol on the finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth with spot on carbonation. Goes down pretty easy considering the abv. Overall, another tasty brew from Struise and one I'm glad I picked up. Wish I had another lying around.

orbitalr0x, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev -4.3%

warnerry, Nov 06, 2014
Photo of badbeer
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle shared by iowaherkeye in Jan. 2007.

Brown color with a beige head and decent retention. Smell is of brown sugar, plums, raisins, and caramel. Taste is slightly tart, has some tastes of pears, caramel, toffee, and some dark fruits too. Medium bodied with a heavier than medium body. Thanks for sharing this, Joey.

badbeer, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of Mora2000
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to someone for sharing this bottle at thirdeye11's recent tasting. Sorry I don't remember who brought it.

The beer pours a medium brown color with a khaki head. The aroma is brown sugar along with caramel malt and dark fruit. The flavor is very fruity: cherries, plums, raisins. There is also some lightly roasted, caramel and toffee malt. Overall the beer is pretty sweet. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of deebo
4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle of 2010 vintage poured into a big ass chalice. $4.60 Euro for a 330 ml bottle.

A-This brew is darker than other quads, dark chocolate color and murky with a couple fingers of tan creamy head that breaks down fairly easy without lacing the glass. Looks pretty well carbonated.

S-Even at cold temperature this beer has lots of aroma. Notes of rich, caramel, bready malt; tons of beautiful fruity esters big time ripe dark fruits, I'll go with raisin as the closest fruit to compare to . There is a fair amount of peppery spiciness in here too along with an inviting soft alcohol nose.

T-Similar to the nose, this beer is big and complex. Lots of sweet, bready malt with ripe dark fruits with a vapory alcohol finish that dries the mouth out just a bit inviting that next drink.

M-A very drinkable 10% ABV beer, mouthfeel has plenty of malt body but doesn't seem heavy. A bit above average in the carbonation which works well to cleanse the palette and carry all the flavor popping out in each drink. Alcohol is vapory but not hot at all-very nice.

O-Damn this is a tasty quad. I don't have a fresh one to compare with, but this beer is damn near perfect right now. Equally tasty as a sipper or a gulper I wish I had more of this beer. A little more expensive than my favorite quad, St. Bernardus, but in the same class. Well done beer that brings me back to Belgium.

deebo, Jan 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

mjtiernan, Jan 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

bpfrush, Nov 20, 2013
Photo of jazzyjeff13
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Sept 2015. 2009 vintage. Acquired from a Belgian webshop some time back.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A dark, hazy reddish hue, with plenty of yeast sediment left in the bottle. Produces a decent head of creamy tan foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding. A rich, fruity aroma - notes of figs, fruitcake, plums, vanilla, dried fruit, peel and earthy yeast. A warm, spicy booziness in the background, as if a tot of rum had been added into the mix...

Tastes intensely sweet and fruity, with a boozy finish. Notes of fruitcake, orange, figs, dried fruit, peel, vanilla and dry yeast. A spicy alcoholic flavour in the background, with phenolic hints. Mouthfeel is smooth and full-bodied, with pleasant carbonation. Quite dry, and rather astringent. Aftertaste of fruitcake and booze - tasty!

Pretty good - a complex, fruity quad that lives up to the style. Doesn't quite match some others that I've tried, though I can't pinpoint why. Orange seems to come through in the flavour, and the alcoholic notes definitely remind me of dark rum. All said, a solid effort that is well worth trying.

jazzyjeff13, May 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

mrbill57, Feb 04, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

wo87810, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.83/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Brown and a dark red colored beer, thin beige head to it, sticks around for awhile. Aroma, was not my cup of tea, alcohol and belgian yeast come across in a less than enjoyable aroma for myself.

Taste, whooo, this is a strong beer, I am drinking a fresh bottle of 2011 for this review. If there's fruit here, its the crappy kind, like fig, raisins, prunes etc. ..

Can't wrap myself around this beer, everyone else drinking it likes it, I just think it tastes really strongly of alcohol, which is blurring my ability to taste the other aspects of the beer, but in the few times I've pulled out other flavors, they happen to be those fruits I'm not all big on either. Malt deals in caramel and moreso toffee flavors. Spicing, I dunno, doesn't really come out too much, the heat is blocking my senses.

Really expensive for my enjoyment level.

Beerandraiderfan, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
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!

WVbeergeek, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of glid02
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store. Apparently De Struise has begun putting their beer into key kegs which is exciting.

Pours an opaque brownish-gold color with a 1.5-finger cream-colored head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of brown sugar, caramel malts, milk chocolate, faint spices, and boozy pears and figs. As the beer warms the fruit aromas and spices intensify slightly.

Tastes similar to how it smells although not quite as complex. Deep caramel malt flavors backed by Belgian candi sugar kick things off. Midway through the sip toffee-covered medium fruit flavors make an appearance. Finally, hints of indistinct spices make an appearance near the end of the sip, giving way to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is great. It's got a heavy thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I thought this version was boozier than the American version which hurt the drinkability a bit but the best part of either version is the smooth mouthfeel. Well worth a shot if you have the chance, as is the American version.

glid02, Jan 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

kevwcamp, Dec 07, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

RobertH50, Jul 16, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

azorie, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

330mL bottle picked up in Denver in March 2014. This is the 2012 version poured into a snifter. The bottle reads Pannepeut here, while other bottles I've had say Pannepot with a strike through the o.

A dark barleywine-like beer pours from the bottle, resembling a raisin in color with its dark brown base and amber hues. The head forms about a half finger thick before dissipating to a persistent layer of lace atop the beer. Carbonation bubbles steadily surge upward throughout the beer.

I get a lot of tartness and sour on the nose. I wasn't expecting this but I'm intrigued. There are hints of orange, oatmeal cookie, and a spice that I want to say is coriander. It's interesting.

Everything I got on the nose carries to the palate, but it's accompanied there by a sweet malt flavor and raisins that is very similar to a dubbel. It's almost buttery. The tartness remains but is pleasant and doesn't seem out of place. At the finish, I get an array of lingering flavors: citrus, spice, and dark fruit.

A range of sensations to this beer, ranging from tartness, to creamy and buttery, to slightly effervescent. It's pretty easy to toss back as there's no hint of booze to be found.

I have yet to be disappointed by De Struise Brouwers and this beer only reaffirms my belief that I should seek their beers out at every opportunity possible. Quite good.

ONovoMexicano, Apr 16, 2014
Photo of mdaschaf
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage

A: Pours a very deep burgundy/brown color with about a finger of tan head on top. Pretty thick, with good retention, thin lacing forms around the glass.

S: A little closed, but there some dark fruit, bread, caramelized malt, and brown sugar. As it warms the dark fruit comes out much more.

T: Rather sweet, some caramel, candied sugar, and lots of dark fruit presence. Some raisin, plum, and prune as well as a slight bready flavor.

M: Full bodied with medium carbonation, pretty smooth. Get a slight warming from the alcohol.

O: Another solid beer from De Struise. Look forward to trying regular Pannepot at some point..if I can find it.

mdaschaf, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of GilGarp
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33 cl bottle, 2011 vintage.

Served at cellar temp into a goblet.

Old Monk's Ale is a deep redish brown with good clarity on the pour. A little bit of lees is left in the bottle. Head is thin and white but settles to a skim layer pretty quickly.

Aroma is a wonderful mix of Belgian yeast, caramel and toasted malt, and dark fruits.

Flavor is interesting and unusual and I mean that in a good way. It seems to have a more earthy character than other Belgian quads that I've had. Similar in the sense that it has the raisin, cloves, and complex yeast notes. Different in a musky pepper kind of way. Hard to describe actually.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated. Balanced but a little high in alcohol. It would certainly mellow out with 1-2 years in the beer cellar.

Overall a really excellent beer and it stands by itself in it's earthy complexity.

GilGarp, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of alamode
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

alamode, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of Mar02x
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - One of the most beautiful heads I have ever seen on a beer. The structure of the foam is just perfect. The beer itself is beautiful deep red and clear. There's no carbonation.

S - A champagne like smell with some fresh fruitiness added, in total very inviting.

T - What a beautiful and strong caramel presence. One of the strongest I have ever tasted in a beer, very nice. It comes along with toffee and fruits.

M - A soft carbonation, no real bitterness and alcohol to be discovered! For a 10% ABV!!! This is top notch stuff, although the body could have been thicker.

O - A very nice and superb beer - worth getting a crate of.

Mar02x, Dec 02, 2011
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Pannepøt - Old Monk's Ale from De Struise Brouwers
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