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Pannepøt - Old Monk's Ale - De Struise Brouwers

Pannepøt - Old Monk's AlePannepøt - Old Monk's Ale

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Ratings: 350
Reviews: 209
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.52%

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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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Photo of ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 03:41:52 | More by ONovoMexicano
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3.59/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2012 vintage. Lot 6341281212. Bottle Lot 002901HH.

Pours a murky dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, roasted malt, molasses, char, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, molasses, burnt fruit, and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty, but I think the set of aromas on this one are much better.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2014 03:49:27 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.99/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 330 ml bottle - 2012 vintage. Sampled on March 26, 2014.

Medium to dark amber pour with a quick lasting beige head that fades quickly. Ruby red highlights. Some haze but generally good clarity.

Yup, there are pale malts, Belgian sugars, and herbs greeting the nose but the biggest scents are all those dark and meaty fruits such as cherry, red grapes, prunes, and plums. Eh, raisin maybe. Lots to smell.

Medium body.

This is about two years old and the 10% ABV has not completely faded. Indeed the alcohol burn plays volleyball with the dark fruits, malts, and tart, semi-floral hop finale. But overall I found it to be an enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 21:25:14 | More by puboflyons
Photo of chugalug06


4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Snappy head never rises. No lacing. Brew is super dark purple/red in color.

Peppery, Buttery, clove. Not overly Belgian. Well done.

Lots of smooth raisiny-cloves. Peppery finish and buttery drinkability. Carbonation feel is much stronger than appearance; it's very prickly. Smooth boozy finish with feel. Sweetness is high, but not sugary. Zero bitterness. Dry.

A solid beer. This should be considered one of the tops in it's class. A calm, mellow brew. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 02:43:26 | More by chugalug06
Photo of beergoot


4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, tawny brown body with a thin yet lasting head. Figs, prunes, and raisins make up the bulk of the aroma with a strong (but not overpowering) whiff of booziness and heavy maltiness. Molasses and faint brown sugar flavor notes mingle with the dark fruit character. Medium-heavy body; a bit coarse; chewy and semi-dry finish.

This quad says it all with its big malt and booze-like tones. Moderately sweet but the alcohol edge and hop bitterness keep things balanced and interesting. Bold and flavorful with a knockout punch of alcohol make this one a fine, slow sipper.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 22:34:44 | More by beergoot
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3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

2012 vintage, 330ml bottle

pours a murky brown with rust colored hues. no head whatsoever. rich aroma, slightly boozy, earthy. a bit of fig, tobacco, vanilla. taste has similar flavors. complex malt, neither sweet nor dry. thin body, low carbonation. I'd prefer a bit more body.

overall - decent, but a disappointment compared to the top quads from Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 04:55:18 | More by jmdrpi
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New York

4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Labeled as Pannepeut Old Monk’s Ale, 2011. Consumed 12/27/13.

A: Poured into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is dark brown with a small khaki-colored head that disappears quickly.

S: Booze, fruit & spices are the initial generic descriptors.

T: Cola-like in some ways, with a sweet foundation of malted sugars. After that there is a bit of dried fruit – prunes come to mind – and molasses. Modest spice - cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice perhaps? Again, sweetness prevails. Booze shows up on the end as a drying element, then provides heat in the belly pretty quickly. Clean aftertaste despite all that sugary sweetness.

M: I’m guessing that the 2+ years in the bottle has made this kinda flat. Call it medium to full in heft, with little to no carbonation.

O: Good stuff, though this isn't blowing my mind like some other De Struise offerings. Perhaps it would've been better fresh.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 21:19:39 | More by Kendo
Photo of ManforallSaisons


3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 2013 bottle picked up at the brewery a week ago, cellared and then briefly fridged. Poured briskly and directly into a tulip, almost inert, only a bit bit of froth and a ring of continued bubbling action around the rim of the liquid, mahogany with some ruby glints. But good legs, no sediment, enticing to look at. Not a big bloom of aroma but still enticing, with clove, cherry, cinnamon, root beer, a bit of basement workshop, meaning sawdust and a tad of funk. Whoa, caramel malt, very brown sugar, a lick of tart cherry or raspberry, a whiff of tobacco, and just a bit of some herbacious hops drying the edges of the tongue. Rich but less complex than, say, it's -pot brother. That drying helps define the mouthfeel, too, by cleaning up a bit of chewiness and oiliness in the body.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 19:58:25 | More by ManforallSaisons
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United Kingdom (England)

4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

33cl Bottle: 2007 version, slightly out of date when opened on 22 Oct 13. Poured lovingly into a Westmalle chalice at home. I wanted to keep it longer, but I needed a ’good beer fix’ so extracted it from my aging stash and cooled it for an hour before broaching it.

Looks a rich, deep brown colour with a ruby red hue in strong light: on top a thin beige covering and collar.

The nose is a delight: sweet malt drenched dark fruits fill the air around the glass and make you want to dive in.

Dive in I did: the taste is divine. I love sweet malty brews and this fits completely into my style. Gorgeous flavours of spices, yeast and those sweet dark fruits blend together giving a wonderfully tasting beer that belies the 10% ABV it stacks. Full bodied and a really lovely night cap.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 12:06:47 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of brurevu


4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From my tasting notes: This is a huge Belgian Strong Ale with great depth and complexity. It had a malty sweet almost brown sugary taste with notes of rich caramel and dark candied fruits. It had a medium bodied mouthfeel and hid its high alcohol content really well. It was a great gift from my dad as De Struise makes World Class beers and this is no exception.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 18:57:00 | More by brurevu
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3.99/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 07:21:17 | More by BEERchitect
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United Kingdom (England)

4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle of 2010

Rich mahogany brown body with reddish hues and a sparse tan head, tiny bubbles but still a respectable quarter surface cover.

The aroma is similar to a good port, so rich red wine & brandy notes
with hints of figs.

A rich and complex flavour mulled wine and chocolate
it sits on the tongue for quite a while
rye bread flavours develop and become bitter.

a lot of booze flavour but nicely measured, not overpowering but reassuring whilst providing an enjoyable dry quality.

The mouthfeel is odd, good odd
It's not heavy going but is in no way flimsy.

This is solid beer enjoyment.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 23:36:23 | More by EmperorBevis
Photo of themind

New Jersey

4.9/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is an amazing, wonderfully crafted beer that echo's legendary! It's creamy, it's sweet and it's awesome. I am surprised at how good this beer is. Low carbonation makes this brew a silky smooth quad that is easily right up there with the best beers in the World. Very drinkable and the ABV is TOTALLY HIDDEN! this brewer has mastered hiding ABV with this beer. I would buy this again and again and again.

Bottom Line: Near Legendary!

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2013 23:49:30 | More by themind
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4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

2010 vintage from IBS.

A - very dark brown, short lived head

S - treacle, dark stewed fruits.

T - more treacle, caramels, burnt brown sugar, dark dry malts, the bitterness unusual for style.

M - medium carbonated, medium to heavyweight

O - not the best quad, but solid. Dryer than usual.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 10:51:17 | More by heygeebee
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South Africa

4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle 10,0% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
2010 Vintage

Thanks a bunch to Thijs for this bottle.

Appearance: Pannepeut (as my bottle is labeled), appears a very deep brown in the glass (though not quite as dark as Pannepot), with a back light revealing a slightly hazy, deep red-brown and beautiful golden-amber edges. A medium pour yields a large beige coloured head, that lasts reasonably well and leave some nice patterns of lacing clinging to the glass.

Smell: Mmmm, this smells like another winner from De Struise! Big dark fruity aromas (raisins, figs, plums, cherries and dates), dark bready malts and dark brown sugar dominate the initial nose, with notes of chocolate, toasted malt, spicy Belgian yeast (pepper, clove and earthy nutmeg) and a little banana becoming apparent after a short while. Warming causes the the nose to become a little sweeter, with more of the dark sugary character emerging. Even at room temperature, there is no trace of the 10% present in the nose.

Taste: Initially the flavour seems a little weak compared to the nose, but thankfully after a few minutes it opens up nicely. Again dark fruits (cherries, raisins, figs and plums) dominate the flavour together with dark bready malts. Other notes include: Earthy spices, toasted malt and dark brown sugar. As the beer warms, a light bitterness becomes apparent in the finish and this seems a little out of place.

Mouthfeel: I usually find most Belgian ales to be somewhat overcarbonated for my tastes, but the carbonation here is just about spot on - medium level and fantastically smooth.
The body is medium or just over and in combination with the fantastic carbonation, it results in a dangerously drinkable strong ale!

Overall: Another fantastic quad from De Struise that could easily be mentioned in the same breath as the likes of Westvleteren 12, Rochefort 10 and St. Bernardus ABT 12.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2013 15:09:54 | More by Thehuntmaster
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3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle served in a Duvel tulip
2011 vintage

A - Pours a deep dark brown with a thin mocha cap

S - Vinous berry fruit, grapes, cherries, brown sugar, apple skins, a tiny hint of banana, dates soaked in alcohol, fruit cake,

T - Dark caramelized malts, licorice, berry fruit, tangy grapes, cherry wine, tobacco, very soft acidity comes across. Spicy yeast shows but maintains a certain delicacy. The malts have a charred toffee flavor with a layer of old leather and earthy wood. The spiciness continues through the dry finish. Notes of tobacco are left on the the aftertaste.

M - Low carbonation, medium body, wet middle body while finishing semi dry.

This is the only vintage I've had so I can't compare to a fresh one. The tangyness was more than expected and the fruit almost overshadowed the malts. Light oxidation was and added to the overall flavor. Good layering with a tangy fruit twist.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2013 23:09:14 | More by StaveHooks
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3.99/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Doesn't make a big first impression but grows on me. Quite mild compared to some other quads but shows off the stewed dark fruits in the aroma.
Taste has that aspect as well but not as strong as in the aroma. Lesser dark malt character than the color implies too. Mild chocolate gives some sweetness and rounds it out.
Maybe not one of the top beers but seriously well made and easily drinkable.
2010 330ml bottle

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 10:36:10 | More by joecast
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4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle into snifter. 2011 bottle.

A: Pours a murky mahogany color with a finger of soft light tan head. Fine sediment sat in suspension in the liquid.
S: Dark fruits, sweet candied fruit, molasses, candied sugar, caramel, holiday spices, raisin, and caramel fill my nose. I get hint of cocoa, musty earth, and red grapes as well.
T: Everything from the nose with the addition of anise, vanilla, pepper, booze and allspice. The finish is fruity and sweet with molasses, and the aftertaste is earthy, spicy and full of bitter hops, dark chocolate, a red fruit skins.
M: Thick and heavy body, viscous, smooth and sweet mouthfeel, not quite syrupy but definitely sticky, and low frothy carbonation.
O: Definitely a complex, rich and powerful quad. Sweet, fruity, bitter, and spicy. Will probably be awesome if aged longer.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 00:09:50 | More by scottfrie
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a small off-white head.
Nose shows cocoa, caramel, soft spices, nutmeg, bready malt and grainy notes.
Flavours include cocoa, burnt fig, bitter roast, astringent spices and booze.
Carbonation could be lower.
Was expecting more.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 05:14:39 | More by CrazyDavros
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New Hampshire

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2011 Bottle into a snifter

A: Nice murky brown, with a single finger of beige head that shrinks down after a few moments. A centimeter of foam remains throughout around the rim. Looks beautiful. Leaves some nice lacing when given a swirl.

S: Fruity, molasses and raisins, malty sugars, delightful yeast aromas and only a wee bit of warmth from the alcohol.

T: Gotta say, the first sip brought me to enlightenment. Buddha aint got shit on this wonderful liquid. Dried fruits abound, along with other flavors mentioned above. Not quite as sweet as the nose and I appreciate that. Little heat, booze is well masked.

M: Light yet viscous, great carbonation for a quad. I've had many quads that could have been better with the right amount.

O: In my opinion, a great representation of the style. I would expect nothing less from this brewery. Excelsior!!!!

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 21:28:09 | More by DirtyBirdSpecial
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4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2007 got as an extra from olympuszymurgus

A: Very dark brown with a small, creamy beige head. Great head retention, almost looks nitro-ish. Okay retention.

S: Rich and deep. Raw brown sugar, molasses, plums and dates. Some nutty banana bread.

T: Lots of dark fruits (plums, raisins, dates) and molasses. Almonds? A bit of spice; cinnamon and nutmeg come to mind. Seems like all the flavors have just melded together into one tasty package. Still some booze on the backend.

M: Thick and chewy. Low carbonation, what is there has really fine bubbles. Haven't had a quad this thick before.

O: Haven't had a 5+ year old quad before. This seems like it can't get much better though. Good drinkability, ABV is somewhat hidden.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 03:40:16 | More by herman77
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3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 bottle poured in a chalice.

Beige head, dark brown with lighter brown and red on the bottom of the curve.

Big dark fruitiness wafts out of the glass. Spice, dark bread and sweetness. Sort of reminiscent of a doppelbock.

Smooth and medium bodied. Dark fruits, spice, brown sugar, and alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 06:37:42 | More by MattSweatshirt
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4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 03:35:36 | More by deebo
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4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2012 02:27:40 | More by sweemzander
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 vintage. Tasted 27 November 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours a very dark brown. At the thin edges, it's a deep amber brown. Little head, and little lacing, thanks in part to a gentle pour to keep all that sediment in the bottle.

Smell is fruity and deep. Figs, leather, some strong sugary notes. Also has a light alcoholic pinch that tickles my nose. Inviting, though not as complex as my favoritest quads.

Taste is sugary but kinda stingy. Nice, but I'm really only getting one flavor. Sugary, more like plums here, with a touch of astringent herbal flavor. Fades to a smooth bitter in the finish.

Mouthfeel is a bit of a dud. Pretty flat, and it feels like it needs that carbonation to keep the flavors coming.

I've liked other De Struise beers a lot more than I like this one. It's not bad, not in the least, but it's not one I'd go to again, what with all the delicious quads that are readily available. Doesn't give me anything I can't find elsewhere.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 14:06:39 | More by zeledonia
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