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Pannepøt - Old Monk's Ale - De Struise Brouwers

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Reviews: 223
Hads: 443
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.44%
Wants: 43
Gots: 94 | FT: 7
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Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: A brilliant chestnut liquid fills the glass crowned by a clingy 3” tan foam collar.
S: Alcohol, fruit and fresh laundry.
T: Very malty with fruit and raisins dried fruit maybe a little fig as well dissolving into sherry with an alcohol finish.
F: Creamy, medium body, soft carbonation, warming.
O: A rich full flavored after dinner beer. (346 characters)

Photo of sokol_1993
4.64/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a tulip glass, Washington D.C.
Smell: very sweet, dark fruit smell, however very strong molasses smell.
Taste: Some prunes, cherry, dark fruit taste. Very strong molasses taste also. Sweet. Some maltiness. Strong hint of the high alcohol %
Feel: Luscious, chewy and viscous. Lots of aftertaste, which is great.
A very interesting quad. Not similar to other quad, which to me is either dominantly dark fruit or chocolaty. Not unlike a Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock. Very sweet, and served well as a dessert glass. (526 characters)

Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz 2012 vintage bottle poured on 03/02/2015. Bought at Coaltrain for 6.99.

Pours a murky flat brown under one finger of light tan head. Not special looking but I know better than to judge any beer from De Struise by the way it looks.

Remarkable aroma of raisins cooked in a concord grape jam reduction. A little swirl brings up caramel sauce, a touch of butterscotch, a something like the sweet aroma of warm mulch.

Surprisingly mellow in flavor. Some moderately oxidized malts (subdued but enjoyable) and the aged-out esters from the yest give it an almost nutty flavor. Not as sweet as the aroma made me expect, but pleasantly balanced. Relatively low bitterness. A slight twang of not so enjoyable oxidation makes an appearance near the end of the flavor.

Already thinning, this is not a beer for long aging. I have never seen it in any local store until the last month, so this is the newest vintage I can buy. I do believe it would be much better "fresh". It seems the last 3 years have be a little rough. Perhaps storage conditions were sub-par, there is no way to know. The original quality of this beer shows through however. (1,144 characters)

Photo of PolarBear3
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a dark brown colour with an off white head that dissipates slowly to a thin film

S - Dark fruit such as Plums, Dates, some mild caramel/toffee sweetness

T - Similiar to the nose, dark fruit, plums, raisins, sweet caramel with some vanilla and I also get a nice pepper spice in there aswell

M - medium bodied with medium carbonation

T - Another terrific quad that is right up there with the best of them. Flavours are balanced nicely and once again de-struise doesn't disappoint (493 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

330ml Bottle from Whole Foods LV for $6 - 2011 vintage

Appearance - Hazy brown colour with a below average size fizzy beige coloured head. It's hard to make out the level of carbonation showing and there is some fairly good lacing. The head lasted for only a few minutes.

Smell - Malts, dark fruits, butterscotch/caramel, chocolate

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste raisins/dates, malts, and some butterscotch/caramel. There is also something along the lines of chocolate and leather.

Overall - Seriously delicious stuff. Almost like a barley wine in some ways. The alcohol is very well hidden and it has aged beautifully. (673 characters)

Photo of CowsandBeer
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

2012 dated 11.2 oz bottle poured into a Trappist Achel glass.
Ap: a straight down the middle pour produces a thin cap of khaki head atop a hazy red tinged brown body. Lots of carbonation bubbles but not much in the way of head retention. After a while it’s just a dull brown liquid. 3.5
Ar: Slightly oxidized brown malts, soft chocolate and a bit of a metallic bite (as it warms this turns into a vinegar like note). Lots of candied date stickiness with some tart prunes, dark grapes and cherries. Perfume like alcohol. 3.75
T: A bit of that metallic bite up front before leading into some very nice chocolate malts with a tart fruit finish and some spices. Weird metallic note that hangs about in the end; almost like wet pennies. 3.4
Mf: Soft, pillowy carbonation that hugs your tongue. Finishes dry and sweet. Oily and slick.
Overall: Really nice notes of chocolate malts and tart fruit with an airy carbonation. It’s a disappointment there was that odd “wet penny” note and slick oily mouthfeel. This taste like it could have been really good. (1,065 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.8/5  rDev -8%

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. (837 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into chalice; 2011 vintage, bottled on 8/29/2011. Pours very hazy/cloudy dark brown color with a small dense khaki head with solid retention, that reduces to a spotty lace cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, prune, fig, cherry, caramel, toffee, molasses, toast, brown bread, chocolate, clove, pepper, cinnamon, spice, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, dark/bready malt, and spice notes; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, prune, fig, cherry, caramel, toffee, molasses, toast, brown bread, chocolate, clove, pepper, herbal, cinnamon, spice, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of earthy spice on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin. prune, fig, cherry, toffee, molasses, chocolate, toast, clove, brown bread, cinnamon, spice, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and robustness of fruity/earthy yeast, dark/bready malt, and spice flavors; with a great malt/yeast/spice balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth and fairly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian strong dark ale. All around great complexity and balance of yeast, malt, and spice flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering. (1,527 characters)

Photo of spoony
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a 330 ml bottle (dated 2011) into a wine glass. Reviewed from notes dated July 27, 2014.

A-The beer is quite dark, almost black and stout-like. The creamy tan head is short, maybe half a finger, but has good staying power. Not much lacing left behind.

S-The aroma is dark and heavy too. I smell prune, raisin, alcohol heat, cocoa, black pepper, tobacco, molasses, and quite a bit of roast flavor. Less sweetness here than I would expect in a quad.

T-The taste is similar to the smell. A warming alcohol underlies black pepper, roasted malts, dark bread, prune, cocoa, tobacco, and wet earth.

M-The feel is very smooth with a medium body and creamy carbonation.

O-I was really excited to try this beer since I like Pannepot so much, but I felt a bit let down. The heavy roast component and lower levels of sweetness are not necessarily what I expect or want out of a quad style beer. That being said, this beer is unique and makes for an interesting drink. The strong flavors and higher alcohol heat mean this beer is not for the faint of heart. I'll re-visit this winter.... (1,085 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -3.1%
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%). (502 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.52/5  rDev -14.8%
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. (1,018 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
4/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (1,258 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
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! (1,286 characters)

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2012vintage poured into a tulip

A- Murky super dark amber verging on brown. Not much head to speak of in this beer. Bold alcohol legs.

S- Spicy figs, plums and raisins. Caramel and sweet syrup. On the sweeter side.

T- A bit syrupy, A big caramel and dark fruit presence at first. A lot of plum and raisin notes. A breaddy like aftertaste with spice. The yeast adds subtle flavor, yet a refreshing spiciness to the beer. This beer is more sweet then bitter and drinks well..

M- Thicker and syrupy but quite easy drinking.

O- A very nice beer and similar to Pannepot. My only problem is that I think my bottle has been sitting on a shelf for too long. Its still good but I cant help but think it may have been better. (720 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (1,362 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.61/5  rDev -12.6%
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. (633 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (652 characters)

Photo of chugalug06
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011

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. (483 characters)

Photo of beergoot
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (572 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
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. (360 characters)

Photo of Kendo
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (902 characters)

Photo of ManforallSaisons
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
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. (787 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (791 characters)

Photo of brurevu
4.46/5  rDev +8%
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. (363 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (1,477 characters)

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Pannepøt - Old Monk's Ale from De Struise Brouwers
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