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


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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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UCLABrewN84

California

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
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 330ml bottle of 2006 vintage, served at cellar temperature and poured into a tulip glass

A - Poured a very dark brown, almost a cola like color with a very hazy and cloudy appearance pretty much obscuring everything inside and making it look a very thick consistency. A very nice three finger high head of tan colored lace came flying up to the top. Very active on the pour would be an understatement, this thing was all over the place. Almost came out of the top of the glass. After a few more minutes, it finally settled down and began to fold in on itself and become more of just a thin half-inch layer across the top. Tons of spider web like lace coating the inside of the glass, leaving tons of dripping lace. Hard to tell how much carbonation there was as it was just way to hazy. Some small amount of sediment visible on the bottom of the glass, which did not really move much, sort of just hanging around on the bottom of the glass for the duration of the session.

S - The aroma was very varied, deep and complex with different hints and small nuances of smell coming through at various different times during the course of the session. The first thing I was able to pick up with a very nice dark fruity aroma. Lots of raisins, figs, plums, and even a touch of grape showing up in here. Very well mixed and balanced between them but leading more toward the sugary notes as it started to warm up. Lots of spice was evident as well right from the start. A sort of odd nutmeg like spice along with a touch of cinnamon, and sugar. Some aromas of oak or other wood like characteristics starting to come through now as well. The profile is really starting to thicken up now and get a bit complex on me. Some light grassy like smells along with touches of earthy grains all floating around in there as well. Overall really quite full and at the same time very well balanced. Major factor here was the raisin like fruits that were the only constant in the aroma the entire time.

T - The first sip of this just started to bring on wave after wave of thick evolving flavor that really was showing off quite well and became increasingly more complex with each and every sip. The first notes that came across were very rich, sugary notes of raisins, which were just a wonderful way to start off the whole thing. Deep dark fruity flavors were the norm on this was with prunes and figs lining up behind it, quickly delving it deeper and deeper. A very strong presence of sugar was next up, really pushing through and drying to lighten it up. A touch of something sour playing around in the back, and just briefly showing up in the flavor before diving back down and out of site again. Rolling on some nice earthy, oak like notes starting to come now with spices becoming more and more dominant. Cinnamon and nutmeg, even some all spice and a hint of banana keeping developing it further. The finish brought everything back together again and just kept evolving it and drying you out, making you come back and get another sip so that you could bring it back to where it was before. Really, no hint of any kind of alcohol in this one, which to be honest was remarkable for something that should have been so big. Overall, I was quite pleased with the overall flavor and thought that it really developed quite well.

M - This was a very thick ale, not quite full bodied, but damn close and it had such a luscious and creamy smooth body that it was really a pleasure to take each passing sip, as each one was better then the one before that. Really a tremendously good beer here. The carbonation held up excellently and really pushed the entire thing into overdrive, allowing the flavors to really pop and explore the full range of possibilities. Great smooth finish, though not intensely dry, it was more sugary and long flavors of spice persisted for a good long time afterward.

D - Now see this category can become tricky at times only because you get the situation where something is so incredibly drinkable, but at the same time, it has a high ABV so it leaves you in the situation of what to do, In this case the answer was simple, you just keep drinking. It was really just that easy to do. There was just no hint of any kind of alcohol in this whatsoever and the flavors were so rich and bold, with such and in-depth and wonderful profile that it was truly hard to say no to this one. I could have easily had another without any incident, it was just that good. So smooth and delicious.

Overall, I thought this was a really great Belgian ale. The flavors were rich and pure, mingling so well and cross such a wide range of style that it was almost impossible to nail down where it was coming from .A deep dark ale; this one would surely please anyone who gives it a try. Does it live up to the hype? I will let you decide that, my feelings are kind of mixed on the subject personally, but one thing for sure, it is damn good.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 22:22:38 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

3.18/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2007 Bottle labeled Pannepeut shared by tick0rin0.

A: The pour is a dark amber color with a fizzy khaki colored head with surprisingly poor retention.

S: Banana bread overwhelms the nose on the first sniff. Sweet caramel, dark fruits, and candi sugar come through next as do an array of spices. There's (initially) a hint of alcohol on the back end that becomes more pronounced as the beer warms.

T: Sweet bananas, plums, and raisins provide some fruity notes while the caramel and brown sugar provide the base of the sweetness. The downfall of this beer is that there is just far too much alcohol coming through which makes it tough to drink.

M: The body is medium, not quite as full as I had expected, with a surprisingly "mid-range" level of carbonation. Again, more alcohol heat.

D: What a surprising let down. I thoroughly enjoyed Pannepot, so I thought this would be more of the same. You can't win 'em all...

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 20:04:08 | More by womencantsail
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2006 bottling

Appearance: Pours an ice tea brown color with a rather modest head that leaves the occasional dot of lacing

Smell: Caramel, dark fruit (fig, primarily) and spice cake

Taste: Caramel, spice cake and a developing fig flavor that adds brown sugar sweetness, after the swallow; spice cake flavors linger into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low carbonation

Overall: Tasted side by side with a 2006 Pannepot and this one came up way short; the carbonation level was notably lower and the depth of dark fruit and chocolate flavors was missing - this one had more spice cake elements and was a tad sweeter

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2012 21:41:05 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Bu11zeye: Poured a deep dirty cloudy brown color ale with a large foamy head with great retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of bubblegum ester with some candi sugar and some light spices. Taste is comprised of a sweet malt base which is well balance with some bubblegum ester and some light spicy yeast at the end. Very well balance with no apparent alcohol and a full body with great carbonation. I thought it was slightly less complex then the regular version but I would have to do a side-by-side comparison

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 14:21:34 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle direct from Belgium and poured into a Captain Lawrence tulip.

Pours a light copper color with a good, though slightly short-lasting, white head. Good spotty lacing on the sides of the glass and a collar throughout. The nose strikes me immediately as being pretty light on the dark fruits, with more caramel and malt coming through. Aside from that, a spicy character takes over and really sends a few good notes. Light hops there as well. Different, but quite nice. The flavor is along the same lines--nice light spice with some bready malt and light fruits. Hoppy character is there as well, and then combines quite well with the spiciness to form a beautiful finish. Medium body. Nicely done, Struise.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 20:42:55 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy brown in color and has small particles visible floating in suspension. It poured with a thin light beige head that died down and left a thin layer of bubbles on the surface.
S: The smell is slightly musty with notes of dark fruits.
T: There are woody and musty flavors of dark fruits in the taste.
M: It feels medium-bodied and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Considering its strength, this beer is relatively easy to drink because the alcohol is well masked from the taste. The drinkability improves as the beer warms up.

Note: 2011 Vintage

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 22:12:44 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy, dark brown body with a small, light beige head.

Smell: Sweet-smelling, candied fruit aroma of cherries and figs. Strong notes of treacle. A jigger full of spiced rum.

Taste: Sweet, bready toffee maltiness laced with sugary treacle. The fruits carry over from the scent and join the sweet mixture in a taste like melted lollipops. Soft cinnamon spiciness. Subdued yeast character. Very sweet, candyish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: I enjoyed it. As for you, well, I hope you like your beers sweet.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2007 20:27:15 | More by ChainGangGuy
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at The Firkin.

Surprised to randomly find this guy on tap out here in my neck o' the woods...but I'm not arguin'. It pours a murky ruby-sienna topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose is somewhat faint, yielding some brown sugar, toffee, light biscuit, and light red grapes when some effort is applied via my 'strils. The taste holds notes of brown sugar, fig, red apple skin, red grape, dark fruit, light clove, light cinnamon, a touch of banana peel, and a vague hint of honeydew in the very back. Now there's some complexity, folks! The body is a fairly hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly grainy feel. Overall, a solid brew, though I think this one loses out to the normal Pannepot, which has a brighter nose and a less fruity flavor profile (which sits slightly better with me in the circumstances). Still a very good beer, though...

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2011 01:27:06 | More by TMoney2591
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Label says Pannepøt - Old Fisherman's Ale. 2006 vintage. Lot D, AA, whatever that means. Served in a Struise cervoise.

A - There's a lot of sediment in this bottle, so I poured it very carefully. Got a finger of persistent tan foam, a few spots and splotches of lace, and a partial cap. Body is a very dark reddish-brown that displays some transparency (and unfortunately some suspended sediment as well, even after due diligence).

S - Cherries, prunes, other dark fruits, chocolate, candi sugar, some port-like oxidation, a hint of nutmeg and other nebulous spices, and also a faint woody note (even though this isn't barrel-aged). Alcohol is perceptible but very far in the periphery.

T - Taste is quite similar, but finishes with a fairly intense anise bitterness. Stronger notes of rum-soaked bread and yeast mingle with the raisins, plums, figs, and caramelized sugars. There's less overt oxidation in the flavor, but I'm guessing this isn't going to improve much from here on out.

M - Somewhat unpleasant soda-like carbonation. It keeps things from being syrupy, but also burns my lips. Full-bodied, chewy and viscous. Some lingering brandy-like warmth in the sticky finish.

D - Even with the high alcohol and the unpleasant carbonation it was fairly enjoyable to savor a 33cl bottle on my own. Not something I'd session with, but an enjoyable quad to contemplate once in a while.

Label says Pannepøt - Old Monk's Ale. 2006 Vintage. Thanks to MacDomer for this one. Served side-by-side with a 2006 Pannepot - Old Fisherman's Ale for comparison. Alvinne Beer Fest taster glasses were used for both.

A - A finger of tan foam dissolves to a thick ring and hazy thin cap. Dark brown body with not nearly as much sediment as the Pannepøt - Old Fisherman's Ale I had a few weeks ago. 4.5

S - There's some oxidation setting in here, but it's mostly complementary. Otherwise a hefty amount of dark fruits, dark bread, toasted grains, candi and brown sugars, and some phenolic Belgian yeast. Not much in the way of spices. 4.0

T - Molasses, prunes, dark fruits, and light oxidation. Quite sweet and port-like. There's some light alcohol present, as well as some anise bitterness in the finish. I like the taste a bit better than the aroma. 4.0

M - Full bodied, with medium carbonation, light warming alcohol and a fairly dry finish. 4.0

D - Pannepot smells better, but this tasted nearly as good in my book. It's also held up pretty well after five years but I wouldn't sit on these much longer. While each of the Pannepot variants is clearly different side-by-side, they all share fairly similar flavor profiles - I think my preference is the original beer, but I could go for any of them depending on my mood. 4.0

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 04:34:11 | More by MasterSki
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 release poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, spices, caramelized malts, dark fruit and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste is spicy and sweet up front with flavors of caramel & dark fruit. The Belgian yeast character is quite strong and it's also a little creamy. There's a hearty malt character and a mild hops presence. The after-taste is also spicy and sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down ok, not very filling, strong kick, good representation of style, it's a decent high strength Belgian beer to drink for a while.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2009 03:50:17 | More by TheManiacalOne
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emerge077

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a translucent mahoghany, lighter around the edges. Not much foam, a little unexpected for a Belgian. Recedes to virtually nothing over time.

Tasty, very nutty and malty, some black currant and prunes. Lighter than it's cousin, and decidedly less spicy. I'll have to revisit the Belgian version again, the 1st time was a little overwhelming. Primary aroma of dark malt, vague sweetness. Moderately full-bodied, what you would expect from a Quad. Lighter than others of the style though. Reccommended in a side by side pairing with it's counterparts. Interesting, and worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2007 03:17:16 | More by emerge077
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer is brown, slightly lighter than the reserva, and hazy with a thin tan head that leaves a lot of lacing. Carbonation moderate.

Aroma is sweet but overall weaker than expected.

Beer is medium to light in body with some carbonation on the palate, a nice sweetness leads off with some mild roasty bitterness in the back. Overall the beer is well balanced and sweet to the touch with some yeastiness in the midpalate.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 23:28:19 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 22:10:28 | More by Mora2000
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2006 Bottle, Sampled August 2007
Pours with a mix of tightly beaded froth topped by larger bubble bath sized foam, both which add up to an initially three finger thick, creamed amber color; the head leaves a touch of lacing on the sides of the glass as I work my way through this beer. The beer is a drab mix of dark amber and brown notes, but shows a beautiful, brilliantly clear, ruby-red color when held up to the light. The aroma is an interesting, rich-leaning, mix of earthy spices, rich-concentrated fruits and dusty darker malt notes. Aromas of prunes, figs apricots, caramelized apples, hints of cherries and fresh cut sweet / tart plums make up the concentrated fruit portion of the aroma. These notes are boosted by malt notes of caramelized grain, brown sugar, and sugar glazed, browned bread crust. The earthy spice notes add a subtle balancing note with touches of allspice, clove, cardamom, fenugreek . Hints of warming alcohol towards the end mix with the fruitiness to sort of give this a brandy-like edge. Really the fruit character (which strangely was the third thing I noticed after the spice notes and malt) is the dominant note in the aroma.

Rich enough to coat the mouth with a little bit of stickiness. The alcohol and some spice-like notes cling to the palate adding a spicy, slightly astringent almost woody note that lingers on in the mouth after the beer has passed down my throat. This beer is definitely sweet, but there is so much going on here that I am always distracted by other flavors and sensations before I think too long on the sweetness. There is that woodiness that I mentioned (definitely noticeable & distinct to my palate, though somewhat subtle) and this pairs with a really subtle not that is almost peat like (a mix of salt, umami and smoke). Soft spice notes of cardamom, nutmeg, sassafras, birch, perhaps a touch of licorice and a bit of pepper in the finish are all noticeable at times, but all are soft enough to actually keep me guessing at what might be the spices & what is from the fermentation character; this is of course the sign of a beer that has been spiced properly, as I don't want to be hit over the head by spices in a beer, but instead want them to add a nice, yet subtle backdrop that always keeps one guessing. I definitely like how this beer feels so rich, but does not become cloying or sticky.

I am not sure of the difference between Pannepot and Pannepøt, but they are certainly different. This beer seems to be a touch sweeter, and not nearly as aromatically fruity as Pannepot. I'll definitely have to do a side by side of these two to explore them a bit more in depth. As the beer warms up it loses a touch of sweetness, yet strangely notes of brown sugar and even molasses become evident. Still that woody, almost peat like, spiciness is quite noticeable and it starts to mix in with a touch of warming alcohol towards the finish. Definitely another really tasty offering from the Struis Brouwers. I can't wait to crack my bottle of Aardmonnik!

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2007 14:01:54 | More by Gueuzedude
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BlackHaddock

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
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Halcyondays

California

3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours mahogany with a mild off-white head. Nice deep colour, fairly solid head retention.

S: Fruitcake, fig, some brown sugar. Classic dark Belgian notes.

T: Mission fig, raisin and dried plum. Very dark fruit flavours, though not as yeasty as I thought it'd be, but still truly Belgian.

M: Medium-bodied, thin at times with a very mild carbonation, has a light spiritous quality.

O: I was hoping for a more full-flavoured brew, but I got a solid effort, just wish it was less expensive.

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2012 18:25:20 | More by Halcyondays
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single from the Foodery in Northern Liberties, Philadelphia.

This came off as a Belgian winter warmer to me. The spice was a nice, but somewhat overpowering, mix of cinnamon and sweet herbs. The malty Belgian beer in the background was pretty faint, but still provided a pretty nice background with a bit of fig. I can say this beer was very drinkable and quite nice, but not worth the $8 price tag.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 20:09:53 | More by tempest
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mdfb79

New York

3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought this last week at Stateline in MD as I realized I've never had it. 2011 vintage. Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into my Chimay chalice.

a - Pours a deep dark mahogany brown with a slight reddish rint, one inch of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for about ten seconds and leaves no lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of sweet dark fruits, cherries, raisins, figs, bready malts, Belgian yeast, light spice, and light molasses. Pretty nice nose, I really like the sweet cherries that come through.

t - Tastes of spices, Belgian yeast, dark fruits, raisins, figs, bready malts, light alcohol, earthy notes, and it's lightly musty. Not sweet at all, and a definite step down from the nose in my opinion.

m - Light to medium body and low carbonation. A bit thin…would have liked it to be a bit thicker and have more carbonation. Pretty average.

o - Overall a pretty good beer, but a bit disappointing. I love all the Pannepøt variations/beers that De Struisse makes, but this might be my least favorite of them. The nose was nice and sweet, but the taste was a bit muted and musty, and the body was a bit thin and undercarbonated. By no means a bad beer, but no where near the other Pannepøt's.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 00:42:13 | More by mdfb79
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kojevergas

Texas

3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Guinness goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Bottle is a 2007 vintage. Acquired at Wally's Wine in Westwood, California. Expectations are through the roof given the brewery and my fondness for Pannepot Grand Reserva/Reserva.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption.

A: Pours a two finger head of good cream, great thickness, and damned amazing retention considering the high ABV. Fluffy and delightful. The head's colour is a slightly tan off-white. Colour of the beer is a nontransparent dark caramel-ruby. Colourwise, it's a bit off compared to other great quads I've had. It's not unique, but I'm intrigued.

Sm: Cream, plums and other dark fruit -including figs, clean malts (both bright and dark methinks), very light toasted malt, and biscuity pleasant yeast. A complex but subtle mild strength aroma. Very alive and inviting. I'm intrigued, and I'm hoping the dark fruit has a big presence.

T: Dark fruit is certainly present but I can only pick out fig and plum amidst the menagerie. Biscuity yeast has a subtle presence over the top of the layered malt foundation - which is unobtrusive but provides a pleasant base. Creamy without going overboard. Quite subtle and complex, with the fermented fruit tones providing most of its character. Maybe a hint of raisin. Hints of light spices. Some caramelized malt. Near perfectly balanced. Not bold or experimental, but very pleasant to drink. A lovely quad. No alcohol comes through, an impressive feat given the 10% ABV.

Unfortunately, it's a bit timid with its flavours, lending itself naturally to the subtlety I admire, but also preventing it from really shining.

I imagine the five years of aging lessened the alcohol presence as well as the dark fruit - which may or may not be a good thing.

Mf: Creamy, smooth, and wet - with enough light coarseness and dryness to coax out the flavours. A touch too wet in the second act. Perfectly carbonated, holding up even after five years. Of perfect thickness. Lightly dry just on the finish, encouraging the next sip of the creamy wet open. I wouldn't call it refreshing, but it's maybe as close as a 10% quad could come to being so.

Dr: Incredibly drinkable for the 10% ABV. A high quality quad. Very fanciful. I'd certainly have it again. It will certainly satisfy fans of the style. I think I prefer Pannepot, but this is certainly worth trying. Hides its ABV very well.

An excellent candidate for aging. Would pair well with most foods; avoid spicy food and sushi. Maybe lemon juice fish or sauteed chicken would be ideal.

Drank just fine out of me Guinness goblet. Goblets are ideal for this beer methinks.

B

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 21:41:21 | More by kojevergas
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2006.

A: The quad is dark raisiny brown color, completely opaque, a seal brown hue. Head from the initial pour is negligible, a thin band and wispy web hovering atop the ale.

S: The nose is rich, syrupy sweet with dark fruits and plentiful candi sugars. Raisins and coffee stand out, warming with a pleasant alcoholic heat.

T: Mild carbonation is evident immediately. Good thing, as it allows the raisin, allspice, candied fruits and myriad other flavors to linger on the palate. The body is full, plenty of bready thickness. The lower carbonation gives the ale a rich, spirit-like consistency. The dark fruits and candi sugars provide all the flavor and fullenss and linger well after a sip is swallowed. It's dark and thick and quite comforting.

M: The mouthfel is full of yeasty goodness. Sweet and chewy, a good quad no doubt.

D: Formidable at 10%. Small sips. A nice licquer-style beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 19:39:20 | More by akorsak
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at the Farmers' Cabinet, Philly, PA

Poured a hazy, amber-brown with a small cap of off-white head; short-lived but moderate lacing left behind. Aroma of caramel and cake, dried fruits; a bit boozy. Taste of sugars--caramel, toffee, candi--spicy yeast, dried fruits, banana notes and bready malts. Pretty boozy, but not too offensive, though it does detract from the drinkability a bit. Otherwise, medium body and quite good overall. Nice to see it on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2012 08:46:23 | More by Rifugium
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 vintage. Pours a two-finger cream head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Opaque dark brown color, ton of yeast left in bottle. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Dark fruit nose and flavor is also dark fruit, some tartness with alcohol finish. Pricey at $7.99 for a 330ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 23:11:35 | More by jdhilt
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 vintage.

Pours a dark chestnut brown color with golden orange edges and a half finger light beige head that quickly settles into a lasting ring.  Spotty lacing left behind.

Sweet, slightly earthy aroma with some zesty spice, estery yeast, dark fruit and sweet malt.  Peppery with cinnamon and peppermint followed by a slight medicinal/syrupy presence, bread and dark fruit notes. Hints of grape, raisin, fig and alcohol.

Medium bodied with a nice balance of zesty spice, earthy hops, dark fruit sweet malt and alcohol.  Hints of pepper, cinnamon, peppermint and clove followed by a strong dark fruit character.  Hints of dark cherry, grape, fig and raisin before a slight boozy finish.  Some alcohol flavor but not much heat.  High abv relatively well masked.  More complex as it warms with a slight syrupy, medicinal quality but still pretty tasty.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 01:25:03 | More by corby112
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