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Pannepøt - Old Monk's Ale | De Struise Brouwers

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Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers
Belgium | website

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by weeare138 on 04-02-2007

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Reviews: 224 | Ratings: 460
Photo of BEERchitect
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Churchkey in DC, reviewed from notes.

A- Pours a ruddy dark brown color, nice khaki head, good retention and lacing.

S- Sweet aroma of dark fruit, bread, chocolate, maybe some spice. Boozy sweetness is apparent but not as much as you might expect.

T- Taste is similar, with lots of dark fruit, boozy sweetness, a bit of anise, some chocolate and mild spice. Bready malt and yeast keeps it from becoming too sweet.

M- Full-bodied, moderate carbonation, smooth, slightly dry feel, a bit of alcohol warmth.

O- Another very nice beer from this series, I probably prefer the classic version, but this is really tasty as well.

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Photo of themind
4.89/5  rDev +18.1%
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!

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Photo of heygeebee
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of joecast
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
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

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Photo of scottfrie
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.76/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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Photo of DirtyBirdSpecial
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
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!!!!

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Photo of herman77
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.85/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of deebo
4.68/5  rDev +13%
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.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.52/5  rDev -15%
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.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.55/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Yet another variation of Pannepot that I had no problem throwing down ~$9 a bottle for. 11.2oz/2011 vintage.

Poured into my Fantome tulip a dark murky brown full of floaties. A small off-white head turns to a thin ring after a bit of time and stays that way.

The scent offers big-time yeastiness, dark fruits, caramel and bread.

Taste - Yeast, red wine, caramel, brown sugar, black cherries, some dusty cocoa, lots of spice and acidity. A little plain and not as solid compared to some other Pannepi.

Mouthfeel is smooth and full-bodied, a little high on the carbonation. Some alcohol warmth but pretty well-hidden.

Good by quad standards, kinda average for a Pannepot.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
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

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Photo of AdamBear
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A-dark brown with almost no head. Tan around the rim.

S-dark grains with syrupy dark fruits. Some cinnamon.

T-comes in with a dry taste of dark bitter fruits and cinnamon. It's a bit syrupy. I get some slated caramel too. It's pretty heavy. Matching after-taste

M-dry medium carbonation with a dry finish

O-this is surprisingly no where near as awesome as the oak aged version. It's definitely an awesome beer, but there are many quads out there I'd rather be drinking. It hits pretty hard too, this one.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330mL bottle purchased a couple years ago. 2007 vintage. Drunk 10/10, reviewed from notes

A: Very dark, opaque brown. 1/4" cream head. Decent legs.

N: Saturates the nose. Raisins and plums dominate the forefront. Some spicy pepper and mild chocolate. Lots of Belgian yeast and some toffee. Cherry components and a hefty bready/biscuity whiff. A little soy.

T: Very spicy and flavorful. More raisin and plum. A little bit of smokiness. Very biscuity. Some bitterness in the back end to help balance the sweetness, and this never gets too sweet. More and more prune.

M: Very well done. Viscous and full mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden.

O: This has aged spectacularly. Rounded and complex while maintaining a great drink after drink simplicity.

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Photo of brystmar
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 bottle date.

Didn't realize this was a different beer from Pannepot until I opened it. Yeast tried its hardest to escape the bottle during the pour, but careful hands kept most of it inside. Pour color is a much dirtier shade of brown with plenty of goop floating around in my glass. Big bubbles form the tan head, not the best retention.

Malt and spices meet the senses. Boozy flavor profile start to finish -- significantly moreso than Pannepot. This can work depending on the beer, but with Pannepeut the alcohol distracts me from enjoying what's underneath. Malt-heavy base returns at the end, sweeping everything together for a slightly sweet finish.

Good, not great. Pannepot is far superior.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330 mL bottle poured into an Ommegang chalice. 2010 bottle.

Appearance - Deep brown cola colored with a small khaki head. Settles to a collar and an island of bubbles.

Smell - Fruity and yeasty. Dark fruits dominate. Cola aroma reminiscent of other De Struise beers. Sweet malty aroma.

Taste - Fruity flavors at first. Immediately yeasty. Extremely yeasty, really. Cola flavors less intense, as is the sweetness. Dry and slightly bitter in the finish. A little bit of earthiness.

Mouthfeel - Really highly carbonated. Way too much. Dry and rather bitter.

Overall - Eh. Nothing near the beer that Pannepot is. I have a fresher bottle that I'll try.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2011 vintage. Poured from a bottle into an Orval chalice. It is very quad-looking in its appearance: very dark, murky brown with a thin cinnamon head and lower carbonation than I expected. The nose has that yeasty, puffed-pastry scent that all great quads have as well as notes of dark fruit and alcohol.

The flavor is outstanding. Huge, sweet notes of brown sugar, figs, and raisins all dancing with rich sticky alcohol warmth. This is like liquid holiday cake. The flavor is incredibly complex and seems to change with every sip. The balance between sugary, cookie-like sweetness and boozy, spicy accompanying flavors is nearly perfect. The body is very full and the mouthfeel is slick and creamy.

I don't know what the hell some of the other reviewers are drinking. This beer is incredibly good. I expected to be dazzled by Pannepot, but this one caught me by surprise. An absolutely phenomenal beer.

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Photo of safaricook
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shop: Bierkoning, Amsterdam
Glass: Westmalle chalice
Name on Label: Pannepeut 2010, Old Monks's Ale
Image on Label: old sailing boat with 3 masts
ABV: not indicated
Expiry date: 20NOV2016
LOT: 49372011

Beige medium to fine bubbled head of a good finger at start. Reduces fast to a thin layer. Dark brown body with a ruby shine with only sparsely carbonation visible.

Smell of roasted malt, bread, coffee and alcohol.

Typical Quadrupel sweetness but not overly sweet. Some bitterness that can be connected with the strong coffee flavor, bread clearly in the aftertaste. Rich taste.

Drink ability is really good for such a strong beer. Tingling on the tip of the tongue and down the throat. Not creamy in the way of a stout but rather some oiliness. An emulsion due to the richness of the organic extract.

Nice Quadrupel that is a great representative of the style. In my opinion there could be a little bit more of fruity aromas that could balance the coffee taste. Great beer for a slow evening in the colder seasons, which means practically any day in Amsterdam.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer is dark brown and fairly hazy with an inch of thick, foamy tan head. Aromas include yeast, malt, caramels, figs. The flavor is a notch better. Alcohol content masterfully hidden. Really creamy and smooth on the palate with an elegant and graceful finish. Cheers to Urbain.

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Pannepøt - Old Monk's Ale from De Struise Brouwers
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