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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

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(Beer added by: weeare138 on 04-02-2007)
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Photo of zeledonia


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
Photo of Chico1985


3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2012 21:35:50 | More by Chico1985
Photo of 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
Photo of AdamBear


4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2012 01:39:39 | More by AdamBear
Photo of writerLJBerg


4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2012 03:27:01 | More by writerLJBerg
Photo of brystmar


4.03/5  rDev -4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 04:58:27 | More by brystmar
Photo of Alieniloquium


3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2012 00:33:30 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of deadonhisfeet


4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 01:17:58 | More by deadonhisfeet
Photo of safaricook


3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 19:30:30 | More by safaricook
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 19:01:58 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of Bendurgin


3.4/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle says 2011. Poured into a goblet. This one pours a dark cola color brown with a thin tan head.

Belgian yeast is the first noticeable aroma with hints of spiced plumbs. Dark fruity malts. Plumbs and other dark fruits on the pallet. Faint hints of cocoa linger in the background with spicy yeasty notes in the background.

The body is medium and seems to have very little carbonation. Overall this one is fair enough. Not my favorite variation from the guys.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 04:04:00 | More by Bendurgin
Photo of Auracom


4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 Pannepeut purchased way back at The Bruery Provisions last November. 4 oz. poured in an FFF Rastal on August 17th, 2012.

A - Semi dark brown, very little light tan head that amounts to bubbles, marginal lacing.

S - Plentiful pitted fruit, toasted oak, roasted malts.

T - The Belgian yeast is pretty potent, lots of raisin bread and dates give it a classic old ale sweetness. Slight appleskin and brown sugar combine with a little cherry oxidation.

M - Medium body, great carbonation for the age, semi-sweet finish.

D - The winter fruit is well contained and doesn't overpower the complexity that resonates through the rest of the drink. Good yeast character and very nice feel for a 5 year old brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 16:01:17 | More by Auracom
Photo of jaasen64


3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle picked up in Vermont about a month ago. It always amazes me the distribution they get there. 2011 vintage. Poured into Founders snifter.

A- Pours dark brownish purplish licorice black. Slightly translucent around the edges, but mostly opaque when sitting in the glass. When pouring a thin layer of light mocha head forms that quickly recedes and leaves some spotty lacing. There are definitely quite a few yeast sedimentation specs floating around. Maybe a tiny bit lighter then I remember Pannepot being, although that was about a month ago I had it.

S- Dark fruits, plum, cherry, licorice, some dark chocolate. Surprisingly more dark fruits and less dark chocolate then I remember '08 Pannepot Grand Resererva having.

T- Dark fruits, a lot of plums, cherries, grapes, some light dark chocolate hiding in the background, slight merlot quality to it. Overall thet taste was decently well balanced however I wasn't a huge fan of the fruity taste.

M- Smooth, medium bodied, goes down very easily for a 10% abv beer.

O- This was a decent quad. I definitely preferred the Pannepot Grand Reserva I had a month ago. I remember that having a less dark fruits, but being more balanced and mellowed out. This beer was a little bit too grape and plum heavy for my tastes and tasted too much like merlot (which sometimes isn't a bad thing). I didn't dislike it, but probably wouldn't buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 01:00:11 | More by jaasen64
Photo of TBoneJones


4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pannepeut Old Monk's Ale 2011
Pours dark murky amber brown, makes sense as it is bottle conditioned and all.
Very nice beery smell, yeasty, during the pour to a Chimay chalice. Slight boozy raisin smell over the glass. Nice solid coating of lace.  
Taste is boozy up front with nice dark fruity characters, I suspect fig. Curious taste.
I do enjoy the initial flavors of this brew and it is pretty smooth. Oaky.  
Overall an enjoyable sipper. I'm not sure of the difference if this were a Pannepot instead of the Pannepeut that it was (the label indicates a Danish version if that's the difference).

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 02:41:50 | More by TBoneJones
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

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

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, tan-colored, fairly long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: A nice aroma of yeast, malt, and dark fruit. Typically like a quadrupel.

T: Tasted of dark fruit (plums, raisins), spices (pepper), Belgian yeast, and caramel. A well done, not too overpowering flavor. An easy to drink flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a solidly made, focused, and drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 13:07:12 | More by avalon07
Photo of angelmonster


3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the 2011 version.

Pours a murky, dirty looking coffee color. Head is tan and one finger tall. Lots of sediment floating around. Head retention is good and lacing is very good.

Smell is of roasted nuts, sugar cookies, and spice like ginger, allspice or nutmeg. Hops arent detected and smell of alcohol lingers through out.

First taste I'm getting is of a spiced rum cake or maybe some pancakes with maple syrup drizzled on top. Notes of candied fruit or nuts are also there. As typical to the style, no hops detected and alcohol is present but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel is alittle thinner than I was expecting. Its not watery but I was hoping for a more syrupy texture. Head adds some thickness to body and beer is well carbonated.

Overall this beer was good, not the best in its style but drinkable. Body was slightly too thin for the style in my opinion, flavors were just off the mark from being exceptional. Liked the beer but dont think I'd pay another 8 bucks for it

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2012 04:53:03 | More by angelmonster
Photo of zac16125

South Carolina

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

11.2oz bottle poured into a goblet
2011 Vintage

A: Pours an opaque cola brown with 1/2 fingers width of light khaki colored head, which dissipates down almost immediately to only an outer ring. Leaves only the faintest patches of lacing on the side of the glass.  

S: Dark fruits including overripe plum and raisin, red wine, booze, nutty. The aroma is reminiscent of alcohol soaked chocolate covered cherries.  

T: Lots of dark fruits, booze, bakers chocolate, peppy spice which I didnt detect on the nose, tart red grapes, touch of bitterness.  Lacks of strength of flavors that some of the best quads possess.  

M/D: Full bodied, slightly syrupy mouthfeel, carbonation on the low end, drinkability is good.  

O: Overall, this is good, but not great and somewhat disappointing for a sytle that demands excellence.  This is the 3rd Pannepot Ive had the pleasure of trying (others being regular Pannepot [old fishermans ale] '11 and Pannepot Reserva '09).  This is my least favorite of the 3, and the old fishermans was by far my favorite of the three.  As a whole the flavors could be stronger, and this one is quite boozy, perhaps to a fault.  Maybe Im just spoiled on Westy and Rochefort, but with latter being so much better than this offering and almost always readily available, I doubt I will have this one again in the near future.  

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 00:49:00 | More by zac16125
Photo of 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
Photo of BostonHops


4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle served in a snifter.

pours a deep mahogany tone while yielding a 3/4" tan head that lapses into a collar around the glass fairly quickly; some lacing evident. the nose features a lot of the usual suspects: brown sugar, dark fruit, belgian yeast, and spice. very nice.

flavor follows and exceeds the nose. lots of brown sugar, spice, belgian yeast, raisins, figs, and a little cherry. on the sweet side but never comes close to cloying. almost a citric rind like note in the background. delicious brew. medium plus bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall, a fantastic quad. not quite as good as rochefort 10 or westvleteren 12 - or even old fisherman's by the same brewery - but it's very, very good. a must try for quad fans; unfortunately they just don't make 'em like this stateside. not to be missed.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2012 04:35:10 | More by BostonHops


4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

330ml bottle (Label: Pannepeut 2010). Oversized glass. Enjoyed on jun´12. Dark brown color, dark amber to the light. Beige, close froth leaves a collar on top when dismissed. Toasted malts, caramel malts, chocolate hues, toffee & ripe figs to the nose. Spiced aromas –clove, vanilla, cinnamon- Flavor profile as aromas. Creamy maltiness, low bitterness. Fruity & voluptuous. Full body, soft carbonation. Ripe fruits & dried nuts showed in a lasting finish. ABV?? Who, cares?

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2012 23:28:55 | More by GONZALOYANNA
Photo of drpimento


3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured at a good temperature with a small to medium size, light tan head that soon settled and no lace. Color is a hazy amber cherry with a couple slow bubble trails. Aroma is malt, burnt sugar, toffee, yeast, wine. Flavor's like nose, subdued and dominated by mild sweetness and bitterness with little carbonic tang. Body is ok and carbonation is a little flat. Finish is like flavor, of average length, and kind of forgettable. Think I got a less than decent bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 00:16:40 | More by drpimento
Photo of korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage into Leffe goblet.

A- Dark and murky brown pour with a finger width off white creamy head. Lacing is excellent.

S- Brown sugar, vanilla, dark stone fruits. Slight cinnamon and vanilla with a touch of what appears to be licorice. Very aromatic and complex.

T- Dark stone fruits, brown sugar, bread pudding, cinnamon, vanilla and a touch of cherries. Very sweet and decadent with a little alcohol in the back end.

M- Creamy and full bodied, smooth carbonation and a little touch of alcohol warmth.

O- This is a truly remarkable experience, the feel of this beer alone is magical. The decadence of this beer is something I've never experienced ever.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2012 01:52:09 | More by korguy123
Photo of hardy008


4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a less than one finger light tan head with good retention and spotty lacing. The aroma is sweet with dark fruit, green apple, caramel, and candi sugar.

The flavor is somewhat sweet and has dark fruit, green apple, caramel, candi sugar, some hop bitterness, and alcohol. There is not a lot of alcohol heat, but I can still taste it.

Medium bodied with average carbonation and a lightly sweet aftertaste. A nice beer which I would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 03:08:41 | More by hardy008
Photo of jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

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

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

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

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

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

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 01:20:15 | More by jazzyjeff13
Photo of Bobheed


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

Vintage 2007

A: Dark murky brown with a tight one finger ivory head. Very, very hazy with a bit of sediment

S: Very sweet. I got an aroma reminiscent of cherry rum cake and some vanilla and molasses. A bit of woodiness in there as well

T: Hugely fruity. Got tons of raisins, plums, banana, all dipped in rum. Lots of vanilla and baking spices like cinnamon and nutmeg

M: Quite thick, smooth, rich and syrupy, with no alcohol kick

Overall this was excellent. One of the best Quads I've ever tried. No doubt about it

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2012 03:20:13 | More by Bobheed
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