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Pannepøt - Old Monk's Ale - De Struise Brouwers

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Ratings: 429
Reviews: 220
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 42
Gots: 91 | FT: 6
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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 KickbacksSteve
4.74/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 pannapeut Struise. In Struise tulip.  Huge frothy beige head. Dark tudor brown body. Aroma brown sugar, fig raisin, and....age. The aroma of age, love it. Port like.  Taste...no abv. None. Smooth as can be. Dark fruits, fig dates. Thick mouthfeel. Awesome. 

Photo of ales4baldo
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Daniellobo
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice compact quad.

Presentation: 33 cl brown capped bottle. Gradient label in soft orange-with a framed illustration of a sail boat. Narrative notes ingredients, background, and main characteristics. Shows vintage 2010 and 10% Alc. by Vol. Served in a snifter.

A - Almost a black pour with deep dark brown edges, good frothy head with moderate retention, nice surface memory and good touches of lacing.

S - Another shy nose from De Struise, if one had to point to a flaw this might be the one… Still soft fruity touches, with a sweet malt and a hint of light coffee emerge...

T - The taste changes everything with a rounded range of sweet fruit, caramel and malt, hint of coffee, touches of spice with prunes, blackberries, some figs…

M - Medium/full body with softly balanced carbonation, creamy, even a tad sticky feel to the finish, with a long lingering memory.

O - Quite a pleasing and compact quad...

Notes: Maybe close to what is most commonly expected of a quad but a top tier bracket at what it does. Long and pleasing… Pannepeut touches my nerve much more than their Pannepot… Maybe less spice, more sweetness, and a better rounded complexity here?

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle pobres in a chatice.

A: Pours a Dark amber to brown colour with a huge beige head which dissipates quickly leaving many nicel lacings. However never disappears totally leaving a thin bubbled payed on the top

S: Smell is very sweet and fruity. Mainly raisins and dates. Reminds a red wine. Absolutely delicious mix of sugar candy and Belgian yeasts. Some honey, some spices and also some hops

T: Delicious taste. Very candy and fruity. Raisins and date fruits. Sweet upfront followed by a mild bitter aftertaste. Reminds a red flemish ale, but stronger. Once again, delicious

M: Heavy creamy molasses body. Medium to low carbonation. Sweet upfront and mild bitter aftertaste

O: Absolutely drinkable beer. Struise quality. By the way, the one that I've drunk had Pannepeut written in the label, and not Pannepøt like the one in the photo...

Photo of tony223366
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: About 1.5 fingers of fluffy tan head. The beer is surprisingly active with carbonation. It looks downright fizzy by all of the bubbles on the side of the glass. Color is somewhere around a light mahogany that's a tad more brown. Clarity seems ok, but it's tough to tell. Head decreases to a nice lacing. Extra points for a very attractive label with a nice painted picture.

S: Smells largely of raisins, cherries and other dark fruits. Then the malts really kick in, in a rich way. I get some nice toffee with a clean finish. That finish highlights the 10% alcohol that is shown on the label. Some spices, but I'm having trouble tracking down exactly which one. The bottle smells distinctly of brown sugar. A real treat to smell.

T: This is a tasty quad that has some real strength on the finish. The first thing that hits me is the rich fruitiness. Primarily I'm speaking of the cherries/raisins. It then turns a bit warm on me and moves to a caramel/toffee malt flavor. The brown sugar makes an appearance here as well. I then can taste the spices added to the beer but once again I'm at a loss to determine exactly what they are but I'm getting some distinct vanilla. I'm sure cinnamon and clove could be in here too. The finish is oh so long and tasty. This is a beer to give to your red wine lovers. Definitely boozy but also rich and delicious.

M: This beer really has the legs to carry it. Nice smooth medium to heavy body with a real carbonation. And this is where the beer may (definitely!) have a leg up on big wines. The finish even has some bitterness to it that I gather more in the seconds after I've swallowed.

O: Wow, so glad I finally bought this bottle. I'm lucky to have only finished half of the 11.2 oz. bottle reviewing the beer and I can slowly sip the other half curled up in bed while reading. Please make sure to let this beer warm up when you drink it! I had it in my aging fridge kept at 55 degrees when I poured it and it's perfect. Granted quad is a difficult style to put yourself in so I can't give it more than a 4.0 but it's delicious.

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle from Supermarket Liquors in Ft. Collins, $7. 2011 reserve. Into a Delerium Tremens glass.

A: Pours a nice deep red, garnet in color with a tan colored head that bubbles up to about half an inch and then fades to a cap of bubbles. Leaves a few spots of lacing behind as it recedes. Excellent clarity results as a result of a gentle pour.

S: Caramel malts, a slight yeasty bite, lots of dark cherries and other dark fruits. Slight little bit of booze. Smells earthy and a touch woody. Has a nice little bit of roast in there as well.

T: Lots of caramel and slightly grainy malts, a touch of roast, slightly skunky, but mostly earthy and resinous hop profile leads to a decent bitterness. Really a malty beer. Even a bit of chocolate finds its way into the beer. Really a tasty complex quad. A slight amount of cherry and dark fruit lingers on the finish.

M: Awesome heavier body, medium carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

O: Really flavorful, one of the best quads I've ever had. Thoroughly enjoyable.

Photo of corby112
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Photo of Teleweizen2
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a deep brown color with lots of red highlights. When backlit turns bright ruby red. Barely any head just thin tan film.

S - just about the same as Pannepot. Deep notes of dark dried fruit such as raisins, dates, and figs. A There are none of the spice notes which I do miss, but still smells quite good.

T - very malty. Reminiscent of whole grain bread. The fruit esters enter mid palate with the dried fruit on the nose with an additional cherry note. Long finish reminds me of cherry cola.

M - full bodied. Light bubbly carbonation.

O - really good. Just a great beer. I do prefer Pannepot but I'll gladly take this any day.

Photo of davesway10
3/5  rDev -28.1%

Photo of AleWatcher
2.79/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Blind Beer #9 from Shogo.

Called for a wine glass... My Goose Island stemware starts warming up in the bullpen.

A murky reddish brown with some deep plum color hues. Fizzy tan head fizzled its fizzly self down to a fuzzy film in a flash.
(sorry, I have no thesaurus handy... And I love alliteration)
Nice spotty chunks of lacing hang around after a swirl, but begin to drift back like a microcosm of plate tectonics.

So I'm thinking this is some sort of high ABV winter warmer or something...

The smell has some big dark fruit notes like cherry and raisin with an odd malt profile... I'm getting some sweetness, plus some stale dry old-ale malt, and a slightly musty/earthy note.

What the hell is this thing? It is interesting.... Yet I don't know if I like it fully. It's like a junior high girlfriend-- I'm just not ready to commit.

The finish is really dry-- some spicy, earthy, and alcohol linger. I think I really pick up some Belgian yeast, but I could be imagining it. The cherries blend with some chocolate hints up front before it dries out. The boozy character shows up big time as this warms....

I think I'm right about this being high ABV... The Belgian yeast has me thinking quad, but a Belgian Dark Ale could also fit. In either case, I'm thinking this must be pretty fresh. It is sooo hot on the finish.

---- REVEAL ----
2011 Pannepeut.
Wow. I love the regular pannepot-- and this IS very different.

Feels a bit like flat soda. Meh.

Overall-- this is the freshest I've had of -eut, and I know know I want to age a few bottles for a bit longer!
Awesome beer to try blind. Had I known what this was, my love of Pannepot would have certainly inflated my score with its cousin here.

Thanks Phil!

Photo of Heavenisbeer
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at City Beer in SF, and had in a hotel in near Union Square. 2011 bottle.

A: Two fingers of tan head off the pour. A dark, murky brown color. Very light lacing.

S: Boozy red grapes (red wine as it warms), sweet raisins, and some extremely fine hints of vanilla and caramel. Some bready malt notes lurk. The nose just doesn't die on this--it's fantastic.

T: Good ole boozy grape juice floods the palate initially leading into a sharp cherry profile, followed by a Belgian yeasty earthiness, some white pepper notes, and a light grassy ending.

M: Light to medium bodied. Not much carbonation. The alcohol warmth is present throughout, and blends amazingly with the flavors. Has a dry, wine-like finish.

I loved Pannepot and this one doesn't disappoint. De Struisse killin' it.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.8/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2007 bottle. Poured into a Caracole small snifter. Pours a dark ruby red brown. Thin, fine light tan head with great retention. Looks nice. Aroma of dark fruit, sweet malt, dark bread and faint spices. Absolutely delicious flavor of light, dark and dried fruit with distinct cherry notes, caramel malt; sweet. Superbly integrated flavors. Finish is somewhat abrupt, but with mild dark fruit aftertaste. A slight oxidized flavor consistent with a 5 year old bottle. Heavy bodied with creamy mouth feel. This is wonderful.

Photo of samEBC
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of cbutova
3.62/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big fan of Pannepot and Struise in general, happy to see this slightly different version hit shelves lately. 2011 bottle.

A- Brown body with a slight yeast haze to it. Small light tan head forms with a fine bubbly texture to it, retention is decent. A nice cloud and ring form and leaves nothing behind on the glass.

S- Dark fruit forward with a bit of alcohol strength to it. Definite spice feel (clove, earthy, yeast) with a good deal of raisin. Some brown sugar and toasted malt.

T- Raisin and dark fruit up front with a bigger spice contribution than the aroma. Brown sugar, toasted malt, clove, earthy, wood and grape-like light too.

MF- Low carbonation in a oily, moderately thick body. Pretty warm from alcohol and a spicy bitterness.

Good quad with some interesting flavors to it, like the grape and big spice. Nothing compared to a good bottle of Pannepot but still a nice brew. Not as balanced as some other strong Belgians

Photo of daleyke
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of larryi86
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle, Pannepeut 2011, goblet

A- Dark brown with a small tan head.

S- Dark fruits, grapes, yeast, hint of spices and alcohol, some sweet malts.

T- Dark fruits, yeast, spices, grapes in the finish, earthy, and a little bit of alcohol. Good balance, nice complexity.

M- Medium to full body, smooth, creamy.

O- A good Quad, really enjoying it. I have had better Quads, including the others from De Struise, but I will definitely pick this up again.

Photo of jh1982
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of CelticAleMan
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of cosmonick
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of THECPJ
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of GilGarp
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33 cl bottle, 2011 vintage.

Served at cellar temp into a goblet.

Old Monk's Ale is a deep redish brown with good clarity on the pour. A little bit of lees is left in the bottle. Head is thin and white but settles to a skim layer pretty quickly.

Aroma is a wonderful mix of Belgian yeast, caramel and toasted malt, and dark fruits.

Flavor is interesting and unusual and I mean that in a good way. It seems to have a more earthy character than other Belgian quads that I've had. Similar in the sense that it has the raisin, cloves, and complex yeast notes. Different in a musky pepper kind of way. Hard to describe actually.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated. Balanced but a little high in alcohol. It would certainly mellow out with 1-2 years in the beer cellar.

Overall a really excellent beer and it stands by itself in it's earthy complexity.

Photo of tclapper
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev -4.1%
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

Pannepøt - Old Monk's Ale from De Struise Brouwers
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