Pannepøt - Old Monk's Ale - De Struise Brouwers
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4.58/5 rDev +9%
Pours a dark brown color with a creamy tan head that quickly fades down to a light ring and leaves a moderate amount of lacing.
Strong aroma of dark cherries, figs and raisins upfront. Some vanilla, toffee, and licorice also show up in the background.
Taste immediately starts again with the dark cherries followed closely by notes of caramel, vanilla, cinnamon and more dark fruit. Hints of brown sugar and honey show up in the finish.
Medium body with a very smooth mouthfeel. Overall, very flavorful and an amazingly easy drinker. No indication whatsoever of the 10% abv.
08-14-2011 21:42:24 | More by Vengeance526
4.38/5 rDev +4.3%
2007 bottle labelled Pannepeut Vintage poured into my Chimay goblet. I'm super stoked to have this brew.
I pour it slowly making sure to not get too much yeast and sediment in the glass. There's good carbonation but a head doesn't really form. What little head there is quickly dies away to islands in the middle. Color is good. Hazy brownish
Smell is sweet but subdued. And the taste? Divine. Absolutely satisfying. Sweet like the nose. There are hints of figs and prunes. Slight smokiness lurking way in the background. This is amazing
Mouthfeel is pretty decent. For 10%, the booze is fairly well hidden. However, because of the carbonation, I couldn't drink more than one. That being said, would I buy this again and drink it? Absolutely. This is a great beer. If you find it, buy it. Cheers!
Serving type: bottle
08-14-2011 21:31:37 | More by UnknownKoger
4.75/5 rDev +13.1%
What an ale!!! The last time i was in Oostvleteren i met Carlo from the Struise brouwers and i asked him for a beer which can be compared with the Westvleteren 12. He advised me this bottle to try.
I let the bottle come to rest for at least two months and tonight i decided to open this beer.
Poured in a Maredsous chalice (sorry Urbain and Carlo, i will buy a Struise glass coming monday) the head is not very strong which is a pity, i like a nice head. The beer itself is very darkbrown, so dark that the cabonation is invisible.
Very good smell, pleasant and with a bit of spice in it, sweet like caramel.
The taste is really exceptional, better than the Rochefort 10 which i drank after this one.
With a more than good mouthfeel and an exeptional drinkability i am glad i will visit the guys from the Struise next week.
Serving type: bottle
08-14-2011 20:55:49 | More by Brabander
4.33/5 rDev +3.1%
A bottle of the 2007 vintage poured in a snifter glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.
Appearance: As poured the beer is a clear chestnut brown color with a ¾" off-white head that soon recedes to a nice thin layer of foam and leaves patches, legs and speckles of lacing for much of the beer.
Smell: The aromas are caramel and dark fruits (prunes and plums with a hint or two of cherries).
Taste: As predicted by the nose, the flavors include plums and prunes layered over the sweet malt and caramel backbone. Some of the sweetness may be contributed by the high alcohol but there is neither burn nor heat. What hop character that is detectable seems slightly herbal and the bitterness is very restrainted.
Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium to full-bodied and a bit creamy with some gentle continuous carbonation. The finish is medium length, begins with the malt sweetness and eventually tapers off to a very light dryness with hardly any bitterness at all.
Drinkability and Overall Impression: I've enjoyed this beer and find it nicely drinkable. At this ABV one a night is just fine but I'd be happy to sample this one again. My overall impression is of a well made beer that has a very nice balance and lots of interesting flavors coming and going in each sip.
08-14-2011 20:54:56 | More by drtth
4.45/5 rDev +6%
Re-editing as I got an email from BA that this review was accidentally deleted:
Got as partial payment for some work for a Belgian Beer store.
Bottle says Pannepeut 2007 Vintage.
Pours light head into a Sam Adams US beer glass.
Dark beer with a great deep nose of dark Belgian greatness. Its got a slight hop scent mixed with dark chocolate and malt. Smells awesome. Taste is deep dark fruits and bitter chocolate and caramel with brown sugar. This is what beer is all about. It pushes the limit of sweetness in beer but still holds it own. Not cloying. It is creamy and malty.
What a kick ass beer. Too bad I cant go buy more down at the beer shop. I am going to miss her.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 05-13-2010 02:38:32
08-14-2011 20:44:19 | More by elvisnj
4.05/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
08-14-2011 20:42:55 | More by Thorpe429
4.45/5 rDev +6%
2006, says the label.
This beer is a lovely cinnamon cherry color that is ever-so-slightly foggy. The head no more than a creamy tan collar.
Smells of plumbs, pineapple and marmalade with a charred caramel that suggests coffee. The fruity yet spicy dynamics of this one is pretty exciting. Underneath, there's a peppery boozy sting.
Tastes slick and fruity with watermelon, red grapes and peaches with a nice backing of caramel and a hoard of spices that blend effortlessly into the malt. There's a peppery dryness in the finish that seals the deal ending the trip with a suggestion of coffee.
Feels rather substantial with tiny pin-pricks of carbonation that thicken things up a bit.
A treat to be sure and solid across the board. It's also a great beer to share with someone interested in Belgian beer.
08-14-2011 20:24:52 | More by DarkerTheBetter
4.47/5 rDev +6.4%
2007 Vintage! Served from bottle into a Trappistes Rochefort chalice. Poured a deep reddish brown with a half finger light tan head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark chocolate, dark fruit, and sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark chocolate, bread, raisins, and sweet alcohol on the followthrough. It had a heavy feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The alcohol on this one definitely made itself present on the followthrough without doubt. Hard to believe that with this one having 4 years on it already. Definitely worth trying if you get the chance!
08-14-2011 20:24:23 | More by thagr81us
3.7/5 rDev -11.9%
Review from notes on 6/1/11.
2010 (unspiced) version poured into a cervoise. Best before code indicates this brew should be consumed sometime in the next 5 years (4/2016.) I believe we are well within that range, perhaps a bit early on the draw here if anything.
I popped the cap and on came a hiss of carbonation. A very careful pour down the side of my glass results in a deep muddy brown color that is quite cloudy. Even through the edges I cannot see through this brew. It really looks like muddy water. Less than a finger of yellowish stained head sat atop the brew and quickly dissolved. There would be nothing left atop the liquid in my glass if it wasn't for the constant stream of large bubbles that rush the surface only to race to the sides of my glass and then audibly pop and fade. I have had several other Pannepot offerings from Struise and this does not seem like any of my previous experiences. Even before I take a whiff or a sip, I am cautious about what I am getting myself into based on this brew's appearance.
The smell of this brew comes across sweet from a combination of dark residual malt scent that near chocolate character coupled with a familiar sweet scent of candy sugar. There are plenty of fruity notes that mingle with alcohol esters forming a scent vaguely similar to raisins. Hops are a final thought as this brew enters my nose. It smells of a combination of both fruity hops and some citrus to almost mineral-like quality. As the brew warms, it picks up a light vinous touch coupled with something reminiscent of orange peel.
The taste of this brew is surprisingly well balanced from what you would anticipate judging strictly from the nose. The flavors upfront are of sweet malt coupled with candy sugar. The flavor of chocolate malt and candy sugar quickly turns into a greater focus on the alcohol which is a little harsh tasting almost solvent and fruity. This brew finishes with a lingering bitterness that is herbal and a bit bitey. However, when mixed with the solid presence of the alcohol and candy-like sweetness it gets a bit medicinal at times. The finish is crisp yet has a lasting power with a taste that lingers inside the mouth of herbal to grassy hop bitterness, chocolate malt and a bit of a vinous twang.
This is a medium to full bodied offering with a distractingly excessive amount of carbonation. Just looking at the glass, you can see the carbonation is too high. Even continual sips and swirls does not tame how much carbonation this has. Once it enters your mouth, it really fizzes and tingles the tongue. This brew is quite complex but in an unusual way. The good parts about this brew are really good. However, the seemingly off or distracting flavors are not subtle and they clash with the pleasant characteristics of this brew. Perhaps, I should say shame on me for opening this too soon. However, I wanted to get my own experience at having this brew both fresh and with age on it so while this bottle was an interesting experience, I am curious to see how this brew either improves or goes down hill.
08-14-2011 20:22:31 | More by stakem
4.03/5 rDev -4%
A - Brownish, murky cola, nice off white .5 inch head, leaves fast to ring. Some cling lace.
S - I think of prunes, dates, dark cooked fruits, booze, phenols underneath, brown sugar.
T - Hot, creamy burnt sugar and dark fruits.
M - Creamy, as said, boozy, ends in a slightly less satisfying sour twang.
D - No. One is more than enough.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 09-19-2010 01:11:41
08-14-2011 20:21:25 | More by srandycarter
United Kingdom (England)
4.47/5 rDev +6.4%
(Notes of 14/11/2009) Purchased from the Belgian Beershop, 2006 vintage, coming in a 330ml slim brown bottle; BB 04/2011, served cool in Hapkin's bulb-shaped sniffer. NOTE: the label also prints "PNP No.5 Old Monk Brew".
A: pours a very very dark brown hue, coming with a tan foamy head with good retention, settling slowly to a thin blanket staying on top of the dark liquor.
S: very thick and sweet aroma of marinated dates, jam of fat black prunes, old black cherries and treacle, in addition to licorice powder, Chinese plum powder and even dried hawthorn fruits due to the salted-sourness; a delicate edge of staleness skirts the main aroma, reminiscent of some old wine barrel aged ale.
T: nutmeg+licorice-like spiciness blends in so naturally & smoothly with the winey+pruney sour-sweet fruitiness, hawthorn-fruits, and even dried longan-fruits, on top of the liquid form of dark malts (with hints of coffee-cream) and treacle, ensued by a decent following of herbal and fruity hops along with a marvellous bitter edge. The finish has plenty of black prunes' aroma lingering at the back of palate, as much as the unique edge of malts almost like semi-roast malts plus English Maris Otter~~
M&D: smooth, never short of microscopic fizz, full-bodied but not overflowing...! This strong quadrupel is rich in flavour but so smooth and balanced on the palate, so much so that I kind-of feel like having a second bottle almost without considering the alc. strength... (or how expensive it comes!) A superbly-crafted strong ale overall - not with heavenly complexity but not far from it, either.
08-14-2011 20:15:49 | More by wl0307
3.6/5 rDev -14.3%
I got a message from BA stating that some De Struise beer reviews were merged incorrectly, so this review is now moved to the correct entry. My original review was from 2010:
11.2oz bottle picked up on the north side of Chicago 2 weeks ago. The label spells this beer as "Pannepeut" and also says "2007".
The beer pours dark murky brown with a few fingers of light tan head. The liquid looks opaque until you put a light behind it, and the foam laces nicely all over the glass. This smells like a very good quad, dark fruits (plums, raisins, etc) with sweet malts and a good whiff of alcohol too. It smells rich and strong.
On tasting, everything from the aroma plus even more alcohol, which is noticeable almost to a detriment. Lots of breadiness and yeasty esters too (which I like) but also noticeable alcohol flavor and a little burn (which isn't so great). Very sweet too, which works for most quads in my opinion.
The body is thick, something like St Bernardus ABT thickness, which matches well with the massive flavors, The noticeable alcohol makes this a sipper, a very good one but I think I like the standard Pannepot better.
08-14-2011 20:14:23 | More by TurdFurgison
4.4/5 rDev +4.8%
Got a beer mail from the Bros saying some De Struise beer reviews were merged incorrectly, so I'm just putting this review in the correct place. Original review was from 4/19/2008:
11.2 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the Pannepøt pours a dark murky brown with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention is excellent, lacing is OK. Aroma is dark fruit (plums, raisins), spice (cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg), brown sugar and caramel. Taste is similar to the aroma, it's a sweet, spicy and malty brew. There's also some toffee, pepper and chocolate that I can taste. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's rich, creamy and a bit slick with soft carbonation. It's also very smooth which makes this very easy to drink. The alcohol isn't noticable at all. Overall I think this is a very good beer, I'd definitely pick it up again!
08-14-2011 20:12:33 | More by bluejacket74
4.65/5 rDev +10.7%
Originally reviewed for the Blind Beers Round 4 about 6 months ago. I just got an mass message from BeerAdvocate that some entries got merged wrong and that my review may have been accidentally moved from this listing to Pannepot Reserva and that I needed to check and see if my review needed to be moved. Turns out mine did.
A- This beer pours out quite muddy. Its a murky purple-brown. Its a figgy shade of umber. There is a tall, craggy head with solid retention but poor lacing. 4.5
S- This is not a stout, more like a Quad. The aroma kicks off with sweet tobacco and lots of dark fruits. Leather and sourdough follow closely behind. Swirling brings forth a deep rooted spiciness; dried orange zest and cinnamon. Some chocolate and more orange round it out with some alcohol. 5
T- Deep flavors of dried fruits; figs, dates, raisins. A little hoppiness comes out mid-swallow. Its mostly citrusy; orange rind and sweet caramel apple. There is a little bit of alcohol warmth in the chest. This beer is quite rich. Most definitely a quad. 4.5
M- Can I give this a 5.5? Ive never come across a mouthfeel like this. Very thick and full but very, very soft and smooth. Carbonation is densely fluffy and soft. It feels like a rich, creamy truffle. There is the slightest alcohol warmth. 5
D- This is right up my alley. I love a well crafted Belgian quad. The American stuff doesnt hold a candle to beers like this. 4.5
The reveal: De Struise Pannepeut Old Monk's Ale 2007! I was thinking this was some Pannepot even though Jeff told me there werent any Belgians in this box. I love all the Pannepot variations!
08-14-2011 20:10:58 | More by MbpBugeye
3.68/5 rDev -12.4%
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.
08-14-2011 20:09:53 | More by tempest
3.18/5 rDev -24.3%
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...
08-14-2011 20:04:08 | More by womencantsail
4.45/5 rDev +6%
Look: pours hazy dark caramel brown color with a small light brown head.
Smell: Plums, yeast, dates, candy sugar, cloves, pepper, oak and alcohol
Taste: Full of dark fruits, molasses, candy sugar, but also spicy (pepper, clove), vanilla and a bit alcohol hop bitterness in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and medium creamy body
Overall: Great beer, not too much difference with the regular pannepot to be honest, bit more sweet maybe
07-26-2011 18:45:37 | More by rvdoorn
4.05/5 rDev -3.6%
A-Pours dark, oaky brown with a thin, bubbly mocha head. Leaves almost no lacing.
S-Musty, earthy quad goodness. Brandy soaked raisins, wet hay, coriander, cardamom.
T/M- Musty nose translates to the flavor profile, along with the raisiny sweetness. Has an herbaceous quality that's hard to pin down. Some spices you might be likely to find in a curry, or some kind of spiced lamb dish. Very unique. Wish I could find the words to describe it. Full bodied, with light, prickly carbonation that hits the tip of the tongue in a really pleasant way.
O-Don't taste much of a difference from the standard Pannepot. Age has been good to this one, could see it easily going another 5 years.
07-02-2011 00:44:30 | More by DaveHS
4.8/5 rDev +14.3%
2007 vintage. The beer pours a brown-black, and is capped with a persistent tan-mocha head; spotty lace is deposited. The nose has a delectable rich maltiness offering suggestions of medjool dates, toffee, plum, molasses, and chocolate-covered cherries. The taste favors dark fruit, brown sugar, cherries, dry sack, pears, dates, raisins both golden and otherwise, and fig compote. There is also a boozy note which is expressed rather elegantly. The feel is silky and luxurious; it is a beautifully velvety thing all in all. This beer is about as good as it gets.
06-21-2011 22:34:47 | More by ktrillionaire
4.4/5 rDev +4.8%
Pours a mostly clear deep, dark mahogany. The head is initially one finger of creamy foam before shrinking to a thin, creamy ring. Lovely sweet bread and berry aroma. Sugary spice, fig, raisin, plum, brown sugar, and caramel. Well rounded, smooth malty flavor. Loads of raisins, plum, some cherry-like tartness. Surprisingly soft and airy and stunningly easy to drink. Smooth and creamy, a little dry in the finish. Alcohol is nowhere to be found. Really an excellent beer!
05-08-2011 02:35:43 | More by wedge
4.18/5 rDev -0.5%
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
03-03-2011 04:34:11 | More by MasterSki
3.35/5 rDev -20.2%
2007 bottle of Pannepot poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Poured a deep amber ruby brown color with a tan head that quickly dissapated. Dances on the tongue type of carbonation, maybe a little too much for my liking, almost champagne like. I pick up the booze taste pretty easily. Fruity type tastes as well. I can appreciate the style but this beer just had too light of a mouthfeel for me.
02-04-2011 13:46:42 | More by kbutler1
4.43/5 rDev +5.5%
On-tap at the Brick Store. Apparently De Struise has begun putting their beer into key kegs which is exciting.
Pours an opaque brownish-gold color with a 1.5-finger cream-colored head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.
Smells of brown sugar, caramel malts, milk chocolate, faint spices, and boozy pears and figs. As the beer warms the fruit aromas and spices intensify slightly.
Tastes similar to how it smells although not quite as complex. Deep caramel malt flavors backed by Belgian candi sugar kick things off. Midway through the sip toffee-covered medium fruit flavors make an appearance. Finally, hints of indistinct spices make an appearance near the end of the sip, giving way to a moderately bitter ending.
Mouthfeel is great. It's got a heavy thickness with grainy carbonation.
Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.
Overall I thought this version was boozier than the American version which hurt the drinkability a bit but the best part of either version is the smooth mouthfeel. Well worth a shot if you have the chance, as is the American version.
01-05-2011 04:34:05 | More by glid02
4.47/5 rDev +6.4%
On cask at Brickstore Pub 12/31
Beer was handed to me and I really didn't know what to think. It;s one of those special beers that I never get to drink, but yet it's in front of me.
a: Murky dark brown color, opaque with a nice 1/2 finger head. Head sticks around pretty long too.
s: Raisins, Dark fruit dominate with alcohol hidden in there. Maybe some coffee in the nose as well.
t: Raisins, Dark Fruits, Toffee, sweet candi cugar, pure awesomeness? Is that a flavor?
m: Rich, full, silky smooth. I think the carbonation is well done and hides the sharpness of the alcohol. I know I wanted to swish this around in my mouth for forever.
d: Best quad i've ever drank, I haven't had that many, but still. At 10% this would hit you hard after a few.
01-01-2011 16:26:46 | More by nhudson
4.4/5 rDev +4.8%
2007 vintage - poured from a 330mL bottle into my Trappist Westvleteren goblet. Not sure if this is a true variant of the standard Pannepot, as the wording on the bottle is ambiguous (and could refer to the beer itself being completely different or simply the pronounciation being completely different). Likely, there is significant batch variation for this beer in any case, so who really knows?
Dark murky brown body which glows as a deep burnt umber. Small buff head with a spackling of chocolate raindrops as the thick lees falls out onto the surface. A vaguely sinister malestrom swirls slowly, fed by a low persistent stream of micro-bubbles. Gleaming microscopic lacing forms tiny ornate shapes amidst a mirror sheen of legs.
The aromatics suggest prunes, figs, brown bread, caramel, dark malts, cherry pits, noble hops, and sweet/sour yeast with just a hint of clove (no real phenolics otherwise).
The flavor profile follows the nose closely, intensifying and diversifying each of the smells named above. Mid-palate there is a wave of coffee, leather, loam, leading into an earthy, gently sweet, almost sandalwood like finish with a whisper of olive oil (though not quite so peppery as this would suggest). Black currant and light spices emerge as the beer warms (the former possibly coming from the hops?). Haven't had the regular Pannepot in a while, but I think this is quite close in flavor overall.
Medium-full bodied, lightly effervescent, and satisfying mouthfeel. The ABV adds warmth and flavor but is well integrated.
Whatever its lineage/provenance/recipe - this is a unique and tasty example of the style.
12-20-2010 05:05:05 | More by augustgarage
Pannepøt - Old Monk's Ale from De Struise Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 389 ratings.