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Pannepøt - Old Monk's Ale - De Struise Brouwers

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401 Ratings
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Ratings: 401
Reviews: 218
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 40
Gots: 83 | FT: 5
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Belgium

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 MbpBugeye
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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!

MbpBugeye, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev -12%
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.

tempest, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.18/5  rDev -23.9%
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...

womencantsail, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of rvdoorn
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

rvdoorn, Jul 26, 2011
Photo of DaveHS
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 Vintage

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.

DaveHS, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

ktrillionaire, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of wedge
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2006
LOT: A5BB

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!

wedge, May 08, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
4.18/5  rDev 0%
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

MasterSki, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of kbutler1
3.35/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

kbutler1, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of glid02
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

glid02, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of nhudson
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

nhudson, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of augustgarage
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

augustgarage, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006 vintage.

Pours into my snifter a deep, dark garnet that glows crimson at the edges in the light. A quarter inch of khaki foam sits atop the brew. Aromas start with big vinous malts with toffee, caramel and cocoa intertwined. Dark fruits and raisins abound.

First sip brings smooth, deep malts teeming with vinous notes, toffee, caramel and cocoa. Loads of dark fruits and raisins throughout the middle. A touch of spice as it flows down with a warming alcohol on the finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth with spot on carbonation. Goes down pretty easy considering the abv. Overall, another tasty brew from Struise and one I'm glad I picked up. Wish I had another lying around.

orbitalr0x, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of akorsak
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

akorsak, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of GbVDave
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a De Struise snifter.

2006 version

Notch marks on label:
LOT: A 6 CC

A: Pours a muddled dark chestnut with some visible suspended sediment. Sitting on top was 1 1/2 fingers of velvety, creamy, and light khaki colored foam. Retention was very good but this lost .5 points for leaving barely a trace of lace behind.

S: Ahhh, Pannepot. It's been a while. Wonderful aromas of caramel, toffee, pan roasted nuts, all spice, fruity yeast, caramel drizzled bread pudding, rum infused dark fruit, tootsie roll, and chocolate covered cherries. Some random spices and cola nut, as well.

T: Tastes exactly as it smells.

M: Smooth and silky. Slightly dry with a tiny spicy tingle that I feel is more from the actual spices than the 10%. Speaking of which, I could barely detect any booziness in this. To me, this is the textbook "Quad" mouthfeel. A little sweet, very rich and savory, and with just a prickly hint.

D: Absolutely world class. So complex and layered, yet so easy to drink. One of the best!

GbVDave, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of BobZ
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Peter! 330ml bottle "Pannepeut" poured into a Duvel Tulip.

Appearance: Very rich dark brown with a thin head that quickly disappears into a ring. The ring does manage to provide nice lacing throughout the beer.

Smell: Gentle on the nose, notes of Mocha / Coffee.

Taste: Some mild chocolate flavor with a nice spice, the Mocha comes up strong and delicious. The warmth of the alcohol is also present but in a positive way.

Mouth: A little "sharp" but still very good on the palate, good carbonation.

Drinkability: Very good, excellent beer, almost at the intersection of a quad and a stout.

BobZ, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of RedBrewer83
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into goblet....

A: Pours a deep amber hue that develops almost no head and leaves only a thin lacing on top. Almost ruby at the edges of the glass...

S: Lots of dark fruits present up front, figs, dates, and even a little apple that brightens up the nose considerably. A little caramel malt in the finish along with just a hint of breadiness combined with alcohol.

T: Very bright in flavor for a quad, lots of crisp green apple on the front palate, balanced nicely by the dark fruits and caramel malts. Finishes with the bready yeast and a hint of molasses.

M: Wonderful mouth feel, very smooth and slightly viscous, medium body with just enough carbonation to wake up the taste buds.

D: Fairly drinkable for 10%, very smooth which helps, but still a very big beer. Overall this is a very unique quad and very delicious, will most likely revisit!

RedBrewer83, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of DefenCorps
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, 2006 vintage that I tried side by side with the regular version from the same vintage. Thanks for being an able and willing partner, John!

Like the regular version, this is a clear ruby red pour, gorgeous, with a thin disk for the head.

Richer, sweeter, fruitier and spicier than the regular version, I'm not sure I'm digging the amped up version as much as the regular version. Sweetness is higher than I'd like, mildly syrupy. Rum soaked dates come to mind (I should try that), with a combination of mace and allspice. Quite like a Christmas cake.

Opens sweet with a touch of metallic character that disappears after a while. Fairly simple, there's a lot of brown sugar and honey with alcohol being a lot more noticeable. Rummy and fruity, this finishes medium-dry with a touch of alcohol and spices. Medium-light in body, this is sweeter than I care for. Fruity and tasty on the finish, I can't help but notice that the higher carbonation in this version results in this not being as creamy as the regular version. Splitting this beer is pretty much necessary, and I'm glad I got to try this!

DefenCorps, Oct 04, 2009
Photo of heliosphann
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle. '06 European version. BA Sephiroth wasn't quite sure how he obtained it. Oh well, thanks Hans! Served in a tulip.

A: Small amount of head which dissipates quickly. Pours a murky, off brown color. No lacing.

S: Lots of candied fruit. Apple, plums, figs, etc... Some sweet malts and spiciness round out the bouquet of fragrances. Very nice.

T: Sweet, dark fruit dominates the flavor. Raisins, plums, dates and maybe even some pear? Caramel malts are definitely present, and a plethora of spices add a nice kick. There is some Belgian yeastiness and small amount of bready flavors to round things out. I think some extra age would really add to the richness of the flavors.

M: Medium bodied. Low carbonation makes this a very smooth ride...

D: Very good considering the high 10% ABV. Little or no heat present. A nice sipper for sure.

Probably my least favorite of the Pannepot incarnations, but that's a moot point considering how great they all are. As I mentioned above, I'd like to try this with a few more years on it. I do love me some well aged Quads.

heliosphann, Sep 29, 2009
Photo of JoeySchlitz
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 2007 bottle - review from notes on 5/6/09.

A: A dark root beer brown with some lighter orange colors at the edge. The cap popped off and a large sandy tan head rises from a gentle pour.

S: This smells like desert. Figs, dates, and rum cake held together with a heavy belgium yeast floral aroma. Smells like a bit of all spice in there too.

T: Tart up front followed by a bit of bitter sweetness. A dry finish and no hint of the 10% alcohol but it does warm up your stomach after a while. Not expecting the sour / bitter flavor up front.

M: A bit too much carbonation - it becomes sudsy and doesn't allow for enough taste to come through.

O: Not a bad beer - had great aroma but a very different taste. For the price would probably not buy again. The tartness in the flavor threw me on this one - didn't seem to compliment the beer.

JoeySchlitz, Aug 24, 2009
Photo of alcstradamus
3.35/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bought this by mistake when trying to stock up on the regular Pannepot, so I guess it's time to review...

Very dark brown pour with about a quarter inch of head that leaves behind a collar of bubbles. Smell is extremely sweet, mostly raisins, apple skin, and caramel. A bit of booze and tartness are apparent.

Taste is not-quite-ripe dark fruits, sweet caramel, apple, the mildest of sour notes, banana bread. On the full side of medium bodied, just fine in that area.

At first I was unsure of this beer, but eventually the sour notes got to me and I really started to not enjoy it. I'll stick to the regular Pannepot.

alcstradamus, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of HiAIPA
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 bottle. This dark brown ale pours with a thickness that informs the imbiber this is some serious stuff. Nice though small head, with an unctuous mouthfeel of molasses, caramel, and baking spices. I could envision myself being an old fisherman getting off the boat after a long cold day at sea and knocking back a few flagons of this to slake my thirst. Excellent stuff, will drink more.

HiAIPA, Aug 11, 2009
Photo of brc
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2007 bottle, reads "Pannepeut" on the label.

A bit of a gusher. Dark brown with tan head, looks exactly like the Monk's ale version.

Smell is lovely. There is the rich oak, dark fruit aroma and heat similar to a well aged alcohol. There is more of a yeasty aroma than the Monk's version, and the alcohol aroma seems a bit more present.

Rich caramel goodness, with coffee and cocoa leading the show. There is also a good bit of spice in the flavor. It seems like the kitchen cabinet approach, with all sorts of different spices. Definitely more spiced than the other version. There is some yeast flavor as well, reminds me of many of Alvinne's selection.

Full mouthfeel, not as coating and viscous as some quads, but very satisfying.

Definitely drinkable despite it's 10% alcohol, although the spices get to be a bit much after awhile.

brc, Jul 24, 2009
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3.43/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2006 vintage. Pours a rich brownish red color with a thin, lingering head. Aroma is virtually non-existent, some very faint malt aromas and slight boozy alcohol nose. Was expecting more from this beer. Taste was very malty and sweet - caramel, and dried fruits dominate. Dried cherry flavors seemed to be most present. Medium-bodied and sticks to your mouth. Overall, fairly easy to drink given the alcohol content.

jhu1995, May 17, 2009
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4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Received as a generous extra from psprings. 2006 vintage.

Rich malty appearance, deep and ruby colored with a small head. Sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Foam is easy to stir up, but is lazy and recedes.

Complex malty and estery nose. Not too strong, but deep and rich. Notes of rich dried fruit like raisins and plums, and a hint of dusty fresh malt. Cherries and bourbon come forth as it warms a bit, making it a bit medicinal. None of the "Smarties" aroma I get off of many highly acclaimed Belgian quads.

Totally different than what I expected. Those big cherries with a hint of booze is the first thing to come at you, and it's a tidal wave! Some snappy tartness rushes by but seemingly not from the cherry aspect. Aftertaste is positively spot on for a lousy strong vodka cranberry...but this is the beer world and something about it is interesting and captivating. Alcohol heat is just barely there, but big firm chewy maltiness and sticky sugary sweetness are there and in your face. One big huge malty Belgian beer. Points for being so bold and interesting. It all comes together like pure, delicious, obnoxious gluttony.

Challenging mouthfeel. It's pretty viscous and sticks to your mouth. There is a mild prickly carbonation that just barely keeps it's head above water in this thick murky brew.

A few sips are nearly enough to satisfy anyone's curiosity; beyond that is filling, dehydrating, and intoxicating, not to mention rich beyond belief and it's got a week's worth of sugar packed into one glass. Drinkability is fair therefore.

Cheers!

rayjay, May 09, 2009
Pannepøt - Old Monk's Ale from De Struise Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 401 ratings.