Pannepøt - Old Monk's Ale - De Struise Brouwers

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Ratings: 421
Reviews: 218
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 41
Gots: 85 | 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 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.

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!

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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!

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of jhu1995
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.

Photo of rayjay
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!

Photo of drseamus
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Dark chestut body with an off white head.

S: Boozy and malty with a touch of spice. There is a nice sweetness in there but it seems like all of 10% in the nose.

T: Amazingly smooth. Great balance. Raisins, dates, and other sweet dark fruits dominate. None of the booze in the nose appears in the taste.

M: Perfect, smooth and silky.

D: Fuck yeah.

Photo of JBogan
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'd had the "regular" version of this before and really enjoyed it, so was looking forward to trying this one to compare.

Opened the cap and turned my head for a second, next thing I knew Ol' Faithful was shooting out of the bottle all over my desk and floor. When things settled down what was left of the beer poured a dark brown with tons of floaties and a smallish tan head which left minimal lacing.

The aroma was excellent. Plums, pears, molasses and a bit of alcohol all came together in a nice and inviting way.

Taste matched up with the smell as far as what was picked up, however I felt the scent was more pleasing. That's not to say it tasted bad, it didn't. In fact I had a hard time deciding between giving this another half point or not. However I felt that the smell wasn't perfect, so didn't deserve a perfect score, and the taste wasn't quite up there with the smell. So, it gets a strong "good" in this area.

Mouthfeel was really good. Very smooth with a bit of creaminess, and just the right amount of tingle.

This is an enjoyable beer which makes a great winter warmer. I liked the "regular" Pannepot just a bit more, but wouldn't hesitate to have this one again.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 release poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, spices, caramelized malts, dark fruit and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste is spicy and sweet up front with flavors of caramel & dark fruit. The Belgian yeast character is quite strong and it's also a little creamy. There's a hearty malt character and a mild hops presence. The after-taste is also spicy and sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down ok, not very filling, strong kick, good representation of style, it's a decent high strength Belgian beer to drink for a while.

Photo of sprucetip
4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into snifter in the cellar at Ebenezer's.

Deep chestnut brown with thick, foamy head that dissipates slowly and leaves lacing.

Malty sweet, dark fruit, Belgian yeast, caramel. Inviting.

Extremely smooth and balanced. Rich, malty, sweet, dark fruit, yeasty, vanilla, and a bit boozy. Yum. Perfect.

Smooth, rich, full side of medium bodied, easy on the carbonation.

I could drink this all night or maybe even forever. I'm a sucker for a good quad, and this is a great quad. My non-beer geek girlfriend, whose rare beer choices are typically coffee or chocolate porters, even liked it. Thank you Chris and Frank

Photo of illidurit
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

07 bottle from 515 in Santa Cruz. Poured into a goblet. Dark opaque russet with a slight reddish tinge. Creamy beige head leaves some lacing. Aromas of black cherry yogurt, a dusting of coriander, brown sugar, and caramel. Flavors of dark toasty caramel, maple syrup, brown sugar, nutmeg, cherries, berries, and coriander. Nice complexity and insane smoothness. No trace of alcohol. Body is a couple notches thicker than medium. Well-attenuated and so easy to drink. Great beer.

Pannepøt - Old Monk's Ale from De Struise Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 421 ratings.