De Struise Brouwers

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De Struise Brouwers
Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #8
Ranked #977
4.33 | pDev: 9.24%
Feb 17, 2022
Dec 14, 2006
Notes: Old Fisherman's Ale is a dark ale brewed with spices. Pannepot is a term that describes the Fishing Boats from the village of De Panne. Brewed and bottled on the Deca Brewery in Woesten-Vleteren.

EBC:99, IBU:27, OG:1100, FG:1025, ABV:10%
Hops: Bramling Cross, Hallaertau MF
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4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by SABERG from Massachusetts

Poured from the 2011 vintage, 11.2 oz bottle into the test chalice
A - Tawny ruby color, gently carbonated, a ring of mocha, surrounds a few islands in the center.
S - Figs, raisins, molasses, a floral thread includes a bit of lily, and clove.
T - Brown bread, molasses, dark fruit, blackberry reduction, with a solid cigar wrap tobacco element.
M - Lite on the palate, semi sweet start offsets the fear from the aromatics, delightful crisp texture. Finish is surprisingly dry.
Linger is dessert on the dark side.
O - A true delight, delicate and a bit assertive, figgy, with just enough alcohol registering.

Feb 17, 2022
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4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Sigmund from Norway

330 ml bottle, as Struise Pannepot 2013 Old Fishermans Ale (ale brewed with spices), PNP No. 4 Brown Brew. ABV is 10%. Very dark brown to ruby colour, nearly black. Moderate tan head. Intense and interesting aroma of rich malts, various spices and brown kandij sugar. Medium sweet and distinctly spicy flavour, again notes of rich malts, also notes of liquorice, anise, caramel and pumpernickel bread.

Jan 28, 2022
4.46 by carolinabeerguy from North Carolina on Jan 17, 2022
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4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

Dark mahogany appearance with a large, dense, tan head and loads of lacing. Aroma is full of spicy goodness and multiple layers of dark, ripe fruit, rum and molasses. The taste marries the fruity, spicy flavors with lush, chocolate/caramel malts. Creamy, full bodied mouthfeel; rich and smooth on the palate. Finishes like a fine dessert wine

Mar 10, 2021
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4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by kitch from Hong Kong

A 330ml bottle, 2020 vintage, bottled on 14th July 2020, with a best before date of 14th July 2025. Poured into a Struise tulip glass.

Appearance: Dark brown in colour with a thin beige head that dissipated quickly and left only sparse to no lacing.

Aroma: Sweet, doughy, cake, caramel, clove, candied plum, prune, grape gummy candies, chocolate, coffee, and candi sugar.

Taste: Lightly sweet, yeasty, doughy, slightly boozy, fig, clove, plum, prunes, raisin, toffee, with notes of cocoa and chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall: A little bit too doughy for me, but still enjoyable.

Jan 17, 2021
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4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by GarrettB from Colorado

July 30th, 2016 - A wonderful treat, here with a good friend, and an aged beer that might have soon been eligible for a museum. Complex, deep, and wonderful, it bears a striking relationship with its cousin tasted and enjoyed back in October. The smell reminds me of yakitori stands on a cold winter Tokyo night, and made deep with a muddy, rich aroma. The flavor is equally impressive, and develops as a well trained orchestra, with multitudinous tastes and notes acting in concert to a glorious crescendo.

Jan 15, 2021
4.04 by Eltrandos from France on Dec 20, 2020
2.59 by stephenlee93 from England on Oct 02, 2020
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3.6/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by JonnoWillsteed from England

1300th review. Something £ and 'exotic' that rather missed it's high expectations.
L- Black to the eye, held to a halogen it's a super-dark red-brown. Pours with a 3mm fine-bubble pale tan head.
S- Quite bright and vinious... is this aged in wine barrels? ...
T- It definitely has a fruity/wine side to it... then I start wondering just wine, or wine plus a hint of brandy ie it's quite a pungent/'ABV%-ey' facet.
F- It doesn't taste like a typical Belgian Quad, the wine edge is prominent here. It's all in pretty pungent, one for slow sipping, esp in winter/colder months.
O- Well it's a tasty beer, but for me the wine notes are a bit too prominent. The adage from my youth was 'Enjoy the grape (wine/brandy) or the grain (beer/whisky etc), as never the two will meet'. I.e. mix them => hang-over from hell. And that seems to be true. So beer tasting of wine is a bit strange for me.
This beer is from a bottle labelled on the front 'Pannepot - Special - Reserva' in place of the '2006 - Ale brewed with spices' in the photo above.
Bottled: 24/04/2018. 330ml. Bought from Bacchanalia, Mill Road, Cambridge/UK £6.99 - Ouch!

Aug 22, 2020
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4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

2017 bottle

Pours dark brown, tan colored head that fades. Aroma of doughy bread, caramel, booze, clove, dried apricot. Similar flavors in the taste, starts a little sweet but finishes dry, a little oaky, and mild tartness. Medium bodied.

Apr 09, 2020
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3.84/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75
by Avitra from Switzerland

A tad too sour to be balanced, although overall quite complex and nice. I sense apples and pears and a little berries and caramel. But that's about it

Aug 25, 2019
4.57 by arzt from Russian Federation on Jul 13, 2019
4.13 by MaxOhle from Illinois on Jul 11, 2019
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4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by sokol_1993 from California

2016 vintage, bought at Bine and Vine, SD.
A good quad in its own right, with excellent smell and some depth in taste. However, there is some strange off-taste. Not an all-round quad like Roch 10 or Abt. 12

Jun 22, 2019
3.71 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Apr 09, 2019
5 by Liver1 from Pennsylvania on Mar 03, 2019
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3.7/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
by arensburgh from Illinois

2016 vintage. Deep brown, dark amber when held against the light. The head is light tan, and dissipates quickly. Smells sweet and spicy, with a touch of booze. The taste is likewise very malty and rich and balanced with a subtle tartness, with a nice bitterness following it all.

I find at first the beer is almost medicinal and syrupy thick, but letting it sit allows it to 'calm down' a bit, thin up a little and let the tartness come through a bit more--obviously I like it when it's the latter. YMMV, but try that if you don't like it at first.

Dec 19, 2018
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3.7/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Mlboyy from Netherlands

Beatifull flavours. Full bodied. Raisins, a little sour? Still I think the older version are much better.

Dec 01, 2018
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4.01/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4
by Holderness from Massachusetts

2017 vintage

L -- Pours a very deep brownish amber body with a scant half finger of head produced with aerated pour. Minimal retention and a ring of lacing around the edge of the glass
S -- Raspberry, caramel, milk chocolate, prune, hint of funk. Quite complex yet mild
T -- Cacao powder, oaky tannins, wet leaves, dried tobacco, sherry, herbal hoppines, hint of dried dark fruit. Again, quite complex and hard to accurately describe. Less pronounced Belgian yeast character than many of the style
F -- Medium mouthfeel, medium carb. Surprisingly thin body for the ABV and style, but with a good depth of flavors and a nice drying finish
O -- A very unique ale that sits at the intersection of a Belgian dark ale, quad, lambic, and porter


Nov 03, 2018
4.65 by JamieDuncan from Maryland on Oct 31, 2018
3.8 by Duncian from Pennsylvania on Oct 09, 2018
4.4 by FalconOne from Ohio on Jun 20, 2018
3.6 by festizio from California on Jun 03, 2018
4 by BHapeman from Virginia on May 29, 2018
4 by mishi_d from Romania on May 20, 2018
4.4 by JOSHRINARD from Massachusetts on May 04, 2018
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2.14/5  rDev -50.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.25
by snaotheus from Washington

11.2oz bottle served in a tulip. 2016 on the label. 2119150 12016 is stamped on the cap.

Pours a dark, dark amber or a reddish brown. Small head, slow fine carbonation. Poured the bottle completely and watched a slug of yeast/sediment slide out, but I'm ignoring that. Recommend leaving a bit in the bottle to avoid that. Smell is chocolatey, and herby/spicy -- kind of makes me think of mole. Definite date aroma.

Taste is vinegar and soy sauce. I'm not sure I can bring myself to put another sip in my mouth. I'm going to try. It wasn't worth it.

Mouthfeel is slick and oily. Overall...must be something wrong, but honest opinion of the beer in my glass is that it is bad.

Apr 28, 2018
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4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Everydayoff from Thailand

330ml bottle poured into a goblet. 2015 vintage, bottled Oct’15, consumed Feb’18.

It pours a deep brown liquid with thick tan silky head and semi-transparent texture that stands with pretty good retention. The head gradually dissipates to a thin lasting foamy film atop and leaves some lacing on the glass-side.

The smell consists of many layers of aroma. First, hit with dark chocolate, biscuit, and toasty breadiness. Then, sweet caramel, dark fruits in kind of prune, plum, and dark raisin as well as candy sugar, molasses, and spice.

The taste is led by big yeasty element of dark raisin, prune, and plum along with obvious spice like pepper and clove. It has big sweetness of candy sugar, molasses, and caramel but fortunately not overwhelming. Dark malt plays as a foundation with its bread and toasted biscuit. No chocolate can be found here through the palate sensation. There is some bitter kick too from its hop and toasted profile.

Medium body with low carbonation but consider proper to the style and palate, the feeling is well-rounded and just right with a pleasantly dry finish.

Very good dark ale indeed with the same Trappist’s quality, alcohol is perfectly concealed underneath the complexity of depth.

Feb 11, 2018
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4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by BeerGlassesCollector from Cyprus

Pannepot Vintage 2016, bottled on 7th June 2016. Opened 10th February 2018

Pours dark brown, almost black with no head. Smells is quite complex with spices, plums, forest fruits and hints of caramel. This beer shows of its character after it warms up a bit. When it started warming up it became really enjoyable. Light carbonation and medium mouthfeel.

Feb 10, 2018
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3.72/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Voss from Italy

So this is the flagship of one of the best brewery around, capable of some masterpieces as cuvee delphine or rye quad.
I drunk Pannepot a couple of other times, but I can't remember clearly how it was so this time I will be more focused on this vintage 2015.
Nice look and a lot of beige foam.
But aroma and taste are funky, at least.
They say it has it all, toasty bitterness but even caramel sweetness.
For me it's messy.
Don't get me wrong, it's definitely a good brew, but a very strange one for the style.
Almost unpairable with bread and cheese, give its best drunk alone.
But t simply it's not my taste.

Jan 31, 2018
4.58 by jkermitj from Mississippi on Jan 10, 2018
4.52 by WormGod from New York on Dec 25, 2017
4.66 by TheCrowsEye from California on Dec 15, 2017
4.36 by mcrawford from Michigan on Nov 19, 2017
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1.31/5  rDev -69.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25
by gardner254 from Ohio

Surely the bottle was bad. Would try again to be sure.

Nov 10, 2017
4.25 by paulish from New York on Nov 07, 2017
4.59 by Booza from Australia on Oct 27, 2017
4 by petermethot from New Jersey on Oct 12, 2017
4.5 by mmilyko from Nevada on Sep 12, 2017
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4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by joaopmgoncalves from Portugal

Poured into a Chimay chalice.

A: The body is pitch black. The head is minimal with a beige coloration. After the pour, there's literally no head at all nor lacing. It's a 10% ABV Quadrupel, so one cannot expect much, but still, some head would be great.
S: The aroma is incredibly complex: there's spices, there's fruits - blueberries, raspberries; there's even a hint of chocolate, more like milky chocolate than dark chocolate - actually, there's some sweetness that seems to come from lactose. Since the taste has some tartness, I can't help but to think there was some lactose and lactic yeast hanging around. In the end, a very high alcohol profile. You can't hide that.
T: The taste starts with a spicy touch of fruits, blueberries, raspberries with some cinnamon on top, having a weird feeling of spicy and fresh due to the fruity freshness. After the sweet tones, you're greeted with a somewhat prominent tart flavour, acidic to a very bland balsamic vinegar acidity. In the end, a roasty touch fills in the mouth finishing the ale and bringing with it the sensory feels of sweet and tart tones. Spices come around again, fruitness as well and that Martini Bianco-like acidity is brought back again like white wine grapes were also used here. Strange, complex, but good.
M: Body is medium. Carbonation is medium. Alcohol is noticed all over the beer. Bitterness is almost non-existent. Sweetness is low.
O: It's a very complex Quadrupel that I wasn't intending to find like this. Weirdly, that's what I have to tackle now. Besides having this giant complexity, I don't find this beer drinkable has it tries to make so much on one single sip. The flavours sometimes are not friendly as well. But it's a great brew and that's what I came here for.

Aug 15, 2017
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