De Struise Brouwers

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Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #5
Ranked #552
4.35 | pDev: 9.2%
De Struise Brouwers
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
Reviews: 855 | Ratings: 2,429 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.6/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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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Avitra from Switzerland

3.84/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

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
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sokol_1993 from California

4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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arensburgh from Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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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Holderness from Massachusetts

4.01/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

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
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snaotheus from Washington

2.14/5  rDev -50.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.25

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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Everydayoff from Thailand

4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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BeerGlassesCollector from Cyprus

4.04/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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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Voss from Italy

3.72/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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
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joaopmgoncalves from Portugal

4.62/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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Frudel from Canada

3.99/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Vintage 2011 drank just in the last month of the best before (august 2017).

No foam visible when pouring, dark opaque brown with a lot of sediments dancing in the liquid as the glass moves.

Nose is dark candi sugar, caramel, dark dried fruits like raisins, figs, dates, some hints of oak.

Taste is dark dried fruits, almost like raisins soaked in rum, complex layers of caramel and sweetness. Notes of oak character noticeable.

Light carbonization, almost like nothing is happening on the tongue(the age explains it), medium to full body, Nice alcohol warming the throat.

Very nice Quad! Despite the 6 years I enjoyed it, I should try a much fresher one!

Aug 11, 2017
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drmeto from Germany

4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage

-pours the darkest of brown with mahogany tinges with a quickly dissipating, medium to big,foamy,beige head
-vanilla,coconut,sour cherries,coffee,prunes,rum-soaked raisins
-finishes dry
-medium carbonation
-medium body
-alcohol noticeable
A great BA Quad.The Aroma shines a bit more due to the dryness.
I highly recommend this.

Jun 28, 2017
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A ligther quad with a stronger emphasis on belgian spices, but without sacrificing malts and booze. Wonderful waves of flavors, spices, coffee, belgian dark chocolate, stone fruit, dark fruits especially plum and date. Each sip has different levels of each, with the spices really playing with you without drying the beer out.

May 01, 2017
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ThisWangsChung from Maryland

4.07/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage.

Pours a very dark brown color. There's hardly any head to speak of - what little khaki-colored foam is created fades in record time. Looking carefully through the body reveals a ton of sediment, too.

Intense dark fruit qualities are to be expected, but the aroma also reveal some pleasant stout elements - in fact, the notes of dark chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, and even cream-laden coffee are intoxicating. There are additional qualities of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger; they don't overpower everything else happening. In general, the nose offers something incredibly complex and nuanced, one that can easily be mentioned in the same breath with the Belgian quad elites.

Just like the aroma suggested, the flavor profile opens up with nice dark fruit notes. Near the middle of the palate, the cherries, figs, and raisins are subsumed by brown sugar, graham cracker, and even some baker's cocoa. A finishing flourish of hoppiness cleanses the palate nicely, as do some of the spice notes (think cinnamon and nutmeg). A touch of alcohol appears (bear in mind this is over 3 years old) on the aftertaste, but it doesn't ruin the balance that's offered here. Not at all. To be sure, it's a complex sipper that manages to get smoother and more delicate as more is consumed.

The feel is soft and creamy as desired, aided by the moderate carbonation. It isn't quite as zippy as, say, a Rochefort 10, but it still goes down nicely for 10%. It also seems a touch more wet/lush feeling as well. Despite the mild alcohol flavor, it doesn't particularly feel boozy. This offers everything I expect from a big, steady sipper in terms of palate texture.

I don't know if it's BETTER than the Belgian elites, but like I said, it can be mentioned in the same breath. The spices add a subtle element that helps it stand out from the pack, all while retaining the expected balance and refinement. I could see this being surprisingly hop-forward fresh - perhaps even to the point where it could mildly hinder the razor-sharp delicacy. Still, this is more excellent work from De Struise.

4.07/5: The Belgians know a thing or five about these big dark ales, that's for sure

Jan 12, 2017
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Nugganooch from California

3.99/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

11.2fl oz bottle with my Urge SDBW goblet style glass
First had this on 10/12/15 – 2014 vintage

Pour is dark russet brown that is virtually opaque. A thin mousse-like layer of dark khaki foam forms over before eventually settling out into a small crown. Only a few dots and mild stick noted. Has as similar look to root beer with a higher viscosity on it.
Tons of jammy dark fruits like fig, plum, and cherry with nutty dark bread, oak, and mild chocolate. Like rum soaked spice cake. I get lots of confectionery spice and a subdued alcohol note. Dark caramel-toffee, nougat, licorice, cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg are all present. Lightly woodsy with some earthy mineral notes. This has a deep kettle cooked stone fruit flavor to it with highlights of fig, cherry, dates and plum along with a generous amount of spices added. Gobs of gooey toffee nougat and cinnamon spice bread are corralled by a peppery spike of mild roast bitterness on the palate that contains a bit of that maltose jolt. Flashes of nutty milk chocolates, earthy woods, minerals and a touch of phenolic yeast in the finish. Semi-moderate thickness and lightly tacky but with a nice even carbonation lifting the body into a more manageable status. Slight dryness and thinner in the exit. Impressive for its size and the amount of deep malt flavor developed here.

Overall a solid Quad but I still favor Westy & St. Bernardus to this. A little too heavy handed on the spice and overall malt sweetness.

Jan 10, 2017
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mick303 from Canada

4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A lovely beer for a winter evening. 2011 vintage, been aging it for a few years now and decided to bring out to start 2017. Rich stewed fruit aromas, herbal notes, leather, rich brandy notes. Soft carbonation, rich and sweet but with a touch of acidity which is nice. Very smooth and not cloying but with a rich complexity. Very dark in color, near black. Glad to be able to try such a delicious and esteemed brew.

Jan 01, 2017
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bigdaddymick from Massachusetts

4.52/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The reviews don't lie. This is a marvelous beer. Meticulously balanced with just the right amount of herby notes that work in sync with the moderate carbonation that really opens up the beer. An absolutely pleasure to drink

Nov 17, 2016
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.82/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2016 vintage. Pours opaque, dark brown in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is raisin, plum, prune, baker's chocolate, and alcohol. Medium heavy bodied, sweet, moderate carbonation. Right up there with the very best quads I have had. Super smooth and very pleasantly flavored. I love the way the flavors easily blend together with this one. I want to find this again.

Nov 11, 2016
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Weixiaobao from Kansas

4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: 2013 vintage on the label with a date of 28|03|14 on the bottle. I guess it's a 2013 vintage released in 2014? Almost cola like coloring. Barely any head. Lots of floaties.
S: Fairly boozy. Reminds me of the Trader Joe's Vintage Ales from Unibroue released every year. That another dark ale "brewed with spices." A bit of sweetness and a bit of vegetable-ness.
T: Chewy molasses caramel up front with herbal/medicinal tones in the back. That doesn't sound nice, but it is.
F: I'm not feeling as floored by this one like I do when I have a Rochefort 10 or other regal Belgian quads.
O: I bought this 2013 vintage in 2015 and aged it a year before consuming. I decided to bust it out when the other day I saw the same store I bought mine selling 2010 bottles. A fun brew that doesn't have quite the fame or mystique of some of the other big boy quads. Something every Belgian beer nerd should notch.

Sep 16, 2016
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Dzu from Russian Federation

4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 2016
Poured from bottle.
L: dark brown/black with a no foam head.
S: wine notes, raisin, plums.
T: soursweet, again wine, pleasant.
F: full body and low carbonation.
O: excellent beer. Must try.

Aug 25, 2016
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nicola5555 from Italy

5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


Aug 17, 2016
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Bruno74200 from France

4.7/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2015 vintage

L - Dark dark brown no head

S - smells like rum fruitcake, delicious

T - Well that's something, dark fruits, brown sugar, a bit vinous. Not boozy at all, a bit sweet

F - Dry mouthfeel, fine carbonation, goes along very well with the taste.

O - A great great quadrupel, one of the best I've had so far. Looking forward to try the 2011 Grand Reserva I have

Aug 10, 2016
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Silke_Neryn from Sweden

3.57/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Vintage 2015.

What may work well for a couple of sips, soon becomes an unbearably sweet, sticky goo that'll have to find its home somewhere else than my digestive system.

Jul 26, 2016
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josanguapo from Spain

2.48/5  rDev -43%
look: 1.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

From lacasadelacerveza. In Teku glass. Playing Tomb Raider 2015. 2015 vintage. Big dissapointment. Weak body and an unpleasant sourness that makes me wonder if it was in good state... To repeat to be sure of its state. Avg 2.

29 Jul 2018. 2016 vintage. Dont remember procedence. In Grimbergen glass. Playing Avadon 3. As in 2015 version, I cant truly enjoy it. Although smeel isnt bad, It has some odd flavor, something lightly sourish that doesnt seem right. No foam

Jul 11, 2016
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