Pannepot | De Struise Brouwers

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Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers

Style: Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Reviews by hu5om:
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I got this one as an extra thrown in by joe1510. Thanks Joe!!
Btw, I have another bottle of this and the Danish version coming soon from leftmindedrighty in another great trade!

This beer pours from 11.2oz bottle(2006 lot E 5 BB) (whoa, it started almost literally foaming out of the bottle as soon as the cap came off but...I was ready with my glass. ;^) a very cloudy, very dark brown with lots of bubbles, a huge expanding head of tannish foam and it has lots of sticky lacing. It's a very attractive looking brew.

The smell has notes of yeast, dark fruit, some citrus, and a slight medicinal nose.

The taste ...oh, wow. I'm getting a lot of caramel malt, dark fruit like raisins & plums and figs and just a slight hop bitterness in the background but man, this is one malty delicious concoction. The alcohol is there but it just shows up as a bit of warming after the swallow and that puts it in the "dangerously drinkable" category for me.

Yummy...the mouthfeel is pretty thick and chewy(that's a plus for the style) and though I mentioned there were a lot of bubbles when I poured this puppy, the carbonation level is no more than medium light. Absolutely delicious. A fantastic example of the style and I can see why it is so highly regarded. I wonder if I can get this in Colorado?? Seriously, for me, this ranks right up there with the best Quad I've ever had. Would I seek it out again? What do you think? lol

Bottom line: A malty and spicy and very tasty Quadrupel that my taste buds just can't get enough of. Thanks again with the deepest of appreciation, Joe!!!

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2006. Gushing. But it pushes forth a phenomenal aroma of incredible unique character. There’s a flow of steady north african spices, exotic asian fruits and nips of candied pipe tobacco smoke. A totally unique aroma, like nothing I’ve breathed before. Musky, yeasty, spicy rich and bold, with creamy black tea notes, faint black cardamom and rich swirls of smoked malt breadiness. Phenomenal. The perfect intensity, allowing all nuances of the aroma to expressive individually, before melding into a one perfumy bliss. Heat nor yeast nor hops dominate aroma. Pours an intimidating deep dark near black mahogany, with a sticky head of tea and milk foam. In the corner a cut of garnet, glowing strongly. On the tongue, a whole new array of flavors and complexity. This is ridiculous. First I grab a real bright passionfruit bubblegum yeast soap, which is actually this beer’s weakest point, but then it yields to a growing warmth in calvados and pear brandies. The residual sweetness slides into a terrific wallop of deep caramels and emaciated raisins, with a toothy bread climbing out of a pot of honey. Intense chewiness with a real backbone. Beer slides off the tongue gracefully, kissing the roof of the mouth with a refined hazlenut and almond bite. A wisp of danish pipe tobacco curls up through the humors. Spices provide a nice base and accentuate the yeast and malt characters. Hopping appears briefly as a sweet lemon rind note in the smack. There are some fantastic sweet fresh maple syrup notes and freshly cut tobacco wood touches that briefly alight out the backdoor. Somehow a little harsh to my nostils and tongue, and the sticky malt notes grow slightly cloying. But to experience such astounding new flavors and nuances, this beer is fantastic. I love the airy quality of quaffablity that comes from the yeast attenuation. Expertly crafted and above all others. The best part is that I keep finding new things in the beers as my palate adapts, now a growing sense of ground fresh ginger root and gentle alder smoke. One of the most intricate beers.

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Photo of dcotom
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014. vintage. Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Everything about this screams caramel and licorice. These predominate on the nose and palate, with notes of tart cherry and dark bread in the background. Very sweet finish, with a slight black-licorice and burnt coffee aftertaste. More tartness and astringency as it warms, but never gets boozy despite the high (10%) ABV. A solid Belgian quad, and a pretty classy label to boot.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Found a bottle of 2014 and decided to pick it up since I was pleased with the Reserve variant. WOW. You talk about a quality Quad here....this goes in the class of St Bernardus and Westy IMO. Absolutely well constructed and tasty as hell. Easily drinkable at 10% ABV, too.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.11/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2011 vintage. Lot 2015190511-24FF.

Pours an opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, molasses, dark fruit, spice, and slight cardboard aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel, toffee, molasses, fruit, and roast flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness and a slight alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with an interesting mix of aromas and flavors all around.

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Photo of LoRezDave
4.79/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a 300ml bottle in a trade somewhere. Vintage 2007. Popped today on Sept 29, 2010.

Overall: man this is absolutely fantastic. Deep, layered, lively, sublime aftertaste. I've never given an A+ before till now. I needs me more.

Smell: all at once I get cinnamon, caramel, and red cherries with pits...maybe some star anise. Nice, full, but not overwhelming aroma.

Taste: amazing. Layered malt and caramel, more red-cherries with pits, some cinnamon. Similar to aroma but heavier on the malts. Clearly some interesting belgian-yeast esters happening here.

Mouthfeel: very lively. The ONLY thing I'd tweak is dropping the carbonation slightly. Then again that might make the sweet malt drop flat on the palette. Alcohol is present, but not nearly as present as most 10% abv'ers.

Appearance: head retention too low, but beer is sufficiently carbonated, very dark brown in color (appears almost like a non-robust porter).

Ridiculously delicious.

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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage.

Pours dark auburn brown with minimal head. Smells heavily of brown sugar and caramel with fruitcake spiciness. Tastes with a big tart dark fruit punch up front- plum, dark cherry, raisins, boozy port wine notes, held down at the end by a "holiday-esque" spice profile- nutmeg, allspice, and heavy dark caramel and molasses sweetness. Feel is dense and soft, making the flavors linger for a long time. Great beer. Classic.

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Photo of oberon
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a large tulip glass a near pitch black with only a hint of ruby when held up to the light,a big blooming toasted almond colored head atop leaving globs of soapy-like lace behind as it settles very very slowly.Spiced aromas abound here notes of vanilla and clove really show up front lighter orange peel and pear appear as well,full near chewey mouthfeel almost makes it seem like dessert in a bottle for me.Complex flavors starting out with that vanilla mentioned before with a cola-like presence slightly clovey but not overly done with a brown sugar sweetness rounding out the finish.A very nice brew big on flavor just well crafted.

2006 bottle.

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Photo of don1481
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle poured into glass. 2011 vintage.

Appearance: Pours dark and fizzy with a rapidly dissipating dark khaki head.

Smell: figs, plums, candy sugar, but various other spice notes seep through.

Taste: definitely different than other quads. Much more spice, less candy sweetness. Don't really pick up the alcohol others described.

Mouthfeel: spices and stickiness linger.

Overall: A different take on a quad, and it works.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Many thanks to MSUBulldog, a very generous Portland BA, for this sample.

Pours with extremely aggressive carbonation. Watch out or you may lose some of this fine concoction all over your counter as the head just goes crazy. Dark Brown body with a very thick and robust tan head. Great lacing. AN absolute winner. Head is very stable and lasting.

Aroma is surprisingly smoky. Liquorice rises next. Pretty soon lots of lovely candy, booze soaked cherries, raisons, and loads of generic tropical fruit smells excite the olfactory. This is not as fragrant as a quad like St. Bernie but it sure is lovely.

Flavor is better. Just perfect. There are so many tropical fruits in here and even more spice. Robust and intense, loaded with dark malt, cherries, and plums. Next I taste cola candy, those little gummi candies in the shape of coke bottles. Wood and smoke too. Wow. This is so damn good, damned near perfect.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Slightly warming and fun from the spice. Medium to full bodied but not in anyway that detract from drinkability. This one is a perfect drinker. I want more of this!!!

Far too complex and delicious to fit everything into one review after just one bottle. Will need many more samples to gauge the full spectrum of flavors that this beer had to offer.

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Photo of DanGeo
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ricke
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 vintage.

A: Very dark brown with a minimal pale beige head that settles instantly and leaves basically no lacings.

S: Sweet malts and lots of fruit aromas (mostly plums and currants). Prominent but mild spiciness. Woody notes, a hint of chocolate and some alcohol. A pleasant and balanced smell, but it's somewhat restrained - it's almost like its character is too round.

T: The taste is basically just more of the same. Lost of sweet malts and rich flavors of fruits (plums, cherries, currants). Dark bread. Hints of chocolate, a general woody flavor and pleasant spices (reminiscent of Christmas spices). Some earthy yeast (that really gets bigger when the yeast sediments are poured into the glass, the yeast in this one really packs a lot of flavors). For some reason, in all the versions if Pannepot I've had, I think I pick up a taste that reminds me of Coca Cola, don't know how to describe it in any other way though. A light, not very tangy, tart note and some grassy hops in the middle. The finish is gently bitter with a decent amount of sweet alcohol and some wood, raisins, cherries and spices.

M: Rather full-bodied, very smooth texture. Mild carbonation.

D: A good beer. Tasty and balanced with a very round character. I really like how well the sweet malts and fruit esters go with the spices in this one. But overall, the flavors are a little restrained and it feels like the beer holds back a little. Turning everything up a notch of two wouldn't hurt it, I think.

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Photo of t2grogan
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brownbeer
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 vintage

This was a slow gusher. It poured dark brown with a big, brown head that was slow to die.

Some funk in the nose, dark berry fruitiness, like blackberry, with a licorice spiciness.

The flavors are dark, rich malts with chocolate and spice. The carbonation is brisk and lively, and the finish is warm making for a nice sipper.

Solid beer overall, would like to try it again, definately not my favorite.

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Photo of kaimcm
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

bottle, 2006 vintage, reviewed 3/08. poured into chimay goblet.

A: opaque mahogany body, creamy mocha head but no lasting power and no stick. dissipates quickly and leaves a tiny ring around the edge. surprising considering the bottle very slowly foamed over upon opening.

S: loads going on here. starts bright with white grapes, pears, honey, waxy comb, darkens with raisins, port, even some rum soaked pastry. touches of spice, yeast, and alcohol. curious about the spices as they blend well. a bit of cinammon and clove.

T/M: so soft and creamy. hits up front fruity and lively, the darker fruits pull through mid palette along with some sugars. spicy, dry, lingering finish. the brightness in the nose doesnt really transfer as the taste is deeper, richer, and darker then the nose predicts. still plenty of port, rum, and fluffly pastry. finish is very yeasty and spicy with some leathery qualities.

D: very high for such a potent and impressive beer. a joy to have.

While I dont claim to love the style, this might be the best quad I've ever had. Ill have to break the Westy in the cellar out and see how it stacks up. Cheers!

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Photo of Schlais
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

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4.7/5  rDev +8.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of SkiBum22
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours pitch black with a thin cream to brown colored head. Great lacing.

S - Raisins and dates right away, brown sugar undernieth the dark fruits. smell candied something or other.

T - Rich dark cherry, plum, fig, rasin, earthy and pie spice, fairly sweet with a mild hop finish. Barely taste the alcohol. It doesn't assault the senses but it just tastes really, really good.

M - Fuller bodied than most Quads with good carbonation.

O - A great quad that stands up with the best of them. Glad I finally got to try this.

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Photo of joemetric
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of mvcramer
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a spectacular chocolate brown with a thin cream-colored head. I got a very complex aroma of spices and some fruity sweetness. The taste made my mouth as pleased as my nose had been. A wonderful blend of flavors rolled across my palate, starting with delicious malty sweetness. I also got some raisin-like flavors that balanced out the malt, as well as a handful of other spicy flavors blended deliciously into the brew. I love the Belgian beers and this one is at the top of the list of beers I would order at every chance I get. Simply spectacular.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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