Pannepot | De Struise Brouwers

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Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers

Style: 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

Added by TheLongBeachBum on 12-14-2006

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

Real smooth, hard to believe it's 10%. Aroma of coffee grounds, old ale barley, and cinammon and nutmeg. Light brown with generous fluffy white head. Even after a few minutes, this head serves to coat the mouth...until all gone. Drying but satisfying finish. Random tingling on the tongue.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.68/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2010;

Pours a dark, deep brown with a lovely khaki full head; nice to look at.

Nose is thick, rich sweet cooked stone fruit, red/black plum character with underlying raisin and hint of carmel and cocoa; hints of purple grape. A bit sweet in the nose but still pleasant.

Mouthfeel is big, bold, thick and creamy. Feel has an expensive richness.

Flavors are rich and full but slightly off-putting. There is lots of cooked stone fruit, some cocoa and coffee but it has a burnt honey character as well. One may conclude that it's not burnt, just the hop bitter kicking in towards a bitter hop/coffee finish.

All in all pretty complex and quite nice and rich. However, there is a bit of a burnt honey mid palate that bothers me a bit on this one. Could just be a personal thing.

Bitter black coffee/burnt carmel finish is actually very nice at the end.

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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 StonedTrippin
3.79/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2011 vintage. loosely a quad, maybe more a quad that I think it is, I don't know, this is way fruity as they go, and the yeast that makes Belgian beers what they are, especially the big ones, is way down low here, you have to search for it. glorious dark color though, deep brick red, brown overtones and a permanent two finger just off white head. the nose is fruity, raisins and apples come to mind, a mild spice as well. the taste also prominently displays these fruited notes, almost to its detriment. I get raisins all day in the long finish. one thing impressive here is the lack of alcohol presence for a beer so strong. very well disguised, this drinks like a 6% brew. some allspice and faint Belgian yeast in the finish, but I am so distracted by the fruity apple juice type flavors that I don't love the whole picture. for a beer with such acclaim I expected more, not to say I didn't like it, but I was just underwhelmed. the same was true with the reserva version, so maybe its something about this beer that's just disagreeable, maybe its my messed up notion of what a quad should be, I don't know. full body and lively carbonation is very nice, especially with the absence of booze, even at room temperature. a fine brew, but not really my speed.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.11/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite a nice quad, has a really nice brown color with a tinge of red. The French oak is noticeable but not too strong. There are some fruity flavors floating around in there too. The finish is dry but still fruity. Keeps you going back for more and each sip lead to another sniff of the sweet aroma.

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Photo of metter98
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is opaque and essentially jet black in color. It poured with a small tan head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of dark fruits in the nose—grapes, plums and raisins stand out in particular.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and is dominated by flavors of dark fruits. There is a moderate amount of malty sweetness; hints of spices are noticeable towards the finish.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is also a moderate amount of warming from the alcohol, particularly in the finish.
O: The beer definitely tastes strong and some hints of alcohol are noticeable in the taste; however, the complexity of fruity aromas and flavors make this beer a good one to sip and savor.

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

A fine selection that hovers on mythology. It takes what is great about Belgian Strong Dark Ales and Flander's Ales and showcases them in one glass.

The beer begins with a very dark brown with dark burgundy hightlights emmiting in strong light. Nearly opaque- this proves to be a viscous and unwaivering beer. A froathy head forms and nearly overtakes the glass before eventually settling to a moussey film and leaving good lacing behind.

The aromas and flavors are firmly rested on a hearty pilsner malt base with lots of dark sugars to acheive the color, aroma, and taste of dark and ripe fruits of grapes, plumbs, currants, and blackberries. Tart, lightly acidic, and vineous throughout and at times deliver a complex Merlot character with dark woods and sharp spiciness. Black pepper and anise give a bold balance in the absence of any real hop bitterness. Lightly musty and cidery as if cellar aged. A fantastically complex beer that seems to deliver a different taste with every sip.

Very full and rich with the malts and attenuated sugars. But then the beer seems to evaporate at mid-palate with a cotton-candy confectionate whisper. A lot of spice, tartness, and vineous character left on the tongue but not much residual sweetness. The beer is very well attenuated for such bold textures. Dryness is aided by the apple cider vinegar, woodsy, and combination of spiciness and high alcohols; seemingly a bit fusal at times.

I'll be hard pressed to find a more complex beer. It has all the pleasantries of Trappist Quadrupples, Sour reds, and with an undeniable artisan signature that is only delivered by the best of Belgian brewers. It's a great beer for those who think Flander's are too vineous but want more from the Dark Belgian Ales.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz, 2007 vintage. This and the Grand Reserva have spent some quality time together in the boring-ass environs of my spare room...time to remedy that.

This beer pours a murky, rather dark chocolate brown hue, with dense swirling sediment, and two fingers of creamy, foamy, and bubbly beige head, which settles quickly enough, leaving nothing that could be deemed as lace in the vicinity of the glass.

It smells of bitter cherry, and other nondescript black fruit, sodden brown bread, bittersweet chocolate, soft, but prominent steely alcohol, and musty, leafy hops. The taste is strong, but still muddled orchard fruit, bready caramel malt, nutmeg and cinnamon-spiced raisin rum cake, an earthy tea-like leafiness, phenolic yeast, and sweet, crazily restrained alcohol.

The carbonation is there, but surely on the soft and lilting side, the body medium-full in weight, and smooth, if only a little distracted by the upward-oriented booziness. It finishes very clean, the understated roasted dark sugar sweetness, rounded warmth, and slight funky, earthy yeastiness all in lovely concert.

I have to say that this plays out so much more agreeably than its Continental wine barrel aged sibling. The booze is less body-deflating, and a better overall balance is achieved from the complex melding of flavours. Pleasantly sip-worthy - very nice stuff.

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Photo of brentk56
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 bottling

Appearance: Pours a rich, coffee brown color with ruby highlights; despite the age, the carbonated foam billows in the bottle and leaves a nice pattern of lace on the glass

Smell: A stew of dark chocolate, dried fruit (cherries, figs, dates), burnt brown sugar, spice cake and a touch of molasses

Taste: The dark fruits drive the flavor from start to finish, layering cherry, fig and date into the spice cake, chocolate and licorice elements; the booze sneaks up in the middle bringing with it the burnt brown sugar and molasses; with six years of age, all of the harsher elements have mellowed out and the flavors blend nicely in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Tasted side by side with a 2006 Pannepøt and this is by far the superior beer - the flavors are brighter, more balanced and a touch less sweet than the Danish cousin

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Photo of kojevergas
3.67/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

.33cl bottle of the 2009 vintage poured into a Trappistenbier goblet in Antwerp, Belgium. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a one finger head of wonderful tan cream, brilliant beautiful thickness, and of good retention for the style. Colour is a stoutish solid dark black. Very appealing.

Sm: Cream, chocolate, toffee, and vanilla. Maybe some alcohol. Complex and interesting.

T: Dark fruit esters, chocolate, caramel (or perchance caramelized malt), cream, vanilla and other more subtle hops including maybe nut on the fringe. Very complex and incredibly well hopped. The foundation is a malted barley fully expressive base. Very well balanced and built for the style. Brilliant. Some spice comes through but not to the extent I expected. It lends the beer an incredible subtlety.

Mf: Nicely coarse and wet, bringing out the best of the flavours in the body.

Dr: High ABV, great quality, and very easy drinking especially considering the ABV. Worth a go for any beer fanatic. Price is excellent for the quality.

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Photo of emerge077
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle, labeled "ale brewed with spices" vintage 2006.

Pours into a wide mouthed chalice with fluffy, dimpled foam. Body is a deep dark sienna brown, with tan foam. Looks like a trappist ale, mystical and enticing.

Fruity esters in the nose, banana, roasted malt, almond, a touch sweet.

Taste is a bold mix of motley flavors, but it starts out sweet and roasty. There is anise, banana, chocolate, and brown sugar. Roasted malt and a touch of hops linger in the finish. As it warms, there is an earthiness that seeps in. It begs a comparison to the character of a full bodied coffee, but without the intense bitterness, and a bit sweeter. Bold, complex, and satisfying are adjectives that come to mind.

Smooth mouthfeel, carbonation keeps a good head for the duration of the glass. Sweetness doesn't linger on the palate much, but it could hinder the drinkability if you don't like a slightly sweet dark Belgian. A sl-o-o-w sipper.

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Photo of largadeer
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Murky opaque brown with that signature ever-lasting foamy head that's so common with Belgian quads.

Smell: The rich sugary aroma brings to mind fruitcake, prunes, dried cherries and molasses. A pleasant spiciness lingers beneath the fruit, adding depth and body.

Taste/mouthfeel: Big and fruity with flavors of figs, raisins, brown sugar, cherries and nutmeg. Very spicy, but in a subtle way - there aren't any specific flavors that stand out to me excepting possibly nutmeg. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy, quite unlike any other quad I've tried, with a subtle finish that leaves only a hint of spice (felt more than tasted) and fruit. This is definitely on the sweet side for the style, but it's excellent stuff.

Notes: A huge thanks to mully for tossing this in as an extra - I've been wanting to try this brew for a long time.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle (vintage 2005): Poured opaque dark brown ale with a super huge foamy dirty brown head with perfect retention. Aroma of liquorice and sweet malt is incredibly well balance. Taste is an almost perfect balance between strong sweet malt with caramel and liquorice with some candi sugar (I would say a bit too much though) with a slightly funky ending from the yeast. Body is full and alcohol is very well masked. This beer is almost like a sweeter version of Rochefort 10 and there is not much more praise I can give to this beer.

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Photo of oline73
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2011 bottle poured into a Chimay goblet.

The beer pours a cloudy ruby brown color with a layer of off white head on top that fades to a pencil thin layer around the edge of the glass. The smell is sweet with a strong dark fruit and caramel presence. I'm also getting some Belgian spice in the nose. The taste is quite smooth, I'm guess this has smoothed with the aging. I'm getting sweet dark fruit, Belgian spice, and a bubble gum like note. The finish has some chocolate in it as well, but the sweetness doesn't really linger. The carbonation is very fine, honestly it could use a bit more. The finish is quite dry. I'm really enjoying this beer and I'd gladly have another.

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Photo of zeff80
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 bottle

A - Poured out a cloudy, burgundy color with a small, khaki colored head. It left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled of spices, sour fruits like green apple and some cherry. It had a fairly strong yeast aroma.

T - This one had a nice sour fruity taste. Again, some green apple and cherry. It had a toasty caramel flavor with some spicy bite. It had a subtle boozy taste, too.

M - It was soft and smooth with a dry finish. A medium-bodied ale with a warm alcohol bite.

D - This is a really good Quad. It is not overpowering like some can be.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 Vintage

G: Poured into a Mikasa chalice.

A: Very dark mahogany with hints of ruby and a large, slightly-reddened head with lots of lacing. Some sediment present.

S: Yeast character as well as some sweetness-perhaps cherries.

T: Very strong flavors from the outset. Taste hits hard with plenty of dark fruits, spices, and cherries. Also, hints of chocolate.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The 10% abv is hardly present.

D: Quite complex and very drinkable. As of yet, by far the best quad that I've had.

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Photo of mothman
3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2014 bottle. Was a slight gusher. Black brown in color. Tan head.

Very raisiny. Lots of molasses. Brown sugar and spice. Too much spice fresh in my opinion. Caramel
And chocolate malt. Some toffee. Cherries and fig. Plums.

Full bodied. A tad too much carbonation.

I think this beer needs a couple years to mellow out a bit. I'm also concerned with the level of carbonation.

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Photo of superspak
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into chalice, 2011 vintage. Pours very cloudy nearly opaque reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings to the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big plum, raisin, fig, pear, apple, banana, caramel, toast, candi sugar, molasses, clove, pepper, coriander, light chocolate, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Incredible aromas with great complexity and balance of malt, spice, yeast esters with a great malt/ester balance; and great strength. Taste of big plum, raisin, fig, pear, apple, banana, caramel, molasses, toast, brown bread, chocolate, clove, pepper, candi sugar, light roast, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of dark/light fruits, caramel, molasses, toast, brown bread, chocolate, candi sugar, clove, pepper, light roast, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, balance, and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast and dark malt flavors with big robustness; great malt/yeast flavor balance, and zero cloying sweetness on the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very slick and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible Belgian strong dark ale! All around fantastic complexity, balance, and robustness of yeast, malt, and spice flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. An insanely delicious offering.

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Photo of nickfl
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A vigorous pour yields one finger of brownish orange head, resting on a hazy, red-brown body. The head settles quickly to a ring of foam and leaves little lace.

S - The spicy, phenolic aroma hit me as soon as I opened the bottle, and once the beer has a chance to open up in the glass it expands into notes of chocolate, dark cherries, raisins, almonds, pepper, cinnamon, and lots of clove.

T - Fruity flavors of pineapple and banana, followed by darker raisin flavors as well as some sourness. The spice kicks in towards the middle with cinnamon, cloves and pepper along with some roasted grain notes of chocolate and dark caramel. Hop bitterness comes out during the finish with long, lingering notes of chocolate, rum, tobacco and a bit of alcoholic warmth.

M - Medium to light body, with moderate carbonation. There is a good bit of residual sweetness initially, but it dries out in the finish.

D - Very complex beer that manages to avoid being overbearing despite the high alcohol and big flavors. The smell is absolutely spectacular, reminds me of Samichlaus, but more interesting. The flavor is quite interesting as well, and I really like the way it finishes, but there is something about the initial sweetness or phenolic character that I find a little cloying. The sourness at the beginning is a nice touch that adds some balance.

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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 jlindros
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this special amazing beer while at Ebeneezers. One specially picked out by Chris, as he informed me I'm 1 of about 15 people to ever have tried this.

A: The bottle slowly erupts as the waitress cracks it and pours it quickly. It leaves a thick frothy head in the glass. It has a dark brown raisin like color hazy.

N: Sweet malts mostly, with quite a bit of raisin and plum, and more dark fruits. A slight sour fruit flavor, but no spices, as suggested by Chris, unspiced Pannepot!

T: Slightly sweet with lots of raisin! Dark malty flavors create a good shell, with thick syrupy slight porter flavor. More roast and black patent malt like flavors surround it as well. This is all surrounding a nice juicy dark fruit raisin center. A very slight smoke flavor is hinted. The slightest hint of booze and warmth.

M: Pretty thick and slightly syrupy, good carbonation.

F: Finishes slightly dry with a slight lingering smoke and porter flavor with roast. A slight syrup lingering, and the raisin just hangs out for a while too. Not quite sure the alc content of it, but I can only assume its pretty high and hides it well. A very delicious beer and I wish I had a lot more of it! Even my wife who is not a beer drinker, enjoyed this. I think it's the first beer I have shared with her that she actually somewhat enjoyed!

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4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Edition

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color. The beer has a two finger tall foamy mocha head of large bubbles that quickly reduces to an extremely thin patch covering less than half of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of dark fruit sweetness featuring plum, fig, grape, and raisin.

T: Similar in taste to the smell, there is a strong presence of dark fruit flavors which impart moderate amounts of sweetness - the dark fruits present are plum, fig, and raisin. Additionally there is some malty sweetness and hints of spices in the finish.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with moderate amounts of alcohol warming in the finish, which gets stronger as the beer warms.

O: This is a nice sipping beer, probably better enjoyed on a cool autumn evening than a warm summer night. The alcohol is not too well hidden and the beer has a pretty intense flavor, with some sweetness that makes it a sipping beer.

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4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure when or where I first had this one. This review is from notes on a recent tasting on tap at Farmers' Cabinet.

Poured a reddish-mahogany color with a half inch or so of creamy tan head that retained well and left some doily lacing on the glass. Aroma of Belgian yeast, dark fruits, hints of cocoa and spice. Sweet caramel malts in the taste, toffee, dark fruits, Belgian yeast, with lesser notes of cocoa and brown sugar; slight earthiness in the finish. Heavy-medium body, slightly chewy, smooth for such an elevated ABV. Nice beer overall.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2006 vintage. Raisin brown with flashes of black cherry when backlit with bright morning sunshine. A loud 'pffft' on crown cracking was followed by the creation of an expansive crown of ecru colored foam that isn't sticky enough to leave much of itself on the snifter. All three of the Pannepot ales look good, not great.

The same can be said for the nose(s). Despite the inward sloping sides of the glass, the aroma isn't as powerful as it should be. Warming helps to some extent. The beer smells BSDA-like, with dark fruit and ground clove especially prominent. Here's hoping that 3 years in the bottle haven't sapped most of the complexity.

Without tasting them side-by-side, I won't be able to speak about the relative differences between the Danish version and this American version. They're both excellent, that much is certain. Once the overly fizzy bubbles settle down, this should be a more enjoyable experience.

Old Fisherman's Ale has to be one of the darkest quadrupels in existence. There can't be too many that have this much licorice and molasses. Other flavors include dark chocolate-covered raisins, dark toffee, burnt sugar, orange peel, coriander and clove. I would never have guessed that thyme and cinnamon are present as well.

Amazingly enough (or maybe not so amazingly), these scores are identical to the scores given to the Danish version. It's hard to believe there are any major differences between the two. Warming brings more intensity and complexity to an already intense and complex beer.

Too bad the mouthfeel isn't as fantastic as it could be. To be fair, it improves considerably once most of the carbonation enters the atmosphere. It then becomes lightly viscous and almost creamy. My suggestion is to pour... wait 10 minutes (if you're able)... then begin to drink.

Pannepot Old Fisherman's Ale deserves its place on the list of Top Beers on Planet Earth (#46 currently). It's a wonderful quadrupel that emphasizes the Russian Imperial stout part of its personality more than most. Highly recommended for anyone who loves big Belgian ales.

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4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage poured from a 11.2oz bottle into my Westvleteren chalice. It poured a dark brown color with a huge frothy mocha colored head to it. The head had some great retention to it and sheets of big, thick, lacing was left on the sides of the glass as I drank it.

The aroma has a sweet malty, candi sugar type flavor to it with some nice dark fruits coming through. The spices are there but play more of a supporting role, which is nice. Complex and appealing aroma overall.

The taste has a dark fruit, plum, raisin flavor coming through. The spices some through but are relatively subtle overall compared to other beers brewed with spices. The finish is on the sweeter side with more of a malty and caramel flavor to it. Excellent flavored beer overall.

The mouthfeel is thick and very creamy. The head retention allows it to have a bit of foam in each sip which just adds to the mouthfeel. Drinkability is very good, it's an excellent beer overall. It's complex and delicious with a fantastic mouthfeel to it. Definitely a pleasure to drink.

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