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 kylehay2004
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of jaydoc
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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 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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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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5/5  rDev +15.5%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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 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 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 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 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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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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 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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