Pannepot | De Struise Brouwers

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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

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.07/5  rDev -6%
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

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.99/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of mick303
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of bigdaddymick
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
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

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Photo of tigg924
4.82/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of Weixiaobao
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of nicola5555
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


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Photo of Bruno74200
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
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

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Photo of Silke_Neryn
3.57/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

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Photo of josanguapo
2/5  rDev -53.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From lacasadelacerveza. In Teku glass. Playing Tomb Raider 2015. 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

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 Edition.
ABV: 10%
Serving temperature 13C (55F) - A little bit to cold, I think.

Dark mahogny, brown/red beer with a tiny beige-brown head. No lacing stays on the glass.

Nose: Nuts, roasted malt, coffee, brownie, caramel malt, prune, raisin, cola and candied sugar. Taste: Sweet caramel, licorice, espresso, roasted malt, maple syrup, raisin, orange, brown sugar and molasses.
The nose grows as the beer heats up.
Mouth: Full body. Complex texture. Medium carbonation with tiny bubbles. Sweet ending with a light, dry tone.

Oh! This is so good! I’m looking forward to cellar this and try a bottle in a few years from now :)

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Photo of Pjilsner
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Not my favorite style usually, but i love the lack of alcohol and sweetness. Those qualities keeps me away from most quads. Not as rich as most, which is maybe a bad thing to quad fans but not to me! Had the 2011 vintage in April 2016.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Listed in the "1001", I sought this, bought this, drank this, but can't decipher my notes. But, I remember I found it complex.

4/4/17, I bought this again and put it line for the "to age" part of my cellar. But when you can't remember an ale, you tend to drink it again. So I saved this 2014 Pannepot from getting into the geriatric line. And my lack of patience probably made the right decision as I don't think that aging will meld these spices substantially more than the last 2 & 1/2 years have. Pannepot is what it is. But everything changes at least a little, and here is what I think Pannepot is at this moment.

Looks are normal. (Sneak Preview: this is my favorites style to pair with sweet deserts.)
Smells are unusual. I ask "What am I about to drink." And there is no answer except to drink it. I take a sip.
Taste. My first response also is a question: "Have I ever tasted anything quite like this before.?" (The answer is "no.") I think people like this ale because only a few brewers would dare put all this together because it, quite obviously, is different.
Feel slips slightly more. Too different to hang around on the tongue... but it does for longer than I want.
Solution to this dilemma of a half-drunk bottle? Have vanilla ice cream and sweet, sweet caramel sauce for dessert.
All is made good by the pairing. This iconoclastic brewer's reputation remains intact... with the aid of sugar and butter fat as a failsafe strategy.

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Photo of Blinkyoureyes
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I give the 2014 a 4.25
I give the 2010 Reserva a 4.25
I give the 2010 Grand Reserva a 4.0

I had all of these while bar hopping in Brussels. I really enjoyed this beer.

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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 jmasher85
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank a 2014 the other night and sadly, it was a few beers in. No distinct impressions of it, but I did absolutely love it. Incredibly smooth and well-balanced for a Belgian quad, the surprisingly faint nose (and little head) gave way to a mouthful of flavor country with spices I couldn't even recognize (cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves stood out) and a texture so gentle, I could drink it all day (price tag notwithstanding). I'll certainly try it again in a more sober mood, but for now I'll just say that if you like the style, this is a must-try.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.77/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep cola brown, little head, medium carbonation. Aroma features the classic quad notes (dark raisin, tannins / phenols, cola) but everything was kinda soft and faint. The taste profile was much the same, but features a few other delicate notes (bitter chocolate, oak, sandalwood, burnt toffee) that compliments the fig / raisin and tannin flavor. It isn't bursting with flavor but it is layered and balanced. Not my favorite quad but a very good beer nonetheless.

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Photo of pattycakes8401
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 bottle, poured into a 330ml Chimay chalice

Look: Essentially black and almost entirely opaque with a subtle tinge of deep rust brown throughout, especially near the top when light is held up to it. A very small and fizzy cream-khaki head materializes and then fades almost immediately into a thin ring at the edges with some tiny splotches swirling around. There is almost no lacing, and nearly everything disappears shortly thereafter.

Smell: Aromatic and sweet, with dark roasted espresso, molasses, and raisin being heavily pronounced. Semisweet chocolate, raw cocoa, brown sugar, and caramel are also very distinct and help fill in the gaps, while an undertone of toasted malts and earthiness lingers throughout; some traces of vanilla are detectable as well. There is no booziness at all, and while hardly any of the yeast or other familiar Belgian ale qualities are present, the smell is very forward and pleasant nonetheless. Reminds me a lot of a stout.

Taste: Very similar to the nose in many ways. A lot of the dark roasted espresso and cocoa comes forward with a sticky sweet coating of maple syrup, caramel, and raisins, which is then followed by toasted malts and dark fruits with some hints of orange peel. A little bit of brown sugar and molasses are in there as well along with some peppery notes and spice in the background. No alcohol is detectable aside from a very mellow heat, which is actually quite pleasant because of the way it compliments the pepper and spice in the background. There's also a smooth bitterness near the end which lends character to the cocoa and espresso elements.

Feel: Medium bodied and perhaps a tad lighter than expected, yet silky smooth and velvety with small amounts of prickly carbonation to give it some life. Considering how light this feels given the sweet richness of its character, perhaps a bit more carbonation would have been nice; either that or a thicker body. There's also a lot of sticky sweetness on the tongue along with some mildly tart bitterness lingering in the aftertaste. The finish is swift and smooth with very little heat from the alcohol towards the end.

Overall: Quite different from what I expected and in fact somewhat reminiscent of a breakfast stout. While there was certainly nothing wrong with its appearance, there was nothing particularly inviting about it either; stronger head retention and heavier lacing would have been more pleasing, especially considering the style.

The smell and taste were fairly potent and sweet, though certainly not overwhelming, with the elements of dark chocolate, espresso, raisins, caramel, and toasted malts really coming together nicely and balancing perfectly with each other. While there was definitely a lot of sweetness up front, there was just enough bitterness to offset it while adding some depth to the dark chocolate and espresso qualities; the mellow heat of the alcohol really complimented the pepper and spice in the background, too.

Despite feeling a little flat for a quad, this beer is dangerously smooth and very drinkable for its ABV. Not nearly as complex as some of the other Belgians that I've had (Rochefort comes to mind), but still very pleasant and hard-hitting nonetheless, direct in its approach and akin to the sticky sweet character of something like Gulden Draak.

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Photo of Trevor11
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I had this in january of 2016 purchased from bottles and cans in Chicago. Although this is classified as a quad, Pannepot reminded me a lot of a barleywine similar to Sucaba. This is definitely not a beer to pass up.

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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 Trosevear
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2007 bottle poured into a stout glass.

L: Dark black, when put up to the light almost makes it looks a slight brown. Has one finger full brown head that when settled leaves a small brown layer over top of the whole beer.

S: Sweet, strong molasses, with a slight cocoa smell or even a dark roast espresso.

T: Sweet molasses, dark roast espresso, dark cocoa chocolate, it has a slight amount of fruityness to it as well, like dark cherry, plum, and oranges or a slight citrus. It finishes off with a slight amount of alcohol. But it is covered up well by all of the other strong flavors and even the sweetness it has to it.

F: After sitting in the bottle for 9 years it has lost a fair amount of its carbination, it might have even lost a little of its alcohol content but it is still amazing.

O: Probably one of the best beers I have ever had, defiantly one of the most complex beers I've had. Amazing flavor, fell and everything about it.

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Photo of amano_h
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2016 Vintage. Poured into a De Struise Tulip.

Sweet dark fruit dominate the aroma, with plums, figs, ripe blackberry, and a hint of raisins hitting the nose hard from the start. The initial onslaught of fruit is followed by a strong layer of toffee, a little bit of chocolate, and some rich rich roasted malts; the fabled Pannepot "spices" (hazelnut, vanilla, etc.) aren't as obstuse as previous iterations, but do eventually surface if you give it some time.

Mouth follows the nose very closely. A ton of jammy figs, ripe plums, toffee, and roasted malts take center stage, while a supporting cast of dark chocolate cake, vanilla, liquorice and dates makes sure that the flavors aren't too single dimensional and burdensome on the palate. This year's vintage has a nice mild coffee-like finish which intensifies with time and temperature.

As it has been each year: medium-bodied with a creamy initial mouthfeel; low but nevertheless a substantial amount of carbonation

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Photo of KVNBGRY
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Prunes, figs, toffee, burnt sugar. All the goods. Big, not too boozy, and a perfect amount of carb. Medium mouthfeel, right where it should be. This was the 2011 bottle. Stored in a 55°cellar the entire time.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.35/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

From the 11.2 fl oz bottle. 2014 batch. I'll give it high marks for the way it looks with its dark brown to near black color. There is no head. The aroma is a mesh of dark sweet malt and sour, wild ale yeast. Not much in the way of hops and especially no booze for 10%. But it still does not draw me in. Smoother medium or better body. A kind of sweet and spicy flavor but there is this kind of cardboard thing going on that brings it all down. I'm willing to give it a half way decent rating but it would not be high on my list for repeats.

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Photo of jason3125
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2011

Little head, no lacing, and dark brown

It smells like a sticky bun with raisins

The taste is slightly sour, figs and raisins

The mouthful is thin with a slight burn.

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