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

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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 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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Photo of Slack
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dark brown and opaque with little head and no lacing

Aromas of sweet dark fruits – fig and raisin, coffee, caramel, malt, alcohol, spice

Taste is overwhelmingly sweet fig and raisin with a malty undertone. Spice and coffee are present towards the end.

Mouthful is medium to heavy and creamy with low carbonation

A great quad sipper that could be easily paired with a dessert or as a standalone.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.83/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Mine's a 2015 bottle. I asked for a fresh one.

A: Almost black body with a light beige head.
S: A familiar peppy estery smell, can't quite think of anything analogous to it. Bit of coffee and chocolate.
T: Slightly sour, lots of dried figs, sweet and syrupy, some smokey coffee and earthiness. Not your regular quadrupel. Very grassy aftertaste. Medicinal, like cough syrup and slightly sickly with it. After not long the finish becomes grassy. Seeing cross references here to English barley wines and impy stouts. Hints of liquorice. Very little fizz.
O: Interesting. A big beer with a lot of different qualities. A bit sickly and cloying though.

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Photo of pagriley
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2011 bottle poured into a snifter

L - Pours effervescent deep mahogany with half inch caramel head
S - Toffee, vanilla, and a touch of booze
T - Sweet raisins, figs and caramel. A very slight hint of spice but you really have to look for it
F - Medium bodied, creamy with a slight prickle to the carb

Overall this really put me in mind of a scotch ale. Not sure the distinction, but not much of what I think of as 'typical' Belgian characteristics (esters) and a more malty medium body compared to lighter quads.
A super tasty beer - one I will revist the next time I see it

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Photo of Beersnake1
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage. Poured from fridge temp ( 48 degrees) into a tulip and allowed to warm. Appearance is a rich dark brown with good carbonation. Smell is amazing - a quad with a lot of fruit, spice, and caramel. I am getting grapes and cherries. Vanilla. Taste is so smooth. Rich caramel, a bit of nut, and sweet fruit. Great mouthfeel. Didn't disappoint!

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had a 2014 vintage...was a little apprehensive at what a 'FIshermans ale" would taste like.....very nice light spice and caramel. Not too strong but not a light or watery beer at all. Really enjoyed it!

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Photo of janubio
2.93/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Label reads 2006, though as far as I know they don't change the recipe. Minimu of white head that does not hold. Dark colour with some red hints when you pour it. Aroma of dark fruits, raisins, plums, caramel, coffee. Creamy palate. Taste is similar to armoa, raisins, plums, dates, caramel, coffee. I notice a lot of things and some complexity, but there's some coke feel, and the poor head, that tells me my bottle is not in good conditions. I'll have to taste another one and review it.

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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 sordyl
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Old Fisherman's Ale aged on Oak, 2010 vintage. Would not have placed this as a Quad. Taste dates, leather and some cherry. I probably could rate this higher but its not among my favorite styles.

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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 Rothobinide
4.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2013 Vintage - tasted on June 9, 2015. Poured out a hazy, reddish-brown with minimal head. Smelled like gingerbread cookies! Taste was of spiced cookies or cake - I detected notes of ginger, cinnamon, orange peel, maple syrup, cloves, vanilla... mouthfeel was velvety-smooth. A distinctive quad - don't think I've had one quite like this before.

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Photo of SpanishUnicorn
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a 2010 bottle at the Delirium Cafe in Brussels. Tasty, complex quad. Plum, fig, dates, raison, dark cherry come through on the nose. Taste follows the nose with an addition of burnt brown sugar and a nice alcohol bite. Very nice mouthfeel and an aftertaste that makes you want more.

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Pannepot from De Struise Brouwers
4.33 out of 5 based on 2,381 ratings.
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