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 RuudJH
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A 2010 pannepot.
Never encountered this beer before today, but i know it's famous. I'm curious.

Very nice aroma. Candy and raisins. Then some chocolate and coffee. Very nutty character. Roasted almonds and hazelnuts, that come through in the flavour. Powerfull but not outrageous bittersweet taste.
The alcohol is completely masked by flavour and aroma. The taste lingers and keeps it's form.

The aroma I've come across before, and it's a 5. The taste is somewhat more distinct but still known, but especially the aftertaste and feel of this beer is exceptional.
This beer goes down like only very very few others.

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Photo of bostonryan
4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of adamette
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed by me on tap at Chef Paul’s Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, Illinois July 26th, 2012 in the presence of my brother in law Mat. I believe the place had been renamed simply “Bavarian Lodge” but I still refer to it as “Chef Paul’s.” By any name this is a world class BeerAdvocate place. Anyone reading this should seek it out.
Review from notes taken while I enjoyed the beer. I was so excited to find this beer on tap but at "Chef Pauls" I cannot say that I was particularly surprised.

A Dark Brown body, minimal head. 4.0

S Sweet malt predominates as it smells much like a deep, dark molasses or even a fine syrup. Love it. 4.5

T Dark sweet malt and dark fruits dominate with a healthy sense of alcohol as well. This is a great tasting Quad. 5.0

M Big, huge beer with thick, sticky malt feel. 4.0

D Drinkability suffers due to the high ABV but overall this is a world class beer of its style. 4.5

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Photo of ReeseMax3
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of MrVonzipper
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage
Pours a very dark brown with a short bubbly tan head with pretty low retention and lacing.

The nose is pleasant with notes of dark fruit, dates, prunes, Belgian candy, molasses and mild caramel.

The flavor is quite nice with similar characteristics as the nose but much much brighter and bolder with a little bitter chocolate and spice on the backend adding to the mentioned characteristics.

Mouthfeel is where this shines the most for me. Has A lovely full bodied and almost creaminess that quads don't typically have. Less effevecence and carbonation from most quads.

Overall this is a fantastic quad. Put it off for a long time. Glad I finally tried it.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Gobzilla
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a pale dark brown in color with pale burgundy highlights and a very thin colar of head that barely left any lacing sticking to the glass.

S: very nice quad qualities such as dark fruits, brown sugar aroma, signature belgian yeast aroma, hints of cherries, pear presence and slight booze notes to it as well.

T: the sweet belgian yeasty character was more prominent on the palate alongside dark fruits like: raisins, figs, plums, but with brown sugar, molasses, chocolatey accents, and a touch of underlying cherries with pears.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a sweet, dark fruity, slightly boozy, and silky sticky finish.

O: exactly how U thought it was going to be. Solid example of a quad and definitely would drink some more of this elixir.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of dansmcd
3.7/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2010 vintage

A - Pours a dark molasses under a foamy finger of yellow tan head. Decent streaks of lacing adorn the glass.

S - Big notes of prune, raisin, red grape and spice. A hint of chocolate, clove and fig. Very fruity.

T - Prune is dominant. Booze is prominent. Backing features olive leaf extract, clove, cinnamon, dried dark fruit, plum, cola. Missing some breadiness for my liking, a quite boozy.

M - Medium bodied. Sticky. Moderate carbonation. Nice complexity.

O - Just doesn't hit the home run for me. Perhaps the absence of some grain or bread malt results in the lack of balance I am feeling here.

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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Rutager
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a deep, deep red-brown with 1.5 fingers of orange-tan head.

Smell. Candied oranges, cherries, molasses, sweet malts and fruity yeasts, spices. Just a ton goong on in this one.

Taste. Oranges, plums, brown-sugar, roasted grains, a bit of cherry, chocolate, belgian yeast and spice.

Mouthfeel. Full body, medium carbonation.

Overall. Big beer. Nice and complex with a lot of fruit flavours.

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Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of Converge
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into a 16oz tulip. 2007 vintage, and by far the oldest beer I've had the pleasure of tasting.

A - Pours a very deep and dark brown, with just a touch of red. Short-lived tan head dissipates, leaving a thin ring around the glass. Despite not real head retention or lacing, this is a fine looking brew.

S - Dark dried fruits, chocolate, and molasses. Figs, medjool dates, dried plums, and lots of chocolate. Subdued caramel and toffee notes, with some leather in there too. Definitely a but more roasty and dark than BSDAs/quads I'm used to. Spice is subtle, but undeniably present. Overall a complex and inviting aroma, almost reminiscent of De Struise's Black Albert.

T - A delicious and complex mixture of chocolate, fruit, and deep resinous flavors. A subtle backbone of bready malt and Belgian yeast lays out a base for a barrage of dark fruits and sweetness, followed by a assertive but not overbearing bitterness. Dates are right up front, with figs, plums, raisins, all mingling in there as well. Sweet notes of caramel, toffee, and candi sugar all come through. A dark chocolatey presence of cocoa adds some bittersweet notes, as it fades into an almost coffee-esque roast in the finish. Subtle earthy hops, Belgian spices, and a mild tart character wrap up the finish. At 10.00% ABV, the alcohol presence is non-existent. The flavor profile here is crafted beautifully.

M - Very viscous, with a full body that fills the mouth with each sip. Creamy, rich and smooth, with a carbonation that while bubbly and pronounced, is impossibly smooth. No alcohol burn whatsoever, just a tremendously drinkable feel.

D - In a lot of ways I think this is comparable to De Struise's Black Albert with the big fruitiness couples with pronounced roast and earthy bitterness, but for me this brew shines far brighter. Certainly a world-class beer in my books.

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of Bierman9
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an 11.2oz bottle Of 2010 vintage I bought in SEP11 at the Struise shop in Brugge (€3.90). Label says "PNP No. 4".

Poured about 11 of the 11.2oz into a small tulip, all save for some yeasties (for later!). I could see it had a deep auburn color on the pour, but once in the glass it became a dense, opaque liquid. Head was thin and fine, a small ring of beige bubbles clinging to the side of the glass. Lacing was decent but not top shelf. Nose was quite mild, just some light maltiness with a hint of spice. Has a body a tad thicker than medium, and it is relatively smooth and even going down.

Flavor has some solid maltiness, with a pleasant level of sweetness without being cloying. Seems likes there are some dates and raisins in there, plus something akin to rum-soaked fruitcake. A little cinnamon, perhaps, as well as a hint of clove. Finishes dry, with a touch of bitterness. Pretty good, though I was, in all honesty, expecting a lot more. Prosit!

3.9/5 rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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Photo of Altenor
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the beers I've wanted to try for a long time. Finally its time came and my first review in Beer Advocate.

Bottle indicated that it was the 2010 edition.

Poured in a snifter.

Appearance: Dark brown, like fresh brewed coffee and khaki head that dissipated fairly fast. A little darker than what I expected. No trace of lacing what so ever.

Smell: Lots of banana and chocolate at the beginning. After a while I began to get dark fruits, dates, prunes, raisins, brown sugar, molasses, and some spices like clove and anis. I also got some of the alcohol and toasty caramel notes. Excellent smell! Couldn't wait to take the first sip.

Taste: At first I got all the sweetness of the fruits then at the middle it transformed to bitter dark chocolate and toasted caramel ending with a long finish and feeling the trace of warm alcohol going down my chest. This is a great tasting beer. What was so interesting about this beer is how every sip changed the perception of my palate. I even got chocolate covered strawberries on my last sips. Very complex.

Mouthfeel: This is the only category that I felt it short on. At first it was excellent. It's fine carbonation made it feel so creamy and smooth but it all escaped fairly quick making it still and dead about 3/4ths of the way before finishing it. I don't know if it was a result of poor cellaring or I need to finish it quicker, which I wouldn't mind at all.

Overall: Awesome beer! I will definetly be getting more of it every time I get a chance. I don't know if this is a great example of a Belgium quad. For me it was like a quad mixed with a stout, but that doesn't concern me. I'll have to go to Belgium to compare it with the Trappist quads and make an educated conclusion.


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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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

2010 vintage. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark coffee color with a two-finger block of fluffy, light brown and gray head. A few streaks and dots of lace, with pretty good head retention on the surface.

S: Loads of juicy plum and raisin, dry cocoa, some spice (clove, cardamom).

T: Dark fruit over a layer of melted dark chocolate and supported by light spice. Wow, this is delicious. On the finish, just a bit of sweetness and a little smokiness.

M: Medium-full body, pretty creamy texture, and light carbonation. Alcohol is not perceptible.

O: This hits all the right spots for a quad: dark fruit and chocolate without being overly fruity or sweet or thick.

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Pannepot from De Struise Brouwers
4.33 out of 5 based on 2,392 ratings.
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