Pannepot | De Struise Brouwers

2,400 Ratings

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

A: Poured into my St. B chalice, this has to be one of the darkest quads I've ever seen. This brew pours a really deep brown with plumb highlights. The bubbly head is an amber brown and eventually settles to a ring atop the body.

S: The aroma is very similar to a BSDA with some spice notes. Not as much clove as you would expect in a quad. Dark fruit notes are resent with some caramel malt.

T: The flavor is borderline excellent. Flavors include dark fruit, raisins, maybe some bruised apples, a dab of chocolate on the back of the pallet, and a little hint of Belgium spiciness when this brew warms.

MF: Mouthfeel is full of carbonation, but I expected a larger body from a Belgium, especially one this dark.

Overall, this is an amazing brew. Something different in the realm of quads. Very malty, but lacks a certain complexity that many great quads benefit from.

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Photo of UTCengOwl
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Friend brought back a 2007 bottle from New Orleans. Thanks! Poured into a Great Divide balloon glass.

The pour is extremely dark... though it somehow still seem brown, even though I can't really see any color. Should be black. Interesting. Tan head that comes across a bit thin for the sle, but it pours large and stays around for a while. Not perfect, but definitely an attractive beer.

The nose is distinctly sweet. Similar to the Black Albert I had. Raisins, toffee and something like a dull spice. Unique and interesting... but not quite magical.

The taste is similarly sweet. Not distractingly, but maybe a slight bit much?smooth, dark fruits. Unique, but once again, not quite magical. I wish there was a bit more of a bite somewhere, but there's nothing I can specifically complain about. The mouthfeel is maybe bit undercarbonated, but not by much. The beer could be thicker, but it is quite smooth and drinkable. I cn't complain about any specific aspects of this beer. It's 100% solid... but for some reason I'm not in love. Hrm.

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

A bottle of the 2009 vintage poured into a snifter glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a rich dark brown with a ½" light tan head that soon recedes to small patches on the surface and a ring around the glass that leaves little speckles of lacing for much of the beer.

Smell: Upon opening the bottle and pouring the rich malty, spicy aroma spreads out to fill the air. The aromas here seem to include some dark fruits (like dark cherries, raisins, prunes). The spices seem to include cinnamon, nutmeg and a bit of ginger. There also seems to be a strong amount dark brown sugar in mix.

Taste: The flavors are much as predicted by the nose but what isn't expected is both the complexity and balance of the flavor and it's opening up during the warming of the beer over time. The malt shows off the brown sugar nicely. The spices seem to move in and out as the liquid spreads through the mouth. There is cinnamon and nutmeg mingling with the fruits and the blend is excellent.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied, soft and creamy and the carbonation is restrained and persistent. The finish is relatively long, begins with the malt sweetness and tapers off into a dryness that eventually just fades quietly away.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: The drinkability of this beer is is excellent. Each sip follows the last with ease and the beer is disappearing much to quickly. This lives up to its reputation. My overall impression is that this is indeed a great beer that is worth seeking out and trying at least once.

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Photo of Spider889
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Local Option in Chicago.

I am normally not a fan of Quads, but I have heared only good things about this beer, and had to try it on tap!

A very dark brown sugar color with minimal head. As I was drinking I began to swirl the beer in my glass, and the foam created was a very dark mahogany color.

The smell was pretty darn fantastic. There was a sourness to the beer that was unexpected. Deep tobacco hues began to emerge, as did toffee and dark cherries.

The taste was also mildly sour, at least giving an initial kick to the palate before the sweetness of the other flavors emerged. Smokey caramel malts played a big role here, and the beer finished bitter. Quite sweet, I was getting a lot more dark brown sugar/molasses than fruit notes as some Quads tend to showcase.

The mouthfeel was silky smooth, with a worn leathery richness that I really enjoyed. The alcohol was never a nuisance, however this beer was most definitely a sipper.

I would really like to try the other variations of this, including a bottle of this one - an aged version would likely be quite amazing I suspect.

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Photo of Bung
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007. Serious gusher. After pouring into my snifter though it was fine, maybe lost 1/4 of the bottle. Has me a bit worried though. Very dark brown pour, finger of light tan head. Retains very well.

Aroma is pretty malty but balanced with spice. Nutmeg, corriander. Some brown sugar, molasses, faint red wine vinegar.

No vinegar here. Quite a range of malty toffee, prune, raisin. Large chocolate and especially cocoa middle through finish, which is slightly dry.

Lighter side of mid bodied. Lively carbonation, but not overly. No alcohol presence what so ever. Goes down entirely too easy.

Maybe this is a bit past its peak, or my bottle wasn't ideal. It was stored properly. Really very good outside of the aroma, unless that's how they meant for it to be, the gusher upon opening leads me to believe different though.

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

Brown and hazy with a good head that lasted, leaving nice clumpy lacing.

Smells dark and fruity, spicy, with some earthy malts.

Taste is very fruity, dry and sweet at the same time, with prunes, figs, raisins, a touch of nuttiness, and just a hint of chocolate.

Feel is exceptionally smooth and full. Tiny carbonation bubbles linger forever on the tongue.

Drinks very well. This beer was four years old, a 2007 vintage, and I loved it.

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

2006 330 cl bottle shared with Barley Brown's brew crew 4.1.11.

1/2 finger light tan head, quick dissipation with minimal lacing. Dark brown almost black opaque body no visible carbonation. Really interesting nose, some dark stone fruit, cherries, I picked up some fig notes, molasses or burnt brown sugar. Taste mirrors nose and got really complex once the beer warmed, although The Palate picked up some cardboard oxidation notes. Mouthfeel on the full side of medium, above average effervescence, leading to a dry and slightly sticky finish, A really satisfying sipper, this is a world class beer, wish I could find a bit more fresh bottle for comparison.

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Photo of Blanco
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 vintage. On the side is a label that notes "Lot" with the "C" "7" and "BB" notched off. No idea what that means.

pours a very dark brown color, almost stout-ish. the head is a strong tan head that is thick and foamy. the smell is of belgian spices and heavy on the malt, with a strong caramel aroma. Slightest hint of vinegar on initial whiffs, but disappears and has me wondering if I imagined it. Taste is strong on dark fruits, with a little bit of sweet candy. Slight warming sensation, but no actual alcohol in the flavor. It's bolder than most Quads and is different in that it reminds me of a porter or stout. Mouthfeel is also thicker than most quads, while keeping that characteristic "zing" that I enjoy when drinking similar brews. Overall, a strong Quad, although I waaay overpaid to try this.

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Photo of vkv822
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle into tulip.
2006 vintage.

Pours an opaque dark brown, with fairly active rising carbonation with a thick tan head that has great retention throughout the life of the beer.

The aroma consists mostly of a blend of spiced booziness upfront, but it gives way to a very nice blend of figs, plums, and even some cherry notes.

The taste is of bread and dark fruits, again with some more of the cherry notes. This is all backed by some light spice notes.

Has a medium body, while the carbonation is a bit higher than expected from a 5 year old bottle.

A well done Quad, with some very nice complexities that shined through at times. I would also really like to try a newer vintage to compare to.

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Photo of dciBA
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage

Poured from the 33cl bottle into a tulip. Color is deep, dark, murky brown with some tan head that fades quickly. Noticeable amount of yeast floating around. Some soapy lacing.

Smell is somewhat muted yet nice and complex. Molasses, raisins, chocolate, oak and some alcohol. There's also an underlying fruity Belgian yeast smell. Very nice on the nose. Would have scored it perfect if it was just a little more potent.

After the smell I definitely had high expectations for the taste, and I was not disappointed. All the smells carry over to the palate but with more power behind them. The raisin/dark fruit flavor is the most prevalent. Some sweet caramel comes in as well. There's a noticeable alcohol flavor and warmth as it goes down. No hop flavor, as expected from a beer this old, but there is a nice bitterness on the palate.

Carbonation is perfect. Mouthfeel is very smooth and enjoyable. Flavor lingers on your palate for a long time after every sip. Finish is nice and sweet without being cloying. A great example of the style, and worthy of mention among the other legendary quads.

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Photo of pacond
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 bottle.

Shared this bottle into a snifter successfully. Pours like, you know a dark red and brownish hues, as expected. Really nice aromas, nothing off here. Carbonation and mouthfeel is excellent. As for taste and such I really enjoyed this Quad, very drinkable lots of flavor not too heavy,sweet or boozy which is key. Very sufficient and pleasing.

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

2008 vintage, poured into a snifter. The pour is dark brown with a thin tan head. The aroma is sweet with lots of raisin and dark fruit notes, hints of alcohol. The raisin, date and dark fruit notes come out, along with some oak. It has a lingering sweet finish. The body is full, decent carbonation, light alcohol feel. The beer was surprisingly drinkable, really nice quad.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.89/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks CBA. 2007 Vintage.

A - Pitch black gusher pours with a half finger tan, fizzy head that is gone fairly quick. Generous amount of specs noticable alongside some medium carbonation coming up the glass.

S - Great boozy fruitcake with really rich dark fruits like any Quad should have. Generous amounts of booze are present on the nose as well. Quite nice and inviting.

T - Sweet and boozy with those dark fruit notes again. Molasses and licorice are there also. Sort of a bittersweet finish. Booziness is odd, I would have suspected it would have smoothed out after this long. There is a touch of sourness making me think this is going south. Some raisins and mild spice are there too. Complex Quad but not the best I've had from these Belgian dudes. Yet a 'pretty good' beer by De Struise standards is much better than average.

M - Medium carbonation tickles the tongue, syrupy but medium bodied.

D - I'm torn. This is a good Quad but it definately doesn't amaze me. I enjoy it as a whole but when broken down into parts it looks weaker. I would never turn one down though, and I would probably seek this out again.

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Photo of cpmichael
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Stone Snifter, 2009 bottle.

A: The darkest quad I have ever seen. Almost black, but not quite. A medium amount of head retention that quickly fades.

S: Super spicy and sugary smelling. Sweet malts and some yeast come through, but there is a lot of raisins, plums, some molasses and licorice that I notice. Cloves are present too, with a hint of smoked wood.

T: This is a really complex beer, but seems to be well balanced. Does not seem to fit into the quad category, but who cares when it tastes like this. The sweet malts and molasses are present in the front end, the raisins and sugar plums are too. Cloves and licorice are mixed with a lightly smokey/woody flavor that comes through on the back end of this beer.

M/D: I have trouble fitting this in the quad category because it is so different from any quad I have had, but that's one of the great things about this beer. It was super complex, really interesting. I was never bored throughout the tasting. Tons were going on with it and it really worked to the beer's advantage. Really easy to drink, not much alcohol on this 2 year old beer. So it was super smooth. Just an awesome beer.

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

Reviewed from notes.

Appearance: Ruby Red Brown with 1 finger off white head

Smell: dark fruits, slight smoke, malts, booze

Taste: dark fruits, raisins, sweet, caramel, booze

Mouthfeel: mild carbonation, thick, syrupy

Drinkabity: Definitely a sipper.



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Photo of Jesse13713
3.28/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A huge thanks to AwYeh for this beer! 2009 Series.

Appearance - Very impressive lacing. Pours a very dark blackish purple. Slight bubbly on the top.

Smell - Hints of light fruits. Slightly alcoholic smell with hints of plums and darker fruits.

Taste - A very plum tasting beer. Hints of chocoloate and dark fruits. Reminds me of something from Jackie O's Dark Apparition event. Dark malts.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Quite heavily bodied. Definitely a sipper. Reminds me of a Wee Heavy as opposed to a Quad. Delicious dark fruits.

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Photo of zhanson88
3.96/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this 2007 vintage as an extra with a trade with alpineclimber. Thanks a lot!

Appearance: Well as soon as I popped the cap on this beer it started gushing like crazy. One I got it in a glass, it appears a muddy brown with slight mahogany hues. A nice two finger mocha colored head forms, which had very nice retention and lacing. Not surprising for a De Struise beer.

Smell: I get caramel, slight toffee, anise, yeast, and dark fruits. Also a sharp, tart cherry smell. I would be shocked if that was intentional; after 3+ years this one must be developing a slight infection. It's not enough to make it unenjoyable, just different.

Taste: Dark fruits, caramel, yeast, and anice/spices, with just a hint of tartness. Probably less tartness on the palate than on the nose. It even kind of adds a little something to the beer for me. Not too shabby.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Medium bodied with a lot of fine carbonation, that leads to a great pillowy mouthfeel. Feel is usually one of my favorite parts about De Struise beers. Overall, a very nice beer even with slight (what I think is) infection. Pretty complex flavors hide any alcohol presence very well.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.96/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage courtest of normyk.

Bottles opens as a gusher! Once I got the gushing under control the beer pours a very dark brown with head that quickly dissipates. Smells spicey and tart. a bit of a sour kick that I'm not sure is intensional. Tastes spicey with the slightest hint of sourness. I think this bottle may be showing just the first signs of an infection. Luckily its held up very well and isn't turning too sour. The spice and malt profile meld well and leave this as a very tasty brew. I was surprised to see it ring in at 10 percent as it tastes like its 6 percent. Overall, a very tasty beer and something I would definitely drink again.

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Photo of fastsrt
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

6 ounce pour at the blind tiger ale house for 8.00$

A: brown, with a rich tan head

S: spicy, funky, sweet.

T: sweet, rich great flavors, fruity, with spice mingled in well balanced and unique.

M: well carbonated, coating. pleasing with every sip

D: good beer not worth 8 bucks for a six ounce pour, i would like to get this in a bottle that I could enjoy over a period of time.

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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 Noctilucus
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought at Drankenhandel Geers.

Complex, nearly black strong ale with a solid brown head. Very potent brew, less sweet than I would have expected.
Great combination of malts and slight bitterness of the hops, all very well balanced. I'm not surprised to see that the list of ingredients confirms its complexity, even if it's deceptively easy to drink for a 10% ABV brew...

Definitely one to revisit!

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

the 2006 bottle emerges from darkness and clads us in delight. Dark brown, heroic, a lithe head. Raisins and prunes, bananas in the background, they comprise the nose. There's a little more spicy complexity but its hazy. The beer is delicious, caramelly, raisiny, and figgy. Some other delicious flavors in there but it's gone too quick to savor. The hazards of splitting a bottle. Ahhh, but I am thankful. A delightful treat from a dear friend. Thank you, Joe..

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Photo of CaptainTripps
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a oversized wine glass
2006 vintage.

A: Pours a deep deep brown mahogany, slight amber in color around the edges. About a half a finger of a coco colored head.

S: Dark fruits and spices are coming out of the wood works with this beer. Not the most aromatic quad i have experience but still good non the less. Love the slight cherry play along with the figs and raisons here.

T: Really rich and full flavored. The spices play nicely with dark fruits at hand. Flavors seem to roll smoothly on and off the tongue. Like with the nose, it has a slight cherry thing going on that is quite pleasant.

M: Creamy and smooth. I can only describe it as velvety. Carbonation is a little on the low side but that is probably the cause of age. Alcohol is very mellow in this beer to the point its almost non-existent.

D: Very high with this vintage. The beer feels so goood on the palate you just can't help but to drink more and more. Alcohol is very mellow as well for a 10% ABV beer making this one a really winner.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

big thanks to alpineclimber

vintage 2007 bottle

bottle gushed a bit upon opening. pours a very deep murky brown with a fizzy cocoa creamy head. great retention.

scent is quite sweet. light tobacco and funk. lots of dark fruit. faint hint of alcohol. lots of raisin.

nice and sweet through out. again, a fair amount of raisin and fig. a nice amount of funkiness through out. bit of tobacco and oak.

lots of carbonation. each sip was a gusher. no real hint of alcohol however a slight sting on the gums.

this was good, real good. one of the better quads i have had. i would love to try this again.

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Photo of kwjd
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle of this at Volo in Toronto. I believe it was from 2008 (I forgot to write this down, but that is from memory). Pours a ruby brown colour with almost a finger of off-white head. Some lacing down the glass. It was served a bit too cold, but as it started to warm up smells of dark fruit, cherry with some Belgian yeast. Quite sweet flavour, some spiciness seems to come in as an aftertaste. Medium carbonation for the style, nice mouthfeel. A really nice quad.

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Pannepot from De Struise Brouwers
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