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 ChrisPro
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted blind as part of top 10 quad tasting with callmemickey and sideshowe.

A - dark brown with very little head and no lacing.

S - Lots of caramel, vanilla with some subtle fig. More dark fruit came out as it warmed

T - Nice dark brown sugar sweetness with lots of fruit and molasses sitting on the tongue. There is a nice roasted bitter finish along with just a hint of tartness.

M - sharp carbonation, but no heat whatsoever.

O - Just a solid quality quad that I would drink over and over. Ranked #1 of 10 for me.

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

Vintage 2007

A-Really unusual. Pours dark red/amber with nearly three inches of burnished orange/rust colored head, speckled with dark brown spots. Leaves Thick pillars of lacing as it recedes.

S-Tart, a bit sweet and herbaceous. Smells like a cross between a flemish sour and a quad, with hints of juniper and lavender and fennel.

T/M-Dry and herbaceous. Musty fig and dried apricot flavors, with a faint sloe/juniper berry character on the back end. Finish is fairly dry.

O-A very nice quad with plenty of unique character.

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Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
4.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2008 Pannepot Reserva, Quad, 10% abv

A: deep chocolate brown with a slightly offwhite head that produces nice lacing. Not exceptional carbonation but it is the 2008 batch so complaints dont seem to be in order

S: This seems to be its weakest trait with the anticipated huge dark fruit bouquet being rather muted, more of just a general sweetness without pronounced notes

T: The smell does not indicate the incredibly rich profile of this beer, deep roasted almond notes, burnt currant, s;ightly boozy character with minimal heat that is displaced by a nice finishing sweetness. The taste more than makes up for any other shortcomings

M: the mouthfeel lingers for just enough time, but leaves you wanting more, like each song in the first 2 Ramones albums. The coating is just long enough to make an impression, but not long enough to be overwhelming. As far as quads go, this is pretty light on the maltiness and I think given the character of the fruit notes, it is better as a result

D: Most quads wear out their welcome either due to overpowering booziness or an expansive maltiness that takes over your palate and stomach like japanese kudzu. this is a great beer that you could substitute for any beer in its class and people would welcome the complex sweet notes and high abv. Give this to any Newcastle drinker and bankrupt your friends overnight.

Narrative: This was easily the worst High School Reunion that Jacob mellors had ever been to, and he had seen his fair share. His obsession of crashing High School Reunions started simple enough, play the role of the muted Magic the Gathering player, the forgotten 4th chair trombone, lay low. It worked like clockwork, the open bar started flowing, old enemies regailing each other with carrer conquest exploits, soon Jacob, soon. His latent abilities went far beyond the scope of the pedestrian masses that he regailed. At the strike of each gala, 3 hours in, he would emerge as the forgotten socialite besting the former nerds in volairean wit, intimidating the portly former jocks with a panache and bravado that oozed confidence. It was this latent power that fed him at night, the knowledge that his unknown ability was his greatest asset. However, he could not drink so much that night as it was mid-november and class reunion season was in full swing.

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

Poured from an OLD bottle into a schooner. No best before date, but the date on the bottle was 2007! Let see how this one cellared!

A - deep brown with immediate effervescence when poured into the glass. Small tan head that disappears fairly quickly. A bit of cloudiness/chunkiness - had to carefully remove it from the bottom of the bottle. Very obviously carbonated. Continues to roil at the top of the glass.

S - combination of a yeast plus caramel. Bit of a sweet and sour odor as well (dried fruit).

T - slightly bitter initial flavor overtaken by a huge burst of dark fruit. Some moderately dark malt flavors there, but the sweetness never dominates (or really comes for the forefront!) The tartness continues to work on the palate well after drinking it.

M - surprisingly light mouthfeel; it looked like it would be heavy, but with a combination of the significant carbonation and lower specific gravity it's positively surprising!

D - the alcohol is definitely there, just beneath the surface but it's nicely balanced by the carbonation and the tartness.

Overall this is a very tasty beer, but also a bit of a labor of love to finish strongly as it's a delicious beast. Very interesting comparison with the Jewbilation 1x series in that they look similar, but instead of a sweet malt bomb it's a finely balanced tart and enticing brew. Very nice.

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Photo of jeonseh
3.65/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 vintage. Beer pours with a dark brown color with light traces of carbonation trailing up the side. It pours with about a thumb of head that slowly reduces to a light layer of foam at the top. Smells of yeast, clove, chocolate malt, and sweet spice. The nose itself is rather fragrant and lends to the taste. Taste is sweet with chocolate malt, candied sugar, hint of orange peel. Actually thought it was rather sweet on the whole, more than I expected. Near the end of the drink the orange peel flavor becomes a bit stronger and a hint of lemon appears. Mouthfeel has light carbonation and becomes rather creamy after a few seconds in the mouth. Overall a nice beer but rather sweet for my taste and that sweetness makes it a bit less drinkable than it would otherwise be.

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Photo of pmlondrigan
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage. A fantastic apperance, huge tan head, light lacing, deep mahogony color. The head just never fades away. Warm multigrain bread, raisin, plum, and belgian yeast on the nose. Some warm spice flavors up front, citrus makes an apperance. Then a complex malt bomb, raisin and dried fruit, fruity yeast flavors, and a bit sweet and cloying on the end. No sign of this beer's abundent alcohol. Slightly chewy and really full. An extremely well executed example of an iconic style. Hats off.

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Photo of Pundarquartis
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2007 Vintage - Aroma: Sweet with a hint of yeast, fruits and caramel. Not the best, but complex and alluring. Appearance: Almost black in the glass with a moderatly thick, cream colored head. Taste: Sweet and pleasant with a sting of bitterness just towards the end of the sip. In the aftertaste you’ll find a hint of coffee and honey that lingers for quite a while. Palate: Lightly carbonized and creamy makes the honey taste protrude and intesify. Overall: Splendid beer that all should taste.

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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 jakeaustin
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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