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 mariposafan
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark, opaque brown with a two finger mocha colored head that fades to a ring of lacing.

The aroma is yeasty, fruity and spicy. Almost smells like there's molasses in there.

The taste is odd. It's a little sharp, maybe a bit astringent. Definite spiciness, with a malty aftertaste. Very rich, yet oddly dry. Having trouble pinning this one down.

The mouthfeel is pretty darned good. A little thick with some carbonation to cut through any lingering flavors.

If it weren't for the writing on the bottle I'd swear that this wasn't anywhere near 10%. Dangerously drinkable, only the richness keeps it from getting a 5 here.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured on tap into appropriate glassware at Brasserie Beck.

Has a pretty brownish maroon color with a nice tannish silky head with some legs to speak of on the sides. The smell is pretty nice and has notes of raisin, malts, grapes, wheat, spices, alcohol sweetness and some other things that are hard to describe but are always there in good quads.

The taste has a whole new level of complexity and features the flavors found in the nose and then some. A very nice level of sweetness to maltiness such that the sugar is not overpowering and the finish is dry as a bone. Nice. Again raisins and dates have a nice presence (not in an oxidized way) with wheat and sweet malt to boot. Very subtle and hidden alcohol complexity.

The mouthfeel is silky and medium in body. very nice. The 10% is definitely hidden well. This beer is really nice stuff and I'm lucky to try it on tap for the first time. One glass is certainly enough for me though!

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

330 ml bottle 10,0% Abv.
2009 vintage poured into a snifter.

Another beer from the box received from Thijs, thanks again I am really looking forward to tasting this one.

Appearance: Wow Pannepot is much darker than I was expecting, if someone gave me a glass of this and told me it was a stout, I may well have believed them.
The body very dark brown (too dark to see how cloudy it is) with mahogany edges if held to the light.
Massive head (though this was expected being from Struise), beige in colour that lasts fairly well and leaves pretty good lace on the upper levels of the glass.

Smell: Holy crap, now this is what I call a nose, massive and hugely complex, but with all the notes so well integrated I am not sure where to start.
To my surprise there was a decent amount of chocolate, molasses and dark toffee to start, confirming (along with the colour) that this is a very dark quad.
Dark fruits and spices dominate the aroma; dates, raisins, cherries, stewed plums, candied orange peel, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and coriander all jump out. As the beer warms a nose gains a fairly earthy character, dark rum and just a hint of wood are also present.

Taste: As with the nose the flavor is superb, it's a bit sweeter than one might expect but that works just fine with the flavor of the beer. Molasses, toffee and burned sugar account for the sweetness and the rich, earthy, spiced fruits from the nose round out flavor (dates, raisins and stewed plums combined with cloves, coriander and cinnamon).
The chocolate from the nose is noted as the beer warms along with just a pinch of coffee, rum and a hint of oak.
De Struise has done a superb job in covering the alcohol in this beer, it is only noted as a slight warming in the back of the mouth and throat.

Mouthfeel: Full, fairly thick body with a superbly smooth and well balanced level of carbonation.

Drinkability: Pannepot is one of the most complex beers I have ever had, but it is still insanely drinkable. For such a big beer to be so well balanced and easy drinking is amazing. If this beer was easily available it would be one I would drink on every possible occasion.

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Photo of getgetgettleman
3.85/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes 12/07/10

2009 Lot A 4 DD

A= Root beer colored brown. High carbonation of tight bubbles and strong lace.

S= Chocolate malt with fruit hints of plum and fig.

T= Malty chocolate with cream, dried plum and figs. Noticeable distilled spirits flavor but not over powering.

M= Clean feel and bubbly on the front end with a pleasant bitter finish. The root beer reference comes into play here.

D= Easy drinker. Almost refreshing like a summer beer. But with more taste complexity and satisfaction. Enjoy it slow!

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Photo of dqrull
3.23/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3


Pours a dark slightly muddy brown with a moderate light brown head of small bubbles that lasts quite a while.

Smells chocolaty, like creamy chocolate mousse made with dark chocolate, some metallic hints that I dont really appreciatte as well... Behind the chocoalte there are loads of pickled plums, dried figs and sweet caramel with carramellized red berries, intrigiung. A little note of alcohol as well.

Taste is chocolaty, with a very interesting malt base, with a buttery caramel with a peppery sting to it, hard to explain, but it's quite pleasant. But it suddenly ends with a chemical astringency that really ruins it all for me, very dissapointing to say the least.

Mouthfeel is great for the style, semi-heavy body with a cozy carbonation that does its job great.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a tulip. 2008 vintage. Forget who traded this one to me but whoever it was, thanks a lot! Picked up a Pannepot Reserva - Old Fisherman's Ale at Stateline a few days ago so decided to try these in the same night.

a - Pours a very dark brown color with one finger of fluffy off white/light tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of oak, spices, chocolate, caramel malts, toasted malts, and dark fruits.

t - Tastes of spices, Belgian yeast, dark fruits, caramel malts, light chocolate, and very light alcohol. Tastes fantastic.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. The body is very smooth and creamy and goes down very easy. Can't believe this one is 10%; can't tel at all.

d - A great quad; one of the best I've had. I loved the taste and the mouthfeel was perfect; would love to get some more of this. I think it was similar to the Reserva, but had less oak and a better mouthfeel.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 Vintage. Lot A 1 CC. Big thanks to Lunch for this one in a past trade! Served from bottle into an Orval goblet. Poured a deep brown with a one finger light tan head with brown dusting from the sediment sprinkled around. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, chocolate, cream, subtle spice, and wood. The flavor was of sweet malt, chocolate, cream, dark fruit, slight spices, and subtle alcohol. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this brew blew me away. I had heard rumors that this one was good, but had NO idea what I was in for. The flavor was very well balanced, but the aroma was even better. I could actually smell this thing from over two feet away when writing my notes! This is a great representation of the style without a doubt. So glad I got the opportunity to try this one!

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Photo of Blakaeris
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, rich red-mahogany color with a creamy tan head. Very appealing appearance.

Aroma is initially rum soaked dark fruit - date, raisin, and cherry. Belgian candy sugar sweetness balanced with an earthy woody quality. Very little yeasty spice.

Taste is rich and malty. Plenty of caramel and toffee. Similar fruit character as what the nose lead me to expect; but much stronger. The fruit here also has Plum qualities with the strong sweetness and a touch of tart. Mild dry woodiness, and a big boozy finish that matches well with the overall sweetness. Vague lingering Belgian yeasty spice.

Mothfeel is full, smooth and soft.

A very flavorful quad. Many layers of intense fruit and complicated malt. A winner.

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Photo of bashiba
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice deep dark brown with a thick and creamy tan had, tons of lacing and retention.

The smell is very nice, big blasts of malt, belgian candy sugar, and lots of spices.

The flavor is very full and complex with big dark fruits, cedar and woody malts, lots of spices and a surprisingly high level of bitter hops balancing it out very nicely. A bit of alcohol peaks through as well.

The mouthfeel is thick and creamy with a nice bit of warming.

Very drinkable and tasty, very nice Belgian Quad.

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Photo of Vdubb86
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint Glass

Thanks to TMoney2591 via Plenum for letting me try this highly rated beer.

2007 Vintage

This beer pours a nice chocolaty brown color with a decent level of ecru foam on the surface. The smell is rather nice with some butterscotch and raisin notes on the nostrils. The flavor is mostly consisting of the raisin flavor. There is a hint of whiskey in the back, but you can seriously tell that it has mellowed out overtime. It goes down really very smooth, but is hard to drink too much of it due to the higher ABV. I really must admit that I am really happy to be lent this bottle of beer. It is one of the better quads that I've had. It is clearly the first vintage one I've had.

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Photo of ne0m00re
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a 33 cL bottle of the 2006 just yesterday.
A: Murky dark brown, with a very strong tan collar.
S: Cigar and molasses, raisins, bourbon caramel alcohol, banana, slight maple syrup, with a very nice cocoa/coffee-esque roast.
T: Chocolate and caramel, raisins and molasses, cigar, banana, lingering mild bourbon with the barrel. Nice.
M: Slightly thick and sticky, frothy.
D: Really great.

This is a great beer that doesn't get enough recognition.

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 bottle, poured into tulip with a healthy brown/ tan head and a little lacing.

Smell of biscuit, bready yeasty dough, with toffee, caramel and plum aromas along with some nuttiness. There is a lot going on and the nutty sweet aroma is great.

Taste is superb, sweet toffee and plum with raisin hints, caramel and other dark fruits of cherry. There is definitely some oak presence, but I think I had expected more with the mention on the label. The oak is nicely subdued with the dark fruit flavors and everything comes together with the biscuity flavored malts. Overall everything comes together very nicely and the years have done this one justice. I am sure it could have aged longer and tasted even more well rounded, but this is fantastic as is...

A very good quad edging on old ale flavors. light carbonation and a medium to thick body. Very well done and goes down with no effort

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Photo of stakem
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken on 11/12/10.

2009 bottle poured into a snifter appears a dark brown with deep ruby red clarity. A darkly tanned cap of foam appears and recedes slowly. A light swirl revives the head and leaves leggings of lace about the glass.

The aroma is rich with caramel candy-like sweetness that is somewhat fruity like plum. A touch of spices are in the background all through the nose runs the presence of the alcohol. A little bit of earthy hops are noted. Overall the nose of this brew is very candied.

The taste has a solid amount of candied sweetness that is equally matched by a bold presence of alcohol and light earthy bittering hops. The yeast is somewhat evident along with a bit of bready malt character. As it warms the alcohol becomes increasingly evident as well as the herbal bitterness of the hops.

Overall this is quite a candied sweet brew at first that turns more malty and bitter with alcohol as the experience continues. It is medium to full bodied with a modest level of carbonation. Very drinkable and a solid balance of flavors are there to be enjoyed now or in a few years, this certainly could be aged for awhile.

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

2007 version. Notched with Lot A, 2, and CC... whatever all that means.

11.2oz poured into my fat Orval chalice, so I can stick my whole head into this one....

Pours with a lively deep-tan head that looks like it's loaded with cinnamon. Opaque dark (near black) cherry body. Plenty of lacing.

Aromas of raisins, plums, Belgian yeast, oak barrel, dark chocolate, and marachino cherries.

Fairly tart, then sweet up front - malt vinegar, cherry pie, brandy, cabernet grapes, cocoa, and finishing with some aftertaste of pumpernickel. Cool.

Enough tart bite to take the MF down a notch from what you might expect in a 10% Quad. Even turns a bit powdery - like cocoa powder, in the finish.

Drinkability is pretty damn good for the style... no alchoholic burn, and zero cloying characteristics. Winner.

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

11.2oz into chouffe tulip, 2007 vintage. $7.99 I think?

A- Deep dark brown pour, big creamy head that receeds to an outer ring, some mild spotty lacing as well.

S- Dark fruit, plums I would say.. a bit of anise as well.

T- molasses, cherries, bitter herbs, plums. Bitter chocolate and a bit of earthiness. Interesting fruit tartness and sweetness. Very tasty.

M- Lush flavors, simply decadent. ABV is nowhere to be found.

D- Pretty high... my glass was emptied faster than I expected. highly enjoyable, but availability sucks. One I'll surely buy again.

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

A: Luxurious toasted head and deep brown body

S: Scoops of figs and dates rolled in brown sugar, evaporating molasses, sweet heavy dough (is this an unbaked cookie?)

T: More fig paste, heavy spices, sweet caramel, full roasted grain. This fluctuates between sweet and oversweet but the dark grain bill provides the balance it needs to not suffer from the sweet.

M: Absolutely perfect on the tongue. No alcohol heat detected.

D: What a treat. This is a solid evening beer.

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Photo of chalsk
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark chocolate brown color with a generous head. Has a very complex aroma that has hints of caramel, currant, roasty malt, vinegar, oak, and slight hops, each sublte and none overpowering. As good as the aroma is, the taste is even better. A very complex taste of of bitters, sweet, and malt, with a nice touch of oak and sour on the finish. Love the taste of this beer. Again very complex in aroma and taste, but none of the characteristics overpowers. Has a creamy mouth feel.

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Photo of BucBasil
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the brown glass bottle into a chalice at Delirium Cafe's Hoppy Loft. This was the 2007 version.

A: Very dark brown. Almost opaque, in not for a slight sliver of light coming through the edges. Light tan 1.5 finger head with good retention.

S: Spiced nature is evident. Clove and a touch of anise. A bit of roasted malt in thee. A fantastic equivalent to something like an Imperial Russian Stout. Touch of tobacco and maybe vanilla.

T: Complex taste here, mostly chewy and roasty malt with a touch of caramel. Coffee definitely coming through. Bottle say dried fruits were used but not very detectable IMO. Moreso different spices and touches of wood and vanilla. Very nice and with a kind of balance.

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Photo of hawks10
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

33cl brown bottle - 2009 Vintage - Lot C - Best before March 30th, 2015 - Poured into a snifter...

Pours a very dark brown, borderline black with a tint of dark purple. One finger of light tan head forms and sticks around for a while, leaving a ring of haze on top of the beer for pretty much the whole drink...

Yeasty and spicy with loads of dark fruit. Sweet behind a bit of booze. Caramel, grapes and a bit of black licorice. Pretty complex, not bad...

Sweet dark fruits with a bit of coffee bitterness that cuts down on the sweetness. Not as spicy as the nose indicated. Gets even sweeter as it warms...

Full bodied, but still a bit thinner than expected. A bit of a booze burn after a while, smooth and coating...not bad at all...

Pretty good, would like to try one with a couple years age on it to see if the booze subsides a little letting some of the subtle flavors come out more...

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Photo of impending
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 2009 33cl into a tulip. Pours a deep dull chocolate, minor coffee colored head. Fine bubbled lacing.

Typical superb quad aroma, wonderful.

Most notable characteristic is the vinous finish. A blend of a dry rich red wine and burnt caramel macchiato. Relatively bitter in the finish, lingers long. Pleasant full bodied mouthfeel.

A lot going on in this beer but it's somewhat discordant at first. Needs to be near room temp to shine.

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

11.2oz bottle, served in an Ommegang chalice - dated 2007

A - pours with a good inch of forthy and foamy, chocolate milkshake colored head. the beer is very dark brown, near black with just a bit of light creeping through the edges.

S - spicy and yeasty, with a good amount of toffee, caramel, and milk chocolate. joined by dark fruits, raisins, lightly toasted nuts, and a hint of licorice. complex and inviting.

T - carrying from the nose, with dark fruits and a complicated malt base taking the lead. sweetness comes through with toffee, candi sugar, and fruits: grapes, raisins, plums, and a cherry finish. toasted nuts and a slightly stale hop taste end it all, with just a tiny kiss of alcohol.

M - medium, creamy body accented nicely by tight yet controlled carbonation. slightly sticky in the mouth, holds up the sweetness. finishes crisp and slightly dry, with lingering sweet fruits and an alcohol burn.

D - 10% - hardly noticeable. a smooth and easy sipper, and tough to put down. up there with the better of the style. let it come to almost room temp, drink this for dessert, or pair it with some creamy and buttery cheese

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.65/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into my duvel tulip.

A: Muddy brown golden hue. Solid two fingers of dark tan head. Soapy lace rings, nice cap remains.

S: Tons of sweet dark fruit and spices. Rich caramel malt, toffee, wet leather. Moderate heat from the booze can be picked up.

T: Dry bitter malt is the first thing that comes to mind. Mild spice and dark fruit are present. Not what I was wxpecting from a quad.

M: medium to full creamy body. Low carbonation.

D: Overall the flavors were a bit of a let down for me. The strange bitter profile lowered drinkability for me for sure.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle split and poured into a Sierra Nevada tulip. 10% ABV, 2007, Lot: C 7 BB notched on the label.

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for busting out another top 100 to tick!

A - Dark mahogany red in color with some floating yeast topped by a huge tan head. Great retention for how high the alcohol level is. No lace left over.

S - Heavy ripe fruits of dark cherries, raisins, fig, and red grapes. Loads of malts fill the aroma with sweet caramel and toasted amber with dark candi sugar. No hops in the aroma. It started out awesome but kind of fades away.

T - Rich, heavy toasted malts with some sweet caramel and dark candi sugar sweeten up taste. Strong fruitiness with dark cherries and an accompanying tartness, grapes, and fig. A hint of spiciness from the strong Belgian yeast.

M - Medium-bodied and fairly smooth with a mildly tart and bitter finish. It's a sweet beer overall with decent balance still.

D - I suppose it's a fairly drinkable brew but I've had better quads than this. Ones that aren't on the top 100. The flavors seem to be just a little muted and bland for a Belgian brew.

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Photo of megahurts4
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

*Multiple reviews.

De Struise Pannepot Ale Brewed with Spices 2007

Appearance: Dark brown, medium head, and some good lacing. 4

Smell: Caramel, apple, dark fruits, and some toffee. 4

Taste: Caramel, dark fruits, subtle dark chocolate, and spices. 4.5

Mouthfeel: Medium and slightly syrupy. 3.5

This is a fairly sweet dessert beer. There are some spices that remind me of akvavit or other types of stomach bitters. It is a nicely complex and flavorful brew. There are also some floaties. 4


Pannepot 2010

Appearance: dark brown, medium head, and some good lacing. 4

Smell: yeast, roasted caramel, and slight grain. 3.5

Taste: brown sugar sweetness, roasted malts, and a bitter baking-cocoa flavor with a spice or two added. 4

Mouthfeel: heavy. 3.5

This is a pretty strong flavored brew, but isn't as good as previous years. It should become more mild with age. 4

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Photo of BigMike
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2007 bottle

A: Deep dark brown with some ruby red when held up to the light. A beautiful pillowy roasted hazelnut color. Sticks nicely to the side of the glass. An amazing looking beer.

S: Chocolate, light roasted coffee, fresh leather, white grape.

T: I get alot of dark fruits that weren't completely noticable in the nose. Lots of raisin and prune. Lots of coffee on the finish but no bitterness. A very sweet beer. No alcohol at all.

M: Full bodied mouthfeel for sure. Almost sticky sweet on the tongue. Coats your lips and teeth. Very smooth.

Overall: This is an amazing beer. Very drinkable. Tons and tons of aromas and flavors. I will definitely pick some more of these up! This is my celebratory beer in honor of Roy Halladays no hitter tonight. Go Phils!

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Pannepot from De Struise Brouwers
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