Pannepot | De Struise Brouwers

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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 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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Photo of OneDropSoup
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 2007.

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Black body with very subtle, dark ruby highlights. Three fingers of cappuccino head - tight bead, creamy smooth surface - that drops to a thick coating & leaves flares of lacing.

Cooked, dark fruit up front in the smell, with a moderate citric sharpness, like clementines, some raisiny spices, & a restrained caramel in the background. A little apple, a little cherry. Yummy, for sure. Some booze detectable.

Plum & fig at first in the taste, then a great, creamy chocolate mousse flavor rolls over the back of the tongue. Hints of vanilla, cocoa, spiced apple, a little ginger - man, this is complex, but all the flavors tie together so well. Booze gives it just a little edge, but nowhere near abrasive. Aftertaste is long & just kind of wafts into memory (wow, did I just write that?)

Full-bodied, but I find I have to treat it right: swishing & swirling it makes it harsh, but if I don't rile it too much & let it pass by, it's like a marshmellow, soft & smooth.

This is an awesome beer. Complex & full of flavor, but gentle & graceful at the same time. The booze is not real apparent. Anything that compels me to write about it like a sentient being is definitely one to remember. Don't know that I'd drink multiples of this in a row, but it really hits the right spots. Excellent.

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Photo of KAP1356
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes...
Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle marked 2007 vintage, lot A/1/CC into a Duvel tulip glass...

A - GUSHER! The first gusher I've ever experienced. Thankfully I didn't lose too much; it was more ofan inconvenience than anything else. Poured a deep, rich dark brown, almost raisin like in appearance. A nice darker cream colored head forms about 1 fingee thick.

S - Bready and yeasty with very nice quad qualities. Dark fruits and some slight spice, less than expected from the description on the bottle. Figs, dates, prunes, and some chocolate coming through as well.

T - MMMM. Dark rum soaked fruit, cloves and slight spicing comes out right away. Cherries and some chocolate also come through. Some slight alcohol is there but nothing that is offensive at all; really quite complementary actually.

M - Very smooth and creamy with a nice level of carbonation. Medium bodied and really quite a great feel on the palate. Very nice

D - Unexpectedly awesome. Really one of the best Quads I'v ever had and, in my opinion, should be ranked much higher on this list. Will absolutely be seeking this one out more often as it has very much become a go to favorite.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a sampling glass, 2008 vintage. Big thanks to drabmuh for sending this!

Pours a very dark brown with a light brown head. Nose is malty and sweet, a bit spicy and almost fruity.

Taste is very good, tart and spices, dark fruits and sweet dark sugars. There's a nice sweet and creamy mouthfeel with a fairly dry finish.

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Photo of nataku00
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (330 ml, 2007, lot A/1/CC), chilled slightly, and gently poured into a tulip glass to leave most of the sediment in the bottle. Very dark brown that only shows hints of light brown at the edge of the glass when held up to a light. Pour yielded two fingers of tan colored foamy head with medium and large bubbles. The head receded to about a half a finger, leaving some nice large hole lacing sticking to the glass. Carbonation can be seen at the surface of the glass, gently rising.

Nose is sweet dark fruits, figs and prunes, cloves, and chocolate. Also pick up some gingerbread like qualities, spicy sweet breads. Complex aroma, if a bit on the light side.

Taking a sip, the complexity of the aroma shows up much nicer on the tongue. Rum soaked dark fruits, dried figs, prunes and cherries, touch of clove and allspice, and chocolate. Alcohol presence is there, but it complements the flavor at this point, enhancing the dark fruits, and provides a warmth on the back of the throat.

Nicely carbonated, light bodied beer is very smooth. I think I'll go back to the store and buy a few more of these 2007 Pannepot bottles as this is an excellent quad.

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

10% ABV. .33L bottle of quad beer from De Struise , a brewery that is quickly becoming one of my favorites, and I was very pleased with this beer. Upon opening then pouring from this nice 2006 vintage bottle, a murky dark brown color showed along with very nice carbonation. Thin, but nice lace that held it's retention throughout the duration of drinking it. I had some difficulty smelling the beer initially probably due to it being an older vintage and/or because the beer was a bit too cold, but then as the beer approached just above room temperature smelled dark fruit and some sort of Belgian candy sugar sweetness along with perhaps a earth wood quality. Taste was very smooth, rich, and indeed malty. A very nice complex and mild sweet brew! Mouthfeel was smooth and soft. Very dangerous beer at 10% ABV that's so easy to drink. This is indeed an excellent beer and one I would gladly order/acquire any time!

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

Thanks to BobZ for this one.

Poured into a Rochefort chalice.

Appearance: Rich mahogany in color. There is a very small head present composed for tight islands of fine grain bubbles. Head is beige in color.

Nose: A bit sour. It could be the vintage of this particular beer (2007). Almost a hint of sour cherries here, kind of surprising to me based on my previous experiences with quads.

Taste: A pretty complex taste is going on here. Although not as sweet tasting as most quads I've had, I am enjoying this beer. There is a slight sourness lingering through the session. Again, a bit strange for the style I think. This is like no other quad I have tried.

Mouth: Just right for the style. Not too thick ... not too watery.

Drinkability: I began to feel a bit flushed before even finishing off this glass. There is definitely a kick in this beer. I'd limit this to one per sitting, but an enjoyable beer none the less. I would love to try some other vintages of this particular brew.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to my buddy djrn for sending me this bottle. This has been on my wants for a long time. I wanted my first beer of 2011 to be a good one and I think this should do the job nicely. 2007 vintage.

The beer pours a hazy dark brown color with a huge tan head. A great looking beer. The aroma is crazy complex. I get a lot of brown sugar, cherries, chocolate and a sourdough bread component. All of the components meld very well together and make this beer a joy to smell. Hopefully the beer will taste as good as it smells.

The flavor doesn't disappoint. I get a lot of roasted malt and chocolate flavors in the beer. I also get a lot of dark fruit - mainly cherries - along with some sweet brown sugar notes. Some of the sips reveal some coffee notes in the flavor. The coffee is unexpected but compliments the other flavors very, very well. There is a little bit of alcohol in the flavor but it is fairly well hidden. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

A truly exceptional beer and one that I am going to love to try again. Luckily Ross sent me another bottle which I plan on aging for several more years.

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Photo of krisandajt
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Looks like we have a bit of a gusher here. Soon as I cracked open the bottle, got a bit of foam creeping over the top of the bottle. Don't think I've ever had that happen on a bottle that wasn't corked and caged. Anyway, the beer is a murky black color with a small amount of tan colored head. There's not much to really retain, but the lacing is decent and soapy.

Smell: Nice Belgian yeast quality, dark fruits (raisins, prunes, figs), and a bit of spice. There's also a slight hint of booziness.

Taste: Sweet and fruity. Definitely got plenty of dark candied fruits, though it's not as spicy as the nose indicated. Still, it's pretty damn tasty.

Mouthfeel: Very thick, almost syrupy, and full bodied. Carbonation is perfect.

Drinkability: A very tasty, highly drinkable (dangerously so) brew. I will definitely be picking up more the next time I see it.

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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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