Pannepot | De Struise Brouwers

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Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Old Fisherman's Ale is a dark ale brewed with spices. Pannepot is a term that describes the Fishing Boats from the village of De Panne. Brewed and bottled on the Deca Brewery in Woesten-Vleteren.

EBC:99, IBU:27, OG:1100, FG:1025, ABV:10%
Hops: Bramling Cross, Hallaertau MF

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled and bottle conditioned
Purchased from specialist beer shop Beermoth
Pours a dark brown body with spotty off white head
Aroma is allspice
Flavour is broad and dry
from 2010, an immense ale, fortitude in a bottle

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black in color with minimal light seeping through. A quarter inch of khaki colored head is present. Aroma is faint but I detect malt and plum notes. The flavor is a blend of dark malt,plum,raisin,and fig. The mouth is creamy and chewy.

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Photo of benfons
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: really dark colour, completely untransparent, dark but small head.
S: prunes, figs, malts, hints of caramel and candy syrup
T: basically the same as the smell, with a little bit of tart in the finish, but a lot of sweetness in the main taste.
F: medium body, low carbonation, smooth
O: It's a good solid beer, maybe a tad too sweet for my taste, but with a lot of complexity

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Photo of snowmageddon
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 3/28/2014.

A: pours a dark reddish-brown hue with a rocky head that fades very quickly.
S: fig, raisin
T: raisin, fig, toast, and nuttiness at first. The finish presents subdued earthy, spicy hops with molasses, licorice, and sweet alcohol notes that coat the tongue.
M: medium-light body with low-moderate carbonation. Light but smooth.
O: fantastic quad that shows you a new facet with each sip. Great cold weather beer.

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Photo of don1481
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle poured into glass. 2011 vintage.

Appearance: Pours dark and fizzy with a rapidly dissipating dark khaki head.

Smell: figs, plums, candy sugar, but various other spice notes seep through.

Taste: definitely different than other quads. Much more spice, less candy sweetness. Don't really pick up the alcohol others described.

Mouthfeel: spices and stickiness linger.

Overall: A different take on a quad, and it works.

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Photo of muchloveforhops3
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

330ml bottle poured into a snifter

P- poured at 48 degress F; comes out of the bottle just about black in color (no translucence), with no official head to speak of (just a little bit of off-white foam capping); no lacing
N- medium-strength; sweet dark fruits mixed with alcohol; upon further investigation, dark sugars and toasted malt come out as well
T- one smooth flavor profile; dark fruits (raisins & figs, particularly) greet the tongue; rich, dark sugars are prominent in finish; toasted malt plays a great supporting role throughout; some grape tartness comes out in the aftertaste; perfectly balanced
MF- medium-bodied, with soft-medium carbonation; chewy finish
O- my expectations for this brew were high, and they were definitely met; one solid Quad, rivals Rochefort 10 for the position of favorite within the style

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.97/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4


Pours a hazed dark brown color with amber hues as well as some yeasty sediment.

Aroma has berries, malt, belgian yeast, date, brown sugar, alcohol, just a faint hint of hops. Smells like a big old ale, and just a touch of oxidation,

The taste is big and malty, juicy dark fruits, twigs, simple syrup, and alcohol. Slight suggestions of nuts, cocoa and port wine.

Light bodied for the strength, not as full as I would expect, with a sharp, drier finish. The beer is moreish, and smooths out as it warms slightly and as the drinker becomes accustomed.

Overall, not quite a behemoth, but not small by any means. A very drinkable quad and worth some time in the cellar. The age on this brought out the port flavor, if it was a bit older I bet the vinous qualities would only continue.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage. Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a snifter. Acquired as an extra in a trade from goryshkewych.. thanks!

Pours a deep brown, muddy, nearly black body with a 1 finger off-white head that reduces slowly.

Aromas of caramel, dark fruit, wine, vanilla, some booze and a slight metallic smell.

Taste is out of this world.. first to touch the tongue is toffee, dark fruit, and caramel followed by sweet brown sugar, candi sugar, and vanilla. The finish is roasty with light coffee and chocolate notes. Lovely char that sticks around for a while.

Medium-heavy body with a rich mouthfeel. low carbonation

Amazing beer.. rich, complex, balanced, and easy to dirnk.. or sip. Delicious.

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

Dark opaque brown colour with some ruby & a bubbly, light brown head about 0.5cm tall that fades quite quickly.

Strong dark & ripe fruits (dates/plums/raisins/currants). Lots of sugar & alcohol tinged yet not as strong as a 10% beer should be. Caramel malts come through with some acidity. Complex but not bad.

A strong taste with strong fruit that mirror the nose (dates/plum/currants & a few others). Very sweet some acidity & an almost wine like taste. Grapes feature with lots of sugars too.

Very sweet with some alcohol (doesn't seem 10% though). Smooth, medium body with some acidity but it still goes down easily, helped by the medium carbonation.

Nice stuff from De Struise here, the beer was exceptionally sweet throughout with quite a complex mix of dark & ripe fruits that seems to mask some of the alcohol. It was definitely an enjoyable beer & one that went down well but I'm not entirely sure it is one that I'd go back to again, mainly because it was so strong.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first WOW beer, truely changed what I thought beer could be. It has that trapist feel that just pops flavor and taste at you while still not overpowering.

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Photo of titvs
4.2/5  rDev -3%

Review based on the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 18E). Bottle 33 cl - Batch 5528260913- AROMA: nice dried fruits aromas, reminiscent of raisins and dried figs, with a sweet and caramel/vanilla malt background. no roasted aromas, nor hops and diacetyl. alcohol aromas are spicy and pleasant and not solventy, with an old Port like quality. APPEARANCE: dark brown color with a slight ruby tint. nice moussy brown head with good retention. TASTE: well balanced flavours similar to the aromas (raisins and dried figs) with a sweet and caramelly/vanilla Port like background. moderate bitterness that balances the sweetness. finishes medium-dry. no roasted flavours. gente alcohol warmth and not solventy. PALATE: smooth medium body with medium carbonation with a smooth alcohol warmth noticeable. OVERALL: a very nice, complex dark belgian ale with a plethora of aromas to dive in. And very dangerous...

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%

Bottle purchased at Oliver's in Albany, NY. 2011 vintage.

Pours out a very dark brown, one of the darkest BSDA's I've ever seen. A foamy half inch head lasts almost the whole drinking session. No lacing.

This guy smells like dark fruits, Belgian yeast esters, chocolate, caramel, and currants.

The taste is very similar- this is one of the most chocolatey quads/BSDAs/whatever I've ever had- and really makes it stand out. The 3 years of aging have left no alcohol trace, although I do not know if its particularly boozy fresh. There's caramel and toffee, with wonderful chocolate and nutty flavors, the expected dark fruits- raisins, currants, and plums, with only a small amount of the typical Belgian yeast flavors. This one almost feels like a stout with the chocolate flavors. Amazing.

This one is medium bodied, not quite as thick as I would've liked, but serviceable enough anyway. There's barely any carbonation, but it works well with this one. A slow sipper, not due to the alcohol, but due to how decadent it is.

This is really up there with Rochefort 10 as the best quad I've ever had. It's certainly the most unique.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 2011 bottle. This pours a dark brown color with a foamy light brown head. The aroma is bold with sweet malts and molasses. The taste is sweet, smooth and delicious. There is a good amount of spices that are well blended. There are lots of complex flavors for being an easy drinking beer. Definitely a must try!

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Photo of Brenden
4.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer is an opaque, red-highlighted dark brown that's actually thicker and more viscous than I expect. It seems to have a body that's fuller than is typical for the style and lands almost at stout thickness. The brown head is big and frothy, the bubbles airing out to drop to a full head of foam that stays there thickly, losing height very slowly as the beer recedes while lacing the glass with patches and legs.
Lots of depth and complexity lie within the smell and taste of this beer, new aromas and flavors seeming to develop with every sip. It achieves a difficult balance in dry and sweet notes, vinous or herbal and more "loose" or flowing, as it were. Tons of dark fruits notes, both fresh and dried, are present from start to finish. Not so much cherry, but there's lots of fig, dates, plums, etc., including grapes that, with certain other notes, give it a red wine character which transitions with a creamy sweetness, more fruits, and some warming alcohol to more of a port. Wood is firm, not too drying but with enough character to add more, and there's some must and spicing as well. With a little acidity and more tartness, in the middle it also takes on an aspect of mulled cider. It's a little bit peppery and sharp in the middle-end, while just a touch of herbal leaf is all the hop contribution really needed. The candi sugar-like sweetness takes a strong turn toward the end, then it finishes with a big complexity of tartness, acidity, fruit, must, anise, and ethanol.
The mouthfeel maintains the balance that seems impossible almost perfectly. it has to even out the dryness, biting acidity, and tartness, along with the wood and fusel notes contributed, with what would otherwise be a cloying and sticky sweetness such that the extreme of each side is avoided without confusing the tongue to exasperation. The body has lots of texture and, while full, edges back toward medium to keep from being too heavy. Crispness is firm from beginning to end, while a creamy smoothness takes nothing away from it.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a super hazy dark brown-mahogany color with a billowy off white head. The head fades rather slowly over time to leave a good level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite heavy of darker fruit smells with lots of plum, raisin, and fig. Along with the darker fruit smells comes plenty of bready and lightly roasted malt smells. Some yeasty smells as well as some other sweet aromas of a caramel and toffee nature come along as well. A bit of spice of coriander and clove as well as a slightly funky like smell come and linger on the nose creating a rather dark and sweet but slightly funky off aroma to sit on the nose.

Taste – The taste begins with a very dark fruit sweet flavor with tons of raisin, fig, plum, and cherry. The sweeter flavors are matched by a bit of a bready and doughy taste with a hint of a chocolate and a bit of roasted malt mixed within. The yeast and spice that were detected in the nose come on more strongly toward the middle of the taste and bring a very nice dimension to the brew, complementing well the sweeter dark fruit flavors of the brew nicely. Some candied sugar flavors and a little bit of a rummy booziness develop on the tongue as the flavors advances, bringing a little bit of warmth to the taste. At the very end, a little bit of earth and a light woody/oaky flavor join the profile which end up leaving a very tasty and somewhat smoother, but robust sweet dark fruit quad flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess for a brew of 10 % abv. with a carbonation level that is on the average side as well. The average thickness and carbonation are a nice compromise for the sweeter dark fruit and boozy, oaky, and spiced flavors of the brew and makes for a nice easy drinking, yet slower sipping brew overall.

Overall – This is one quite tasty quad. This one is on the tops of my list. Dark fruity, nicely spiced, and yeasted, with a good blend of a warming taste/feel, but all while maintaining a great drinkability and enjoyability. This is quite a nice quad!!

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Photo of jerefreakinmiah
4.11/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2010 vintage bottle poured into a Karbach sniffer

Poured super dark with a small, light and tan head that dissapated quickly.

Smells of raisins, figs, and honey.

The taste is fantastic. It's definitely a quad on the tongue; heavy on the palate and a medium amount of carbonation for a 4 year old beer. Thus is a super sweet beer that has a large raisin taste profile, typical but delicious Belgian sugary tatse. I could imagine myself drinking this on a cold winter night with oatmeal cookies after dinner!

After half an hour the raisin taste fades to the background and I get honey and molasses. This had become a very drinkable beer!

This may be worth driving 20 miles back to the shop I bought it from.

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

Dark and rich, this was recommended in a local beer shop when "the darkest Belgian beer you have" was requested. Surprisingly sweet and syrupy, this isn't a light dainty beer. Quite heavy, but even on this hot summer day it still worked. Overall fantastic.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pannepot from 2010. Poured into a Corsendonk tulip (the glass that I own that most closely resembles the Pannepot glass).

The crack of the bottle was very promising with a snap hiss. Poured with a massive dark khaki-colored head. Super dark brew, as well. The ale is dark brown/purple. Burgundy hues. The foam laces. The look is amazing.

Definitive malty breadiness with a pumpernickel-like spice. Hints of baker's chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, earthy roast, and nuttiness. Obvious phenols with medicinal notes. Herbal, also. Very good.

There are more fruits that pour out in the flavor, but it's definitely a roasty dark quad. Caramelized sugars, molasses, and roastiness overtop of lightly vinous black grape, clove, and raisin. The body is very solid, medium-full. Lots of carbonation still residing in this bottle. The conditioning works. A much coarser bubble than I expected.

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Photo of tomordonez
3.3/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My taste might be changing. From the same that makes Tsjeeses. It pours into a nice head and an almost black body. Smells like chocolate and burnt caramel. Very heavy body and very very sweet. I got the feeling that this didn’t ferment enough. I couldn’t finish more than half a glass.

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Photo of CowsandBeer
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2011 bottle. Poured into a Trappist Achel glass. Produced a half finger of khaki colored head with a chestnut colored body and reddish hues. Aroma of sweet stone fruits, brown sugar malts and bubblegum yeast. The taste follows the nose with bubblegum and vinous and tart stone fruit. Nice brown sugar finish. Mouthfeel is medium and creamy. Very light with a nice texture. Overall a very sweet and tart Quad with a wonderful mouthfeel. Drinks way too easy for 10%. Recommended if you like your Quads on the sweeter side.

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

I got a bottle of De Struise Brouwers Pannepot in a trade last month with @Mottozappa, thanks buddy! I've been wanting to try this beer for a while and since it's isn't available in my area I had to trade for it, so lets see how it goes. 2011 Vintage. Poured from a brown 11.2oz bottle into a Belgian Goblet.

A- The label looks nice, it's got some nice info on it and i think it's got a nice classic look to it. It poured a dark brown almost cola like color that didn't really let any light come through and it had two fingers worth of creamy light brown head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty lacing behind. This was a very nice looking beer, I liked the color and the head and lacing were really nice.

S- The aroma starts off with a low amount of high sweetness that has a slight candied sugar like aroma to it and it's followed by the malts being the first to show up and they impart some nice, caramel, toffee, brown bread and sweet malt like aromas. Up next comes a nice darkfruit aroma with lots of raisin like aromas coming through which make for a sherry like aroma and there's some spices coming through in the background. This beer had a very nice aroma, I thought it had a nice amount of complexity to it.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness that has a slight brown sugar and candied sugar like flavor to it and it's followed by loads of malts being the first to show up and they impart all those nice malty aspects that I got in the aroma with caramel and toffee sticking out the most. Up next comes the dark fruits that still have that raisin aspect that got in the aroma, but there's also some figs and dark cherry like flavors and it was still a little sherry like. Towards the end come a little bit of spices with a slight amount of alcohol and it had a lower amount of medium bitterness with caramel, toffee and raisin like aftertaste. This was a very nice tasting beer, I thought it was just as complex as the aroma and the flavors worked well together.

M- Smooth, a little dry, slightly chewy, a little sticky, on the lighter side of being full bodied with a slightly light amount of medium carbonation. This beer had a very nice mouthfeel, that worked pretty well with this beer, I have no complaints.

Overall I thought this was a very nice beer and I thought it was very good example of a quad, I'm not sure how different this is from when it was fresh, but as it stands now I thought it had a nice amount of complexity and the rich malty flavors blended well together making for a pretty enjoyable beer. This beer had nice drinkability, it was smooth, a little dry, slightly chewy, a little sticky, a little filling, and the taste did a really nice job at holding my attention, I'll have no problem drinking a full bottle and I wouldn't rule out on sipping on a couple of these throughout the night. I think this would be a nice beer to enjoy in the fall and winter. What I liked the most about this beer was that it was very true to style and it had a nice amount of complexity, to me those were the highlights of this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was nothing, but it kind of sucks that it isn't available where I live. I would for sure buy this beer if I saw it, I would love to try a fresh one and keep some around in the cellar. I would recommend this beer to just about anyone and I think it's a must try if you like Quads. All in all I was very happy with this beer and a little impressed, It lived up to all the good things I have heard about it. So far I think this is one of the better Quads I've had, I think Rocherfort 10 is still my favorite, but this would be number two. This made for a great first impression for De Struise and I will for sure be on the look out for more beers from this brewery. Great job guys, this was one outstanding beer, keep up the great work.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A very nice extra given to me! 08 bottle; unfortunately I know nothing about quads

A- Looks great! There is some head, and some dark body!

S- Tastes like belgian dark fruits! Prob on par for what it is suppose to taste like!

T- Mwah... tastes like a well done quad. Dark fruit and figs runnin all around the place

M- Very creamy, no prob with carb.

O- I wish that I didn't open this and gave it to someone who would love it; I failed on research

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Photo of simont1
4.73/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Blind quad test against Westvleteren 12, Pannepeut, Rochefort 10, St Bernardus 12, St Amatus 12, The Sixth Glass, & Chimay Blue

My prefered order was; Pannepot, Rochefort 10, St Amatus 12, Westvleteren 12, St Bernardus, Pannepeut, Sixth Glass and last Chimay.

Pours much much darker than the other quads, and has a tan head. Aroma is coffee, raisin, some vanilla wood notes, a bit oak touch, and a lot of dark fruit. Taste is upfront bitter roastiness, but then explode with dark fruit and complexity, this is really good, it has a licorice touch to it, and just has an medium full mouthfeel, that really sticks out compared to other quads.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.11/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2011 vintage. Lot 2015190511-24FF.

Pours an opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, molasses, dark fruit, spice, and slight cardboard aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel, toffee, molasses, fruit, and roast flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness and a slight alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with an interesting mix of aromas and flavors all around.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark Brown opaque with a slight amber tinge, a finger of creamy chocolate milk brown head with a distinct orange tinge.

S: Chocolate, as in a milk chocolate, dark fruits like figs and raisins, a salty brine of an ocean breeze, black liquorice.

T: Dark fruits, cherries, light sour note, white snow (as opposed to yellow snow) ends in a distinct salty taste and black liquorice. The combination is reminiscent of Dutch salty licorice. It unfolds with every sip. I got a metallic tinge on the second sip (a hint of ammonia perhaps as the salty licorice uses this as a component). The salty licorice becomes more dominant with each sip.

M: Thick body that might be sticky except the creamy foamy carbonation makes it smooth and silky.

O: Awesome! I got this in December 2013 in Bruges, just off the main square at De Struise’s personal store. I went to the actual brewery near Westvleteren earlier that day, and was disappointed as it was closed. Bruges was all set in Christmas lights as it was nearing sunset. Great memory! Enjoying this for the first time April 3, 2014.

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Pannepot from De Struise Brouwers
4.33 out of 5 based on 2,377 ratings.
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