Pannepøt - Old Monk's Ale
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4.19 | pDev: 9.55%
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Bruno74200 from France

4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2010 vintage enjoyed in 2019.

Murky brown body without anyhead

Dates, prunes, toffee, dark malts, brown sugar both in smell and taste.
The beer seems old with some fainted notes
The mouthfeel is velvety

Not as good as the latest version of Pannepot but still a nice beer

Feb 12, 2019
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Odd that I haven't rated this since I've had it many times. Cracked a 2008 today and its held up quite well. Little bit of cardboard and solvent but otherwise its held up really well. Fruity prune and raisins with bits of caramelized honey.

Feb 25, 2018
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Beersnake1 from California

4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage poured from fridge temp, but allowed to warm over 30 minutes. Pours a nice dark brown - almost black. Good carbonation and a nice light head from a aggressive pour. Nose is raisin, fig, chocolate, and some light spice. Really nice and smooth. Also getting some toffee notes. Taste is really amazing. Lots of dark fruit - cherries and blackberries mostly. Raisin, fig, bread, spice, vanilla, toffee, bitter coffee, chocolate, and maybe some tobacco. Such a nice level of complexity matched with an amazing smoothness. Mouthfeel is really robust and creamy. This is just amazing for a seven year old beer.

Oct 12, 2017
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SomethingClever from Ohio

4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle poured into tulip glass.

A: almost no head whatsoever, body is a murky brown brackish in nature.

S: Lots of honeyed, figs, apricots, sweet burnt sugars, and doughy sweet breads.

T: Deep rich figs and dates with a little raisin some burnt sugars a little honey , clove.

M: Nice very soft body, almost no carbonation, alcohol is insanely well hidden. Body is a tad watery.

O: this beer is fantastic, this is one of my favorite styles as it is so complex flavorwise. This one does not disappoint and the alcohol is well hidden, just wish it wasn't so watery.

Jul 20, 2017
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Kgoldsbe from Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This Old Monk's Ale is outstanding. It is a robust darker Belgian quad that tastes perfectly roasted with a carmelized sweetness and very little bitter on the tongue. It has a hearty feel without being too "thick". The 10% abv is not in your face. It is incredibly enjoyable.

Apr 04, 2017
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lmaduells from Spain

4.94/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

There are incredible beers and this is it! How wonderful. The pannepot already beers tend to be fantastic. This is not far short. It is a pleasure to enjoy products like this

Mar 27, 2017
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aleigator from Germany

4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pannepeut '10

Pours a clear, dark brown color with a small, stable beige head.

Smells of toasty spices, peaty earth and dried figs, topped off by milk chocolate. Has some earthy malts and a good anount of herbal licorice to it, balancing the well pronounced sweetness.

Drinks very soft, silk, with just a very subtle carbonation, soothing the beers bigger body, which produces an immense spectrum of different flavors.

Tastes of toasted walnuts, earth and a perfectly evolving sweetness from this rustic, yet smooth foundation. Brings some dried cherries to the palate, dusty bakers chocolate, black pepper hull, anise and rock sugar to round out the balance in this. Its midpalate is increadibly creamy with a taste defining rusty maltiness, together with peppery spices. Finishes with long lasting caramel and a late, subtle dryness, ranging from herbal to earthy coffee, wrapped up by old oak and cardamom.

This is amazing, incredibly complex and well composed, a true revelation from a well regarded brewery I just coulnd't get to love until now. Very rustic, with a well balanced sweetness, strong with a unique, malt wrapped spice profile.

Nov 05, 2016
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pants678 from California

4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2012 bottle.

Cloudy brown with not much head.


Sharper than expected on the fruit. Not much different than the nose, very lightly spiced (coriander?), lot of dark fruit and bright sugar sweetness with a staining finish.

Light carbonation.

Sep 11, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

2.99/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Brown in the center red towards the edges, dark red, thin beige head, 1/5" but it chills. Lots of alcohol heat and candi banana yeast phenolic as alcoholic.

Real hot sipper, lots of that alcohol pronouncing dark fruit of figs, raisins etc. . .

Just seems like all alcohol heat, toffee and burnt brown sugar if you can find it. Heat, dark fruit bitterness, this is just one of those beers I can't get down with in terms of its standing in the world. Another boozy quad.

Feb 01, 2016
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: A brilliant chestnut liquid fills the glass crowned by a clingy 3” tan foam collar.
S: Alcohol, fruit and fresh laundry.
T: Very malty with fruit and raisins dried fruit maybe a little fig as well dissolving into sherry with an alcohol finish.
F: Creamy, medium body, soft carbonation, warming.
O: A rich full flavored after dinner beer.

Jul 20, 2015
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sokol_1993 from California

4.64/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a tulip glass, Washington D.C.
Smell: very sweet, dark fruit smell, however very strong molasses smell.
Taste: Some prunes, cherry, dark fruit taste. Very strong molasses taste also. Sweet. Some maltiness. Strong hint of the high alcohol %
Feel: Luscious, chewy and viscous. Lots of aftertaste, which is great.
A very interesting quad. Not similar to other quad, which to me is either dominantly dark fruit or chocolaty. Not unlike a Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock. Very sweet, and served well as a dessert glass.

Jul 09, 2015
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allforbetterbeer from Colorado

3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz 2012 vintage bottle poured on 03/02/2015. Bought at Coaltrain for 6.99.

Pours a murky flat brown under one finger of light tan head. Not special looking but I know better than to judge any beer from De Struise by the way it looks.

Remarkable aroma of raisins cooked in a concord grape jam reduction. A little swirl brings up caramel sauce, a touch of butterscotch, a something like the sweet aroma of warm mulch.

Surprisingly mellow in flavor. Some moderately oxidized malts (subdued but enjoyable) and the aged-out esters from the yest give it an almost nutty flavor. Not as sweet as the aroma made me expect, but pleasantly balanced. Relatively low bitterness. A slight twang of not so enjoyable oxidation makes an appearance near the end of the flavor.

Already thinning, this is not a beer for long aging. I have never seen it in any local store until the last month, so this is the newest vintage I can buy. I do believe it would be much better "fresh". It seems the last 3 years have be a little rough. Perhaps storage conditions were sub-par, there is no way to know. The original quality of this beer shows through however.

Mar 03, 2015
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PolarBear3 from Australia

4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a dark brown colour with an off white head that dissipates slowly to a thin film

S - Dark fruit such as Plums, Dates, some mild caramel/toffee sweetness

T - Similiar to the nose, dark fruit, plums, raisins, sweet caramel with some vanilla and I also get a nice pepper spice in there aswell

M - medium bodied with medium carbonation

T - Another terrific quad that is right up there with the best of them. Flavours are balanced nicely and once again de-struise doesn't disappoint

Jan 26, 2015
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spinrsx from Canada (ON)

4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

330ml Bottle from Whole Foods LV for $6 - 2011 vintage

Appearance - Hazy brown colour with a below average size fizzy beige coloured head. It's hard to make out the level of carbonation showing and there is some fairly good lacing. The head lasted for only a few minutes.

Smell - Malts, dark fruits, butterscotch/caramel, chocolate

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste raisins/dates, malts, and some butterscotch/caramel. There is also something along the lines of chocolate and leather.

Overall - Seriously delicious stuff. Almost like a barley wine in some ways. The alcohol is very well hidden and it has aged beautifully.

Jan 21, 2015
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CowsandBeer from Nebraska

3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

2012 dated 11.2 oz bottle poured into a Trappist Achel glass.
Ap: a straight down the middle pour produces a thin cap of khaki head atop a hazy red tinged brown body. Lots of carbonation bubbles but not much in the way of head retention. After a while it’s just a dull brown liquid. 3.5
Ar: Slightly oxidized brown malts, soft chocolate and a bit of a metallic bite (as it warms this turns into a vinegar like note). Lots of candied date stickiness with some tart prunes, dark grapes and cherries. Perfume like alcohol. 3.75
T: A bit of that metallic bite up front before leading into some very nice chocolate malts with a tart fruit finish and some spices. Weird metallic note that hangs about in the end; almost like wet pennies. 3.4
Mf: Soft, pillowy carbonation that hugs your tongue. Finishes dry and sweet. Oily and slick.
Overall: Really nice notes of chocolate malts and tart fruit with an airy carbonation. It’s a disappointment there was that odd “wet penny” note and slick oily mouthfeel. This taste like it could have been really good.

Oct 02, 2014
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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.8/5  rDev -9.3%

Bottle purchased at Premiere Gourmet in Buffalo, NY. ’11 vintage.

Pours a dark garnet red/brown, with a half inch head that descends quite quickly to a film on top of the beer. The head sort of remains on the very edges of the beer. No lacing.

Smells like molasses, caramel, honey, and toasted bread. No chocolate, unlike it’s cousin- Pannepot- Old Fisherman’s Ale.

Tastes quite sweet. Some honey and molasses flavors up front, a bit of toasted bread. No alcohol is present. As the beer is pretty thin, it stays away from being too syrupy sweet.

This one is a little thinner than I would’ve wanted, unfortunately letting it also fall a little flat in the flavor department. Almost no carbonation. Nonetheless, pretty drinkable.

Inferior to regular Pannepot, but still fairly tasty. Probably wouldn’t buy it again, though.

Aug 31, 2014
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superspak from North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into chalice; 2011 vintage, bottled on 8/29/2011. Pours very hazy/cloudy dark brown color with a small dense khaki head with solid retention, that reduces to a spotty lace cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, prune, fig, cherry, caramel, toffee, molasses, toast, brown bread, chocolate, clove, pepper, cinnamon, spice, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, dark/bready malt, and spice notes; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, prune, fig, cherry, caramel, toffee, molasses, toast, brown bread, chocolate, clove, pepper, herbal, cinnamon, spice, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of earthy spice on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin. prune, fig, cherry, toffee, molasses, chocolate, toast, clove, brown bread, cinnamon, spice, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and robustness of fruity/earthy yeast, dark/bready malt, and spice flavors; with a great malt/yeast/spice balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth and fairly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian strong dark ale. All around great complexity and balance of yeast, malt, and spice flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Aug 07, 2014
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spoony from Colorado

3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a 330 ml bottle (dated 2011) into a wine glass. Reviewed from notes dated July 27, 2014.

A-The beer is quite dark, almost black and stout-like. The creamy tan head is short, maybe half a finger, but has good staying power. Not much lacing left behind.

S-The aroma is dark and heavy too. I smell prune, raisin, alcohol heat, cocoa, black pepper, tobacco, molasses, and quite a bit of roast flavor. Less sweetness here than I would expect in a quad.

T-The taste is similar to the smell. A warming alcohol underlies black pepper, roasted malts, dark bread, prune, cocoa, tobacco, and wet earth.

M-The feel is very smooth with a medium body and creamy carbonation.

O-I was really excited to try this beer since I like Pannepot so much, but I felt a bit let down. The heavy roast component and lower levels of sweetness are not necessarily what I expect or want out of a quad style beer. That being said, this beer is unique and makes for an interesting drink. The strong flavors and higher alcohol heat mean this beer is not for the faint of heart. I'll re-visit this winter....

Aug 06, 2014
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clayrock81 from Florida

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

Poured a brown body with one finger head and some lace that just doesn't go away. The aroma not only has a touch of booze but strong dark fruits such as figs, toffee, not quite raisins to me but close, some yeast and hints of sugary sweetness. More of the same in the body as a medium body holds together some dark fruits and sweetness for a simple and enjoyable beer that finishes with a hoppy, tart crispness that I was not expecting and the ABV is well hidden (wouldn't have pegged it close to 10%).

Jul 28, 2014
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.67/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

much like some of the other incarnations of this beer, im not as awed by it as other folks for whatever reason. it seems to miss the belgian quad mark, not quite be an old ale, and end up honestly being closer to the stingo styles, with a slight tart or tannic element, but none of those sum this up stylistically, and to me it just doesnt taste all that good. big thick amber malt body, mostly still, with a nose of dried stone fruit, figs, tart cherries, booze, and stale grain sugar. the flavor is similar, and while it almost smells infected, the other reviews here tell me thats how its supposed to be, tartness our of nowhere battles sweetness, and booze is there all the way. to me, its not that well refined, its not that different, and its not that special. maybe i had a bad bottle or something, but ive thought this about reserva and others. will have to revisit it in time, but its lack of carbonation hurt it, as did the long tannic finish. strange brew, but not one i cared for too much this time around.

edit: also like some of the others, this does well over time, a richer and more complex beer now six years old. 2011 vintage holding up well, even preferable to the original, increasing a couple of scores to reflect the well aged specimen...

Jun 30, 2014
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ThisWangsChung from Maryland

4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

5 oz sample served at Max's Taphouse in Baltimore. From notes.

A: Pours a dark brown color. As I kind of expected, no head is formed - at best, there's a dinky off-white collar around the edge of the glass.

S: Wow, there are some wonderful dark fruit notes emanating from the aroma. I'm getting a lot of plums in particular. There are also touches of oak here and there. While I don't think it has a ton of complexity, the definition of the aroma easily compensates.

T: No surprises here. It starts with an excellent dark fruit flavor (very plummy/raisiny in particular), while it finishes with a bit of booze. When I say booze, I don't mean "fusels punching you in the face", I mean "a fruity auxiliary note that balances perfectly with everything else". There's even a touch of back end tartness. Ridiculously solid in general.

M: This hits the perfect balance between crispness, dryness, and lushness. Not only is it complex, it's also easy to drink. Plus, it's not boozy in the least. Good carbonation plays a role in its drinkability.

O: Beers like this remind me why I love De Struise: it's extreme, yet immaculately balanced and delicate all at the same time. I wouldn't have had any trouble killing several glasses of this, that's for damn sure.

Jun 23, 2014
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WVbeergeek from West Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark fruit big opaque body deep burgundy brown quadrupel on our hands, with big fluffy khaki brown head forming thick leaving fine speckled Belgian style lacing. Aroma has dark fruit raisin, plum, and other over ripened fruits seeping through your nares as you inhale each sip. I'm currently smoking a Viaje Roman Candle with this quad, and it goes great together...that's not surprising at all deep smoke, spicy black pepper, and other dark leather notes form so well with the Nicaraguan tobacco utilized in this huge spice bomb of a cigar. It's a nice combo of sweet and salty even umami at times on the palate, huge dark malt base with Belgian yeast spice providing the fermentation on this beer. Andre' Farkas from Viaje has done so well with this cigar line, but enough about the smoke let's talk more beer. Perfect level of acidity like a red grape ripened to the point that it's ready to bulge and transmorph into a plump raisin. Mouthfeel is magnificent perfect driven naturally carbonated mouthfeel leaves the palate with some effervescence to carry on the complex body and flavor. Overall, quite frankly I'm in love with this beer yet it needs more age to truly express itself the English on the front of the label says 2012 and it calls itself Old Monk's Ale...I can see why!

Jun 08, 2014
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TwelveOunces from Kentucky

4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2012vintage poured into a tulip

A- Murky super dark amber verging on brown. Not much head to speak of in this beer. Bold alcohol legs.

S- Spicy figs, plums and raisins. Caramel and sweet syrup. On the sweeter side.

T- A bit syrupy, A big caramel and dark fruit presence at first. A lot of plum and raisin notes. A breaddy like aftertaste with spice. The yeast adds subtle flavor, yet a refreshing spiciness to the beer. This beer is more sweet then bitter and drinks well..

M- Thicker and syrupy but quite easy drinking.

O- A very nice beer and similar to Pannepot. My only problem is that I think my bottle has been sitting on a shelf for too long. Its still good but I cant help but think it may have been better.

Apr 30, 2014
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ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

330mL bottle picked up in Denver in March 2014. This is the 2012 version poured into a snifter. The bottle reads Pannepeut here, while other bottles I've had say Pannepot with a strike through the o.

A dark barleywine-like beer pours from the bottle, resembling a raisin in color with its dark brown base and amber hues. The head forms about a half finger thick before dissipating to a persistent layer of lace atop the beer. Carbonation bubbles steadily surge upward throughout the beer.

I get a lot of tartness and sour on the nose. I wasn't expecting this but I'm intrigued. There are hints of orange, oatmeal cookie, and a spice that I want to say is coriander. It's interesting.

Everything I got on the nose carries to the palate, but it's accompanied there by a sweet malt flavor and raisins that is very similar to a dubbel. It's almost buttery. The tartness remains but is pleasant and doesn't seem out of place. At the finish, I get an array of lingering flavors: citrus, spice, and dark fruit.

A range of sensations to this beer, ranging from tartness, to creamy and buttery, to slightly effervescent. It's pretty easy to toss back as there's no hint of booze to be found.

I have yet to be disappointed by De Struise Brouwers and this beer only reaffirms my belief that I should seek their beers out at every opportunity possible. Quite good.

Apr 16, 2014
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.61/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2012 vintage. Lot 6341281212. Bottle Lot 002901HH.

Pours a murky dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, roasted malt, molasses, char, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, molasses, burnt fruit, and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty, but I think the set of aromas on this one are much better.

Apr 09, 2014
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