Pannepøt - Old Monk's Ale | De Struise Brouwers

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Pannepøt - Old Monk's AlePannepøt - Old Monk's Ale

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De Struise Brouwers

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by weeare138 on 04-02-2007

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Photo of sokol_1993
4.64/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of bfields4
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark cloudy brown amber body. Small, but lacy tan head.

Nice dark fruit aroma rasins and figs. Hints of sweet caramel, and a lighter apricotish fruit aroma as well.

Good amount of complexity. Rasins and figs again maybe just a hint tart cherry. Lighter Belgian candi fruity flavors. Caramel and a just a hint of roasted malt.

Very good beer. Nice amount of complexity. Good dark flavors, but not to heavy. I really couldn't even detect the heat from the alcohol. It may be blasphemy, but I think I might prefer this to the westy 12

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Photo of drseamus
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Dark chestut body with an off white head.

S: Boozy and malty with a touch of spice. There is a nice sweetness in there but it seems like all of 10% in the nose.

T: Amazingly smooth. Great balance. Raisins, dates, and other sweet dark fruits dominate. None of the booze in the nose appears in the taste.

M: Perfect, smooth and silky.

D: Fuck yeah.

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Photo of dasenebler
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pannepeut 2008, Belgium. Different artwork than on the label above, also with an "eu" replacing the "ø."

Pours a rich, dark mahogany with a tight tan head. Good lacing, with a thin layer retaining.

Aroma is boozy and reminiscent of port wine, with loads of raisins and a huge buttery maltiness.

Flavor is exceptional. Loads of sweet, bready malts with a touch of roast and a heavy dose of dark fruit. Prunes, raisins, cocoa and dulce de leche. Rich, seductive and delicious. Subtle hopping, on the backend mainly. Not as spicy as Pannepot. Alcohol is noticeable, but not prevalent. Signature Struise finish and smooth feel, though I feel this lacked a bit of weight on the tongue.

Outstanding beer, just like everything else I've had from Struise. Compared to the standard Pannepot, I feel that this beer is maltier and slightly less complex, but nevertheless awesome.

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Photo of T_Hass
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of andpit
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dannyboygaga
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of Studfarm69
4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Vengeance526
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5


Pours a dark brown color with a creamy tan head that quickly fades down to a light ring and leaves a moderate amount of lacing.

Strong aroma of dark cherries, figs and raisins upfront. Some vanilla, toffee, and licorice also show up in the background.

Taste immediately starts again with the dark cherries followed closely by notes of caramel, vanilla, cinnamon and more dark fruit. Hints of brown sugar and honey show up in the finish.

Medium body with a very smooth mouthfeel. Overall, very flavorful and an amazingly easy drinker. No indication whatsoever of the 10% abv.

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Photo of megahurts4
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pannepeut Old Monk's Ale

Appearance: Brown, small head, and some good lacing.

Smell: Brown sugar, dark fruits, and some cocoa.

Taste: Subtle smoke, raisins, dark fruits, slight chocolate, and a near-whiskey or scotch-like flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy malty, yet smooth.

This is very complex. A fine brew indeed. It is subtly sweet, yet faintly reminds me of whiskey or scotch as far as flavoring goes. The 10% alcohol by volume isn't easily tasted in this.

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Photo of Lupe
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Originally reviewed on: 04-11-2008

Pours a dark chestnut with reddish highlights. A small tan head capped the beer which quickly disappeared and left no lace.

Wonderful aroma of dark fruit (figs & raisins), spice (cinnamon & clove), some brown sugar. Some alcohol, a hint of banana, and a light metallic twang that comes with quads.

Malty flavors lead the way - caramel, toffee, and brown sugar. Dark fruit is present, adding raisin, fig, and plum. Gingerbread flavors come next, leading the way for more spices - nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon. Malty but not overly sweet - very well balanced. Alcohol is barely noticeable, adding just a bit of rum-raisin. Spicy ginger lingers on the tongue.

Medium-full in body, smooth and slightly chewy. Great depth of flavor and complexity and leaves you wanting more. Goes down almost too easily. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of pixieskid
4.51/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This particular bottle I am reviewing is the Pannepeut label, 2007 Vintage.

Pour is gorgeous, a deep mahogany with a great 3 finger head, which lingered for quite some time.

Aroma; brown sugar, candied fruits, rich malts.

Taste; incredibly complex yet well balanced, the age has certainly added quality to this brew (have had it several times fresh). Notes of ripe dark fruits, lingering presence of candi sugar, a mild roastiness and hint of spice.

Overall; what really does it for me is the mouthfeel, so frothy and silky...along with the subtle complexities in an otherwise excellently balanced beer!

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of bpfrush
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Mar02x
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - One of the most beautiful heads I have ever seen on a beer. The structure of the foam is just perfect. The beer itself is beautiful deep red and clear. There's no carbonation.

S - A champagne like smell with some fresh fruitiness added, in total very inviting.

T - What a beautiful and strong caramel presence. One of the strongest I have ever tasted in a beer, very nice. It comes along with toffee and fruits.

M - A soft carbonation, no real bitterness and alcohol to be discovered! For a 10% ABV!!! This is top notch stuff, although the body could have been thicker.

O - A very nice and superb beer - worth getting a crate of.

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Photo of DenverBigRed
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of adamdarcy
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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

33cl 2007 bottle

A: Deep mahogany with some aubergine hues. There is a good looking two finger off white head that displays very good retention. Sticky lacing chunks on the side of the glass as it fades.

S: Dark stone fruits; figs plums, raisins, and dates come to mind. There is a hint of the age with some sherry/port wine notes emerging from the glass. In the background grain comes shining through with the aroma of toffee and toasted biscuits. The more it warms the spices emerge with vanilla and cloves being the most predominant.

T: The taste follows suit with the nose. All of the elements are incredibly well integrated with each one supporting the other, absolutely spectacular.

M: Full bodied with some residual sweetness to round out the feel. I find myself trying to chew it....

O: Great. There really isn't much more to say other then go find this beer.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Bu11zeye: Poured a deep dirty cloudy brown color ale with a large foamy head with great retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of bubblegum ester with some candi sugar and some light spices. Taste is comprised of a sweet malt base which is well balance with some bubblegum ester and some light spicy yeast at the end. Very well balance with no apparent alcohol and a full body with great carbonation. I thought it was slightly less complex then the regular version but I would have to do a side-by-side comparison

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Photo of Coren
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of london1o1
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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

A 330ml bottle of 2006 vintage, served at cellar temperature and poured into a tulip glass

A - Poured a very dark brown, almost a cola like color with a very hazy and cloudy appearance pretty much obscuring everything inside and making it look a very thick consistency. A very nice three finger high head of tan colored lace came flying up to the top. Very active on the pour would be an understatement, this thing was all over the place. Almost came out of the top of the glass. After a few more minutes, it finally settled down and began to fold in on itself and become more of just a thin half-inch layer across the top. Tons of spider web like lace coating the inside of the glass, leaving tons of dripping lace. Hard to tell how much carbonation there was as it was just way to hazy. Some small amount of sediment visible on the bottom of the glass, which did not really move much, sort of just hanging around on the bottom of the glass for the duration of the session.

S - The aroma was very varied, deep and complex with different hints and small nuances of smell coming through at various different times during the course of the session. The first thing I was able to pick up with a very nice dark fruity aroma. Lots of raisins, figs, plums, and even a touch of grape showing up in here. Very well mixed and balanced between them but leading more toward the sugary notes as it started to warm up. Lots of spice was evident as well right from the start. A sort of odd nutmeg like spice along with a touch of cinnamon, and sugar. Some aromas of oak or other wood like characteristics starting to come through now as well. The profile is really starting to thicken up now and get a bit complex on me. Some light grassy like smells along with touches of earthy grains all floating around in there as well. Overall really quite full and at the same time very well balanced. Major factor here was the raisin like fruits that were the only constant in the aroma the entire time.

T - The first sip of this just started to bring on wave after wave of thick evolving flavor that really was showing off quite well and became increasingly more complex with each and every sip. The first notes that came across were very rich, sugary notes of raisins, which were just a wonderful way to start off the whole thing. Deep dark fruity flavors were the norm on this was with prunes and figs lining up behind it, quickly delving it deeper and deeper. A very strong presence of sugar was next up, really pushing through and drying to lighten it up. A touch of something sour playing around in the back, and just briefly showing up in the flavor before diving back down and out of site again. Rolling on some nice earthy, oak like notes starting to come now with spices becoming more and more dominant. Cinnamon and nutmeg, even some all spice and a hint of banana keeping developing it further. The finish brought everything back together again and just kept evolving it and drying you out, making you come back and get another sip so that you could bring it back to where it was before. Really, no hint of any kind of alcohol in this one, which to be honest was remarkable for something that should have been so big. Overall, I was quite pleased with the overall flavor and thought that it really developed quite well.

M - This was a very thick ale, not quite full bodied, but damn close and it had such a luscious and creamy smooth body that it was really a pleasure to take each passing sip, as each one was better then the one before that. Really a tremendously good beer here. The carbonation held up excellently and really pushed the entire thing into overdrive, allowing the flavors to really pop and explore the full range of possibilities. Great smooth finish, though not intensely dry, it was more sugary and long flavors of spice persisted for a good long time afterward.

D - Now see this category can become tricky at times only because you get the situation where something is so incredibly drinkable, but at the same time, it has a high ABV so it leaves you in the situation of what to do, In this case the answer was simple, you just keep drinking. It was really just that easy to do. There was just no hint of any kind of alcohol in this whatsoever and the flavors were so rich and bold, with such and in-depth and wonderful profile that it was truly hard to say no to this one. I could have easily had another without any incident, it was just that good. So smooth and delicious.

Overall, I thought this was a really great Belgian ale. The flavors were rich and pure, mingling so well and cross such a wide range of style that it was almost impossible to nail down where it was coming from .A deep dark ale; this one would surely please anyone who gives it a try. Does it live up to the hype? I will let you decide that, my feelings are kind of mixed on the subject personally, but one thing for sure, it is damn good.

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Photo of tclapper
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of mendvicdog
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Pannepøt - Old Monk's Ale from De Struise Brouwers
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 477 ratings