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Pannepøt - Old Monk's Ale | De Struise Brouwers

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474 Ratings
Pannepøt - Old Monk's AlePannepøt - Old Monk's Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers
Belgium
struise.com

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by weeare138 on 04-02-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,575
Reviews:
230
Ratings:
474
pDev:
9.59%
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Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.61/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.67/5  rDev -12%
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...

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy brown in color and has small particles visible floating in suspension. It poured with a thin light beige head that died down and left a thin layer of bubbles on the surface.
S: The smell is slightly musty with notes of dark fruits.
T: There are woody and musty flavors of dark fruits in the taste.
M: It feels medium-bodied and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Considering its strength, this beer is relatively easy to drink because the alcohol is well masked from the taste. The drinkability improves as the beer warms up.

Note: 2011 Vintage

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To understand how much a type of beer can be pushed, the boundaries of the envelope must be reached. And that's where Panepeut goes.

Pouring a rich prune-rust color, there's colors of red, purple and brown that all culminate in a very murky set of hues. A creamy ivory-stained forms above its haze with semi-strong retention as its head begins to fall apart after a few minutes. With light and isolated pockets of foam, its lacing is light but apparent.

Its tart and fruity aromas are woven together with light elements of toast, chocolate and confectioner's type of sweetness. But the scent of dry wine, cider and oak plays into its tangy and earthy scent.

Its tart and malty taste promotes a complex taste even on the earl palate- Its light honey and powdered sugar taste is immediately met with sourish red grapes, cider, oaken merlot, light vinegar and savory soy character. Its deliciously dry taste is challenged by the dry earthiness of attic-like must, cellar character and overall aged woods that stops shy of mushroom.

Drier than the typical Strong Belgian Dark Ale, Pannepeut starts with a creamy and carbonated dryness that dictates its texture throughout. Finishing warm and winey, it's evident that the beer's acidity has a lot to do with its taste.

As a stand-alone beer- Panepeut seems to under-deliver as its taste falls tarter and more "challenging" to the taste. Paired with food, I can see this beer singing with pickled flavors and petite beef filet.

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3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Guinness goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Bottle is a 2007 vintage. Acquired at Wally's Wine in Westwood, California. Expectations are through the roof given the brewery and my fondness for Pannepot Grand Reserva/Reserva.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption.

A: Pours a two finger head of good cream, great thickness, and damned amazing retention considering the high ABV. Fluffy and delightful. The head's colour is a slightly tan off-white. Colour of the beer is a nontransparent dark caramel-ruby. Colourwise, it's a bit off compared to other great quads I've had. It's not unique, but I'm intrigued.

Sm: Cream, plums and other dark fruit -including figs, clean malts (both bright and dark methinks), very light toasted malt, and biscuity pleasant yeast. A complex but subtle mild strength aroma. Very alive and inviting. I'm intrigued, and I'm hoping the dark fruit has a big presence.

T: Dark fruit is certainly present but I can only pick out fig and plum amidst the menagerie. Biscuity yeast has a subtle presence over the top of the layered malt foundation - which is unobtrusive but provides a pleasant base. Creamy without going overboard. Quite subtle and complex, with the fermented fruit tones providing most of its character. Maybe a hint of raisin. Hints of light spices. Some caramelized malt. Near perfectly balanced. Not bold or experimental, but very pleasant to drink. A lovely quad. No alcohol comes through, an impressive feat given the 10% ABV.

Unfortunately, it's a bit timid with its flavours, lending itself naturally to the subtlety I admire, but also preventing it from really shining.

I imagine the five years of aging lessened the alcohol presence as well as the dark fruit - which may or may not be a good thing.

Mf: Creamy, smooth, and wet - with enough light coarseness and dryness to coax out the flavours. A touch too wet in the second act. Perfectly carbonated, holding up even after five years. Of perfect thickness. Lightly dry just on the finish, encouraging the next sip of the creamy wet open. I wouldn't call it refreshing, but it's maybe as close as a 10% quad could come to being so.

Dr: Incredibly drinkable for the 10% ABV. A high quality quad. Very fanciful. I'd certainly have it again. It will certainly satisfy fans of the style. I think I prefer Pannepot, but this is certainly worth trying. Hides its ABV very well.

An excellent candidate for aging. Would pair well with most foods; avoid spicy food and sushi. Maybe lemon juice fish or sauteed chicken would be ideal.

Drank just fine out of me Guinness goblet. Goblets are ideal for this beer methinks.

B

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of emerge077
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a translucent mahoghany, lighter around the edges. Not much foam, a little unexpected for a Belgian. Recedes to virtually nothing over time.

Tasty, very nutty and malty, some black currant and prunes. Lighter than it's cousin, and decidedly less spicy. I'll have to revisit the Belgian version again, the 1st time was a little overwhelming. Primary aroma of dark malt, vague sweetness. Moderately full-bodied, what you would expect from a Quad. Lighter than others of the style though. Reccommended in a side by side pairing with it's counterparts. Interesting, and worth a try.

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Photo of brentk56
3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2006 bottling

Appearance: Pours an ice tea brown color with a rather modest head that leaves the occasional dot of lacing

Smell: Caramel, dark fruit (fig, primarily) and spice cake

Taste: Caramel, spice cake and a developing fig flavor that adds brown sugar sweetness, after the swallow; spice cake flavors linger into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low carbonation

Overall: Tasted side by side with a 2006 Pannepot and this one came up way short; the carbonation level was notably lower and the depth of dark fruit and chocolate flavors was missing - this one had more spice cake elements and was a tad sweeter

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of largadeer
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml botte, 2007 vintage. Into a snifter.

Pours the color of plum skins. The head pours tall and retains nicely.

The Pannepot series always has a great aroma, and this iteration is no exception. Amber honey and cola sweetness are the first thing to come to mind, leaning toward the honey. There's slight spiciness, too, but it's subdued. Plenty of stewed dark fruit, too.

Dark fruits are prominent on the palate, too, along with cola and faint spice. Slight molasses sweetness, roast and vinous notes come through mid-palate. Full on the palate, though it drinks easy and doesn't have a trace of alcohol. The finish is surprisingly dry after the initial hit of sweetness, ending with a lingering spiciness. Great overall, I'm impressed yet again with Struise.

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Photo of mothman
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pannepeut - 2007

Pours 1/2 finger of khaki tan head. Really nice retention with some lace rings. Color is a dark copper brown.

Aroma: A lot of malts and dark fruits. Caramel, toffee, and some bready malts. Raisins and licorice. Some plums. Rich and sweet. Very pleasant.

Taste: Rich and sweet. A lot of nice flavors blend together here. Plums, cherries, raisins, and figs. Toffee, caramel, and a hint of chocolate. A touch of alcohol shows.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. A little dry. Medium to full bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends clean, but dry.

Overall, a nice quad. I am glad I finally got a chance to try it. One of Struise's better beers. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 07-15-2011 01:37:45

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 release poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, spices, caramelized malts, dark fruit and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste is spicy and sweet up front with flavors of caramel & dark fruit. The Belgian yeast character is quite strong and it's also a little creamy. There's a hearty malt character and a mild hops presence. The after-taste is also spicy and sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down ok, not very filling, strong kick, good representation of style, it's a decent high strength Belgian beer to drink for a while.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle direct from Belgium and poured into a Captain Lawrence tulip.

Pours a light copper color with a good, though slightly short-lasting, white head. Good spotty lacing on the sides of the glass and a collar throughout. The nose strikes me immediately as being pretty light on the dark fruits, with more caramel and malt coming through. Aside from that, a spicy character takes over and really sends a few good notes. Light hops there as well. Different, but quite nice. The flavor is along the same lines--nice light spice with some bready malt and light fruits. Hoppy character is there as well, and then combines quite well with the spiciness to form a beautiful finish. Medium body. Nicely done, Struise.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at the Farmers' Cabinet, Philly, PA

Poured a hazy, amber-brown with a small cap of off-white head; short-lived but moderate lacing left behind. Aroma of caramel and cake, dried fruits; a bit boozy. Taste of sugars--caramel, toffee, candi--spicy yeast, dried fruits, banana notes and bready malts. Pretty boozy, but not too offensive, though it does detract from the drinkability a bit. Otherwise, medium body and quite good overall. Nice to see it on tap.

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Pannepøt - Old Monk's Ale from De Struise Brouwers
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 474 ratings
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