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 UCLABrewN84
3.61/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.52/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev -3.4%
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 -3.6%
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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Photo of brentk56
3.77/5  rDev -8.9%
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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Photo of largadeer
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
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 kojevergas
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
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.


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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
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 emerge077
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
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 Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
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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Photo of mothman
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
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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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
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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Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -3.4%
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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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy, dark brown body with a small, light beige head.

Smell: Sweet-smelling, candied fruit aroma of cherries and figs. Strong notes of treacle. A jigger full of spiced rum.

Taste: Sweet, bready toffee maltiness laced with sugary treacle. The fruits carry over from the scent and join the sweet mixture in a taste like melted lollipops. Soft cinnamon spiciness. Subdued yeast character. Very sweet, candyish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: I enjoyed it. As for you, well, I hope you like your beers sweet.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage

A: Pours a very deep burgundy/brown color with about a finger of tan head on top. Pretty thick, with good retention, thin lacing forms around the glass.

S: A little closed, but there some dark fruit, bread, caramelized malt, and brown sugar. As it warms the dark fruit comes out much more.

T: Rather sweet, some caramel, candied sugar, and lots of dark fruit presence. Some raisin, plum, and prune as well as a slight bready flavor.

M: Full bodied with medium carbonation, pretty smooth. Get a slight warming from the alcohol.

O: Another solid beer from De Struise. Look forward to trying regular Pannepot at some point..if I can find it.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
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 womencantsail
3.2/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2007 Bottle labeled Pannepeut shared by tick0rin0.

A: The pour is a dark amber color with a fizzy khaki colored head with surprisingly poor retention.

S: Banana bread overwhelms the nose on the first sniff. Sweet caramel, dark fruits, and candi sugar come through next as do an array of spices. There's (initially) a hint of alcohol on the back end that becomes more pronounced as the beer warms.

T: Sweet bananas, plums, and raisins provide some fruity notes while the caramel and brown sugar provide the base of the sweetness. The downfall of this beer is that there is just far too much alcohol coming through which makes it tough to drink.

M: The body is medium, not quite as full as I had expected, with a surprisingly "mid-range" level of carbonation. Again, more alcohol heat.

D: What a surprising let down. I thoroughly enjoyed Pannepot, so I thought this would be more of the same. You can't win 'em all...

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at The Firkin.

Surprised to randomly find this guy on tap out here in my neck o' the woods...but I'm not arguin'. It pours a murky ruby-sienna topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose is somewhat faint, yielding some brown sugar, toffee, light biscuit, and light red grapes when some effort is applied via my 'strils. The taste holds notes of brown sugar, fig, red apple skin, red grape, dark fruit, light clove, light cinnamon, a touch of banana peel, and a vague hint of honeydew in the very back. Now there's some complexity, folks! The body is a fairly hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly grainy feel. Overall, a solid brew, though I think this one loses out to the normal Pannepot, which has a brighter nose and a less fruity flavor profile (which sits slightly better with me in the circumstances). Still a very good beer, though...

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Photo of mdfb79
3.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought this last week at Stateline in MD as I realized I've never had it. 2011 vintage. Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into my Chimay chalice.

a - Pours a deep dark mahogany brown with a slight reddish rint, one inch of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for about ten seconds and leaves no lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of sweet dark fruits, cherries, raisins, figs, bready malts, Belgian yeast, light spice, and light molasses. Pretty nice nose, I really like the sweet cherries that come through.

t - Tastes of spices, Belgian yeast, dark fruits, raisins, figs, bready malts, light alcohol, earthy notes, and it's lightly musty. Not sweet at all, and a definite step down from the nose in my opinion.

m - Light to medium body and low carbonation. A bit thin…would have liked it to be a bit thicker and have more carbonation. Pretty average.

o - Overall a pretty good beer, but a bit disappointing. I love all the Pannepøt variations/beers that De Struisse makes, but this might be my least favorite of them. The nose was nice and sweet, but the taste was a bit muted and musty, and the body was a bit thin and undercarbonated. By no means a bad beer, but no where near the other Pannepøt's.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer is dark brown and fairly hazy with an inch of thick, foamy tan head. Aromas include yeast, malt, caramels, figs. The flavor is a notch better. Alcohol content masterfully hidden. Really creamy and smooth on the palate with an elegant and graceful finish. Cheers to Urbain.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330 mL bottle poured into an Ommegang chalice. 2010 bottle.

Appearance - Deep brown cola colored with a small khaki head. Settles to a collar and an island of bubbles.

Smell - Fruity and yeasty. Dark fruits dominate. Cola aroma reminiscent of other De Struise beers. Sweet malty aroma.

Taste - Fruity flavors at first. Immediately yeasty. Extremely yeasty, really. Cola flavors less intense, as is the sweetness. Dry and slightly bitter in the finish. A little bit of earthiness.

Mouthfeel - Really highly carbonated. Way too much. Dry and rather bitter.

Overall - Eh. Nothing near the beer that Pannepot is. I have a fresher bottle that I'll try.

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Photo of stakem
3.69/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes on 6/1/11.

2010 (unspiced) version poured into a cervoise. Best before code indicates this brew should be consumed sometime in the next 5 years (4/2016.) I believe we are well within that range, perhaps a bit early on the draw here if anything.

I popped the cap and on came a hiss of carbonation. A very careful pour down the side of my glass results in a deep muddy brown color that is quite cloudy. Even through the edges I cannot see through this brew. It really looks like muddy water. Less than a finger of yellowish stained head sat atop the brew and quickly dissolved. There would be nothing left atop the liquid in my glass if it wasn't for the constant stream of large bubbles that rush the surface only to race to the sides of my glass and then audibly pop and fade. I have had several other Pannepot offerings from Struise and this does not seem like any of my previous experiences. Even before I take a whiff or a sip, I am cautious about what I am getting myself into based on this brew's appearance.

The smell of this brew comes across sweet from a combination of dark residual malt scent that near chocolate character coupled with a familiar sweet scent of candy sugar. There are plenty of fruity notes that mingle with alcohol esters forming a scent vaguely similar to raisins. Hops are a final thought as this brew enters my nose. It smells of a combination of both fruity hops and some citrus to almost mineral-like quality. As the brew warms, it picks up a light vinous touch coupled with something reminiscent of orange peel.

The taste of this brew is surprisingly well balanced from what you would anticipate judging strictly from the nose. The flavors upfront are of sweet malt coupled with candy sugar. The flavor of chocolate malt and candy sugar quickly turns into a greater focus on the alcohol which is a little harsh tasting almost solvent and fruity. This brew finishes with a lingering bitterness that is herbal and a bit bitey. However, when mixed with the solid presence of the alcohol and candy-like sweetness it gets a bit medicinal at times. The finish is crisp yet has a lasting power with a taste that lingers inside the mouth of herbal to grassy hop bitterness, chocolate malt and a bit of a vinous twang.

This is a medium to full bodied offering with a distractingly excessive amount of carbonation. Just looking at the glass, you can see the carbonation is too high. Even continual sips and swirls does not tame how much carbonation this has. Once it enters your mouth, it really fizzes and tingles the tongue. This brew is quite complex but in an unusual way. The good parts about this brew are really good. However, the seemingly off or distracting flavors are not subtle and they clash with the pleasant characteristics of this brew. Perhaps, I should say shame on me for opening this too soon. However, I wanted to get my own experience at having this brew both fresh and with age on it so while this bottle was an interesting experience, I am curious to see how this brew either improves or goes down hill.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
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!

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4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Label says Pannepøt - Old Fisherman's Ale. 2006 vintage. Lot D, AA, whatever that means. Served in a Struise cervoise.

A - There's a lot of sediment in this bottle, so I poured it very carefully. Got a finger of persistent tan foam, a few spots and splotches of lace, and a partial cap. Body is a very dark reddish-brown that displays some transparency (and unfortunately some suspended sediment as well, even after due diligence).

S - Cherries, prunes, other dark fruits, chocolate, candi sugar, some port-like oxidation, a hint of nutmeg and other nebulous spices, and also a faint woody note (even though this isn't barrel-aged). Alcohol is perceptible but very far in the periphery.

T - Taste is quite similar, but finishes with a fairly intense anise bitterness. Stronger notes of rum-soaked bread and yeast mingle with the raisins, plums, figs, and caramelized sugars. There's less overt oxidation in the flavor, but I'm guessing this isn't going to improve much from here on out.

M - Somewhat unpleasant soda-like carbonation. It keeps things from being syrupy, but also burns my lips. Full-bodied, chewy and viscous. Some lingering brandy-like warmth in the sticky finish.

D - Even with the high alcohol and the unpleasant carbonation it was fairly enjoyable to savor a 33cl bottle on my own. Not something I'd session with, but an enjoyable quad to contemplate once in a while.

Label says Pannepøt - Old Monk's Ale. 2006 Vintage. Thanks to MacDomer for this one. Served side-by-side with a 2006 Pannepot - Old Fisherman's Ale for comparison. Alvinne Beer Fest taster glasses were used for both.

A - A finger of tan foam dissolves to a thick ring and hazy thin cap. Dark brown body with not nearly as much sediment as the Pannepøt - Old Fisherman's Ale I had a few weeks ago. 4.5

S - There's some oxidation setting in here, but it's mostly complementary. Otherwise a hefty amount of dark fruits, dark bread, toasted grains, candi and brown sugars, and some phenolic Belgian yeast. Not much in the way of spices. 4.0

T - Molasses, prunes, dark fruits, and light oxidation. Quite sweet and port-like. There's some light alcohol present, as well as some anise bitterness in the finish. I like the taste a bit better than the aroma. 4.0

M - Full bodied, with medium carbonation, light warming alcohol and a fairly dry finish. 4.0

D - Pannepot smells better, but this tasted nearly as good in my book. It's also held up pretty well after five years but I wouldn't sit on these much longer. While each of the Pannepot variants is clearly different side-by-side, they all share fairly similar flavor profiles - I think my preference is the original beer, but I could go for any of them depending on my mood. 4.0

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