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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Photo of Dope
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage, relatively fresh.

A: Pours a very dark amber/brown. Small tan head despite and aggressive pour. Fades slowly (though it doesn't have far to go), leaving decent lacing on the glass.

S: Dark fruits like cherries and raisin. Brown sugar, molasses, caramel and cocoa. Just a touch of alcohol.

T: Lots of dark fruit up front, raisin and fig mainly with a bit of banana. Bready malt with some caramel and toffee in the middle. A hint of cocoa in the finish. Somewhat boozy.

M: A bit heavy, not as much as you would expect. Clean.

O: A good quad but not as good as the other variations. It's a bit thinner, a bit boozier, and not as complex as the others. Dark fruits are probably the best aspect of this one. Fully warmed up it's nice and smooth but just doesn't quite have the magic.

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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 Kromes
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2011

A: A hazy dark brown with ruby edges and a thin line of soapy tan bubbles on top.

S: Fig, dark cherry, toasted malt, alcohol, and a little bit of herbal hop.

T: Dark cherry and raisin up front with a toasted sugar flavor. The cherry flavor increases in the finish with a mild alcohol flavor. Finishes sweet.

M: Light with very low carbonation. Could use a light more carbonation, but the light body and mild, for a Quad, alcohol presence make it very drinkable.

O: A very good and delicious Quad. May not have as many flavors as other Quads, but the quality of the dark fruit flavors in this beer are amazing. Very clean and refreshing....which is weird to say for a Quad.

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Photo of danieelol
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to MrKennedy for sourcing from Platinum.

2010 Vintage. Served at room temperature in Duvel glass.

Pours a majestic brown-gold colour. This looks to be the "old ale" rendition of Pannepot. Decent head/lacing.

Smell is very complex. Lots of orange and alcohol (think Grand Marnier). A big dose of rich malt. Lots of earthy notes (which I get from a lot of Struise beers and they are a really enjoyable part of their profile), chocolate and some faint Belgian alcoholic esters. On the whole just a big rich orange liqueur/Barleywine quality.

Taste is malty and a bit sweet but also has this fascinating fruity sourness cutting through. It's not an infected type of sourness, I think it's from one of the "spices" they use. I do start to wonder if this is brewed with actual oranges, or orange juice.

Beer is about medium-bodied and medium carb-wise.

Overall a great beer. Again, I may have a little bias against this style but De Struise just exude class with every beer they make. Highly recommended whether one enjoys or steers clear of quads normally.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: burnt orange with cream head that thins

S: sweet malt and dark fruit

T: spice, sugars, fruits - like fig and raisin

M: rich, smooth, creamy

O: another fine Pannepot (Pannepeut 2011 on the label) brew - had a heartier, more rum-spiced flavor to it than their others - perhaps a bit more bold, perhaps a bit more like an old ale/sotch ale meets a quad. I'd say any beer with Pannepot on the label is golden. Enjoy!

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Photo of kayrex
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of woosterbill
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

33cl bottle from 2010, poured into a De Struise goblet at Moeder Lambic St. Gilles.

A: Clear deep mahogany body under two inches of substantial, creamy light-brown foam. Great, rocky retention and tons of lace. Perfect.

S: Heavy malt, lots of toastiness, a little clove, and some dried figs. Very nice.

T: Dark fruits, bready malt, spicy booze. Simple and effective, but nowhere near as interesting as Pannepot.

M: Creamy, well-carbonated, substantial. Great.

O: A very good Quad, but not quite a great one.


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Photo of Riggsy
4/5  rDev -3.4%

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

I liked the other Pennepot so I figured sure, what the hell.

Vintage 2011.

Smells malty, chocolately, and lightly acidic. Very smooth for a quad, without so much as a hint of alcohol, but a little bit faint--where's the fruit nodes? the nice burn?

Tastes like it smells, only it gels together a bit better. It's still very bready and chocolatey, but some more rounded fruits preface a lightly tart finish which keeps things interesting throughout. The whole thing is quite sugary, with big nodes of bananas, cinnamon, and dough.

Not quite what I was expecting, and not nearly up to snuff with the other Pannepot products I've tired, but still nicely brewed and well worth drinking.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

found this one locally 2011 vintage. enjoyed from a trappist westvleteren glass.

a - poured a deep plum brown with a thin head that was gone quick. not the creamy substance i've come to love from the pannepot series. that being said, light years ahead of the appearance of most american stabs at a quad. de struise brews some bad ass quads, this one carries some of the visual vibe, but nothing like pannepot or the reserva.

s - wonderful grape sweetness. i'm picking up some vanilla notes and other tropical dark fruits and berries. smells just as good as the others of the series. perfection for a quad.

t - dark fruit with a grape juice dominance. finishes a bit boozier than i remember the others. a tasty quad, kind of like the original, just thinner.

m - feel is nice, but not super creamy like i look for. definite booziness is present. tingle is there, leaves some briskness in the mouth. a touch watery.

o - overall the reviews call this one out as a weaker link and i'd have to agree...although a weak link from one of the masters of the style is hardly weak. this is an extremely tasty and enjoyable beer, but i won't be reaching for this over regular or reserva pannepot, but would reach for this over probably 80 to 90% of all other options.

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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 donkeyrunner
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opaque oxblood color with deep garnet and ruby highlights. Fluffy cappuccino foam head. Thin veil of retention lasts the whole glass long and leaves little snowlakes. "Bottle conditioned, unpasteurized, and unfiltered." Crap, I would have saved the yeast if had known.

Smells like rum cake? Fruitcake? Some kind of dense, dark, caramel soaked cake. Anis.

Prunes up front with lighter, mid tone fruits in back like bruised apple, bruised pear and misc. beat up fruit in back. Interesting spice mix, I'll guess anis and nutmeg but I'm terrible at that game. Light and creamy body.

Not sure how this differs from Pannepot but it's a fine beer just the same.

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Photo of Vylo
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of bfields4
4.62/5  rDev +11.6%
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 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 KickbacksSteve
4.74/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 pannapeut Struise. In Struise tulip.  Huge frothy beige head. Dark tudor brown body. Aroma brown sugar, fig raisin, and....age. The aroma of age, love it. Port like. abv. None. Smooth as can be. Dark fruits, fig dates. Thick mouthfeel. Awesome. 

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Photo of ales4baldo
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Daniellobo
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice compact quad.

Presentation: 33 cl brown capped bottle. Gradient label in soft orange-with a framed illustration of a sail boat. Narrative notes ingredients, background, and main characteristics. Shows vintage 2010 and 10% Alc. by Vol. Served in a snifter.

A - Almost a black pour with deep dark brown edges, good frothy head with moderate retention, nice surface memory and good touches of lacing.

S - Another shy nose from De Struise, if one had to point to a flaw this might be the one… Still soft fruity touches, with a sweet malt and a hint of light coffee emerge...

T - The taste changes everything with a rounded range of sweet fruit, caramel and malt, hint of coffee, touches of spice with prunes, blackberries, some figs…

M - Medium/full body with softly balanced carbonation, creamy, even a tad sticky feel to the finish, with a long lingering memory.

O - Quite a pleasing and compact quad...

Notes: Maybe close to what is most commonly expected of a quad but a top tier bracket at what it does. Long and pleasing… Pannepeut touches my nerve much more than their Pannepot… Maybe less spice, more sweetness, and a better rounded complexity here?

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle pobres in a chatice.

A: Pours a Dark amber to brown colour with a huge beige head which dissipates quickly leaving many nicel lacings. However never disappears totally leaving a thin bubbled payed on the top

S: Smell is very sweet and fruity. Mainly raisins and dates. Reminds a red wine. Absolutely delicious mix of sugar candy and Belgian yeasts. Some honey, some spices and also some hops

T: Delicious taste. Very candy and fruity. Raisins and date fruits. Sweet upfront followed by a mild bitter aftertaste. Reminds a red flemish ale, but stronger. Once again, delicious

M: Heavy creamy molasses body. Medium to low carbonation. Sweet upfront and mild bitter aftertaste

O: Absolutely drinkable beer. Struise quality. By the way, the one that I've drunk had Pannepeut written in the label, and not Pannepøt like the one in the photo...

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Photo of tony223366
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: About 1.5 fingers of fluffy tan head. The beer is surprisingly active with carbonation. It looks downright fizzy by all of the bubbles on the side of the glass. Color is somewhere around a light mahogany that's a tad more brown. Clarity seems ok, but it's tough to tell. Head decreases to a nice lacing. Extra points for a very attractive label with a nice painted picture.

S: Smells largely of raisins, cherries and other dark fruits. Then the malts really kick in, in a rich way. I get some nice toffee with a clean finish. That finish highlights the 10% alcohol that is shown on the label. Some spices, but I'm having trouble tracking down exactly which one. The bottle smells distinctly of brown sugar. A real treat to smell.

T: This is a tasty quad that has some real strength on the finish. The first thing that hits me is the rich fruitiness. Primarily I'm speaking of the cherries/raisins. It then turns a bit warm on me and moves to a caramel/toffee malt flavor. The brown sugar makes an appearance here as well. I then can taste the spices added to the beer but once again I'm at a loss to determine exactly what they are but I'm getting some distinct vanilla. I'm sure cinnamon and clove could be in here too. The finish is oh so long and tasty. This is a beer to give to your red wine lovers. Definitely boozy but also rich and delicious.

M: This beer really has the legs to carry it. Nice smooth medium to heavy body with a real carbonation. And this is where the beer may (definitely!) have a leg up on big wines. The finish even has some bitterness to it that I gather more in the seconds after I've swallowed.

O: Wow, so glad I finally bought this bottle. I'm lucky to have only finished half of the 11.2 oz. bottle reviewing the beer and I can slowly sip the other half curled up in bed while reading. Please make sure to let this beer warm up when you drink it! I had it in my aging fridge kept at 55 degrees when I poured it and it's perfect. Granted quad is a difficult style to put yourself in so I can't give it more than a 4.0 but it's delicious.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle from Supermarket Liquors in Ft. Collins, $7. 2011 reserve. Into a Delerium Tremens glass.

A: Pours a nice deep red, garnet in color with a tan colored head that bubbles up to about half an inch and then fades to a cap of bubbles. Leaves a few spots of lacing behind as it recedes. Excellent clarity results as a result of a gentle pour.

S: Caramel malts, a slight yeasty bite, lots of dark cherries and other dark fruits. Slight little bit of booze. Smells earthy and a touch woody. Has a nice little bit of roast in there as well.

T: Lots of caramel and slightly grainy malts, a touch of roast, slightly skunky, but mostly earthy and resinous hop profile leads to a decent bitterness. Really a malty beer. Even a bit of chocolate finds its way into the beer. Really a tasty complex quad. A slight amount of cherry and dark fruit lingers on the finish.

M: Awesome heavier body, medium carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

O: Really flavorful, one of the best quads I've ever had. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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Photo of corby112
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 vintage.

Pours a dark chestnut brown color with golden orange edges and a half finger light beige head that quickly settles into a lasting ring.  Spotty lacing left behind.

Sweet, slightly earthy aroma with some zesty spice, estery yeast, dark fruit and sweet malt.  Peppery with cinnamon and peppermint followed by a slight medicinal/syrupy presence, bread and dark fruit notes. Hints of grape, raisin, fig and alcohol.

Medium bodied with a nice balance of zesty spice, earthy hops, dark fruit sweet malt and alcohol.  Hints of pepper, cinnamon, peppermint and clove followed by a strong dark fruit character.  Hints of dark cherry, grape, fig and raisin before a slight boozy finish.  Some alcohol flavor but not much heat.  High abv relatively well masked.  More complex as it warms with a slight syrupy, medicinal quality but still pretty tasty.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a deep brown color with lots of red highlights. When backlit turns bright ruby red. Barely any head just thin tan film.

S - just about the same as Pannepot. Deep notes of dark dried fruit such as raisins, dates, and figs. A There are none of the spice notes which I do miss, but still smells quite good.

T - very malty. Reminiscent of whole grain bread. The fruit esters enter mid palate with the dried fruit on the nose with an additional cherry note. Long finish reminds me of cherry cola.

M - full bodied. Light bubbly carbonation.

O - really good. Just a great beer. I do prefer Pannepot but I'll gladly take this any day.

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Photo of davesway10
3/5  rDev -27.5%

Photo of AleWatcher
2.79/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Blind Beer #9 from Shogo.

Called for a wine glass... My Goose Island stemware starts warming up in the bullpen.

A murky reddish brown with some deep plum color hues. Fizzy tan head fizzled its fizzly self down to a fuzzy film in a flash.
(sorry, I have no thesaurus handy... And I love alliteration)
Nice spotty chunks of lacing hang around after a swirl, but begin to drift back like a microcosm of plate tectonics.

So I'm thinking this is some sort of high ABV winter warmer or something...

The smell has some big dark fruit notes like cherry and raisin with an odd malt profile... I'm getting some sweetness, plus some stale dry old-ale malt, and a slightly musty/earthy note.

What the hell is this thing? It is interesting.... Yet I don't know if I like it fully. It's like a junior high girlfriend-- I'm just not ready to commit.

The finish is really dry-- some spicy, earthy, and alcohol linger. I think I really pick up some Belgian yeast, but I could be imagining it. The cherries blend with some chocolate hints up front before it dries out. The boozy character shows up big time as this warms....

I think I'm right about this being high ABV... The Belgian yeast has me thinking quad, but a Belgian Dark Ale could also fit. In either case, I'm thinking this must be pretty fresh. It is sooo hot on the finish.

---- REVEAL ----
2011 Pannepeut.
Wow. I love the regular pannepot-- and this IS very different.

Feels a bit like flat soda. Meh.

Overall-- this is the freshest I've had of -eut, and I know know I want to age a few bottles for a bit longer!
Awesome beer to try blind. Had I known what this was, my love of Pannepot would have certainly inflated my score with its cousin here.

Thanks Phil!

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Pannepøt - Old Monk's Ale from De Struise Brouwers
4.14 out of 5 based on 469 ratings.
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