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 muttyd
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of mrfrancis
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: From the bottle, this beer pours what appears to be an opaque black with a creamy, quickly dissipating khaki mousse. When held up to the light, however, the beer actually displays a dark amber hue.

S: Aromas of dark fruits and chocolate fill the nose once the beer settles in the glass. In this respect, it is not all that different from De Struise Brouwers' regular Pannepot.

T: Notes of table grapes, ripe plums, figs, dates, oak, chocolate, port, leather, and dark rum wash across the palate. The finish is mellow and warming with rum, leather, and chocolate notes dominating.

M: Relatively full bodied, silky, and smooth with discreet effervescence.

O: In my opinion, this is an excellent Belgian quadrupel. It is probably my favorite of the various versions of Pannepot.

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Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of mdfb79
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
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 AshleyMiller
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage, poured into a stone snifter

a - pours a reddish dark dark brown with a thin ring of head around the perimeter

s - smells of caramel, candied fruit, brown sugar, toffee and alcohol heat

t - a delectable combination of the aroma - burnt caramel, toffee, brown sugar, malty goodness, for the strength the alcohol is barely noticeable

m - full-bodied with medium carbonation, very easy drinking

o - delicious. easy drinking, plenty of flavor, could drink this all night.

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Photo of thewimperoo
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of impending
3.54/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2011 33cl into a tulip. Pours an opaque walnut cola, little froth even with an encouraging pour, coffee with cream colored head, little lacing.

Aroma is of a madeira wine with a strong solvent alcohol backbone.

The vinous qualities continues into the flavor. The solvent alcohol is now a strong phenolic backbone with an alcohol chaser.
Light to medium bodied mouthfeel.

Perhaps this needs age as it is disappointing relative to De Struise's other quads.

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 Vintage Old Monk's Ale. Poured from 33cl bottle into Chalice. Thanks to Kendall for hooking this up.

A. Poured a full 1 finger head. Good retention. Ok lacing. Holds a permanent collar of foam. Color is a full dark brown.

S. Dark fruit, Caramel malt. Sweeter smelling than the Pannepot versions. Really nice smelling quad. Faint spice spell that is appealing. Get more grape on this than the other Struise quads so far.

T. Nice. Definitely sweeter than the Pannepot versions. This has nice caramel malt sweetness. Dark fruit, raisins, grape, figs, maybe even a little sour cherry. Nice candi sugar flavor. I like quads on the sweeter side, and this fit the bill for me.

M. Medium/full bodied. Finishes on the sweeter side. Medium/low carbonation.

O. Overall this was right up my alley. Really flavorful caramel malt sweet and dark fruit rich quad. Nice complexity, good aroma, great taste. Really nice smooth and complex quad.

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Photo of nathanjohnson
4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of Mar02x
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
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 jfstilling
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of peensteen
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 vintage

Hazy deep chestnut colour, collar of white head, minimal retention, no lace. Smell is quite spicy, cinnamon, dark fruit, raisin, dark bready scents as well as caramel sweet notes. Taste is packed with dark fruit followed by spices but less than the nose implies, brown sugar with raisins, fig and plum. Medium active carbonation, full body with a good feel. Very good quad, ABV not present, this went down quickly, tons of flavour in here.

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Photo of uturn
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of dgilks
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2010

Cloudy, somewhat murky, medium brown colour with a smooth and creamy tan head. Head size and retention are a bit low.

Typical, caramelised malts with plenty of melanoidin. Spicy alcohol and some clove. Dark, dried fruits add complexity. Good on the whole.

Rounded malt with all of the caramelised malts expected of this style of ale. Plenty of minerally complexity and fruit to keep things going. The spice is actually fairly subdued with the main notes being a mild tropical fruit note, dark, dried raisins and more of that wonderfully complex, dried out malt.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Good.

This really works and is a testament to the brilliance of the De Struise guys. The way the malt is crafted and attenuated is really nice.

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Photo of spicelab
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 version.

Deep murky treacle with a finger or so of pillowy beige head. Leaves mild lacing and a raised ring.

Reminiscent of Christmas cake, with lots of rum and brandy soaked dark fruits, mainly raisins and cherries and plenty of assorted spice. Nice, but seems to lack spunk.

Much brighter flavours. Toffee fondue, molasses, stewed plums, glace cherries, prunes, nutmeg, cinnamon and palm sugar. Not super complex, just well tasty and moreish.

Syrupy and seamless, pretty well perfect for the style. Mildish carbonation spreads the flavours across the palate without being the slightest bit intrusive. No ABV presence whatsoever.

Started off a tad disappointed, but this grew on me big time. Big malty, fortified flavours served up in a very approachable manner.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev -3.6%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of jdhilt
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 vintage. Pours a two-finger cream head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Opaque dark brown color, ton of yeast left in bottle. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Dark fruit nose and flavor is also dark fruit, some tartness with alcohol finish. Pricey at $7.99 for a 330ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

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Photo of pixieskid
4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
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 thadbme
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark reddish brown with very little head and light carbonation. Reminds me of a Rigor Mortis ABT, but doesn't seem to be floating particles around. Held up to the light it appears to be red around the edges.

S: A sweet malty smell is up front on this one. There is a hint of alcohol present, but nothing overpowering.

T: Tastes sweet up front, almost offputting, then there is a taste of chocolate or cocoa that follows up almost bitter. Its got some fruity notes in there that make up the sweet, but its blended pretty well. Its a tasty brew.

M: Medium Body and light to medium carbonation.

O: This is a good beer, and reminds me quite a bit of Rigor Mortis. I had it recently so its more on the memory, but thats a good comparison. I'd say this beer is better than it, because it looks better, and has a better mouthfeel. Taste is very close to it. In both cases the beer is nice to sip and just enjoy. Nothing you want to pound down, just sip and enjoy the different flavors. Pick up one if you see it... You will enjoy it!

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

Pannepøt - Old Monk's Ale from De Struise Brouwers
4.15 out of 5 based on 471 ratings.
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