Pannepøt - Old Monk's Ale | De Struise Brouwers

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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

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Ratings:
470
Reviews:
228
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
9.66%
 
 
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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of liamt07
3.81/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the De Struise online store, 330ml bottle shared as part of the QuadShowdown. 2009 vintage. Into a tulip.

Poured a reddish brown, with a great thick and dense mocha coloured head. Great retention and some lace. Nose is light herbal and I got some dank (?) notes intially.Some cinnamon and some other spice notes as well. Caramelized dark fruits too. Taste has some dark fruits, sugary notes, caramel, spicing and a touch of the herbal note found in the nose. Mouthfeel is sticky, and the herbal note is found in the finish. Medium heavy, medium low carbonation and a bit of alcohol. Quite nice, but these herbal notes prevent it from standing out for me.

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Photo of Neffbeer
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
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 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 Radome
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33 cl bottle into a goblet. My bottle was labeled "Pannepeut" and I bought it in Belgium.

A - The beer appears to be a very dark brown, but when held up to the light it is a deep red color and is clear. The head is initially thick and tan and made of large, fragile-looking bubbles. The head fades to almost nothing, but tiny bubbles continue to actively rise through the beer until the end.

S - The aroma is somewhat muted. I get plums, spice (cinnamon?) and liqueur-like alcohol, but I also get a metallic twang that is not appealing. The metal smell overpowers all the others.

T - The taste is dominated by malt notes: bread, biscuit, toast. There is also fruit such as plums and prunes, and some spices. I would guess the spice flavors are from the yeast rather than actually spice additions. The alcohol flavor asserts itself strongly and the metallic presence is there in taste as well as smell. No hops flavor or bitterness is evident.

M - Medium body. Prickly, slightly acidic carbonation feel. The alcohol burns the mouth a bit in mid-palate.

O - This is a very nice beer, but it feels a bit harsh due to the strong alcohol presence and the distracting metallic smell and taste. I may have had an old example suffering from some oxidation. Without the metallic overtone I'd rate the beer much higher.

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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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4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown colour, close to black. No head, little lacing.

Smell is nice. Some dark fruit, a bit of cherry and fig. Not terribly sweet, as quads go. Actually some cocoa in the nose, and other scents more typical of a stout. A malty background, somewhat bready.

Taste is more bitter than a typical Belgian. Bready malt and some brown sugar. Dark fruit is present but pretty low in the mix. Cocoa is there as well. This is the most stout-like quad I have had, though it is clearly a Belgian beer.

Mouthfeel is very good. Minimal carbonation, full body, smooth velvet feel. Nice.

Overall, an enjoyable beer but my least favourite of the De Struisse quads that I have had. Got better as it warmed- came in the glass too cold.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.82/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at lord hobo in boston

Pours a dark, blacked out color, almost no head, lacing, or retention. Slightly ominous in appearance.

Candied dark fruit, plum, date, and raisin. Burnt sugar, and caramelized notes. Thick malts and sweetness with a smack of alcohol.

Stiff dark fruit sweetness driven by raisins, dates, and plums. Burnt sugar, caramel, and thick bready malt base. Decent alcohol burn, some notes of hops as well as bread crust and biscuit towards the finish, which is warm and lingering.

Full body, slightly higher carbonation, sticky and warm on the tongue. Pretty tasty brew, but still a bit boozy and sweet overall.

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Photo of amphion1065
3.43/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. pour at Lord Hobo, where it was labeled a "strong ale" on the menu. Served in a Fantôme tulip.

Eggplant purple, nearly black. A quarter-finger dark tan head dissipates quickly, but there's very nice lacing around my glass.

The aroma is interesting, to say the least. The profile of a traditional quad is in full effect: plums, raisins, deep sweet malt and a little bit of booze come through. However, there's also a very strong coffee presence that adds a slight bitterness to the smell.

Far more booze in the taste than the aroma would suggest. Perhaps the "strong ale" designation wasn't so ridiculous after all - in many ways, this reminds me of a scotch ale. There's a lot of caramel sweetness, complimented by dark fruits. A lot of those flavors are lost in the mix, unfortunately, due to the overwhelming taste of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is very nice, silky smooth with an appropriately low level of carbonation.

I'm glad I had someone to help me finish this glass, as drinking 12 oz. was a tad difficult. An interesting take from De Struise, but I really prefer Pannepot.

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Photo of crnipeter
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A transcription of BA review from 02-27-2010

In the early days of PannepØt this beer was closely related to the regular version, namely, the Pannepot. Both beers were set apart mainly by usage of different types of sugar: while the regular version contains candi sugar, PannepØt was based on cane sugar. Later on, to avoid confusion with Pannepot, the spelling of PannepØt has been changed into Pannepeut whose recipe was gradually changing in a way that the beer evolved from stout-like ale to a soft tasting ale in trappist style.

Vintage 2007 into chalice. Garnet brown with reddish hue and very unstable tan head that instantly dissipates. Complete absence of lacing does not add positively to visual aspects of the beer. The reviewed beer belongs to PannepØt, the cane sugar based variant hence the poor head retention is not surprising, as cane sugar is supposedly inferior to candi sugar that adds to a beer's head retention. Aromas are of chocolate coated dark fruit (dried cherries, prunes), sugar and spicy alcohol. Flavor dept consists of chocolate covered dry cherries & prunes, sugar and bread crust bitter finish counteracting the sweetened fruity tartness. Medium bodied with just about the right amount of carbonation the beer is almost prickly but never such. Similar to but thinner than regular Pannepot , lacking its fullness, smoothness and visual appearance.

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Photo of russwbeck
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 Vintage. 3rd in my series of Pannepot, Reserva, and now Pannepeut.

A: Similar pour. Deep brown, wispy light brown head with nice lacing. Retention is solid. Noticeable sediment in the glass.

S: The candied sugar and caramel malts really shine though with this one. Dark fruits sort of take a backseat.

T: This beer seems to be the most developed of the 3 (Pannepot and Reserva). Caramel malts, candied sugar, and dark fruits in the background. Booze is present, but not a huge part of the taste. This combines the spiced balanced flavor of Pannepot and the strong malts flavor of Reserva. Still not as balanced as Pannepot and the flavors aren't as good as reserva.

MF: Medium bodied, good carbonation. Less booze than the first two.

O: Great beer, but not the best of this De Struise Quad Challenge.

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Photo of brdc
4.97/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2006, small bottle poured into a goblet.

I had the Dannish version yesterday, which is good, but not as much as I expected, so my expectations for this one were a bit lower.
What a surprise!.
Murky dark brown, amber highlights, topped by a dark tan fluffy, albeit small head. However, it clings to the sides, and keeps a nice collar all the way to the end.
The ever changing aroma starts with a bourbon like alcholic nose, changes into caramelized malts, evolves into multiple spices, then dark fruits, more sugary maltiness, more spices.
Full bodied, creamy and wonderful on the tongue, it opens warmingly bourbon-like, turning sweet and caramelized, quickly balanced by a peppery spiciness, evolving into multiple dark fruits, back into malty sweetness. Despite some warming feeling and hints of bourbon, the alcohol is actually quite well "disguised", and the drinkability is very high for such a powerful brew.
An amazing masterpiece!

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Photo of biegaman
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2006 Vintage sampled 15/07/10.

Pannepøt appears sort of like an unfiltered prune juice, which definitely isn't the most attractive look for a beer. The little abscesses of yeast are also unsightly, but I suppose it's my own inattentive pour at blame there. Any signs of visible carbonation would go a long way, especially if they appeared on top; the surface is bare as bones.

All versions of this beer are brewed with spices; the brewers never divulge which specific ones are used and, given the prudence with which they add them and the skill with which they blend them in, you're never to likely to figure it out on your own. Hell, I've had this (and all the other Pannepots) a combined dozen times and I've still not a clue.

But I do know I like them! Especially in this example, their herbal mustiness play right into the beer's earthy character; notes of figs, decaying fruits, black licorice and plum pudding are highlighted in the nose while flavours of dark caramel, molasses, hazelnut, cinnamon pastries and many, many different kinds of delicious breads are noted in the taste.

Beers often age much the same as humans do: as they get on in years, their appearance will lose much of its luster and tends to become more and more bald on top. Their carbonation and flavours lack the effervescence, the energy and vibrancy they once had. But what is gained are respectable elements of maturity and sophistication...

This one most definitely has that. While I can recall it having more charisma and personality fresh, the nuances of wood and spice and its superb smoothness and succulent, low-laying sweetness were nowhere near so pronounced. It's no cheesy, Hollywood action movie; it's a thick, profound novel like one Gabriel Garcia Marquez's epic, illustrious tomes.

I don't know a word of Danish (and few Flemish ones, for that matter) but apparently we all speak the same language: good beer is good beer. While I, like others, wouldn't consider the Danish export quite as grandiose as the original, it is nearly every bit as sensuous and it makes every bit as good an addition to cellars and beer menus anywhere.

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

 GDBEERMAN ( Wau-Kind-A?, Illinois )

A+ / 4.75  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz into snifter. 2008 vintage.
A: The body pours a rich, brown to light black body, that is very hazy around the edges where the most minimal light comes through. The light carbonation stream starts around the middle of the glass and rises with a constant preciseness. The head, a one finger pour, holds very well and does not retreat. The tan head, resembles a note of a lighter stout. The lacing on the glass is left in the pattern of a 45 degree angle at which the head is level while drinking.

S: A rich yeasty, raisin character . A deep and lingering aroma that denoted a rich, well aged and developed brew. Hints of spice, with nutmeg coming in at the most powerful. A deep waft senses a bit of warm brownies.

T/M: Hugely complex, from the moment the brew hits the lips, to the last very notion that beer was on the palate, all flavors are dancing and projecting different notes off each other. The front is a bold spice that rushes over the tongue and creates a warming effect. The mellow mouthfeel, shows the hidden, but present alcohol and backs up on the warming. The mouthfeel leave the mouth a waxy coating that releases flavors throughout. Notes of cinnamon and clove are found in the body. A very pleasant, rich note of raisins is underlining the experience. While malts do play a large role in this sensory experience, the hops do add a bit of bitterness on the finish. With a smooth luster of yellow cake on the off taste, this seals the deal. A great all around brew.

D: I find this to be an overly drinkable brew for the style. A beer that is great to sit back and enjoy while you take all the flavors and complexities in. The 10.00% alcohol is a bit present and if it would be masked a little different, I feel this would have received a 5 in score. None the less, stellar brew.

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Photo of theghost3
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage.

Pours a mahogany with a 2-finger off-white, bubbly head. Quickly dissipates. Minimal lacing.

Smell is very vinous with a hint of toasty malts. Taste is strong of red grapes, plums, brown sugar and figs. There's almost a brandy-type quality. Mouthfeel is crisp, medium/light-bodied.

This is very drinkable. Would go great with pasta & a tomato-based sauce. Not quite as rich as the Old Fisherman's Ale, but still very solid.

Originally reviewed 4/4/11.

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

Very dark ruby; mostly clear. Small, ringy, tight-bubbled, light khaki brown head. Spicy fruit cake, dates, tartish, vinous malts. Powdered sugar and spiced rum. Nice. Leather and mildly roasted malts up front. Big, sugary and vinous fruits (plums, candied pears). Woody, madeira quality. Tobacco, light smoke, grape tartness, and hints of herbal hop bitterness in the finish. Full body. Soft feel with gentle carbonation. Would love to try the other version as this one is terrific!

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Photo of dirtylou
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 vintage, scooped at beer temple in brussels - hooray for rare de struise

appearance: nightcap, served in wine glass at our lovely hotel - the dominican. lovely garnet-mahogany body with a creamy beige cap. fantastic retention

smell: classic quad - big malty aroma, brown sugar, toffee, dark fruits, belgian yeast, nicely spiced

taste: maybe not as brilliant as the reserva series, but a very nicely rounded quad - brown sugar, figs, dates, raisin, thick malts, holiday spice...love the pannepot line

mouthfeel: divine - creamy, medium-full bodied

drinkability: good

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Photo of rtepiak
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

had the american version. known as the pannepeut. 2007.

this was had along side a pannepot the same evening and it was more of a food beer of the two. not at all similar outside of the beligian yeast quality. had a great feel. the feel was not as wonderful as their vintage. pour was coca cola brown with very little murkiness. nose of yeast, plum, sugar cane, fig and a mild hint of porter stale fruit and booze. went down a tad warm and thick yet airy. voluminous. palate was a bit more herbal than expected. had the quality of fruit but also some earth mineral and mild smoked malt porter sour. plum, thyme, extremely subtle astringent. alcohol not noticable outside of warming qualities. sherry finish but grainier and nicely distributed with by the carbonation. a beer to be has with food like a rochefort. fantastic.

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Photo of Lupe
4.54/5  rDev +9.7%
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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Pannepøt - Old Monk's Ale from De Struise Brouwers
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