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 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 deadonhisfeet
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2011 vintage. Poured from a bottle into an Orval chalice. It is very quad-looking in its appearance: very dark, murky brown with a thin cinnamon head and lower carbonation than I expected. The nose has that yeasty, puffed-pastry scent that all great quads have as well as notes of dark fruit and alcohol.

The flavor is outstanding. Huge, sweet notes of brown sugar, figs, and raisins all dancing with rich sticky alcohol warmth. This is like liquid holiday cake. The flavor is incredibly complex and seems to change with every sip. The balance between sugary, cookie-like sweetness and boozy, spicy accompanying flavors is nearly perfect. The body is very full and the mouthfeel is slick and creamy.

I don't know what the hell some of the other reviewers are drinking. This beer is incredibly good. I expected to be dazzled by Pannepot, but this one caught me by surprise. An absolutely phenomenal beer.

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Photo of safaricook
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shop: Bierkoning, Amsterdam
Glass: Westmalle chalice
Name on Label: Pannepeut 2010, Old Monks's Ale
Image on Label: old sailing boat with 3 masts
ABV: not indicated
Expiry date: 20NOV2016
LOT: 49372011

Beige medium to fine bubbled head of a good finger at start. Reduces fast to a thin layer. Dark brown body with a ruby shine with only sparsely carbonation visible.

Smell of roasted malt, bread, coffee and alcohol.

Typical Quadrupel sweetness but not overly sweet. Some bitterness that can be connected with the strong coffee flavor, bread clearly in the aftertaste. Rich taste.

Drink ability is really good for such a strong beer. Tingling on the tip of the tongue and down the throat. Not creamy in the way of a stout but rather some oiliness. An emulsion due to the richness of the organic extract.

Nice Quadrupel that is a great representative of the style. In my opinion there could be a little bit more of fruity aromas that could balance the coffee taste. Great beer for a slow evening in the colder seasons, which means practically any day in Amsterdam.

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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 Bendurgin
3.42/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle says 2011. Poured into a goblet. This one pours a dark cola color brown with a thin tan head.

Belgian yeast is the first noticeable aroma with hints of spiced plumbs. Dark fruity malts. Plumbs and other dark fruits on the pallet. Faint hints of cocoa linger in the background with spicy yeasty notes in the background.

The body is medium and seems to have very little carbonation. Overall this one is fair enough. Not my favorite variation from the guys.

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Photo of Auracom
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 Pannepeut purchased way back at The Bruery Provisions last November. 4 oz. poured in an FFF Rastal on August 17th, 2012.

A - Semi dark brown, very little light tan head that amounts to bubbles, marginal lacing.

S - Plentiful pitted fruit, toasted oak, roasted malts.

T - The Belgian yeast is pretty potent, lots of raisin bread and dates give it a classic old ale sweetness. Slight appleskin and brown sugar combine with a little cherry oxidation.

M - Medium body, great carbonation for the age, semi-sweet finish.

D - The winter fruit is well contained and doesn't overpower the complexity that resonates through the rest of the drink. Good yeast character and very nice feel for a 5 year old brew.

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Photo of jaasen64
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle picked up in Vermont about a month ago. It always amazes me the distribution they get there. 2011 vintage. Poured into Founders snifter.

A- Pours dark brownish purplish licorice black. Slightly translucent around the edges, but mostly opaque when sitting in the glass. When pouring a thin layer of light mocha head forms that quickly recedes and leaves some spotty lacing. There are definitely quite a few yeast sedimentation specs floating around. Maybe a tiny bit lighter then I remember Pannepot being, although that was about a month ago I had it.

S- Dark fruits, plum, cherry, licorice, some dark chocolate. Surprisingly more dark fruits and less dark chocolate then I remember '08 Pannepot Grand Resererva having.

T- Dark fruits, a lot of plums, cherries, grapes, some light dark chocolate hiding in the background, slight merlot quality to it. Overall thet taste was decently well balanced however I wasn't a huge fan of the fruity taste.

M- Smooth, medium bodied, goes down very easily for a 10% abv beer.

O- This was a decent quad. I definitely preferred the Pannepot Grand Reserva I had a month ago. I remember that having a less dark fruits, but being more balanced and mellowed out. This beer was a little bit too grape and plum heavy for my tastes and tasted too much like merlot (which sometimes isn't a bad thing). I didn't dislike it, but probably wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pannepeut Old Monk's Ale 2011
Pours dark murky amber brown, makes sense as it is bottle conditioned and all.
Very nice beery smell, yeasty, during the pour to a Chimay chalice. Slight boozy raisin smell over the glass. Nice solid coating of lace.  
Taste is boozy up front with nice dark fruity characters, I suspect fig. Curious taste.
I do enjoy the initial flavors of this brew and it is pretty smooth. Oaky.  
Overall an enjoyable sipper. I'm not sure of the difference if this were a Pannepot instead of the Pannepeut that it was (the label indicates a Danish version if that's the difference).

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, tan-colored, fairly long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: A nice aroma of yeast, malt, and dark fruit. Typically like a quadrupel.

T: Tasted of dark fruit (plums, raisins), spices (pepper), Belgian yeast, and caramel. A well done, not too overpowering flavor. An easy to drink flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a solidly made, focused, and drinkable beer.

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Photo of angelmonster
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the 2011 version.

Pours a murky, dirty looking coffee color. Head is tan and one finger tall. Lots of sediment floating around. Head retention is good and lacing is very good.

Smell is of roasted nuts, sugar cookies, and spice like ginger, allspice or nutmeg. Hops arent detected and smell of alcohol lingers through out.

First taste I'm getting is of a spiced rum cake or maybe some pancakes with maple syrup drizzled on top. Notes of candied fruit or nuts are also there. As typical to the style, no hops detected and alcohol is present but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel is alittle thinner than I was expecting. Its not watery but I was hoping for a more syrupy texture. Head adds some thickness to body and beer is well carbonated.

Overall this beer was good, not the best in its style but drinkable. Body was slightly too thin for the style in my opinion, flavors were just off the mark from being exceptional. Liked the beer but dont think I'd pay another 8 bucks for it

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Photo of zac16125
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a goblet
2011 Vintage

A: Pours an opaque cola brown with 1/2 fingers width of light khaki colored head, which dissipates down almost immediately to only an outer ring. Leaves only the faintest patches of lacing on the side of the glass.  

S: Dark fruits including overripe plum and raisin, red wine, booze, nutty. The aroma is reminiscent of alcohol soaked chocolate covered cherries.  

T: Lots of dark fruits, booze, bakers chocolate, peppy spice which I didnt detect on the nose, tart red grapes, touch of bitterness.  Lacks of strength of flavors that some of the best quads possess.  

M/D: Full bodied, slightly syrupy mouthfeel, carbonation on the low end, drinkability is good.  

O: Overall, this is good, but not great and somewhat disappointing for a sytle that demands excellence.  This is the 3rd Pannepot Ive had the pleasure of trying (others being regular Pannepot [old fishermans ale] '11 and Pannepot Reserva '09).  This is my least favorite of the 3, and the old fishermans was by far my favorite of the three.  As a whole the flavors could be stronger, and this one is quite boozy, perhaps to a fault.  Maybe Im just spoiled on Westy and Rochefort, but with latter being so much better than this offering and almost always readily available, I doubt I will have this one again in the near future.  

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

11.2oz bottle served in a snifter.

pours a deep mahogany tone while yielding a 3/4" tan head that lapses into a collar around the glass fairly quickly; some lacing evident. the nose features a lot of the usual suspects: brown sugar, dark fruit, belgian yeast, and spice. very nice.

flavor follows and exceeds the nose. lots of brown sugar, spice, belgian yeast, raisins, figs, and a little cherry. on the sweet side but never comes close to cloying. almost a citric rind like note in the background. delicious brew. medium plus bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall, a fantastic quad. not quite as good as rochefort 10 or westvleteren 12 - or even old fisherman's by the same brewery - but it's very, very good. a must try for quad fans; unfortunately they just don't make 'em like this stateside. not to be missed.

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4.77/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

330ml bottle (Label: Pannepeut 2010). Oversized glass. Enjoyed on jun´12. Dark brown color, dark amber to the light. Beige, close froth leaves a collar on top when dismissed. Toasted malts, caramel malts, chocolate hues, toffee & ripe figs to the nose. Spiced aromas –clove, vanilla, cinnamon- Flavor profile as aromas. Creamy maltiness, low bitterness. Fruity & voluptuous. Full body, soft carbonation. Ripe fruits & dried nuts showed in a lasting finish. ABV?? Who, cares?

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Photo of drpimento
3.54/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured at a good temperature with a small to medium size, light tan head that soon settled and no lace. Color is a hazy amber cherry with a couple slow bubble trails. Aroma is malt, burnt sugar, toffee, yeast, wine. Flavor's like nose, subdued and dominated by mild sweetness and bitterness with little carbonic tang. Body is ok and carbonation is a little flat. Finish is like flavor, of average length, and kind of forgettable. Think I got a less than decent bottle.

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Photo of korguy123
4.72/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage into Leffe goblet.

A- Dark and murky brown pour with a finger width off white creamy head. Lacing is excellent.

S- Brown sugar, vanilla, dark stone fruits. Slight cinnamon and vanilla with a touch of what appears to be licorice. Very aromatic and complex.

T- Dark stone fruits, brown sugar, bread pudding, cinnamon, vanilla and a touch of cherries. Very sweet and decadent with a little alcohol in the back end.

M- Creamy and full bodied, smooth carbonation and a little touch of alcohol warmth.

O- This is a truly remarkable experience, the feel of this beer alone is magical. The decadence of this beer is something I've never experienced ever.

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Photo of hardy008
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a less than one finger light tan head with good retention and spotty lacing. The aroma is sweet with dark fruit, green apple, caramel, and candi sugar.

The flavor is somewhat sweet and has dark fruit, green apple, caramel, candi sugar, some hop bitterness, and alcohol. There is not a lot of alcohol heat, but I can still taste it.

Medium bodied with average carbonation and a lightly sweet aftertaste. A nice beer which I would buy again.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Sept 2015. 2009 vintage. Acquired from a Belgian webshop some time back.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A dark, hazy reddish hue, with plenty of yeast sediment left in the bottle. Produces a decent head of creamy tan foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding. A rich, fruity aroma - notes of figs, fruitcake, plums, vanilla, dried fruit, peel and earthy yeast. A warm, spicy booziness in the background, as if a tot of rum had been added into the mix...

Tastes intensely sweet and fruity, with a boozy finish. Notes of fruitcake, orange, figs, dried fruit, peel, vanilla and dry yeast. A spicy alcoholic flavour in the background, with phenolic hints. Mouthfeel is smooth and full-bodied, with pleasant carbonation. Quite dry, and rather astringent. Aftertaste of fruitcake and booze - tasty!

Pretty good - a complex, fruity quad that lives up to the style. Doesn't quite match some others that I've tried, though I can't pinpoint why. Orange seems to come through in the flavour, and the alcoholic notes definitely remind me of dark rum. All said, a solid effort that is well worth trying.

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

Vintage 2007

A: Dark murky brown with a tight one finger ivory head. Very, very hazy with a bit of sediment

S: Very sweet. I got an aroma reminiscent of cherry rum cake and some vanilla and molasses. A bit of woodiness in there as well

T: Hugely fruity. Got tons of raisins, plums, banana, all dipped in rum. Lots of vanilla and baking spices like cinnamon and nutmeg

M: Quite thick, smooth, rich and syrupy, with no alcohol kick

Overall this was excellent. One of the best Quads I've ever tried. No doubt about it

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.57/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours mahogany with a mild off-white head. Nice deep colour, fairly solid head retention.

S: Fruitcake, fig, some brown sugar. Classic dark Belgian notes.

T: Mission fig, raisin and dried plum. Very dark fruit flavours, though not as yeasty as I thought it'd be, but still truly Belgian.

M: Medium-bodied, thin at times with a very mild carbonation, has a light spiritous quality.

O: I was hoping for a more full-flavoured brew, but I got a solid effort, just wish it was less expensive.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into tulip 29/4/12 cheers liamt07 for the bottle 2009 bottle

A murky dark brown with a fast falling thumbs width of tan head that leaves just a few random patches of lace

S plum and prune with some rum raisin and soft caramel, there's very little booze for 10% and lots of fruit cake

T faint orange rind on top of what I smell, slightly spicy and lots of caramel, tastes good but I'm not blown out of the water like some other brews I've had from this brewery

M thick and syrupy with enough bubbles to fluff it up a bit, very little booze detected, slightly sticky on the lips and a aftertaste of caramel and Christmas fruit cake, feels very nice

O solid stuff that I'd drink again, a few years on it has mellowed out the booze nicely and its fairly easy too drink. I like the spicy sweetness it creates a strange balance

a malty fruity brew that's well worth trying but I preferred the fisherman's ale by these guys. thanks again liamt07 for this little gem

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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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