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Pannepot - De Struise Brouwers

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812 Reviews
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Reviews: 812
Hads: 2,259
Avg: 4.33
pDev: 15.47%
Wants: 404
Gots: 435 | FT: 30
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Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 12-14-2006

Old Fisherman's Ale is a dark ale brewed with spices. Pannepot is a term that describes the Fishing Boats from the village of De Panne. Brewed and bottled on the Deca Brewery in Woesten-Vleteren.

EBC:99, IBU:27, OG:1100, FG:1025, ABV:10%
Hops: Bramling Cross, Hallaertau MF
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Reviews: 812 | Hads: 2,259
Photo of Rothobinide
4.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2013 Vintage - tasted on June 9, 2015. Poured out a hazy, reddish-brown with minimal head. Smelled like gingerbread cookies! Taste was of spiced cookies or cake - I detected notes of ginger, cinnamon, orange peel, maple syrup, cloves, vanilla... mouthfeel was velvety-smooth. A distinctive quad - don't think I've had one quite like this before.

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Photo of SpanishUnicorn
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a 2010 bottle at the Delirium Cafe in Brussels. Tasty, complex quad. Plum, fig, dates, raison, dark cherry come through on the nose. Taste follows the nose with an addition of burnt brown sugar and a nice alcohol bite. Very nice mouthfeel and an aftertaste that makes you want more.

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Photo of thebeers
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany with small tan head. Dark fruits, cherry cola, leather and a good amount of chocolate in the nose. Thick, slightly syrupy mouthfeel typical of the style with warming alcohol present up front. Similar flavors as the aroma, along with a hint of anise and other spices. Pretty good. Left it alone on the kitchen counter for a few minutes and it attracted fruit flies I didn't even know we had.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle & 2009 bottle.
2009 review
Surprising amount of carbonation pops first, who would think a 6 yr old bottle would hold its carbonation so well. Flavours of cherry cola & figs balanced with leather and a slight bit of dust. Like you licked a leather bound book that's been in the shelf for a few years. Smells burst with cherry cola and new leather.
Incredible sipping brew, gold standard!

Thanks to @mathieuc for including this in the canbif

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Photo of stevoj
4.74/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Drinking a 2011 vintage bottle...25cl fromMi-Orge Mi-Houblon. Pours drak brown/ruby red with a hint of foam clinging to the edges of the glass. Aroma is prunes, raisins, apricots, molasses. Taste is sweet, a mild tartness, dried fruit and candy. Palate is dry, mouthfeel is oily. Complex brew, but deserving of its fame.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(2011 bottle - about 55F - poured into a Chouffe tulip)

L: pours fairly silently - only a 1/4-1/2 of foam... impenetrably black, save for a bit of light coming through the top, where it's deep brown... a rather thick collar manages to cling for awhile

S: caramel in great degree... European dark chocolate drops lightly dusted with coffee... faintest whiff of booze atop dried cherry/cranberry... smells thick... very inviting overall, though it wouldn't hurt for it to flash some more heat

T: coffee up front and certainly in the aftertaste... a rush fruit brandy in the beginning, washed away by the bitter roasted coffee, and perhaps a bit of ash and charred wood lingering... alcohol becomes more apparent after 4-5 sips... little bit of dried grass on the edges... large perception of sweetness, however, it finishes clean and fairly dry... not sure where the spices come into play - this tastes not too dissimilar from any other fine stout-ish Belgian ale

F: a good bit less weighty on the palate than one would anticipate - and wonderfully, dangerously so... that is, until you pour the dregs in, and it then fills out and silks up... it IS remarkable how quickly and thoroughly it drops off in body, leaving little to chew on

O: great beer, no question... would rather try this somewhat fresh to perhaps catch a little heat and see what the spicing is all about... $5.99 is not bad for a bottle of this though - looking forward to getting some more

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Photo of JaimeLondon
4.16/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great quad that was selled as a barley wine =P
Has a nice dark brown color and a moka foam, not very large.
Smell is really complex, malty with tones of dried fruits, cherry, and also almond liquor.
Taste is similar with some hops in the end. Alcohol is perceptible in a nice way.
Feel is really good, the beer have body and carbonation at levels lower than quads usually do.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Served on tap, the beer was a murky brown color with few bubbles near the top.

Smell - The dark fruits come of the aroma. The stickiness actually comes through in the smell.

Taste - In the initial taste, I detect sweet raisins, prunes, and sweet malts. The is a certain nuttiness that collaborates with bread notes. Some of the sweetness dries up in the aftertaste, but sweet fruits linger.

Mouthfeel - Sticky would be a good word to describe the mouthfeel. The taste sticks to the tongue, allowing the taste to last.

Overall - This is a very underappreciate beer in the world of DIPAs and barrel aged stouts. It is a great beer for a cold night.

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

Poured like good lovin'. Tastes like a chutney of raisins, dates, and figs that had previously soaked in a vat of red wine. The texture of this beer was lovely as well.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Served in a chalice-shaped glass. Bottle indicates it's a 2014.

The head is big, fluffy and shows good persistence. The head is a dark khaki. The body looks black but hints of lightness convince me this is probably more of a deep dark brown brew. No matter the color, it's a gorgeous-looking brew. 5

I smell Dr. Pepper or root beer initially, a blend of syrupy sweetness and sweeter spice. A floral aroma, dark fruit and dark chocolate also lurk within. Oak and vanilla and a toasted smell linger on the finish. 4.25

Tastes like what I was smelling. Tart dark cherries, a floral bouquet, cola-like spice and sweetness, and notes of dark chocolate. The finish reminds me of bourbon with oak and vanilla lingering like a shot of said booze. 4.25

The mouthfeel is where I must ding this particular version a bit. It's thinner than a quad or Belgian dark should be and is a tad light in carbonation. The hint of tartness and spice and sweetness work well together so that's a plus. 3.75

Tasty but I've liked other years better.

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Photo of socon67
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2011 vintage

Dark brown pour with a macchiato thick crème foam. Scents of freshly baked cake, raisins, and dates hit the nose. Taste is sweet and warming, with a rich yeasty finish.

This quad has a thickness which combined with the potency makes it a true sipping beer. This is just a notch below the top quads out there. A truly great beer from Struise.

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Photo of hansavijaticar
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown in colour, beige head. Aroma of red wine, dark (dried) fruits, coffee. Flavours same. Finishes sour and coffee-like.
Unique beer. Similar to trappist quadrupels (dark fruits) and imperial stouts (coffee). I liked Reserva better, but this is excellent also.

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Photo of deebo
2.55/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Bottle bought in a Brussels shop for 3.95 E with a BB date of 9/31/19. Lot 4016040714. This beer is headless. Murky dark brown appearance. Aromas of sweet and yeast. Taste is over the top sweet fig and prune. It's slightly medicinal. Malty and super sweet. Really lingers in a pruney, medicinal way. The alcohol is covered up well. Expected better things from this one.

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Photo of Jaxbrew
4.9/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Awesome beer. I've enjoyed multiple vintages of this stuff and none of them have disappointed! There is a super creamy quality about this brew. Super beautiful color too.

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Photo of doktorhops
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another recommendation, from the colleague that recommended Rodenbach Grand Cru, so I am looking forward to this one. Pannepot is described by Struise brewery as being “somewhere in between a Belgian strong dark ale and a stout”... I like both of those styles [yes this statement is diminished by the fact that I do enjoy a great deal of beer styles... shut up!]. Anyway after the Grand Cru I have high expectations for this brew.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Chimay chalice.

A: Deep, dark, murky almost obsidian brown, quite dark and luscious body with a thin ring of khaki lace in the glass... the bubbles in the glass are dense and I know that I am truly in for a heady beer treat. 9/10.

S: Spice heaven. Heavy notes of cardamom, cinnamon, coriander and mace combine with dark fruit (raisin and fig), truckloads of brown sugar, earthy hops and a coffee note. It’s very Christmassy, and in this hot Australian summer the brew warms up quickly... in fact I need to shut up and drink this now. 9/10.

T: Interesting! Hits you with the above spices, dark fruits, earthy notes and coffee. It’s quite sweet (yes brown sugar). However there is this heavy Vegemite™ note throughout - Vegemite (for those of you unaware of anything Australian or Men at Work’s classic single) is a salty, meaty yeast spread - an acquired taste for anyone not Australian or Kiwi (NZ has Marmite). In any case it is a classic mixture of Belgian flavours with an almost bizarre inclusion of Vegemite. Oh well, I happen to like Vegemite. 8/10.

M: Mid to heavy bodied with a rich creamy carbonation. 8/10.

D: This brew is a flavour punch in the face: Tasty but a tad over the top. The Vegemite character gives this Old Fisherman's Spiced Ale a sense of the theatrical which indeed provides us with something different from the rest of the Belgian pack. Is it as noteworthy as Rodenbach’s Grand Cru (the Flemish Red Ale I now recommend to customers)? Not really. The flavour profile is Christmassy but the Vegemite note can be a bit much for others, and the overall flavour is a bit too chaotic, like a firecracker going off in your trousers. 7/10.

Food match: I’m making Vegemite on buttered toast now... not of much help to those of you outside Australia/NZ who don’t have access to or hate Vegemite, but you could just have an orange and five-spice glazed ham with roasted sweet potato and other vegetables.

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Photo of Gbgbrouge
3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle, deep dark brown with low beige head. Aroma is mild and complex. Notes of dried fruit, herbs, spice, leather and some grass. Taste is as complex. Sweet, full and mature. Notes of dark bread, dried fruit, dates, madeira, and a trace of resin. More of an old sweet wine than a beer, but surely irresistible.

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Photo of aleigator
3.44/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2012 version.

Completely black in color, with a one finger broad, beige, froth head.

Smells of spiced, sweet milk chocolate with a caramel core to it, while also providing a flowery, peppery pull. On top of that settles a hint of hot glue, together with molasses, balanced by earthy, calming malts.

Begins with earthy cocoa nibs, cream and toffee. The smooth mouthfeel experiences an addition of bubbly carbonation, which adds to the sweeter toffee presence. Spices become visible in a slightly peppery and licorice fashion, while also compliementing to the sweetness. The balance remains, because of earthy malts, along with hazelnuts and a Coca-Cola note. Finishes with a gentle coffee note, which isn't bitter at all, due to the more present cane sugar and nougat, accompanied by a tingly spiciness.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black in color with minimal light seeping through. A quarter inch of khaki colored head is present. Aroma is faint but I detect malt and plum notes. The flavor is a blend of dark malt,plum,raisin,and fig. The mouth is creamy and chewy.

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Photo of benfons
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: really dark colour, completely untransparent, dark but small head.
S: prunes, figs, malts, hints of caramel and candy syrup
T: basically the same as the smell, with a little bit of tart in the finish, but a lot of sweetness in the main taste.
F: medium body, low carbonation, smooth
O: It's a good solid beer, maybe a tad too sweet for my taste, but with a lot of complexity

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Photo of snowmageddon
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 3/28/2014.

A: pours a dark reddish-brown hue with a rocky head that fades very quickly.
S: fig, raisin
T: raisin, fig, toast, and nuttiness at first. The finish presents subdued earthy, spicy hops with molasses, licorice, and sweet alcohol notes that coat the tongue.
M: medium-light body with low-moderate carbonation. Light but smooth.
O: fantastic quad that shows you a new facet with each sip. Great cold weather beer.

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Photo of don1481
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle poured into glass. 2011 vintage.

Appearance: Pours dark and fizzy with a rapidly dissipating dark khaki head.

Smell: figs, plums, candy sugar, but various other spice notes seep through.

Taste: definitely different than other quads. Much more spice, less candy sweetness. Don't really pick up the alcohol others described.

Mouthfeel: spices and stickiness linger.

Overall: A different take on a quad, and it works.

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Photo of muchloveforhops3
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

330ml bottle poured into a snifter

P- poured at 48 degress F; comes out of the bottle just about black in color (no translucence), with no official head to speak of (just a little bit of off-white foam capping); no lacing
N- medium-strength; sweet dark fruits mixed with alcohol; upon further investigation, dark sugars and toasted malt come out as well
T- one smooth flavor profile; dark fruits (raisins & figs, particularly) greet the tongue; rich, dark sugars are prominent in finish; toasted malt plays a great supporting role throughout; some grape tartness comes out in the aftertaste; perfectly balanced
MF- medium-bodied, with soft-medium carbonation; chewy finish
O- my expectations for this brew were high, and they were definitely met; one solid Quad, rivals Rochefort 10 for the position of favorite within the style

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.97/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4


Pours a hazed dark brown color with amber hues as well as some yeasty sediment.

Aroma has berries, malt, belgian yeast, date, brown sugar, alcohol, just a faint hint of hops. Smells like a big old ale, and just a touch of oxidation,

The taste is big and malty, juicy dark fruits, twigs, simple syrup, and alcohol. Slight suggestions of nuts, cocoa and port wine.

Light bodied for the strength, not as full as I would expect, with a sharp, drier finish. The beer is moreish, and smooths out as it warms slightly and as the drinker becomes accustomed.

Overall, not quite a behemoth, but not small by any means. A very drinkable quad and worth some time in the cellar. The age on this brought out the port flavor, if it was a bit older I bet the vinous qualities would only continue.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage. Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a snifter. Acquired as an extra in a trade from goryshkewych.. thanks!

Pours a deep brown, muddy, nearly black body with a 1 finger off-white head that reduces slowly.

Aromas of caramel, dark fruit, wine, vanilla, some booze and a slight metallic smell.

Taste is out of this world.. first to touch the tongue is toffee, dark fruit, and caramel followed by sweet brown sugar, candi sugar, and vanilla. The finish is roasty with light coffee and chocolate notes. Lovely char that sticks around for a while.

Medium-heavy body with a rich mouthfeel. low carbonation

Amazing beer.. rich, complex, balanced, and easy to dirnk.. or sip. Delicious.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.65/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark opaque brown colour with some ruby & a bubbly, light brown head about 0.5cm tall that fades quite quickly.

Strong dark & ripe fruits (dates/plums/raisins/currants). Lots of sugar & alcohol tinged yet not as strong as a 10% beer should be. Caramel malts come through with some acidity. Complex but not bad.

A strong taste with strong fruit that mirror the nose (dates/plum/currants & a few others). Very sweet some acidity & an almost wine like taste. Grapes feature with lots of sugars too.

Very sweet with some alcohol (doesn't seem 10% though). Smooth, medium body with some acidity but it still goes down easily, helped by the medium carbonation.

Nice stuff from De Struise here, the beer was exceptionally sweet throughout with quite a complex mix of dark & ripe fruits that seems to mask some of the alcohol. It was definitely an enjoyable beer & one that went down well but I'm not entirely sure it is one that I'd go back to again, mainly because it was so strong.

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Pannepot from De Struise Brouwers
96 out of 100 based on 812 ratings.