Brewed by De Struise Brouwers
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Oostvleteren, Belgium


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RATINGS: 2219   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.18/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
In the early 1900s, the village of De Panne, close to the French border, was famous for two things -- the ‘Pannepots,’ or fishing boats, that could be seen along the coast, and the unique dark ale enjoyed by the local fishermen. Our Old Fisherman’s Ale is a tribute to these hardy sailors and their rich, flavorful brew. Unfiltered. Unpasteurized. Bottle-conditioned in 33cl and 75cl.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kepano (283) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 4, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2016 Rated on June 4th, 2012. This one’s been aging six years now, and I thought it would grand time to revisit it, along with the Grand Reserva version. Pours a dark marroon red. Within the highlights one sees a certain clarity to the beer, unlike Westvleteren’s typical chunkiness. The frothy off-white head dissipated quickly leaving behind a soft stream of bubbles that trail to the rim of the glass. The smell is vivid, deep but with bright notes of cherries and pipe tobacco. Dark malty undertones of bitter unsweetened chocolate and coffee beans softened with creamy vanilla. Finds itself more aligned with St. Bernardus in the nose, although even brighter perhaps. As the beer warms up, plum, caramel and some wispy alcoholic tones appear. The first sip is unctuous, thick, rich with smoky tobacco flavors that roll onto the tongue in a wave of syrupy sweetness. The slight carbonation tingles as a burst of cherry and caramel develops. Smoothly the Pannepot transitions off the palate and into a long and powerful finish. Pannepot is one of those few beers that manages to balance amazing complexity with a punchy distinctive flavor that doesn’t lose its focus. It’s the difference between a symphony and a cacophony. I think of this brew as a true counterpart to our favorite trappists. I wouldn’t call myself a believer, but the Pannepot truly invokes a spiritual feeling. My biggest thanks to Urbain and Carlos for an incredible experience. --- Updated September 7, 2016. Ten year anniversary of my batch of Pannepot from my first trip to Struise. Pours a dark purplish black with a lively, frothy, lacy cream head. Smells divine. Loads of overripe prunes soaked in brandy, or maybe port? Rich and balanced. Chocolate, blackberries, black currants, rounded by a small amount of oaky vanilla. A hint of licorice. Thick molasses, dark fruits, and a wisp of smokiness coming from the roasted mocha-flavored malts. The carbonation is subtle but present, adding the perfect tingly fluffy texture to this truly magnificent brew. I’m simply floored by how this beer has aged, I give it the exact same marks as 5 years ago. I have a batch of 2006 from the neighboring monks at Westvleteren that hasn’t done nearly as well!

Daboch (190) - Gdansk, POLAND - DEC 9, 2017
Piwo koloru ciemny brąz wchodzący w wiśnie, nieprzezroczyste, piana średnia dość szybko znika. Aromat lekko winny, trochę ciemnych owoców, w smaku podobnie owoce głównie śliwki w oddali nuty od beczki. Bardzo ciekawe piwo

Bricktop86 (912) - Moore, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 3, 2017
2016 vintage pours hazy brown with minimal tan head. Aroma of chocolate, berries, oak and smoke. Taste is medium sweet, light sour and light bitter.

Mpuntmuts (330) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 26, 2017
Dark brown pour with a thin tan head. Very explosive complex aroma of malts, burnt sugar, coffee notes, balsamic vinegar, black licorice, dried fruits and dark bitter chocolate. Mildly bitter, mild acidity with a soft sweet linger. Medium bodied and soft carbo. Very well done beer!!!

sharkydodson (1838) - St. Petersburg, RUSSIA - NOV 24, 2017
the aroma is caramel and fruity with hints of vanilla, toffee, raisin, licorice, red wine and some spices... the taste is caramel and fruity with notes of dried prunes, raisin, toffee, sweet wine, garden berries and brown sugar... sweet and dry aftertaste...

xavras (84) - - NOV 21, 2017
Ehh, zawiodłem się. Pannepot Grand Reserva był fantastycznym piwem, liczyłem, że i podstawka nie będzie za bardzo oddawać. Wydaje mi się, że trafiłem na jakąś trefną butelkę, bo piwo wyraźnie skwaśniało. Do aromatu przyczepić się nie mogłem - bardzo winny, czuć suszone owoce. Problem z mocno kwaśnym smakiem. Mało ciała, źle zleżony, choć czuć wino w posmaku. Alkohol słabo ułożony, trochę zalegający w gardle.

Ocenę ciągnie w górę głównie zapach. Pozostawiam jednak dobrą perspektywę na przyszłośc, liczę, że jak spróbuję drugi raz, to uznam, że jest dużo lepszy.

Mariox (363) - Warsaw, POLAND - NOV 18, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2017 Skwaśniał. W aromacie winne, suszone owoce, octowe. W smaku mocno kwaśne, delikatna słodycz. Cierpkie na finiszu, średnie wysycenie, mało pijalne, ciało zanikło. Szkoda, że pojawiły się bretty, bo pozostałe piwa z serii genialne.

Sjonniebwoi (1) - Temse, BELGIUM - NOV 14, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2017 33cl 2011 vintage. Not my favorite style but one of the best in its class. strong flavour of coffee, tobacco and drop candy. Medium mouthfeel, subtle aftertaste that doesnt last very long. Low carbonation and a high ABV that is very well masked. Beware though, dont drink this on an empty stomach!

julesxxl (83) - Cholet, FRANCE - NOV 13, 2017
((2012) noiraude, nez aigre-esters-café-fève, corps musclé, alcool, réglisse, final irish crème & café, lasts)

martijnendaan (35) - - NOV 9, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2017 Port, rozijnen, donker fruit, redelijk mousserend, echt een topper! Wat een verrassing dit bier!

RickFifty (1399) - Fredrikstad, NORWAY - NOV 3, 2017
0.33L bottle, 2014. Dark brown color, beige to light brown head. Roasted malt nose, brown sugar, dried fruit, spicy notes, licorice, peppery. Dried fruit taste, roasted, caramel, burnt sugar, Belgian yeast, spicy notes. Full body, soft carbonation.

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