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Pannepot (268 of 1001)

Rating: 3.6

A huge Belgian beer now, this is one that I picked up late last year from the Beers of Europe website with a view of drinking it over Christmas but as it turns out I ended up buying far more beers than I had time to drink so this one was been sitting waiting to be drank ever since. Since it’s almost time to start planning what I’ll be drinking this Christmas I thought I better start getting through last years stash first, this one being the last bottle from my Beers of Europe order at least. Coming in at 10%, this 2012 vintage from the De Struise brewery  in Oostvleteren, Belgium takes it’s name from type of local fishing boat that are known as a ‘Pannepot’. Apparently the beer is not particularly well known in it’s native Belgium when compared to more famous Quadrupel’s available there but it seems to have gained a following in the United States among craft beer fans who have a liking for strong, dark beers so hopefully it will be well worth its place on the 1001 beers list as the 268th such beer I have reviewed here.

Pannepot

Appearance (4/5): Quite a dark beer that pours an opaque brown colour with a tiny bit of ruby in there and topped with a bubbly, light brown head that initially sits about half a centimetre tall before disappearing almost completely save for a few odd, tiny bubbles around the circumference of the glass.
Aroma (8/10): Strong on the nose with a smell that is dominated by dark, ripe fruits that includes dates, plums, raisins and some currants. There is lot of sugar to this one that gives the beer a sweet and alcohol tinged smell yet somehow doesn’t seem quite as strong as it should given the alcohol content, perhaps that will change in the taste. Some caramel malts start to come through, as does hints of acidity but these are relatively minor and masked by the rest of what is a fairly complex yet well balanced aroma.
Taste (7/10): This one certainly packs a punch with a strong taste consisting of some strong fruit flavours that mirror the nose and include dates, plum and currants among others. There is a fair amount of sweetness to this one with but also some acidity and an almost wine like taste that features some grapes in the mix as well. Again alcohol features in the taste but at least some of the 10% abv. was masked by the ripe fruits and sugars.
Palate (3/5): Very sweet on the palate and strong but there is still less alcohol showing that you might expect. There beer is a smooth, medium bodied one that has some acidity to it yet still manages to go down relatively easily, especially considering the the high abv. on the bottle and carbonation is about medium.

Overall (14/20): Very nice stuff from De Struise here, the beer was exceptionally sweet throughout with quite a complex mix of dark and ripe fruits that seems to at least partially mask some of the alcohol content of the beer. It was definitely an enjoyable beer and 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.

Brewed In: Oostvleteren, West Vlaanderen, Belgium
Brewery: De Struise Brouwers
First Brewed: 2004
Type: Quadrupel
Abv: 10.0%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: BeersOfEurope.co.uk
Price: £3.79

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