Pannepot 2011 Old Fisherman's Ale
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A Belgian quad from a Belgian brewer is akin to drinking bourbon from Tennessee or champagne from the Champagne region in France; it's just the right thing to do. What's most remarkable here, is that the brewery is young, especially in the context of Old World breweries, yet they are producing world class Belgian Beer. The name Pannepot references a traditional style of fishing boat found in the De Panne area of coastal Belgium.
The Old Fisherman's Ale, as it is also called, pours an almost stout-like black that ends up showing a clear brown-red hue at the edge of the glass. A khaki ring of foam surrounds the glass. Aromas of strong raisin, fig, prune, and dark cherry are all evident, the unmistakable scents of a big and heavy quad. Sipping, as that is the only appropriate way to sample this beer, I'm greeted by a character rich in spiced cherry, nuttiness, sweet raisins, a touch of vanilla, and an almost artisanal root beer nuance. This is quite complex. It holds a full body and makes a perfect dessert beer. This is one of the best quads out there, holding its own against Rochefort 10 and Westvleteren 12.
Beer Description from Brewery
This 'Old Fisherman's Ale', named after the fishing trawlers on which men would risk life and limb to feed their families, sits somewhere in between a Belgian strong dark ale and a stout. It pours a luscious dark brown with a creamy tan head. Each sip hits you with complex flavors of toasty bitterness and deep caramel sweetness. With all its dark and strong complexity, this beer lends itself perfectly to all types of barrel-aging, which is exactly what we've done. We've aged it on various different barrels, including bourbon and calvados. Don't miss out and try it soon!