pannepot old fisherman’s ale 2007, grand reserva 2005

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last night I cracked open a bottle of de struise’s pannepot old fisherman’s ale 2007, a great belgian quad.

  • this beer was impossible for me to find for years, nobody carried it.  I talked to Dave over at Healthy Spirits and he initially said it couldn’t happen, but one day I rolled in and it was on the shelf.  before I knew it city beer store was carrying it as well.  I grabbed the bottle off the shelf so fast I’m surprised it didn’t break.
  • I think this beer is definitely slept on, it’s one of my top quads but I’ve seen it on the shelves for many months.  maybe there is just a huge supply of it in SF these days?  either way, I’ve got a couple tucked away for safe keeping.
  • the 2007 was great, awesome carbonation and aroma, with a thick, boozy taste that is smooth but kicks your ass at the same time.  you definitely know you’re putting down a 10% beer with this one, but it’s not harsh.

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sipping on this quad brought me back a year to Brussels, specifically Delirium Cafe, where I ordered an oak-aged pannepot grand reserva 2005 downstairs in the bottle room.  when the bartender came back with the (last) bottle, dusted it off, and cranked out an expert pour, all while I was thumbing through their inches-thick beer list, I was stoked.  the beer was great too, one of my all-time favorites, loaded with fruit flavors and unbelievably complex.

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2 Responses to “pannepot old fisherman’s ale 2007, grand reserva 2005”

  1. Rajat Says:

    Looks tasty !!! Will keep up with your blog, Simon !

  2. overcarbed.com - your homebrewing and beer destination Says:

    […] intense flavor, and alcohol bite of a well-made quad.  some of my favorite (accessible) quads are pannepot old fisherman’s ale, st. bernardus abt 12, and rochefort […]

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