Pannepot Reserva – Old Fisherman’s Ale

11.2 oz bottle from Charleston Beer Exchange, Charleston, SC, USA. $7.99. 2008 vintage. Pour is a Dubbel-like affair that is a murky brown but also has a slight plum-colored, "grapeish", light purple hue - possibly just the light. Thin film sits atop the beer and a ring forms around the edge of the surface. No lace. A few alcohol legs. Even with a decent amount of warming, as the beer comes to ambient temperature the nose is largely muted - surprising. Tastes are largely as expected with a...

Struise Tsjeeses

11.2 oz bottle, $6.99 from CBX, Charleston, SC, USA. Lot B 9 09. Deweer's ABB describes the name being derived from the brewer exclaiming, Tsjeese wat een lekker biertje, or "Gee, what a nice little beer"! I'm not about to disagree. Pour offers up a clouded, well hazed orange body with some sticky lace and froth. Burnt marmalade in color. Nose offers some fruit peel and perhaps a touch of spice but it's not strong. The tastes deliver some more, biter citrus notes including a lingering...

Pannepot – Old Fisherman’s Ale

11.2 oz bottle, 2007 vintage. I've had this a couple of times before, now time for a formal review. Pour gives a rich, dark brown body with a mocha, coffee colored head that is fairly dense at first look. The head disappears fairly quickly (unsurprisingly considering the ABV) but does leave a nice collar and some spotty, creamy film on the surface of the body. The aroma and the taste do have some of the sherry, Madeira and fig/raisin notes that one is looking for in a Quad, BUT the spice is...

Black Albert

Notes added 04/16/2022 2021 Vintage. This is the bottle pictured. Light solvent alcohol nose that does not really manifest itself in the initial tastes too much. The beer drinks very easily considering, and if anything feels a little thin. Alcohol is of course there, and burns a little at the extremities of the tongue, but nothing too harsh or cloying. Plenty of gentle smoke in there too. Finish has more solvent alcohol, but again not too abrasive. It’s not especially bitter, not especially...

Struise Mikkeller (Elliot Brew)

11.2oz bottle from State Line Liquors. The ratebeer, SM No.12 edition (if that matters). Rust colored, hazy pour with nice head, and very impressive, sticky lace. Aroma is sweeter than expected, and does not reveal as much hop character as I expected. Smooth in the mouth, and not too hoppy or edgy at all. Quite a bit of sweetened grapefruit, but also a decent drop of aspirin/herbal content. In that respect, a little reminiscent of a more balanced Masala Mama. Quite sweet in the finish....

Pannepøt – Old Fisherman’s Ale (Denmark Version)

$4.99 Green's, Buford, Atlanta, GA, USA. 11.2oz bottle. Mid-brown pour with thin creamy head that disappears pretty quickly (as expected for the ABV). Quad nose, but mellow, not aggressive. Figs, some Maderia? Typical Quad notes in the taste. Brown sugar, raisins. VERY smooth. At first it seems a little light on the mouthfeel side, but I suspect that this compliments the beer nicely to make it very drinkable. Superb, sherry like aftertaste, and a really creamy finish. Alcohol is nowhere to be...