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


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RATINGS: 1933   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.2   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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 (247) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 4, 2012
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Franckg (245) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 26, 2015
2011 Vintage. Smell of red berry and torrefaction. All explode in mouth with a final of coffee and anise. Discrete alcohol taste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nihtila (923) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 26, 2015
11.10.2014. Black beer with strong spicy aroma, portwine like with sweet chocolate/toffee. Also hint of tobacco. Full bodied and rich. Quite sweet. Taste has sweet malts, coffee, tobacco, still portwine, cola, liquorice. This is for cold winter nights.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
VincentKabel (258) - Haarlem, NETHERLANDS - MAR 25, 2015
Very dark brown beer with a off-white head. Almost port like beer. With dark fruits, yeast, sugar and a sourness. Definite firm alcohol percentage. Very interesting beer but not really my cup of tea.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lukasmh (307) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 24, 2015
Bottle. Has vintage 2014 heads up with 2013, this is rating of 2013. Pours dark brown with very nice one finger lasting brown head. Aroma is loads of belgian yeast, port, dried fruits, raisins, prunes, brown sugar. Some nice chocolate and honey in there as well, bit spices to. Almost cakey. Toasty malts. This one is way more rounded after only a year. Taste is all the same. Sweet, belgian yeast, spices, dried fruits, burnt sugar, toasty malts and slight dry. Nice port/sherry booze and full body. Really a smooth classic! But one year makes is a lot more richer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alexanderdahl (47) - DENMARK - MAR 20, 2015
Bottle @ Fermentoren Aarhus. Pours dark Ruby. Lots of malty goodness in the nose, chocolate and oak wood. Swapping between 2014 and 2013, the 14 still has a bit sharper, yeasty hint to it, whereas the 13 is smoother and richer. Like a teenager growing into a woman - the perfume is nice, but age gives it finesse. Taste is like being hand-fed with gold dusted cocoa beans by a well trimmed monkey ; sweet and smooth chocolate, yet somehow a bit of wildness to it. Really a nice beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IPAgutten79 (671) - Skui, NORWAY - MAR 20, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2015 Mørk brun med lavt skum. Aroma av karamell, krydder og noe vanilje. Smaken er krydder, malt, tørket frukt og brun sukker. Medium/tykk konsistens

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kingstoni (1642) - FINLAND - MAR 20, 2015
Bottle. Deep amber color with a medium thick foamy head. Aroma of caramel, cinnamon and vanilla. Sweet taste with some sourness and bitterness. Medium body.

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Andy_ (855) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 20, 2015
330 ml bottle @ Tuulensuu
Dark cola colored beer with beige head. Aroma has brown sugar, plums, banana, cherry, liqueur and some coffee. Flavor has brown sugar, mämmi and malts. Palate is full with quite strong carbonation, slightly foamy. Finish has quite mild bitterness. Aftertaste has mämmi, brown sugar, dark fruits, vanilla and coffee. No signs of alcohol. Decent, but not totally my type of beer. The mämmi kind of sweetness reminds me even of Czech dark lagers.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bodega95 (43) - - MAR 16, 2015
Poured dark with a great beige head. Whiskey aroma and alcohol. Flavor is massively sweet with light caramel and dark fruit notes. I’ll repeat for sure!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
chromeotaphor (73) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 15, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2015 Fris pittig aroma met citrus en caramel hinten. Donker troebel uiterlijk met een kleine schuimkraag. Heerlijk toegankelijk warm caramel smaak zacht zoet met een hele zachte bitter. Vanille kersen bessen smaak met een lange warme fruitige afdronk. Lekker dorstlessend met een mooie diepgang. Gedroogd fruit in de afdronk. Droge nasmaak. Ge-wel-dig!!

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