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


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RATINGS: 2073   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.19/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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 (250) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mesjasz (705) - Lodz, POLAND - APR 30, 2016
Small glass of 2004 vintage on tap at De Struise. Great essential beer....

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nazbion (227) - Tübingen, GERMANY - APR 16, 2016
Pours viscous dark brown with creamy brown head. Aroma plums, raisins, candy sugar, toffee, wood, spices. Taste is bitter and sweet, toasted malts, caramel, cinnamon, wooden. Full bodied, soft carbonation, sticky, alcohol warms but well inserted. Fantastic ale, full of character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Derbeth (634) - Kraków, POLAND - APR 7, 2016
Bottle. Black colour, small brown head. Aroma is much dark chocolate and raising, some warming alcohol. Thick, smooth. Superb.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rubin77 (643) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 5, 2016
F: pale brown, not long lasting, average. C: dark, opaque. A: malty, molasses, dark cherries, plums, dark fruits, yeast, chocolate, brown sugar. T: malty, dark fruits, cherries, molasses, brown sugar, cocoa, chocolate, caramel, tangerine, light bready, cognac, spicy, liquorice, oily mouthfeel, lingering bitter sweet fruits on the palate, full body, low carbonation, 0,33l bottle from De Caigny near Essen, one of the best BSA, what to say more, try it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
avantdagare (186) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - APR 4, 2016
2013 vintage. 2 finger tan head, black body. Nose: Pumpernickel-bread, brown-sugar and dates. Aroma: Pumpernickel-bread, roasted malts, dates, muscovado-sugar and chocolate. Semi-long ending with low bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kr1zz (302) - BELGIUM - APR 3, 2016
Bottle bought at Geers in Oostakker. Pours dark brown with a medium beige head. Notes of roasted malts, coffee, caramel, dried fruits and a warm alcoholic feeling. Nice balanced beer! Great one!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
FrankZappa7 (393) - GERMANY - APR 2, 2016
02-Apr-2016-0,33L Flasche-2014. Dunkelbraun, hellbrauner Schaum. Aroma: Karamell, Feige, Trockenpflaume, Pfirsich. Antrunk Malz, Portwein, Laktritz, Trockenpflaume, Rosine. Hell of a beer - nicht mein erstes/ auch nicht mein letztes :-)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DCLawyer (2393) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 20, 2016
2014 bottle->tulip. Deep brown with moderate tan head. A: dark fruit, candied malt, spice, yeast. Nice. T: dark fruit, caramel, toffee, candy, yeast. Really good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cerbier (629) - - MAR 12, 2016
0,33l Flasche. Dunkles fast schwarzes Bier mit schöner brauner Schaumkrone. Intensiver Geruch nach Bitterschokolade. Vollmundiger Geschmack nach Bitterschokolade, im Abgang kommen Nuancen von Portwein hinzu. Genial!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
KykoPatykar (20) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 2, 2016
Aroma: Caramel, dark fruits, brown sugar, chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, spice. Appearance: Dark brown to black, tan 1-finger head. Taste: Medium sweet, light bitter, very complex, very balanced. Palate: Full body, creamy slick texture, soft carbonation, long sweet finish. Overall: Perfectly balanced, delicious, great drinkability for abv, unique combination of belgian strong dark ale and imperial stout.

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