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


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RATINGS: 1868   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 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kdm1984 (699) - Missouri, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Enormous, dense head that sticks around a long time, leaving decent rings of lacing. Deep aroma of cocoa, red and purple fruits (cherries, cranberries, grapes, plums, raisins), yeast, breads, and a hint of ... Dr. Pepper? How neat. Flavor - this is the smoothest 10% ABV beer I have ever drunk. Holy moly - it is too easy to drink this! Best-hidden alcohol ever. Be careful, because it’s really tasty, too. VERY well-balanced on the acid front, which is typically my foremost complaint among some otherwise great Belgian Strongs. 5 on the palate for sure. I’d like a little more aftertaste, but what is there is really scrumptious - all the aforementioned fruits, especially the red ones, lots of creamy maltiness, and a finish of bread and fruit. Nom! My special orders for December have gone so well. I’m such a happy beer geek! UPDATE: I am now tasting some spices in addition to all that other stuff. This just gets more and more interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
SeniorZozo (24) - Budapest, HUNGARY - NOV 27, 2014
Very very good beer!! Smells like wine, and after than some karamell, fruits, etc. love them!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
linusb (45) - SWEDEN - NOV 26, 2014
A: caramel, raisins, liqurice, rhumbarrels, vanilla T: apricot, orange, zest, sweet taste! O: Low carbo and quite sweet and sour.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gregus (265) - Kraków, POLAND - NOV 23, 2014
Beczka; bawa brązowa, zmętniona. Aromat suszonych owoców, chleba, karmelu, kwiatowy, likieru. W smaku dominuja suszone owoce, suszona śliwka, karmel, ciemny chleb. Gładkie w ustach. Alkohol świetnie ukryty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
msbernac (725) - POLAND - NOV 22, 2014
Draught Aroma-caramel, floral, dark fruits Appearance-brown, hazy, tan foam, Taste-medium sweetness, medium sourness, lightly bitter, Palate-full body, thick feel, soft carbonation, long finish, Overall-perfect

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rouhlas (280) - GREECE - NOV 18, 2014
From tap at Ma Che Siete, Rome. Black color with beige head. Roasted malty aroma, chocolate, coffee, fruity (dark dried fruits). Taste is sweet and light bitter, malty, fruity, banana, chocolate, coffee, light wineous. Medium to full body, oily, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
7stern (410) - Bromma, SWEDEN - NOV 16, 2014
Brown colour with remaining laces. Sweet dried fruut aroma. Complex taste with dried fruit, malt and balanced bitterness, well hiding the alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Inbreak (2334) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - NOV 4, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2014 01.11.2014, 0,33l bottle (2013) sampled @ Cardinal:
Nice light brown creamy mediumlasting head. Aroma is slightly sweet, dried dark fruits, caramel malts, dark sugar, grass, citrus, hints of butterscotch. Taste is slightly dry fruity, citrus, dried dark fruits, alcohol, caramel malts, grass, minerals, burnt caramel. Medium bitterness, slightly dry and watery mouthfeel. Fair enough.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Vinx (66) - ITALY - NOV 3, 2014
Tasting this very complex beer is an amazing experience. At first fruity and spicy esters (they remind me those of the Fermentis T-58 yeast), then a massive doppelbock caramel aroma soon followed by christmas cake, mature fruit, nuts, then chocolate, and at last bitter coffee. The aftertaste is incredibly clean and not so persisting. The body is lighter than you’d expect. Every sip is different from the following one that I think I’d need at least 3 bottles to really understand this elegant beer and how it plays with its balance between maltiness and "esterness". Hops actually not perceived neither spices added. Very dark color with a medium foam. The alcohol content is just something printed on the label.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Calisky (1028) - ALSACE, FRANCE - NOV 1, 2014
Couleur noire, très légère mousse beige. Nez fort et complexe de cerises noires, fruits noirs, sucre candy, alcool, malt, notes fruits secs et épices... Gout de fruits noirs muris en fut, vieux fruits, fruits secs, malt, cerises noires avec notes aigres, sucre candy, raisins, épices, réglisse. Super legere et ronde en bouche... bien longue, et on sent a peine les 10c°. Un vrai feu d’artifice... une tuerie. (merci freretoc p les 2 derniers commentaires..) ps: a ce jour ma meilleure note

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beleggor (76) - Wrocław, POLAND - OCT 28, 2014
Bottle 0,33l. Deep brown color, even black. Medium beige head. In aroma there ale lot of spicy notes, some dried fruits, caramel. Taste is even better! There is caramel, biscuits, fruits, light coffee, spices, a light hoppy finish... it’s very complex! Highly carbonated. Excellent one.

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