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


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RATINGS: 1948   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 ĎPannepots,í or fishing boats, that could be seen along the coast, and the unique dark ale enjoyed by the local fishermen. Our Old Fishermanís 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 (780) - 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 itís 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. Iíd 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. Iím 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 17/20
Frode (358) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 25, 2015
Bottle 33 cl.
Dark brown, with thick brown head. Moderate malty, cane sugar, dried fruit, some yeast. Sweet licorice, medium bitter. Well balanced blend. Thick mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
John25 (935) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - APR 23, 2015
Bottle. Cola brown. Raisin, plum, figs, belgian burnt sugar, light chocolate, slight spice. All around amazing. Excellent feel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RRistow12 (378) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - APR 23, 2015
Tasted from bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a light tan head. Aroma is raisins, plums, prunes, figs, brown sugar. Taste is similar to aroma with dark fruits, brown sugar, figs, and some vinous flavors. You do get a little alcohol burn. Moderate to heavily sweet with minimal bitterness. Complex and solid belgian beer but not quite as good as the best belgian strongs I've had. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
rodbod (62) - SCOTLAND - APR 23, 2015
Immense! rich, malty, complex, immaculately balanced. This is deservedly rated 100. A must-try beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bygers (922) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 22, 2015
Bottle 0,33l. Poures a dark almost black colour. The aroma is sweet, molasses dark dried fruit, dates, raisins. Taste is rich and sweet, caramel, spices, complex fruits. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gregwilsonstl (1253) - Missouri, USA - APR 17, 2015
Dark black. Really good. Much more malty then a normal belgian. Caramel. Some banana. Yeasty. Iím surprised i like this. Tasted at Carterís bottle share.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Saeglopur (714) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - APR 17, 2015
330 ml bottle, vintage 2009.
Dark brown body, with a medium, dense, creamy, dark beige head.
Full aroma of dried fruits, nuts, almond, sherry, wine, spices.
Taste isnít as big as expected, even quite one-dimensional, mostly sweet, with dried fruits, nuts, almond, red wine, spices.
Medium, oily mouthfeel, with a soft carbonation.
Finishes astringent, a bit alcoholic, quite dry, a bit bitter, but not very aromatic, with some nutty and some wine like notes.

Quite disappointing to be honest. Too one-dimensional for my taste. Maybe it wasnít stored well (bought this about a year ago, 5 years after bottling), or it even doesnít age as good as the vintage labelling suggests? I donít know. Will definitely rerate when I get a fresh one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tomekboniek (170) - Warsaw, POLAND - APR 17, 2015
Beczka. Barwa ciemno-bordowa. Brak piany. Aromat czekolady, śliwek, rodzynek. W smaku delikatna czekolada, orzechy, suszone owoce, mam wrażenie jak bym pił půł wytrawne czerwone wino. Niskie wysycenie. Kolejny piwo z browaru Struise, godne polecenia. Niesamowite piwo.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
huineman (63) - Madrid, SPAIN - APR 12, 2015
So dark itís black. The brown head disappears as fast as lightning. Very intense aromas: caramel, chocolate, dates, coffee, cardamom, even HP sauce. Powerful, soft and creamy. The main flavours are sweet, sour and umami. Low carb, long finish. One of the greatest.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dambor (130) - Berlin, GERMANY - APR 10, 2015
Pours dark brown with small head. Aroma: heavy sirup-like aroma of dried fruit, including plums, peaches, grapes, raisins, with a very pleasant rum/bourbon aroma. Taste: very complex, with plums and raisins in the foreground, followed by raisins and a pleasant alcoholic warming effect in the palate. This is a very big and complex beer. Fantastic example of Belgian beer craftsmanship.

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