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


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RATINGS: 1855   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 (678) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
milo91hd (125) - Lecce, ITALY - OCT 23, 2014
Bottiglia del 2013, colore marrone scuro tendente al nero con una schiuma color cappuccino fine e poco persistente, all’aroma si sente malto, cioccolato e frutta sotto spirito, in bocca è fantastica, piena e rotonda con un bel sapore di liquirizia nel finale. Una birra fantastica che va sicuramente bevuta almeno una volta

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Muggus69 (1228) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - OCT 23, 2014
330mL vintage 2013 Dark brooding, near black ale. Dark tan head is dense and persistent. Nose offers an evolving painting of aromas; dark chocolate, nutmeg, date, clove, sultana, roast nuts, nut brown butter, earthy spice, molasses. Creamy, syrupy, chewy body. Rich, decadent, without being cloying. Smooth carbonation. There’s so much to enjoy going on here; chocolate liqueur, liquorice, charred barrel notes, stewed vinous fruits, raisins, clove & nutmeg & black pepper, cooked citrus, treacle & dark candy sugar, a subtle earthiness, moderate bitterness. Smoooooth finish, lingers so nicely. Where’d that 10% go!? Sensational beer - one of the best Belgians, truly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
unclemike (2274) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - OCT 20, 2014
Finally got to try this Pours a clear dark brown with a big yellowish head. Date-, prune- and alcohol aroma. Big and stable off-white head. Tastes quite sweet of molasses and sirup spiced with dates, figs and prunes. Hint of burnt caramel. A strong effect in the back of the mouth - nice. Medium to high carbonation. Very full beer with a sweet finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeremyh70 (742) - Missouri, USA - OCT 18, 2014
Pour a dark garnet color with a light tan head and decent lacing. Aroma is fruity with red apples, cherry cough drop, some banana even and bready yeast. Taste is dark fruit like raisin and plums, cherries and bread. Nice and flavorful Belgian.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kambei70 (617) - - OCT 18, 2014
2014 bottle. Pours a dark brown, garnet color. Aroma is full of fruit; banana, cherry, apple, tropical and dark, with some bread and a hint of alcohol. Taste is more dark fruits, raisin and prune, with some red apple. Really develops on your tongue. Has some roast and chocolate. Medium mouthfeel. Really interesting and dense flavor. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jahshuwuh (405) - USA - OCT 18, 2014
Muddy medium brown with half a finger of khaki head. Smells is dark fruit, cheese, yeasty, raisin, plum, brown sugar, cherry. Taste is a sweet rush of brown sugar caramel sweetness, bready, a little mocha, raisin, malty. Warming, medium mouth, coats. Good Belgian yeastiness, nice malt sweetness and dark fruity flavors. Well done Belgian strong. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pringao_Toribi (255) - Oviedo, SPAIN - OCT 18, 2014
In short: yeasty liquour beer. Aroma is incredibly rich and complex, and resembles uncooked flour, creamy crown, taste is strong and sweet/liquory, aftertaste is complex and kind of bitter.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MMR (295) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 17, 2014
An amazing beer which pours out a thick and dark. I was mery much amased by it’s thick texture and balanced sweet aroma.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
eduardovl (866) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
330ml bottle served in a Westvleteren chalice. I dunno remember the Edition of my first review. This review is based on 2010 Edition enjoyed at the 26/08/2014. LOT 32255711. Best Before 24.09.2016. A: Pours a deep amber to brown color forming a small to medium beige head. Medium to low retention forming and leaving only few spotty lacings in the glass. A small layer remains for a long time on the top S: Very sweet, malty, spicy and mainly, fruity. Strong notes of caramel, caramel malts, candi sugar, licorice, dry plums, dry raisins, orange zest, vanilla, chocolate, brown bread, earthy hops and wood. Notes of black pepper and coriander. A bit booze in the end. But a very well hidden 10% ABV T: Exactly like the nose. Very sweet upfront. Strong notes of caramel, caramel malts, candi sugar, licorice, dry plums, dry raisins, grapefruit, vanilla, chocolate, brown bread, black pepper. Balanced bitterness in the end. Earthy hops M: Full heavy body. Creamy and molasses. Medium to low carbonation. Sweet, malty and aftertaste with a pleasant earthy bitterness in the back of the tongue O: Perfect drinkability. Perfect Quad. Perfect beer [ BA Review @ 10/17/2009 ]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Beardaxe (183) - - OCT 13, 2014
Poured from bottle into tulip glass. Thick head and dark brownish color. Aroma a little bit pungent with malt and vinegar. Flavor is immediately complex and intriguing. Flat carbonation with a fruity sweetness on the front end mixed with toasty malts, a moderate sourness, and some subtle chocolate. Almost no booziness in the finish. Instead, it ends in a soft saccharine like cola finale. A beer that is hard to pin down and keeps you interested through the whole bottle. Intellectually stimulating.

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