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


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RATINGS: 2026   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
downender (7253) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2008
2006 Bottle from Bier Tempel, Brussels. Huge, lively pour with a chestnut brown colour and massive, yet short-lived, tan head. Lots of floaters too. Aromas of liquorice, brown sugar and dark fruit. Flavour was sweet with plenty of malt, nutmeg and some earthy hops that added depth to the finish. Alcohol was fairly prominent, which perhaps detracted a bit from an otherwise excellent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - MAY 2, 2008
Bottle at Kulminator. Pours with a dark brown color, aromas are of some spice that I cannot name. Some spices in the flavor profile, fruit and a bit of a kick add to the usual caramel and molasses profile. This is unique beer that has a very smooth finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - APR 30, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2009 Pours a beautiful deep brown mahogany with a carbonated, tight bubbled head that takes up about half of the tulip and VERY gradually fades. Nose is sweet, with dried figs and raisins, along with some brown sugar. The flavor is similar, with a smooth and sweet mid to finish, along with tangy fruit sweetness that is really unique in this ale. It ends clean and abrubtly, not lingering around. Quite creamy on the palate. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lothore (601) - California, USA - APR 26, 2008
A- Pours a smooth velvety black hue. A creamy, oak head adorns this dark brew fading to blankets of lacing. S- Aroma is rich and deeply earthy with spicy alcohol tones that tickle the nose. T- Very balanced spice with undertones of dark chocolate and some coffee. Alcohol hides behind curtains of mixed lighter fruits. Pleasantly warms as it creeps towards the stomach. M- Silky smooth with bubbles that seem to dance on the tongue long after the sip is swallowed. D- A brew to sip on and respect. While it could be cloying and alcohol heavy in large amounts, one bottle is just enough.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
armando629 (2453) - Budapest, HUNGARY - APR 26, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2008 0,75 l bottle with friends. Thank you Carlo! What a complex beer! Thick dark brown body, huge foamy beige head.Complex aroma with plum, dried fruit, nice liquericand coffee perfume. Flavour is about coffee, spices, chocolate, raisins, dried fruits. Congratulations! I want to brew like this! Best beer what i ’ve ever had. I tasted again, now 5/5 again!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Viper666 (2811) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2008
Bouteille 330ml (2006), courtoisie de Hogtownharry. De couleur brune-rouge foncée et opaque. Nez malté de caramel toffee, de sucre brun, de levures fruitées (raisins aux notes vineuses, prunes, notes de cerises, traces figues), léger d’alcool aux notes petites boisées (fût de chêne), léger de vanille et d’épices (poivre, notes de cannelle) ainsi qu’avec des notes de chocolat, de mélasse, d’alcool et de houblon herbeux. Moyenne-ronde en bouche avec un pétillement moyen et une texture moyennement crémeuse et légèrement sirupeuse. Goût de levures fruitées (raisins vineux, moyen de prunes rouges, léger de cerises, notes de figues) accompagné d’un léger goût de vanille et d’épices (notes de cannelle) ainsi que des traces de réglisse noire lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute un goût malté de caramel toffee aux petites notes rôties, de sucre brun et avec un léger goût de chocolat et des traces de pain et de mélasse sucrée puis en finale l’on retrouve une légère-moyenne amertume de houblon herbeux, d’alcool légèrement réchauffant (petites notes boisées asséchantes de fût de chêne) et avec des notes de levures épicées (poivre). Post-goût long et aux notes sèches, composé de levures fruitées aux faibles notes aigres (moût de raisins vineux et de cerises, pelures de prunes), moyen d’alcool (notes liquoreuses) et avec une légère-moyenne amertume de rôti et de houblon herbeux ainsi que des traces boisées et de chocolat.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - APR 21, 2008
2006 bottle pours a hazed chestnut body that supports a striking satiny head. Delicate sheets of lace form on the goblet. Aroma is nutmeg, vanilla, pepper, molasses, raisins, red plums, and cherries. Almost full bodied in the mouth with a silky carbonation. Taste is very complex. Malty raisins and molasses. Fruity cherries and red plums. Vanilla, spicy peper and nutmeg. Esters and phenols come together very well here. Very nice!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 20, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2012 11.2oz from Sam’s, Durham. A 2006 bottle that’s aging just wonderfully. This beer stands out in the memory and, with each bottle cracked, you’re reminded why. Pours a deep dark brown, with glints of ruby in the center, with a smallish but lively head. I love the vibrant body that these dark Belgian strongs get, it seems to combine extremes quite nicely. The nose is toffee and yeast, with some warm spice in there just faintly. But once you get into the beer, the spices emerge marvelously along with plums, anise, and port. The carbonation and the full body get it tingling at the start, but the deep, mellow, complex flavors gives this a resinous and long finish that’s bitter in the right degree. Warming, full bodied, multi-textured, this one is amazing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 18, 2008
a gusher...but once that calmed down.....great estery nose with lots of dark fruits and rum flavors of dark fruits and raisins....and a bit of the bananna comes through great stuff.......

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Slayer85 (1051) - Firenze, ITALY - APR 18, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2013 Bottle. A cloudy dark brown beer, with a large, frothy, mostly diminishing light brown head. The aroma is heavily malty (chocolate, caramel, toasted/roasted grain), with notes of raisin, alcohol, figs, brown sugar, banana, cinnamon, licorice, toffee and prunes. The flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Full body, sticky/thick texture, soft carbonation, pretty long finish with light bitterness, moderately alcoholic. A sipper of excellent quality. Spicy and strong like a Christmas beer, it’s only a little bit sticky and without enough bitterness to balance to achieve perfection.

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