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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.


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2008 2006 bottle courtesy of theisti. Very dark brown, almost black, pour with very big mocha colored head. Nose is dark fruits, dates, deep maltly caramel and some spices. Flavor is wonderful mix of dark pitted fruits, soft wintery spices, toffee and a cinnamon bready sweetness. Very nice beer that makes me wish I were drinking it in some old tavern...but Iíll settle for my leather chair and BCS Championship game. Thanks Tim. Great beer.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 3, 2008
Original bottle from wohlfs, í05 version. Medium to dark brown with huge off-white head, great lacing. Aroma is full of milk chocolate and faint spice. Flavor has tons of chocolate, toffee and decnet amount of spice to prevent from cloying. Very highly drinkable. í06 bottles I will rerate, I donít remember them being quite as good.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CelticBrew (912) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - JAN 2, 2008
Pours extremely dark ruby red/brown aroma strong of spices, fruits, malts and soil. Smooth plums and spices come through, along with a Belgium character that demands respect. Excellent beer, I want more, Thanks our Belgium friends!!!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ba2008 (25) - USA - JAN 2, 2008
pours a deep brown color with a thick beige head that dissipates slowly. Sticky rings of lacing. Dark fruit, bready malt and sweet spice aromas intermingle nicely. Medium body with a refreshing complexity about it. Flavors of raisins, roasted malt, chocolate and spices are all present. The finish is fruity with a lingering spice and malt aftertaste.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
OldMrCrow (2079) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2013 2006 bottle on New Yearís Day 2008, served on the warm side of cellar temperature.

Iíve been hoarding this bottle for a while, ever since discovering how marvelous the mere PannepÝt is. Tonight is the right time to open it up. The beer pours thick black with a huge frothy tan head.

The aroma is complex but not overpoweringly rich: the basic tones are quad-like dried plums and raisins, mild spices, damp earth, a subtle overlay of unsweetened chocolate. I close my eyes and breath in the more subtle tones, and Iím following the smell of an active kitchen far-off down the end of a slightly damp stone tunnel underneath the old city.

Enough dreaming. I open my eyes, remove my nose from the tulip, and take a si....Oh--my--goodness. An unparalleled explosion of flavor. Dark raisin liquor and rich spices carom off my taste buds and splash across my mouth. Sweet oatmeal-raisin cookies rush to the front, laden with cinnamon, and savory bread dipped in oil and vinaigrette. Blackberry juice sloshes against the gentlest of smoked peats. A subtle hint of fresh mint leaves slithers between the strong dark sugars. The beer is incredibly thick on the tongue but never unpleasantly so, the flavor bursting out in all directions from that rich liquid, creamy in its mouthfeel, hot only in the slightest on the back of the throat if I savor the sip too long in my mouth.

Absolutely fabulous beer. I believe I just gave it a 4.6, which makes it my #3 beer. Such rank is well deserved.

2006 Bottle March í08: a gusher. Interesting.

2006 Bottle April í08: Another gusher, maybe a bit more mild this time. Doesnít hurt the flavor one bit. Absolutely divine.

2006 Bottle Dec í10.Stunning, absolutely stunning. Maybe even 4.7. Iím back on beer again.

2006 bottle Nov 23, 2013.A long way from the gusher of five years ago, opens with barely a puff and pours almost without head and with minimal remaining carbonation. Sweet, spices and raisins forward, the age is starting to show and this one is probably past its peak.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 1, 2008
330 ml. bottle. Dark brown color, turbid and opaque with a moderate tan head. Dark fruits and spices in the aroma, raisin, ripe fig, nutmeg and allspice, like rum soaked spice cake, floral, herbal and dark berry notes add an interesting complexity, along with a bit of smoke. Flavor is wow, complex, with lots of dark fruits, rich yeasts, coffee and molasses, a bit of tart blackberry, warming alcohol and spices. Smooth, full body and soft, gentle carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NicerInPerson (337) - North of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 1, 2008
2006 vintage. The aroma was malty and toasty with a nutty caramel characteristic. Deep dark fruits of raisins, plums and currents filled the nasal passages. Lurking behind was a candylike aroma and a light bit of spice. The beer poured into the glass crystal clear until a chunk of yeasty beasties dislodged and caused a haze. The color was amber brown and the head was beige and low, yet lasting enough to lace the glass. The flavor was deeply malty and smooth with a very slight bit of tart acidity in the finish. The flavor contained more of the dark fruits, but they were not as well defined in the flavor as in the aroma and were somewhat muted. The candy flavor was present, but it was not sweet. The flavor was toasty and nutty and had a bit of spicy hop bittering which was strong enough to keep the malts in check and to allow the beer to finish dry. In the finish the beer had some lasting dark fruity and light pepper spice in the aftertaste. The body was full and thick on the palate. The carbonation was fairly low. Alcohol had a small role in the aroma, no appearance in the flavor, and substantial presence in the warming which occurred post consumption. An interesting and tasty beverage indeed! 11.2 ounce bottle. 1st review of 2008, Happy New Year!

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 31, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2008 Thanks to Ebenezerís Pub in Lovell, ME. Pours a dark brown with red highlights. Nice frothy white head. Wonderful nose with Raisins, Plums, Dates, and other dark fruits. So much going on in the flavor. Flavors a lot like its aroma but with hints of brown sugar. Medium bodied with a nice lively carbonation. Awesome Beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2008 2006 vintage 11.2 oz bottle pours burnt red brown, cloudy with not much head and some spotty lace. The aroma is dark fruity prune and raisin. The flavor is a bundle of malt, in the middle of the sweetness spectrum, fig, prune, yeast, caramel, some chocolate, very nice. The alcohol is well hidden. More vinious as it warms. The palate is rich and pretty chewy with a nice cleansing carbonation to keep it real. Overall, this is awesome.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 28, 2007
pours a dark brown with full frothy head. light sweet fruit plum raisin yeastie aroma. complex, vanilla, yeast, oak, raisin, smoke, all behind and fronted. sweet finish with milky palate, smooth consistency. great stuff.


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