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


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RATINGS: 2107   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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - AUG 10, 2008
(330 ml bottle (2006) from 1828 Vintage House, cellared for 1 year after purchase) Pours very dark mahogany brown with one finger of level, tan head that settles to a thin lasting layer. Aroma of rich molasses, raisins, prunes, caramelized brown sugar and spice. Mouthfeel is initially a bit fizzy and foamy but then settles to a smooth, soft texture. Actually a bit on the light side for heft. Weepy rings and light sheets of lacing melt away quickly. Flavor is rich molasses and subtle spice, rich raisins, prunes and caramelized brown sugar. Some dark chocolate towards finish that emerges more as it warms. Undertones of coffee-like bitterness. Some port-like warm booziness. A rich, tasty treat. Not as in-your-face as some of the big American imp. stouts for example, but shows that you can have similar flavors and complexity but do it more subtly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DaMenace123 (253) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 8, 2008
Dark brown pour with tan head. Smells of malt, berries and spice. taste is big and complex. Chocolate, spices, fruit, a little alcohol.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Veer (362) - Landskrona, SWEDEN - AUG 5, 2008
Aroma: estery, synthetic banana, alcohol, interesting malt, liquorice (lovely).
Flavour: yum, powerful sourish-sweet & salty banana, liquorice & dark malt. Really splendid. Coffee. Dried strawberry. Some hops lurk in the background.
Appearance: crimson (towards black) with very fine light yellowish-brown-tinted head - creamy.
Palate: yeasty, fizzy, thick, rustic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Blom (837) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 3, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2009 Mahogany with a dense head. Sweet aroma of chocolate, spice and berries. The flavours are distinctly spiced and malty with some dates, chocolate, wood and vanilla on top. Finally, it has a huge body. All in all it’s excellent and tastingwise in family with the westy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kegbear (436) - Orange, California, USA - JUL 31, 2008
2006 Bottle. Pours a deep rich brown with a huge tan head. Aroma of sweet dried fruits, malt and allspice. Tastes sweet and rich of dried fruit, malt, spice with a slight bitter finish. A complex beer that should be sipped. Top notch.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrChopin (4303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 31, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2009 2006 bottle (7/31/08). Pours dark mahogany with a large, supple beige head and lacing. The nose doesn’t announce itself across the room, but take a close whiff and fall backwards: sweet malts with raisins, burnt sugar, and a buttery cream; a touch of wine and alcohol, like whiskey; some lighter elements like refreshing fruits and flowers; and hints of chocolate. It’s so coherent, but wait until you taste it: sweet with more dried fruit, sugar, alcohol, hints of smoke... all as one. It’s full bodied and oh so lush, and the finish... my mouth is soaking up the experience long after it’s gone.
’06 - 1049519

’06 and ’07 bottle (11/13/09) - More fruit and alcohol in the ’07, sweeter and also with a lightly creamy sour note. Still some great complexity with a lot of berry and plum fruits, light raisin, and a range of malt notes. The ’06 is darker, larger, more-tan head. More nut, malt, and candi sugar, less tart fruit of the ’07. I prefer the ’06, though it’s starting to show signs of over-carbonation drowning out the flavor like Rochefort struggles with.the experience long after it’s gone.
’06 - 859418, ’07 - 848417

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - JUL 30, 2008
Bottle from Bottle Trek. Poured a dark brown and had the aroma of dark fruits and carmel. Tasted of carmel and molasses. Definately on the thicker side. Overall a great brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUL 29, 2008
Bottle. Pours dark brown, reddish highlights, fluffy tan head. Aroma is dark fruits, a bit vinous, molasses, spicy alcohol. Dances on the tongue with prickly carbonation coupled with a bit of alcohol spice; molasses, dark fruits, and fresh baked, rich, yeasty bread on the taste. Finish is tingly, spicy, yeast, hint of alcohol; dark fruits and burnt brown sugar seem to grow again after several seconds before receding again. Mouthfeel is effervescently carbonated while still beautifully creamy. Wonderful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rogueone (506) - I F&ckin’ hate those guys from, Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2008
Bottle: Pours just like cola, with s small ring of tan, bubbly head. Aroma is a little astringent, with dark fruits and brown sugar. Tinge of nail polish remover. Mouthfeel is velvety, flavors of nutmeg, cinnamon, and other spices. Warm finish. Pretty rich beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 28, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2013 33cl, Vintage 2013, from De Hopduvel Gent, complex, balanced, cloudy, good head, very good brew, a topper!

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