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


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RATINGS: 2134   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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
valpoaj (729) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - SEP 19, 2008
2006 Vintage courtesy JB175 - thanks! Pour is, well, very robust! Fills my tulip glass with a foamy medium brown head that is highly carbonated, and settles into a nice, thick film. The aroma is a treat...full of dark fruit, sweet malts, brown sugar, chocolate, and cherry, and a whole lot more...complex, but not overly heavy. Flavor is good, but I can’t say its great...fairly heavy on sugary malts, with tons of dark fruit, a dose of smoke, and a very dry, leathery flavor that just doesn’t seem to fit. Decent alcohol burn as well. Carbonation is a bit high, but not offensive. Not bad, but nothing wonderful for me here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
andersand (529) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 17, 2008
Great, sophisticated belgian beer with lovely aroma of berries, fruit, candy like banana and chocolate. The taste has allot of synthetic fruit, suprisingly bright and easy to drink yet complex. Slightly vinous with very well hidden alcohol. A winner.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
tomthompson89 (1977) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 16, 2008
wow now thats a belgian. dark brown, big beige head, nose is smoke, dried fruit, leather sour dough. really intense beer, flavor nutty, licorice dried fruit all again very nice beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 15, 2008
11.2 oz, 2007 vintage bottle from a shop in Liege. Pours dark brown into glass with a very thin head that is gone in seconds. Looks heavy and bold. Aroma is of spice and sweetness. Taste is strong and hits you in the face. The 10 percent is masked well by some sweetness. The spice I was smelling is there as well as a nice complex and long bittering finish. Mouthfeel is suprisingly lighter than I thought it would be, with moderate carbonation. As it warms, the flavors only come to life even more, and as the alcohol starts to take effect, you are pulled into a wonderful session of a wonderful beer. I like this one alot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
leaparsons (9837) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2008
Bottle. Black with a beige foam. Aroms are earthy with molasses. Smoky with soy and liqourice. Flaovurs are earthy roast malts with raisins. Dry with some salty soy. Vinous, rich and heady.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Stefano (1965) - Thisted, DENMARK - SEP 14, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2008 Draught at EBF 2008. Muddy brown in colour, tan head. Fantastic combination of fruit, cake, fruitcake and chocolate. Very smooth, complex flavor. Figs, raisins, vanilla, and sherry. Wonderful beer indeed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 8, 2008
Pours a murky brown with minimal tan head. Nose is dark fruits, toffee, spicy yeast and alcohol. Taste is all spice, ripe plums, brown sugar and raisins with a sweet, alcohol finish. Medium, prickly mouth feel. Good stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 8, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2008 2006 bottle. Dark chestnut/mahogany pour with a soapy khaki head. Belgian yeast and toasty malt in the aroma - lots of fruit complexity. Dates, pear, cider. Some faint bittersweet chocolate. Mildly spiced background with a sweetness and nuttiness up front. Flavor is quite complex also - toffee and toast. Overripe stone fruit through the middle of the flavor which gives way to offensive effervescence and then alcohol. Minimally bitter. Maybe a tiny bit to sweet to be called balanced, but still excellent. Classic BSA, excellent beer. Rerate - really a rich beer. Sweet and honeyed flavor. Earthy and musty. Great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
baggio (333) - norrtälje, SWEDEN - SEP 8, 2008
Bottle@home, 2006 vintage Appearance: Black with a huuuuge, rich, head that sticks to the glass. Aroma: Woaa. Lots going on here. Apples, cherries, nutmeg, prunes, yeast, coffee and sugar. Flavor: Nuts, roasted malt, coffee, cherries, pepper, figs. Palate: Thick and creamy with medium carbonation. Oh man. A beer that actually lives up to it’s reputation. This beer made me feel all happy inside as i slowly sipped away on it. Incredibly complex and well-tasting beer. Best one in a while!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
gary07734 (500) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - SEP 7, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2009 Pours a deep, dark brown-black, dissapearing tan head. Smell is warming and cozy, spices, yeasty and roasted malt. Taste superb, lots of spices, cinnamon, dark fruits, raisens, pine, oak, xmas pudding sweetness with malts, yeast and a pleasing slight hoppiness in the finish. More flavours than you can shake a stick at, a moderately alcoholic finish. An excellent and unique beer that gets better every time (I originally had this beer at about 4.5 but I’ve tried 4/5 bottles since and it gets better every time).

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