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


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RATINGS: 1817   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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Christian (11054) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 6, 2007
2006 bottle tasted July 2007. Very dark red-brown with a big, pillowy light brown head. Complex aroma filled with orange, cherry, figs, bubblegum, anise, nutmeg, cinnamon. Sweet, fruity flavour with more than a hint of port, and some licorice and anise in the finish. It’s soft and velvet on the tongue, but the carbonation stings a little. Long lasting malty aftertaste finishes this beauty perfectly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madscotsman (147) - Fairview Heights, Illinois, USA - JUL 3, 2007
Poured dark brown with a huge foamy head. Had a nice spicey aroma and flavor along with a very complex palate that had a sweetness followed by a slightly warm alcohol finish. Nice balance and a great tasting beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
uhre (384) - DENMARK - JUL 3, 2007
UPDATED: APR 13, 2008 Bottle from 2006 - Two years old - rerate. Pours a dark brown head, the aroma is of licorice, alcohol and figs. Flavor is first sweet and perhaps a bit yeasty then the fruit kicks in - raisens and figs. Nice and creamy palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (34595) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 1, 2007
Bottle. Brown color with a large frothy to creamy excellent lacing fully lasting light brown head. Aroma is moderate malty, spices, coffee, moderate to heavy yeasty, dry fruit, sugar. Flavor is moderate sweet and bitter with very good balance, harmonious, duration is average to long. Body is full, texture is creamy, carbonation is lively, finish feel is light alcoholic. Very nice ;o))

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shrubber85 (7527) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUN 30, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2009 Bottle (an EXTRA from mgumby - hard to beat this). Prune juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, pepper aroma - smells like Christmas baking. Opaque brown with small head. Wow - first sip overwhelming - a mouthful of spices and malt - my first impression was of a very full flavored mulled wine or Gluehwein - cinnamon and nutmeg most apparent - a mixture of malt and vinous flavors. Sharp acidity up front. An extremely unique beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pantanap (3353) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 29, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2007 bottle....appearance: dark brown that almost resembled a cola in nature. light brown head was fluffy and substantial. looked very inviting to the eye.....aroma: sweet malt, raisin, bit of smoke, and very much full of spice....taste: assertive sweetness, raisins, plums, with hints of aforemtentioned spice notes. mouthfeel was full.....this beer is truly rewarding.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2007
Pours a dark red/light brown color with a nice brown head. Has a pleasant aromas of spices and malt. Has a beautiful balnace of malt and spice. Tastes of malt, cinnamin, and peppermint. Yummy!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 26, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2008 Bottle. Nose is intense spice. Nutmeg, anise, mint, citrus, rasins, figs, candy-sweetness. Cola like look-- brown-black with solid brown head. Creamy palate with tons of flavor. Lots of what’s in the nose, with a burn in the finish. Thick and serious beer with purpose.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dmac (3990) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUN 26, 2007
11.2 oz bottle shared with willblake. Poured a great looking dark brown with a perfect layer of light brown head (at least I think those were the colors willblakes is rather dark ; ) ). Aroma of yeast, fruit, chocolate and a slight touch of alcohol. Palate was medium with a good solid mouthfeel and some lively carbonation. Flavor was very complex, even more then the aroma and tons of flavors were detectable. Thanks Jon for a great 200th rating.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - JUN 26, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2007 Bottle @ Kulminator, 2004 vintage. Wow, this beer became even more complex with age. The aroma is dominated by mint and spices, and the dark brown (almost black) color is a thing of beauty. The spices dance on your tongue from the beginning to the end of the beer, with different subtle flavors coming to the fore. Overall, it is smooth, the alcohol is barely noticeable, and it is supremely drinkable. This forms my Holy Trinity of Beer along with Rochefort 10 and Westvleteren 12.

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