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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2143   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 17/20
saxo (16989) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 28, 2008
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is brown. Aroma and taste are wonderfull balanced malt, spices, caramel, fruits. Good one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
paiste2002 (186) - Saugus, California, USA - SEP 28, 2008
Pours a dark brown color with a large lasting tan / off white head. The aroma is caramel, spice, malty sweet, sour cherries very complex. Flavor is very much the same, caramel, spicy, malty, dark fruit (raisins), yeast, alcohol. This is a very complex beer to say the very least. This is an amazing brew, on a very short list of beers that actually stands up to the hype. I loved it!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
alexsdad06 (9141) - Ohio, USA - SEP 27, 2008
11.2 oz. bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a large lasting beige head. The aroma is caramel malt, fruity like you find in many Belgians, spices, moderate sweetness, and a hint of banana. The flavor is more sweet dark malts up front. Caramel, dark fruits (raisin, cherries), spices, biscuits, and some alcohol mix wonderfully throughout. This is definetly a standout beer. Complex and extremely drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pepperford (115) - robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - SEP 25, 2008
unfiltered brown/red. no head what so ever. aromas are sweet/sour, cherries, cinnamon, caramel. Stone fruit flavors with a not too heavy sourness. Maybe a fig of fig. There is an efferensce about it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 25, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2009 330 mL bottle purchased at Bruisin Ales. Poured a dark cola brown with a medium tan head. The aroma was spicy with yeast notes, dark fruits and alcohol. The flavor was fruity with warming alcohol and candied sugar. The palate was awesome. A warming mouthfeel from the alcohol, with a chewy feeling as well. Good carbonation and a medium/full body add to the enjoyment. This was a great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 24, 2008
Bottle pours opaque dark brown with a tan head that lingers during the whole glass and laces from top to bottom. Aroma is sweet, spicy, yeasty, and has a touch of alcohol to it. Flavor is amazing. Dark fruit, candi sugars, biscuit, yeast, and alcohol. Overall is a great brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 21, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2008 Black garnet hue; tight tan cream. Powerful aroma of warm, pungent spices and bright alcohols; biscuits, candied fruits and burnt, sugary malts all embrace. Toffee sweetness explodes into spices and a mild raisin acidity with a drying alcohol finish and jammy aftertaste. Fluffy mouthfeel—velvety in texture, pinpoint carbonation, weightless.

Light and dark, rich and delicate, an intoxicating interplay.

33 cl bottle, dated 2007, thanks Jukkabro.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
LordCorkscrew (1774) - Ronco Scrivia (GE), ITALY - SEP 20, 2008
Bottiglia da 33cl al Mulino di Villaromagnano (con tortellini panna e prosciutto completamente DOMINATI e sottomessi); una birra straordinaria, calorosissima ma ricca di complessita e devo decisamente approfondire Struise.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HonkeyBra (4036) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - SEP 19, 2008
2006 vintage. I opened it, and it literally exploded all over my clothes. Pours brown with a nice tan head, aroma of berries, fruit, and candy sugar. Flavor is heavy on raisins, but has a lot of other candied fruit and sweet, caramelly malts. The heavy alcohol is well-hidden. Yes, this is amazing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
valpoaj (730) - 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.

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