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


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RATINGS: 1795   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
footy (345) - scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 2, 2007
330 ml bottle. Hazy dark brown with an explosive beige head. A yeasty, malty somewhat smokey aroma. Full bodied and creamy with lots of spice and dark fruit taste moderately well balanced. Very complex, so much so that I need to re-rate soon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2008 Wow, one of the most complex beers Iíve ever had. Iíll have to have a few more to fully appreciate this amazing brew. And luckily thereís quite a few of them in stock at my local store.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - MAY 29, 2007
Bottle-2006: (Thanks to JoeMcPhee) Pours a beautiful deep brown with a burgundy hue at the edges. The head is dense, thick and khaki colored and never drops below 2-finger height; laces a lot also. Has a rich aroma. Sweet, candyish and fruity of chocolate-covered banana, dates, toffee, subtle citrusy alcohol, cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg. The flavor is sweet and rich. Has a slight burn on the throat, which maybe remedied through time. Lively mouth feel with dense carbonation. Initial flavors are maple soaked fruits, ripe banana, plum, fig, cinnamon/chocolate, with lots of caramel as well. Then the spices come out with evident allspice, brown sugar, and a late clove suggestion. The finish is surprisingly roasty and almost coffee like. A very nice & rich Ale that may gain with time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAY 28, 2007
Pours a dark, almost totally opaque, mahogany color. The head is a towering three fingers of densely particled tan sea foam. The aroma is is spicy and fruity, dessert like. Candied ginger and some allspice add to overall very sweet bouquet. The flavor is very sweet: loads of raisins, some roasted malt, candy as in the aroma, dates, figs, its all in there. Soft and silky on the palate. 10% abv is hard to believe it goes down so easily. Very nice, might be a bit too sweet for some though.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
xenthem0nk (101) - Oregon, USA - MAY 27, 2007
This poured quite darker then I expected. The nose was really sweet, dark fruits, but mainly clove. Full bodied texture on the pallet, and excellent flavor. Lots of dark sweets, chocolate, lots of clove spice. Smooth follow through. This was an exceptional ale. Will have it agian.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
temporrari (381) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 20, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2008 Removal of the cap produces a loud hiss and pop. A slow, nearly opaque dark brown pour yields a copious tan head. Aroma is terrific and the flavor is really wonderful. Rich as can be, full of chocolate, fruit, yeast... itís just outstanding. Nothing Iíve had is comparable to this, this is a one of a kind beverage. And itís delicious. Almost like a Belgian stout or porter, velvety on the palate. There is a flavor and quality about this that I cannot really describe in words... Itís just that feeling you get when you sample a beer of this caliber. Truly decadent. This is probably the greatest beer I’ve ever tasted.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - MAY 19, 2007
Bottle courtesy of moejuck. Dark brown to black pour. Raisins, plums, caramel, and fig. Flavor reminds me of DFH WWS. Rather sweet and cloying, but nice and full flavored.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
grandet (501) - Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2007
This was a great beer. Nice spice flavor, with a dark pour and nice head. One of the better beers i have ever had. Very complex and enjoyable

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (2466) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 18, 2007
Pours a murky, dark brown almost black color. Big tan head that fizzles away quickly. Aromas of sweet sugar and licorice, prune is a good description as well. Incredibly complex aromas and tastes. Full bodied, plum, purple fruit tastes. Back side is slightly alcoholic. Slight spiciness and sugary mouth coating. Very tasty and very complex. Iíve been drinking some very enjoyable beers lately. Thanks drewbeerme for this bonus, holy shit a bonus.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2007
Rating #600! Bottle from Caponeís. Darkish brown with some espresso-like qualities and a big frothy head. Aroma is a tempting mix of sweet grapes, cinnamon, prune, dark cherry, and some earthy qualities. Flavor is of earthy grapes with dark fruits, licorice, caramel mixed in. Wow - kind of a more complex version of Chimay.

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