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


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RATINGS: 1916   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
chimay67 (41) - hunt sta, New York, USA - OCT 18, 2007
This beer is like the second coming of Mickey Mantle. It is brewed with such devotion, such care. Thes guys are a hoot, and you just want to see them do well because they also happen to be the one of the most exciting breweries in Belgium right now. Had this one at Spuyten Duivel in Brooklyn and also at the ZBF earler this year. It is huge, fruity and makes your taste buds want to get up and dance. Share this one with someone you care for, or at least want to get a raise from. Worth any cost to obtain. I am holding on to the one I have in the cellar for dear life.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - OCT 16, 2007
2006 bottle. This opaque, brown/black pour with mahogany highlights and a creamy tan head is simply spectacular looking. The head is almost indestructible, and leaves a thick, ropy lace. Complex aroma of dark fruit, roasted nuts, leather, spice and brown sugar. Full body, softly carbonated, rish and smooth. Excellent balance with sweet malt flavors leading into a some tangy bitterness and a softly dry finish. An absolutely phenomenal beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jonnabrix (137) - Newberrytown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2007
This certainly deserves the ratings. Pours a deep brown color, with a tan head. Aroma is of sweet, dark raisin/plum fruits and spice. Flavor followed suit, with a thick, lively mouthfeel and long finish. Warms the stomach and is thoroughly enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
cbrixius (136) - Newberrytown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2007
Bottle from my brother in law. Poured a cloudy brown with a rocky, brown foam head. Sweet, earthy, and raisiny on the nose. The flavor had a very heavy sweetness, Typical hop profile for a belgian strong ale. The body was full and thick. Noticeably fizzy. Overall, a most excellent brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mhelgason (495) - Salem, Oregon, USA - OCT 13, 2007
bottle. fizzy light brown head that dissapated in second to just a small ring around glass. brown body. aromas of chocolate, ripe fruit, licorice, caramel, light spicyness, some vinousness as well. flavor has a distinct tartness that mellows into sweetness in end. extra long duration on finish. damn good belgian strong.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 10, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2008 Wow.... I can’t believe I haven’t rated this one yet. Pours a deep brown hue with an amber hue. The head is huge, thick and lasting with wonderful lacing. Aromas of cola, raisins, spices and port. Mouth feel is medium to full bodied with a quick drying finish. Flavors of spice, raisins, and hints of licorice, cherries and again that cola flavor. While it is warming in the belly, the alcohol isn’t as apparent in the mouth. MMMMMM..... very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
KimJohansen (10349) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - OCT 9, 2007
Pours red/brown with a nice beige head. Aroma is filled with toffee, raisins and overriped fruits. Full bodied, sweet and very complex flavor. Filled with spices malt and come out rather vinous. A classic!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - OCT 8, 2007
33 cl. bottle. Stout-like brown with a reddish tint and a frothy beige head. Aroma of bakers’ chocolate, wood, leather, spice, raisins, and maybe a trace of port or sherry. Fine bittersweet chocolate flavors interlaced with notes of tangy dried fruit (raisin/dried cherry) and an easygoing pepper/spice counterpart. Full bodied with fine carbonation. It’s one of those great Belgian beers where all the flavors just work together perfectly and give you that strange happy feeling. Lots of love is coming out of my glass.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - OCT 7, 2007
I lived in amsterdam for a year, and none of the bottle shops ever had this, and i never came across a bottle in belgium (although I was distracted with other things. And in Holiday Wine Cellars, Escondido, CA, I see a whole fing shelf of them. 33cl bottle 2006 vintage. Pours a dark brown with good lacing and a two finger dense brown head. Aroma of candied dates wise a hint of anise. Flavor is full of fruits (cherry, plum, rasin) with some soft mocha backing notes. Creamy mouthfeel finsih a slightly cloying finish. Very drinkable. I want more. I want to buy cases of this and only drink this for the rest of my life

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
iep (230) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 7, 2007
Dark mahogany with a tan head & abundant lacing. Fruity and spicy aroma, dark fruits like dates, cherry, figs, along with cinnamon and liqorice. Lots of thick maltiness in the taste, a liqorice/caramel/chocolate blanket, very impressive, with a long-lasting liqorice/pear finish. Very full-bodied, low CO2. Definitely lives up to its reputation, excellent brew.

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