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


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RATINGS: 2142   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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrChopin (4303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 31, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2009 2006 bottle (7/31/08). Pours dark mahogany with a large, supple beige head and lacing. The nose doesn’t announce itself across the room, but take a close whiff and fall backwards: sweet malts with raisins, burnt sugar, and a buttery cream; a touch of wine and alcohol, like whiskey; some lighter elements like refreshing fruits and flowers; and hints of chocolate. It’s so coherent, but wait until you taste it: sweet with more dried fruit, sugar, alcohol, hints of smoke... all as one. It’s full bodied and oh so lush, and the finish... my mouth is soaking up the experience long after it’s gone.
’06 - 1049519

’06 and ’07 bottle (11/13/09) - More fruit and alcohol in the ’07, sweeter and also with a lightly creamy sour note. Still some great complexity with a lot of berry and plum fruits, light raisin, and a range of malt notes. The ’06 is darker, larger, more-tan head. More nut, malt, and candi sugar, less tart fruit of the ’07. I prefer the ’06, though it’s starting to show signs of over-carbonation drowning out the flavor like Rochefort struggles with.the experience long after it’s gone.
’06 - 859418, ’07 - 848417

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - JUL 30, 2008
Bottle from Bottle Trek. Poured a dark brown and had the aroma of dark fruits and carmel. Tasted of carmel and molasses. Definately on the thicker side. Overall a great brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUL 29, 2008
Bottle. Pours dark brown, reddish highlights, fluffy tan head. Aroma is dark fruits, a bit vinous, molasses, spicy alcohol. Dances on the tongue with prickly carbonation coupled with a bit of alcohol spice; molasses, dark fruits, and fresh baked, rich, yeasty bread on the taste. Finish is tingly, spicy, yeast, hint of alcohol; dark fruits and burnt brown sugar seem to grow again after several seconds before receding again. Mouthfeel is effervescently carbonated while still beautifully creamy. Wonderful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rogueone (506) - I F&ckin’ hate those guys from, Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2008
Bottle: Pours just like cola, with s small ring of tan, bubbly head. Aroma is a little astringent, with dark fruits and brown sugar. Tinge of nail polish remover. Mouthfeel is velvety, flavors of nutmeg, cinnamon, and other spices. Warm finish. Pretty rich beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 28, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2013 33cl, Vintage 2013, from De Hopduvel Gent, complex, balanced, cloudy, good head, very good brew, a topper!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
timfoolery (1126) - California, USA - JUL 28, 2008
Bottle from Bottletrek.com. After confirming that I got "the right" Pannepot, I’m also relieved to say that this is one of the best Belgian Strong’s I’ve had to date. The beer was sticky, but not too sweet. There were flavors of dark fruit, light coffee, molasses, and spices (although, not overdone). The palate was excellently smooth, balancing complex flavors with ease. A Great beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pinball (11939) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 26, 2008
"2006" bottle, best bf. apr 2010 aroma: aged beer, raisins, dark fruit. when i opened the bottle, the beer really wanted to get out so some of it spilled to the floor. pours almost clear brown with a sizable nutty-brown head. great taste, a little aged beer over this one, but just a little. dark fruits and spices. alc. not present. aftertaste is super, the fruits vaporiza slowly leaving a roasted note behind. best "aged beer" type i ever tasted. still, i don’t like this type.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DownsouthGav (601) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 26, 2008
Aroma of bread, cream, barley wine, raisins, red wine. Pours a dark brown beer with a frothy brown coloured head. Taste is sweet, vionus, some burn and smokiness. Some carbonaton. Gives a warming feeling. This beer is a really big beast and definitely a sipper. The 10% is respectably kept at bay. This would suit a really gamey meat. Top notch.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rallison (116) - USA - JUL 23, 2008
This will be a comparison against my review of the Reserva. Read that for the baseline. Altogether better than the Reserva. The flavors in this are just a bit more clear and not muddled whatsoever. While this has no barrel aging characteristics or the wine notes of the Reserva, this is still wonderfully complex with a great spice/brown sugar/raisin taste. Not quite as complex as the Reserva, but the flavors here mesh better and make this a truly delightful beer. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
foodtraveller (61) - BELGIUM - JUL 20, 2008
Very dark beer with a fast to disapear foam. The beer is a tipical struise with strong cnaging flavors and personality. Malt, dark fruit, bitter and dry. Very complex. Very long aftertaste which asks for slow drinking. Another fine struise.

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