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


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RATINGS: 1936   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.19   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2007
11.2oz Bottle $5.59 West Lakeside 2006 Vintage Pannepot pours black with absolutely zero light shining through my goblet. A two finger dense tan head formed on the pour and as it fell became craggy. The body and head of this beer are very stout-like. The head does not go anywhere and leaves big patchy lacing as the glass empties. Great looking beer. Unbelievable aromas are coming from my glass. Really reminiscent of holiday fruits. Spiced apple cider (as in clove, cinammon, nutmeg, and of course apples) Juicy plums and dripping ripe pears. This has one of the most vivid dark fruit aromas Iíve yet to come across. Thereís a slight mustiness hidden way in the back with very mild cocoa and cream. This is a beer just stacked with layer upon layer of complexity. Iím almost afraid to drink this beer cause after the aroma it can only be a step down. Actually the flavor is just about as good as the aroma which is incredible. There are some differences though. The fruits are still very much present but without as much spicing as in the aroma. There is more cocoa and cream in the flavor though. Mustiness on the backend with a touch of bitterness on the swallow. Alcohol adds a nice spiciness on the swallow. My despription canít even begin to describe the complexities of this ale. Full body with an ultra creamy mouthfeel as it hits the tongue. the carbonation froths this one up mid palate and gives it a very welcomed airy quality. Unbelievably creay and smooth. I know this is a high abv beer and usually big complex dark Belgians Iím satisfied with one glass. This I find myself wanting more and more. Great drinkability for such a huge beer. Iím sure if you read this far in my review you can tell Iím crazy about Pannepot. It is a beer I will seek out again and again. One I will never tire of and, hopefully, always have some in the cellar or fridge. 9/6/07

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
KAF (448) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - SEP 26, 2007
Impressive. Poured dark brown with a bit of drizzle dripping out at the end of the bottle. I was not impressed with the aroma but the taste was amazing. The beer seems to evolve as you move it around in your mouth and slowly let it roll down. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 26, 2007
Dark color. Smell of malt, brown sugar, copper, bread, hops, chocolate, light smoke, dark fruit, cinnamon, pepper, leather and ginger. Tastes the same but with alcohol and walnuts. What a great beer. Thanks to Beerlando and Miketd for the great bottles!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - SEP 25, 2007
pours dark brown with a good sized yellowy beige head. Aroma of licorice, dark chocolate covered raspberries and cherries, some tea, ginger, pinches of peppermint. Wonderful aroma, and rather mellow too. Chocolate, nutty, and gingerbread flavor, followed by licorice, raspberries, spicy yeast notes (canít really decipher that), and finishes with a warming yeasty flavor. Some deep dark fruit tastes and more licorice on the finish also. Aftertaste evolves unexpectedly into a real nutty earthy hop flavor followed by cappuccino. Awesome. I can taste this as I breathe. A little hot, but otherwise this is quite superb.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 22, 2007
UPDATED: APR 13, 2008 Poured a very dark brown with a nice frothy head. You could smell this elixir on the pour. Dark fruits, and belgian yeast dominate. The taste is even better than the nose. This is a wonderful beer. More dark fruits. I notice more than what was in the nose, Blackberry, plum, grape. There is a lot going on in the taste. Nice and complex. The mouthfeel is full and creamy. I could drink this all day long.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - SEP 20, 2007
bottle poured dark, tan beige head . fruity alcohol aroma ,smooth and creamy on the palate. tastes grape raisins, plum, sweet. Finishes a little warm most likely the alchohol

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
dankman (253) - Somewhere in, Ohio, USA - SEP 19, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2007 Deep brown color with a tan/brown head, the flavor is quite spicy and a wee bit sweet (soy with sugar, mollasses and cloves), finishes strong and the body isnít too heavy but far from light. Good on a cold day, or a hot day with air conditioning; this really is a world class beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tjthresh (1866) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - SEP 18, 2007
11.2 ounce bottle provided by thiesti
Served in a Delirium Tremens tulip.
Pours a dark opaque brown with a initially large tan head. The head fades to just a little layer, but it lasts.
The aroma has bits of grape, soy sauce, cherry, wood, fruit pits, caramel malts, yeast phenols, and herbs. I picked up a sugary wine-ish note when warmed it bit more.
The initial flavor I pick up is clove. Coco, toffee, pepper, and cooked sugars with a touch of alcohol. Slight bitterness in the finish.
Medium body, with a silky texture and a nice touch of carbonation.
This beer is very appropriate for a day when you are home with a sick child! Thanks Tim!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 17, 2007
Bottled. Beer is cloudy, dark brown. The head is light brown, frothy/creamy, moderately sized. Diminishes mostly but lasts.<P>Lots of tangy fruit and breezy vinosity in the nose. Malty with light/moderate notes of biscuit, toasted grain; Hoppy with light notes of herbal lemon zest; Yeasty with a light note of basement; Trace/light note of simple syrup/ candy sugar, light note of red wine-like vinosity, oak, cherry juice and slightly boozy winter-spiced currents.<P>The flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter with a long, moderately acidic, lightly/moderately sweet, lightly bitter finish.<P>The body is medium, the texture is velvety and the carbonation is lively.<P>Engaging.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ibrew2or3 (7262) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 17, 2007
Pours deep dark clear amber with explosive root beer float head. The aroma is full and starts very fruity with sweet Concord jelly, cherries, boysenberries and plums. Soon after the aroma turns more spicy. I get gingerbread cookies, cinnamon, hints of nutmeg and ginger snap cookies. The initial influx of fluid burst across the palate due to the high level of carbonation creating a tart experience. Then afterward the fruitiness wells up with Concord grape jelly, cherries, boysenberries and sweet juicy plums. Midway the varying spices kick in with both ginger bread cookies and ginger snap cookies along with cinnamon, nutmeg, licorice and beats. Wow, lots of flavors that ride into the after taste in harmony. D-Licious brew.

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