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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2120   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
LilBeerDoctor (3713) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 4, 2008
Bottle. HUGE thick, creamy light tan head with a dark brown/black body. Aroma of raisins, alcohol, and prunes. Flavor is very rich and not as raisiny as the aroma. Still, it is dominated by dark fruits along with coffee, roasted malt, apple, pear, and candi sugar in the background. Awesome palate--very smooth and creamy. Complex and well constructed, my only fault with it is that I’m not a super fan of raisin/dark fruits (which isn’t a fault, just a personal preference). Very enjoyable though. I had this back-to-back with the Pannepeut and enjoyed the flavors of the Pannepeut better but found the palate of the Pannepot to be much superior.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 2, 2008
2006 bottle at Ebenezer Kezars of Lovell, ME. Nearly opaque chestnut brown pour with a medium head that fades quickly. Very spicy aroma with notes of cinnamon, allspice and bitter chocolate. Taste is the same spices, rum soaked raisins, cocoa powder. Slight nuttiness and alcohol warmth. Sweet, thick mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
cbeers21 (693) - Miami, Florida, USA - JUN 30, 2008
Nice brownish pour with decent head. Nice aromas, layered and complex fruit notes are evident with plums, berries and a wheaty yeasty booziness. Elegant, almost velvety texture is quite nice and the taste yields a nice toasty fruit quality. Chocolate, raisin, peaches and deeper toasted nut flavors are there as well, there are a lot of flavors developing. A tasty, complex and elegant brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Madsnp (933) - DENMARK - JUN 30, 2008
Bottle. Dark brown with a dense light brown head. Aromas of prunes, caramel, cane sugar, licorice and some nuttyness. Flavour of sweet malt, cane sugar, caramel, nuts and dark fruit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joet (2534) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUN 26, 2008
A big of a gusher. Dark pit fruits. Carmels, nuts. A bit of anise. Nice feel, slightly creamy. Not a lot sweetness or hops just layers of malts with a bit of mineral feel and flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scauca (490) - Lovere, ITALY - JUN 25, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2008 Almost black with a quick disappearing head. Lot of licorice, some fruitiness, nuttiness, roast, somewhat earthy. Chocolate, a bit salty. Tap Tasted on tap deserves some decimals more.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Joppe (15) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUN 25, 2008
Bottle. Very dark color, with a small brown head that disappears quickly. An aroma of caramel. a full body. Nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joohefner (380) - Isla Vista, California, USA - JUN 24, 2008
Pours a burnt sienna color and a silky, dense khaki colored head. Complicated mix of aromas: Sweet chocolate, licorice, allspice, raisins, and a slight roast wood note. Thick, smooth body. Initial taste of chocolate liqueur and dark fruits, followed by the spice mix and pralines. Nice and complicated, but its a very rich beer that needs to be enjoyed slowly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrBeerFanatic (1005) - Friona, Texas, USA - JUN 21, 2008
Ordered one of these off the Internet. Pours almost jet black/dark brown with a creamy brown head. The aroma is of licorice, spice, oak, a little nut, dark fruit, hint of caramel, and finally raisins. The flavor is pretty complex, creamy, sweet and bitter. What you have here is a hint of raisin, hint of spice, roasted malts, dark fruits, hint of rum and a little nut. This is a very rich brew that almost has to be sipped. Very well balanced and deep. Overall I was impressed but expected more in the flavor department, as this is one of the most top rated beers in the world.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rciesla (5500) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUN 19, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2008 Bottle I still enjoyed the denmark version more. I feel the etoh comes through more in this one and the spices are less intense. Still a solid beer. Note, i dont know these bottles seem to be hit or miss ill get one with a really creamy body where the spices are as they should be and then the next one tastes metallic. My score is an average of these experiences.

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