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


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RATINGS: 2085   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Guerde (1280) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 18, 2008
(bottle, from Gunhaver) 06 bottle. Pours dark brown with a lasting tan head that lingers and leaves nice lacing. Aroma is very complex with dark fruits, red wine, sweet bread, candi sugar, and dark chocolate that each alternate in intensity everytime I take a sniff. Upon warming, some roasted malt notes even make an appearance. This is just great smelling. Taste is also the similar to the aroma, and starts out with dark fruits like plum and raisin. In mid-palate, the flavor takes a turn to more dark chocolate, and yet makes another change into more of a red wine flavor. The finish then yields a spicy and equally yeasty flavor. The complexity of this taste is amazing. When exhaling you can get a nice taste of the dark chocolate as well. The faintest hint of alcohol is present in the flavor, but it never intrudes. Mouthfeel is medium with lively carbonation. Yes, this is now one of my favorites.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
sthlm (1270) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - MAY 18, 2008
[Bottle, thanks Guerde!] Pours dark brown with a good tan head. Aroma is amazingly complex--banana and other fresh fruits, vinous notes, caramel, what I believe to be a touch of smoke--just outstanding. Taste is fairly sweet up front with plum, peppery spices, chocolate, a little raisin and some alcohol also present. Medium-thick mouthfeel and smooth with a long finish of subdued roasted malt and chocolate. I was completely blown away by this beer the first time I had it, and have been craving it ever since. This bottle is a little more spicy than I remember the first one being (that one was more sweet and fruity), but still absolutely world class. I love this beer on so many levels, and whenever I think of it I am transported back to that perfect summer night in Göteborg when I sat down next Marsiblursi and had my beer life forever changed with their incredible generosity.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 18, 2008
33cl bottle (2006) from Beer World (Largo). Pours a dark brown to black with a thick tan head that settles quickly but heavily laces the glass. Huge nose of sweet, ripe fruit, candy, complex spices. Flavor is sweet with heavy notes of fruit, coffee, caramel, and heavily sugared candy. Sweet and bitter finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
shintriad (700) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 14, 2008
Bottled. Finally got around to sampling this. In essence, this is what craft beer is meant to be. The hardy, earthy flavours of years side-by-side with faintly sticky, sugary candy notes, as well as slight notes of gingerbread and espresso. A lingering sourness that only shows up after you swallow. Amazingly thick, luxurious body. Not how I’d want all my beers to taste, but it’s an impressive accomplishment. Completely hides the alcohol as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - MAY 14, 2008
Bottle(s), at ’t Brugge Beerje and Dickie’s Grillhouse in Brugge, and a bottle from the brewery, enjoyed at home. Deep brown, lots of dark tan head that settles down into a dense tan scum, like the sticky layer that forms on ponds in the summer. Intense chocolate liqueur nose, brown sugar, bitter almonds, sugar snap peas, corriander. Warm chocolate flavor, brownies fresh from the oven, calvados, dried figs. Very sweet up front, and even a fair dose of leathery sweetness in the finish, but without being sticky. If this is the beer of fisherman, bring on the fishing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 13, 2008
12 oz. bottle - huge thanks to after4ever for breaking this out when he I said I had yet to try it (or any Struise for that matter); pours deep brown with thick tan head; just about as good a nose as you’re going to get - sweet fruits, dates, caramel; body and texture are equally as impressive; creamy and lingering sweet aftertaste, sweetness is the name of the game here, but it’s not overwhelming; OMG, thanks tom!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AmEricanbrew (6608) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - MAY 10, 2008
Chestnut with a light brown head. Malty sweet, earthy candi sugar aroma reminds me of Rochefort 10. Smooth and lightly carbonated. Nice burnt caramel/toffee flavor with some earthy spices that i can’t place. Has a lingering burnt, brown sugar earthiness. It’s like eating a perfectly toasted campfire marshmellow. Worthy of praise.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hank1980 (966) - Athens, Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2008
2006 bottle. Pours a deep brown with a big tan head. Lots of heavy lacing. Aroma of fruit (grapes/wine and plums), spice, caramel, and light alcohol. Taste is very nice with a little more spice. A great belgian ale. Finish is very smooth with a good balance of moderate carbonation, alcohol, and spice. Glad I was able to trade for this; thanks mcbackus!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 10, 2008
Pours a dark brown with a very thick tan head. Nice aroma of dark fruit, caramel, and some spices. Seems very creamy and hides the 10% very well. I thought it was much better then the Rochefort 10 I had earlier tonight. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 9, 2008
Pours a dark reddish brown color with a dreamy off-white head and streams of lacing. Aroms is dark fruit, caramel, toffee, grape. Taste is about the same, with maybe a hint of chocolate. Very complex but a great sipper that hides the alcohol well.

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