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


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RATINGS: 1881   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 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
EithCubes (5086) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 25, 2007
2006 bottle from State Line. Rich aroma of cherry, sour and sweet with spicy yeast and notes of caramel and raisin and faint vanilla. Bit of a light gusher, mahogany pour, noisy and nearly opaque ruby under light, with a light brown soapy head. Superbly malty taste, notes of rum, raisin, vanilla, cherry, and even smoke! Hearty and warming, full-bodied with a dry, smoky aftertaste that lingers. Velvety smooth mouthfeel. Sweet and spicy, only the faintest hint of sourness, with no bitterness. Dates, cream, and a touch of molasses with the memory of Belgian chocolate. A little spicy fruitcake: a rooty sort of spiciness, but blended to the point it is unidentifiable; finish wants to add notes of bourbon but veers off toward port instead. Rounded, fruity, balanced, with well-integrated alcohol; there’s a ton going on here. This is pretty much everything I’m looking for in a beer - what a complex beast!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 22, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2009 thanks to sams in durham for this wonderful gem of a beer! they were busy restocking the second shipment on Friday when i found this. They obviously cant keep it on the shelf. pours dark brown with very fizzy head. Very complex and well balanced, with hints of coffee, caramel, figs, and roasted malts. Alcohol is very well masked. the only time i noticed its 10% is the warming in my stomach and knees! I concur this beer is "simply fanmotherfuckingtastic!"

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 20, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2009 Rating #900! I would like to thank myself for going to the store and buying this highly regarded brew. Dark brow colored ale with a tan head that fizzes like a soda and goes away quickly. Incredibly complex aroma produces notes of caramel, chocolate, plum, fresh roasted coffee, and fresh tobacco. The taste is stellar as well. Molasses, brown sugar, more plum, chocolate, awesome sauce, clove, and almost everything that I love about freedom can be found in the flavor. Lively carbonation keeps the beer tasting fresh and lively as it warms. This is simply fanmotherfuckingtastic and I hope to enjoy this experience quite a few times.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vyvvy (4131) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUL 19, 2007
Pours very dark brown with a good sized dense tan head that has amazing retention. The aroma has a good amount of cinnamon spice, passion fruit, dark fruit, rich maltiness and Belgium yeast. Full rich lush body that is very creamy with beautiful soft carbonation. The taste starts off with the rich malt, pear, figs, dates and lush Belgium yeastiness. The finish has pleasant sourness and anise. A very nice beer that I look forward to rerating after I have an aged bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
DMRz (230) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 18, 2007
Dark brown color with a strong medium tan head - a perfect combination. A thin tan layer remains that adds to the experience. The aroma is slightly alcoholic with subdued sweet malt that is reminiscent of dried apricots. Flavor does not disappoint, with caramel, brown sugar, candied ginger, and multidimensional malts. The sweetness continues into the finish, although the high degree of carbonation and slight bitterness balance it nicely. Each taste only increases my opinion of this superlative beer that reminds me of the Westvleteren 12.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 18, 2007
Big thank to bu11zeye for trading this to me. 2006. As soon as I poured it (which took a while) I instantly gave it a 5. Stunning. Dark brown with a HUGE pillowy tan head. Amazing retention. As the last drops fell onto the head they sort of floated on top then blended in. Aroma and flavor is candied malts, rich ripened fruits and spices. As it warms the fruits seem to come out a little more. Also hints of licorice and molasses. It is a meal in itself. Overall it is an outstanding ale. The appearance was the biggest treat though. Thanks again Markus.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DenverLogan (823) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - JUL 18, 2007
Big amber/brown head on top a dark brown lucious, liquid. This beer stands out on all fronts...label design, pour, aroma, taste. Memorable for all the reasons mentioned thus far, truly a world class beer. Like a Rochefort or Westvleteren, the flavors cross many spectrums, the range of depth includes deep sweet tropical fruits, molassas, brown sugar, honey, necktar of the gods, and rich malts ranging from sour to powder sugar sweet. Significant carbonation, rich and cloying, but I like this lingering flavor...crazy and lovely!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - JUL 18, 2007
Thanks for the 2006 bottle from iowaherkeye. 11.2oz pour into tulip glass forms huge 3 finger medium bubble head. The "ale brewed with spices" threw me off, and made me expect a triple. It turns out to be very dark similar to a quadruple. After the head died down it formed a magnificent tan infinitetessmally small bubble cream 2mm thick layer on the surface that never fades. The head forms a spectacular milky wall on the surface of the glass as I swirl it. At a glance could I fool you into thinking this was a Westy 12. The flavors and alchohol nose start off a little harsh, but then quickly mellow as the liquid warms. The mild aroma of malt, maybe a bit of fig or anise. The thick bodied beer has nice slight sweetness, and medium notes of licorish on the finish. Is this the spice they are referring to? I can’t find any other, than maybe fig. Wonderful. Spotted in HWC a long time ago, I should have bought a bunch.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yespr (31769) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 17, 2007
33 cL bottle. Pours dark brown with a huge brown head. Cane sugar sweet and dry fruit aroma, yeast notes providing some spice notes too. Thick mouthfeel. Liqourice, spicy, dried fruit, sweet sugarish flavour in a lovely heavy blend with clear alcohol notes. Nice bitterness giving the beer a solid sharpness throughout and fresh fruityness into the sweet and bitter finish. Warming alcohol feel, not burning in anyway, rather well hidden. Very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SamuraiArtist (292) - portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 14, 2007
Pours cloudy dark brown with creamy off white huge head. Aroma of malt and dark fruits. Flavor is malty and sweet with notes of chocolate, raisins and plums and some alcohol warmth that balances the sweetness.

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