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


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RATINGS: 1989   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.19   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 19/20
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 28, 2007
pours a dark brown with full frothy head. light sweet fruit plum raisin yeastie aroma. complex, vanilla, yeast, oak, raisin, smoke, all behind and fronted. sweet finish with milky palate, smooth consistency. great stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2007
Had this bottle at Ebenezer’s Pub courtesy of Chris Lively. Dark brown pour. Sweet metallic aroma with hints of caramel and a chewy fruitiness. The flavor is sweet, fruity, some brown sugar, and some great spicy caramel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2007
Wow.Smell is awesome. Far too complex for my amazingly poor sense of smell to analyse properly. Sweetness, candyfloss, reminds of the good old days of substance abuse sniffing this. Hoi sin sauce. Chocolate malt smell too. I could go on all day about flavours and smells I think might be in here. Very complex, very tasty. This highlights the problem with rating beer for me. This was a shared bottle with our chops, I want another now. And I can’t. Oh yes, lovely beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nahthan (129) - Oakland, California, USA - DEC 25, 2007
33cl bottle. Gift from Aaron @ the Trappist. 2006 vintage. Thanks to Nixter for sharing. We left it in the sun all day yesterday, put it in a brown paper bag this morning, pried the cap off with a cigarette lighter and passed the bottle back and forth while riding BART down to San Leandro.. Just kidding. Cracked @ 55F on the morning of 12/25/2007. No glass recommendation on the label, so I used a small wine glass. Opaque pour with small, thin head. You have to pour this one aggressively if you want big head retention, but that’s not really necessary. A fountain of complexity. First few sips give dried fruit, raisins, prunes, and especially plum. Next few sips chocolate starts to appear in the finish. Get even deeper in and you can start tasting the noble hops in the middle of your palate (Hallertau MF/Mt. Hood?). Big body but not too dry, not too sweet. Very smooth finish, the alcohol is not hot or harsh in any way, it contributes significantly to the mouthfeel. This beer is awesome. Many compare this to Westvletern 12, someday I will do a side by side to decide for myself. Try some and I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
franksnbeans (265) - Columbus, Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2007
Pours an almost black plum color with 2 fingers of dark creamy head that dies slowly to a collar and leaves a dissapating sheet of lace with every sip. Smells of plum, fig, vanilla, spice and slight clove. Awesome nose. Taste is very complex and reminds me of a Westy 12. Lots of fruit, fig, pear, a little vanilla and a smooth finish. Chewy in the mouth with the tickle from carbonation. Awesome drinkability. Blindfold me and let me taste this and I would guess its a trappist delight.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2007
12-21-07 shared at tasting with lb4lb, Fly, Dewbrewer, Humulone_Red and more great beer drinkers!
Dark reddish brown color with decent head. Fruit and chocolate hints in the smell. Flavor is sweet and chocolate like - hints of raisins int here too. Very heavy and thick on the palate. Nice and enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - DEC 19, 2007
UPDATED: APR 21, 2008 06 bottle thanks to pepsican. I suppose I should preface this by saying that I am not a huge Belgian Strong fan, but this is a good beer. Pours a deep brown color with a nice beige head that left good lacing. Also present were the nice, streaming "belgian" bubbles. Yeasty aroma with fruity esters, mostly banana and orange. Tart, fruity entry moves into a spicey yeast middle with even more fruit flavors, and finishes slightly tart with a hint of alcohol. The yeast creates a crisp and lively palate. Definitely a good beer, thanks again pepsi.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2007
Pours totally opaque with a luscious head. Roasty aroma, aromatic and perfumy too. Sublime mouthfeel and a body that just washes all over you. A delightful blend of flavors, rich pure and complex without being overwhelming or colorful. The kind of beer you could drink regularly (g-d willing) but also works as a treat. This beer is superlative! And it rocks!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
thooper41 (549) - BELGIUM - DEC 13, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2012 33cl bottle looks like a coke poured into a glass with an added head to it. aroma is slightly sweet and has this smell to it that just makes me want to take another wiff. flavor has a ton of mixed flavors to it spices little sweetness no hop flavor but still bitter very well balanced not to sweet and not to bitter and goes down smooth. i think i have a new best beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Beltramelli (471) - Campinas, BRAZIL - DEC 11, 2007
Graduação alcoólica de 10% a qual, em razão do perfeito balanceamento, fica imperceptível no paladar e no longo e delicioso final entre o doce e o amargo. O creme é marrom, muito denso e consistente. No aroma, chocolate, café, frutas secas, muito malte e temperos. A consistência é licorosa, digna dos grandes elixires. É no paladar que essa breja realmente explode. Encorpadíssima, me lembrou bastante a Westvleteren 8. O chocolate assume à frente, liderando uma ampla gama de doces sensações que vão das nozes às cerejas, da canela ao açúcar-mascavo, tudo soberbamente equilibrado.

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