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


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RATINGS: 2121   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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dalepryor (305) - Paducah, Kentucky, USA - JUN 18, 2008
This one pours similar to coffee or soda, dark black and murky. The aroma is sort of sour smells like soy sauce in a way and then i pick up some chocolate and fruits. The flavor does not match the aroma really, at first i’m hit with a whole lot of carbonation and then a burn from the alcohol after that i’m really not sure, to tell the truth this isn’t the greatest thing i’ve had something is just missing for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drake (11576) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 18, 2008
2006 bottle courtesy of Ughsmash. Thanks! 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 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Enmandslauget (19) - Fredericia, DENMARK - JUN 16, 2008
Sødlig frugt, krydderi, karamel malt, Fyldig krop. Vinøs. Rigtig god bitterhed. Ikke meget alkoholsmag for 10%. Lækker eftersmag

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rune (11051) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUN 13, 2008
330ml bottle bought at Ølbutikken, Copenhagen. 2006 vintage. This old Fisherman’s ale poured a very dark body with a brown tint covered by a creamy, lacing head. Spicy aroma with cinnamon mixed with smell of sweet caramel malts. Rich in flavour with weight on candy sugar, dried fruits and dark berries added a touch of leather. Finish off with notes of both yeast and alcohol. Full bodied, but a little too sweet for my taste buds (shared with Finn A., 31.05.2008).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BigDaddyBlues (46) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 12, 2008
Bought at From the Vine. There is so much going on here it is beyond my still evolving palate. I have several bottles and will come back someday when I have a more mature palate and can do this beer justice. It is so rich and deep and sweet. Do not pass on it if you have the opportunity to pick some up.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
restless7 (104) - Lenexa, Kansas, USA - JUN 11, 2008
BOTTLE: 55F. Pours very dark almost black, with a thick foamy head. Aroma is fruity and spicy undertones, very inviting and pleasant. Flavor is an incredible combination of fruits and esters; mouthfeel is an explosion of tastebuds as it expands and fills the mouth and back of the tongue with lively scintillations, lasting long after the pour bottle is gone.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - JUN 11, 2008
bottle- found this to be rather undrinkable. toffee, grapes, wine like aroma leads into a prune like, cloying, semi-roasted finish. Did not enjoy, and don’t see what the fuss is all about.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tedovertu (291) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - JUN 9, 2008
Bottle, Amazing beer. Plum, cherry and red wine aroma. Virtually no head with a dark brown murky body. Moderately sweet flavor that is perfectly balanced. Medium body with a oily texture. No alcohol taste present. This is truly an outstanding beer worth the money, a treat.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jlf278 (288) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 8, 2008
Pours with lots of tan head. Rich sugary aroma and deep brown body, with little lacing. Palate is very rich and thick with over enthusiastic carbonation, but easily quelled. Flavor is extremely sweet, but pleasant. Lots of cherry, plum, prune, burnt sugar, dark rum. Overall, quite delicious, if overpowering.

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