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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2142   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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (14170) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 19, 2008
33 cl bottle; 2006. Dark, opaque brown color with a huge rocky tan head. Aromas of dark fruit, like dates, and roasted malts. Medium body with sweet notes of light stone fruit and treacle. It goes on like that, and the finish is lightly sweet, but nearly dry. It’s not a bitter finish, but it is incredibly tasty. Wonderful ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RomanW70 (296) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - JUL 17, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2008 Had many Pannepots in Europe, but the one I rated was on tap from Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fŕ in Rome on 7/6. Just a beautiful beer, almost black caramel color with a thick off-white head. Aroma of cocoa, caramel, and dark fruits. Similar taste with additional vineous notes. A beautiful beer that deserves a place along Westy 12, St. Bernardus Abt. 12, and Rochefort 10. Great, great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Woodsman52 (23) - , Ohio, USA - JUL 14, 2008
Malty start and finish. nice dark color. rocky head that dies off sooner than later. coats your entire mouth with a caramel like texture. one of the best brews so far.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
onlyrocknroll (379) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JUL 14, 2008
Pours murky black with a medium head. Dark fruit aroma with raisins and aniseed. Toasted malt flavour with more dark fruit and a gentle spice finish. Soft and full body. Very nice, complex and elegant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Borresteijn (6498) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - JUL 14, 2008
Bottle @ Café Gollem. Murky brown with a lively head, gushes out of the bottle. Lovely smell of chocolate, ripe fruits, some roasted malts and yeast. Flavour is rich, brown sugar, caramel, fruity and a bit sour, with an alcoholic sweet and a bit sourish finish. Nice creamy and soft mouthfeel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
StefanSD (2384) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - JUL 13, 2008
11 oz bottle from I don’t know where (its been in my cellar a while). Batch #4? Pours a dark brown color with a small tan head. The aroma was strong with dark fruits, roasted malts, cola, coffee and dust. The flavor is incredibly rich with more of the same, I get a particularly big cola taste. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. The Finish is incredibly long with a bit lingering sweet fig and dates. Overall: This is gonna’ make my top ten list, its easily one of the very best beers I have every tasted.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - JUL 12, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2010 Pours hazy ruby brown with small white head. Aroma is mostly sweet dark fruits- very complex may I add- and a hint of alcohol. Alcohol is also evident in the flavor, but not so much as to be a hinderance. Flavors are yeast, sweet fruit, and some biscuity malt. Palate is smooth and quite drinkable. Doesn’t get much better than this- sticky and lasting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jblauvs (1357) - Chester, Vermont, USA - JUL 11, 2008
brownish pour. aromas of light fruits, delicious malts, slight alcohol. smooth mouthfeel, incredibly balanced. rich and well brewed. My first struise and Im extremely impressed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 11, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2008 very special 100th rating- i’ve been seeking this for close to a year, and here it is thanks to jblauvs and oteyj visiting julio’s in mass for me. beautiful pour, dark ruby hazy pour with brown hints and residual yeast, nice lacing. aroma of red wine, malt, fruits, and alcohol. flavor is phenomenal- cherry, dark fruit, malts, alcohol is present but welcome, massages the mouth. mouthfeel is absurdly smooth, forces you to drink more. one of my favorite beers ever, perfect balance of everything, and a worthy 100th.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
12many (277) - Alaska, USA - JUL 6, 2008
Bottle thanks to Bigmmartin after he bought me another to replace the one of mine he drank. Slightly disappointed. This was a fantastic beer but I was expecting something better I guess. The mouthfeel was a little more fizzy than I like which threw me off a bit. Aroma of slightly yeast and dark fruits and some alcohol. Good sized head which stayed around for a while. Dark and hazy burgundy. Sweet with a bitter finish and well rounded. Very good.

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