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


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RATINGS: 1822   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 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAY 13, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2009 Bottle thanks to Ughsmash. Pours cloudy deep brown with a huge head. Great retention and good lacing. Aroma of christmas-type spices, figs, brown sugar and plums. Sweeter taste, somewhat vinous and very warming. Full body. Complex taste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beachbum25 (1085) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - MAY 13, 2007
11.2 oz Bottle-Trade w/DragonStout. Pours out a dark reddish/purple/brown color w/ almost no head & good lacing. Strong, sweet Belgian floral/grape aroma. Rich complex flavor of grapes, figs, raisins, & cane sugar. Very complex, a lot of layers. Quite good, quite enjoyable. Alcohol is evedent, but not overpowering. Long, sweet, full finish, kind of like an after dinner aptiff. Thanks for this one!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2007
2006 Bottle at Coopers Seafood in Scranton, PA. For $6.50 this was a bargain! It reminds me of a velvet creme filled with nutmeg, figs, dates, dark licorice and sweet raisins. Everything I want in a Belgian seems to be here: the yeasty flavor, the complexity and unfiltered swirling flavors, and it somehow balances itself out. I’d rate it perfect but is seems a tadbit too sweet. I might bring it to the desert island. It certainly has enough sustenance.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 12, 2007
Brown body and head, sweet, spicy nose. All kinds of fruits, spices and breads going on in this one. Yum, like a combination of various desserts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
scoobyluv (504) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAY 11, 2007
2006. chocolate colored with a tan head. spicy nose. coffee taste. very smooth. very enjoyable

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Shag (2603) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAY 6, 2007
A dark black appearance with a carbonated looking white head. The aroma contains a hint of alcohol, plums, chocolate, and coffee. A very complex flavor with some cherries, chocolate, dates, coffee, nutmeg, and cinammon. The finish is sweet and a little warming from the alcohol. A damn fine beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ross (2080) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAY 4, 2007
Bottle from Sean. This one didnt blow up when I got it, thank God. Pours out a dark brown color with a thick tan head on it. Smell is spicy and yeasty and fruity. Very fruity. Taste is smooth and sweet, fully carbonated, medium body and mouthfeel. Smooth, easy to drink. A really good beer that rivals but does not topple Rochefort 8 (at least for me). Very good stuff, something I have wanted to try for years. Thanks so much for the opportunity to taste this one Sean. There are way too many flavors here for me to even begin to pick out, just get a bottle and enjoy it for yourself, and you will understand. Great stuff, this is.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - MAY 2, 2007
Cherry, maple syrup, nutmeg, alc, roasted malt, very complex. DARK brown, with long lasting dark brown head. Creamy, alc, spicy, coriander, sweet malt flavor. Nice thick palate. Oooohhh, I love this beer. Thank you Holdenn for sharing this beer with me. I liked it so much I had to get a bottle for myself.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - APR 27, 2007
2006 bottle thanks to jasonmech77. Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with ruby highlights and a medium sized tan head. Scrumptious aroma smells of dark fruit, candi sugar, chocolate, nutmeg, apple, cherry, banana esters. Very similar to Rochefort 10. Flavor is dominated by the banana esters with notes of chocolate, plum, and a little roastiness. Alcohol is well hidden in the flavor but adds a nice warming as you swallow. Creamy full mouth feel with lots of tingly carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
oberabcbbsok (687) - Hoboken, BELGIUM - APR 27, 2007
Verry nice and complex beer. Tasted already different versions from 3 different brews. Really a splendid beer

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