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


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RATINGS: 1947   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 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ibrew2or3 (7312) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 17, 2007
Pours deep dark clear amber with explosive root beer float head. The aroma is full and starts very fruity with sweet Concord jelly, cherries, boysenberries and plums. Soon after the aroma turns more spicy. I get gingerbread cookies, cinnamon, hints of nutmeg and ginger snap cookies. The initial influx of fluid burst across the palate due to the high level of carbonation creating a tart experience. Then afterward the fruitiness wells up with Concord grape jelly, cherries, boysenberries and sweet juicy plums. Midway the varying spices kick in with both ginger bread cookies and ginger snap cookies along with cinnamon, nutmeg, licorice and beats. Wow, lots of flavors that ride into the after taste in harmony. D-Licious brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - SEP 17, 2007
Poured from a 2006 bottle. Bountiful tan beige head on top of a ink black brew.Modest aromas of belgian yeast and dried fruit. The beer is velvety smooth and creamy on the palate. Flavors of rich smoky coffee and fig and plum.Sweet malty barley and sugar. Nice long taste stays with you to enjoy.Moderate alcohol presence. Overall an oustanding complex flavorful and easily enjoyable brew. Can’t wait to store some in the cellar also.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thomat (2250) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 16, 2007
Bottle fom 2003, thanks to Urbain ! Very dar, redish brown with meium tan head. Malty and fruity notes. Taste is full of coffee, plums, chocolate and port. Medium to full body with slightly sweet finish. We also tasted a bottle from 2006. This was very good, but it is clear that this beer gains quality with storage.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
charlotte (4511) - rødovre, DENMARK - SEP 15, 2007
Almost black colour with beige head.Aroma of dark dry fruits and spicey,gives a warm feeling of strong alc.A real killer but great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 14, 2007
Label reads 2006. First off I have to preface this by saying that Quads are not exactly my thing and I haven’t had a lot of experience with them. That being said... My friend tasting it with me says it looks like coca-cola, and I have to agree. Nose is totally odd and unique and extremely complex. At first I thought it smelled like old, concentrated cotton candy. Then my friend pointed out that she thought it had a fragrance like banana Laffy Taffy (which it certainly does). There is just a load of things going on with this nose. Flavor is spice forward. Very sugary sweet like brown sugar and a slight biting alcohol presence. After a swallow and it settles on my tongue I get a heavy coffee aftertaste. The feel has a coffee flair to it as well. Like old coffee that was brewed with five times too many grinds. Extremely drinkable. But this puppy is heavy of course and I bet after some time in the cellar, it would even out and be even better. Highly suggested.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 12, 2007
Pour: deep reddish purple. Head: thick, foamy, creamy, light beige. Aroma: sweet, tart, dark fruit, alcohol. Flavor: dark fruit, alcohol, tart/sweet. Palate: lively, refreshing and clean. Finish: warm and sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
emacgee (4276) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 12, 2007
Pours a deep brown with dark ruby hues. The head is thick, creamy, beige. Wonderful nose. Sweet, spicy, candied fruit, raisins, molasses, dry vinous character. Sweet on the tongue, raisins, dark sugar, massive alcohol punch, Belgian yeast, molasses, amazing taste. Extremely complex palate. Very full and lively, wonderfully satisfying carbonation. Finishes warm and lively.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jzzbassman (1523) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - SEP 11, 2007
Rated "blind" back to back with Pannepøt. This was the second and much more complex. In a Gulden Draak glass, it took forever to pour, wiht a large bubbled tan head. Fruity and spicy aroma, with a tinge of leather and molasses. Chocolate malty front, with hints of macadamia and fig.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - SEP 9, 2007
Thanks Tim! Trappist glass. Dark brown with red tints and a two fingered khaki head. Aroma is malty, with bananas, spice (something from chinese 5 spice), dark fruits, and a mild roastiness. Taste, initially, is dark fruit, rich maltiness, spice, raisins & prunes, cinnamon? clove? vanilla and a touch of alcohol followed by a strong clovey flavor, more dark fruits, some chocolate, and more of everything. Very complex. Seems strongly spiced, but not over the top. Incredible complexity of flavor. Great mouthfeel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
cgarvieuk (16258) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 9, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2015 Deep brown ... Deep fruity malts ... light touch of meatyness in nose ... Very simelar malt fruit richness to the Reserva ... possibly a touch rougher but very well balanced .. sft fruits and a toch fruiter than reserva I found this and the Reserva to be very slighly different making each distict but could not seperte them as one better than the other. These two beers were my top choice in an eveing that included Narke Kaggen, Westvltern 12 and Nogne Dark Horizon so truly a stunning beer. Id also like to thank Carlo for the bottle. dark brown ... thin dark tan head ... sweet rich dark vineous fruits ... dark suger nose ... rich sweet dark plums ... light treacle ... soft roast malts ... light green raisins ... wonderful bottle at home drunk 0611 ... 2007 dark brown ... sweet rich toffee treacle ... light sour nose ... lost half the bottle as it gushed :-( ... dark fruits ... big sweetness .... plum and raisins ... dark sugers ... treacle ... nice 4.3 2008 deep brown ... vine nose ... deep fruits ... chewy malts ... rich malts ... bottle at home 2008 ... deep brown ...soft toffee roast ... dark fruits ... chocolaty ... mellow roast ... dark fruits ... plums and treacle bottle 2010 ... drunk dec 2012 ... soft juicy rich raisins ... plums ... dark malt nose ... chocoilate ... dark fruits ... bottle at home 2010 ... soft sweet toffee roast ... soft fruits ... dry sweet malts .. soft toffee fruits ... soft malts ... soft plums and figgs ... sweet roast ... ligth mellow malts ... sweet fruits ... soft sweet fruits ... juicy malts ... soft fruits ... mellow malts 4.5 bottle at home 2006 version drunk sept 2014 ... deep brpown ... thin tan lacing ... dark sour berries ... little fizzy ... dark fruits ... dark malts ... soft tofee fruits ... oily fruits ... light cardboard .. dark woody malts ... 4.2 Bottle at home feb 2015, 2010 version, deep black. Thin tan lacing... Dark sweet malts nose... Dark malts... Sweet roast fruit.. Soft berries... Soft sweet malts... Light spice.. Light blackcurrant... Rich malts heavy roast... Sweet fruits 4.3

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