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


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RATINGS: 1840   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 18/20
jake65 (2635) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 25, 2007
Bottle: Poured a dark mahoghany with a large, thick tan head. Nose is fruity and sweet, hints of plum, raison, and spice. The taste is this ultra creamy, yet slightly fizzy mouthful that tantalizes the tongue. A rich feeling of fruits, spices, raison, wine, caramel, and molasses. A very complex and inviting blend of flavors. Thanks Pantanap for sending this one!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - APR 25, 2007
12 oz bottle via kkearn (thanks!). Pours a dark brown almost black with a massive head that takes up 90% of the snifter before SLOWLY receding. Nose is Belgian yeast, spicey and with lots of fruity esters. Wow, i am not sure how exactly to describe the tastes and flavors, it is quite complex. Some apples, cherries, peaches, molasses, plums, subtle chocolate. Not detecting any hops. Carbonation is very high giving a prickly cola-like mouthfeel. Body is medium. 10% abv is hidden very well. They should really consider cutting back the carbonation aboput 50% on this, as it REALLY detracts from the enjoyment, and i am knocking off about .5 from the score due to that..

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeinDahlem (1328) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - APR 25, 2007
33 cL bottle says 2005 vintage. Gorgeous black with long-lasting, light brown head. Highly malty sweet cocoa aroma. Flavor is also quite sweet, with brown sugar, caramel, dark and milk chocolate, and coffee with just a few drops of cream. Roasty and uber-malty. Lively, carbonated mouthfeel, neither thick nor thin. Alcohol is only barely noticeable. Absolutely delicious, but IMO lacks something (a touch of bitterness?) to balance the sugar and raise it to near-perfection.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TChrome (1418) - Bedford, Texas, USA - APR 24, 2007
Beer pours chestnut brown with a massive, dark tan colored that is totally retained. Nice malty aroma with some dark fruit, mostly raisin, also yeasty earthy aroma and some light spiciness. Flavor follows the aroma nicely with cane sugar sweetness, also some nice malt flavor, a bit of spice and enjoyable earthy goodness. Palate is Belgian perfection, wonderfully carbonated, and perfectly soft.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2007
Very intensely carbonated...my glass had a head that took 20 minutes to subside enough to actually drink. Big sweet fruity nose although alcohol fumes poke through pretty damn good, too. The flavor is incredibly sweet...dried fruits and roasted malts. It may in fact go over the line towards cloying. The texture is syrupy sweet and viscous. This is a very enjoyable brew displaying quite a bit of complexity and nuances. Thank you to buddy Cornfield for the opportunity to enjoy this one!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
scanovajr (627) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - APR 21, 2007
Bottled 33cl. Bought in the Bier Temple, Brussels. A red beer with a tall beige head. Aroma is sweet, fruity and spicy. Full body and weel balanced. Alcohol, sweetness and bitternes in a perfect balance. Taste is sweet, malty and fruity. Dry and spicy in the end. Soft and nice mouth feel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
piscator34 (1968) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - APR 21, 2007
Dark brown in colour with moderate to high carbonation. Aromas of brine, gingerbread, brandy, caramel, sweet fruits, and a touch of black pepper. An interesting combination of sweet caramel and juicy plums in the mouth which are balanced out by some herabl licorice and mild lightly roasted coffee notes. The roasted character seems more apparent as the beer warms. Long and complex finish. Wow.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
elmatador00 (519) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 20, 2007
Pours reddish brown color with a tan head. Has a lot of lacing. Very carbonated. Has strong hints of caramel, molasses, and spices. This is a rich beer that finishes with a carbonated fizzy spice on the tongue.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Slurricane (15) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - APR 18, 2007
At first taste it was very good, but surprisingly it became overwelming. Maybe it is just me, but this had way too much going on in the complexity department.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beer4000 (4487) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 16, 2007
330ml bottle. Mahogany body with a big dark beige head. Aroma is sweet malt, spicy, caramel, dry fruit and alcohol. Flavor is much the same, a complex and delicious sweet, spicy and warm ale. Not too sweet, just lovely.

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