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


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RATINGS: 1999   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.19   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beaver (1469) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2007
11.2 oz bottle, dated 2006. Pours a dark brown with a huge fizzy light tan head that retains well and laces the glass. This is darker and has more carbonation than the Danish version.

The aroma is very subdued. Light chocolate malts and a little dark fruit, leather and alcohol.

The flavor is smooth rich chocolate malts and some dark fruit with some alcohol and enough bitterness to balance it and give it a dry finish. Some spices come out as it warms. The mouthfeel is medium with sparkly carbonation.

Overall, a nice dessert beer. I think I prefer the Danish version slightly - it’s a little more complex. I do like the decadent flavors of this version a little more though even though they are not as complex. The aroma in this one was not very present compared to the Danish. And this one is thinner. While both are dessert type beers, they are quite a bit different.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaxxDaddy (414) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 18, 2007
Bottle, 2006 version, for the BIG 100 (not to mention #500 for this beer)!! It only took me about a year and a half, but I finally made it. Thanks to everyone I’ve traded with for the awesome brews along the way. Of course, big ups to the NY/NJ metro crew, for welcoming me into the cool kids club and having good times with good brews. Let’s get on to rating, shall we? Pours dark brown with a monstrous off-white head. A bit darker than the Danish variety, and exactly the opposite in the head department. Aroma was big on the malts; caramel and dark fruits. I also thought I caught a bit of smoke in there; was not expecting that. Taste was very sweet as well, caramel and raisins as the major players. I didn’t pick up as much spice as the other version. Sticky mouthfeel with a fruity, sweet finish. While certainly a very good beer, I can’t say I was blown away, which i guess is a weird thing to say about a 4.0 beer, but there you have it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gunnfryd (12622) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 8, 2007
Bottle. Red brown colour with tan head. Aroma is licorice, caramel. Flavour is balanced, cellar notes, caramel, licorice, dried fruits, spices. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Aubrey (3491) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 5, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2013 (2006 bottle) Deep brown with a yellowish-tan head. Fresh yeast aromas wafted from the glass. Smooth, weighted texture with just the right amount of carbonation. Big alcohol was hidden well but the soothing warmth let me know it was there. Complex, with notes of sugary toffee, fresh bread dough, raisins, dates, plums, dried apricots, brown sugar and a touch of maple. Slight grassy bitterness seemed to fit well and balance everything out. RERATE, 2010 bottle at Kulminator in 2013: Delicious as ever with notes of coffee, dark fruits, fruity alcohol, hard-to-define spices, white pepper, yeast and molasses.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - OCT 27, 2007
Bottle at the Blind Tiger, split with others. Aroma of dark fruit, slightly roasted malt, some candy sugar, and spices. The flavor was a nearly perfect mixture of fruity malt, spices, and roastedness. Smooth and delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dogbrick (9639) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2007
Sampled at the Odds and Ends Tasting II on 10/19/07 (2006 bottle): This beer pours in a lively way and is a deep brown color with a thick beige head that dissipates slowly. Sticky rings of lacing. Dark fruit, bready malt and sweet spice aromas intermingle nicely. Medium body with a refreshing complexity about it. Flavors of raisins, roasted malt, chocolate and spices are all present. The finish is fruity with a lingering spice and malt aftertaste. One of the better beers I have had lately.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tarjei (1954) - Bryne, NORWAY - OCT 25, 2007
33 cl bottle. Dark brown/reddish color. Big.lasting brown head. Dried, dark fruits, nuts, sweetness from sugar, caramell, spice, liqorice, vinous, bitterdry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Enjoyit (3610) - Vadum, DENMARK - OCT 25, 2007
Brown of color with a nice brown longlasting head. A nice aroma of spice, sugar, liqurice and dark fruits. A nice flavor of spice, liqurice, tobacco, dark fruits and sugar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - OCT 24, 2007
Bottle. Pours a dark black with a nice thick light brown head on top. Aroma is raisins, figs, dark fruits, cherries, caramel, spices, and nuts. This beer has a wonderful dark nose. Flavor is very complex with different flavors hitting the tongue. Grapes and raisins are initially tasted, hints of nuts are followed as well as spices. The beer finishes with a nice sweetness but is not overbearing at all. On the palate this beer feels very drinkable considering the complexity as well as the alcohol content. No hint of the 10% is felt in the flavor. This beer is absolutely amazing!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 23, 2007
Goodness this beer is fantasic. I had the pannepot with the line through the o last nigth and enjoyed it thouroughly and though....how much better can it get by dropping a line through an o? Much better. Nose was of caramel and burnt caramel with raisins and figs thrown in for good measure and spices, but not like pumpkin beer spices (good in their own right) chocolate malts.. No hint of alcohol. Flavor wise this beer reminded me of a great belgian mixed with a good barleywine mixed with a solid imperial stout. Chocolate cake mixed with alcohol mixed with forementioned spices mixed with caramel drizzle. Wow, hold on as I’m drinking this beer the rating is moving up. Serioulsy amazing. Oh and the pour was dark brown almost black when completely in the glass with a fluffy beige head that laced extremely well and was a muse to look at.

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