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


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RATINGS: 1948   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - AUG 27, 2007
Poured dark brown almost black with off white head. Aroma of fruit and spice. Very complex. Lots of fruit flavors with a spicy finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jobyone (234) - Charlotte, USA - AUG 26, 2007
2006 bottle. really dark with thick tan head. wonderful spiced aromas. Lots of flavors develop. This was simply stunning.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
RiverHorse (457) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 26, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2007 11.2 oz bottle. Pours a deep brown color into the trappist glass with a huge, thick, creamy tan head. There was a perfect amount of lacing clinging to the glass and the head stuck around the entire time. The scent was of spices, raisins and malt. A very complex flavor greets you on the first sip, and gets better as the beer warms. The depth of the spiciness, mixed with the aroma made this a very enjoyable experience. This is the closest example of a perfect beer in my opinion.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - AUG 25, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2007 2006 vintage bottle from Holiday Wine Cellar: Almost pure black with a deep burgandy tint held up to bright light. Head is medium, light brown and fading. Aroma is dark fruit and light spice with a wiff of cocoa. Flavor starts dark fruit (raisin and plum) with a little chocolate folowed by a hint of licorice and cherry finishing smooth and semi-dry. Medium-full body is creamy with lively carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RolandTower (26) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2007 Labeled 2006. This stuff exploded from the bottle! Seconds after the bottle opener broke the seal, I was rewarded with a veritable fountain of foam, which kept going for a frighteningly long time. Once I finally managed to get the cap off fully, the pour was mahogany with a big brown head that subsided reasonably quickly. Lots of alcohol and malt on the nose, along with dark fruits like plums, cherries, and raspberries. Definitely some liquorice in there as well. Each sip coats the mouth, bringing flavors of cherries and berries, anice and cloves. Theres some roast flavor in there, but it’s countered by lots of caramel-candy sweetness. The alcohol I could smell might as well not actually be there, as it’s hidden completely by the huge, swirling flavors of fruit, spices and malt. I think the flavor is definitely similar to that of Dogfish Head’s worldwide stout, or vice versa if you please. It could stand to be slightly less sweet, but this is still a wonderful, wonderful brew. If it weren’t so expensive, I’d definitely get more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - AUG 24, 2007
2006 Vintage. Lots going on with chocolate, dark fruits, molasses, nutmeg, cherry, over a very dark brown body. It’s one of those very complex beers that I keep getting different flavors from, like the flavors are unfolding.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MrBunn (2528) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2007
Bottle - 2006 vintage. Huge tan head rises up from a dark brown body that has just the slightest hints of translucence around the edges. (I’m loosing patience waiting for the head to die down so I can put the rest of the contents of the bottle into the glass.) Aromas are heavy of dark fruit, molasses, alcohol and cognac. Flavor is wonderfully full and complex, starting a little bit nondescriptly and then crescendo-ing into a dark fruit, dried dates and candi sugar sweetened middle phase before leaving a warm alcohol rich aftertaste. Spices whirl around in the mix... nutmeg, cloves and something like ginger all surface at various times. This should really be less expensive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 21, 2007
Beautifully dark, opaque mahogany body. The head is a massive, frothy, spongy layer of thick, khaki colored bubbles. It took a good 10 minutes for it to settle to a manageable level. The huge head leaves behind a slippery, sudsy lacing that slowly creeps and crawls its way down the glass. The aroma shows candy sugar, rum soaked figs, dark cherries, fruity esters, and clove. There is also a bit of funky, sour yeast, though it melds well with the sweeter fruity smells. The flavor is really fantastic. It shows candy sugar and dark fruits up front, with some nutmeg and clove, as well as root beer and hints of cream soda. Again, the funky yeast slips in towards the end and leaves a slight tickle in the back of the throat. The beer has a medium-full mouthfeel, and a creamy, smooth texture. This is really an excellent brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Defreni (2754) - Husum, DENMARK - AUG 20, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2008 Flaske. Brun næsten sort øl, med et flot skum. Lakrids og et krydderi jeg ikke kunne bestemme i duften.Smagen startede med dette krydderi for derefter at gå over i en lækker sød lakrids for at ende bittert. Meget delikat.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mkofron (155) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 19, 2007
Brown body with large brown head. Sweet spicy aroma of cocoa, ginger, vanilla... Smooth, very rich on the tongue..Thanks to mad_scotsman for the bottle.

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