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


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RATINGS: 1836   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 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 (1964) - 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 (4469) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
theisti (3235) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - APR 16, 2007
Bottle 2006, at csbosox KC tasting 4/14. Final bottle of the evening, and it turned out to be my favorite. Aroma is sweet, mostly caramel coming through. Taste had the caramel, and nuttiness and a bit of cinnamon. All of these flavors were beautifully layered, and just a wonderful beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ElGaucho (2206) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - APR 13, 2007
Bottle. 2006. High alcohol Belgian candi sugar aroma. Chocolate, caramel, raspberry, molasses. Huge head. So huge in fact that I had to get a second glass because it was going to take 10-15 minutes before the head dissipated enough for me to sample it. The first glass I poured about 2/3 full and then watched it slowly rise, rise, rise to almost overflowing and then it overflowed a bit. If ever a beer was bottle conditioned, this would be it. Opaque body with frothy head that basically doesn’t diminish. Leaves scattered, frothy lace; actually more like residue. Very sweet. Highly carbonated. Alcohol is not overly harsh, though quite noticeable. This is a dessert beer. Could probably be poured over ice cream, though that would make for a fairly expensive treat. Has a sweet hop thing going on in the finish that is tough to beat. Whatever that is, it’s what makes the difference between this being a good beer and being a great beer, which it is. It’s perhaps a little sweet for me and initially a little overly carbonated, but the spritz tends to die down after awhile. Excellent. Thanks El_Borracho for hooking me up with this brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jtw (1098) - farmington, Michigan, USA - APR 13, 2007
11.2 oz bottle thanks to adrian!
superthick dark brown with a mountainous beige/tan head that could be sculpted. the end of the pour has some dark brown sludge which appears to be some mixture of yeast and other particulates - it streaks the foam with mud color. heavy aromas of molasses and a clove cinnamon nutmeg spice, as well as a moderate alcohol presence. a baritone beer, with deep dark rich flavors of molasses/treacle and maple syrup, and an herbaceousness which could easily be confused with cascade hops; the piny and tingly spices conjure juniper, nutmeg and mace, and other yeasty impartations. what a pastoral vision: to dock my fishing barca and head to the cleaning house with the day’s catch strung over my shoulder, knowing that this liquid is waiting to be drunk. this beer is delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Arayaga2 (1779) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 11, 2007
Viscous fudgy brown with dense creamy brown head. Aroma is like a chocolate raisin rumcake. Taste is sweet with cherries, and chocolate, but the carbonation distracts somewhat from the smoothness. $5.85/11.2oz

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