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


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RATINGS: 1994   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.2   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dogbrick (9456) - 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 (3604) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hiddenvariable (207) - pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 22, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2007 pours an opaque black that has a reddish tint at the edges, with a huge light brown head that quickly falls to a thin coating and leaves a bit of lacing. smells of nuts and spices and blackberry and raisins, with some dark malts coming through, and the tiniest hint of alcohol. taste is quite vinous, with cherries and grapes coming out over a dark and nutty malt, and a bit of yeast toward the end. fairly sweet on the finish but with enough bitterness to keep it from being cloying. medium heavy body and a good carbonation. the third beer that made me say "wow!" out loud when i tasted it. rerate: the first few sips of this beer are amazing, but it’s really sweet and starts to become cloying by the end.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
guzzler67 (1563) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 22, 2007
Dark mahogany appearance with a large, dense, tan head and loads of lacing. Aroma is full of spicy goodness and multiple layers of dark, ripe fruit, rum and molassas. The taste marries the fruity, spicy flavors with lush, sweet chocolate/caramel malts. Creamy, full bodied mouthfeel; rich and smooth on the palate. Finishes like a fine dessert wine. (2006 vintage from State Line)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BelgiskOlklub (974) - Viby J, DENMARK - OCT 19, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2007 33 cl. bottle Pannepot 2006. Plum, raisins, caramel, dark chocolate and mild coffee. Small light-brown head that’s mostly diminishing. Dark brown body. The initial flavour is moderate sweet and light bitter. The long finish is dominated by moderate sweetness, spices and alcohol. A very good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
chimay67 (41) - hunt sta, New York, USA - OCT 18, 2007
This beer is like the second coming of Mickey Mantle. It is brewed with such devotion, such care. Thes guys are a hoot, and you just want to see them do well because they also happen to be the one of the most exciting breweries in Belgium right now. Had this one at Spuyten Duivel in Brooklyn and also at the ZBF earler this year. It is huge, fruity and makes your taste buds want to get up and dance. Share this one with someone you care for, or at least want to get a raise from. Worth any cost to obtain. I am holding on to the one I have in the cellar for dear life.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - OCT 16, 2007
2006 bottle. This opaque, brown/black pour with mahogany highlights and a creamy tan head is simply spectacular looking. The head is almost indestructible, and leaves a thick, ropy lace. Complex aroma of dark fruit, roasted nuts, leather, spice and brown sugar. Full body, softly carbonated, rish and smooth. Excellent balance with sweet malt flavors leading into a some tangy bitterness and a softly dry finish. An absolutely phenomenal beer.

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