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


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RATINGS: 2072   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.19/5   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DUNGA (10) - BELGIUM - MAR 12, 2008
2006 Bottle. amazing aroma combination of spice, caramel, thick creamy head, chocolate tasting, coffee, spicy, touches of bitterness... Great looking bottle, great beer, deserves to be a trappist... Second only to 2005 Struise Pannepot and Westvleteren 12 IMO...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gueuzeisgod (113) - Graham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 11, 2008
OK- this beer is in the 100th percentile, so I have high expectations. 2006 bottle. A good hiss when popping the cap. Rich chesnut brown, not many yeast particulates. A slightly sour nose ala Rodenbach Grand Cru. Old fruit skins. Head collapses leaving only a wisp of lace. First taste is roasty black licorice followed by nice mild acidity backed up by malt sweetness but tails off very dry. Let it warm up a bit. Slightly brandyish. A delicious fireside sipper. Will revisit this one I’m sure.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
waolsen (1375) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - MAR 9, 2008
bottle. 2006. black pour with thin tan head. raison and plum, sweet aroma. rich, chocolate, coffee, plum, spices. strong toffee and bitter on tongue.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BonVoeux (40) - Beveren-Leie, BELGIUM - MAR 9, 2008
Taste from bottle, 33 cl. Dark brown beer with creamy head. Aroma spice, sweet, dark chocolate. Taste complex; spice, brown sugar, liquorice, roasted malts, well balanced warm alcohol feeling. Full bodied. One of the best beers on earth!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
patrick767 (3918) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 8, 2008
2006 bottle form jsquire at the Fort Wayne tasting - Pours dark brown with a lingering tan head that laces well. It smells of light roast malt and spice. Malt, spice, dark fruit, and yeast comprise the thoroughly enjoyable flavor. It’s lively on the palate and finishes with pleasant alcohol warmth. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
larsniclas (6444) - Billdal, SWEDEN - MAR 8, 2008
Bottled at Kulminator, Antwerp. Almost black with a small, beige head. Malty and roasted aroma with dark sugar. Leather and tar in the flavour and very malty and sweet.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Adenila (1560) - DENMARK - MAR 7, 2008
This was just pure love. Took me one and a half hour to drink a 33cl bottle since the flavor and intensity from a small zip could last for several minutes! Dark brown and opaque with an exploding head, which unfortunatly resulted in some of the brew spilling onto the table, so be aware. Aroma is intense, extremly fruity and vinouse with strong alchohol and molasses, like a quad should be, but with a nice edge of roasted chocolate. The intensity is carried into the flavor, where the fruity sweetness along with the alchohol and roasted bitterness just makes it extremly delicious. Given it was served at the right temperature, and drunk alone as a desert an hour after dinner, without anything else to mess up the flavor, this is probably the best beer i’ve ever had!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LinusStick (3135) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2008
Wow...this beer is huge. Aroma was pretty strong. Strong malt and yeasty aroma with a hint of farts. Pour was deep dark brown with a nice 1 finger tan head that faded down to a thin ring after a minute. Taste was very big and bold. Strong malt with toffee and molasses fills the mouth with dark roasted malt in the aftertaste. The mouth dries after the swallow and the great carbonation combines with a yeasty bite. A little too big for my tastes but it is a great beer. I’m going to try the other version next.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ekstedt (6315) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 4, 2008
Bottle (33 cl) at Kulminator, Antwerp, Belgium. Dark brown with a rich creamy beige head. Intense malt aroma, sugary and slightly roasted, with spices and molasses. Medium bodied, just a bit too much carbonation to get the highest palate score. Quite sweet, with a dry finish that dos not completely balance up the sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2008
2006 bottle: pours dark brown with ruby around the bottle bulb of the glass. The head pours about 2 fingers high and rocky slowly going down to a thick film over most of the top. a beautiful beer. Aroma is vinous, with some roastiness, and yeastiness. It still maintains a fresh note on the tale end of the aroma, somewhat piney, and with some traces of alcohol. Flavor is rich, with a particular slightly oily taste. beer is roasty, but not stout like. the aftertaste is very rich, yet dry, and spicy. Flavor as you drink showcases different spices. ginger at times, and cardamom. It seems also that there is a touch of coriander that accentuates the spiciness of the hops. As the finish approaches the beer shows some caramel character, and what I think is a smokiness. I also detect some soy... actually the last sip was all soy and spice. mouth feel is very active, sometimes a couple too many bubbles to really get the flavor of the beer. This wasn’t really a beer I loved, I enjoyed the unconventionalness of it, but it didn’t strike me as great. I have one more bottle that I will sample later. Definitely enjoyed the oak aged better, and would like to try it again.

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