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


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RATINGS: 1748   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 ĎPannepots,í or fishing boats, that could be seen along the coast, and the unique dark ale enjoyed by the local fishermen. Our Old Fishermanís 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 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JAXSON (524) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2007
í06 bottle purchased for $8.00. Dark brown with a very thick, long-lasting head (I expected this beer to be a blonde, too bad). Really nice full, warm palate with figs and spices, and a little sweetness on the finish. A little too much carbonation. Really nice overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Linc (737) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 27, 2007
Sweet and spicy, beautiful full palate, with that marshmallow softness that comes from a really big Belgian ale. Sweet taste with dried fruit and caramel. Nicely balanced with a great depth of flavour.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - JAN 27, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2008 Intense rich malty aroma with hints of dried fruit and vanilla and cinnamon. Dark dark brown with frothy head. Bottle frothed over when opened. Thick cream syrup mouthfeel is immediately evident. Sweet carmel and malt flavors balanced by bitter chocolate, vanilla, and spices. Light woodiness, caramel, cloves, brown sugar and liquorice. An intense mouthfeel, well carbonated and rich with a long duration and slightly alcoholic finish. Almost explodes on the palate. Very satisfying. Excellent overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cornfield (5362) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JAN 26, 2007
The body is a dark brown with a thick head of tightly packed small bubbles. The head thins very slowly and does a crusty sort of lacing. The aroma is spicy, full of dark dried fruits, some burnt, with anise, a little roasted barley, and a touch of chocolate. The flavor is chock full of things - dark caramel, prunes & raisins, licorice, alcohol, a slight citric sourness, cinnamon, chocolate, pepper, a suggestion of pineapple - lots of things, all smoothly blended together into a kickass flavor bomb. Despite the detectability of the alcohol, it doesnít come across that strongly until ingested and the body begins to warm. The finish is warm, sweet/sour, and sticky. Very, very good.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - JAN 25, 2007
Iíve moved away from Belgians recently and been into double ipaís and imperial stouts. Then I tried this. This reminded me how complex, decadant and satisfying a good Belgian strong can be. The appearance in a tulip glass was about as beautiful as it gets. Dense, thick cocoa head. Aroma of spices, in particular cinnamon and dark caramel. The taste is long beginning with sweet dulce de leche up front and then slowly thinning out into an array of spices that are carried to the nose by alcohol vapors. This is a perfect winter sipper. This was 4.99 for a 33cl bottle but head and shoulders above more expensive beers Iíve had recently. Wow.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2007
Pours brown with a thin dissadating head.full on aroma of spices like nutmeg and a slight citrus.Flavor was of the dark fruits.Semi-sweet with lots of flavor.This beer became more delicious after it warmed to room temperature.Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JAN 24, 2007
Wow, I certianly didnít get this beer. The caped almost exploded off the bottle and a thick sticky foam gushed out until I was able to pour. The beer had a huge head on it, I had to drink the head down in order to taste the beer. The head was almost candy sweet. The beer was just as sweet as the head, way too much so. There is some fruity flavours in there, maybe even dried dark fruits...but man, itís so swwet I just canít get anything out of it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
entropy1049 (40) - Oxford, Iowa, USA - JAN 24, 2007
Pours almost black with a huge brown head. Sweet licorice and roast malt is the aroma. Heavy in the mouth, lightly carbonated and very sweet...runs right up to the edge of "too sweet" and grinds to a halt with some nice cooked apple/gingery kind of a finish. Iím usually not fond of sweet beers but this has enough good fruit and spice flavor that I can abide it easily.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - JAN 23, 2007
Dark fruits and a mild sourness in the aroma.Pours a murky dark brown with a tan head.Flavor is very sweet,brown sugar and licorice.Medium to full mouthfeel with a very sweet but well balanced finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2007
i had had this one before but definitely wanted to rate it. It pours a dark brown with a very nice light brown head. Wonderful aromas of spices, clove, and nutmeg. the semlls are very similar to the taste. I get alot of dark fruit with light chocolate in there as well. This beer was done very nicely and I think itíll lay down for a while as well. I can see why this one is so highly rated. The carbonation seemed about perfect, and the finish stayed with you for a little while. Good job belgium.

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