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


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RATINGS: 2057   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 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GMCC2181 (1570) - Newark, Delaware, USA - FEB 21, 2008
A really dark red color. Not much head but smells super sweet. You can smell all kinds of fruits going on here. Rasions, grapes, etc.. Taste is prunes, raisons, grapes and all other kinds of sweet fruits. Great texture, thick but not like stout thick. So smooth, Now I know why people love belgium beer so much. I also like the 10 percent, that you can barely taste. Great beer another every day drinker. Smooooooooth is all I have to say

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerheart (237) - Erie, Colorado, USA - FEB 19, 2008
Iíve never had a pour quite like this. The yeasty sediment was wonderfully visible in the last cloudy drops that fell from the bottle into my chalice that is reserved for such world-class brew-vadery. The aroma about knocked me over with strong dried prunes and burned brown sugar. The beer is very malty, creamy, and full on the tongue. The yeasty breadiness is evident throughout the experience. The flavor is complex and well-balanced with the warm presence of brown sugar, caramel, cloves, and dried fruits. The finish is clean with a slight alcohol burn and the Belgian "apple-white grape thing" (as one reviewer noted). This is one rich beer and took me a good thirty minutes to drink, but every sip a savor! As I finished the glass, I thought, Jeebus, this is only the fourth best Belgian strong ale they make?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 18, 2008
Had a full body with deep tones of chocolate, burnt oats, and rich malty richness. Very creamy and smooth. One of the best beers I have had and would buy again in a heart beat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Goodgrief (1920) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - FEB 18, 2008
Feb. 2007 - Dark brown pour with huge foamy longlasting head, nice lacing. Aroma was weak and mostly alcohol. Reminded me a lot of Rochefort 10 with strong dark fruit raisin/prune flavor, but this one, while super sweet, was nicely balanced with a whole host of other fruits, candied sugar. One of the richest beers Iíve had. Nice thick and creamy mouthfeel. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
BritAlesRule (215) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - FEB 16, 2008
A geyser upon opening with sugar and alcohol hitting me in the face from a foot and a half away. Doesnít have a nose you could lose yourself in, but quite nice. Raisiny brown sugar upon first taste with a very mild alcohol chaser and some molasses there on the back end as well. Palate is a bit thick for my taste, but if slightly cloying stickness is to your taste, this thing has body to burn. Almost reminds me of some richer American sweet stouts. Itís saving grace is that it has Belgian yeast in spades, so even though itís a powerful brew, you get the underlying apple-white grape thing and that just adds to the complexity. Very good.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2011 2006 33 Bottle. Pours deep dark brown with a mocha creamy head the fades fast into thin craters. Wonderful aroma of nutty varnish, vinegar, & nutmeg. Dark molasses, nuts, spice, sweet rich malt, brown sugar, burned toffee, dark fruits, and well hidden alcohol. Milk chocolate, sherry, tobacco & raisin finish, ever so slightly bitter. This oneís got everything, its an acid trip of flavors. Very syrupy, nice light fine carbonation, except not enough to match the viscosity of the body, which makes it more of a dessert beer. I kinda want to pour it over pancakes. This stuff is very very good. After a while it starts to take on some Imp Stout characteristics. This is not beer (ale) contrary to what is says on the label, but rather delicious delicious candy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2007 33 Bottle enjoyed 1/12/09 lot B 7 BB. Noticeably more varnish in the aroma, more on the sour side. Flavors not quite as developed, still very very tasty, definitely more on the flemish brown/sour side of things, a lot more acid than I remember. Not as dark and viscous as the 2006 bottles, light and airy... I almost thought I opened a bottle of the Danish version by mistake...??? Supremely drinkable. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2007 33 bottle enjoyed 9/19/09 lot A 2 CC. Been way too long since I opened a Pannepot. Pours a dark dark unclear tootsie-roll color with a huge tall foamy light tan head 4.5. Oooooooo!!! I love the aroma. It brings me right back to the farm. I close my eyes and itís almost like being there. Ridiculously unique spicy rich aroma, a little milky this time, the roast barley is magnificent, varnish, peanut butter, nutty, hay, vinous, tootsie-roll chocolate, milk duds 9. First sip, mmmm, what?, mmm, thinking thinking, been a while since Iíve had one of these, takes a second to acclimate to the strong unique taste once again, rich dark syrup, grassy chocolate, lots of fruit this go, sweet dark fruits, rum cake, molasses, spices that Iím not even going to begin to guess at, I definitely see the stout influences this time, some light acidity, finishes very rich with bitter tobacco and rum raisin aftertaste. Medium/full bodied, closer to full, somewhat viscous and syrupy but with lots of corse carbonation. Again, Iíve discovered that even 60F is too cold, room temperature is a must for beers of this complexity. I desperately want to get my hands on some more pannepeut now as Iím down to my last bottle. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [rerate 2007 bottle A 1 CC, enjoyed 12/10/09] Very dark and plumy, has some odd oxidation, quite rich oily round and full, this seems to be getting much closer to the Trappist than it has been in years past with the round plumy yeast quality. Oxidation and grassiness make this one not nearly as good as other bottles. My faith is unwavering, this is still one of my favorite beers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2007 bottle, batch C 7 BB, 1.24.10] okay.. here we go again =) pours the same... awesome! yea, so this is the second time Iíve got this in this beer... very Oerbier reserva ish... mild funk, sour, great character, cherry, complex tootsie-roll chocolate, varnish, what is going on here, I have no idea, itís like my two favorite beers made love to each other and spawned a Oerbier Reserva/Pannepot super beer...., a little corse in itís development but... wow... just wow... I had no idea this was sitting in my cellar like this . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [rerate 2007 A 2 CC d 2.27.10] okay... so touch of the funk waking up in this guy... fizzy, tootsie roll grassy sweetness, red berries, baking spices, rich dark molasses syrup, nutty, rum raisin again, yea its wonderful and I caught it just in time before it got too funky. no rating, just enjoyment. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2007 C.7.BB, 3.26.10] Wow, this is awesome. Totally didnít realize I just opened this bottling 2 months ago... oops, should have kept this to share. Has progressed a bit in those two months. Delicious Felmish oude bruin type beer now, grassiness isnít really there, plenty of wonderful woody varnish and cherry, especially in the aroma, fairly well dried out but still has miles of depth and complexity, the spices donít seem like spices but are just part of the overall beer, again, very Oerbier Reserva ish which is nice! Perfectly matured right now, medium bodied, fairly dried out, nice sizzling carbonation that isnít annoying, a great balance between full bodied and dried out infected! Wish I had more of this bottling... . . . . . .[2011 bottle rated 9.22.11] holy hell Urbain how do you do it so differently yet so good every time. A lot more brown sugar/molasses, plum/purple fruits now in the aroma, nice complementary alcohol, took some time to open up but I love it, bit of a dry erase marker thing going on. Flavor follows, more purple fruity than I remember, I remember it being more of a complex malty yeasty deal, moving more towards that trappist profile now, cola, grape, rich molasses, again the alcohol faint burn is complementary, quicker finish, with a bit of malt depth. Just phenomenal but not quite how those early batches were full of character... the refinement is starting to set in here. 4.6

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BlackDonald (1126) - Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA - FEB 11, 2008
Very enjoyable, yet uncharacteristic for what I was expecting. Warmth generates from the nose, with some zesty garden spices, and then some madeirized sweetness. Lots of sweet malt flavor with an ample amount of dark fruits, and spices, with the yeastiness showing through as well. Tobacco and black tea leaves, brown sugar and a small hint of spicy fruitiness. A sweet creamy treat, with a flavor of orange marmalade and chocolate truffles. Very well balanced acidity and mouthfeel. I would drink this again if I had the opportunity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 10, 2008
From enjoyit via trade. Thanks again, Svend. The pour was super dark brown with hints of crimson. The head was a compact, off-white stream of tight, tight bubbles that quickly faded into a galaxy swirl atop my glass. Light lacing. The aroma was chocolate, raisins, yeast, malt, spices and even some port or wine characteristics. At one point I got a hint of orange zest as well. The flavor was chocolate, thin red wine, malt and spice. Tight carbonation provides a silky mouthfeel and the finish is nice. A dynamic aroma.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BrotherBenny (9) - Alabama, USA - FEB 9, 2008 does not count
In a 33cl bottle, served in a tulip glass. Pours with little or no head and the hint of a lace ring around the glass. If you can find a bright enough light it is a deep ruby although perhaps not entirely clear. The nose is very inviting, no hint of alcohol, just a warm caramel and raisin invitation to take the plunge. The initial sip was as the nose indicated, plus a smooth and thick as silk body, very pleasant feel and taste, a sweet caramel coupled with the hint of raisins. The finish goes right along with everything else, very pleasant, but no lingering aftertaste, just a desire to pick up the glass and taste again. A wonderful beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ukoolaid (578) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 9, 2008
UPDATED: APR 1, 2011 Re-Rate: Again, Andy T hooking me up with a bottle heís been aging for about 2 years. This beer is amazing. Iím bumping it up from a 4.5 to a 4.7 with a taste of 10. Itís hard to imagine a beer better than this. Super complex aroma & taste with sweet malts, nuttiness, alcohol, dark sweet fruit and caramel. Palate is silky smooth with just the right amount of warming alcohol. Original rating: Bottle. Huge thanks to my buddy Andy who brought this back from Amsterdam. Pours a chestnut brown with medium tan head. Aroma is of sweet malts and figs with spices. Very smooth, complex flavor. Figs, raisins, vanilla, and sherry. Great stuff. I would love to get more.

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