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


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RATINGS: 2133   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 17/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 18, 2008
33cl bottle (2006) from Beer World (Largo). Pours a dark brown to black with a thick tan head that settles quickly but heavily laces the glass. Huge nose of sweet, ripe fruit, candy, complex spices. Flavor is sweet with heavy notes of fruit, coffee, caramel, and heavily sugared candy. Sweet and bitter finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
shintriad (701) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 14, 2008
Bottled. Finally got around to sampling this. In essence, this is what craft beer is meant to be. The hardy, earthy flavours of years side-by-side with faintly sticky, sugary candy notes, as well as slight notes of gingerbread and espresso. A lingering sourness that only shows up after you swallow. Amazingly thick, luxurious body. Not how Iíd want all my beers to taste, but itís an impressive accomplishment. Completely hides the alcohol as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - MAY 14, 2008
Bottle(s), at ít Brugge Beerje and Dickieís Grillhouse in Brugge, and a bottle from the brewery, enjoyed at home. Deep brown, lots of dark tan head that settles down into a dense tan scum, like the sticky layer that forms on ponds in the summer. Intense chocolate liqueur nose, brown sugar, bitter almonds, sugar snap peas, corriander. Warm chocolate flavor, brownies fresh from the oven, calvados, dried figs. Very sweet up front, and even a fair dose of leathery sweetness in the finish, but without being sticky. If this is the beer of fisherman, bring on the fishing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 13, 2008
12 oz. bottle - huge thanks to after4ever for breaking this out when he I said I had yet to try it (or any Struise for that matter); pours deep brown with thick tan head; just about as good a nose as youíre going to get - sweet fruits, dates, caramel; body and texture are equally as impressive; creamy and lingering sweet aftertaste, sweetness is the name of the game here, but itís not overwhelming; OMG, thanks tom!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AmEricanbrew (6727) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - MAY 10, 2008
Chestnut with a light brown head. Malty sweet, earthy candi sugar aroma reminds me of Rochefort 10. Smooth and lightly carbonated. Nice burnt caramel/toffee flavor with some earthy spices that i canít place. Has a lingering burnt, brown sugar earthiness. Itís like eating a perfectly toasted campfire marshmellow. Worthy of praise.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hank1980 (966) - Athens, Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2008
2006 bottle. Pours a deep brown with a big tan head. Lots of heavy lacing. Aroma of fruit (grapes/wine and plums), spice, caramel, and light alcohol. Taste is very nice with a little more spice. A great belgian ale. Finish is very smooth with a good balance of moderate carbonation, alcohol, and spice. Glad I was able to trade for this; thanks mcbackus!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 10, 2008
Pours a dark brown with a very thick tan head. Nice aroma of dark fruit, caramel, and some spices. Seems very creamy and hides the 10% very well. I thought it was much better then the Rochefort 10 I had earlier tonight. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 9, 2008
Pours a dark reddish brown color with a dreamy off-white head and streams of lacing. Aroms is dark fruit, caramel, toffee, grape. Taste is about the same, with maybe a hint of chocolate. Very complex but a great sipper that hides the alcohol well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Juelze (1144) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 9, 2008
Trade from Ross, thanks man! Pours a dark brown color with light brown creamy head. Aroma is dark fruit, molassess, caramel, allspice, nutmeg and anise. Taste is the same with more of the dark fruit and belgian spice showing through. Itís creamingly smooth with little evidence alcohol. This is right up there with Rochefort 10.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 8, 2008
2006 bottle. Holy aroma! Like Christmas in a glass. Gingerbread, allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon and anise. Dark and very opaque in colour. Wonderful mouthfeel, very creamy and silky smooth.Very well executed. After drinking for awhile everything does become just slightly too much. Donít know if I could drink this all night, but itís certainly not intended as a session brew. Nice layers of complexity throughout. A great sipper and perfect after-dinner brew.

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