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


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RATINGS: 1989   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.19   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - OCT 8, 2007
33 cl. bottle. Stout-like brown with a reddish tint and a frothy beige head. Aroma of bakersí chocolate, wood, leather, spice, raisins, and maybe a trace of port or sherry. Fine bittersweet chocolate flavors interlaced with notes of tangy dried fruit (raisin/dried cherry) and an easygoing pepper/spice counterpart. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Itís one of those great Belgian beers where all the flavors just work together perfectly and give you that strange happy feeling. Lots of love is coming out of my glass.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - OCT 7, 2007
I lived in amsterdam for a year, and none of the bottle shops ever had this, and i never came across a bottle in belgium (although I was distracted with other things. And in Holiday Wine Cellars, Escondido, CA, I see a whole fing shelf of them. 33cl bottle 2006 vintage. Pours a dark brown with good lacing and a two finger dense brown head. Aroma of candied dates wise a hint of anise. Flavor is full of fruits (cherry, plum, rasin) with some soft mocha backing notes. Creamy mouthfeel finsih a slightly cloying finish. Very drinkable. I want more. I want to buy cases of this and only drink this for the rest of my life

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
iep (230) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 7, 2007
Dark mahogany with a tan head & abundant lacing. Fruity and spicy aroma, dark fruits like dates, cherry, figs, along with cinnamon and liqorice. Lots of thick maltiness in the taste, a liqorice/caramel/chocolate blanket, very impressive, with a long-lasting liqorice/pear finish. Very full-bodied, low CO2. Definitely lives up to its reputation, excellent brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2007
11.2oz Bottle $5.59 West Lakeside 2006 Vintage Pannepot pours black with absolutely zero light shining through my goblet. A two finger dense tan head formed on the pour and as it fell became craggy. The body and head of this beer are very stout-like. The head does not go anywhere and leaves big patchy lacing as the glass empties. Great looking beer. Unbelievable aromas are coming from my glass. Really reminiscent of holiday fruits. Spiced apple cider (as in clove, cinammon, nutmeg, and of course apples) Juicy plums and dripping ripe pears. This has one of the most vivid dark fruit aromas Iíve yet to come across. Thereís a slight mustiness hidden way in the back with very mild cocoa and cream. This is a beer just stacked with layer upon layer of complexity. Iím almost afraid to drink this beer cause after the aroma it can only be a step down. Actually the flavor is just about as good as the aroma which is incredible. There are some differences though. The fruits are still very much present but without as much spicing as in the aroma. There is more cocoa and cream in the flavor though. Mustiness on the backend with a touch of bitterness on the swallow. Alcohol adds a nice spiciness on the swallow. My despription canít even begin to describe the complexities of this ale. Full body with an ultra creamy mouthfeel as it hits the tongue. the carbonation froths this one up mid palate and gives it a very welcomed airy quality. Unbelievably creay and smooth. I know this is a high abv beer and usually big complex dark Belgians Iím satisfied with one glass. This I find myself wanting more and more. Great drinkability for such a huge beer. Iím sure if you read this far in my review you can tell Iím crazy about Pannepot. It is a beer I will seek out again and again. One I will never tire of and, hopefully, always have some in the cellar or fridge. 9/6/07

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
KAF (448) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - SEP 26, 2007
Impressive. Poured dark brown with a bit of drizzle dripping out at the end of the bottle. I was not impressed with the aroma but the taste was amazing. The beer seems to evolve as you move it around in your mouth and slowly let it roll down. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 26, 2007
Dark color. Smell of malt, brown sugar, copper, bread, hops, chocolate, light smoke, dark fruit, cinnamon, pepper, leather and ginger. Tastes the same but with alcohol and walnuts. What a great beer. Thanks to Beerlando and Miketd for the great bottles!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - SEP 25, 2007
pours dark brown with a good sized yellowy beige head. Aroma of licorice, dark chocolate covered raspberries and cherries, some tea, ginger, pinches of peppermint. Wonderful aroma, and rather mellow too. Chocolate, nutty, and gingerbread flavor, followed by licorice, raspberries, spicy yeast notes (canít really decipher that), and finishes with a warming yeasty flavor. Some deep dark fruit tastes and more licorice on the finish also. Aftertaste evolves unexpectedly into a real nutty earthy hop flavor followed by cappuccino. Awesome. I can taste this as I breathe. A little hot, but otherwise this is quite superb.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 22, 2007
UPDATED: APR 13, 2008 Poured a very dark brown with a nice frothy head. You could smell this elixir on the pour. Dark fruits, and belgian yeast dominate. The taste is even better than the nose. This is a wonderful beer. More dark fruits. I notice more than what was in the nose, Blackberry, plum, grape. There is a lot going on in the taste. Nice and complex. The mouthfeel is full and creamy. I could drink this all day long.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - SEP 20, 2007
bottle poured dark, tan beige head . fruity alcohol aroma ,smooth and creamy on the palate. tastes grape raisins, plum, sweet. Finishes a little warm most likely the alchohol

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
dankman (254) - Somewhere in, Ohio, USA - SEP 19, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2007 Deep brown color with a tan/brown head, the flavor is quite spicy and a wee bit sweet (soy with sugar, mollasses and cloves), finishes strong and the body isnít too heavy but far from light. Good on a cold day, or a hot day with air conditioning; this really is a world class beer!

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