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


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RATINGS: 2027   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2007
Wow.Smell is awesome. Far too complex for my amazingly poor sense of smell to analyse properly. Sweetness, candyfloss, reminds of the good old days of substance abuse sniffing this. Hoi sin sauce. Chocolate malt smell too. I could go on all day about flavours and smells I think might be in here. Very complex, very tasty. This highlights the problem with rating beer for me. This was a shared bottle with our chops, I want another now. And I can’t. Oh yes, lovely beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nahthan (129) - Oakland, California, USA - DEC 25, 2007
33cl bottle. Gift from Aaron @ the Trappist. 2006 vintage. Thanks to Nixter for sharing. We left it in the sun all day yesterday, put it in a brown paper bag this morning, pried the cap off with a cigarette lighter and passed the bottle back and forth while riding BART down to San Leandro.. Just kidding. Cracked @ 55F on the morning of 12/25/2007. No glass recommendation on the label, so I used a small wine glass. Opaque pour with small, thin head. You have to pour this one aggressively if you want big head retention, but that’s not really necessary. A fountain of complexity. First few sips give dried fruit, raisins, prunes, and especially plum. Next few sips chocolate starts to appear in the finish. Get even deeper in and you can start tasting the noble hops in the middle of your palate (Hallertau MF/Mt. Hood?). Big body but not too dry, not too sweet. Very smooth finish, the alcohol is not hot or harsh in any way, it contributes significantly to the mouthfeel. This beer is awesome. Many compare this to Westvletern 12, someday I will do a side by side to decide for myself. Try some and I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
franksnbeans (265) - Columbus, Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2007
Pours an almost black plum color with 2 fingers of dark creamy head that dies slowly to a collar and leaves a dissapating sheet of lace with every sip. Smells of plum, fig, vanilla, spice and slight clove. Awesome nose. Taste is very complex and reminds me of a Westy 12. Lots of fruit, fig, pear, a little vanilla and a smooth finish. Chewy in the mouth with the tickle from carbonation. Awesome drinkability. Blindfold me and let me taste this and I would guess its a trappist delight.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2007
12-21-07 shared at tasting with lb4lb, Fly, Dewbrewer, Humulone_Red and more great beer drinkers!
Dark reddish brown color with decent head. Fruit and chocolate hints in the smell. Flavor is sweet and chocolate like - hints of raisins int here too. Very heavy and thick on the palate. Nice and enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - DEC 19, 2007
UPDATED: APR 21, 2008 06 bottle thanks to pepsican. I suppose I should preface this by saying that I am not a huge Belgian Strong fan, but this is a good beer. Pours a deep brown color with a nice beige head that left good lacing. Also present were the nice, streaming "belgian" bubbles. Yeasty aroma with fruity esters, mostly banana and orange. Tart, fruity entry moves into a spicey yeast middle with even more fruit flavors, and finishes slightly tart with a hint of alcohol. The yeast creates a crisp and lively palate. Definitely a good beer, thanks again pepsi.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2007
Pours totally opaque with a luscious head. Roasty aroma, aromatic and perfumy too. Sublime mouthfeel and a body that just washes all over you. A delightful blend of flavors, rich pure and complex without being overwhelming or colorful. The kind of beer you could drink regularly (g-d willing) but also works as a treat. This beer is superlative! And it rocks!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
thooper41 (556) - BELGIUM - DEC 13, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2012 33cl bottle looks like a coke poured into a glass with an added head to it. aroma is slightly sweet and has this smell to it that just makes me want to take another wiff. flavor has a ton of mixed flavors to it spices little sweetness no hop flavor but still bitter very well balanced not to sweet and not to bitter and goes down smooth. i think i have a new best beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Beltramelli (471) - Campinas, BRAZIL - DEC 11, 2007
Graduação alcoólica de 10% a qual, em razão do perfeito balanceamento, fica imperceptível no paladar e no longo e delicioso final entre o doce e o amargo. O creme é marrom, muito denso e consistente. No aroma, chocolate, café, frutas secas, muito malte e temperos. A consistência é licorosa, digna dos grandes elixires. É no paladar que essa breja realmente explode. Encorpadíssima, me lembrou bastante a Westvleteren 8. O chocolate assume à frente, liderando uma ampla gama de doces sensações que vão das nozes às cerejas, da canela ao açúcar-mascavo, tudo soberbamente equilibrado.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2007
2006, rated 11/10/07: Hazy dark brown w/ a huge lasting light beige head. Great lacing & legs. Peppery yeast, mild ginger, light smoky phenolic, anise, and raisiny esters. Also earthy w/ hints of semi sweet dark chocolate! Raisins turn to prunes as it warms and had toasty and bready aroma overtones after it warms. Well balanced just to sweet up front w/a dry finish. Strong dark fruit presence throughout; Peppery yeast, toasted malt, brown sugar, caramel is very deep! Some licorice flavor. Aftertaste is semi sweet, yeasty, licorice, and herbal hops. Lighter medium body, smooth, well hidden alcohol, but finishes dry due to alcohol. WOW! Very nice beer! Aging may help it dry out a little bit, but nicely complex!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
drseamus (103) - Troy, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2007
In my mind, this is tied with Westy 12 for my favorite quad. I’m heading to Belgium in two weeks and I will definitely do a side by side tasting to determine the winner. A: This is a great looking beer. The perfect amount of mocha colored head topping a very dark brown body. There was some yeast that found its way into the second glass, but the first one was very clear. The head retention is amazing. S: There are a bunch of aromas emanating from the glass including raisins, prunes, cherries, malt, alcohol, yeasty esters. It is a very inviting aroma and everything is blended nicely. T: This beer is crazy smooth. It tastes like someone got a blender and threw in raisins, chocolate, dark sugars, prunes and just a touch of alcohol and pressed puree. I can’t taste barely any of the 10% alcohol that is in it. M: Very smooth with low carbonation fits nicely with its medium/heavy body. It has a thick feel, but somehow isn’t really a heavy body. D: This is a phenomenal beer. One of the best I’ve had in a while. I could drink this all day long.

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