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


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RATINGS: 2100   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wj94 (69) - Virginia, USA - MAR 24, 2008
11.2 oz bottle. Pours murky dark brown with 1-finger head that quickly dissipates. Is it just me, or does this beer mimic St. Bernardus Abt 12 in just about every way? Lots of carbonation, dark fruit, berry, chocolate, oak, raisins. Finishes a little sweet, but the carbonation just wasn’t doing it for me. Good, but not on par with Rochefort/Westy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Katboi (16) - DENMARK - MAR 23, 2008
bottled, brownish with hazy touch, lovely foam, notes of resin, brown sugar, sweet berries. the beaty of this is the balance imo.. keep up the good work!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
agl108 (1022) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2008
11.2 oz. bottle from 2006 for rating #300. Poured dense, deep, dark brown with minimal head. Very sweet nose of plums, raisins, spices, and sweet malts. Virtually the same notes in the flavor. No alcohol evident in the taste. Very complex and very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Davinci (295) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2008
Notes from side by side with the Pannepøt version. Dense black pour with nice one finger tan head. not much lacing to speak of. Aroma is mildly chocolatey, raisins in peppery alcohol, dark fruit... kinda stings the nose a bit, but in that good way. Also hints of vanilla and wood as it warms a bit. Initial flavor strikes me as quite boozy (fusels), dark chocolate and slightly tart berries. Some more woody notes develope as it warms and I become adjusted to the alcohol taste. notes of cocoa powder. finish is on the raisiny side. Bubbles are sharp and tingly, body is slightly chewy, finish is somewhat on the sweet side.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
renffisch (890) - london, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2008
Thanks to mes and urbain!!! Darkest brow with a fine bubbled head. Aroma of salty seaweed, barley, sweet mollasses. This stuff comes close to ambrosia. Treacle, complex, angels breasts! It does taste a bit farmyardy, and it is the first time i mean ’pigs ass’ in a good way!! It is like swine covered in molten demerrera sugar!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbiere (101) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 16, 2008
2006 bottle. Burgundy color, medium/high carbonation, big bubbles, low retention. Nose of iron, red wine, red and black licorice, cherries, dried fruits, cane sugar. The flavor is really well balanced, wine-like and cherry acidity makes it refreshing even at 10%, predominantly sweet without being cloying and a tannic, metallic and spicy bitterness. Mouthfeel is full. Very well done, can be served both as an apperitif or a digestive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 15, 2008
330ml bottle, from Mes, courtesy of Urbain. Many, many thanks. Deep, rich, salty aroma of burnt sugar and smoked meat. Mahogany with a gentle head of fine bubbles. The taste is superb - so many flavours. Brown sugar, deep malt, **** it, it’s too complex to describe. Let’s put it this way: why the hell are you reading my rate rather than finding a bottle and drinking it yourself? The sublime palate is the final, golden touch. Yes, yes, yes!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (13063) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 12, 2008
Keg (Erasmus, Bruges)
Black, tan head. Sweet burnt malty bitter aroma, some marzipan too. Soft on the tongue. A bit alcoholic, though not punching at its full 10% by any means. Accompanying the burntness is some caramel and some bitter hints too. Finish is fairly burnt, but also soft.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DUNGA (10) - BELGIUM - MAR 12, 2008
2006 Bottle. amazing aroma combination of spice, caramel, thick creamy head, chocolate tasting, coffee, spicy, touches of bitterness... Great looking bottle, great beer, deserves to be a trappist... Second only to 2005 Struise Pannepot and Westvleteren 12 IMO...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gueuzeisgod (113) - Graham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 11, 2008
OK- this beer is in the 100th percentile, so I have high expectations. 2006 bottle. A good hiss when popping the cap. Rich chesnut brown, not many yeast particulates. A slightly sour nose ala Rodenbach Grand Cru. Old fruit skins. Head collapses leaving only a wisp of lace. First taste is roasty black licorice followed by nice mild acidity backed up by malt sweetness but tails off very dry. Let it warm up a bit. Slightly brandyish. A delicious fireside sipper. Will revisit this one I’m sure.

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