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


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RATINGS: 1949   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.2   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - AUG 11, 2007
A gift from Santa (i think , I moved at the same time & I got gifts from others as well including RBSG 2007) Anyway a true delight to find in the move, and delicious with a huge rapidly dissapating active head. Tastes like rum raisen bourbon would--if they make such a thing. It is so tasty you regret swallowing...smooth warming finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
juiceisloose (1055) - Windermere, Florida, USA - AUG 11, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2008 2006 bottle. This poured a very deep mahogany color with a huge frothy tan head that is very well retained. The head seemed neverending and left it’s lacing all the down the glass as it diminished slowly. The aroma is so complex that is hard to pick out all the flavors. Sweet dark fruits, berries, caramel, sweet malts, and chocolate come to mind. The flavor is very sweet as well with caramel, dark fruits, chocolate and vanilla all swirling around. The alcohol hides itself nicely in the background as all the flavors just dance on the tongue. Full bodied and creamy all the way through. The spices are left behind with every sip in a subtle way with the sweetness pulling you back for more each time. An awesome beer in every sense of the word. One of the best belgian beers around and certainly lives up to it’s rating.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dedollewaitor (14423) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 11, 2007
Dark brown with creamy brown lasting head & really nice lacings. Aroma is WAUW - Brown sugar, dark malts, Fruits - figs/prunes etc. - real Belgium complexity. Strong taste - filling mouthfeel - light warmth. Surprisingly little alcohol flavor. A bit highly carbonated. Long finish!!!!!! Up there with the best!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JohnnyJ (4785) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 10, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2008 2006 bottles. Side by side tasting with Pannepøt. Pours a dark reddish brown with nice creamy tan head. The head on this one is much better than on the Pannepøt. Aroma of plum, dark fruit, berry, a bit of chocolate and caramel, and spice. Aroma is sweeter than that of Pannepøt, which is dryer and a bit more dried fruit. Awesome flavors of sweet caramel malts, brown sugar, complex dark fruit, and a bit of chocolate. This is a great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - AUG 9, 2007
Pours out a dark brown with a huge tan head. aroma is very yeasty with a large amount of malt in it. Flavor is sweet and rather spicy. this is a fantastic brew. Had in a blind taste test.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - AUG 8, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2008 Dark Mahogany pour, big almond head. Aroma is dark fruits and candi sugar. Basically this is obviously the same beer as the Pannepøt but the flavor are so much more pronounced. Dark berries bigtime, chocolate, carame, candi sugarl and molasses. The carbonation being bigger than the Pannepøt helps so much more, it brings out so much flavor. More belgian spicy yeast is introduced, more chocolate and more berries, well more everything. Full mouthfeel the high carbonation is excellent and I love this beer. I’m glad I stocked up.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cobra (1100) - - AUG 4, 2007
11.2 oz. brown, longneck bottle. 2006 batch. Cryptic date code on side label. Poured out a deep opaque brown, same color as Guinness Stout. It has a massive mocha colored head. Leaves a sticky lace down the sides of the glass. Aromas are of alcohol, spices, strong malts, slightly yeasty too. Flavors are of spiced rum, fruitcake, coffee, dark dried fruits. Rich mouthfeel, almost chewy. Alcoholic burn when swallowed. Needs some serious aging. Finished slightly sweet & very warming. Good beer overall.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
smhncabot (310) - Cabot, Arkansas, USA - AUG 2, 2007
pours the color of cola with moderate khaki head. aroma is spicy with cinnamon, brown sugar, banana, toffee, chocolate, some coffee and a little alc and allspice. taste is very sweet with cinnamon, apple (kinda like apple pie), brown sugar, molasses, and some toffee. good spicy finish. tasty desert beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
shigadeyo (3147) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2009
2006 Vintage

7/12/2007: The first time that I had Struise Pannepot was after Dark Lord Day 2007 during the tasting that evening at the hotel. I remember it being light brown in color, somewhat fruity, and very spicy. I didn’t like it very much. However, this time the experiece was completely different and so much better... Struise Pannepot pours a very dark brown color with a diminishing foamy brown head. The aroma is caramelized malt, a hint of Belgian fruitiness and banana, and some smoke. The sweet, malty flavor also has some dark fruits, spice and smoke. There is some alcohol and char in the finish as well. It feels thick and vineous on the palate. This beer is so complex that it really must be opened and enjoyed on its own and not during a tasting. This is one of those beers that is just wonderful and packed full of so many unique flavors and meld together for create and excellent beer. I can’t wait to have this again. Next time I will do a side-by-side tasting between the regular Pannepot (this one) and the Danish version (Pannepøt)...

11.2 fl. oz. bottle (10% Alc/Vol.; PNP No. 4) shared by tish. Thank you so much Tish! I appreciate it! Rating #422 for this beer. Score: 8/4/9/4/18=4.3
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2006 Vintage

12/04/2008: Pannepot looks murky. It is brown in color with a small ivory-colored collar. It has a Merlot/Shiraz-like aroma with some creamy tanins coming out. This beer tastes like weak port, sweet grapes, and has lots of caramel and a dry finish. It has a medium-full body with a smooth, mellow, and creamy texture.

11.2 fl. oz. bottle (10% alc./vol.). Total Score: 8/3/8/4/16=3.9

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (7048) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 31, 2007
[476-20070728] 11.2floz (Vintage 2006, c/o ducttape, w/ him, jerc). Sweet currant and brandy-soaked Christmas pudding aroma with toasted bread malt notes. Brown black body with a medium-lasting foamy tan head. Boozy sweet brandy flavour with dried fruit currant and roasted malt. Full body does not hide the alcohol. Not very beer-like, this is overly rich and more like brandy.

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