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
jalichio999 (502) - BRAZIL - NOV 30, 2007
Garrafa. Coloração preta/marrom, com creme bege razoável. Carbonatação alta. Encorpada. Complexa. Notas de malte torrado/caramelo, café e frutas vermelhas. Lembra Unibroue Trois Pistoles. Álcool presente, mas bem inserido. Idem quanto ao amargor. Sedimentos no fundo. Baita cerveja!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brianprentiss (681) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 28, 2007
beautiful ale, lasting wonderful taste and smell. from bottle, brick store pub, decatur, ga.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (11790) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 28, 2007
Bottle poured a hazy reddish brown with a large lasting amber head. Aromas of carmel, spice, fruitiness, light choclate and a hint of vanilla. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, spice, fruitiness and light cocoa with a smooth lingering spiced finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - NOV 27, 2007
11.2 oz bottle, with Trooper11 in lovely Groton, CT. Gushed a bit - pours a murky brown with a dense, creamy, light brown head. Sweet and spicy nose, dark fruits and molasses, caramel and allspice. Warms even as you take the aroma in. Medium bodied, smooth satin mouthfeel. Spicy date and plum, some fig, a bit of booze. A light woodiness is noted, particularly toward the finish. Simply excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2007
Number 400 with my friend Immy in Groton CT. 11.2 oz bottle. Use caution when opening, not very cold yet lost a bit on the counter due to unexpected gush. Pours a dark dark brown with dense growing tan head. Very complex yet inviting aroma of molasses, plums, brown sugar and other dark fruit. Alcohol aroma very apparent telling you to proceed with caution. Heavy body, dark fruit and molasses flavor, like a heavy syrup for your flap jacks. Definitely want to take your time and enjoy this beauty. Sip slowly, nice brown sugar aftertaste, the alcohol is warming on this cold Connecticut night yet is smooth and easy to drink. Very impressive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dkoonce (911) - People’s Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2007
Bottle, 2006. Pours a deep, dark brown, with a thick tan head that fades slowly. Mostly chocolate aroma, with alcohol, malt, molasses and hops as well. Rich and creamy, with definite chocolate flavors. Sweet and long finishing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Haslinger (891) - The World of Beer, Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2008 Big props to IlanMan for bringing me this back from Denmark. Poured a dark chocolate brown. One of the best beers I have ever tasted. Very dessert like beer. Tasted like chocolate and maple/ Very very good

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 24, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2009 2006 bottle. appearance: very active (despite sitting still in my basement for 9+ months), pours dark brown, but large khaki head of very fine bubbles that lasts forever. aroma: licorice(?), chocolate fudge cake, carrot cake. tastes great, a lot of body, very creamy, chocolate mousse, molasses, moderate chocolate sweetness; "dessert in a bottle" is apt. Sturdy warm alcohol backbone, without being boozy, along with a fabulous wood note in the finish as it warms up. Something incredibly distinctive about this beer; I haven’t found anything else at all similar yet.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beaver (1510) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2007
11.2 oz bottle, dated 2006. Pours a dark brown with a huge fizzy light tan head that retains well and laces the glass. This is darker and has more carbonation than the Danish version.

The aroma is very subdued. Light chocolate malts and a little dark fruit, leather and alcohol.

The flavor is smooth rich chocolate malts and some dark fruit with some alcohol and enough bitterness to balance it and give it a dry finish. Some spices come out as it warms. The mouthfeel is medium with sparkly carbonation.

Overall, a nice dessert beer. I think I prefer the Danish version slightly - it’s a little more complex. I do like the decadent flavors of this version a little more though even though they are not as complex. The aroma in this one was not very present compared to the Danish. And this one is thinner. While both are dessert type beers, they are quite a bit different.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaxxDaddy (415) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 18, 2007
Bottle, 2006 version, for the BIG 100 (not to mention #500 for this beer)!! It only took me about a year and a half, but I finally made it. Thanks to everyone I’ve traded with for the awesome brews along the way. Of course, big ups to the NY/NJ metro crew, for welcoming me into the cool kids club and having good times with good brews. Let’s get on to rating, shall we? Pours dark brown with a monstrous off-white head. A bit darker than the Danish variety, and exactly the opposite in the head department. Aroma was big on the malts; caramel and dark fruits. I also thought I caught a bit of smoke in there; was not expecting that. Taste was very sweet as well, caramel and raisins as the major players. I didn’t pick up as much spice as the other version. Sticky mouthfeel with a fruity, sweet finish. While certainly a very good beer, I can’t say I was blown away, which i guess is a weird thing to say about a 4.0 beer, but there you have it.

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