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


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RATINGS: 2107   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Maria (10214) - Thisted, DENMARK - APR 1, 2008
Vintage 2006, enjoyed March 2008. It’s brown/black like a porter and the head is nice, huge, creamy and light brown. The aroma is vinous and complex with a light sweetness, notes of prunes, raisin, roasted malt, caramel and hints of licorice. The body is very full and nice, it has a light sweetness, notes of roasted malt, prunes, raisin, figs, caramel, hints of licorice and a very light bitterness. It’s very, very harmonic, complex and nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 30, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2008 Bottle at Uber-Tavern. This is absolutely the real deal. Bursting with raisin, fig, plum, date and dark caramel flavors. A great flavor effect, like coffee cake or a bread pudding crust. I can’t say more than what thousands already know. This beer will not disappoint.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 29, 2008
Richmond Industry Gathering 2007. Dark brown bdoy with a light brown head. Heavy spice and earthy aroma. Heavy spice flavor, with some belgian sugar. Medium light body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAR 28, 2008
11.2 oz bottle from BottleTrek.com. Two words sum up this beer...smooooth and creamy. Almost exploded out of the bottle, but pours mahogany. Very creamy head and aroma of dark fruit. Flavor is complex, I detected raisins, malt, vanilla, oak, etc. 10% alcohol? No way, never saw that coming. Unbelievable beer, this is one beer that deserves 100.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
CheersMate (1338) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - MAR 28, 2008
Coca-cola type appearance. Very nice appearance. I have never seen a beer this dark. I know there are a shitload of malts in this beer. The color is absolutely wonderful. There is no head to speak of. It was there and then faded away, almost too fast. There is a rather weak aroma, but when I do smell the beer it smells of raisins and caramel. I am a little upset with the potency of the aroma, but when i do smell the aroma it smells wonderful. Very malty. This thing is very thick and creamy for a belgian strong. This beer does not have a ton of carbonation like a lot of other Belgian Ales. The raisins, caramel, and malts are so tasty. Very sweet ale. The alcohol has a small bite at the end. This beer’s alcohol is hidden well. This is such a sweet beer, with a little dry taste. The aftertaste just lingers in your mouth. This is an exceptionally tasty Belgian Ale. This beer has a creamy texture, and I can definitely say this is one of my favortie Belgian Ales. The flavors just linger for so long. I have not tasted a beer like this in a while.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HenrikSoegaard (12930) - Randers, DENMARK - MAR 28, 2008
Bottle. Creamy lightbrown excellent mostly lasting head. Deep red-brown colour. Fruity nice moderate aroma. Powerfull fruity woody flavor. Prunes and vanilla and many more nice ingredients. Creamy palate. Long nice finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CapedBrewsader (265) - Brasschaat, BELGIUM - MAR 26, 2008
33cl. bottle: This has become a real classic with me. Pours very dark rich brown with a red luminescence. Tall medium-dark tan head that is somewhat creamy. Great head retention for a 10% ABV beer. Aroma of plums dominates over some brown sugar and spiced iced-tea with a malt background. Anise adds a bit of a sharpness that brings out some dark over-brewed tea. Something ashy that gives a fire-roasted note can be picked up now and then. Upon tasting you notice the ABV. Malt is a little more pronounced in the flavor but still gets dominated by brown sugar with intermingled dark fruits including black plums. Dark raisin and a wood note add some nice earthiness. Some tea-leaves that almost turn to tobacco run from the middle till the (almost overly>>) sweet alcoholic and almost woody finish.

   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 (1039) - 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.

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