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


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RATINGS: 2139   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 ĎPannepots,í or fishing boats, that could be seen along the coast, and the unique dark ale enjoyed by the local fishermen. Our Old Fishermanís 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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AmEricanbrew (6731) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - MAY 10, 2008
Chestnut with a light brown head. Malty sweet, earthy candi sugar aroma reminds me of Rochefort 10. Smooth and lightly carbonated. Nice burnt caramel/toffee flavor with some earthy spices that i canít place. Has a lingering burnt, brown sugar earthiness. Itís like eating a perfectly toasted campfire marshmellow. Worthy of praise.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hank1980 (966) - Athens, Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2008
2006 bottle. Pours a deep brown with a big tan head. Lots of heavy lacing. Aroma of fruit (grapes/wine and plums), spice, caramel, and light alcohol. Taste is very nice with a little more spice. A great belgian ale. Finish is very smooth with a good balance of moderate carbonation, alcohol, and spice. Glad I was able to trade for this; thanks mcbackus!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 10, 2008
Pours a dark brown with a very thick tan head. Nice aroma of dark fruit, caramel, and some spices. Seems very creamy and hides the 10% very well. I thought it was much better then the Rochefort 10 I had earlier tonight. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 9, 2008
Pours a dark reddish brown color with a dreamy off-white head and streams of lacing. Aroms is dark fruit, caramel, toffee, grape. Taste is about the same, with maybe a hint of chocolate. Very complex but a great sipper that hides the alcohol well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Juelze (1144) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 9, 2008
Trade from Ross, thanks man! Pours a dark brown color with light brown creamy head. Aroma is dark fruit, molassess, caramel, allspice, nutmeg and anise. Taste is the same with more of the dark fruit and belgian spice showing through. Itís creamingly smooth with little evidence alcohol. This is right up there with Rochefort 10.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 8, 2008
2006 bottle. Holy aroma! Like Christmas in a glass. Gingerbread, allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon and anise. Dark and very opaque in colour. Wonderful mouthfeel, very creamy and silky smooth.Very well executed. After drinking for awhile everything does become just slightly too much. Donít know if I could drink this all night, but itís certainly not intended as a session brew. Nice layers of complexity throughout. A great sipper and perfect after-dinner brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WinoInTraining (109) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - MAY 5, 2008
Dark as midnight on a moonless night. Seductive and layerd. Nose: coco, cherry, tootsie roll, tropical, oh yeah! Palate: deep and dark, cranberry/banana bread. Super layered. Integrated alcohol. Well done!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2008
pitch black with tan head. incredibly complex flavor of raisons, toffeee, caramal with some subtle alcohol complexity but very well tolerated. amazing beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
austone (1062) - Turku; Pori, FINLAND - MAY 4, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2010 2006 bottle. Dark brown with thick and big head. Amazing lace. Nose is coconut, pineapple, cherry wine, calvados, slightly port vinous and alcoholic. Quite exotic. Flavor has dried fruits, ripe banana, port wine, almond, roasted malts and slight dash of hops. A bit of everything, but still somehow restrained. Strong, but warming alcohol. Bittersweet and tannic palate. Medium to full bodied, smooth enough carbonation. Sounds amazing, but overall a bit too alcoholic. So weíll meet again in a couple of years, some sunny day. (was 9 4 8 4 17)
Re-rate of the same vintage, 22 months later. Gushing bottle. Lots of earthy licorice, fermenting berries, even glue, booziness, candi sugar, pear and cellary yeast. A tad hollow, strongly carbonated palate. All over the place, this one failed big time. Scored 6 4 7 3 12, Iíll settle for something in the between.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MaltOMeal (1093) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - MAY 3, 2008
2006 bottle. Pours dark with huge tan head. Great lacing. The smell was of bread, vinous fruit and spices. Taste was of spices, bread, vinous and other dark fruit. Mouthfeel was medium and very smooth with slight carbonation and slight bitterness up front, but not at the finish. This was complex waves of flavors and mouthfeel that was luxurious to the senses. Fantastic!

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