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


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RATINGS: 2000   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.19   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jzzbassman (1525) - Arlington, Texas, USA - SEP 11, 2007
Rated "blind" back to back with Pannepøt. This was the second and much more complex. In a Gulden Draak glass, it took forever to pour, wiht a large bubbled tan head. Fruity and spicy aroma, with a tinge of leather and molasses. Chocolate malty front, with hints of macadamia and fig.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - SEP 9, 2007
Thanks Tim! Trappist glass. Dark brown with red tints and a two fingered khaki head. Aroma is malty, with bananas, spice (something from chinese 5 spice), dark fruits, and a mild roastiness. Taste, initially, is dark fruit, rich maltiness, spice, raisins & prunes, cinnamon? clove? vanilla and a touch of alcohol followed by a strong clovey flavor, more dark fruits, some chocolate, and more of everything. Very complex. Seems strongly spiced, but not over the top. Incredible complexity of flavor. Great mouthfeel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
cgarvieuk (17649) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 9, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2015 Deep brown ... Deep fruity malts ... light touch of meatyness in nose ... Very simelar malt fruit richness to the Reserva ... possibly a touch rougher but very well balanced .. sft fruits and a toch fruiter than reserva I found this and the Reserva to be very slighly different making each distict but could not seperte them as one better than the other. These two beers were my top choice in an eveing that included Narke Kaggen, Westvltern 12 and Nogne Dark Horizon so truly a stunning beer. Id also like to thank Carlo for the bottle. dark brown ... thin dark tan head ... sweet rich dark vineous fruits ... dark suger nose ... rich sweet dark plums ... light treacle ... soft roast malts ... light green raisins ... wonderful bottle at home drunk 0611 ... 2007 dark brown ... sweet rich toffee treacle ... light sour nose ... lost half the bottle as it gushed :-( ... dark fruits ... big sweetness .... plum and raisins ... dark sugers ... treacle ... nice 4.3 2008 deep brown ... vine nose ... deep fruits ... chewy malts ... rich malts ... bottle at home 2008 ... deep brown ...soft toffee roast ... dark fruits ... chocolaty ... mellow roast ... dark fruits ... plums and treacle bottle 2010 ... drunk dec 2012 ... soft juicy rich raisins ... plums ... dark malt nose ... chocoilate ... dark fruits ... bottle at home 2010 ... soft sweet toffee roast ... soft fruits ... dry sweet malts .. soft toffee fruits ... soft malts ... soft plums and figgs ... sweet roast ... ligth mellow malts ... sweet fruits ... soft sweet fruits ... juicy malts ... soft fruits ... mellow malts 4.5 bottle at home 2006 version drunk sept 2014 ... deep brpown ... thin tan lacing ... dark sour berries ... little fizzy ... dark fruits ... dark malts ... soft tofee fruits ... oily fruits ... light cardboard .. dark woody malts ... 4.2 Bottle at home feb 2015, 2010 version, deep black. Thin tan lacing... Dark sweet malts nose... Dark malts... Sweet roast fruit.. Soft berries... Soft sweet malts... Light spice.. Light blackcurrant... Rich malts heavy roast... Sweet fruits 4.3 Bottle at home May 2015 ... 2010 version ... dark brown ... thin tan lacing ... soft sweet berries ... sofft sweet malt nose .. soft dry fruits .. woody malts .. soft berries fruit ... juicy fruits ... 4.0

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - SEP 8, 2007
Had this many times but I think the first bottle came from Degarth. Pours cloudy and looks like it is full of soogy corn flake crumbs..yummy. Nose is, ahhh let me see, lots of those wonderful aromas from the yeast strains that the belgians seem to come up with. Notes of raisins, bananas, some funk-a-rific spice that you wouldn’t know how to cook with if you had it in your spice rack. A true masterpiece compared to so many lousy BSA’s that somehow make it to the store shelf.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TrevorFloyd (309) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 7, 2007
Careful when you open - mine erupted like a geyser, and my counter top may have gotten more than I did. First thing I notice is the palate - incredibly soft. The flavors are great, dark and complex but not overbearing. Lots of chocolate, some mild spice, maybe some molasses and fruit that quickly fades. Interesting and tasty, but a but pricey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jan Primus (160) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 5, 2007
This might be a great beer but for me it was a very strange brew. It was sweet and spicy, but seemed unbalanced...maybe it was too young since many of the big Belgians need some age. Perhaps I was upset at this beer for exploding when openned and making my hands sticky...I will have to re-visit this one sometime down the road.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
danglefruit (8) - Waldo, Ohio, USA - SEP 4, 2007 does not count
My wife brought me home a bottle of this unexpectingly, and now its become a staple in our house. Be careful with these, because if you pop one thats room temperature, the carbonation will literally spray. I’m usually not a big belgian drinker, but this stuff is gold. Gorgeous dark brown color with a fizzy, highly carbonated look. The head is thick and and chewy, but disolves quickly. Sweet smell, fruity, raisiny, molasses-esque. Very complex without taking a sip yet. Upon that sip, very VERY complex. Sweet but not overbearing with a good warm kick at 10%. The high abv is noticeable, but not in a bad way. Very soft and complex, and easily drinkable. I could go through quite a few of these, but they aren’t that cheap either. HIGHLY recommended!!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2655) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - SEP 2, 2007
Upon opening, it gushed from the bottle, and poured very fizzily into the glass, producing a large brown head that faded somewhat quickly. Dark brown in color, and it left a heavy lacing. Aroma was deep chocolate with fruitiness wafting in and out, notes of raisins, plums, something vaguely tropical, and perhaps a lactic component that troubled me in conjunction with the gushing. Initial flavor did seem to possess a mild tartness, but it eventually seemed to give way in favor of a rich slightly roasted chocolatiness, sweet molasses and brown sugar, with dark rummy alcoholic like tingles, and gentle fruitiness of perhaps banana and raisin. There’s a spiciness here that I can’t identify, it comes across as a general yeastiness. Soft mouthfeel, it doesn’t hide its alcohol strength but doesn’t beat you with it either. One of the most complex beers I’ve had in too long a time.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bobaidan (529) - Southington, Connecticut, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2007 Pours dark molasses color with a medium brown head. Aroma is dried fruit, bread and a touch of alcohol. Has a nice full mouth feel. The Flavor is outstanding with a perfect blend of sweet fruit, bread, spice and alcohol. A very nice roasted flavor comes in late. This is definitely a wow beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2011
Name: Pannepot Old Fisherman’s Ale
Date: April 05, 2006
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting
Vintage: 2004
Appearance: opaque burnt orange, whispy beige head
Aroma: sweet fruitcake aroma with lots of fruits and bread character
Body: big body
Flavor: rich complex flavor, nice sweetness

Name: Pannepot Old Fisherman’s Ale
Date: April 05, 2006
Vintage: 2005
Appearance: opaque brown, thin fine beige head
Aroma: sweet alcoholic aroma with a touch of fruit
Flavor: rich sweet fruity flavor, nice complexity, well balanced alcohol character

Date: February 21, 2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting
Vintage: 2006
Appearance: muddy brown, huge creamy beige head, nice lace
Aroma: huge spicy aroma with a musty character
Flavor: big sweet chocolate and dark caramel flavor, good balancing spicyness, would age very well

Name: Pannepot Old Fisherman’s Ale
Date: March 12, 2007
Vintage: 2006
Appearance: dark red, frothy beige head, lots of lace
Aroma: light sweet chocolate aroma with peppery spices
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor with lots of ripe dark fruits, lots of sweetness

Date: June 09, 2007
Mode: bottle
Source: Noog 3D
Vintage: 2006
picking up cinnamon and allspice in the big spicy aroma along with rich ripe dark fruit,

Name: Pannepot Old Fisherman’s Ale
Date: July 22, 2007
Mode: bottle
Source: roadtrip
Vintage: 2006
Appearance: pours with a huge creamy tan head, lots of solid lace
Aroma: dry chocolate aroma with light spicyness
Body: creamy body
Flavor: lots of rich chocolate flavor, the spicyness comes out as it warms
Overall: the creamy body and rich chocolate combine to form a rich milkshake, only a trace of the fruity character found in the danish version

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.9/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *** /4

Date: January 08, 2011
Mode: draft
Source: the porter atlanta
Vintage: 2009
Appearance: opaque dark brown with ruby edges, fine beige head, streaks of drippy lace
Aroma: drier dark fruit aroma, touch of caramel sweetness
Flavor: sweet fruity flavor, light phenolic spicyness, touch of chocolate, sweet dark fruits show up at the bottom of the glass

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 4/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *** /4

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