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

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RATINGS: 1794   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.2   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2007 Deep burgundy body with noticeable jets of carbonation and a persistent rippled, foamy tan head. Aroma of nutmeg, anise, rum raisin, brown sugar, dark chocolate, and pepper. Sweet and delectable flavor with nice integration of clove, licorice, and pumpkin spice with pleasing dark malt and candy sugar. Has a plum-skin character with a light edge of acidity. Velvety body with soft, mouth-filling carbonation. This is an undeniably well-crafted and creative beer, but could be out-of-this-world with a little more attenuation.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
badgerben (4385) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 30, 2007
2006 Bottle. Pours pretty much black with a thick, tan, frothy head. Wow... the aroma is just sadistically good. Dry malt along with very light cloves and cinnamon. It almost smells like a Christmas ale in the making! Insanely complex taste... It’s got some sweet malt rounded out with a mild yet very obvious spice. I’m not sure I’d stick with my cloves statement, but think wintery spices, not corriander and "typical" Belgian spices. Cardamom? Some yeast, but not overpowering. It may be the description influencing me, but almost salty? Holy damn is this a fine freakin brew!!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - JAN 30, 2007
Bottle from The_Epeeist, thanks a ton!! Malty, vinuous aroma with just a hint of sourness. Very dark brown with a monster tan head. Medium to full palate is extremely smooth. Big brown sugar taste with yeasts flavors and a great malt backbone. This is an excellent brew.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TomDecapolis (4427) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JAN 30, 2007
2006 Bottle. Gusher! Pours a deep brown with some hints of amber when held to the light. Head was large, foamy, deep tan that left lots of sticky lacing. Aroma of dark fruits, brown sugar, cherry, caramel, hints of honey and alcohol. Flavors of dark fruits, roasted malts, sweet yet creamy with tingling carbonation. Some molasses, cherry, some spices, sugary, some chocolate, burnt caramel. Also picking up some of the yeast in the flavor. Just a ton going on in the flavor and even the aroma. I would be interested in finding out what they use to spice this beer.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DocLock (7703) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2007
Bottle from State Line. Pours burnt sienna with huge 3-finger head that gets fluffier at the repour. The aroma is heavy figgy fruit, brown sugary malt, slight band-aid, cherry, blackberry, plum...extremely complex aroma. The palate is rich, very complex, and very well balanced, with flavors of spicy scotch aley malt, a soluid dose of brown sugar and figs, some molasses, blackberry, and cherry. The repour is thicker, with tons of floating yeasty and malty goodness. I’d pay hansomely for the original version, but this one is astounding!!!!!! Get me some more!!!!!!!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2007
Upon opening foam poured out of the bottle. Huge dense creamy light tan head. Dark brown opaque color. Aroma of dark fruits, plum and raison. The flavor explodes in your mouth overwhelming the senses with dark fruits and a caramel sweetness. I can practicaly chew this beer. This is belgian brewing at its finest.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JAXSON (526) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2007
’06 bottle purchased for $8.00. Dark brown with a very thick, long-lasting head (I expected this beer to be a blonde, too bad). Really nice full, warm palate with figs and spices, and a little sweetness on the finish. A little too much carbonation. Really nice overall.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Linc (737) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 27, 2007
Sweet and spicy, beautiful full palate, with that marshmallow softness that comes from a really big Belgian ale. Sweet taste with dried fruit and caramel. Nicely balanced with a great depth of flavour.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - JAN 27, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2008 Intense rich malty aroma with hints of dried fruit and vanilla and cinnamon. Dark dark brown with frothy head. Bottle frothed over when opened. Thick cream syrup mouthfeel is immediately evident. Sweet carmel and malt flavors balanced by bitter chocolate, vanilla, and spices. Light woodiness, caramel, cloves, brown sugar and liquorice. An intense mouthfeel, well carbonated and rich with a long duration and slightly alcoholic finish. Almost explodes on the palate. Very satisfying. Excellent overall.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cornfield (5437) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JAN 26, 2007
The body is a dark brown with a thick head of tightly packed small bubbles. The head thins very slowly and does a crusty sort of lacing. The aroma is spicy, full of dark dried fruits, some burnt, with anise, a little roasted barley, and a touch of chocolate. The flavor is chock full of things - dark caramel, prunes & raisins, licorice, alcohol, a slight citric sourness, cinnamon, chocolate, pepper, a suggestion of pineapple - lots of things, all smoothly blended together into a kickass flavor bomb. Despite the detectability of the alcohol, it doesn’t come across that strongly until ingested and the body begins to warm. The finish is warm, sweet/sour, and sticky. Very, very good.

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