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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dmradus (227) - Ithaca, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2008
Bottle from Ebenezer’s, Lovell, Maine. An intensely unique beer - I’ve had nothing like it. Dark brown with red highlights, overwhelming, fine-bubbled tan head, great lacing - absolutely beautiful. Strong fruit and spice aroma: sweetness from plums and raisins predominant, a slight tinge of light toffee. Some great clove and licorice complexity. Taste is much the same, with lingering spice and fruit overlaying an intensely sweet (but not cloying) malt backbone. Brown sugar and caramel balance clove and nutmeg. Slightly tannic or winey presence that really takes hold in the Danish version (which I prefer). Really no alcohol presence whatsoever. Nicely thick mouthfeel despite a good deal of very fine but very fierce carbonation. Great, great beer both objectively and just as a testament to some very unique, wonderful brewing from Struise.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - JAN 29, 2008
330 ml. euro bottle, notched lot reference along the right side of the label, sampled in a tulip glass. L: Lusciously deep dark woody brown with a robust tan head of tight creamy foam that leaves behind a good deal of curtain-like lace, an appealing start. S: Clove licorice, figs, prunes, raisins, over ripened dark cherries, dark candied sugars, coconut shavings, herbs and spices, a rich and complex nose that is full of delectable scents. F&T: Alcoholic, but malt chewy, firm carbonation gives the moderate body a nice creaminess. Delicious tasting, caramel and brown sugar, licorice, burnt dark malts, figs, dates, prunes, cherries, woody nuttiness, spices and herbs, the flavors just go on and on. Finishes dry with lingering tastes of spice, medicinal herbal alcohol and candied sugars. A delightfully pleasant, easy sipping quadrupel, the perfect warming libation for a subzero wind chill winter night.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BillKismet (3780) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 26, 2008
Deep, rich, august mahogany with stately lush head. Beautiful nose full of sweet yeast, perhaps some spice, banana, and tinge of cinnamon. Simply a panoply of amazing aromas. Luscious body amazes upon the moment it touches the lips and palate--setting off an explosion of pleasurable sensory receptors. Light marsala with some yeastiness. Lots of residual winey sugars as well as notes of spice with a slight dank finish. Exceptional stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BitchesBrew (715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 26, 2008
[bottle consumed at Ebenezer’s Pub] Opened with a powerful eruption.. then poured a nice dark brown color, almost clear, topped with a dense tan head. Aroma is fruity and dark-- plums, sugar, mild yeast character. Dense, deeply complex flavors. Rich malts, date sugar, plum, raisin and chocolate. Slightly warming in the finish, but overall extremely smooth. Outstanding!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GaltScat (195) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 25, 2008
Muddy brown in color, tan head. Fantastic combination of fruit, cake, fruitcake, gingerbread, and chocolate. This is a full round of desserts in a single glass. Ridiculously easy to drink, no signs of the alcohol, creamy body slides down the gullet.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexanderj (3524) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JAN 24, 2008
2006 bottle courtesy of golubj; purchased in NY. Poured a dark brown with a short lasting light brown head. Really good aroma of chocolate, dark fruit, caramel with only minimal spicing. Flavor was less than spectacular as it needed some time to warm up. Once it did, it was a complex and great tasting beer. Alcohol well hidden. Really let this one warm up and enjoy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BelgianBeerGal (3716) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2008
2004 33cl bottle from Deca. Very flavourful beer. Poured very dark and cloudy with a roasted aroma. A bit of spice and nutmeg in the taste. Not my favourite type of bier (I’m not a fan of nutmeg) but definitely unique.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
doubleipa (224) - Georgia, USA - JAN 23, 2008
’06 - Plum, prune, tawny port, ginger aromas. Wimpy quarter inch, light brown head. Hazy. Not very powerful aroma, but could detect many different aromas, though. THere was even a bit of a sour note to this one; may be due to it being an ’06, but that realy shouldn’t be the case. Nice alcohol warmth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hombrepalo (1971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2008
UPDATED: APR 8, 2008 2006 bottle 33cl or 11.2 oz. Lots of CO2, poured a dark almost stouty looking beer with lots of dark brown head into a goblet. This reminds me of a St. bernardus 12 but with more carbonation and noticable carmel / fruit flavors. Somewhat of a toffe plum aftertaste, bold yet smooth. This is quite the beer, glad to have found this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TrefwoordPunk (900) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JAN 21, 2008
2006 bottle, 33 cl. After opening the beer almost exploded and gushed out of the bottle and I lost about 20% of my beer. The beer pours brown with no head (others do state a head, what’s wrong with my bottle?) The Aroma is spicey, sweet with lots of ripe fruits, toffee and bitter hops. nice spicey and bitter finish. Great beer but where’s the head?

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