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


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RATINGS: 1999   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 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mkofron (155) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 19, 2007
Brown body with large brown head. Sweet spicy aroma of cocoa, ginger, vanilla... Smooth, very rich on the tongue..Thanks to mad_scotsman for the bottle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
surffisher (198) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 18, 2007
2006 bottle. Pours deep, dark, clear brown with ruby highlights up to the light (second pour from lower half of bottle was cloudier) and a strong tan head that subsides rather quickly. Aroma is sweet and rich; malty with figs/dark fruits, banana, peat and some spice - maybe nutmeg - and a touch of chocolate. Flavor profile is similar and dominated by sweet dark candied fruits with some spice and sour yeastiness. Finishes nicely dry. Swirling out some of the fizz helps moderate a high carbonation that I felt interfered somewhat. Otherwise, mouthfeel is medium and quite smooth. Nice alcohol warmth, but otherwise not really noticeable. A nicely done beer, but didnít blow me away as much as I had anticipated and hoped. The aroma was wonderful, but the flavors didnít quite come together for me. Iíve got another bottle cellared and look forward to revisiting this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GriffinAvenue (396) - Winchester, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 17, 2007
Bottle. Brown-sugar brown coloring. Light brown abbey sudsy-foam that dissipates slowly. Sweet, malty-toffee, spicy, chili powder. Incredibly smooth delivery. Very pleasing and worth another try. And another. And another.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
cab (866) - DENMARK - AUG 17, 2007
Beer night with Dedollewaitor. Aroma is very strong, with lots of dried figs, wild berries with complex malty flavors that include chocolate,

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 16, 2007
Tasted 8/8/07. 330ml bottle. Big pour. Thick pour. Pitch brown hue. Thick tan ring. Cinnamon spicy nose. Apples and raisins, plums and caramel. Ginger. Wonderful aromas! Rolling aromas. Fizzy and highly carbonated. Too zesty. Its got that 7Up-ness effervescence. The citrus notes are dominating the potentially smooth caramel candy malts. Big corriander. I know Iím in the minority, but it was just too lively for me to truly appreciate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - AUG 15, 2007
Bottle. Pours black with amber highlights and a light brown head. The aroma is molasses and syrup, with caramel, light spiciness, mild bubblegum, and fruity also making it to my nose. The flavor is bitter chocolate, light brown sugar, fruit, and very faint bubblegum. Acidity puts and edge on the middle; chocolate finishes it off and lingers into the aftertaste. Some alcohol warmth comes across after swallowing, but is otherwise undetected. This is a well-crafted brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DruncanVeasey (7712) - NUNEATON, TOP, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2008 2006 ívintageí 330ml bottle. Impenetrable stouty pour with silky beige suds going nowhere. Wafts of chocolate, ginger, cinnamon, anise, rum, fruitcake, strawberry..... Velvety, fruity, spicy and luxurious. Liquid silk the texture of double cream. Twiglety yeast, liquorice, raisins, sweet spice with a lip-smacking cocoa roastiness balancing things out. Malty, mellow and lingering. Burnt but berryish. Cocoa, vanilla and chiccory dusted with teasing spice. Absolutely not the slightest trace of alcohol whatsoever. Honest. One of those beers you just donít want to end. A narcotic glowing marshmallow hammer of a beer. Can it get any better? (Re-rate, 04/05/08) How to pour an í06 vintage? To avoid heartbreak, stand it in a full-size Hoegaarden glass, prise the top, and let it pour itself. Dribble-making aroma of soggy xmas pudding fruit, brandy, liquorice, Westy-like nutty choc, roasty malt, strawberry...mouth has all of that with more LIQUORICE, sticky dark fruits, milky chocolate smoothness, numb/tingling hands. Treacley liquorice balance, chalk, faint cocoa roast. Way too much black cherry/strawberry (boiled) sweetness than is decent, but itís pointless fighting it. Liqueur-like silk, segment of choc orange, sneaking ginger. Had every intention of down-rating this, but I canít do it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 13, 2007
Bottle at Stone. Dark brown with a fluffy light tan head. Caramel and sweet pice aroma: nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves with some chocolate notes. Sweet chocolate, caramel. nutmeg, and cloves taste with some roasty notes to the finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - AUG 13, 2007
TRUMP! Ok, now weíre talkiní. That Danish version doesnít hold a candle to this one. First off the color is mahogany brownish and totally opaque. A huge plume of froth is forthcoming and it just sits there like a well trained dog. As the froth reduces it leaves behind a sticky, clumpy lace w/ a full canopy. Perfection. This is what Iím talking about. The aroma is so much more aromatic. I can smell the sweet malts but also the carrot cake spice, Angostura bitters, and dusty Belgian granite. Full viscous nectar w/ ample residual effers that expand on impact creating a cottonous creamy texture. Upfront the brew is direct and to the point. A huge malty backbone supports an abundance of mildy sweet caramel, gingerbread, clove, licorice, mint, cocoa, cola, herbs, and holiday cheer. An abundance of spice is not offensive at all. Theres and defined bittering that balances all this out and leaves a snappy parchment on the palate. The finish is long and mildy sweet w/ the same spice kick in the ass but the bittering is what sets this one apart. The palate is left dry and ready to go on. This is a brew worthy of itís attention. I concure capín. Highly recommended. Blows the Danish version away!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mtdshn (173) - Moline, Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2007
Bottle, courtesy of gottalottaibu - thanks Alex! Pours a very dark brown with a tan head that lingers throughout the glass. Aromas of cedar, nutmeg, horehound, licorice, beet sugar, a little plum, raisin, and some dark roasted malt. Taste is very herbally, with mostly cedar, licorice and horehound. Not at all sweet in my opinion. Has some cabernet characteristics to it. Outstanding.

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