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


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RATINGS: 1936   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.19   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cmycoskie (23) - Georgia, USA - JUN 17, 2007
I was at Delerium bar in Brussels when I tried this. I actually didn’t buy it, but I made friends quickly with a buy beside me after I saw he ordered it. When it got to him I tricked him into me getting the first sip. Really damn good, I almost stole the bottle and ran off. But I could see he wasnt a beer enthusiast so I resisted so that he could try one one of the best beers in the world.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 16, 2007
Poured dark brown with a nice solid head that laced well. Had an initial funky aroma followed by a touch of licorice (I think). Another thing that struck me with this beer was that it was so smooth. Slightly on the sweet side, but just very well balanced. Full bodied, and amazing well contained given the abv. Great beer that I’d love to see exported to these shores.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
USFCycling (14) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 15, 2007
WOW is all i can say about this beer. It is by far my favorite beer under 10 bucks. Pours a lot of foam, but a very dark color. great aroma, almost like the world wide stout by dogfish head! I find the flavor very spicy and almost cinnamon or ginger like. A nice Dry, smoky finish. Great beer, definately a must try!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheEpeeist (3445) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2007
11.2 oz bottle. Need to open this carefully. Dark chocolate brown pours almost all foam. Settles to a pudding-like tan skin with lacy spots. Suds continue to rise from the half-empty bottle. It’s alive! Plum pudding opens the lush nose that also offers toffee, cinnamon and woody rum. As creamy and rich as it appears with fluffy, but restrained, carb. Caramel mocha latte and candied orange peel with vinous alcohol. Dry oaky finish with lightly bitter cloves. A touch boozy but still outstanding. Should get even better with age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - JUN 13, 2007
2006 bottle, courtesy of drewbeerme (thanks!), pours a dark and dense brown with a fizzy tan head, good lacing. Yeasty aroma of spice, bread, dark dried fruits, and some molasses. Flavor is more of the same, with some additional sweetness, but not overdone. Palate is creamy but somewhat carbonated, which can be a bit distracting. Overall, a very well done Belgian Strong.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Suttree (5355) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 11, 2007
Muddy Brown, thin ring of foam - not a particularly pretty beer. But everything else is spot on. Complex and enticing aroma of fresh baked bread, honey and molasses and even some ginger bread, too. Smooth and creamy palate. Rich and almost decadent flavor of honey, molassess, nutmeg and ginger, Much more than the sum of its parts.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jvittorio4187 (255) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - JUN 10, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2007 Bottle from mcbackus. Pours a deep brown with a humungous head! Head is off white color that just hold foever. Coffee, molases, huge fruit, toffee, sight chocolate on the nose. Massive fruit, toffee, chocolate, sweet malt, carmel, and molases on the palate. Heavy mouthfeel with a long finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Dedoulequeen07 (135) - london, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 10, 2007
First tasted 2 years ago at the low lands gathering when first bottled. Always one of my favorite choices when in Antwerp. Pours a delicous chcolate brown with a ruby tinge and slight tannish head. Rich aroma of mollasses, dates, figs, dark choclate and smokey burnt toffee. Extremely complex with lashings of candy malt, cocoa, mollasses, plums and dates bound by nutmeg and cloves with a smooth slightly brandy/port taste throughout. Fantatsically rich and smooth with a great full body. Always delightful. Carlo is a genius!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2007
Gushed all over my keyboard (surprised it still works). Pours a very opague dark red/brown with a head that nicely coats my computer desk. The aroma is spicy candied fruits and mild chocolate. The flavor is sugary chocolate with cherries, raisins, figs, dates, bananas, brown sugar, and molasses. Smooth mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
toncatcher (228) - Santee - SAN DIEGO, California, USA - JUN 4, 2007
Pours amber brown with a tan head. Aroma of candied cherries and sweet molasses. Flavors of smooth and sweet cherries and molasses. Someone told me that this is the best beer in the world.

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