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


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RATINGS: 1916   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.2   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2007
Rating #600! Bottle from Capone’s. Darkish brown with some espresso-like qualities and a big frothy head. Aroma is a tempting mix of sweet grapes, cinnamon, prune, dark cherry, and some earthy qualities. Flavor is of earthy grapes with dark fruits, licorice, caramel mixed in. Wow - kind of a more complex version of Chimay.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NachlamSie (2855) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 16, 2007
bottle, thanks Muenster! Pours a very dark brown with a tall, even tan head. The aroma is ever so slightly sour and very vinous. Notes of molasses, grapes, licorice, cloves, cardamom are detected. The flavor is weird, very unique.The focus drifts away from the sweetness in the aroma. It’s all about the spiced, vinous quality here. Suggestions of prunes, white wine, a little beef are here. The sweetness is much more residual, mainly detected on my lips more than on my actual tongue during the drink. Nice beer that is unlike any other one I’ve had before.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 16, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2007 Bottle, thanks to mgumby10, split with NachlamSie. Pours hazy chestnut brown with a one inch thick tan head, nice lacing too. Aroma is full of ripe and dark fruits, sweet caramel, Belgian spicy yeast, and alcohol. Flavor is a very spicy dark fruit assault, with minimal sweetness, highlighted by a nice carbonation. Finishes warm from the alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bleeng (1552) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - MAY 14, 2007
Bottle at Erasmus in Bruges. Totally opaque, small head, served very cold. Sweet, candy, spicy nose. Taste very sweet, candied, alcoholy, coffee, caramel. Compare to Westvleteren 8.Body weakens going down. Did not live up to expectations.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAY 13, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2009 Bottle thanks to Ughsmash. Pours cloudy deep brown with a huge head. Great retention and good lacing. Aroma of christmas-type spices, figs, brown sugar and plums. Sweeter taste, somewhat vinous and very warming. Full body. Complex taste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beachbum25 (1085) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - MAY 13, 2007
11.2 oz Bottle-Trade w/DragonStout. Pours out a dark reddish/purple/brown color w/ almost no head & good lacing. Strong, sweet Belgian floral/grape aroma. Rich complex flavor of grapes, figs, raisins, & cane sugar. Very complex, a lot of layers. Quite good, quite enjoyable. Alcohol is evedent, but not overpowering. Long, sweet, full finish, kind of like an after dinner aptiff. Thanks for this one!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2007
2006 Bottle at Coopers Seafood in Scranton, PA. For $6.50 this was a bargain! It reminds me of a velvet creme filled with nutmeg, figs, dates, dark licorice and sweet raisins. Everything I want in a Belgian seems to be here: the yeasty flavor, the complexity and unfiltered swirling flavors, and it somehow balances itself out. I’d rate it perfect but is seems a tadbit too sweet. I might bring it to the desert island. It certainly has enough sustenance.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 12, 2007
Brown body and head, sweet, spicy nose. All kinds of fruits, spices and breads going on in this one. Yum, like a combination of various desserts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
scoobyluv (508) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAY 11, 2007
2006. chocolate colored with a tan head. spicy nose. coffee taste. very smooth. very enjoyable

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Shag (2647) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAY 6, 2007
A dark black appearance with a carbonated looking white head. The aroma contains a hint of alcohol, plums, chocolate, and coffee. A very complex flavor with some cherries, chocolate, dates, coffee, nutmeg, and cinammon. The finish is sweet and a little warming from the alcohol. A damn fine beer!

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