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


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RATINGS: 2134   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 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 15, 2008
330ml bottle, from Mes, courtesy of Urbain. Many, many thanks. Deep, rich, salty aroma of burnt sugar and smoked meat. Mahogany with a gentle head of fine bubbles. The taste is superb - so many flavours. Brown sugar, deep malt, **** it, itís too complex to describe. Letís put it this way: why the hell are you reading my rate rather than finding a bottle and drinking it yourself? The sublime palate is the final, golden touch. Yes, yes, yes!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (13867) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 12, 2008
Keg (Erasmus, Bruges)
Black, tan head. Sweet burnt malty bitter aroma, some marzipan too. Soft on the tongue. A bit alcoholic, though not punching at its full 10% by any means. Accompanying the burntness is some caramel and some bitter hints too. Finish is fairly burnt, but also soft.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DUNGA (10) - BELGIUM - MAR 12, 2008
2006 Bottle. amazing aroma combination of spice, caramel, thick creamy head, chocolate tasting, coffee, spicy, touches of bitterness... Great looking bottle, great beer, deserves to be a trappist... Second only to 2005 Struise Pannepot and Westvleteren 12 IMO...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gueuzeisgod (113) - Graham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 11, 2008
OK- this beer is in the 100th percentile, so I have high expectations. 2006 bottle. A good hiss when popping the cap. Rich chesnut brown, not many yeast particulates. A slightly sour nose ala Rodenbach Grand Cru. Old fruit skins. Head collapses leaving only a wisp of lace. First taste is roasty black licorice followed by nice mild acidity backed up by malt sweetness but tails off very dry. Let it warm up a bit. Slightly brandyish. A delicious fireside sipper. Will revisit this one Iím sure.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
waolsen (1375) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - MAR 9, 2008
bottle. 2006. black pour with thin tan head. raison and plum, sweet aroma. rich, chocolate, coffee, plum, spices. strong toffee and bitter on tongue.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BonVoeux (40) - Beveren-Leie, BELGIUM - MAR 9, 2008
Taste from bottle, 33 cl. Dark brown beer with creamy head. Aroma spice, sweet, dark chocolate. Taste complex; spice, brown sugar, liquorice, roasted malts, well balanced warm alcohol feeling. Full bodied. One of the best beers on earth!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
patrick767 (4010) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 8, 2008
2006 bottle form jsquire at the Fort Wayne tasting - Pours dark brown with a lingering tan head that laces well. It smells of light roast malt and spice. Malt, spice, dark fruit, and yeast comprise the thoroughly enjoyable flavor. Itís lively on the palate and finishes with pleasant alcohol warmth. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
larsniclas (6690) - Billdal, SWEDEN - MAR 8, 2008
Bottled at Kulminator, Antwerp. Almost black with a small, beige head. Malty and roasted aroma with dark sugar. Leather and tar in the flavour and very malty and sweet.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Adenila (1560) - DENMARK - MAR 7, 2008
This was just pure love. Took me one and a half hour to drink a 33cl bottle since the flavor and intensity from a small zip could last for several minutes! Dark brown and opaque with an exploding head, which unfortunatly resulted in some of the brew spilling onto the table, so be aware. Aroma is intense, extremly fruity and vinouse with strong alchohol and molasses, like a quad should be, but with a nice edge of roasted chocolate. The intensity is carried into the flavor, where the fruity sweetness along with the alchohol and roasted bitterness just makes it extremly delicious. Given it was served at the right temperature, and drunk alone as a desert an hour after dinner, without anything else to mess up the flavor, this is probably the best beer iíve ever had!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LinusStick (3234) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2008
Wow...this beer is huge. Aroma was pretty strong. Strong malt and yeasty aroma with a hint of farts. Pour was deep dark brown with a nice 1 finger tan head that faded down to a thin ring after a minute. Taste was very big and bold. Strong malt with toffee and molasses fills the mouth with dark roasted malt in the aftertaste. The mouth dries after the swallow and the great carbonation combines with a yeasty bite. A little too big for my tastes but it is a great beer. Iím going to try the other version next.

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