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


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RATINGS: 1794   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
nick76 (4170) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 14, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2007 The aroma has lots of dark fruit, brown sugar, spices, toasted malt and a touch of chocolate flavored coffee. The appearance is dark brown/maroon with some yeast chunks and what amounts to an explosively large head. It literally ran out of my glass and all over the counter. The flavor is like the aroma and very complex. The palate is smooth with an astringent finish. This is a very rich complex Belgian.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
petermadsen (390) - Vesterbronxxx, DENMARK - JAN 11, 2007
dense, black and with a light brown head, nearly coca-cola style, although much more persistent. The aroma is complex and the first whisp gives the impression of heaps of black and spec. B malts in the beer. The Flavour... Almost as enjoying the holy supper in one of the few danish churches serving good port. I get the same sensation of the magnificent taste and the imbibation of something holy. The beer seems so full, that 360 degress wouldn’t be enough if it was a circle. The most tiny sip fills your mouth in a way that makes you feel that your jaw will drop and the whole thing will spill down your shirt (or whatever you are wearing...) Intense dried fruit, liqurice, loads of malt and a nice bit of chocolate. This monster of a taste is caged in a dense and thick liquid, but the carbonation makes it light, easy and highly drinkable like a this kind of beer should be.... Im listening to ’Wild Horses’ by the Stones. Its nearly as classy as the beer. But only nearly...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jiffypark (31) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 7, 2007
Very spicy, very active head. Poured it and took in that darkish red robe... One sip and I thought: Orval. Would have it again, most definitely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tish (35) - In transition at the moment, Indiana, USA - JAN 7, 2007
Fully body, thick with a lot of spice flavor. It went well with Christmas Eve.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smartlung (159) - Valrico, Florida, USA - JAN 6, 2007
bottle from Knightly in Orlando - had been drying to try this one - think chunky chocolate over pour (almost like I never had poured before) - taste of molasses, fruits and heavy on the spices - incredibly complex - very sticky and sweet - one to savor for dessert - very much reminded me of a port - not what I expected.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 5, 2007
From a 330mL Bottle, 2006 Vintage. OMG. This is not what I expected at all. The aroma grabs ahold of me instantly as I pop the cap, erupting a geyser of tan head out of the bottle neck. Deep dark, chocolatey brown pour with a massive, gushing head of rich mocha brown. Impermeable to light, with only a subtle tinge of tobacco red to add some color complexity to the thick, dark body. Deep, molasses rich gingerbread wafts from the glass, heavy on the ginger spice. Some milky coconut adds a touch of vanilla lightness, complimenting additional aromas of dark, juicy, spicy, dried figs that tantalize my nostrils. Sticky, brown sugar coated Virginia whole leaf. Full bodied, richly carbonated mouthfeel... and the flavor is even more intense than the aroma. My love affair with dark Belgian strong ales has officially been rekindled after a drought of not tasting anything truly amazing. Gooey, thick flavors of chocolate fudge and backstrap molasses coat the tounge, spiced with some ginger and a hint of black pepper. Some soy marinated orange peel and lightly smoked malt supplement wonderfully. Heavy, brandy-like caramelization - amazing. Star anise and cinnimon combine in a yeasty spice finish. Its almost like a hybrid baltic porter, rauchbier, and Belgian strong ale. So much flavor packed into a 330mL bottle that I instantly feel gluttonous for drinking this one by myself. Fantastic, thick, decadent dessert. For me, this beer is to Dark Belgian strong ales what Still Nacht Reserva 2000 is to golden Belgian strong ales.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
iowaherkeye (2690) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JAN 3, 2007
Notched at Lot C 7 AA, 2006 vintage. Pours a hazy orange caramel with a mountainous beige head in my Duvel glass--didn’t even get to pour half the bottle yet--though it’s probably my fault I let it warm up too much--so it’s getting a "4." Aroma is full of spices, anise, a bit of wintergreen, scorched caramel malts, powdered sugar, some darker fruits--figs and plums come to mind. There is also some yeast, alcohol, and some lemon as it warms further. Anise and roasty malts are the first flavors, along with light wintergreen and lots of sweetness which helps keep the malts from detracting the more subtle flavors. There is also a pretty strong port quality to this brew. Bone dry slightly bitter chalky finish, alcohol is noticeable, but nice. Full bodied and syrupy with some moderate carbonation--I’m sure it’d have been high had I not let this sit so long. Not quite what I was expecting--hooray, this did not let me down. I’ll have to see how my 2005 vintage from henrikb compares.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KnutAlbert (6007) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 2, 2007
33 cl bottle, 2005 vintage. Dark ruby ale, large head. Fruity, candy sugar with a body that opens up. Liquorice and spices - cardamom, pepper and salt (!). Lovely sipping beer. Warming alcohol finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2007
Nose is pipe tobacco and a bit of coriander. Flaovur is sweet with caramel against butterly chocolate roast. The attack is pleasant, with a drying finish that is very bready.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gr0ve (2127) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 30, 2006
330 ml bottle. Dark brown and with a ruby red hue. Tall beige head that clings to the glass. Dry grassy aroma. Some yeast character. Licorice and a little roasted malts. Rich flavour with malty sweetness, black pepper and cardamom. Finish is drying and powdery. Hints of almonds and candy sugar. Wonderful brew.

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