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


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RATINGS: 1964   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 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - JUL 18, 2007
Thanks for the 2006 bottle from iowaherkeye. 11.2oz pour into tulip glass forms huge 3 finger medium bubble head. The "ale brewed with spices" threw me off, and made me expect a triple. It turns out to be very dark similar to a quadruple. After the head died down it formed a magnificent tan infinitetessmally small bubble cream 2mm thick layer on the surface that never fades. The head forms a spectacular milky wall on the surface of the glass as I swirl it. At a glance could I fool you into thinking this was a Westy 12. The flavors and alchohol nose start off a little harsh, but then quickly mellow as the liquid warms. The mild aroma of malt, maybe a bit of fig or anise. The thick bodied beer has nice slight sweetness, and medium notes of licorish on the finish. Is this the spice they are referring to? I can’t find any other, than maybe fig. Wonderful. Spotted in HWC a long time ago, I should have bought a bunch.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yespr (34581) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 17, 2007
33 cL bottle. Pours dark brown with a huge brown head. Cane sugar sweet and dry fruit aroma, yeast notes providing some spice notes too. Thick mouthfeel. Liqourice, spicy, dried fruit, sweet sugarish flavour in a lovely heavy blend with clear alcohol notes. Nice bitterness giving the beer a solid sharpness throughout and fresh fruityness into the sweet and bitter finish. Warming alcohol feel, not burning in anyway, rather well hidden. Very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SamuraiArtist (292) - portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 14, 2007
Pours cloudy dark brown with creamy off white huge head. Aroma of malt and dark fruits. Flavor is malty and sweet with notes of chocolate, raisins and plums and some alcohol warmth that balances the sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bager (2121) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - JUL 13, 2007
Bottle 2004 @ Kulminator. Hazy dark brown coloured with a rather large off-white head. Very complex with notes of liqourice, caramel, coriander and alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 12, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2008 Belgian trip...purchased at Delirium Cafe. Probably the stickiest beer I’ve ever seen...the lace hangs around or days, slowly cascading down the sides of the glass. Aroma and flavor of belgian yeast, spices, caramel, and toffee...middle transitions to sweet chocolate. Superb mouthfeel - so lush - glides over the tongue and down the throat. Absolutely delicious - nothing more to say except, WORLD CLASS! That and it’s probably my fav dark belgian strong...yum.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
rane (938) - Nibe, DENMARK - JUL 11, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2007 Bottle. 2006. Very nice appearance red brown with huge long lasting brown head. Aroma starting with dried fruits and raisins, after a while in the glass licorice becomes dominating, maybe a little too much. Taste first driedfruits and then licorice takes over and gets dominating. A long alcohol burn in the end. Very good but the licorice gets too much, Unlike the three great quadruppels I wouldn´t like to go on with another one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hapjydeuce (970) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JUL 10, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2008 Multiple vintages acquired through multiple sources. This beer is truly a staple in my diet, when available. I always have to give this one a 5 on appearance. Huge floaty head on my glass that lasts throughout the bottle. Great warming aroma of Belgian yeast, spices, cinnamon, raisin, and brandy. Dark fruit flavor filled with smoked malts that finishes with more pear flavor and lots of yeast. Velvety mouth feel on the palate, goes down very smooth and the nose lingers on for a good while. A great beer that deserves extra attention every time I open up a new bottle.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Christian (11664) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 6, 2007
2006 bottle tasted July 2007. Very dark red-brown with a big, pillowy light brown head. Complex aroma filled with orange, cherry, figs, bubblegum, anise, nutmeg, cinnamon. Sweet, fruity flavour with more than a hint of port, and some licorice and anise in the finish. It’s soft and velvet on the tongue, but the carbonation stings a little. Long lasting malty aftertaste finishes this beauty perfectly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madscotsman (147) - Fairview Heights, Illinois, USA - JUL 3, 2007
Poured dark brown with a huge foamy head. Had a nice spicey aroma and flavor along with a very complex palate that had a sweetness followed by a slightly warm alcohol finish. Nice balance and a great tasting beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
uhre (384) - DENMARK - JUL 3, 2007
UPDATED: APR 13, 2008 Bottle from 2006 - Two years old - rerate. Pours a dark brown head, the aroma is of licorice, alcohol and figs. Flavor is first sweet and perhaps a bit yeasty then the fruit kicks in - raisens and figs. Nice and creamy palate.

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