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


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RATINGS: 2014   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.19   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 ‘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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
danglefruit (8) - Waldo, Ohio, USA - SEP 4, 2007 does not count
My wife brought me home a bottle of this unexpectingly, and now its become a staple in our house. Be careful with these, because if you pop one thats room temperature, the carbonation will literally spray. I’m usually not a big belgian drinker, but this stuff is gold. Gorgeous dark brown color with a fizzy, highly carbonated look. The head is thick and and chewy, but disolves quickly. Sweet smell, fruity, raisiny, molasses-esque. Very complex without taking a sip yet. Upon that sip, very VERY complex. Sweet but not overbearing with a good warm kick at 10%. The high abv is noticeable, but not in a bad way. Very soft and complex, and easily drinkable. I could go through quite a few of these, but they aren’t that cheap either. HIGHLY recommended!!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2660) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - SEP 2, 2007
Upon opening, it gushed from the bottle, and poured very fizzily into the glass, producing a large brown head that faded somewhat quickly. Dark brown in color, and it left a heavy lacing. Aroma was deep chocolate with fruitiness wafting in and out, notes of raisins, plums, something vaguely tropical, and perhaps a lactic component that troubled me in conjunction with the gushing. Initial flavor did seem to possess a mild tartness, but it eventually seemed to give way in favor of a rich slightly roasted chocolatiness, sweet molasses and brown sugar, with dark rummy alcoholic like tingles, and gentle fruitiness of perhaps banana and raisin. There’s a spiciness here that I can’t identify, it comes across as a general yeastiness. Soft mouthfeel, it doesn’t hide its alcohol strength but doesn’t beat you with it either. One of the most complex beers I’ve had in too long a time.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bobaidan (530) - Southington, Connecticut, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2007 Pours dark molasses color with a medium brown head. Aroma is dried fruit, bread and a touch of alcohol. Has a nice full mouth feel. The Flavor is outstanding with a perfect blend of sweet fruit, bread, spice and alcohol. A very nice roasted flavor comes in late. This is definitely a wow beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2011
Name: Pannepot Old Fisherman’s Ale
Date: April 05, 2006
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting
Vintage: 2004
Appearance: opaque burnt orange, whispy beige head
Aroma: sweet fruitcake aroma with lots of fruits and bread character
Body: big body
Flavor: rich complex flavor, nice sweetness

Name: Pannepot Old Fisherman’s Ale
Date: April 05, 2006
Vintage: 2005
Appearance: opaque brown, thin fine beige head
Aroma: sweet alcoholic aroma with a touch of fruit
Flavor: rich sweet fruity flavor, nice complexity, well balanced alcohol character

Date: February 21, 2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting
Vintage: 2006
Appearance: muddy brown, huge creamy beige head, nice lace
Aroma: huge spicy aroma with a musty character
Flavor: big sweet chocolate and dark caramel flavor, good balancing spicyness, would age very well

Name: Pannepot Old Fisherman’s Ale
Date: March 12, 2007
Vintage: 2006
Appearance: dark red, frothy beige head, lots of lace
Aroma: light sweet chocolate aroma with peppery spices
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor with lots of ripe dark fruits, lots of sweetness

Date: June 09, 2007
Mode: bottle
Source: Noog 3D
Vintage: 2006
picking up cinnamon and allspice in the big spicy aroma along with rich ripe dark fruit,

Name: Pannepot Old Fisherman’s Ale
Date: July 22, 2007
Mode: bottle
Source: roadtrip
Vintage: 2006
Appearance: pours with a huge creamy tan head, lots of solid lace
Aroma: dry chocolate aroma with light spicyness
Body: creamy body
Flavor: lots of rich chocolate flavor, the spicyness comes out as it warms
Overall: the creamy body and rich chocolate combine to form a rich milkshake, only a trace of the fruity character found in the danish version

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.9/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *** /4

Date: January 08, 2011
Mode: draft
Source: the porter atlanta
Vintage: 2009
Appearance: opaque dark brown with ruby edges, fine beige head, streaks of drippy lace
Aroma: drier dark fruit aroma, touch of caramel sweetness
Flavor: sweet fruity flavor, light phenolic spicyness, touch of chocolate, sweet dark fruits show up at the bottom of the glass

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 4/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *** /4

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
f351c4v (411) - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 30, 2007
Pours a very dark brown color with a thick, lasting, tan head. Aroma is big and boozy, laced with dark fruits, figs and cinnamon stand out. Outstanding flavor; raisins, chocolate, nutmeg, all detectable here. Sweet, malty, medium bodied and easily accessable for a beer of such an abv. Excellent brew.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mvcramer (243) - Lexington, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 29, 2007
Pours a spectacular chocolate brown with a thin cream-colored head. I got a very complex aroma of spices and some fruity sweetness. The taste made my mouth as pleased as my nose had been. A wonderful blend of flavors rolled across my palate, starting with delicious malty sweetness. I also got some raisin-like flavors that balanced out the malt, as well as a handful of other spicy flavors blended deliciously into the brew. I love the Belgian beers and this one is at the top of the list of beers I would order at every chance I get. Simply spectacular.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - AUG 27, 2007
Poured dark brown almost black with off white head. Aroma of fruit and spice. Very complex. Lots of fruit flavors with a spicy finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jobyone (234) - Charlotte, USA - AUG 26, 2007
2006 bottle. really dark with thick tan head. wonderful spiced aromas. Lots of flavors develop. This was simply stunning.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
RiverHorse (457) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 26, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2007 11.2 oz bottle. Pours a deep brown color into the trappist glass with a huge, thick, creamy tan head. There was a perfect amount of lacing clinging to the glass and the head stuck around the entire time. The scent was of spices, raisins and malt. A very complex flavor greets you on the first sip, and gets better as the beer warms. The depth of the spiciness, mixed with the aroma made this a very enjoyable experience. This is the closest example of a perfect beer in my opinion.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - AUG 25, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2007 2006 vintage bottle from Holiday Wine Cellar: Almost pure black with a deep burgandy tint held up to bright light. Head is medium, light brown and fading. Aroma is dark fruit and light spice with a wiff of cocoa. Flavor starts dark fruit (raisin and plum) with a little chocolate folowed by a hint of licorice and cherry finishing smooth and semi-dry. Medium-full body is creamy with lively carbonation.

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