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


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RATINGS: 1949   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dmac (4510) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUN 26, 2007
11.2 oz bottle shared with willblake. Poured a great looking dark brown with a perfect layer of light brown head (at least I think those were the colors willblakes is rather dark ; ) ). Aroma of yeast, fruit, chocolate and a slight touch of alcohol. Palate was medium with a good solid mouthfeel and some lively carbonation. Flavor was very complex, even more then the aroma and tons of flavors were detectable. Thanks Jon for a great 200th rating.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - JUN 26, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2007 Bottle @ Kulminator, 2004 vintage. Wow, this beer became even more complex with age. The aroma is dominated by mint and spices, and the dark brown (almost black) color is a thing of beauty. The spices dance on your tongue from the beginning to the end of the beer, with different subtle flavors coming to the fore. Overall, it is smooth, the alcohol is barely noticeable, and it is supremely drinkable. This forms my Holy Trinity of Beer along with Rochefort 10 and Westvleteren 12.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - JUN 26, 2007
Bottle. Spicy aroma. Deep chestnut color with a beige or brown head. Complex pattern of chocolate, raisins and sweet spices. Complex light bitter palate. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - JUN 25, 2007
Brownish black with dark beige head. Aroma of jagermeister: mint, peppery spices, honey, terryaki, worcestishire, fruit, figs, bread. Heavy mouthfeel, but not syrupy. Smoothe as it washes over the mouth flavorfully, neat. Meaty. Tastes of dark fruits, exotic spice and sauce like A1, terryaki, alcohol notes, brandy. One of the best beers I’ve ever had, but not one that can be imbibed on a regular basis. Exhausting to drink as it takes so many of your senses to enjoy it. Very involved, masterful beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pineypower (2666) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - JUN 25, 2007
Thanks to Papsoe for this brew. Pours out deep brown with a very nice tan head. Aroma is of dark fruit and spice. Taste is very complex with a very nice, thick syrupy mouthfeel. Raisin, plum, fig, caramel and molasses. Dark cherry in the background with some nice spice on the finish. Alcohol well hidden. Very solid beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 25, 2007
In the 330 mL bottle from Dirty John’s Grocery. Pours a deep purple dark brown. Almost black. The head is a fierce brown volcano that leaps out of the bottle as soon as you pop the cap. Intense aroma of chocolate, molasses, and fig newton filling. At the end of the drink, the strong alcohol nose emerges. However, very little alcohol can be detected in the flavor itself. This is a super thick and chewy beer. Has the body of a barleywine, but the complexities of a belgian abby ale. Crazy mixed up fruits and spices never can outshine the big malty sweetness that this musters up. Long and lingering on the palate, I think it even tosses a bit of soy my way. Yummy. A GREAT beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kitschy (326) - Nebraska, USA - JUN 25, 2007
in bottle. a delicious beer! dark raisiny brown. lots of aroma - fall leaves, raisins and plums... beautiful flavor unfolds and unfolds. the spices are many and varied, but don’t clash with each other. very well balanced.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2007
Bottle from The_Epeeist, thanks Chris!! HOLY CRAP! Pours dark, dark brown, almost black with an explosive tan colored head that seems to hang on forever. leavin lacing like it was going out of style. Admittedly not one of my best pours and I should have known better. Aroma is spice (like cinnamon, cardamom, orange zest), caramel, brown sugar, ripe fruits,figs, port wine. Flavor is chocoalte, caramel, dried cherries, figs, even some smoke, orange zest, toffee, coffee, wow this is an adventure! Palate is full bodied, medium carbonation, finishes silky smooth on the spicy sweet side, slightly warming, though the alcohol is well hidden, I just know its there cuz I feel it on my face. Now I understand the hoopla! This is fantastic, it like a holiday in your mouth. Pannapotivus, the holiday celebrating this wonderful brew. As it warms, and warms me, it seems to get sweeter and the spices become more pronounced, now I get some spruce or juniper. More chocolate, silkier. Wow, the words are starting to fail me. Just putting the stuff on the tongue is like an adventure, it goes here, it goes there. Truly special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerguy101 (5319) - Newark, California, USA - JUN 22, 2007
This Belgian Strong Ale pours a murky dark brown color form a 33cl bottle. Small sized white foamy head. Aroma is spicy, malty and sweet. Medium bodied BSA. Malts are fruity, caramel. and sweet. Very spicy, lots of cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. Lots of chocolate flavors. Seems a little hot and spicy right now. Would want to try again in a year or so. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is spicy and alcohol.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DeweyDell (159) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 20, 2007
12 oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a large carbonated tan head. Smells very spicy, fruity... apples and plums. A little chocolate in the flavor too, with a sweet fruity finish. Alcohol is more detectable than I normally like... typical for the style though, so I can’t hold that against anybody.

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