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


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RATINGS: 2085   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ba2008 (25) - USA - JAN 2, 2008
pours a deep brown color with a thick beige head that dissipates slowly. Sticky rings of lacing. Dark fruit, bready malt and sweet spice aromas intermingle nicely. Medium body with a refreshing complexity about it. Flavors of raisins, roasted malt, chocolate and spices are all present. The finish is fruity with a lingering spice and malt aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
OldMrCrow (2321) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2013 2006 bottle on New Yearís Day 2008, served on the warm side of cellar temperature.

Iíve been hoarding this bottle for a while, ever since discovering how marvelous the mere PannepÝt is. Tonight is the right time to open it up. The beer pours thick black with a huge frothy tan head.

The aroma is complex but not overpoweringly rich: the basic tones are quad-like dried plums and raisins, mild spices, damp earth, a subtle overlay of unsweetened chocolate. I close my eyes and breath in the more subtle tones, and Iím following the smell of an active kitchen far-off down the end of a slightly damp stone tunnel underneath the old city.

Enough dreaming. I open my eyes, remove my nose from the tulip, and take a si....Oh--my--goodness. An unparalleled explosion of flavor. Dark raisin liquor and rich spices carom off my taste buds and splash across my mouth. Sweet oatmeal-raisin cookies rush to the front, laden with cinnamon, and savory bread dipped in oil and vinaigrette. Blackberry juice sloshes against the gentlest of smoked peats. A subtle hint of fresh mint leaves slithers between the strong dark sugars. The beer is incredibly thick on the tongue but never unpleasantly so, the flavor bursting out in all directions from that rich liquid, creamy in its mouthfeel, hot only in the slightest on the back of the throat if I savor the sip too long in my mouth.

Absolutely fabulous beer. I believe I just gave it a 4.6, which makes it my #3 beer. Such rank is well deserved.

2006 Bottle March í08: a gusher. Interesting.

2006 Bottle April í08: Another gusher, maybe a bit more mild this time. Doesnít hurt the flavor one bit. Absolutely divine.

2006 Bottle Dec í10.Stunning, absolutely stunning. Maybe even 4.7. Iím back on beer again.

2006 bottle Nov 23, 2013.A long way from the gusher of five years ago, opens with barely a puff and pours almost without head and with minimal remaining carbonation. Sweet, spices and raisins forward, the age is starting to show and this one is probably past its peak.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 1, 2008
330 ml. bottle. Dark brown color, turbid and opaque with a moderate tan head. Dark fruits and spices in the aroma, raisin, ripe fig, nutmeg and allspice, like rum soaked spice cake, floral, herbal and dark berry notes add an interesting complexity, along with a bit of smoke. Flavor is wow, complex, with lots of dark fruits, rich yeasts, coffee and molasses, a bit of tart blackberry, warming alcohol and spices. Smooth, full body and soft, gentle carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NicerInPerson (337) - North of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 1, 2008
2006 vintage. The aroma was malty and toasty with a nutty caramel characteristic. Deep dark fruits of raisins, plums and currents filled the nasal passages. Lurking behind was a candylike aroma and a light bit of spice. The beer poured into the glass crystal clear until a chunk of yeasty beasties dislodged and caused a haze. The color was amber brown and the head was beige and low, yet lasting enough to lace the glass. The flavor was deeply malty and smooth with a very slight bit of tart acidity in the finish. The flavor contained more of the dark fruits, but they were not as well defined in the flavor as in the aroma and were somewhat muted. The candy flavor was present, but it was not sweet. The flavor was toasty and nutty and had a bit of spicy hop bittering which was strong enough to keep the malts in check and to allow the beer to finish dry. In the finish the beer had some lasting dark fruity and light pepper spice in the aftertaste. The body was full and thick on the palate. The carbonation was fairly low. Alcohol had a small role in the aroma, no appearance in the flavor, and substantial presence in the warming which occurred post consumption. An interesting and tasty beverage indeed! 11.2 ounce bottle. 1st review of 2008, Happy New Year!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 31, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2008 Thanks to Ebenezerís Pub in Lovell, ME. Pours a dark brown with red highlights. Nice frothy white head. Wonderful nose with Raisins, Plums, Dates, and other dark fruits. So much going on in the flavor. Flavors a lot like its aroma but with hints of brown sugar. Medium bodied with a nice lively carbonation. Awesome Beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2008 2006 vintage 11.2 oz bottle pours burnt red brown, cloudy with not much head and some spotty lace. The aroma is dark fruity prune and raisin. The flavor is a bundle of malt, in the middle of the sweetness spectrum, fig, prune, yeast, caramel, some chocolate, very nice. The alcohol is well hidden. More vinious as it warms. The palate is rich and pretty chewy with a nice cleansing carbonation to keep it real. Overall, this is awesome.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 28, 2007
pours a dark brown with full frothy head. light sweet fruit plum raisin yeastie aroma. complex, vanilla, yeast, oak, raisin, smoke, all behind and fronted. sweet finish with milky palate, smooth consistency. great stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2007
Had this bottle at Ebenezerís Pub courtesy of Chris Lively. Dark brown pour. Sweet metallic aroma with hints of caramel and a chewy fruitiness. The flavor is sweet, fruity, some brown sugar, and some great spicy caramel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2007
Wow.Smell is awesome. Far too complex for my amazingly poor sense of smell to analyse properly. Sweetness, candyfloss, reminds of the good old days of substance abuse sniffing this. Hoi sin sauce. Chocolate malt smell too. I could go on all day about flavours and smells I think might be in here. Very complex, very tasty. This highlights the problem with rating beer for me. This was a shared bottle with our chops, I want another now. And I canít. Oh yes, lovely beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nahthan (129) - Oakland, California, USA - DEC 25, 2007
33cl bottle. Gift from Aaron @ the Trappist. 2006 vintage. Thanks to Nixter for sharing. We left it in the sun all day yesterday, put it in a brown paper bag this morning, pried the cap off with a cigarette lighter and passed the bottle back and forth while riding BART down to San Leandro.. Just kidding. Cracked @ 55F on the morning of 12/25/2007. No glass recommendation on the label, so I used a small wine glass. Opaque pour with small, thin head. You have to pour this one aggressively if you want big head retention, but thatís not really necessary. A fountain of complexity. First few sips give dried fruit, raisins, prunes, and especially plum. Next few sips chocolate starts to appear in the finish. Get even deeper in and you can start tasting the noble hops in the middle of your palate (Hallertau MF/Mt. Hood?). Big body but not too dry, not too sweet. Very smooth finish, the alcohol is not hot or harsh in any way, it contributes significantly to the mouthfeel. This beer is awesome. Many compare this to Westvletern 12, someday I will do a side by side to decide for myself. Try some and I donít think youíll be disappointed.

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