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


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RATINGS: 2072   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 ‘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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beershine (5219) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2007
Pours totally opaque with a luscious head. Roasty aroma, aromatic and perfumy too. Sublime mouthfeel and a body that just washes all over you. A delightful blend of flavors, rich pure and complex without being overwhelming or colorful. The kind of beer you could drink regularly (g-d willing) but also works as a treat. This beer is superlative! And it rocks!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
thooper41 (556) - BELGIUM - DEC 13, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2012 33cl bottle looks like a coke poured into a glass with an added head to it. aroma is slightly sweet and has this smell to it that just makes me want to take another wiff. flavor has a ton of mixed flavors to it spices little sweetness no hop flavor but still bitter very well balanced not to sweet and not to bitter and goes down smooth. i think i have a new best beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Beltramelli (470) - Campinas, BRAZIL - DEC 11, 2007
Graduação alcoólica de 10% a qual, em razão do perfeito balanceamento, fica imperceptível no paladar e no longo e delicioso final entre o doce e o amargo. O creme é marrom, muito denso e consistente. No aroma, chocolate, café, frutas secas, muito malte e temperos. A consistência é licorosa, digna dos grandes elixires. É no paladar que essa breja realmente explode. Encorpadíssima, me lembrou bastante a Westvleteren 8. O chocolate assume à frente, liderando uma ampla gama de doces sensações que vão das nozes às cerejas, da canela ao açúcar-mascavo, tudo soberbamente equilibrado.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2007
2006, rated 11/10/07: Hazy dark brown w/ a huge lasting light beige head. Great lacing & legs. Peppery yeast, mild ginger, light smoky phenolic, anise, and raisiny esters. Also earthy w/ hints of semi sweet dark chocolate! Raisins turn to prunes as it warms and had toasty and bready aroma overtones after it warms. Well balanced just to sweet up front w/a dry finish. Strong dark fruit presence throughout; Peppery yeast, toasted malt, brown sugar, caramel is very deep! Some licorice flavor. Aftertaste is semi sweet, yeasty, licorice, and herbal hops. Lighter medium body, smooth, well hidden alcohol, but finishes dry due to alcohol. WOW! Very nice beer! Aging may help it dry out a little bit, but nicely complex!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
drseamus (103) - Troy, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2007
In my mind, this is tied with Westy 12 for my favorite quad. I’m heading to Belgium in two weeks and I will definitely do a side by side tasting to determine the winner. A: This is a great looking beer. The perfect amount of mocha colored head topping a very dark brown body. There was some yeast that found its way into the second glass, but the first one was very clear. The head retention is amazing. S: There are a bunch of aromas emanating from the glass including raisins, prunes, cherries, malt, alcohol, yeasty esters. It is a very inviting aroma and everything is blended nicely. T: This beer is crazy smooth. It tastes like someone got a blender and threw in raisins, chocolate, dark sugars, prunes and just a touch of alcohol and pressed puree. I can’t taste barely any of the 10% alcohol that is in it. M: Very smooth with low carbonation fits nicely with its medium/heavy body. It has a thick feel, but somehow isn’t really a heavy body. D: This is a phenomenal beer. One of the best I’ve had in a while. I could drink this all day long.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jalichio999 (502) - BRAZIL - NOV 30, 2007
Garrafa. Coloração preta/marrom, com creme bege razoável. Carbonatação alta. Encorpada. Complexa. Notas de malte torrado/caramelo, café e frutas vermelhas. Lembra Unibroue Trois Pistoles. Álcool presente, mas bem inserido. Idem quanto ao amargor. Sedimentos no fundo. Baita cerveja!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brianprentiss (689) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 28, 2007
beautiful ale, lasting wonderful taste and smell. from bottle, brick store pub, decatur, ga.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (12540) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 28, 2007
Bottle poured a hazy reddish brown with a large lasting amber head. Aromas of carmel, spice, fruitiness, light choclate and a hint of vanilla. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, spice, fruitiness and light cocoa with a smooth lingering spiced finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - NOV 27, 2007
11.2 oz bottle, with Trooper11 in lovely Groton, CT. Gushed a bit - pours a murky brown with a dense, creamy, light brown head. Sweet and spicy nose, dark fruits and molasses, caramel and allspice. Warms even as you take the aroma in. Medium bodied, smooth satin mouthfeel. Spicy date and plum, some fig, a bit of booze. A light woodiness is noted, particularly toward the finish. Simply excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2007
Number 400 with my friend Immy in Groton CT. 11.2 oz bottle. Use caution when opening, not very cold yet lost a bit on the counter due to unexpected gush. Pours a dark dark brown with dense growing tan head. Very complex yet inviting aroma of molasses, plums, brown sugar and other dark fruit. Alcohol aroma very apparent telling you to proceed with caution. Heavy body, dark fruit and molasses flavor, like a heavy syrup for your flap jacks. Definitely want to take your time and enjoy this beauty. Sip slowly, nice brown sugar aftertaste, the alcohol is warming on this cold Connecticut night yet is smooth and easy to drink. Very impressive.

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