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


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RATINGS: 1993   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.2   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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DruncanVeasey (7634) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2008 2006 ’vintage’ 330ml bottle. Impenetrable stouty pour with silky beige suds going nowhere. Wafts of chocolate, ginger, cinnamon, anise, rum, fruitcake, strawberry..... Velvety, fruity, spicy and luxurious. Liquid silk the texture of double cream. Twiglety yeast, liquorice, raisins, sweet spice with a lip-smacking cocoa roastiness balancing things out. Malty, mellow and lingering. Burnt but berryish. Cocoa, vanilla and chiccory dusted with teasing spice. Absolutely not the slightest trace of alcohol whatsoever. Honest. One of those beers you just don’t want to end. A narcotic glowing marshmallow hammer of a beer. Can it get any better? (Re-rate, 04/05/08) How to pour an ’06 vintage? To avoid heartbreak, stand it in a full-size Hoegaarden glass, prise the top, and let it pour itself. Dribble-making aroma of soggy xmas pudding fruit, brandy, liquorice, Westy-like nutty choc, roasty malt, strawberry...mouth has all of that with more LIQUORICE, sticky dark fruits, milky chocolate smoothness, numb/tingling hands. Treacley liquorice balance, chalk, faint cocoa roast. Way too much black cherry/strawberry (boiled) sweetness than is decent, but it’s pointless fighting it. Liqueur-like silk, segment of choc orange, sneaking ginger. Had every intention of down-rating this, but I can’t do it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 13, 2007
Bottle at Stone. Dark brown with a fluffy light tan head. Caramel and sweet pice aroma: nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves with some chocolate notes. Sweet chocolate, caramel. nutmeg, and cloves taste with some roasty notes to the finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - AUG 13, 2007
TRUMP! Ok, now we’re talkin’. That Danish version doesn’t hold a candle to this one. First off the color is mahogany brownish and totally opaque. A huge plume of froth is forthcoming and it just sits there like a well trained dog. As the froth reduces it leaves behind a sticky, clumpy lace w/ a full canopy. Perfection. This is what I’m talking about. The aroma is so much more aromatic. I can smell the sweet malts but also the carrot cake spice, Angostura bitters, and dusty Belgian granite. Full viscous nectar w/ ample residual effers that expand on impact creating a cottonous creamy texture. Upfront the brew is direct and to the point. A huge malty backbone supports an abundance of mildy sweet caramel, gingerbread, clove, licorice, mint, cocoa, cola, herbs, and holiday cheer. An abundance of spice is not offensive at all. Theres and defined bittering that balances all this out and leaves a snappy parchment on the palate. The finish is long and mildy sweet w/ the same spice kick in the ass but the bittering is what sets this one apart. The palate is left dry and ready to go on. This is a brew worthy of it’s attention. I concure cap’n. Highly recommended. Blows the Danish version away!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mtdshn (173) - Moline, Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2007
Bottle, courtesy of gottalottaibu - thanks Alex! Pours a very dark brown with a tan head that lingers throughout the glass. Aromas of cedar, nutmeg, horehound, licorice, beet sugar, a little plum, raisin, and some dark roasted malt. Taste is very herbally, with mostly cedar, licorice and horehound. Not at all sweet in my opinion. Has some cabernet characteristics to it. Outstanding.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - AUG 11, 2007
A gift from Santa (i think , I moved at the same time & I got gifts from others as well including RBSG 2007) Anyway a true delight to find in the move, and delicious with a huge rapidly dissapating active head. Tastes like rum raisen bourbon would--if they make such a thing. It is so tasty you regret swallowing...smooth warming finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
juiceisloose (1100) - Windermere, Florida, USA - AUG 11, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2008 2006 bottle. This poured a very deep mahogany color with a huge frothy tan head that is very well retained. The head seemed neverending and left it’s lacing all the down the glass as it diminished slowly. The aroma is so complex that is hard to pick out all the flavors. Sweet dark fruits, berries, caramel, sweet malts, and chocolate come to mind. The flavor is very sweet as well with caramel, dark fruits, chocolate and vanilla all swirling around. The alcohol hides itself nicely in the background as all the flavors just dance on the tongue. Full bodied and creamy all the way through. The spices are left behind with every sip in a subtle way with the sweetness pulling you back for more each time. An awesome beer in every sense of the word. One of the best belgian beers around and certainly lives up to it’s rating.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dedollewaitor (14648) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 11, 2007
Dark brown with creamy brown lasting head & really nice lacings. Aroma is WAUW - Brown sugar, dark malts, Fruits - figs/prunes etc. - real Belgium complexity. Strong taste - filling mouthfeel - light warmth. Surprisingly little alcohol flavor. A bit highly carbonated. Long finish!!!!!! Up there with the best!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JohnnyJ (4913) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 10, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2008 2006 bottles. Side by side tasting with Pannepøt. Pours a dark reddish brown with nice creamy tan head. The head on this one is much better than on the Pannepøt. Aroma of plum, dark fruit, berry, a bit of chocolate and caramel, and spice. Aroma is sweeter than that of Pannepøt, which is dryer and a bit more dried fruit. Awesome flavors of sweet caramel malts, brown sugar, complex dark fruit, and a bit of chocolate. This is a great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - AUG 9, 2007
Pours out a dark brown with a huge tan head. aroma is very yeasty with a large amount of malt in it. Flavor is sweet and rather spicy. this is a fantastic brew. Had in a blind taste test.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - AUG 8, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2008 Dark Mahogany pour, big almond head. Aroma is dark fruits and candi sugar. Basically this is obviously the same beer as the Pannepøt but the flavor are so much more pronounced. Dark berries bigtime, chocolate, carame, candi sugarl and molasses. The carbonation being bigger than the Pannepøt helps so much more, it brings out so much flavor. More belgian spicy yeast is introduced, more chocolate and more berries, well more everything. Full mouthfeel the high carbonation is excellent and I love this beer. I’m glad I stocked up.

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