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


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RATINGS: 2026   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jonboy32818 (30) - orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 15, 2006
Poured dark brown and opaque in my chalice. A thick head formed right away, I had to slow down my pour for this beauty. Aroma of sour cherries and chocolate hit me at arms length, maybe some raisin as well. Upfront the flavor was slightly tart giving way to the chocolate and other flavors. It is a little hot on the finish but pleasantly so. This beer has more body than any I have ever had and IMO it is one of the best out there. I can not wait to try the other De Struise beers. On a side note the first time I had this beer was in Belgium over the summer and I thought it was great then. I my mind it had something to do with the atmosphere. Now I know that was not the case. Purchased at Knightly Spirits in 33cl bottle

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 8, 2006
Bottle thanks to Papsoe/madsberg both were kind enough to send me a bottle: Deep mahogany color with a fizzy tan head. Aroma, cherries, caramel, some yeast. Flavor, a pleasent fruitness, yeasty, molassas, sweet. Creamy mouthfeel with a pleasent carbonation. Some warming. This is really good.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
MichelV (6) - Beveren, BELGIUM - OCT 24, 2006 does not count
Nice beer, absolutely! A very specific taste, sweet licorice and a soft bitterness. Had this in vintages 2004-2005 & 2006 in Big bottle. I prefered the older ones.... But I am happy with everey vintage !

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Augustijn55 (82) - Izegem, BELGIUM - OCT 24, 2006
330 ml; Bottle. What a great beer ! Deep dark red brown with an off-white head. Very strong aroma. Semi sweet start that stated to get heavier. NICE !

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aracauna (3317) - Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2006
Pours a dark brown with a decent head. The aroma dark malts, nuts, and a bit of banana. The flavor is rich maltiness and very little bitterness. Slightly chocolatey.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beastiefan2k (2963) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - OCT 9, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2010 Rating # 400 2005 Bottle courtesy of MartinT, thank you very much. Poured into a Chimay glass. Looks beautiful with a strong creamy, off white color that actually sticks to the glass as the middle settles. Color is a dark dark brown with no clarity and just a bit of translucence. Aroma is very present - very nicely sweet bread, strong licorice-y fruitiness, and overall great malt character. Strong, sweet, tasty and yet balanced and not overwhelming. Taste is nice but not as impressive – heavy sweetness and creaminess. Pretty much if bread was turned into a liquid. I really get a strong presence of taste in my mouth but again nothing that overwhelms. Oatmeal, cereal, milk as well. Mouthfeel is nice as well, carbonation is slightly tamed yet present. A malty-fruit aftertaste left. Low bitterness.9/5/8/4/19

Rerate: 2006 bottle on 9/05/07, this batch made it to the States. In general the beer is just too young; the flavors have not got a chance to meld well yet. The head is smaller yet the carbonation feels similar. Still a very good beer. 8/4/8/4/17

Rerate: 2006 bottle on 11/15/10, so 4 years old. I pop the cap and the beer is first still but after a moment begins to foam, slowly, op the neck of this 330mL plain, Euro-style, brown bottle. I pour the beer slowly into a Westvleteren chalice glass. The head is medium sized and it sits atop the dark brown color body. The aroma is very prune-molasses alcoholic Belgian syrup. There is just a hint of cardboard in the back there. The flavor is similar, its that alcoholic syrup Belgian sweetness that is pretty yummy. Its a bit raw at first but when I pour the rest of the beer out, the sooty bottom calms it down and makes it delicious. Black raisin bread, sweet black biscuit cookie, and other similar deScriptors all come to mind. Still nowhere as good as that first bottle that I tried. 8/4/8/4/17

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
strings (377) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 9, 2006
Bottle. Creamy, sweet and smooth. You wonder as this slides down your throat how it could possibly be 10%. All sorts of stuff going on, reminds me of me mum’s brandy cream with xmas pudding.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bitbucket (2160) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - OCT 7, 2006
Bottle, courtesy after4ever. Pours a muddy dark amber with a thick, fluffy yellow head. Aromas of fruit, yeast. Creamy body with mild carbonation. Sweet taste of fruits, vanilla, nuts, caramel. Clean dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
TaktikMTL (6571) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 5, 2006
Bouteille de 330 ml obtenue via Importations Privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Odeur très complexe. On dénote, entre autre, des épices et des petits fruits sechés. Apparence: La couleur est brune foncée opaque avec une faible densité de bulle. Présence d’un moyen col beige mousseux et d’une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût très complexe. On dénote, entre autre, de la melasse, du caramel et de la cassonade. Longue durée de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est plein avec une texture sirupeuse. Forte effervescence en bouche. Présence d’alcool chaleureux en arrière goût. (Rating #688)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDIPSO (5133) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 19, 2006
Brown color with a moderate beige head. Hints of garnet when held to the light. Aromas of raspberries, licorice and a plethora of dark fruit. Heavy and nearly foreboding. Licorice has always been a less than pleasant love of mine, so perhaps that may play a part of my less than delight of this brew. Flavors licorice, star fruit and mild port. Complex yes, but not my type of flavor explosion.

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