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


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RATINGS: 1961   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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 14, 2006
Pours with a dark reddish-brown body topped by a thick head with a good amount of lacing. IT’s sweet and fruity with a nice malt note, a little almond and a touch of licorice. Medium bodied, smooth and dry.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
deReiger (11) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAR 9, 2006
Tried two bottles: 2005 and 2004 (at Kulminator). The 2005 was OK visually, but over-the-top sweetness killed it for me. Generally a rich beer with fruit and chocolate notes and enough sugar to kill a tooth. The 2004 was less sweet, but everything else was also less. Not complex and not particularly tasty. Is this the most over-rated beer here?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - MAR 8, 2006
Thanks to Yogi_Beera for this one, #600 for me, poured with a huge tan head, and a ruby/brown color, first taste was of candy sugar to me, very sweet, but mellows as it warms, alcohol noticable, but not overpowering, overall a bit sweeter than I like, but it would be great on a snowy day, in front of a fire.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
rpattinson (84) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAR 8, 2006
Dark brown colour with a tan head, dried fruit and carmel aroma; very sweet taswte with raisin and sugar aromas; sweet finish with more dates and raisin aromas. Surely one of the most over-rated beers. Far too sweet and lacking any great complexity. Not a patch on Rochefortoise Bruin, on which it is supposedly based. Where is the chocoalte flavour? Not a beer I would choose to drink orten - Gulden Draak is more complex and less cloying. Why do so many people think this beer is wonderful?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
presario (4828) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 5, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2007 Giant head on a beer of mixed shades. A wizard’s glass of brown clouds. Aroma is licorice root, yeast, alcohol and an air of sweetness. Flavour is mostly salt water toffee, licorice flavoured. A novelty beer that will not stay in the top 50. (or so I thought)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
auderale (605) - Minot, North Dakota, USA - MAR 5, 2006
Bottle at the Kulminator. Poured a dark brown with a large head. Had a caramely, malty aroma. It definitely tasted sweet with a little spice to it. Not too damn bad.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 3, 2006
murky brownish red, almost auburn or chesnut in nature; aroma is very dopplebock-like, with chocolate, dark berries, caramel, nuts, vanilla, molasses and raison ...flavor is of chocolate, dark fruit, raison, and bread...nice and smooth...very TASTY!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 26, 2006
2005 vintage. Many thanks to Walt for this bottle. Murky red-brown body, medium light tan head. Big, doppelbocky aroma, with strong caramels, toast, toffee, raisin, and prune. This reminded me of bread pudding. Sweet, sugary body with heavy malts. Raisin, prune, brown sugar, toffee, toast, and hints of chocolate made this a rich drinking experience. Alcohol was toned down. Complex and unique for the style. The heavy sweetness, though not cloying, prevents an even higher rating. Very good.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - FEB 24, 2006
Deep, dark brown with ruby highlights. Lasting pillowy tan head. Tempting aroma of dark sugar, spices, chocolate, figs, raisins and caramel. Flaavour is sweet, yet not cloying. Some wonderful notes of prunes, choc, raisins, caramel, figs and light spice. Celebration in a bottle. Medium, silky smooth body. Such a well balanced, tasty beer. Top class, and very moreish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sofajoern (146) - DENMARK - FEB 15, 2006
Wow - this made me completely forget, the sleet and cold winds outside for the entire evening. Gorgeous dark red body with lasting light tan head. Lots of dark fruits (raisins, plums, ripe berries) in both aroma and taste. Quite sweet with clear taste of brown sugar, but not too sweet. I imagine the glass will last me pretty much the whole evening - partly because I can just sit down and enjoy the aroma. I bet this would be lovely on its own as a dessert after a nice meal.

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