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


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RATINGS: 2139   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 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 2, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2007 Bottled. Gift from stegosaurus. Dark brown pour with 2 finger tan head. Caramel \ chocolate aroma with a hint of raisin. Roasted malt taste with hints of tofee and vanilla. This beer got better and better as it warmed thats when the fruit also became more apparent. I found this quite odd and blended extremely well. A + WORK !!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 2, 2007
Thanks to egajdzis for breaking this out to do a side-by-side tasting... Appears a dark brown with a dark beige head that slowly fades out into a mild cap. Smell is of anise up front, vanilla beans, cumin, basil, oregano notes, pine...overly spiced IMO. The saving grace is the mineral quality that comes from the water source. It seems similar to Westy with those minerals in mind. Taste is of the mentioned aromas with the spices coming through to compliment the sugary base. Unfortunately, the spices seem to win out. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, smooth, with spices clinging to the palate. This one was knocked out by the Denmark version, Pannepøt, which didn’t have the over abundance of spice present.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
henrikb (1262) - Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 2, 2007
2005 - Red-brown body, quite big beige head leaving some lacing; Great aroma, settled, incredible well made, fruity, malty; Big soft carbonation on very deep body, very complex and incredibly settled; Strangely enough the finish seems a bit short compared to the quality of the rest of the beer. One of the most drinkable beers there is. I like the 2005 better then the early vintages which I found to sweet (I remember that I didn’t finish my first Pannepot). I still find it a very little to sweet.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerdedone (3228) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 2, 2007
Pours a dark brown with a big tan head. Aroma of caramel, dark fruit and brown sugar. Flavor is rich caramel, alcohol, spices and dark fruit .Medium to full body. An excellent belgian strong.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
smcd (366) - USA - MAR 31, 2007
DElicious. Not much one can add to what is already here ... just know this is a really good beer. Deeply complex and willing to reveal secrets throughout the quaffing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - MAR 30, 2007
Bottle. Shared with Bartzilla. I really liked this one - Dark, malty, with lots of spices going on. Almost a dubbel. Despite the alcohol, I thought this was really easy to drink. I paired it with a big, fat greasy California burrito from Tino’s. A food paring that would probably make your typical beer nerd cringe, but it was right up my alley.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bb (8539) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 30, 2007
Bottle. 2006 Vintage. Brown beer with a huge light brown head. Big chocolate aroma with some roast, earth, and spice. Rich caramel flavor with lot’s of toffee, chocolate, slight roast and some yeasty earthiness that lingers. Fuller bodied. High carbonation. Alcohol is present. LIngering caramel, brown sugar, molasses. Some raisiny notes. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bgburdman9 (861) - columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2007
Finally rating this. Poured a dark brown with a huge light brown head. Aroma was of dark fruits, rich sweetness, and maybe a light smokiness. Flavor was so rich and creamy for a belgian which is something I do not notice that often. Had a light alcohol feel at the end of the tongue a second after sipping. After a few puffs on a cigar the fruitiness increased and changed the flavor slightly. Excellent beeer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - MAR 27, 2007
Deep red, expansive light brown head. Fizzy, medium-full body. Tons of smooth malty goodness, orange peel, bit of anise and ginger. Powerful brew that drank fairly easily. Did not take notes but this is top notch.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - MAR 26, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2008 Wow, really enjoyed this one. Smelled sweet and rich. Poured with a big head that diminished into a small head that lasted. Flavor was chewy caramel, chocolate, tons of spice, all blended just perfectly. Mouthfeel was almost that of a champagne, with very small bubbles in the mouth. A very full flavored belgian brew.

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