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


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RATINGS: 1949   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - JAN 29, 2006
A very well balanced yeasty-biscuit syrup decadently saturated with caramel-maple hints and and nicely alcoholic. A sweet, rich mix of brown sugarand pecans and raisins and figs and pomengranate and bread pudding and baklava. Thick and satisfying, and now I want a bottle all to myself.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 20, 2006
Tasted at a Danish beer enthusiasts’ club meeting. Tan frothy head on a dark red body. The aroma alone announces an exceptional brew, and the taste surely does not disappoint. It felt warm and inviting. Hints of fruits and chocolate, brown sugar, sweet yet bitter, it plays on all registers, like a symphony. Definitely one of the best I have experienced. Congratulation to BierKönig and his Řlbutik for tqking the initiqtive to i;port this excellent beer/

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - JAN 15, 2006
bottle courtesy of Philip. great aroma of caramel and fruit. slightly hazy dark brown in color with a tannish head and plenty of lace. sweet caramel flavors with some ripe fruit and brown sugar. quite good but flavors were not as complex as I expected. very enjoyable brew, thanks again Phil

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
heemer77 (5156) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 15, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2009 Another top fifty beer. Thanks for sharing, Duane. The dark red body had a medium tan colored head. The aroma was iced tea with peaches and ginger. There was also a definite chocolate note. The taste was initially sweet chocolate cake. There was also some toffee and mild Red Delicious apples. A very soft mouthfeel and the alcohol isn’t detected. A solid beer. Sampled again from a 330 ml bottle of the US 2006 version. Still, a soild beer, but not extraordinary.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GarethYoung (1109) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JAN 15, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2007 [bottle from kulminator] the first beer i drank in kuminator bar. great aroma of ripe fruit, raisins, chocolate, figs, candy floss. big smooth body, i love this shit, Carlo is a legend!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Britales (56) - Cape Charles, Virginia, USA - JAN 6, 2006
12oz. bottle 2005 from The Bier Temple. Deep brown color, ivory head!Sweet aroma of caramel and fruit! Burnt sugars, prunes and some cookie dough out front with some bitterness and definite alcohol presence in the back! Yeah this is very nice!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2006
2005 bottle. Thanks to Walt for this one. Murky, dark brown pour with a loose tan head. Sweet and smokey, heavy caramel and over ripe fruit aroma. Very sweet in flavor with coffee, caramel, some woodiness, some spiciness and some multi vitamin. Quite fortifying, if a bit sweet for my tastes. Reminds me of Midnight Sun M.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 16, 2005
12.10.05 This bottle thanks to Dickinsonbeer at RLB YEHA-05, maybe my 4th time sampling it. Messy brown pour is a bit murky and sits looking mostly still below a small brown head. The aroma is doughy, biscuit, raisin bread, rocky road ice cream with fudge; it’s chocolate and ovaltine. Absolutely gorgeous stuff, softly roasted, almond and praline, melted marshmallow and graham, vinous, integrated yeasty spice. Like some other giant Belgians, this one delights the palate with more eff than you’d expect, yet is still velvety smooth and chamois soft. Beautifully fragrant throughout. I’m babbling.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IMtheOptimator (1162) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - DEC 12, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2008 Rerate: 2006 vintage. A gusher that I barely managed to get into my glass before it coated my entire kitchen. Poured a murky brown with a small fizzy light tan head. Aroma is spicy with notes of cinnamon, wheat bread, a bit of alcohol. Flavor is both sweet and dry with notes of honey wheat bread, cinnamon, molasses, some floral essences, with a touch of metallic bitterness in the finish. Body is light and sparkling, which was awfully refreshing. Though with the almost gingerbread-like spiciness, I was hoping this would be a bit more viscous. It certainly doesn’t feel like a big beer... except when the alcohol hits. Some really nice flavors and well balanced, though not everything I’ve enjoyed in my absolute favorite Belgian strongs.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (9570) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2007 Poured a darker and cloudy brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of dark fruits, yeast, caramel, light chocolate and brown sugar. Tastes of dark fruits, caramel and some chocolate. On the sweeter side (but not cloying). 8 4 8 4 17

Re-rate. Tasted this along side the ’Authentic’ version. This time around I also got a lot of spices in addition to the other mentioned aromas and tastes; ginger, spruce, and a bunch more. I liked the other version better and had to lower the scores on this one a bit.

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