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


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RATINGS: 2058   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Palidor19 (3113) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2007
Now this is something worth writing about. This a Belgian at its very best. When I first poured it, the first thing I noticed was how big the bubble were on the head of the beer. not to mention the fullness and frothiness of the opaque color head. The taste is a cornucopia of tropical fruits, berry fruits, elegant spices and rich chocolate caramel flavors. its got a nice thick presence that rushes your tastes buds. This is a winner!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
steve/brandon (3) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2007 does not count
This beer was recommended to me by Matta who I met @ my local beer store. A very good beer, rather thick but drinkability is high none the less. He did not lead me wrong, I will be buying this beer again. If you are in the mood for a heavy Belgian Style ale this will not disappoint. Very frothy and the taste is great. It was a beer purchase I do not regret.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eaglefan538 (2982) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 15, 2007
UPDATED: APR 26, 2007 WOWEE!!!! Unbelievable. I heard some hype about this one, but wasn’t believing it. Am thrilled, however, to have given this a shot, totally knocked me out with amazement. The pour was deep dark chocolate brown, no light passing through, no burgundy, yet not black. The head was whomping large, tan to chocolate in color, pillowy, fluffy all over everywhere, darned hard to get in the glass, rings of lacing left all over the place, a pretty site. The aroma was incredibly complex, interesting melding of almost orval like aromas (yet this is dark!!!), grapes, coriander, cinammon, other spices, grapes, light floral and rose petals, apples, just wonderful. Left wondering, why so dark, where are the dark fruits and chocolate? Well, the flavor takes flight with rich dark fruits, chocolate, nuts, citrus tones underneath (some oranges), all with a background of grapes, apples, spicing, and floral character. A touch too sweet (although within this style you tolerate sweet) to be perfect, yet just delightful, and complex enough to be anything but cloyingly sweet. Where is the 10% alcohol, man this is smooth and quiet. The mouthfeel had a touch too much of a sticky feel, but man, this was incredible otherwise. One of the best new beer experiences I’ve had in a long while. Outstanding! Re-rate, Feb07, nearly the same experience with a tad more caramel coming out behind it all. Re-rate, Apr07, caramel and some slight metallic or oxidized notes present underneath all of the otherwise beatiful flavors. Will stick with numbers, but either this isn’t as good as it was brand spanking new, or I over-rated it a little bit the first time. Heck, maybe the Orval I had before it this time just put all other beers in their proper place?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
KAME (160) - California, USA - JAN 15, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2009 Bottle shared by awaisanen, thanks again Andy. After an evening of tasting great brews, Andy was kind enought to finish things off with a bottle of Pannepot. After experiencing a diminishing love affair with Belgian Strong Ales, I am glad that Struise Pannepot was able to bring me right back, more spry than ever. The aroma is ungodly; full of dark fruits and ginger spices, hints of black licorice and caramel malts fill the nose until you can’t wait any longer and have to take a sip. The first taste is a beautiful velvety montage of sweet malts, dark spices, and Belgian yeast. This brew definitely takes some time to appreciate its complexity, but doing so will be a rewarding experience. I was extremely impressed with this fine offering, and hope that I may get to try this again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
nick76 (4336) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 14, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2007 The aroma has lots of dark fruit, brown sugar, spices, toasted malt and a touch of chocolate flavored coffee. The appearance is dark brown/maroon with some yeast chunks and what amounts to an explosively large head. It literally ran out of my glass and all over the counter. The flavor is like the aroma and very complex. The palate is smooth with an astringent finish. This is a very rich complex Belgian.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
petermadsen (390) - Vesterbronxxx, DENMARK - JAN 11, 2007
dense, black and with a light brown head, nearly coca-cola style, although much more persistent. The aroma is complex and the first whisp gives the impression of heaps of black and spec. B malts in the beer. The Flavour... Almost as enjoying the holy supper in one of the few danish churches serving good port. I get the same sensation of the magnificent taste and the imbibation of something holy. The beer seems so full, that 360 degress wouldn’t be enough if it was a circle. The most tiny sip fills your mouth in a way that makes you feel that your jaw will drop and the whole thing will spill down your shirt (or whatever you are wearing...) Intense dried fruit, liqurice, loads of malt and a nice bit of chocolate. This monster of a taste is caged in a dense and thick liquid, but the carbonation makes it light, easy and highly drinkable like a this kind of beer should be.... Im listening to ’Wild Horses’ by the Stones. Its nearly as classy as the beer. But only nearly...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jiffypark (31) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 7, 2007
Very spicy, very active head. Poured it and took in that darkish red robe... One sip and I thought: Orval. Would have it again, most definitely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tish (35) - In transition at the moment, Indiana, USA - JAN 7, 2007
Fully body, thick with a lot of spice flavor. It went well with Christmas Eve.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smartlung (159) - Valrico, Florida, USA - JAN 6, 2007
bottle from Knightly in Orlando - had been drying to try this one - think chunky chocolate over pour (almost like I never had poured before) - taste of molasses, fruits and heavy on the spices - incredibly complex - very sticky and sweet - one to savor for dessert - very much reminded me of a port - not what I expected.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 5, 2007
From a 330mL Bottle, 2006 Vintage. OMG. This is not what I expected at all. The aroma grabs ahold of me instantly as I pop the cap, erupting a geyser of tan head out of the bottle neck. Deep dark, chocolatey brown pour with a massive, gushing head of rich mocha brown. Impermeable to light, with only a subtle tinge of tobacco red to add some color complexity to the thick, dark body. Deep, molasses rich gingerbread wafts from the glass, heavy on the ginger spice. Some milky coconut adds a touch of vanilla lightness, complimenting additional aromas of dark, juicy, spicy, dried figs that tantalize my nostrils. Sticky, brown sugar coated Virginia whole leaf. Full bodied, richly carbonated mouthfeel... and the flavor is even more intense than the aroma. My love affair with dark Belgian strong ales has officially been rekindled after a drought of not tasting anything truly amazing. Gooey, thick flavors of chocolate fudge and backstrap molasses coat the tounge, spiced with some ginger and a hint of black pepper. Some soy marinated orange peel and lightly smoked malt supplement wonderfully. Heavy, brandy-like caramelization - amazing. Star anise and cinnimon combine in a yeasty spice finish. Its almost like a hybrid baltic porter, rauchbier, and Belgian strong ale. So much flavor packed into a 330mL bottle that I instantly feel gluttonous for drinking this one by myself. Fantastic, thick, decadent dessert. For me, this beer is to Dark Belgian strong ales what Still Nacht Reserva 2000 is to golden Belgian strong ales.

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