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


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RATINGS: 1999   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.19   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hezron (611) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 11, 2006
Aroma is very strong, with lots of dried figs, wild berries and tons of caramel malt with a touch of smoke. Dark, mostly opaque mahogany brown with a thin, off-white head. Sweet flavor that is loaded with complex malty flavors that include chocolate, dried fruit, licorice, caramel and cigar smoke. Murky and complex. Medium-full body and very creamy. Thanks to the person brought and shared this!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zeswaft (1482) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - AUG 10, 2006
My last belgian beer in belgium and if i had my way the last one ever. dark color and one of those sweet bsa’s like abaye des rocs brun or whatever.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluevegie (3067) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 10, 2006
24/05/05. Brugges. Deep dark cherry red with an off-white head. Funky musty aroma. Semi sweet start that stated to get heavier. Quite enjoyed this drop.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CMUBEERMAN (426) - - AUG 10, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2007 the american release of this isn’t so hot **** Pretty good stuff. Pours a chestnut brown with a small head. Aroma is intense spice and fruit. Flavor is the same with a bit of alcohol and much more sweetness than I expected. Mouthfeel isn’t as heavy as I expected...or compared to similar brews. Very well balanced and quite a big beer in its own respects.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yngwie (15567) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 1, 2006
Bottled. Clear brown beer with a reddish note. The head is small, creamy and beige, and it lasts for a while. Complex aroma with tobacco, sugar, dried fruits and spices. The alcohol is surprisingly missing. Quite sweet, but indeed pleasant flavor with brown sugar, tobacco, dried fruits, grapes and raisins. Creamy and sweet in the mouth. A beautiful beer I really loved to taste again, and hope to repeat. (060714)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Pailhead (5747) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JUL 25, 2006
Bottle: Shared by the artist formerly known as wolhfs. I also received one in a trade with Phillip, but unfortunately I dropped that one and it broke. Excellent aroma of dark fruits, yeast, moderate chocolate, licorice, and a hint of alcohol. Pours a dark brown with some orange tine and a small beige head. Lots of dark fruit, residual sugar, chocolate, toffee, and raisin. Flavors really blend well together and incredibley smooth for 10%. Alcohol is barely noticeable. Outstanding!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 5, 2006
Thanks to sk8viking for this beer. This pours an opaque dark brown with a large head that stays around for a while. The flavors are very complex: apples: cinnamon, chocolate, raisns and a few other goodies. Tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
sloth (2648) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUL 3, 2006
05 vintage from a 33cl bottle, no government warning on the label, nice! Bottle acquired in a recent trade with Eyedrinkale. Large tan head, excellent retention, laceing is minimal, stringy at times spotty at others. Chestnut brown color, hazy with deep copper colored edging. Nose is rich, fruity apple notes with some coriander and chocolate, spicey. Body is medium with a surprisingly gentle carbonation, a touch oily. Nice. A blend of fruit flavors, orange, apples, raisins meld nicely with the chocolate and caramel flavors, the spices hanging around. A hint of licorice, bready malts and toffee making themselves known. 10% alcohol is nowhere to be found, amazing! Finish is lightly sweet and fruity. A real treat indeed. Thanks Mike! You da f*&# -->n man!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
elektronikfagtekniker (891) - kbh, DENMARK - JUL 1, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2007 bottle. murky deep brown color. malty and spicy. very sweet but also complex. taste last for quite a while.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2006
2005 bottle shared with Hogtown Harry and Blankboy, Harry’s bottle. Milky hazy brown, bib bubbly brown head. Malt, spice, light chocolate flakes, and sourness in aroma - really really nice and unique. Wow, incredible taste: tons of sweet chocolate, malt, slight spice - alcohol is barely present. Fruity finish. Complex and unique, my description has not done it justice. I loved it and it exceeded expectations.

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