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


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RATINGS: 2100   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 ĎPannepots,í or fishing boats, that could be seen along the coast, and the unique dark ale enjoyed by the local fishermen. Our Old Fishermanís 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 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - FEB 28, 2007
Pours a deep dark brown with a dense, rocky, light brown head. The head lasts to the very end leaving a small amount of foam in the bottom of the glass and thick lacing along the sides. The aroma is very good with notes of cinammon, chocolate, and dark fruits. Flavor is even more impressive as a symphony of chocolate, raisons, cinammon, raisons, nutmeg, and other flavors meld together. The palate is smooth with each sip a true enjoyment.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2007
Another big thanks to tpaliga. Head out of control. Good sweetness. Brown sugar. Dark fruit. Mellow, but very nice sweetness. This lives up to itís billing....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Lowe1983 (1480) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - FEB 27, 2007
Pours a dark brown color with a tan head. Aroma is of dark fruits, bananas, lemon, spices, and some alcohol. A very complex aroma. Flavor starts off light with the spices and bananas that give way to a slight roastiness of chocolate, caramel, and some molasses. Pretty thick on the palate. Finishes with some alcohol warming. Very delicious brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - FEB 26, 2007
NorCal tasting Feb 07 - This was just crazy good. A nice complex aroma of fruity esters, spicy bananas, nutmeg, ginger, alcohol and a sweet molasses angle. Appearance was a dark rusty brown in color, hazy with a nice 2 finger head. Mouthfeel was incredibly silky smooth and velvety. Flavors were nutty, dark fruits, anise, cookies with a sweet alcohol kick. Stunning beer that I am happy to have 2 more bottles of. YES!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Grovlam (4203) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 26, 2007
Bottle 33 cl. Head was huge fizzy and slightly off-white. Excellent lacing could be observed. Color was almost pitch black, until the glass was held directly under light. Then the color was dark brown. Delightful bouquet that reminded me of a good port wine. With other notes of fruit and floral as the baring notes. Molasses, caramel, light chocolate, banana, prune, spicy, date, raisin, ginger and to my surprise some smoke and soy sauce as well. Incredible complexity in the nose and mouth. Full bodied with a average carbonation and light warming alcoholic texture. Moderated sweet flavor, with burned bitterness to balance this mother of all Belgian Strong Ale. Finish is sweet and fruity with some smoke like feel. Wow that was mind-blowing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - FEB 25, 2007
Lots of beet candy, dried dark fruit flavors and very spicey. The palate is sticky sweet but extremly silky smooth and creamy. It finishes with some vegetable (asparagus), slight carbonation, sweet and with some toffee tones.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - FEB 24, 2007
UPDATED: APR 17, 2008 bottle: pours very dark dark brown almost black with very large tan head three fingers. very sweet aroma with lots of spices maybe clove and nutmeg. flavour is of spices and dark fruits. very sweet and spicey. lots of dark sugars in this one also.

rerate a year later bottle 2006: the pour is still thae same very dark brwon witha giant tan head. with good retention. the aroma is fantastic the beer has loss alot of the sweetness it had before now it is more like deep caramel still has great spice aromas. also has good dark fruits and some plum. touches of vanilla finish this aroma off. the flavour is a terrific spice that warms just enough. there is a good dark fruit taste that is very raisin. some dark sugars come into play but are not overly sweet. this beer rocks!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 21, 2007
Valley Brew tasting Feb 2007 - Aroma is complex and the first things that jump at me are cinnamon, clove and sweet bread. Dark malts give it some roasty chocloate and caramel. .Flavor is a thinner version of aroma. This is a place holder as a sample does not give one time to fully appreciate the complexities this brew has to offer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 20, 2007
11.2oz bottle thanks to thebeercellar2: Pours to an opaque dark brown body with a huge, frothy & lasting tan colored head that almost looks as though it has a little bit of red coloring it as well. The aroma shows an interesting blend of burnt mint leaf, pine bark, roasted clove, mild eucalyptus, but underlying all this is what smells mild, but hints at a strong roasted, caramel, toasted malt base, it even shows hints of coca-cola at times (which to me smells like cinnamon, sweet caramel, syrup, and lightly tart molasses). The flavors are quite complex and unfold in what seems like three stages. Initial sip: light pine, sweet sugar cane, caramel, and citrus hops hiding in the background. Middle, while fully in mouth: roasted pine bark, roasted nuts (almonds?), apple, pear, coke, a brief hit of alcohol, mint, basil?, mild wood or toasted oak. Finish: vanilla bean, chocolate, bitter cocoa bean, mild coffee-infused wood, and hints of a spice I just canít put my finger on - mint/sage? pine/eucalyptus? Medium-full bodied, lively carbonation, and rich. This is a very complex beer with superb spicing that never overpowers while blending with all the flavors to create a unified, yet diverse, tasting beer. The one MINOR thing that I donít like is that it is just a little on the sweet side. The extended aftertaste gives a bit of dried anise and cherry.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2008 330ml, 2006 bottle, sampled next to special edition pannepot. thanks to holdenn for sharing this. poured dark brown with tan patchy head, nice lacing, this just looks amazing. the head had tan and slightly darker tan colors and may be the best head iíve ever seen. nose is really pretty spicy but more christmas spicy like nutmeg, cardamon, and cinnamon, thereís some chocolate in there too. flavor is really complex and balanced with notes of nutmeg, chocolate, oak, caramel, brown sugar, buscuit, and plums. a great flavor and balanced to perfection. mouthfeel is wonderful, very creamy and smooth. mild alcohol noticed in nose and finish. very long palate. my only knock on this is itís slightly boozy. you can tell right away why this is a top 50 beer.8/5/8/5/18=4.4.

1/26/08, iíve had this several times since then and perhaps like westy 12, your first one will be the best one youíll ever have. i still love this beer but at times it can seem a touch too sweet, body too thin, and all though it isnít boozy at all the alcohol adds a noticible sweetness to it. however, Iím still in love with this beer. the aroma and flavor are extremely unique, as this sits among the great trappist abts as the best strong dark belgian ales. awesome beer. 4.2.

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