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


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RATINGS: 1903   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 22, 2005
Dark, clear garnet with a thin, tightly packed off-white head. Caramel, licorice, molasses, raisins, oily nuts, lightly toasted bread, coriander, port wine and some mild alcohol. An incredible, supple, smooth body with perfect carbonation. The flavors are good, lots of malt and some spice, with the alcohol taking no effect whatsoever, except perhaps, adding a little warmth. Probably a little sweet, but time will dry that out some, making a truly superb beer world-class. The finish is long, smooth and clean. Carlo, I can’t wait until this makes it to the US, but until then, thanks for this bottle!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2005
Bitter piney aroma, combined with an elderberry-like component, muddy brown, creamy tan head. Distinctive flavour with the malt and elderberry. Pleasant mouthfeel. Most unusual for the style. Thank You so much Unstrup!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DanielBrown (3962) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2005
Bottle at RBESG Grand Tasting 05. Dark brown, big head. Sweet blended smell, nice. Complex - tobacco, cake mixture, berry, sweet, savoury. Superb blended sweetness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 18, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2007 Bottle (re-rate): A wonderful beer. Lots of spiceyness, chocolate, caramel, dark fruit, cassis. Mouthfeel is smooth, rich, and well balanced. Warming, but not noticable alcohol in the finish. Almost the perfect dark Belgian strong ale for me, tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sayravai (4673) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 14, 2005
(Bottled, 2004 vintage, BBE 07/2007) Very dark brown color with a huge, foamy, lasting, beige head. Big aroma of sweet malt, dried fruit, lots of hops, anise. Very intensely sweet, fruity and malty, chocolatey, barley-port-wineous flavor with a roasty, almost burned, dryish-ashy and bitter finish. Sweetness is a bit less pronounced with the yeast poured in - but still, together with the full body, hides the high ABV completely. Very full-bodied, syrupy-sugary, smooth palate with soft carbonation. Pannepot is like scotch ale, barley wine, trappist, dry stout and sweet port wine, all poured into one. Like tbone_ said, has huge aging potential, but at this age, it’s way too sweet. Still, when rating a beer this huge and complex, one just can’t settle for a score less than 4. Can’t wait to get hold of a 3-year-old bottle... These are the beers you keep on rating for.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Bugrat (60) - Cph. V, DENMARK - AUG 7, 2005
One of the most complex beers I’ve ever had. Just so much happening in your mouth when drinking it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 5, 2005
RBSG 05. Pours a yeasty chunky and murky brown with a nice tight light beige head. Aroma is moslty sweet with lots of caramel and toasted malts, and then there is a bunch of belgian yeasty flavors and candi sugar sweetness. Lots of fruit in the flavor like plum and raisin. Very malty all the way through with lots of taosted malts, chocolate, and munich like flavors. Smooth finish and mouthfeel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 3, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2005 Murky brown w/ frothy pale tan foam. Aroma is sweet & yeasty (candy) w/ a chocolaty richness & fruity goodness--a rich melange of milk chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, raisins, figs, brandy, pineapple, dates & cream. Soft, lively, silky feel. Flavour is rich & complex--sweet & fruity w/ a slight brandy-ish edge.

Pannepot is my "Beer of the Summer Gathering 05." It was brilliant. I also had the added pleasure of coming to this beer with absolutely no expectations. It had managed elude my attention. What a treat.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 29, 2005
hazy brown, beige head. fruity, yeasty, very complex aroma with notes of chocolate and fruitcake, nuts, toffee and a hint of ginger. flavours hold mostly dark malkt and chocolate with some maple and boozy port notes. not as complex as the aroma and very very sweet. a good beer, right now could be drunk on its own for dessert, with age I think it would tunr to the classic everyone thinks it is now.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
radiomgb (2422) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 29, 2005
Bottle. Cloudy brown in colour, tan coloured head, lingering lace. Aroma of gingerbread, caramel, chocolate, toffee, dark fruits. The flavour was slighty yeasty, some spices, chocolate fruit cake, slightly sweet. Smooth mouthfeel, medium body, medium-high carbonation, no noticable alcohol. Finishes with a lingering bitterness, some warmth. Truly phenomenal stuff.

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