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


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RATINGS: 1993   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.2   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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rolfarild (147) - NORWAY - JUL 14, 2015
Unclear brown. Beige head. Aroma of a lot of dried fruits. Taste is brown sugar, spice, caramell, coffee, chocolate, dried fruit. I realy look forward to the Reserva!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
luttonm (3290) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 14, 2015
Draft at MastroBirraio in Trieste. 2014. Deep brown, tall tan soapy head. Sweet, soft caramel, lots of banana, touch of coffee. Sweet, complexity is hinted at, good base but not as impressive as special editions demonstrate. Nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daleharshman (976) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 13, 2015
2011 vintage. 11.2 ounce bottle purchased at fourteen months ago at Brothers Provisions in San Diego ($7.00). POURS a dark brown hue with rusty highlights (with lots of floaties visible in bright light) and a half finger of tan foam. AROMA of rich sweet toffee, milk chocolate liqueur, fragrant pipe tobacco, molasses, port, dark fruit, and light holiday spice. FLAVOR of sticky dark toffee, nutty caramel, port, dates, raisin, "woody" milk chocolate, mild spice, brown sugar, and molasses. Not really cloying but a bitter over sweet. Holds the high ABV well without being too heavy. I had a 2009 vintage a couple year ago that I had aged, but my father-in-law just pulled it from the fridge one day and drank it one day when he was visiting (he’s not into craft beer by the way). So I got a new bottle and aged it. Not sure how this would be when "fresh" but it’s excellent with four years on it, though I found that I do slightly prefer the Reserva as well as the Pannepeut (still looking for that Grand Reserva). (1981, 973)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sm89walt (1816) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 11, 2015
Rating #1800. 2010. 330ml bottle. Poured a murky, slightly particulate, deep - near opaque, in fact - brown with a large though mostly fading tan head. Rich aromas of rum, raisin and prune. Some chocolate, yeasty complexities and caramelised sugar. Tastes just as good whilst being both smooth and showing power. Full-bodied, soft to medium carbonation and finishes long combining a roasty, liquorice-toned bitterness and a sweet, dried fruit accent. At once both intense and complex yet balanced.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Birrananda (16) - - JUL 10, 2015
pours deep brown caramel color and a foamy head fading quickly. aroma is liquorice as in Dutch dropje candy and port sherry. taste is first dried liquorice fruits, dried prunes. aftertaste is dates, toffee, chocolate truffles. moutfeeel is creamy and medium bodied.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
borre_m (688) - NORWAY - JUL 8, 2015
Pours dark brown, nut brown head. Aroma is is wine like, prune. Taste has licorice, balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
domienS (226) - Oostakker, BELGIUM - JUL 3, 2015
Pours a black beer with a medium beige head. Smells of burnt malts, coffee, chocolate. Tastes malty bitter. Leaves a fine gentle palate composed of malty (burnt) bitterness and candy sugar. Great balanced beer! No wonder this classic for Belgian beer lovers.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dandeman (654) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 1, 2015
Fruits noirs, dattes, raisins secs, pruneaux en olfactif. Un peu de mélasse et de céréales aussi . Liquide brunâtre, presque noir. Un goût de cerises au marasquin trempé dans du Kirsch. Des notes de pruneaux et de fruits noirs. Un soupçon d’épices n’aurait pas nui. Bière superbement élaborée. Une large palette de saveurs. Effervescence bien dosée. Rencontre tous les standards d’une grande bière.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hikeg (44) - - JUN 29, 2015
2014 vintage. Pours dark brown with average light brown creamy head. Heavy toasted malty aroma with notes of coffee, caramel and cookie. Moderate hoppy aromas with orange. Yeasty aromas with cheese and broth. Notes of cinnamon, prune and gingerbread. Heavy sweet taste, long finish with medium bitter, some acidic and salt. Medium to full body with almost creamy texture, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ctipping (226) - Florida, USA - JUN 25, 2015
330 mL bottle poured into a goblet. 2010 vintage. Very dark brown. Almost like a light stout. Some light penetrates at the edges, but it’s a dark quad for sure. Nice khaki head with no lacing on the glass and very few bubbles once the head recedes. Outrageous smell. Caramel, dark fruits, roasted malts, bananas, everything. So complex, so delicious smelling. It even has a hint of leather, much like an old ale. The malt complexity is amazing. Taste is not quite as complex as the smell, but still fantastic. The caramel is a bit more dominant and the fruit flavors aren’t as pronounced, but still present. Those earthy, leathery smells translate into an earthy bitterness in the finish. Remarkably easy to drink (and dangerously so) as a 10% quad. A little dry, but not too much. Medium heavy bodied, but not a bit syrupy. Slightly boozy, but not overpowering. A fascinating and very different take on the style.

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