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


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RATINGS: 2135   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GoofproofTom (9) - Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - AUG 17, 2016 does not count
Smells of alcohol, fruit, herbs and spices. Completely black with barely any head. Taste is sweet with a lot of fruits, but this is nicely balanced out by the tones of herbs and roasted malts. Aftertaste is liquorice and herbs. Somewhat thick body. Not the best version of this beer, but still amazing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
darbeer75 (521) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - AUG 16, 2016
Aroma: heavily sweet with boozy, wine notes; Appearance: dark red-brown with thin, white head that dissipates quickly; Taste: follows nose; very rich and complex, not too boozy; delicious; Palate: heavy body with long, sweet finish; Overall: excellent example of a belgian; would definitely buy again when I can get it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
koleminer20 (2440) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 14, 2016
330 mL bottle shared with ebone1988. Got this one in a trade with Eddie. The pour is a darker brown/light black with a thicker and creamy light tan head that falls down to a thicker ring. The aroma is surprisingly fruity. There is a heavy grape and ripe fig but to it with minimal malts. It’s a bit winey, and interesting. Definitely not what I was expecting here. The flavor is really deep and complex. There is a good maltiness up front that produces bits of sweet toffee and light chocolate. The figs hold their own and offer a strong darkness to it. The grapes fade from bright and fruity to more of a dark and dry wine addition. It’s complex and good. The mouth feel is a little light and the carbonation is well done. There is a hint of wine on the back end, but the sweet malts and a light roast really balance out the dry finish. This isn’t as good as I was hoping. Overall, it’s not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ebone1988 (1372) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - AUG 14, 2016
Bottle shared with koleminer20, for the book. 2011 vintage. Finally. Aroma is caramel, chocolate, grapes, dark fruit, booze, spices, great. Appearance is dark brown, light brown head, viscous. Taste is fruity, caramel, chocolate, dark fruit, wine maybe, dry, sweet, good stuff. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy body, light carbonation, dry dark fruit aftertaste. Overall, this is really quite good.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mice (801) - FINLAND - AUG 9, 2016
2010: PE 24.9.2016. Vaahtoaa hieman ja jättää aavistuksen beigeä vaahtoa oluen pinnalle pitkäksi aikaa. Syvän tummanruskea olut, ei jätä pitsiä. Tuoksu karamellisen maltainen, tumman hedelmäinen ja luumuinen, vaniljainen, suklainen, todella viettelevän houkutteleva. Maku on yhtä lailla balanssissa huikean tuoksun kanssa. Makean maltainen, tumman hedelmäinen, suklainen, aavistuksen salmiakkinen ja mausteinen. Täyteläinen ja makea suutuntuma, paahteinen jälkipuolisko. Aavistuksen karkeampi varsinkin jälkimaun puolelta kuin Reserva 2009. Loistava! Keskenään vertailtuna (2009 Reserva & 2010 normaali) jälkimmäiselle piste enemmän ulkonäöstä vaahdon takia, Reservalle taas piste enemmän pehmeytensä ansiosta.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ulrikolsen (338) - DENMARK - AUG 8, 2016
Bottle 2010. Pours dark brown with tight tan head. Aroma has overripe and dried fruits like fig, date, prune, plum and vanilla snd some roasted notes and caramel. Taste is complex with dried fruits, like prune, dates, figs and some dustiness from the ageing. Alcohol well hidden and balanced sweetness. Very good beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerowl80 (228) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 8, 2016
Bottle. Pours dark brown. Aroma of raisen, dates and other dark fruits. Sweet and spicy taste. A little bit thinner than I expected. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rootsman (7) - - AUG 1, 2016 does not count

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pityu (681) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUL 17, 2016
Bottle - Hazy dark brown colour, medium and durable beige head with fine lacing. Fruity and toffee aromas with some cherries, raisins, caramel and some bread. Very sweet taste with some cherries, vanilla, raspberries and caramel. Full body, moderate carbonation, oily mouthfeel, sweet and complex finish. Nice strong ale with fruity notes and well disguised alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mark_Eck (1921) - - JUL 16, 2016
Bottle. Pours black. Aroma and taste are dark fruit, brown sugar, and spices.

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