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


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RATINGS: 1965   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.19   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
rodbod (71) - SCOTLAND - APR 23, 2015
Immense! rich, malty, complex, immaculately balanced. This is deservedly rated 100. A must-try beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bygers (946) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 22, 2015
Bottle 0,33l. Poures a dark almost black colour. The aroma is sweet, molasses dark dried fruit, dates, raisins. Taste is rich and sweet, caramel, spices, complex fruits. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gregwilsonstl (1280) - Missouri, USA - APR 17, 2015
Dark black. Really good. Much more malty then a normal belgian. Caramel. Some banana. Yeasty. I’m surprised i like this. Tasted at Carter’s bottle share.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Saeglopur (839) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - APR 17, 2015
330 ml bottle, vintage 2009.
Dark brown body, with a medium, dense, creamy, dark beige head.
Full aroma of dried fruits, nuts, almond, sherry, wine, spices.
Taste isn’t as big as expected, even quite one-dimensional, mostly sweet, with dried fruits, nuts, almond, red wine, spices.
Medium, oily mouthfeel, with a soft carbonation.
Finishes astringent, a bit alcoholic, quite dry, a bit bitter, but not very aromatic, with some nutty and some wine like notes.

Quite disappointing to be honest. Too one-dimensional for my taste. Maybe it wasn’t stored well (bought this about a year ago, 5 years after bottling), or it even doesn’t age as good as the vintage labelling suggests? I don’t know. Will definitely rerate when I get a fresh one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tomekboniek (203) - Warsaw, POLAND - APR 17, 2015
Beczka. Barwa ciemno-bordowa. Brak piany. Aromat czekolady, śliwek, rodzynek. W smaku delikatna czekolada, orzechy, suszone owoce, mam wrażenie jak bym pił pół wytrawne czerwone wino. Niskie wysycenie. Kolejny piwo z browaru Struise, godne polecenia. Niesamowite piwo.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
huineman (372) - Madrid, SPAIN - APR 12, 2015
So dark it’s black. The brown head disappears as fast as lightning. Very intense aromas: caramel, chocolate, dates, coffee, cardamom, even HP sauce. Powerful, soft and creamy. The main flavours are sweet, sour and umami. Low carb, long finish. One of the greatest.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dambor (161) - Berlin, GERMANY - APR 10, 2015
Pours dark brown with small head. Aroma: heavy sirup-like aroma of dried fruit, including plums, peaches, grapes, raisins, with a very pleasant rum/bourbon aroma. Taste: very complex, with plums and raisins in the foreground, followed by raisins and a pleasant alcoholic warming effect in the palate. This is a very big and complex beer. Fantastic example of Belgian beer craftsmanship.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
klm1 (389) - - APR 6, 2015
Bottle Vintage 2010. Dark reddish brown colour. smell of dark fruits, oak, herbs etc. Taste of plums, oak, berries, caramel, herbs, florals, hint of tobacco. overall very complex and delisious beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CraftBeerNick (1176) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 4, 2015
Bottle at home, 5th April 15, 2014 vintage. Poured dark almost black. The aroma is sweet, molasses dark dried fruit, dates, raisins. Taste is rich and sweet, complex fruits. Nice but quite sweet for my palate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Moravius (775) - Berlin, GERMANY - MAR 31, 2015
Flasche (Jahrgang 2013, 33 cl) von Hopfen & Malz, Berlin-Wedding. - Tiefes Rotbraun, trüb. - In der Nase schwere, sirupartige Malzsüße, Pflaumenmus, Anklänge von Anis und spritige Schwere. - Antrunk breit dunkelmalzig und plump süß mit Pflaumenmus und ein wenig holziger Herbe. Erstaunlich plump und wenig subtil. Der Alkohol schmeckt deutlich heraus. Im Abgang etwas holzige Herbe. - Enttäuschend wenig komplex für ein derart berühmtes Bier.

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