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


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RATINGS: 1935   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.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
popway (74) - California, USA - OCT 10, 2013
Blistering barnicles! I was not expcting this to be so fufilling, but the overall totality of the beer is impressive, a leatherly, slightly sweet swell, and dark opaque hue with a lingering brown swirl of cirrus head. medium sweetness, medium body, sticky, soft carbonation, mellow finish like fig. Ahoy! When do we set sail?

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
partchapol (54) - Ohio, USA - MAR 28, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2015 For 2013 version, Smell with malt, spice, caramel, come with dark brown with thin creamy crown, Taste a bit mild than its color and it?s alcohol %. Mid body, sweet, anise, toasty malt, coffee, caramel, very good, but not at perfect 100

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Desverger (2793) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 28, 2015
Bottle from BarleyWine, Copenhagen - dark brown pour with creamy beige head. Sweet malty aroma and taste, caramel, chocolate, brown sugar, earthy yeasty, dark dried fruits, spices, smooth mouthfeel, lovely.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Franckg (251) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 26, 2015
2011 Vintage. Smell of red berry and torrefaction. All explode in mouth with a final of coffee and anise. Discrete alcohol taste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nihtila (1158) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 26, 2015
11.10.2014. Black beer with strong spicy aroma, portwine like with sweet chocolate/toffee. Also hint of tobacco. Full bodied and rich. Quite sweet. Taste has sweet malts, coffee, tobacco, still portwine, cola, liquorice. This is for cold winter nights.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
VincentKabel (258) - Haarlem, NETHERLANDS - MAR 25, 2015
Very dark brown beer with a off-white head. Almost port like beer. With dark fruits, yeast, sugar and a sourness. Definite firm alcohol percentage. Very interesting beer but not really my cup of tea.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lukasmh (308) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 24, 2015
Bottle. Has vintage 2014 heads up with 2013, this is rating of 2013. Pours dark brown with very nice one finger lasting brown head. Aroma is loads of belgian yeast, port, dried fruits, raisins, prunes, brown sugar. Some nice chocolate and honey in there as well, bit spices to. Almost cakey. Toasty malts. This one is way more rounded after only a year. Taste is all the same. Sweet, belgian yeast, spices, dried fruits, burnt sugar, toasty malts and slight dry. Nice port/sherry booze and full body. Really a smooth classic! But one year makes is a lot more richer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alexanderdahl (47) - DENMARK - MAR 20, 2015
Bottle @ Fermentoren Aarhus. Pours dark Ruby. Lots of malty goodness in the nose, chocolate and oak wood. Swapping between 2014 and 2013, the 14 still has a bit sharper, yeasty hint to it, whereas the 13 is smoother and richer. Like a teenager growing into a woman - the perfume is nice, but age gives it finesse. Taste is like being hand-fed with gold dusted cocoa beans by a well trimmed monkey ; sweet and smooth chocolate, yet somehow a bit of wildness to it. Really a nice beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IPAgutten79 (673) - Skui, NORWAY - MAR 20, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2015 Mørk brun med lavt skum. Aroma av karamell, krydder og noe vanilje. Smaken er krydder, malt, tørket frukt og brun sukker. Medium/tykk konsistens

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kingstoni (1647) - FINLAND - MAR 20, 2015
Bottle. Deep amber color with a medium thick foamy head. Aroma of caramel, cinnamon and vanilla. Sweet taste with some sourness and bitterness. Medium body.

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Andy_ (859) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 20, 2015
330 ml bottle @ Tuulensuu
Dark cola colored beer with beige head. Aroma has brown sugar, plums, banana, cherry, liqueur and some coffee. Flavor has brown sugar, mämmi and malts. Palate is full with quite strong carbonation, slightly foamy. Finish has quite mild bitterness. Aftertaste has mämmi, brown sugar, dark fruits, vanilla and coffee. No signs of alcohol. Decent, but not totally my type of beer. The mämmi kind of sweetness reminds me even of Czech dark lagers.

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