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


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RATINGS: 1992   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.19   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.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
hannont (2) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 3, 2010
2006 bottle...holy god am I ever impressed by this beer. The nose and flavors brim with figs, raisins, plums, cola and toffee. Mouthfeel is a tad on the thin side but appropriate for the style. If I had a St. Bernardus and a Westy 12 in front of me, I have little doubt that I would favor this in a blind tasting. Happy to have a few of these in the cellar.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
metalspice (300) - Jevnaker, NORWAY - AUG 1, 2015
Nesten helt svart, litt lys slipper gjennom i kantene. caffe latte farget skum. Duft av brent sukker, lakris, espresso og noe mørke bær. Litt "boozy" på slutten av duften. Smaken følger duften godt hvor spesielt det brente sukkeret trer frem mot slutten og inn i ettersmaken. Tykk, men lettdrikkelig munnfølelse hvor kullsyren kiler godt i munnhulen.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
IngetSlick (66) - - JUL 31, 2015
Bottle from Saveur Bière (2014). Small, beige head. Dark brown body. Smells of spices, nuts, vanilla, sugar, yeast. Tastes apricot, nuts, spices, roasted, sugar, coffee, vanilla. Sweet but mostly bitter. My favorite Belgian beer which I belive is at its best after 4-5 years.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
PauloAG (225) - BELGIUM - JUL 30, 2015
330bottle and on tap. Pours almost black with tanned creamy head. Highly complex brew. Lots of dark fruits, berries, dried figs, carob, raisins. A bit of coffee, chocolate, caramel, molases and dark candi syrup. Sweet but nicely balanced. Alcool well hidden, specially on tap and the beer from older bottles properly aged. Probably the closest I have to a favourite beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fombe89 (627) - Asturias, SPAIN - JUL 24, 2015
Botella. @Cimmeria, Oviedo 23/07/2015. Botella 2014. BBD: 31/11/2019 Color caoba, espuma beige, aroma malta, madera, sabor malta, dulce, pasas.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
charule (1587) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 21, 2015
Bottle from LP Binnys. Poured pretty much black with min beige head. Aroma deep brown sugar malt dark fruits. light carb med bod. Tastes light roast malty sweet drying. I dig

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gorkogrlo (225) - Zagreb, CROATIA - JUL 21, 2015
Bottle, from 2014. Brown color. Medium-big head with decent dose of lacing. Aroma of nuts, dark fruits, toast and maybe chocolate. In flavor again dark fruits, banana, rum with some honey and peppery notes. Sweet but have decent hop character. Not so much based on bitternes more based on flavor. 10% alc. Wow. If I was guessing I would tell it is more like 6-7%. I tried beers with 6% alcohol that have more alcohol character than this one. Overall: good beer, easy drinkable for its 10%. And if they are using t-58 yeast(which in my opinion is some kind of bad yeast, it is maybe not bad but I dont like it), what they say that they are using, you must respect this beer even more. Probably best beer in the world with that kind of the yeast.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
edgallow (2826) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 19, 2015
11.2 oz bottle pours hazy brown with a off white head. Aroma of malts, dried fruit and grain. Taste is fruit, malts and some bread.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sjohnh (446) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 18, 2015
Lovely dark brown colour, clear but almost opaque, shiny. Decent tan head. Full, creamy body, with soft carbonation. Aroma has banana, malt and dried fruits. Taste takes it up a level, with rum and raisin, salted caramel, soy, vanilla and port. Which can only add up to something very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SkillsFactory (178) - ITALY - JUL 15, 2015
2014 Lotto 4016040714. Tonaca di frate con riflessi caramello, schiuma beige poco persistente. Aroma acetico forte, cacao amaro, caramello, vino liquoroso, uva fermentata, leggermente legnosa. Al palato stesse caratteristiche, la gradazione alcolica è sorprendentemente ben nascosta anche se riscalda la bevuta in modo impeccabile. Corpo medio-pieno, ben carbonata, molto astringente.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rolfarild (146) - 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!

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