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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2143   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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yngwie (16524) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 1, 2006
Bottled. Clear brown beer with a reddish note. The head is small, creamy and beige, and it lasts for a while. Complex aroma with tobacco, sugar, dried fruits and spices. The alcohol is surprisingly missing. Quite sweet, but indeed pleasant flavor with brown sugar, tobacco, dried fruits, grapes and raisins. Creamy and sweet in the mouth. A beautiful beer I really loved to taste again, and hope to repeat. (060714)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TBone (16197) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 27, 2005
Bottled 33cl (BB 07/2007)
Almost opaque black, big foamy tanned head. Rye-bread, chocolat, berries, hay and roasted malts in the nose. Full-bodied. Sweet, tickling carbonation. Chocolate, candy sugar, metal notes. Huge ageing potential but didn’t impress me. Don’t believe the hype.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brokensail (16057) - Dublin, California, USA - MAY 14, 2010
A: The pour is a dark red-brown color with a solid, creamy tan head on top. S: A really rich fruity, chocolatey aroma. There are a lot of dark fruits and berries, particularly blueberries and cherries. A really strong malt and bread component as well. T: The fruity and malty sweetness comes out of the gates strong. There is a bit of chocolate, caramel, and toffee. In terms of fruits, blueberries, red grapes, and cherries. A hint of alcohol as the beer warms. M: A fairly full bodied beer with a really full and creamy carbonation. D: You can never go wrong with this one, and I’m happy to see how well it holds up to aging. A really fantastic beer and I wish I had bought more.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Oakes (15806) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 10, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2012 Original rating: Muddy brown colour like chocolate fudge. Large, dense head. Voluptuous aroma - figs, milk chocolate, sherry, alcohol, fruitcake, demerara, double devonshire cream...dessert in a glass. Silky sweet palate - this beer glides effortlessly like Lijiang Yinjiu. A sensual combination of the softest Belgian chocolate, the sweetest dates, whisky nectar - the lush maltiness of Ardbeg without the phenols. Pannepot is evocative - the guilty euphoria of a childhood bowl of chocolate chip cookie dough. This is an artist’s finest hour - a masterpiece.

2006 bottle, consumed in 2012. Dark brown, there was some head early, and it’s opaque I think with yeast. The aroma is sweet, sugary malts with light, date and fig dark sugars. Silky sweet, very smooth. There are some soy sauce notes from oxidation, but a very refined beer with a lot of luscious sweet sugars. This is very good, although I don’t like it as much as a fresh Pannepot. 3-8-9-4-17 = 4.1

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dedollewaitor (15579) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 11, 2007
Dark brown with creamy brown lasting head & really nice lacings. Aroma is WAUW - Brown sugar, dark malts, Fruits - figs/prunes etc. - real Belgium complexity. Strong taste - filling mouthfeel - light warmth. Surprisingly little alcohol flavor. A bit highly carbonated. Long finish!!!!!! Up there with the best!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chrisv10 (15524) - DENMARK - JUN 5, 2010
33 cl bottle from 2007. Brown/Amber with off-white head. Flavour is malt, caramel, fruit, slightly sweet, vanilla.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MiP (15304) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - APR 27, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2005 Bottle. Sweet dried fruit aroma. Dark chestnut colour. Stable light brown head. Sweet flavour, distinct liquorice notes. Quite high carbonation, creamy mouthfeel. Thanks to Lachesis for this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 20, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2006 Dark brown - lasting offwhite head. Powerfull + fullbodied. Licorice, malty, hoppy, sweet, some candy, dried fruits, spices. A very good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (14999) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 25, 2010
2007 vintage. Pours muddy brown. Vinous notes. Nose and taste of sour apple, vinegar, prunes and raisins.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcberko (14678) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 10, 2010
11.2 oz vintage 2006 bottle sent from Dany / Glouglouburp, pours dark brown with a medium beige / tan head. Very complex aroma of black currants, raisins, plum, molasses and caramel. Dark roasty malt flavour upfront, with the complex dried fruits coming in immediately after, also with burnt caramel and molasses. Wonderful.

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