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


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RATINGS: 1825   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Travlr (11342) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 29, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2010 Dark brown with medium white head. Aroma of chocolate, caramel and nuts. Malty and well-balanced, with hops and spice. Good complexity. A winner!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thewolf (11178) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAY 6, 2006
Truly a nice beer. Very dark brown with limited brown head. Aroma is mostly sugary and caramel. It starts with smoky flavours that expands to malty sweetness and a touch of bitterness. Doesn’t feel vinious at any point.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rasmus40 (11092) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 13, 2011
Vintage 2009. Very dark brown with a brown head. Aroma is sweet, malty, dried fruit, yeasty, dark sugar and spicy. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Sweet and bitter finish. Smooth, soft and full bodied. 130611

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (11079) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2009
06 edition. 11.2oz bottle-pours a disappearing off white head and cloudy brown color. Aroma is funky, medium malt-toffee/maple sugar, tart fruit. Interesting. Taste is medium malt-toffee/maple sugar, wood, tart fruit, spice/herbal hops. Nice sipping beer, goes down easily. Good effervescence. Kind of a Belgian Strong Brown. Thanks to Wasatch for trade with Joe-jwc215 & me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chrisv10 (11069) - DENMARK - JUN 5, 2010
33 cl bottle from 2007. Brown/Amber with off-white head. Flavour is malt, caramel, fruit, slightly sweet, vanilla.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Christian (11058) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 6, 2007
2006 bottle tasted July 2007. Very dark red-brown with a big, pillowy light brown head. Complex aroma filled with orange, cherry, figs, bubblegum, anise, nutmeg, cinnamon. Sweet, fruity flavour with more than a hint of port, and some licorice and anise in the finish. It’s soft and velvet on the tongue, but the carbonation stings a little. Long lasting malty aftertaste finishes this beauty perfectly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (10979) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 19, 2008
33 cl bottle; 2006. Dark, opaque brown color with a huge rocky tan head. Aromas of dark fruit, like dates, and roasted malts. Medium body with sweet notes of light stone fruit and treacle. It goes on like that, and the finish is lightly sweet, but nearly dry. It’s not a bitter finish, but it is incredibly tasty. Wonderful ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2011
Name: Pannepot Old Fisherman’s Ale
Date: April 05, 2006
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting
Vintage: 2004
Appearance: opaque burnt orange, whispy beige head
Aroma: sweet fruitcake aroma with lots of fruits and bread character
Body: big body
Flavor: rich complex flavor, nice sweetness

Name: Pannepot Old Fisherman’s Ale
Date: April 05, 2006
Vintage: 2005
Appearance: opaque brown, thin fine beige head
Aroma: sweet alcoholic aroma with a touch of fruit
Flavor: rich sweet fruity flavor, nice complexity, well balanced alcohol character

Date: February 21, 2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting
Vintage: 2006
Appearance: muddy brown, huge creamy beige head, nice lace
Aroma: huge spicy aroma with a musty character
Flavor: big sweet chocolate and dark caramel flavor, good balancing spicyness, would age very well

Name: Pannepot Old Fisherman’s Ale
Date: March 12, 2007
Vintage: 2006
Appearance: dark red, frothy beige head, lots of lace
Aroma: light sweet chocolate aroma with peppery spices
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor with lots of ripe dark fruits, lots of sweetness

Date: June 09, 2007
Mode: bottle
Source: Noog 3D
Vintage: 2006
picking up cinnamon and allspice in the big spicy aroma along with rich ripe dark fruit,

Name: Pannepot Old Fisherman’s Ale
Date: July 22, 2007
Mode: bottle
Source: roadtrip
Vintage: 2006
Appearance: pours with a huge creamy tan head, lots of solid lace
Aroma: dry chocolate aroma with light spicyness
Body: creamy body
Flavor: lots of rich chocolate flavor, the spicyness comes out as it warms
Overall: the creamy body and rich chocolate combine to form a rich milkshake, only a trace of the fruity character found in the danish version

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.9/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *** /4

Date: January 08, 2011
Mode: draft
Source: the porter atlanta
Vintage: 2009
Appearance: opaque dark brown with ruby edges, fine beige head, streaks of drippy lace
Aroma: drier dark fruit aroma, touch of caramel sweetness
Flavor: sweet fruity flavor, light phenolic spicyness, touch of chocolate, sweet dark fruits show up at the bottom of the glass

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 4/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *** /4

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (10868) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 23, 2011
Keg at the Craft Beer Co., London. For Ian’s birthday. Pours black with a rich, tan head. Aroma holds plenty of dark malts, some dark, ripe fruits and roasted malts, too. Very sweet flavor, sweet chocolate, tangy fruits, some earth. Quite a bit of dry, roasty malts. Full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Warm finish, dried up a bit, plenty more roasted malts, touches of toast, cocoa. Delicious beer. The menagerie of flavors is amazing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brokensail (10841) - Orange County, 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.

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