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


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RATINGS: 1881   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 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
medallaisla (91) - - AUG 11, 2012
Bottle. Dark brown with a tan head. Brown sugar, raisins, plum, vanilla, coffee, and dark chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
King_Alex_II (100) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 17, 2014
Promising sour taste. Blackish color with little foam. The taste is balanced and sour and with something i can’t put my finger on. Most certainly a beautiful beer, but it doesn’t work for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SinH4 (249) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 17, 2014
A dark-brown/amber color with small head. Spicy aroma, with berries and some sort of souress. Taste Spicy and full-bodied, a bit tart. Flanders-style I?d say. Very well-balanced and gentle, but still powerfull. The ABV are not noticeable at all. Superb!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Syfher (106) - Brussels, BELGIUM - DEC 17, 2014
Bottle of 33cl, in a Tumbler glass; room temperature. Woaw ! So we’re in front of a beer with a nice and powerful aroma of spices, enhanced by that great taste. It says Belgian strong Ale, but I would say that she’s more like an red/brown beer ! A little bit of a sticky palate. One of the greatest I’ve tasted so far ! Go go go !

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vestergaard (452) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - DEC 12, 2014
Finally rating this. had this a lot of times, but this time it’s the 2013 in a head-to-head with westy and rochefort 33cl bottle. Pours an almost pitch black with almost no head. Aroma has lots of sweet, yeasty esters with prunes, dates, prunes and stuff, but compared to the other beers, this one has american stout-like notes, like sweet tobacco, some cinnamon, slight roast, anis, licorice and caramel malts. Both lots of candy, but also pretty different with the licorice and the tobacco notes. Taste again is sweet, but with lots of exotic dry and almost bitter notes, like again the roast and the tobacco. Low carbonation and nice, full body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hockert (98) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - DEC 5, 2014
Bottle at home. Aged for almost one year. Pours dark brown, almost black with almost no head. Smells of dried fruits, spices and coffee. Taste is lean, spicy. Low carbonation. I find this beer very pleasant!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mjik83 (637) - - DEC 4, 2014
************************************************** + Goed Redelijk Matig Niet mijn smaak ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
angelkostvo (685) - CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 2, 2014
Very dark ruby, brownish colour, nice beige head. Aroma of dark fruits, candy sugar, biscuits, yeast, caramel. Taste is medium sweet and very well balanced. Medium body, creamy texture, soft carbonation. Veeery good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
andrewturba (1069) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 1, 2014
Pours a very dark brown with big fizzy tan head that turns to a very fine ring around the glass. Aroma is brown sugar, candied sugar, dark dried fruits(plums, dates, rasins, prunes) and a touch of molasses. Flavour is dark dried fruits, rasins, dates, plums, prunes, candied sugar, molasses, brown sugar, a touch alcohol warmth, mild chocolate and a faint bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alusmamuts (493) - LATVIA - NOV 30, 2014
Dark brown with samll light brown head. Bread aroma. Sour with some sweetness balanced with bitternes later.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
guiroul33 (110) - Bordeaux, FRANCE - NOV 29, 2014
Black color, minimal head. Aroma is very complex with notes of caramel, chocolate, nuts, banana, vanilla, wood. Same in the taste with a predominent sweetness first, counterbalanced by a nice bitterness. Low carbonatioon and oily texture. Definitely one of my top 3 beers!

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