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


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RATINGS: 2139   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
davidpl (435) - Santiago, - APR 2, 2009
Tasted in ’t Brugs Beertje - September ’08. Appearance: dark brown color. Big head, beige color, lasting and good adherence. Beautiful. Aroma: clove, vanilla and a few of ginger. Complex smells. Other notes of toasted malts, chocolate, flowers and a lot of fruits like berries, peach and melon. Flavor: sweet-spicy and roasty start, "Christmas" reminiscences with the notes of clove, ginger and nutmeg. Other hints of chocolate, candied fruits, cream, peach’s mermelade and sweet strawberries. Final with a light notes of lemon verbena, ruta and red tea. Spicy aftertaste. Palate: medium body, creamy texture and low to medoum carbonation. Remark: complex, balanced, multidimensional spiciness and good character. Very advisable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kingi (618) - - SEP 30, 2016
Some plums and malts in the aroma. mahogany colour, with some off white head. taste is medium sweetness, lightly bitter. Finish is soft sweet, medium body, velvet feel. Good easy drinking beer,

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ardeo (159) - Flémalle, BELGIUM - SEP 30, 2016
Bottle 33cl. Bière quasi noire avec une magnifique mousse très foncée ... qui retombe aussi vite. Le nez : le chocolat, les fruits (pruneau, raisin ...), le caramel, l’alcool (rhum?), les épices ... La bouche : explosion de saveurs avec café en entrée, caramel, sucre candi, alcool, fruits noirs (cerise aussi). L’arrière-bouche est légèrement amère et épicée. Bière très complexe et équilibrée -comme déjà dit ici dans toutes les langues. Qu’elle est bonne ! Et elle pourrait être servie en pousse-café.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Kittenbieer (39) - LYON, FRANCE - SEP 30, 2016
Un verre Maredsous nous fait apparaître une belle robe d’un brun foncé avec des reflets rouge carmin.La mousse est très fine et éphémère.Le nez nous offre des arômes de pruneaux,dattes...La bouche nous amène sur des gouts déjà bien sentis initialement avec une petite pointe de café,chocolat et porto.... en fin de bouche.Cette bière nous laisse sur une bonne amertume mêlée à tout cet ensemble très riche!Une très grande bière qui donne envie d’y revenir.....

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
appiantiqua (48) - Lyon, FRANCE - SEP 30, 2016
Dégustée dans un verre Maredsous. Température de début environ 9° Robe chocolat noir avec reflets rouges, mousse beige qui disparaît très vite et carbonatation intense. Nez très complexe et subtil : chocolat, vieux porto, épices ... et mille autres arômes à découvrir lors de futures dégustations. Goût à la fois puissant et velouté ; notes délicates de fruits secs, de cacao, de pruneau et de café le tout dans un équilibre miraculeux. La finale est longue,très douce et donne envie de revisiter ce chef-d’oeuvre. Extraordinaire!!!&#

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
susonagger (197) - spain, - SEP 28, 2016
Color dorado oscuro, algo anaranjado y cobrizo. La corona de espuma es muy abundante, de un blanco pulcro, especialmente densa y bastante duradera. En nariz es dulzona, afrutada (cítricos y manzanas verdes), sobre la que destaca de Cerveza fuerte de estilo belga homenaje a los pescadores belgas que capitaneaban las “pannepot” o buques de pesca de bajura. Imprescindible y con una gran capacidad de envejecer. El olor es dulce, a maltas y especias, muy complejo, con notas tostadas, toffe, licorosas, afrutadas, a azúcar moreno. En boca es igualmente dulce, y vuelven sabores a caramelo, café, frutas y especias. Es una cerveza intensa, como de navidad y que hay que beber a media temperatura y en copa pequeña.forma clara y notable el lúpulo y matices herbáceos. En boca al principio es dulzona con matices afrutados (a cítricos como la naranja), y claramente especiados (como el coriandro). Del dulzor inicial se pasa al amargor explosivo del lúpulo para terminar con una notable acidez y un matiz metálico resultando un tanto terrosa y herbácea. El regusto resulta especialmente seco y muy prolongado.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
axl (564) - Lund, SWEDEN - SEP 26, 2016
330ml bottle. Black with a half finger beige head. Aroma of rich dark malts, slightly sweet black bread, dried fruits, fighs and complex spices with cardamon clearly distinguishable. Taste is mixed dark malts, dried fruits, mixed spices (cardamon, bitter orange, cloves etc), crisp bread and a light touch of alcohol. Smooth yet filling mouthfeel, light carbonation and dry aftertaste of sweet brown bread and mixed bread spices.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
sinte (500) - Udine, ITALY - SEP 19, 2016
Bottle 0.33L, labeled 2015. Dark brown body with an average, frothy, tan head, mostly diminishing with some nice lacing, though. Moderate-to-heavy malty (caramel, toasted) aroma with notes of red (cherries liqueur) and dark (prunes) fruits, spices, coffee, licorice and some raisins. Moderate-to-heavy sweet and moderate bitter flavour; long-lasting sweet finish with light bitter notes. Full body with creamy texture; soft carbonation: light alcoholic warming in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mister_Li (915) - GERMANY - SEP 16, 2016
Dunkelbraun bis schwarz mit reichlich hellbraunem Schaum. Reichlich malzig, Röstaromen, Karamell, dunkle Schokolade, Kaffee, süßlich, fruchtig, Waldbeeren, Pflaumen.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jc1762 (798) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 15, 2016
Thanks Huhzubendah for sharing the bottle! 2014 bottle poured into a snifter showing rusty rims, dark brown centers and no head. The nose shows a dessert mix of plums and caramel malts. The palate is fully carbonated and medium bodied. Flavors of plums, raisins, and caramel with a light sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
neongolden (1231) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 13, 2016
(330ml 2015 bottle from Systembolaget) Pours dark cola brown with a small off white head that fades quickly. Aroma of plum, raisin, candied apple, caramel, toasted grain. Flavour is quite sweet but with a tart fruitiness to it as well, lots of plum, fresh figs, red grape, black currant, caramel, dark and slightly bready malt, herbs, light toast. Finish is medium sweet with a little bit of drying provided by alcohol and the subtle herbal/spicy notes, chocolate and roast. Medium-full, slightly syrupy body with soft carbonation. A classic that I somehow haven’t rated. Sweet like many of the style but with much going on rather than just dark sugars, and a fruity balance that makes it stand out. Class act.

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