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


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RATINGS: 1840   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jredmond (5352) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JAN 3, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2011 Bottle split with Pat. Bottle. Pours deep, deep brown, with a nice beige head. Aroma of raisins, candy apple, scotch, vinegar, malts, yeast, and caramel. Medium body with a warming finish. This beer is extremely well balanced; with flavors perfectly complementing one another.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nische (732) - Saltsjö-Boo, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2014
Bottle at NK Ölbar. Dark brown with tan head. Sweet aroma with candied sugar, molasses and dried cherry. Smooth sweet taste with more of the dried fruit, brown sugar and sweet liquorice.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DroolYeast (233) - Odder, DENMARK - SEP 26, 2014
Draft @ basement beer bar in Aalborg. Amazing caramel aroma with overripe red berries, dried dark fruit, alcohol. Reddish brown with tiny off-white head. Quite sweet, more fruit. Soapy texture, great body, finish is longlasting, light carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Shielfing (5) - SCOTLAND - SEP 23, 2014 does not count
Surprisingly dark for the style (drunk in a Belgian Strong Dark beer tasting). Astringent quality from the dark malt with notes of liquorice and spices. Intense and full body. Very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
as_amedes (6) - SWITZERLAND - SEP 22, 2014 does not count
Ein fantastisches bier. Nach jedem letzten schluck spürt man das verlangen nach einem weiteren...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GlasgowTAD (37) - Glasgow/Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - SEP 15, 2014
Brownblack colour. Smells of raisins and liquorice. Taste is mostly liquorice. Has a ginger spiciness upfront. Smooth mouthfeel, alcohol is there but in the background. 2010 vintage 33cl bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Holmen2 (942) - NORWAY - SEP 15, 2014
Shared bottle at Mi2 15.09.14. 2013 vintage. Almost black. Beige head. Herbs and liquorice in aroma. Similar, and slightly sour, taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tandembrauer (134) - Stavanger, NORWAY - SEP 15, 2014
Bottle shared at Cardinal, Stavanger. Pours dark brown. Aroma of raisins. Smooth mouthfeel. Well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ametras (416) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 14, 2014
[2011] 33cl bottle. Slow gusher. Murky mahogany with a foamy beige head. Lots of sediments. Flavors are bread, dried fruits, cherries, plum, dates, dark chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, toffee, licorice, tobacco and spices with vinous and slight oxidized notes. Pleasant alcohol warmth. Full body, bright light carbonation, creamy and sticky texture. Delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alengrin (1824) - BELGIUM - SEP 14, 2014
The "Fisherman’s Ale". Not Struise’s first, but the beer with which they first attracted international attention. A wonderfully complex and rich, profound brew, dark bronze colour, hazy, creamy head, very fruity and deeply malty profile, candi sugar, complex with pleasant drying spicy notes, elegant yeastiness and characterful hop bitterishness in the finish along with warming, liqueurish alcohol. Very agreeable, a great beer indeed.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markoijelena (372) - SERBIA - SEP 11, 2014
Bottle 0.33l from De Hopduvel beer shop Ghent Belgium.Pour it dark colour with small white head.Taste of cheery with sweet note.Dried fruits especially grapes.Awesome

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