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


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RATINGS: 1964   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.

Bricks' rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bricks (703) - Delaware, USA - NOV 19, 2011
A bit disappointed with this one. Nice dark appearance, but an offputting aftertaste prevents this form getting a superb rating.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
peponi (662) - Krakow, POLAND - JUN 2, 2015
Aroma: dried fruits, cellar, chocolate, coffee. Appearance: deep black color, beige head. Taste: almost no bitterness, chocoalte, coffee, ginger, roasted malts, semi-dry. Palate: full body and low carbonation, roasted finish. Overall: Great beer, aroma is weak, but all in all very drinkable beer with a nice complex taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zlotta (252) - Bonn, GERMANY - MAY 29, 2015
0,33 l bottle as a souvenir from my colleagues’s trip to Antwerp over New Year’s Day, 2014 vintage. Clear, almost opaque, very dark reddish brown to black with a thin, frothy, slowly diminishing, brown head. Pleasant, fruity-malty aroma of dark ripe fruits, cane sugar and a bit of coffee. Very intense, sweetish fruity-malty taste of prunes, figs and raisins, accompanied by flavours of cane sugar, dark chocolate and a bit of coffee. Rather long, chocolaty, slightly warming and even a bit hoppy finish. Full body, creamy and smooth mouthfeel, very soft carbonation. Great beer. Incredibly tasty, great palate and only a little alcohol can be detected. It is somehow even refreshing due to its fruitiness. Very dangerous!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
McNeillR (1645) - SCOTLAND - MAY 28, 2015
Lighter hazy brown, thin enough ringed head. Dusty berry, scratchy choc caramel flakes and damp oakiness. Lean sweetness is what takes me up on the Pot, it’s thin and passable enrichment with a thicker mouthfeel than many brassy towns with some liquorice embers. Finishes rich, spongey and steady choc.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaBeer1972 (1419) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 24, 2015
On tap at Doherty’s Ale House in Warwick. Deep purplish brown. Thin head. Very sweet to start, smoothes out after a while with dark earthy, raisony notes. Very underwhelming.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
berlinoise2go (658) - NORWAY - MAY 22, 2015
2014 ed. Bottle (33cl) from Vinmonopolet (Aker Brygge), Oslo. Very dark brown colour. Finger-thick beige head that reduces fairly quickly to a small ring and scattered foam islands. Sweet malty nose with rich, dried fruits, coffee and spices like star anise, vanilla, nutmeg. Full body, soft carbonation. Taste has a lovely balance between sweet malt, mildly acidic fruit and some spicy bitterness in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
minutemat (2265) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 20, 2015
330ml bottle, 2013 vintage. Pours dark with a copper hue and tan head. Aroma is stewed dark fruits and liquorice. Taste is dark fruits and treacle, smooth and balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bigtaster (779) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 15, 2015
From a bottle into a snifter 2013 vintage. Pours a opaque black with large light brown head. Nose is great with lots of spices, anise, cinnamon, nutmeg, toffee, some dark dried fruit with hints of yeast, plums, raisins. Medium to high carbonation, a bit of spunk to it almost like a little heat, oily body, sweet, very little bitterness. Long finish lots of spices lingering on the pallet, a hint of alcohol. Well made beer, enjoyable, just not entirely the flavors i’m looking for.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vili (112) - FINLAND - MAY 14, 2015
33cl bottle. Dark brown pour with thin brown head, no lacing. Aromas of raisins, toffee and coffee. Taste is bitter, a bit sweet. Coffee, licorice and grilled vegetables. Little to no carbonation. Strong aftertaste of spices and alcohol. Interesting, but a bit sweet for my taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jananise (84) - - MAY 11, 2015
Tried in bottle,bought in Austria at Tribaun. Colour is dark brown/dark amber. Thin white head, dissalates fast. Aroma is red wine, plumbs, caramel and malts. Taste is same as aroma. Similar to a barley wine. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SinH4 (753) - SWITZERLAND - MAY 11, 2015
Dark brown color with small head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is dark malts, plums, raisins. Taste is dark caramel, dry plums, sweet balsamico, nice tartness, red wine feeling. Refreshing carbonation. Wow! Great!

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