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


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RATINGS: 1977   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.19   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
LarsEngen (367) - Sandvika, - MAY 10, 2013
33 cl bottle from Etre Gourmet- 2010 Edition. Pours hazy dark brown with a medium brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate and som spices. Flavor is a lot of dark fruits, chocolate and som spices. Extremly complex but also very well balanced so it is smooth and very easy to drink. Alcohol is hidden but noteable. Medium carbonation, medium bitterness, full body. Simply one of the best beers so far.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
domienS (226) - Oostakker, BELGIUM - JUL 3, 2015
Pours a black beer with a medium beige head. Smells of burnt malts, coffee, chocolate. Tastes malty bitter. Leaves a fine gentle palate composed of malty (burnt) bitterness and candy sugar. Great balanced beer! No wonder this classic for Belgian beer lovers.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dandeman (649) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 1, 2015
Fruits noirs, dattes, raisins secs, pruneaux en olfactif. Un peu de mélasse et de céréales aussi . Liquide brunâtre, presque noir. Un goût de cerises au marasquin trempé dans du Kirsch. Des notes de pruneaux et de fruits noirs. Un soupçon d’épices n’aurait pas nui. Bière superbement élaborée. Une large palette de saveurs. Effervescence bien dosée. Rencontre tous les standards d’une grande bière.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hikeg (30) - - JUN 29, 2015
2014 vintage. Pours dark brown with average light brown creamy head. Heavy toasted malty aroma with notes of coffee, caramel and cookie. Moderate hoppy aromas with orange. Yeasty aromas with cheese and broth. Notes of cinnamon, prune and gingerbread. Heavy sweet taste, long finish with medium bitter, some acidic and salt. Medium to full body with almost creamy texture, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ctipping (132) - Florida, USA - JUN 25, 2015
330 mL bottle poured into a goblet. 2010 vintage. Very dark brown. Almost like a light stout. Some light penetrates at the edges, but it’s a dark quad for sure. Nice khaki head with no lacing on the glass and very few bubbles once the head recedes. Outrageous smell. Caramel, dark fruits, roasted malts, bananas, everything. So complex, so delicious smelling. It even has a hint of leather, much like an old ale. The malt complexity is amazing. Taste is not quite as complex as the smell, but still fantastic. The caramel is a bit more dominant and the fruit flavors aren’t as pronounced, but still present. Those earthy, leathery smells translate into an earthy bitterness in the finish. Remarkably easy to drink (and dangerously so) as a 10% quad. A little dry, but not too much. Medium heavy bodied, but not a bit syrupy. Slightly boozy, but not overpowering. A fascinating and very different take on the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Iznogud (1482) - CROATIA - JUN 25, 2015
Bottle, 330 ml from Magic Beer Room, Zagreb. Pours black, small light brown head. Roasted malts, dark fruit, chocolate, spices. Sweet and full bodied. Complex brew, Great one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jelledebont (18) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 24, 2015
Ruikt al heel lekker en smaakt zowaar nog beter: kruidig en een beetje dropachtig. Smaak blijft lang hangen.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
poech73 (273) - Braine, BELGIUM - JUN 22, 2015

From Boone (Nieuwpoort)
Brune forte proche d’une bière de Noël offrant un bouquet fort épicé, malté avec des arômes de caramel et une pointe aigrelette. A l’attaque, quoique douce à boire, les arômes caramélisés et épicés aux saveurs de cannelle et de cardamone, pèsent pas mal sur l’estomac. Ce n’est qu’en arrière-bouche que je reçois les saveurs de café, avec un goût de acre de malts torréfiés, avec un bel équilibre maltage/adjuvents. Sensation d’avoir du pain d’épices en bouche. L’alcool réchauffant le gosier au fur et à mesur de la dégustation. Le tout peu amer . Assez spéciale à boire.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WingmanWillis (10) - Surrey, ENGLAND - JUN 20, 2015
Bottle share thanks to Fergus for the 2009 and Scopey for 2010. Poura a murky brown with an off white head. Smells musty and tich fruit. Tastes like a liquidised Christmas cake your gran went a little overboard on the booze. It’s smooth and very nice

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ponx (27) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 14, 2015
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2015 Look: Pitch black beer with a brown head. Aroma: Coffee, Roasted Malts, Liquorice, Red Fruits, Raisins, Alcohol, Cheese. Taste: Coffee, Roasted Malts, Toast, Liquorice, Raisins, Spices, Earthy. WOW, what a complexity! Palate: Full body, oily, medium carbonation. Long finish. Mostly coffee bitter and liquorice. Yes!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElCapitan22 (256) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 9, 2015
Pours a deep brown with an amber hue. It has no lacing or head retention, which is to be expected due to the high ABV. Smells of molasses and yeast. Has a sweeter taste, heavy on the brown sugar and molasses. A good desert beer, but not a memorable one.

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