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


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RATINGS: 2135   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 18/20
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 5, 2012
2010 Bottle. A dark brown to black with big tan Head that is lasting. Aroma is dark dried fruits (raisins, dates, prunes) a whiff of sea salt, big oak character, a syrupy sweetness like a dark fruit jam or something. Flavor follows with a fairly full mouthfeel and flavors of fruit, not quite sticky but syrupy certainly. If I poured it over vanilla ice cream I imagine it would be a phenomenal experience. Flavors add spiciness, peppery, but around that chocolate blackberry or plum first noticed in the nose. Belgian yeast and candy sugars come in a dark molasses kind of way. The kind of beer I’d want to drink off the beach in Nantucket on a cooler August night. Always has been one my true beer loves for many years.This beer so dark and delicate is a dessert on its own and maybe tomorrow’s breakfast shall be another.

   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 (909) - 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 (793) - 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 (1229) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Trolleo (1340) - Pula / Zagreb, CROATIA - SEP 12, 2016
Pitch black body with medium sized brown head. Aroma of alcohol, lots of chocolate and cocoa. Taste is liquorice, chocolate, wonderful bitter cocoa finish with some brown sugar and little bit of dried fruit. Full body, soft carbonation, creamy texture. Great!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
StanTheMan44 (20) - POLAND - SEP 11, 2016
Z butelki pachnie suszonymi owocami, w szkle te wrażenia się wzmagają, uzupełnione przez świeże owoce, nuty chlebowe, delikatny, jakby kwaśny alkohol. Piana po chwili opada do kilkumilimetrowej obrączki. Piwo jest ciemnobrązowe, miejscami przejrzyste. W ustach daje wrażenie pełnego, ale nie oleistego. wysycenie minimalne, ale wyczuwalne. W smaku dosyć słodkie (brązowy cukier, ciasto drożdżowe, karmel), chlebowe, nadal delikatnie alkoholowe. Rocznikowi 2015 dałbym 3.8, ale pamiętam, że 2012 był wyśmienity, dlatego podwyższam. Piwo fantastycznie nadaje się do leżakowania.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MasDen (107) - Mahilyow, BELARUS - SEP 10, 2016
Aroma: malt sweetness, alcohol, caramel, prune. Appearance: dark brown color, with small head. Taste: malt sweetness, caramel, a bit bitterness, dry finish. Palate: alcohol warmth, middle body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Myonlyvice (151) - DENMARK - SEP 7, 2016
Very dark brown with light brown head. Dark fruit, chocolate, coffe and caramel. Sweet with a bit of roasty bitterness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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