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


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RATINGS: 2201   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 Fishermans 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 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kepano (277) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 4, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2016 Rated on June 4th, 2012. This ones been aging six years now, and I thought it would grand time to revisit it, along with the Grand Reserva version. Pours a dark marroon red. Within the highlights one sees a certain clarity to the beer, unlike Westvleterens typical chunkiness. The frothy off-white head dissipated quickly leaving behind a soft stream of bubbles that trail to the rim of the glass. The smell is vivid, deep but with bright notes of cherries and pipe tobacco. Dark malty undertones of bitter unsweetened chocolate and coffee beans softened with creamy vanilla. Finds itself more aligned with St. Bernardus in the nose, although even brighter perhaps. As the beer warms up, plum, caramel and some wispy alcoholic tones appear. The first sip is unctuous, thick, rich with smoky tobacco flavors that roll onto the tongue in a wave of syrupy sweetness. The slight carbonation tingles as a burst of cherry and caramel develops. Smoothly the Pannepot transitions off the palate and into a long and powerful finish. Pannepot is one of those few beers that manages to balance amazing complexity with a punchy distinctive flavor that doesnt lose its focus. Its the difference between a symphony and a cacophony. I think of this brew as a true counterpart to our favorite trappists. I wouldnt call myself a believer, but the Pannepot truly invokes a spiritual feeling. My biggest thanks to Urbain and Carlos for an incredible experience. --- Updated September 7, 2016. Ten year anniversary of my batch of Pannepot from my first trip to Struise. Pours a dark purplish black with a lively, frothy, lacy cream head. Smells divine. Loads of overripe prunes soaked in brandy, or maybe port? Rich and balanced. Chocolate, blackberries, black currants, rounded by a small amount of oaky vanilla. A hint of licorice. Thick molasses, dark fruits, and a wisp of smokiness coming from the roasted mocha-flavored malts. The carbonation is subtle but present, adding the perfect tingly fluffy texture to this truly magnificent brew. Im simply floored by how this beer has aged, I give it the exact same marks as 5 years ago. I have a batch of 2006 from the neighboring monks at Westvleteren that hasnt done nearly as well!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
davidf93 (68) - Stellenbosch, SOUTH AFRICA - MAR 25, 2017
No head and light carbonation, sticky texture. Red brown colour. Lots of dark fruits and caramel, slightly alcoholic.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DonGregorio (205) - POLAND - MAR 24, 2017
Bottle (Pannepot 2015). Hazy brown colour, small beige head. Aroma of prunes, dried fruits, spices, caramel, molasses - very rich and harmonious. Taste is medium to heavy sweet, light bitter, very light tart: caramel, molasses, brown sugar, prunes, dried fruits, spices, some chocolate, sherry, light vinous - deep and complex, with sweetness nicely balanced by yeast and light fruity tartness. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. High drinkability for the ABV. Outstanding beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
canadianbeerman (10) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 22, 2017
true strong belgian ale. strongly recommend this beer for someone looking for an ale with a little kick.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rob19a (247) - - MAR 19, 2017
13/20 weird beer. Like an imperial stout with a weird vinegar taste. Prefer an imp stout but it's interesting ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jacobarts (160) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 18, 2017
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2017 Bottle (Vintage 2016). Dark brown, with tiny tanned head. Aroma of caramel, wet wood, yeast, hints of smoke and sourness. The taste was a surprise based on the aroma. More sourness, vinegar, caramel, fruty, gooseberry, the ending has some dryness. Medium carbonation. Good beer and different in the style. UPDATE: Tried another one from 2015. Sourness was less dominant, which was a positive thing for me and the body was more oily, which i also loved - great mouthfeel. so the new rating is based on the 2015, so I raised the palate from 4 - 5 and the taste from 8 - 9.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jandd1983 (4094) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - MAR 13, 2017
Bottle. It poured a black color with a tan head. The aroma was of dark malts, bread, dried fruits and spices. The taste was similar to the aroma with more dark malts, bread, dried fruits, spices and some alcohol. It had light carbonation and a dry aftertaste. Really tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jandorris (572) - Warsaw, POLAND - MAR 11, 2017
W aromacie śliwka, owoce kandyzowane, czekolada, wanila. W smaku wiśniowo, trochę kawy i karmelu, finisz ciut alkoholowy, ale w bardzo przyjemny sposb. No świetne piwo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GoddamnNoise (102) - Pontevedra, SPAIN - MAR 11, 2017
33 cl. bottle @ Home. Aroma: not very intense aromas of toasted and roasted malts, dark fruits, prunes, raisins, hints of dark chocolate, liquorice, spices, some alcohol, maybe sherry, coffee. Appearance: dark brown color with beige head. Under average head thickness made of big bubbles. Very dark but it seems to have some hazyness. Low retention. No Brussels lacing. Taste: medium-to-high sweetness, low bitterness, no sourness. Intense flavors of toasted and roasted malts, hints of dark chocolate, coffee, cane sugar, dark fruits, raisins, prunes. The high alcohol level is not very much noticeable. Palate: medium-to-full body, oily texture, silky-sticky, very low carbonation, not very long sweet finish of dark fruits, prunes, raisins, some dark chocolate, toasted and roasted malts, spices, hints of alcohol. Overall: very good flavors and aromas of dark fruits, raisins, prunes, toasted and roasted malts, some alcohol, coffee and dark chocolate. Very pleasant and complex. Well hidden alcohol. To enjoy slowly. Very good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MCShann (15) - Newark, Delaware, USA - MAR 6, 2017
Just not my thing. I can see how this might be a fan favorite but it didnt really float my boat.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SimonBlok (424) - GRONINGEN, NETHERLANDS - MAR 1, 2017
33cl bottle bought at De Roemer, Groningen. Appearance: dark reddish brown with medium beige head. Aroma: sweet with notes of butterscotch, plums, caramel, dried red fruits, sweet spices and a trace of coconut. Taste: high sweetness and medium bitterness. Notes of butterscotch, dried fruits, caramel, berries and chocolate. Alcohol is well hidden. Palate: medium to full bodied, creamy to sticky texture and medium carbonation.

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