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100
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Brewed by De Struise Brouwers
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Oostvleteren, Belgium

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2227   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.18/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerBiker (1415) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 10, 2009
[Sampled with the trio: Svoger, Svogergylp and Adenila Foged at EBF, 2008.] Although it is long time Ive tasted this I remember some fantastic notes such as vinous, dried fruit, sweet fullbodiness, spices, trappistnotes and also freshness.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
nickd717 (4602) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 9, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2009 2007 bottle at Blind Tiger in NYC. Very dark brown with a tan head. Huge aroma of dark fruits, lots of spices, caramel, candi sugar, vinous notes, and floral hops. Incredibly complex and delicious flavor of roasted malts with port, dark fruits, banana, and spices. Thick, dark, and strong, will fill you up and knock you out.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Derek881 (1270) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 8, 2009
Enjoyed a 2006 bottle poured into a trappist glass for drinking. The beer had a cloudy, dark brown-syrupy color with a big, tan, creamy head that had great retention and cling. It had a spicy aroma with a floral effect, and a strong presence of dense fruits too, particularly raisins. There were also hits of caramel, and maybe a touch of citrus in the aroma. The beer had a sweet, dense-fruit taste with a raisin effect and a touch of bitterness and grain. It finished a bit sour and had a slight alcohol effect. It had a creamy-syrupy mouthfeel with a log of cling and stick inside the mouth, with a slight velvet effect. Carbonation was slightly below average, but the beer did have moderate liveliness. Definitely a superb beer that I enjoyed thoroughly, thanks for the present Siobhan!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - FEB 8, 2009
2006 bottle. Pours a dirty reddish brown with a small tan head. Aroma is lots of dark dried fruits, some cinnamon and spiciness, a little bit funky with hints of pennies. Flavor is lots of dark cooked fruits. Hints of caramel, banana, and clove. Very sweet but not cloying. It really melts in your mouth like candy. Very full bodied with medium carbonation. This is a real treat.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - FEB 6, 2009
Bottle purchased at From The Vine a couple months ago. [Still available at Rozis in Lakewood as of today.] Pour is a nice thick dark brown with little flakes of sediment floating around and all topped of by a nice thick creamy foam. The aroma is rich, full of dark fruits, fig, dried cherry and raisin. Notes of musty wood and yeast and a tiny note of alcohol. Flavor is pure Belgian love, rich warming spicy malt, sweet sugary notes. This is fantastic, pure and simple. Literally, this beer is pretty simple as far as the realm of Belgian strongs, but it is fantastically good. As solid as it starts, the sweetness just builds as it goes. Fantastic. The palate is smooth and velvety at first, then a hint of buttery bitterness and a tingle of alcohol. Top notch stuff, certainly not a let down, and done exceedingly well.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewski519 (644) - Morrisville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 1, 2009
Pours a dark mahogany with a nice hefty tan head and lots of lacing. The aroma is heavy with dark fruits (raisin), caramel, malts and fig. The taste again dominated with the dark fruit and lots of sugar which provided the sweetness - definitely spice coming through as well. Nice carbonation. The is a big beer and very very tasty. A special treat for the hard to please beer fans....

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FrankJohansen (3622) - Sabro, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2009
Bottle (2006). Dark brown colour with a huge light brown head. Rich complex aroma and taste of malts, dark fruits, spicy and yeast. Long finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bp (918) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 31, 2009
Bottle (2007): pours a dark, murky brown with an airy tan head, aroma of dark fruits, yeasty, some spices, taste of dark fruits, yeast, spices, sweet but dry, plenty of carbonation, nice warming finish.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
edelbrauer (61) - Rgen, GERMANY - JAN 31, 2009
bottle 2007, dense but fast falling mocca head, intense aroma of fruit, highly complex, hard to single out a specific one other then raisins and damsons, flavor is likewise and a cascade of beautyful notes. Intense alcohol impression, but never burning! Smooth dry finish. Very refreshing and luxurus offering indeed.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 29, 2009
Exact same 2006 bottle as pictured. Thanks to TheRealBastard for the trade on this one. HUGE dense tan head. Solid like merenge (the egg stuff, not the dance). Beer is dark brown and no light shines through the tulip. Raisins, spices, grain, sweetness on the nose. Creamy malt flavor. Prunes/dark fruit come out in the mouth. Long lingering flavors morph to licorice, wine, dark grapes, and I agree about the cherries. For such a sweet dark beer, its very light in the mouth. Refreshing. What a remarkably flavorful and smooth offering. Wonderful.


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