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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2213   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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4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BMan1113VR (7921) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 12, 2008
2006 bottle shared with m4rest88. Sadly, a gusher... Pours with a rocky, light brown head with a very dark brown body. Aroma of currants, alcohol, figs, dry red wine, slightly herbal with caramel, chocolate, brandy, cinnamon and raisins (pretty complex). Taste is sweet with strong alcohol, dark fruits, blood, brandy and coffee. Syrupy mouthfeel with strongish, carbonation for the weight and style.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
m4rest88 (389) - Beverly Hills, California, USA - OCT 12, 2008
wow! a great beer! 2006 bottle thanks to bman1113vr. Pours with a dark brown hue, with virtually no head after the gushing stopped. Aroma is of dark fruits, herbs, and red wine. It has a strong alcohol smell as well a moderate amount of sweet malt. The flavor is alcoholic all the way through and is very warming. Dark fruits and metal also come out in the flavor. Syrupy mouthfeel, with light carbonation.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
MuttyD (93) - Cambridge, USA - OCT 7, 2008
Dark brown pour with a huge bubbling cream colored head. Aroma is fruity, yeasty, and has hints of brown sugar and caramel. Flavor is yeasty, sugary, and slightly alcoholic. More like a quad/abt than a Belgian Strong Ale. Spicy throughout. Sweet finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
NosirIwont (2464) - Frederikssund, DENMARK - OCT 7, 2008
Bottle. Pours dark, dark brown with a big, creamy beige head. Aroma is quite sweet and complex; fruity with citrus/orange, wood, plums, liquorice and brandy. Sweet flavour. Fruit, plums, a touch of vermouth. Finish is cloyingly sweet, like brandy or sherry. Has a strange chocolate/liquorice mix-note. Notes of vermouth at it varms. Lingering apple notes, which arent doing any good here. Alcohol is well-hidden. Nice, smooth palate. Overall a fine brew, but way too cloying. Also could do without the apple notes in the finish. 07-10-08.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Todeon (325) - SWEDEN - OCT 6, 2008
Bottle @ home. Aroma is wonderful with lots of dark fruit and spicey notes. Almost black in color. Taste is spicey with lots of caramel and dark fruit. A bit alcohol in the finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Joakgust (1422) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 3, 2008
Bottle SB&WF-08 - Unclear ruby amber colored beer with a dense head. Aroma is spicy, malty and vinous with strong notes of caramel and ripe fruit. Flavor is very malty and sweet with notes of spices and caramel. Full bodied, powerful and well balanced. Highly recommended!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dogfish120love (1305) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 2, 2008
When I opened the bottle it foamed over onto the counter and appeared brown, but when poured it sits in the glass a dark brown, almost so much that it is black. The head is a frothy light tan or off white.Im getting a hint of bannana, alcohol, oat, and spice, one of the best smelling beers i have had. Taste:hints of banana, sweet syrupy flavor, caramel cinnamon, and alcohol. The sweetness of this beer masks the alcohol nicely. This is an addition to my top ten list.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Proteus93 (66) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - SEP 29, 2008
A nice, deep brown... the head on here leaves a beautiful, creamy looking sheet that seems that it will continue to stick around until drinking begins. It’s a lighter tan. This smells beautiful... toffee scents, a definite spiciness... I can’t make out all of what is coming together there; it’s all rather complex and rich. Cinnamon? Allspice? Clove? A little chocolate, and hints of dark fruit - raisin and date. A delicious medley of malt roast, spices, toffee, dark fruits, some spotty notes of anise, maybe (most notable post-finish). Alcohol makes an appearance, but there’s plenty else going on here to not pay attention to it - that’s to say, it’s not really ’hidden’; it’s just a little part of the bigger picture. Full body, somewhat creamy, somewhat foamy. A very nice feeling brew, with a pleasant warming on the way down. It’s rather candy-like and makes for an incredibly easy drinker. It’s somewhat tempting to drink it quickly, but exercising some patience is very rewarding. An excellent take at the style, and would do very well among some of the abbey brews. Pick it up if you come by it. Excellent stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - SEP 29, 2008
Bottle, 33cl. Pours a redbrown beer with a big lightbrown head. At first the aroma is strange and very complex. The aroma is roasted malt, sweetness and hops (blackberries). The flavor is molasses or dark syrup with dark malts. Almost no hopflavor. The mouthfeel is bold, and the overall impression is complex.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kosko20 (352) - Bemidji, Minnesota, USA - SEP 28, 2008
Pour is extremely dark brown, with a tinge of dark ruby when held to light. A nice, thick, tan head. Aroma is heavy...caramel, spices, alcohol, malts, and fruits. Flavor is also complex of caramel, fruits, malts, alcohol, and spices. Great on the palate, full bodied, smooth but then the finish is an alcoholic finish that I didn’t particularly like. I liked this brew to an extent but I wasn’t blown away by any awesomeness...just a decent brew.


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