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

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RATINGS: 2223   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 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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4.1
Eructoblaster (4455) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 23, 2009
Bottle - 330ml (2006). Pours a dark brown opaque body with low carbonation and a thin, lasting beige creamy head. Rich malty/hoppy aroma with plummy and vanilla hints. Alcohol is well hidden. its complex taste carries plummy, yeasty and coffeeish notes. Ends with robust and warming bittersweet finish. Delightful!

4.2
CapnCascade (116) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 23, 2009
Pours the darkest of dark browns, almost black, with a thin tan head that has a small amount of retention. Aroma is of dark rich fruit and a little bit vinous. Flavour of figs, plum pudding and dark berries. Hearty mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Delicious!

4.3
SHANER4 (507) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 15, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2009 11.2 oz. bottle 2007 edition - Poured dark brown with huge foaming tan head. Aroma - fresh red apples, plums and some yeast. Flavor - spicey on tongue with plum, brown sugar and figs. Palate - heavy mouthfeel with above average carbonation. Finish is sweet and somewhat smokey!? Overall - Fine crafted brew that was a pleasure to drink. I enjoyed the lingering aftertaste and high ABV. is definite plus!!

3.4
mike_77 (7273) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - FEB 14, 2009
Opaque dark brown colour. Rich, sweet aroma full of juicy, dark fruits. Flavour is rich and has a nice mix of sweet fruitiness and spice. Alcohol and a hint of liqourice numb the tongue slightly on the finish.

4.2
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 12, 2009
Pours a cloudy brown with a big frothy tan head. Aroma is medium sweet, heavy yeast, raisin, cocoa and spice. Flavor is sweet, milk chocolate, light anise, spices and brown sugar. The yeast blends all of these flavors better than any other beer I can remember in some time. Full bodied with a very creamy texture. The alcohol is virtually invisible in this one. By far the best beer I have had in some time.

4.3
zappafan99 (463) - ASCENSION ISLAND - FEB 12, 2009
Taste 2/9 Bottle. Looks: Deep, opaque brown with a very thick head to start then slowly shrinking. Aroma: Heavy dark fruits, plums, dates, and roasted chocolate malt. Taste: Deep, sticky, spicy, grape, a little alcohol warmth, high carbonation.

4.4
BeerBiker (1414) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 10, 2009
[Sampled with the trio: Svoger, Svogergylp and Adenila Foged at EBF, 2008.] Although it is long time I’ve tasted this I remember some fantastic notes such as vinous, dried fruit, sweet fullbodiness, spices, trappistnotes and also freshness.

4.3
nickd717 (4999) - 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
Derek881 (1272) - 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
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.


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