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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2242   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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4.7
basewars (169) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 24, 2008
Bottle from Binnys. Pours black with big brown head. Aroma is confused, almost medicinal, but bubblegum, yeast and fruit can be picked out. Flavor is simply extraordinary. Bubblegum and malt, some banana and apple and plenty of spice. Just fantastic.

4.7
hrking (140) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 23, 2008
All i can say is wow what a great beer. Up until a few months ago this was my number one favorite beer. Then I got a reserva and a Grand Reserva and lets just say it does get better than this. This beer has it all the flavor is over the top and is definitely a better brew than its counter part .The Danish version but hey try both but I prefer this version for it is a little spicier and thicker on the palette which I like. Nice vanilla flavors with spices and earthy flavors abound a great brew and a must have...

4.3
popery (2170) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 22, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2009 2007. A velvety smooth, complex and delicious Quad. This beer pours about as dark as possible for a Quad. It is a deep, deep red brown that only shows color at the very bottom edge of my chalice. The head looks soft enough to use as a pillow and shows no sign of disappearing. As a quad, this beer has good sweetness and sourness with deep, full Belgian fruit esters mingled with godly earthiness. More directly but less accurately, the flavor favors dark stone fruits, sturdy, dry oak and perfectly toasted barley. The feel is simply divine. Tiny bubbles gently coat the mouth in a symphony of flavor. The 10 percent abv is nowhere to be seen. Incredible beer.

4
bonfunck (149) - Waasmunster, BELGIUM - DEC 21, 2008
33Cl Bottle from hopduvel @ Gent, Almost black creamy foam head, sweet complex tastes coffee en light alcohol taste

4.5
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 18, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2010 [2006 Bottle] was an extra in a trade with mreusch, awesome. Pours a clear burnt caramel brown with a medium tan head. Aroma is looooaded with dark fruits, raisins, plums, caramel, cherries, and maybe a little grape. The yeasty esters really take the cake here. The flavor is very warm and full. The alcohol is there, but it adds to the mouthfeel quite nicely. Quite well carbonated. The flavor doesnt quite hold up to the nose, but it is still pretty fantastic. Lots of spices, moreso than the aroma. Maybe nutmeg and cinnamon, but Im not quite sure. The bottle is slightly oxidized, but it really isnt distracting, however the finish gets a little cardboardy. [2008 Bottle] Pours same as before with the head just lasting and lasting. Aroma straight out of the fridge is subdued with some woodiness and as it warms, takes on some brown sugar, molasses, light cherry, cognac, and alcohol. The mouthfeel is full and very creamy and the carbonation is strong but mellow. The flavor has lots of figs, plums, cherry, peppery alcohol, definite cola, light cinnamon, and some deep chocolate. Sweet overall, but tempered by the alcohol and carbonation. The finish leaves a nice alcohol warmth and lasting light spice-influenced astringency. What a fantastically nuanced and complex beer; I wish it were more available.

4.3
Bullit (4637) - Burgos, SPAIN - DEC 18, 2008
Bottle, courtesy of Noize. Brown-red colour, tan head. Aroma is of dark ruits and caramel. Flavour of dark red fruits, chocolate malts and caramel. Nice long finish. This is great stuff.

4.1
DuffMan (10435) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 14, 2008
Vintage 2007. Pours a cloudy dark brown with a large firm tan head. Rich aromas of brown sugar and spices and rum-raisin ice cream. Full bodied without belying its alcohol content. Smooth and silky. Chocolate and fruit and spices with a strangely vinous character. Big but not imposing. Sweet but not cloying. Complex yet still balanced and approachable. Delicious.

4.1
msante79 (2225) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2008
330ml bottle. Pours beautiful mahogany with light tan head. Aroma is dark fruit, brown sugar, caramel, chocolate, and sweet malt. Flavor is complex with sweet malt, brown sugar, dark fruits, nut and a little chocolate. Mouthfeel is perfect with soft carbonation but full palate at same time. A beautiful ale that I am glad to finally glad to try.

4
DalzAle (2037) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - DEC 12, 2008
Bottle purchase from the Four Firkins tonight. Bottle was a gusher, glad I was paying attention and had a glass ready. Poured chocolate brown with quite a bit of effervescence. Aroma slightly of alcohol and dark fruit. Mouthfeel was almost that of a slightly less bubbly champagne. Flavor was initially spicy and peppery, and eventually mellowed into a rich and brown sugar flavor. Make sure to pick up a bottle if you can find one.

3.8
kappldav123 (6100) - GERMANY - DEC 8, 2008
The bottle looks good, the beer in the glass also. Starts malty and strong, sweet. Becomes then much drier, notes of strong coffee and liquorice. Mild finish. Really well done.


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