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


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RATINGS: 2213   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.18/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joohefner (380) - Isla Vista, California, USA - JUN 24, 2008
Pours a burnt sienna color and a silky, dense khaki colored head. Complicated mix of aromas: Sweet chocolate, licorice, allspice, raisins, and a slight roast wood note. Thick, smooth body. Initial taste of chocolate liqueur and dark fruits, followed by the spice mix and pralines. Nice and complicated, but its a very rich beer that needs to be enjoyed slowly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrBeerFanatic (1050) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUN 21, 2008
Ordered one of these off the Internet. Pours almost jet black/dark brown with a creamy brown head. The aroma is of licorice, spice, oak, a little nut, dark fruit, hint of caramel, and finally raisins. The flavor is pretty complex, creamy, sweet and bitter. What you have here is a hint of raisin, hint of spice, roasted malts, dark fruits, hint of rum and a little nut. This is a very rich brew that almost has to be sipped. Very well balanced and deep. Overall I was impressed but expected more in the flavor department, as this is one of the most top rated beers in the world.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUN 19, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2008 Bottle I still enjoyed the denmark version more. I feel the etoh comes through more in this one and the spices are less intense. Still a solid beer. Note, i dont know these bottles seem to be hit or miss ill get one with a really creamy body where the spices are as they should be and then the next one tastes metallic. My score is an average of these experiences.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dalepryor (305) - Paducah, Kentucky, USA - JUN 18, 2008
This one pours similar to coffee or soda, dark black and murky. The aroma is sort of sour smells like soy sauce in a way and then i pick up some chocolate and fruits. The flavor does not match the aroma really, at first im hit with a whole lot of carbonation and then a burn from the alcohol after that im really not sure, to tell the truth this isnt the greatest thing ive had something is just missing for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drake (13301) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 18, 2008
2006 bottle courtesy of Ughsmash. Thanks! Nearly opaque chestnut brown pour with a medium head that fades quickly. Very spicy aroma with notes of cinnamon, allspice and bitter chocolate. Taste is the same spices, rum soaked raisins, cocoa powder. Slight nuttiness and alcohol warmth. Sweet, thick mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Enmandslauget (19) - Fredericia, DENMARK - JUN 16, 2008
Sdlig frugt, krydderi, karamel malt, Fyldig krop. Vins. Rigtig god bitterhed. Ikke meget alkoholsmag for 10%. Lkker eftersmag

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rune (12063) - Troms, NORWAY - JUN 13, 2008
330ml bottle bought at lbutikken, Copenhagen. 2006 vintage. This old Fishermans ale poured a very dark body with a brown tint covered by a creamy, lacing head. Spicy aroma with cinnamon mixed with smell of sweet caramel malts. Rich in flavour with weight on candy sugar, dried fruits and dark berries added a touch of leather. Finish off with notes of both yeast and alcohol. Full bodied, but a little too sweet for my taste buds (shared with Finn A., 31.05.2008).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BigDaddyBlues (47) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 12, 2008
Bought at From the Vine. There is so much going on here it is beyond my still evolving palate. I have several bottles and will come back someday when I have a more mature palate and can do this beer justice. It is so rich and deep and sweet. Do not pass on it if you have the opportunity to pick some up.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
restless7 (104) - Lenexa, Kansas, USA - JUN 11, 2008
BOTTLE: 55F. Pours very dark almost black, with a thick foamy head. Aroma is fruity and spicy undertones, very inviting and pleasant. Flavor is an incredible combination of fruits and esters; mouthfeel is an explosion of tastebuds as it expands and fills the mouth and back of the tongue with lively scintillations, lasting long after the pour bottle is gone.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - JUN 11, 2008
bottle- found this to be rather undrinkable. toffee, grapes, wine like aroma leads into a prune like, cloying, semi-roasted finish. Did not enjoy, and dont see what the fuss is all about.

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