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


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RATINGS: 2190   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.19/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (15150) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 12, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2016 Keg (Erasmus, Bruges) (7:5:8:4:14=3.8)
Black, tan head. Sweet burnt malty bitter aroma, some marzipan too. Soft on the tongue. A bit alcoholic, though not punching at its full 10% by any means. Accompanying the burntness is some caramel and some bitter hints too. Finish is fairly burnt, but also soft.
Rerate: 330ml bottle (Koht, Tallinn) (7:4:7:4:13=3.5) Vintage 2016
Very deep red, brief tight reddish tan head. Rich sweetish belgian strong aroma, but a sharp spice jumps out from the soured aspects. Taste has a very sharp acidity compared to the reservas, almost vinegary, this needs mellowing. Oh, well, it was what it was. I can cellar one on the off-chance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (14820) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUL 4, 2011
One of the first beers I tasted, think it must have been 2008. One of my first favorites also. Its not a top 10 beer for me now, but its certainly a great brew. Nice dark color, average smell but a complex, full taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (14622) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 19, 2008
33 cl bottle; 2006. Dark, opaque brown color with a huge rocky tan head. Aromas of dark fruit, like dates, and roasted malts. Medium body with sweet notes of light stone fruit and treacle. It goes on like that, and the finish is lightly sweet, but nearly dry. It’s not a bitter finish, but it is incredibly tasty. Wonderful ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gunnfryd (14463) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 8, 2007
Bottle. Red brown colour with tan head. Aroma is licorice, caramel. Flavour is balanced, cellar notes, caramel, licorice, dried fruits, spices. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (14076) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 28, 2007
Bottle poured a hazy reddish brown with a large lasting amber head. Aromas of carmel, spice, fruitiness, light choclate and a hint of vanilla. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, spice, fruitiness and light cocoa with a smooth lingering spiced finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tmoney99 (14017) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 26, 2007
2006 Bottle from Rivers Bend. Poured reddish/brown color with large light brown head that lasted with good lacing. Very complex dark fruit, citrus, caramel and alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture. Full complex sweet flavor with solid fruity sweet finish and a small bite of alcohol. Very good standout brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (13849) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 16, 2013
Bottle - Vintage 2007 - Mollases, anise, prunes and dark fruits. Black/brown with almost no head. Sour cherry, prunes, brown sugar and dark fruit. The sourness has me believe this beer is past its prime, but still enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (13778) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 12, 2005
(330ml bottle, RBSG05) Big tan head topped by opaque brown body. Aroma is medium sweet, yeast, raisin, cocoa. Taste is sweet, milk chocolate, light anise. Creamy full body that renders the alcohol virtually invisible.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DSG (13693) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - APR 1, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2013 Re-rate 1/16/12: Bottle sample at a tasting at kerenmks place. Thanks kerenmk. 2010 bottle. Dark brown color with a beige to light brown head. Aroma full of dark fruits, a bit vinous, some chocolate, alcohol , light roasty notes and some spiciness. Alcoholic flavor of dark fruits, some chocolate, spices and caramel. Medium to full-bodied. 6/4/6/3/12=3.1

(2/28/08) Bottle at Staminee de Garre in Bruges. 2006 Bottle. Dark reddish brown with a big beige head that disappears quite fast. Aroma of malt, caramel, some spices, notes of dark fruits and hints of alcohol. Great sweet flavor with malt, caramel, spices, a bit of fruits and some nice light roastiness. A slight alcohol kick. Medium to full bodied. Great. 8/4/8/4/16=4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HenrikSoegaard (13638) - Randers, DENMARK - MAR 28, 2008
Bottle. Creamy lightbrown excellent mostly lasting head. Deep red-brown colour. Fruity nice moderate aroma. Powerfull fruity woody flavor. Prunes and vanilla and many more nice ingredients. Creamy palate. Long nice finish.

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