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Eerwaarde Pater - Brouwerij Het Alternatief

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BA SCORE
85
very good

36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bitterbill on 12-06-2008

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Photo of WorldWideStout
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Light brown/red murky body. Creamy white head which holds steady at one finger for awhile and leaves good lacing.

S: As soon as the bottle was opened I could smell the fruits. Cherries and strawberries are what comes to mind. There are also a few spicy, yeasty notes.

T: Starts off with the fruitiness. Then there's some rich malts in the middle, though I only get them in the sides of my mouth and they're not very strong. A pleasant tart cherry taste is sometimes lurking in the beginning and middle, sometimes isn't, but always makes its presence known towards the end. The aftertaste is a bit of sourness, but goes away quickly.

M: Fairly light for 9%, which I think is good considering the often present tartness.

D: The mild sourness in this otherwise sweet and malty brew is refreshing, and the thinner body make for easy drinking.

Not as complex as I had hoped, but tasty, and one of the easiest brews at 8 or 9% abv to drink that I've ever had. The brewery calls this a bruin, which perhaps should have its own category if it doesn't already, as this is not too similar to most BSDAs I've had.

Photo of BeerImmediately
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle into chalice at 45 degrees.

Healthy, effervescent head fills half the glass, and sits atop a deep ruby/brown body. Fades to steady film with a touch of lacing.

Interesting aromas leading with tart plum, a rich spice, and on to some sweet caramel in the back.

Prickly and powdery mouthfeel, and the flavor has a much more pronounced tart & dark fruit quality than the aroma suggests. Little bit of apple cider and some musty yeast.

This has a surprisingly 'light' character overall for a 9% ABV, and would be a nice compliment to a tomato-centric meal (Italian), or a fruity dessert.

Photo of farrago
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Super whippedup head of dark tan color, dimples as it dissolves as a swift clip, thick streaks of lacing left behind, eventually settles into foam islands scattered across the surface. Hazily opaque yellow-brown colored liquid, easily visible sediment, might want to stand up the bottle and pour slowly. The first thing which impresses about the nose is the taut, wiry sourness, more inviting than offputting, sour lemons, cocktail bitters, whole cloves and nutmeg, the malts appear dry, like powdered cocoa, not fruity per se, as many raisin and prune scents as cherry or plum. Light-bodied, the sediment does add to a grittier texture, very dry throughout, the carbonation light and moderately active. Sour and yeasty, red cherry, yellow raisin and apricot pits. Brown sugar and carob add a pinch of sweetness. Ends with a swirl of pepper and herbaceousness. Unabashedly idiosyncratic, methinks it would show best with food. As well as closer to room temperature.

Photo of John_M
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's during Baltimore Beer Week.

The beer pours a solid brown color with OK head retention and minimal lacing. Don't get a lot on the nose, just some rootbeer and brown sugar. Flavors replicate the nose and I can't say I'm greatly impressed. The beer also has a slight sour component, which I don't think plays well with the other flavors. Furthermore, the beer is a bit watery on the finish, which I find surprising in a 9% abv. beer. The beer is otherwise fairly light on the palate, and while the alcohol is not very noticeable, there just isn't enough flavor to make this very enjoyable to drink. Can't say I'm greatly impressed by this.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Eerwaarde Pater pours a hazy deep chestnut body beneath a massive head of bone white froth. The retention is amazing, and it leaves mountains of lace about the glass. Throughout the serving it maintained a thin cap across the surface.

The aroma is fruity and perfumey (sweet and floral) with a hint of cocoa and some caramel.

The flavor reveals more dark maltiness than the aroma suggests, and that's balanced by a sharp fruitiness (tart berries, juicy apple, cherry) with a bit of tartness. Some spice is present, but it's low-key. There's a cola note; and an herbal edge as well. It's solidly balanced by bitterness from beneath, and it finishes quite dry and tart; and short, only a hint of some very dull spice remains.

Despite a hint of alcohol here and there, it remains very drinkable because it's so interesting. It's reminiscent in some ways of an oud bruin, but it's also got a big bump of bitterness to it. Certainly worth trying.

Photo of spointon
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this one from an 11.2 oz stubby brown bottle into my New Belgium globe style glass. The cap was stamped "EPA Dec 2010 LOT 319".

A= This ale poured (at fridge temp) a hazy amber-brown color with a 1.5" foamy white head. The head settled fairly quickly to a broken skim, but I did get a nice pattern of spotty lace down my glass.

S= Almost vacant while at fridge temp, but once it warmed properly this ale had a nice complex aroma profile. Definite brown malt underneath a fruity/sour cherry note. Some wood and leather in there too. Some spices present, but they were just faint enough to be of unknown origin. Fair amount of alcohol presence when swirled.

T= Very much like the smell, with the odd combination of brown ale maltiness and slightly sour Belgian funkiness playing nicely together. I think the barrel must have imparted a bit of "wildness" to the fermentation. Tart red cherries and a sweet treacle flavor wrapped each swallow almost from start to finish. Speaking of finishes, this one was fairly dry and a bit tart, with some warming alcohol present. Nice!

MF= Fairly thin in body with a constant and effervescent carbonation level. Not quite sharp on the tongue but not soft either.

D= Extremely drinkable in that the 9% abv is really not an issue here. Interesting and pretty complex ale overall. Recommended!

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a very small white head. Aroma of sweet fruits (especially apple), applesauce, cinnamon, light spices, molasses, and sweet malt. Flavor is sweet with coffee cake, candi sugar, dark fruits, molasses, and a slightly spicy finish. Full, heavy palate. This is a nice BSA--very interesting and tasty.

Photo of hopdog
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle. Cap stamped Dec 2010.

Poured a deep and cloudy amber color (almost brown) with a smaller sized off white head. Lots of big suspended floaters. Aromas of roastiness, bananas chips, chocolate, caramel, toffee, and lighter spices. Tastes of chocolate, caramel, tart cherries, grape skins, dark fruits, and some sugary sweetness. Had a lighter tart finish which I liked.

Photo of tempest
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at Abe's Cold Beer for $5. Poured a clear brown with little head and no retention. This is certainly a unique beer and is sort of a hybrid of an American brown ale and dark strong Belgian. I'm sure that wasn't the brewer's intention, but the malts come out very clean and crisp with roast caramel, not at all hidden by yeast-driven flavors like fruit and spice. The oak aging (at least according to the label) adds a mildly acid sour tang that's an not-so-natural, but interesting pairing with the robust dark malt flavor. The aroma is a smoother, inviting caramel and chocolate candy smell. And in the sour aftertaste there's a hint of farmhouse funk. This beer would likely be greatly improved with a year or two of cellaring to let the wild critters grow and develop, you know, if you're into that sort of thing. Overall, a different take on the style and very drinkable. Try this beer.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a quite murky brown with a slightly thick creme head. Nose is mild. Kind of a subdued spice there. Flavor is hearty, but doesn't overpower at all. Defined sweet tone with a fruity character that is more grapefruit and tart fruits than anything. I think I get some grass on the backside? Feel is smooth on liquid with a standard carbonation. This is an easier drinking ale. Nice and hearty with enough going on to keep it pleasurable.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this bottle in a trade with Nutbrown. Thanks Alan!

I read the reviews on Rate Beer and they said this was a gusher and it is. Glad I had my glass in the ready. Did not lose a drop.

It has a murky rusty colour with a huge head of foam and lots of lacing. I waited maybe 30 seconds before the foam died down...a welcome surprise.

The smell has strong notes of yeast and fruit tartness followed by some notes of pepper and roasted malts that border on sweet. Nice and complex.

The taste has roasted malt and a good sour fruit and herbal hop flavour up front with very light pepper, and some light sweet malt character hidden way in the background. Very unusual tasting but I favour it. Btw, the second pour was all calm and cool and collected and I didn't have to wait long for the foam before I could take another sip. This really has a nice head on it..a solid 1 inch is as small as it gets.

The mouthfeel is medium for the most part but at times comes across as thin, the carbonation is on the light side and it finishes with some tartness and biterness putting it firmly into the dry category.

Drinkability is good as the 9% abv is *very* well hidden. I could drink, I think, 2 at 1 sitting but not more. A nice one to revisit though.

As I said before, very unusual beer and I can't even begin to give a guess as to how it will be rated when more BAs get their hands on bottles. For me, it worked.

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Eerwaarde Pater from Brouwerij Het Alternatief
85 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.