St. Bernardus Pater 6 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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3.65/5 rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
750ml bottle labeled as best by 12/6/2012 purchased from the 'aged beer' cooler of my local store.
For being two months away from the best by date stamp, this one is still reasonably good, but not quite right for me.
Sure, the finish has some medium levels of cardboard oxidation, but the nose is an appealing blend of musty red grapes and brownie batter with a very light clove remnant at only garnish levels. The flavor follows suit (Grape Nuts cereal) but semi-dry compared to the nose's sweetness and less vibrant than how it was fresh, a touch crisper in texture, with the typical expected partial reduction of carbonation levels and gain of partial cardboard in the finish from the aging process. It's all gone very red grape vinous!
If only those malts weren't so oxidized / simplified.... Having had both this bottle and a fresh bottle, I can see that my target zone is definitely in between these two profiles, and next time I acquire this particular beer I will be aiming for aging it for around 8 months at basement temp or 12-14 months in a refrigerator.
Serving type: bottle
10-16-2012 00:20:44 | More by WastingFreetime
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