Eerwaarde Pater | Brouwerij Het Alternatief

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Het Alternatief
Belgium
brouwerijhetalternatief.be

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Bitterbill on 12-06-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
40
Reviews:
29
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
10.9%
 
 
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2
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2
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Photo of largadeer
2.59/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear auburn body, very foamy and over-carbonated, though the head quickly settles to a collar. Strange aroma, smoke and rubber, raisins, light fruity tartness. Not a lot of malt character. Palate is also odd; sour, dry and fruity up front, which leads into a finish of smoke, rubbery phenols, spicy oak, heavy tannins. Texture is a bit rough and thin, somewhat astringent. Oak, spice and sourness lingers on the tongue. Not terribly impressive stuff, the yeast and oak lend messy, unharmonious flavors.

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Photo of mattfancett
2.6/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of bskrtz
3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured 11.2 ounce bottle @ 42 degrees to St Bernardus challis

A) Light murky mahogany brown wart with frothy one beige inch head

S) Sweet caramel, root beer, spice and hops

T) Strong, poweful flavors. Sweet malt & bitter hops. Dates, burnt sugar, coffee, bitter chocolate

M) Alcohol quickly warms the throat. Very lively, dense effervescent carbonation

D) Stout like in flavor, bolder than traditional trappist dubbels.

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Photo of corby112
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark amber/chestnut brown color with a thin off-white collar that quickly fades into a thin ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Heavily spiced aroma with subtle malt sweetness and faint dark fruit notes. Peppery with cinnamon and candy sugar followed by caramel malt, subtle earthy hops and vinous fruit.

Lighter bodied than expected with soft carbonation and a decent balance of sweet malt, estery dark fruit notes, zesty spice and sweet booze. Slightly syrupy/medicinal with hints of grape, date and raisin followed by candy sugar, pepper and clove. As it warms, some sweet caramel malt and toffee flavor comes out but it's dominated by the dark fruit and heavy spices.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz brown glass pry-top squatty bottle. Label notched Dec...yup, that's it. I HATE notched labels. Attention brewers: It NEVER works right. Ever. Luckily, the cap is dated Dec 2010.

Appearance: Pours a hazy mahogany brown with thin off-white suds.

Nose: Nose is fairly closed, but some simple chocolate and red cherry notes come through.

Palate: Some sourness comes right across, a little funk, and the predominant flavor is of milk chocolate covered cherry cordials. The body lacks a little in texture, but the flavor is there.

Notes: A decent brew, but I'm not sold on the quality. I prefer 't Gaverhopke Extra is better and very similar in flavor profile. Check it.

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Photo of Euroglot
3.32/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a chalice)
A- This beer has a deep dense brown body with a garnet glow at the base. There is a thick foam of beige that takes up half the glass and a sea of carbonation swirling around.
S- The musty tartness is soft and the overall aroma is pretty clean.
T- The tart bite leans toward a vinous tannin note and there is a band-aid phenolic that grows as the beer warms. The finish has an aged oak flavor with a bright chemical cleaner quality. There is an acidic bite to the finish aswell.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a mild astringent bite and no alcohol heat noticed.
D- This beer is not watery but is thin. The tartness in nice and mild but there is nothing to support it. It has some nice qualities like a Flanders Red but no fruity flavors and too bitey.

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Photo of BenBreeg
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of popery
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Interesting beer but not quite my cup of tea. This beer pours a rather dark ruby/brown, transparent though it looks nearly black in the shadows. Big, creamy beige head. Fruity aroma - apricots, plums, berries, cherries. Some caramel and a touch of chocolate. A fair bit of oak sourness, as well. The flavor is surprisingly sour. It's not a real big pucker, compared to a true sour, but it's a surprising, almost difficult flavor to interact with the dark malt and belgian yeast notes. Otherwise, there's a lot of Belgian malt flavor and a relatively dry finish despite a fair bit of sweetness upfront. Unfortunately, the carbonation almost kills it for me. I think this beer suffers from serious over-carbonation. It's chock full of tiny prickly bubbles, all bursting forth as I try to swallow. I think that I would enjoy this beer a lot more with less aggressive carbonation.

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Photo of John_M
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of dragonWhale
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pulled the trigger on another from the Twelve Percent portfolio. I dig the label, even if I can barely read the name of the beer. Anyway a soft pop and the beer is opened, liquid filled almost all the way to the cap. Into the tulip it foams loudly with minute and raging suds. Dark brown and a bit murky. A bouquet of burnt sugar, tannic wood, lactic sour, and a bit of alcohol. From reading the previous review from 2 months ago, it seems that this little infection was called by someone. It's actually pretty nice, though definitely noticeable. The oak is very present and presents a little harshness, the sugars battle the sour. A touch of chocolate in here as well. Definitely glad to have tried this. Looking forward to a taste from the next run.

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Photo of hopdog
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks to Sebastian for sharing this one.

Into a Duvel tulip this beer glows a dark russet tone, red towards the bottom, dark brown closer to the khaki foam. Foam dissipates fast after a couple minutes. A frothy ring around the edge is all that's left.

Dates, figs, sweet potato, and multigrain bread in the nose. Not overly sweet, and there's a suggestion of oak aging there. Needs to warm to fully open up. Maple and oak emerge late after coming to room temperature.

Some fruitiness and astringency from the oak, softening in the aftertaste. Tart apple and grape esters from the yeast, bready malt underneath. Banana peel and hazelnut, grape jelly, oak woodiness. An interesting note from the oak, but it could be more integrated. Needs to be softer for sure, though it doesn't distract too much from the overall flavor, and it does compliment the flavor to an extent.

Alcohol is hidden, and it's not overly carbonated. The oak is both pleasant and a speed bump in the overall feel. Worth a try, though it could use more refinement.

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Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer poured hazy brown in color with a two finger high off white head that slowly died down but has very good retention properties. A light to moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: Aromas of oak really stand out in the nose, which is slightly sour also has some hints of dark fruits and spices.
T: The oak aging seems to contribute a mild amount of sourness. The flavors also have notes of dark fruits (mainly cherries) and herbs.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit thin on the palate; there is a light amount of carbonation.
D: It's relatively easy to drink this beer because the alcohol is very well hidden.

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Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy tea brown color and, despite the head foaming out of the bottle, it was not as impressive in the glass; left a smattering of lace behind, however

Smell: Caramel, tart cherry, oak and a strong vanilla undertone

Taste: The caramel and tart cherry flavors battle it out, up front, with the oak and vanilla adding complexity in the middle; the sour flavors build, after the swallow, though the brown sugar sweetness lingers underneath

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: While there is a lot of complexity, the flavors never really coalesce - not sure exactly what the brewer was aiming for, here

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by July 2011.

A: deep copper color with compact, dense and full head, tiny bubbles, clear
S: medium deep roasted, burnt malt nose with EtOH presence, some oxidation
T: nice beer, some hints of oak aging, good deep roasted/burnt malt with yeasty qualities, reminded me of an amped dubbel, slight amount of sourness in finish (barrel aging or infection?)
M: for the EtOH and body seemed a bit thin, some metallic bite in finish that might be yeast-attributed or aging, doesn't distract from flavor or mouthfeel, however
O: ok but some qualities just don't agree with me (taste and mouthfeel)

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Photo of desint
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of RedneckBeerz
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of farrago
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice Belgium brew, complex with stimulation sour notes and a good oak vat sense.

Presentation: 33 cl brown capped bottle. Simple light cream label dominated by the drawing of a church stained glass.
Brief liner describes the main characteristics of the brew. Cap shows a date (EPA Jul 2011, Lot: 300?) Shows 9% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Murky amber-brown pour with a towering frothy head, nice retention, surface memory and lacing.

S - Sour and fruity nose, a bit funky and tart apple fresh. It flows with a rotund fruity sweetness, almost smoked.

T - That second round of the smell is the one that hits the palate best, and with some rotundness. Fruity, sweet, touches of sour oak, with a longer maltiness than the nose.

M - Medium to medium/full body, and middle carbonation after a more aggressive finish. Somewhat dry and tart lingering memory.

O - All in all this flows rather nicely, worth the grab.

Notes: One to keep in mind actually, the change of pace from nose to palate, with a longer maltiness, is interesting and works well, ultimately it recuperates most of the sour edge and makes for a worthy memory.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  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.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of zonker17
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.76 out of 5 based on 40 ratings.
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