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%
 
 
Wants:
2
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2
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Ratings: 40 |  Reviews: 29
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4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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 mattfancett
2.6/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of RedneckBeerz
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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 BartMcStout
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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 samEBC
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of OneDropSoup
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec. 2010 printed on the cap.

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Deep plummy brown with crimson highlights under two fingers of the softest cappuccino head that glistens nicely.

At first get some dark fruits, tart cherries, slight musty funk, a little potpourri-like spice & a mild woodiness. Not totally sure it's supposed to smell that way, but it's nice.

Tart & malty, not quite vinegar but more like orange peel, with a little cocoa-like sweetness that picks up very subtly toward the end. Wraps up pretty dry, with a notable booze...not "kick" really, more like a squeeze. Kind of a dried grass in the middle, too. The booze gets less formidable after a while, & more fruit & pastry creep in.

Medium-full-bodied, soft & bubbly at first but gains some dryness & activity with a few swishes. Bordering on chewy.

I'll iterate: not sure if the brewer intended this, or if the bottle is infected, or just old & mishandled, but there's some slightly funky stuff going on. Just enough to make it pleasant, & I think it contributes an interesting layer, but it makes me wonder. Still an enjoyable, complex beer with some mystery.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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 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 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 impending
4.11/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

33cl into a tulip. Pours a dark dingy cola, towering dense head has no interest in receding, clumpy froth remains behind.

Rich complex aroma, vinous and oaky atop lots of spices found in an old world pastry shop. Unique

Complexity follows through in the taste. The vinous & oak notes are followed by a wholly unexpected twinge of funk which now tasted can be discerned in the nose. The barrel contributed more than just oak. The long fading aftertaste is of citrus just hinting at its future sour. Medium bodied creamy mouthfeel.

a unique strong dark
scrumptious
cheers
jd

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Photo of avalon07
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a dark brown color and a murky, thick consistency. There was a big, creamy, off white, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A nice aroma of dark fruit, yeast, malt and spices.

T: Tasted of Belgian yeast, malt, raisins, plums, and some spices. Very complex and very tasty all around.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a smooth, dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: On the whole, this is a well made, extremely drinkable Belgian beer.

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Photo of drpimento
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty good obscure brew. Poured with a huge foamy frothy, fine, light tan head that lasts and lots of lace. Color is a cloudy mahoganey. Aroma is lots of dark ripe fruits: raisins, figs, dates, prunes, malt, yeast, Flavors very similar. Body is good and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor with a little more bitterness coming out. Good beer.

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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 carpezytha
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

*Note: This bottle fell to the ground and a good 3/4 of it fizzed out through the cap prior to pouring...therefore not a complete review.

A: Murky with super aggressive head.
S: Sour bark and wet wool.
T: Cedar, cinnamon, tanbark and yeasty malt.
M: Fully carbonated, spicy mouthfeel
D: Will do it again.

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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 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 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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3.76 out of 5 based on 40 ratings.
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