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Beer #87 – March 31, 2010: St. Bernardus Pater 6

April 7, 2010

Beer: St. Bernardus Pater 6

Brewery: St. Bernardus Brewery, Watou, Belgium

Style: Dubbel

Serving Type: 11.2 oz bottle

Price: Unknown, part of a mixed gift pack.

Availability: Year-round

Glassware: Goblet

Strength: 6.7% ABV (alcohol by volume)

Drinkability: Really tasty, but lighter, and therefore a bit more drinkable, than other traditional Belgian Dubbels.

Tasting Notes

Appearance: Deep milk-chocolate hue with visible carbonation and a thin, fizzy, off-white head.

Aroma: Raisin, port, cherry, cocoa nibs.

Mouthfeel: Relatively fizzy, and somewhat light for the style.

Taste: An initial semi-sweet, mild cocoa-powder flavor melds perfectly into a dark-fruit middle of raisins and dried cherries and a touch of raspberry jam.  Finishes with a very slight bitterness reminiscent of dark baker’s chocolate.

Pairing: Chocolate-covered cherries might be a little too intense, so try for something less chocolatey like chocolate-chip cookies.

Trivia: You’ll notice that I list the glassware I use for each beer.  A goblet is ideal for Belgian Ales such as Dubbels since it shows off the color, helps bring out the carbonation and maintain the head, and has a mouth wide enough that you inhale the aroma as you drink.  And while a big wine glass does much the same in a pinch, the goblet also is the traditional glassware used in Belgium for such beers.

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