Belgian beers are a unique beast. Some people love them, other people are dumb. If you want an approachable Belgian beer, Pater 6 is a good choice.
Lighter in both flavor and alcohol than some of the other beers from St. Bernardus, this beer has the big, Belgian, yeasty flavor that I’ve come to know and love over the years. In this beer it isn’t ridiculously overpowering so your novice Belgian taster can learn the ropes with minimal chances of being turned off by the type of beer as a whole. Recommended to be served around 50 degrees I prefer mine to be a bit colder as it helps take the bite out of the heavy flavor.
The color is amazing; rich and warm and so very beer-y. A thick, creamy head gives you a hint of the viscous delight beneath. That delight will remind you of flowers and sweetbread as it rolls over your tongue, with an aroma that matches.
While you won’t find St. Bernardus on tap too many places (except for your hardcore beer bars like Encinitas Ale House in San Diego, CA or The Crescent Moon Ale House in Omaha, NE) you should be able to find some bottles at BevMo or a local craft/specialty beer store. Even in those places I don’t find the Pater 6 too often, so acquiring this one was a real treat. If you can find this one, drink it, because they’re as uncommon as the Microsoft Zune.