Their first release was their “patersbier” It wasn’t an expected Trappist offering, and it was more sessionable yet they originally charged I think $15.99 for a 4 pack of 11.2 oz bottles, which they eventually reduced the price of. I always thought they would have been better off establishing their excellence in Trappist/Belgians then adding more popular styles seasonally.
branding is such a silly thing. lol patersbier - some flavourful pale base malt (vienna, english or belgian pale varieties, pilsner) to ~1.045 gravity, 30 IBU of noble hops. yeast. but $15.99 because its "Belgian/Trappist". give me a break. belgian "beer" being unpopular again could be the best thing for the use of belgian yeasts. there is no reason a patersbier should be any different in price than a basic craft lager.
( I refuse to drink sours).
i can slip beers like flemish red ale, gueuze, etc every now and then if i don't find their price ludicrous. but the kettle-soured NA craft beers are severely underwhelming. i never, ever buy them and i did give them a shot over the past 2 years. very, very lame.
was listening to a recent ron pattinson interview on the history of berliner weisse, and he explains that brett was basically equally as important in good berliner weisse up until the fall of the berlin wall and the buying out of the good former berliner weisse breweries. replacing true mixed fermentation with pasteurized lacto ferment and pure cerevisiae fermentation at a 50/50 ratio. very interesting to hear that this led to the common NA craft interpretation of berliner weisse, which is often enough just kettle-soured wheat beer with fruit thrown in. sad.
The 8 isn't bad but I personally find it to be the dryest and most alcoholic tasting of the bunch. 6 is smoother and 10 has that over the top Belgian Strong Dark flavor that I love.
yup, i found it just a decent quaffer. a hard to believe, but extant rumour is that rochefort uses the same base beer but just adds higher amounts of candi syrup/sugar to 8 and 10 than 6. (tbh i never had 6 ever). disclaimer: rochefort is probably my least favourite bel/ned trappist, but i like all of them greatly.
Having to rely on widespread distribution to be successful isn't sustainable. The key to success for most today are local sales driving revenue.