Homebrewing Recipe: Patersbier with a Twist

Ever heard of Patersbier? Can’t blame you, not many people have, there are no commercial versions. This beer is only brewed for the Trappist monks as a lower abv beer. Since I’d never heard of this beer, I bought an All Grain Kit from Norther Brewer, because it sounded like a great summer beer. But alas, like most kits I buy I can’t leave well enough alone, I need to make it my own…


  • 9 lbs Belgian Pilsner malt

Single Infusion Mash:

Mash grains at 147° for 60 minutes with 11.5 quarts of water (1.25 quarts per pound of grain).  Sparge 45-60 minutes at 170°.  make sure you do a run off and add it back to the mash tun.  I also give the grains a good swirl every 20 minutes or so during the mash.


Multi Step Mash Schedule:

Protein rest: 135° for 15 min

Beta Saccharification rest: 145° for 35 min

Alpha Saccharification rest: 165° for 25 min

Mashout 172° for 5 min


  • 60 min – 1 oz German traditional Hops(5.7%)
  • 15 min – whirlfloc tablet
  • 10 min – 1/2tsp Wyeast Brewer’s Nutrient Blend
  • 10 min – 1/2 oz whole leaf Sorachi Hops (11.8%)

The original recipe called for Saaz hops (1/2 oz @ 10 min).  I thought this would be a great beer to showcase the flavor of teh Sorachi. Whether or not it still qualifies as a Patersbier, I don’t know (and dont care :-)


Wyeast #3787 Trappist High Gravity Yeast, no starter. OG: 1.052 (80% efficiency).  fermented between 72-75° (yeast range is 64-78°).  This yeast is highly active, will want a blowoff tube.

Enjoy!  If you make this recipe, I’d love to hear how it turns out.


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  2. Steve Peter Says:

    What about St. Bernardus Pater 6? (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/259/1856) It’s a bit high in ABV for a Patersbier, but you might consider it a commercial version.

  3. Simply Beer Says:

    @Steve, Could be… BA lists it as a dubbel and it does seem high in abv. also if you look at the other St. Bernardus beers with each step up in beer the name matches the a monk rank. pater is the lowest monk, then Prior… Abott (head of the Monastary). In this case I think pater refers to a monk title rather then style.

  4. Lucas E Szymanowski Says:

    I do a 90 minute boil, with the addition of honey or agave syrup! Mash at 148, for about 75 minutes, and also like to stir it up every 20 minutes. Belgian/Canadian Yeast. comes out to about 7% ABV.

    Like I said, very popular, and everyone begs for this beer.

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