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St. Bernardus Pater 6 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus Pater 6St. Bernardus Pater 6

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,240 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,240
Reviews: 651
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 56
Gots: 84 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-17-2002)
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Reviews by Sludgeman:
Photo of Sludgeman
3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Bottle labeled with a drink by 9/17/15. Poured into a tulip.

A balanced double but a version that is nowhere near the top of the style. Excellent in some characteristics under achieving in others. Visually, this beer reminds me of muddy water. 3.75

A – Pours a cloudy, reddish brown with a two-finger beige head. 3.5

S – Yeasty, spice, minor alcohol notes, some mild fruitiness of raisins and plums. 4.5

T – Malty, nutty. 3.75

MF – Medium bodied, dry finish, a bit metallic in the finish, well carbonated giving a little sharpness on the palate. 3

Sludgeman, Mar 03, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.88/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was drinking Westmalle two days ago and this is much better. I was previously a St. Berny fan. Now I’m a convert.

This is loaded with sweet candied and caramelized sugars, rich spicy malts, toast, prunes, dates, figs, raisons. This is just wonderful.

The amber brown brew has thin tan head with excellent lacing and retention. Much less sediment than the Westmalle I had the other day.

Mouthfeel is fluffy and cookie-doughish. The yeast is fanatical and attacking at the palate. It’s a blast. Just outstanding!

Aromas are super rich and sweet. The most prominent of them are spice, nuts, chocolate, dark fruit, and red wine.

This blows most other dubbels that I’ve tasted away.

DaPeculierDane, Feb 21, 2006
Photo of beerhunter13
4/5  rDev -2.4%

beerhunter13, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of tectactoe
3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky, dark-ish copper-brown color with little bits of off-white sediment swirling among the haze. The khaki head is thick and creamy looking and lasts for a considerable amount of time; a few chunks of lace cling to the top of the glass.

The nose is sparkling and fruity; ripe, sour grapes, apple skins, and loaded with phenols. Toasted malts give it a steely-caramel structure, side-by-side with a full-out, sweet ester-laden parade. Some slight spices on the nose, most likely from the characteristic Belgian yeast. The aroma almost gives off a mild sweet-tartness, similar to a Lindeman's lambic, though slightly less pungent.

Sweet, sugar-coated grapes and plums are the first thing that comes to mind when taking a sip. Body is fairly thin and carbonated so much that the brew seems to evaporate in your mouth. Light, deep cranberry sauce flavors start to come out - a tartness evolves, spikes, and lasts for only a split second - it's refreshing and borderline sour and puckering, something you don't always find in dubbels. The infrastructure of Pater 6 is full of earthy, dirty hops and sweet, fruity esters. Some spice noticeable at the tail end, mainly clove, but it isn't as powerful or prominent as it is in many other Belgian brews.

There's a nice little bitter twang in the aftertaste, coming mostly from the hops which turn from earthy to floral as the beer goes on. Aftertaste of wine-soaked bread and light clove. The alcohol in this one isn't strong, but it's phenol characteristics shine through at the right moments. Nearing room temp, this beer surprisingly seems to lose a bit of flavor, but is still nice and drinkable.

Solid dubbel, nice balance of sweetness, earthiness, and bitterness, although I think it may slightly be overrated. I prefer the Prior 8 by a few miles over this one, so if you're ever in a pickle between the two, go for the 8. This is still a nice brew to try once, though, and the lighter ABV tax is nice.

tectactoe, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of sprestridge
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

sprestridge, May 14, 2014
Photo of JacobMutberg
4/5  rDev -2.4%

JacobMutberg, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of skybluewater
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a goblet a charming cherry color with hints of brown. Very nice head. Smells like fresh bread and cherries. Tastes of cherries and chocolate. The mouthfeel's a bit thin, but still nice.

Overall, this is a very nice dubbel, one I'd happily drink again.

skybluewater, Dec 07, 2004
Photo of bulldogg915
3/5  rDev -26.8%

bulldogg915, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of warnerry
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by July 22 2013

A - Pours a clear red-tinge brown with a finger or so of dense tan head. Head has great retention and leaves a sheet of lacing.

S - Belgian yeast aromas of banana and clove, sweet caramel malt, nice aroma of bread with an earthy character as well.

T - Similar to the smell, there are prominent Belgian yeast flavors, with a nice spicy character and some sweetness. Also lots of bread maltiness, a bit of raisin.

M - Nice medium mouthfeel with quite a bit of carbonation and a semi-dry finish.

O - Very solid dubbel all around, and very easy drinking.

warnerry, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of Beaver13
3.38/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle, best before 8/8/08. Pours a tea color with a large but kind of fizzy off white head that retains well.

The aroma is metallic bananas, bready malt, yeast and a little clove.

The flavor is pretty mild. It's some bready malt and sweet nuttiness with some very subdued spices and a little lightly metallic light bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a little harsh carbonation.

Overall, a little on the bland side, but the more I drank of it, the more I started to enjoy it.

Beaver13, May 23, 2006
Photo of generallee
4.83/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 11.2oz bottle into a chalice. The bottle has a best before date of 16 04 12. The back label also lists the abv at 8%.

Appearance: It has a dark burgundy colored body with a light haze and some yeast floaters. This is capped by a light beige head of frothy light foam. From the pour it left some yeast sediment on top of the head which looks like a dusting of cinnamon. The head hangs on well, slowly fading as I drink and making some nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: There are fruity and estery yeast notes of raisins and apple peel with a slight hint of spice and funk. This is all comes with a nice sweet bready maltiness as well.

Taste/Palate: Wow, this one has good complexity with fruity and spicy yeast, sweet bready and nutty malts. I get notes of cocoa powder blending with notes of walnuts and hazel nuts like Nutella within the sweet bready maltiness. Fruity notes remind me of raisins and as it warms I get some cherry as well. Hops are light and help to balance with mild bitterness and dryness in the finish. The palate has a solid medium body with mild carbonation.

Notes: This beer has wonderful complexity and drinkability.

generallee, Mar 14, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

TimoP, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of Fcip78
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious and rich, malty, ripe figs, nice smooth finish. No acute sweetness, did I mention delicious? Really well done, you can tell the brewmasters are keen on quality. had one these for the last eight years and i have never been disappointed. An everyday Belgian no matter what season of the year.

Fcip78, Feb 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Doomcifer, Aug 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

JakerLou, May 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

petewheeler, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of merlin48
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle with suggestions in Flemish and French to consume before end of 2004. Pours into a St Bernardus goblet a deep chestnut brown with a billowy head and massive lacing. Nose is cloves, coriander, allspice, with some dark fruits in the background. Taste is divine, with tart apples, caramel sweetness, well balanced with subtle spicy hop notes and a hint of yeast. Simply an excellent ale, finishing with a dry, spicy, peppery fruitiness. Complex and supremely well balanced.

merlin48, Dec 31, 2003
Photo of Billolick
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small bottle, label says this one will be good till 080808....pours A soft shade of medium chocolaty brown, fairly clar, moderate tan head and so so lacing. Mellow nose of chocolate, light powdered sugar. This is a very soft, subtle, understated Belgian Dubbel. Smooth cookie notes midway and in the finish. Honey, vanilla, smoke, more cookie dough. Never aggressive in its approach, Those crafty monks...

Billolick, Dec 24, 2005
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4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, cloudy, brownish/red in color

Smell: apple, dark fruit, and pear

Taste: big malts, caramel, biscuit, bread, a touch of apple, pear, and hay

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, crisp, sweet, light bodied.

Drinkability: I really like this beer and could sip one for a long time as I enjoyed the malty apple taste. Not the best I have had in the style, but certainly up there. I do want some more.

tigg924, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of some dark fruit, Belgian candy sugar and caramel malt. The flavor is more of the same. I get some candy sugar and Belgian yeast notes, as well as a little bit of sweet dark fruit - mainly cherries and figs. The alcohol is present but is fairly faint. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice Belgian dubbel.

Mora2000, Jun 04, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

GreenMountainBoy, Jan 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

BeerDrinkingDiver, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of Byeast
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance : poured a very dark brown (chestnut) , opaque , with a half inch of lasting , creamy , offwhite foam that left lots of lacing.

Smell: candied fruit sugaryness , some sweet malt , bit of yeast and slight spice.

Taste: Nice full flavor , slightly tangy and sweet fruit flavors , hint of cocoa ,plum , yeast , fairly rich malt , faint nut flavor, bit of spice, decevingly complex.

Mouthfeel: a little creamy , smooth.

Drinkability: A very tasty and complex dubbel. The flavors really come out more as the beer warms( naturally) , so resist the urge to quaff this pleasant drink.

Byeast, Nov 26, 2006
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy deep brown in color with a thick and creamy head that laced my Trappist glass nicely. Aromas are grainy, alcohol-soaked fruits, spices. Flavor, in my opinion falls far short of the abt 12 by these monks. Chalky, almost gritty flavor dominated the flavor profile. Zesty yeast flavors with a muted bannana-wheat taste. Finishes very dry. Mouthfeel a little thin. Rather tough to finish this one. Maybe I'm missing something with this one, but I wasn't blown away like I was with the abt 12.

OldFrothingSlosh, Nov 15, 2003
Photo of Slothrop
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Slothrop, Jul 18, 2012
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St. Bernardus Pater 6 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
92 out of 100 based on 1,240 ratings.