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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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Reviews: 679
Hads: 1,449
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 13.45%
Wants: 80
Gots: 169 | FT: 1
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Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-17-2002

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy medium brownish amber in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some faint copper highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy tan head that slowly reduces to a very large patch of thin film and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of dark malts with a light aroma of dark fruits (plum and fig) and distinctive Belgian yeast.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of pale and dark malts with a light to moderate flavor of dark fruit (plum and fig) sweetness. That is followed by a hint of brown sugar and tart cherries. There is also a spicy Belgian yeast flavor in the finish which lingers.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: A very complex flavor profile with a very well hidden alcohol making it easy to drink and it is interesting enough to want to have over and over again.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer served in a St. B glass because I can. Beer is brown and hazy and forms a thin white head of small bubbles that leaves no lacing on the glass. Head breaks, carbonation low. Looks fine.

Aroma is carmelly and sweet. Bready and yeasty.

Beer is medium to thin in body. Tastes good. Sweet with no bitterness. Everything is forward. Good yeast character and flavors. Nice esters, finish cleanly. Not dry. Drinkability high. I really love this brewery and this beer.

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Photo of ShanePB
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a St. Bernardus Watou glass. Served around 50F as per the bottle instructions.

A: Huge frothy off-white head filled the top half of the glass with a murky medium to dark brown colored body below. Incredible amounts of lacing and a thick foamy retention cap lasted the entire way. Wonderful looking beer.

S: Raisins, toffee, caramel, breads and that classic Belgian Abbey style yeast aroma. Notes of wheat in the background as well.

T: Sweet caramel and toffee notes, subtle darker fruits like raisins and figs. The yeast flavor is present through the mid-palate giving it an almost bright fruitiness. Plenty of wheat again with some toasted malts towards the back end.

M: Well carbonated, nice and bubbly but it retains a very well rounded mouth feel. Slightly chewy in a sense while still being highly drinkable.

For not really caring for many Dubbels (especially American made ones), this was really exceptional. The flavors were well balanced, flavorful and the body was easy drinking. I'd happily have another anytime.

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Photo of stakem
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a matching St. Bernardus goblet. The brew appears a clear light mahogany to brown with a finger of white froth that slowly fades to a creamy film atop. When held to the light, it has more of a lighter brown to orange and yellowish tints around the edges. As the cap fades, it leaves some small stringy fingers of lace sticking to the glassware. Rising bubbles of carbonation maintain that thin film seemingly throughout the entire duration.

The nose has a mild suggestion of belgian candy sugar overtop of some maltiness that smells faintly bready with toasted grain. Some herbal hops are present that intermingle with trace amounts of fruity alcohol. Overall the nose on this is quite nice with no fault at all. It is balanced very well.

The taste has a bit of fruity alcohol at first that blends in with some herbal hop notes. At times, it has a faint medicinal character before the onset of some naturally flavors of cherry, toasty biscuits to bread, yeast, and a hint of herbs. Just like the aroma, the flavors here are balanced very well and transition from one flavor seemingly effortlessly into the next.

This is a medium to lighter bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. It is light and refreshing with a crisp finish. The aromatics and flavors integrate well with each other and formulate a brew that is complex enough to nitpick but very easy to drink as well. This is worth seeking out.

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Photo of tdm168
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber with 1/4" of dense head that fades to a thin lacing. The nose has notes of caramel, yeast, and fruit. The taste is heavy caramel, apples, and faint yeast. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and easily drinkable though heavily carbonated.

This one's a little one dimensional but good and easily drinkable.

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Photo of WesWes
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry, raisiny scent that boasts of crystal and roasted malts. There is little yeast fruitiness present. The taste is decent also. It has a very dry, crystal malt flavor. It goes down with a slight fruitiness and finishes extremely dry with some roasted characteristics. The mouthfeel is average. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an above average beer, but not the best effort from this brewery.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

07/08/07- Purchased at John's Marketplace in Portland, OR.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with a best by date on the back label. Poured into my St. Bernardus chalice.

Appearance- Chestnut color to a "t". Full creamy and smooth 1 inch dirty white head. Lovely 1/3 inch remains for the endurance of the beer. Patches, streaks and spots of lace cover about the entire glass.

Smell- Chocolate quick powder, dates and figs, local artisan bread shops...if only it was more outgoing.

Taste- I notice lots of chocolate malt as it warms to room temp. Bready for sure as well as some semi-sweet dates. Just a bit more sweetness would have been incredible, but I have to remember this is a dubbel and to take it for what it is.

Mouthfeel- A bit higher in carbonation than liked, but not bad. A bit thick and slick. Chocolate aftertaste. Mild creaminess.

Drinkability- Not my favorite style, but one of the top 5 I have had for sure. Maybe #3 behind Westvleteren and RR Benediction.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Suffer the dubbel for me.

A real nicely controlled but large rocky, and fluffy thin four finger tall light creamed tan colored head. Thin bubbles with good capping retention. Body has some of that tan rising carbonation as well, with a nice dark mahogany brown, and hints of red and light chestnut brown too. Great looking beer.

Real nice spicy notes on this. Sharp clove, faint hint of dry but not sweet cinnamon. Pretty straight forward and solid. Nothing wildly unique or stunning, just good.

Palate comes a little muted. Big carbonation, but with a strong mineral sense and not too distracting. Not much aftertaste, but a little bit of faint caramel somewhat on the finish. Mid palate fills with a steely sensing fruit quality, somewhat between raising and cherry. Palate gets considerably more creamy as it warms, with more subtle sweetness that was hinted on the nose.

For a Dubbel it drinks surprisingly well, and has a nice subtle quality for easy drinking. Not a big sugar bomb either, quietly stated very nice.

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Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
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...

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Photo of Gavage
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a clear dark amber color with a 1/2" head that slowly falls to a thick surface foam.

Smell: yeast is most notable with some fruity sweetness in the background.

Taste: bready malt base with some prune sweetness. Yeast flavor is strong with a hint of chocolate. Bitterness is moderate and nicely balancing.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp to start, smoother at the finish.

Drinkability: a solid Belgian Dubbel that is easy to consume. One large bottle is enough for a session, but I can opening another bottle. This is a well crafted beer.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a deep reddish copper color when held up to the light, otherwise it is a deep amber color. It is lightly hazy and is topped by a creamy off white head. The aroma is slightly musty, complex and spicy to boot. A definite spicy brew. The carbonation tingles on my tongue as it goes down. This beer is fairly dry though there is a slight sweetness here. A hint of alcohol character is in the finish. I get hints of bergamot, ginger, pepper and caramel, as well as a bunch of other flavors that I cannot quite pick out. As expected from this "6" the body is fairly light, though as it warms up it gets a bit thicker and fuller. This is good, the complexity is very nice and it keeps you interested in each sip as you try and dissect the flavor components.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one is pretty much a 'lighter' version of the 8. But light isn't quite the correct term. Maybe less involved.

Nice hazelnut, amber pour. Good thick head, rocky. Lacing dims a bit.

Aroma has apples, currants, raisin, sweet bread, and candied sugar. Sticky sweet and fruity.

Whereas the 8 seems more fruity (apple and such) this one is more floral. A nice bouquet of flowers and orchard fruit. Sweetness of bread and candied sugar. Molasses is light. Dark cherry?

This is a very good beer. I can see this with some applewood smoked BBQ pork.

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Photo of tempest
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to a friend for sharing this from a St. Bernardus variety 6-pack (awesome). Poured a mostly-clear dark amber with a tall white head and lacing.

This beer strikes me as being two things: spicy and drinkable. At nearly 7%, this baby drinks like a mild thanks to the dry and thin body. As for the spice, phenols are the dominate flavor-maker, with a red peppercorn bite next to the also spicy hops. The malt provides a subtle toffee back note for the spice and help create the delicate balance. This beer could have a little more flavor, but I'll be damned if I couldn't put down a number of these without thinking about it.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.41/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle,

A: Pours brown with a full cap on off-white foam. Head retention is good, lacing is light for a Belgian.

S: Not particularly aromatic, some phenol and alcohol notes, dark malt.

T: Malt and molasses, with some candi sugar notes, very sweet. Light hop character, a bit of mint and wintegreen, black pepper.

M: Mouthfeel is relatively light, carbonation is right on, smooth, yeasty, dry finsh.

D: This is a good beer, to me it's like Prior 8 light. There's nothing wrong with that, I just thought it would be something a little different. Certainly worth a purchase for the Belgian fan if you want an easy drinking lighter beer.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.3/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The first beer of my St Bernardus evening. I have a mixed four pack of 330ml bottles that I am drinking, reviewing three as I go (I have already reviewed the 12 some time ago).

This bottle is best before 15th Feb 2010, today is 1st March 2008. It was poured into my Westmalle bowl glass.

Looks wonderful at first, a deep clear redish brown with a full light biege foaming head. The head fell away just a bit to quickly for me, I like it to stay untila at least I've had a sip or two.

Rich malty molasses fill your nose and a toffee, coffee sweetness comes through too.

The taste was a big let down for me, none of the flavours of the smell comes through into the actual beer. It is almost the blandest and tasteless dubbel I can remember having and I have had more than a few over the years.

It can't be discribed as watery, but it isn't a thick or viscous in any way either. A sourness comes into the mouthfeel as the beer warms in the mouth and I didn't like that either!

All in all a mixed start to my evening of tastings. I was expecting a lot more from this beer.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly cloudy orange/brown with some suspended particles. The head fades quickly to a thin cap. The smell is sweet and has elements of cinammon and brown sugar. The taste starts with candi sugar up front, followed by tangy Belgian yeast, brown sugar, dark dried fruit, and finishes with pineapple and apple. Mouthfeel is crisp and tangy. Quite delicious.

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Photo of biegaman
3.72/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very dainty blend of dark auburn and burgundy that glows ornate redwood when held to the light. An initially frenzied carbonation had the glass dotted two or three layers thick with bubbles; since settling, however, many parts have caved in. With the back lighting it appears as a stain glass window. It definitely looks like something I'd enjoy drinking.

An authentic, time-tested, well cultured Belgian strain of yeast can be bewildering to the sense of smell; St. Bernardus works with such a thing and it's quite apparent. The aroma retains the full, distinctive character of that yeast and it makes for a confusingly complex smell. Foremost are mild esters of decomposing fruits and a strong bready note.

All this carries over into taste and makes a considerably well seasoned flavour. It is reminiscent of apple pie spices and strongly resembles a fig pudding. The malts taste doused with rum-raisin. That may be the most accurate description, although the most forward character is probably that of both dried and over ripened fruits, apple and plum in particular.

If I had to pick an area for improvement, I would focus on the mouthfeel. The yeast can be quite dry and bready. It doesn't offer the intensity of esters (or any phenols) that other commercial Belgian dubbels do. I don't sense a lot of malt, either. There's a bit of a caramelized sugar syrup kind of taste, but no texture to go along with it.

This may not be my favourite dubbel or my favourite offering from this brewery, but it's certainly a beer I'd never turn down drinking. It's a fine example of Belgian tradition and craftsmanship. If the idea of a beer packed with fig, apple, plum and rum-raisin flavour sounds appealing to you, then I'd definitely recommend St. Bernardus Pater 6.

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Photo of weeare138
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a hazy brown with a large clumpy head that lasts. Plenty of lacing is left behind.
Smell is of fresh dough, figs, raisins, caramel, brown sugar, candy, fruity mango and peach.
Taste is of the above aromas in a yeasty batch with a definite sugar content but not a real sweetness.
Mouthfeel is fizzy, slightly sweet, medium bodied with the yeast coming through.
Drinkability is great with this classic Belgian dubbel.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice one finger plus creamy off-white head, which leaves some nice islands and sticky lacing throughout the drink. The nose is malty, yeasty, can notice some plums, figs, and raisins. The taste is very nice, mostly malty, some yeast tones, and dark fruits. Medium body, a very complex brew and well rounded. Very drinkable, another awesome brew from St. Bernardus.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from Plonk in Canberra.

Pours a deep ruby colour, with a depth that suggests it might have some haze to it. But in fact, it seems pretty clear. Carbonation is very fine, but persistant and vibrant, and feeds into a thick, off-white head that leaves firm, sticky lace. Looks very good.

Nose is slightly yeasty and spicily aromatic, with some dusky earthiness coming through as well. It's slightly funky, with a touch of musk. There's a smoothness to it overall, but all from that earthy sweatiness—there's not much sweetness.

Taste is lighter than expected, but powered by those slightly spicy estery characters which give notes of fruitskin. Again, there's not a lot of true sweetness, but there's a smooth roundness to the palate, which balances some of the spicy spikes. Finish has a gritty, earthy twang to it. Feel is split by that smoothness and spiky sharpness.

Overall, a nice beer, but not the equal of its stablemates.

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Photo of John_M
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Abbaye in Federal Hill (Baltimore) the other day.

The beer pours a rich looking brown color with pretty good head retention and lacing. I don't get a lot on the nose, but some brown sugar, a hint of chocolate and some underlying spice. On the palate, however, this beer is flat our delicious. The beer is long and creamy with a boatload of chocolate. There is also a hint of coffee, as well as some bitterness in the finish which helps to keep the beer from tasting overly sweet. The beer is fairly light on the palate for a dubbel, and drinkability is very good.

This has to be one of the better dubbels I've tasted in some time. Not bad at all.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a hazy reddish, burgundy color with moderate carbonation leaving a dirty white 1/2 head and some minimal lacing

S: Sweet sugar with raisins, red grapes and chocolate some earthiness

T: aImmediate sweetness with red/purple grapes, a few raisins and some candy sugar, subtle bitterness with some eathy notes and a stickyt back end with lingering dark fruits and faded chcolate

M: Creamy, medium bodied, well carbonated with loads of swee and dark fruits coating the palate

O: Very good

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Photo of wl0307
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No freshness info. printed on the bottle/label, served lightly chilled in Westmalle's broad-rimmed chalice.

A: a careful pour makes a deeply dark mahogany hue with chunky yeast-sediments floating in the liquid, coming with semi-lively carbonation to support a well-lasting, beige fluffy froth.
S: lightly citric sourness skirts the yeasty dark-malty theme, showing savoury-sweet dried hawthorn fruits and dried prunes, woody hints (supposedly from the yeasts), and rather quiet and integrated malty composition. Not terribly complex or highly estery, but overall deep and enticing in its own way.
T: an effervescent swallow shows quiet dark malts, burned sugar, ripened dark fruits, with a light tinge of sweetened kidney-bean paste - very interesting... just as the malts settle, the flavour has already been elevated to a different level, with the dry-ish yeastiness and hop bitterness both developing elegantly in the aftertaste, finished slightly chewy, herbal, and spicy due to the yeastiness, of course.
M&D: the palate comes slightly effervescent, but gradually softening as the beer goes, while the body is just integrated and at the medium level to suit the overall moderate flavour profile. This is a rather quiet Abbey ale that deserves respect and slow sipping, but in copious amounts!!

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Photo of jdhilt
3.24/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger off-white head that fades slowly to a thin layer, leaving some lace. Hazy brown color. Not much to the nose. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is hard to nail down like a brown with hints of dark fruit, dry finish. $17.00 for a gift pak of four 330ml bottles from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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St. Bernardus Pater 6 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
91 out of 100 based on 679 ratings.