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St. Bernardus Pater 6 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,298 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,298
Reviews: 655
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.54%
Wants: 56
Gots: 100 | 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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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep mahogany tone with a silky smooth tan head leaves nice thick patches of Belgian lacing. Aroma: Tart apples, raisin with dark roasted malts and a wonderful ginger bread sweetness this one is nice. Taste: Nice soft flavors with a doughy characteristic underlying fruit esters and chocolate traces trickle through the flavor of this fine abbey dubbel. Mouthfeel: Silky smooth medium bodied ale, awesome carbonation spritzy but not over carbonated. Drinkability: A unique dubbel in my opinion flavors blend incredibly well a great overall example of the style, good stuff.

Photo of nickfl
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - The cap comes off with a loud hiss and a slow gush of foam issues forth. It pours with a one and a half finger head of white foam with a tinge of brown. The body is a hazy medium brown with a little bit of amber light showing through. The foam settles quickly and leaves nice lace.

S - A fruity malt aroma up front with notes of plum, raisin and caramel. Some spicy notes on the back side, a little bit of clove and coriander. An excellent malty aroma.

T - Sweet caramel and toffee malt up front with fruity plum character that is reminiscent of a dopplebock. Some yeast character comes out in the middle with notes of red apple, raisin, and clove. Finishes with more dark malt, this time with a hint of coffee and burnt sugar as well as increasingly spicy yeast characteristics including nutmeg and coriander.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Quite drinkable, this beer has all of the characteristic complexity of a dubbel despite its having a somewhat lower than average alcohol content for the style. The fruit character is quite nice and comes from both the yeast and the rich, carmel malt. There is a plum malt character present that I am more used to seeing in dark German lagers such as bocks. This malt complexity is able to shine through thanks to the relative lightness of the beer and lack of very strong alcohol and yeast character that one often sees in stronger dark belgian beers. A very nice example of the style, just as well made as its more revered big brother, Abt 12.

Photo of Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle courtesy of brewandbbq. Can't believe I haven't reviewed this one yet.

Pours a fogged in orange hued brown with a sizeable creme head. Nose is lots of sugar and lots of malts as well. Flavor is malty and earthy sweet again with a bitter hop edge on the side. Spices are clearly evident. Overall tone is earthy and robust. Feel reminds me a bit of Westy 12, though much harsher on the carbonation. Bites too much IMO. Overall a nice dubbel. Classy and classic. If you haven't had all of the St. Bernardus line yet, you might as well get to it.

Photo of Slatetank
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of drabmuh
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful deep crimson, near-mohagony color, huge head, cocoa-toned, dripping lace on the glass.

Nutty aroma, cola-ish, deep and earthy, some spices, hints of chocolate...nice.

Taste: yum, more of the same nuts and cocoa from the nose, very tasty, like a mellow dubbel, or a more lofty brown ale. Delicious. And that's only the start of it...this is simple and complex at once, a very deceptive ale, almost light and unassuming, but ultimately stirring with character, the flavor getting livelier and more exceptional the further in we get.

Given time, I could think of a million uses for a beer this great, but the best one is as an active ingredient to an oncoming case of happiness.

I'm going to have to make this beer a more intimate part of my life, and keep it well at hand, for anytime I need a jolt of delight and deliciousness.

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of DrunkinYogi
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of mdfb79
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

Photo of jwc215
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle, poured into a wide-mouth glass. Freshness date of 12 08 12 stamped on back label:

Pours slightly hazed brown with a thin lasting off-white head.

The smell is of caramel candy and dough with some herbal and slightly sour notes.

The taste is of sweet, carmelized grain with a slightly nutty character. Mild herbal notes and a touch of sour give balance to the sweetness. Slight alcohol shows in the balanced finish.

It has an effervescent, becoming creamy, light-to-medium body.

Malty, but balanced, it's a pleasant dubbel!

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.

Photo of smcolw
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Large and rocky light tan head. Light brown color and quite clear.

Sweet melted brown sugar meets my nose on the first sniff. Strong caramel and molasses aroma.

Very smooth, rich liquid. Not as sweet as the smell indicates. Does not display the typical Belgian yeast flavors, so this tastes closer to a doppelbock to me. This is a great, easy-to-drink Belgian ale.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of kojevergas
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Gouden Carolus goblet in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery. Bottled 16/05/2011 (May 16th).

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of beige colour, okay cream, nice thickness, and good retention. Colour is a dark brown-grey. Nontransparent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Rather dull indeed; far from vibrant or alive.

Sm: It may look a bit shite but it smells fantastic. Biscuity yeast, spice, dark plum and fig, clean malts, a berry ester (perhaps from the light hopping), cream, and vague light hints of nuts. Very intriguing and enjoyable. I'm really looking forward to trying this. A mild to moderate strength aroma.

T: Plum and fig do come through accompanied by biscuity yeast and spice, with some underlying cream. Clean malts form the foundation; some malts are darker than others. All around a pretty enjoyable and subtle dubbel. Well layered and nicely complex. I quite like it. Very pleasant.

Mf: Nicely creamy, with perfect coarseness to coax out the flavours and just enough dryness in its otherwise wet composition. Artfully done. Suits the flavour quite nicely. Perfect carbonation.

Dr: Very drinkable. I'd definitely have this again. The ABV isn't all that high, but no alcohol comes through. I quite like this. A great little dubbel, but it isn't without room for improvement. The yeasty notes are fantastic.

Would pair well with crackers (I recommend rye triscuits), grapes, cheese, nuts, or pate.

A decent candidate for aging, though the ABV is a bit too low.

B

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

Poured into my St. Bernardus goblet, very dark brownish with a thick off white head. Very little lacing, if any.

Some spiceyness maybe nutmeg. Some carbonation.

A very good balance of flavors, fairly complex.

Very drinkable, doesn't feel like a 6.7% ABV

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of GClarkage
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.45/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

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.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.25/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -2.2%

St. Bernardus Pater 6 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
92 out of 100 based on 1,298 ratings.