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St. Bernardus Pater 6 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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1,185 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,185
Reviews: 648
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.25%
Wants: 55
Gots: 67 | FT: 1
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Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-17-2002)
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assurbanipaul

Texas

4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dull chestnut with a respectable bone-colored head. Aroma is dark fruits, sweet macerated figs or raisins mixed with candy sugar.

Taste is surprisingly dry, lots of bready, musty caramel malt flavors. Some mild dark fruit, maybe some prune juice or cola, finish is very slightly sweet. Classic dubbel flavors, very solid and sessionable.

Mouthfeel is medium, not real heavy, quite drinkable. My impression is of an abbey ale with training wheels -- not to imply it is lesser, by any means -- but without the depth and complexity of its higher-ABV bretheren. I may like it even better this way.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2006 02:06:08 | More by assurbanipaul
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ggaughan

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass. The beer poured a deep brown shade with an off white head. The nose of this fine beer gave hints of a toasted malt backbone along with some notes of citrus, raisins and spices. The taste had a nice touch of malty sweetness along with touches of orange and lemon on the tongue. Refreshing. After all these tastes, there was a bit of hop character that rounded everything out. The body of the beer is well carbonated and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2006 02:25:10 | More by ggaughan
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Fuller

Tennessee

4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

cloudy red-brown in color with an off white head that lasted through the last sip. Nice lacing

Smell is strong with toasted malt, fruit (plums, raisins), and a little spice.

Tastes like it smells. Sweet and malty fruit with a little spice and a little hop at the end. Full-bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Overall a very good beer that I will definitely drink again. A little heavy to have more than one or two.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2006 02:31:38 | More by Fuller
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nickss

Texas

3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice. Beautiful cloudy, deep brown with ruby and caramel highlights. Off-white 1” head that gradually fades away to a nice 1/8” cap. Tons of lacing… very pretty.

Yeasty, musty aroma…. Where is the fruit?! Perhaps a bit of light fruit as the brew warms… not like the deep rich fruits of Abt 12… a tinge of kiwi maybe… leaves something to be desired, though.

Slightly sweet, but not cloying…. Lots of yeast and a bit of light fruit. It really starts to fill out as it warms, providing a much greater depth of flavour.

Wonderfully full and thick, but a bit too much carbonation. As it warms, the carbonation becomes a bit less noticeable, but is still a bit high even then.

Nicely drinkable and quite heady…. All around quite a nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2006 23:42:40 | More by nickss
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SkeeterHawk

Texas

4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The beer pours a very clear reddish brown color that is a little lighter than I expected. There is a half inch of thick and lasting off white foam that is maintained by a whole bunch of bubbles rising. The bubbles keep rising and keep the head atop the beer until the last sip. Nice!

Aroma: It has a rich and clean malty aroma with some noticeable fruit such as raisin and fig. The background of the beer is a bit yeasty with lots of bread. There is a subtle dry wheat-like edge to the beer deep within the aroma.

Taste: The flavor follows the aroma closely in that the malt is rich and in charge. There is a dark caramel flavor that I didn't really pick up in the nose at first, but is becoming more noticeable as the beer warms some. The flavor is also fruity as the aroma suggested, and there is a mild alcohol noticeable. The beer goes down really smooth with absolutely no aftertaste. As the beers warms further there is a mild floral note becoming noticeable that I am not sure is derived from hops or just fermentation. Regardless it is pleasant.

Opinion: This beer is super nice, and yet another fabulous offering from this brewery. I have never been disappointed in any of their beers, and so I didn't hesitate for a second to pick this one up when I saw it at Central Market in Austin. This particular beer is like a session beer for this brewery, and it is dangerously drinkable and goes down really smooth. I would definitely drink this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2006 14:35:46 | More by SkeeterHawk
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Golden2wenty1

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the magnificent Maduro cigar bar here in downtown Madison for a ridiculous $3 during happy hour.

Pours a dark, opaque garnet with a spotty skim of tan head in a beautiful St. Bernie's chalice. Nose is predominately of Belgian yeast, bracketed by an earthy fruitiness - rather subdued for a dubbel. Taste is dominated by a doughy maltiness and a rather pronounced metallic bite, with a spicy apple-cinnamon, plum, and mild vinuous finish. Mouthfeel is medium and lightly carbonated. Quite a drinkable dubbel, light in nose and palate, but the light fruitiness that I enjoy in a good dubbel was muted by the astringent metallic bite.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2006 23:35:24 | More by Golden2wenty1
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IntriqKen

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Definate dark tea color with a smallish tan head that melted very quickly leaving no lacing in it's wake.
Aromas are subdued....bready toasted malts, light cloves, a faint cinnamon with just a little dark, dried fruits (plums? - not quite sweet enough to be raisins).
Flavors of sugar, dried plums or prunes, cloves and finishing with a slight cinnamon in the aftertaste. Also noticing a slight hop bitterness on the tail-end.
Taste is somehow both subdued, yet heavy due to an earthy mustiness.
Mouthfeel is full of tiny carbonation giving it almost a chewy texture.
Warmth of alcohol becomes apparent some time after swallowing but not in the initial taste. Dry feeling comes late.
Best by: 08.08.08 11.2 oz bottle
***
edited upon my second visit of this brew which I enjoyed more than my first.
Good dubbel...mabe great

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2006 21:12:59 | More by IntriqKen
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.38/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2006 05:39:32 | More by Beaver13
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Shultzerdugen

Missouri

4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. brown bottle with best before end date of 30807.

Pours a cloudy burgandy color with yeast sediment in suspension. The white head laces down the side of my wide mouthed St. Bernardus glass. Rivulets of carbon dioxide bubble up the side of the glass.

Apple like esters, lightly roasted grains, spicy yeast, and plum in the nose. At one point I caught a whiff of cinnamon.

Medium bodied with a lively carbonation. Fruity esters throughout the drink. The yeast and moderate alcohol content add a spiciness in the back. The finish is mostly dry except for a lingering cookie dough like malt taste. As the beer warms a nutty malt center holds court, followed by a touch of acidity.

To start, let me say the best way to enjoy a beer is out the glassware designed by the brewery of the aforementioned beer. Secondly, it's a damn shame I didn't buy more of this because it seems like it would pair with more food than you can shake a stick at. St. B is the shit.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2006 00:53:43 | More by Shultzerdugen
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haz77

Australia

4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours cloudy dark brown with a red hue. Two inches of tan head which leaves whisps of lacing behind as it drops to a finger thick. Moderate carbonation.

S - Sweet malt, dark and tropical fruit, spice. I was expecting something more intense.

T - Dark fruits with sweetness that is restrained and well contained. Pepper follow and a smooth buttery finish with a hint of alcohol warmth, which turns slightly smokey.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Carbonation works well as a foil to the creamyness of the beer.

D - Very drinkable indeed.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2006 16:42:11 | More by haz77
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased the 4-pack with the goblet. Cool. Looks like the Pater 6 is geared to be the first one to try.

Appearance - deep muted red, like the embers of a fire almost. The head is light beige in color, extremely dense and creamy like melted marshmallows on hot chocolate. The lace is a full blanket all the way around the glass.

Aroma - very crackery, slight whiff of sweet grain and yeast.

Taste - some malt and alcohol hit the palate first. The beer is fresh, best before 08/08/08, but I get a light metallic touch also. Light sweetness. A low key hop presence on the swallow and into the aftertaste, understated but surprisingly long lasting.

Mouthfeel - it's impossible to take a sip without getting some of the creamy bubbles from the head with it. That makes for a smoother feel, balanced with some relentless carbonation. Weight is middle of the road.

Drinkability - cost aside, a fine session dubbel at a reasonable abv.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2006 02:19:46 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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Absumaster

Netherlands

3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance of the beer was very good, lacing all around the glass and a magnificent dark brown, ruby colour.
Smell was not very abundant, some burned notes, caramel and a bit phenolic.
Taste was full and herbal spicy, sizzling of the carbonation and definite flavours of dark malt and dark fruits, like raisins. I like the drinkability of the beer, which is a prettt big beer for it's 6,7%. Aftertaste is dry and spicy.
This is a decent dubbel, but not the best dubbel around, for that it doesn't have enough 'street credibility', if you catch my drift.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2006 20:00:54 | More by Absumaster
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IceAce

California

4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 Oz. bottle with a best before date of 08 08 08

Pours a chestnut brown body capped with two fingers of dense, rocky tan foam in a St. Bernardus chalice. Clarity is very good and the aroma is deeply roasted malt with a wonderful Belgian yeast backdrop.

Entry is filled with luxurious small-bubbled carbonation scrubbing the sides of the tongue and cheeks. Midtaste is candied fruit and superb malt layered over the middle and rear of the tongue. The finish leads off with that famous yeast and ends with a ping-pong of sugary carmalized fruit and roasted malt.

While dubbels are seldom my choice of styles...this is a superb offering worthy of many revisits.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2006 07:33:20 | More by IceAce
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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast...

Poured a deep burgundy red / brown colour... Slightly off white head poured quite thick and faded to a nice thin layer... some patchy lacing...

Aroma - Toasted biscuity maltiness, caramel / toffee, aniseed notes, spicy dark fruits (raisins, figs), slight nuttiness...

Taste – Spicy fruits (raisins), warming alcohol, toasted malts, light liquorice notes, chocolate hints, light toffee sweetness...

Feel - Quite sharp and dry.. Medium bodied... Pretty drinkable...

Overall - A very good beer.... Recommended...

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2006 10:22:56 | More by mdagnew
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crwills

Ontario (Canada)

4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm not usually a fan of the dubbel style, but this could change my mind.

Pours a hazy brown with a big off-white head. Aroma is strongly malty: raisings and prunes, candied fruit, licorice, some woodsy notes, and fresh mint.

Flavour is very malty, again with the dark fruits, prunes, figs. Yeasty and bready, and very satisfying. Moderate mouthfeel (could be a bit more robust), and a sugary aftertaste.

This is a very smooth beer, and the only knock to its drinkability is its strength (although if I didn't have to work tomorrow, I could certainly knock back a few).

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2006 23:46:12 | More by crwills
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DarkerTheBetter

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a slightly foggy amber with some pale brown highlights. The head was thin and white and lasted all the way until the end.

Smelled of a neat blend of spicy yeast, anis and root beer. There was also a dry green apple and under ripe strawberry in the background.

Tasted of smooth maple syrup sweetness that was stacked on top of a nice musky Belgian spiciness with a slight drying oaky hop. There was also a little banana, red licorice and root beer root beer. The finish was clean and brought with it a slight sting.

The mouth feel was unremarkable: light bodied with a light carbonation.

This was a nice and easy beer but a little dry for a dubbel.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2006 00:21:25 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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gmcfarre

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle in St. B chalice.

A- Cloudly chocolate brown colow with 1 inch tan head. Lots of dregs in this bottle. Head didn't last too long but a nice thin layer and lacing remains.

S- Dark malt with a strong wort smell (due to dregs that stuck in head). As beer warmed and dregs disappered the smell was predominated by a caramelized sweet molasses scent.

T- =Very similar to the smell, with sweetness becoming strong as it warms. Some dark fruits involved (raisin perhaps). Dark malt is of course a fixture. I am not picking up many more complexities to this brew (unlike some of SB's others).

M- Active carbonation that smooths out, becoming dry and almost slightly bitter upon finish.

D- Immensely drinkable for a dubbel. Alcohol was hardly a factor. One to sip, but one I could sip all night.

Another winner from SB. Can they do no wrong?! Compared to Prior 8 (another dubbel from SB), this one seemed sweeter but with less dark fruit taste.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2006 22:06:12 | More by gmcfarre
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Optimat0r

Texas

4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

appearance - deep amber-brown color. more foam than expected, fairly thick

taste - much like abt12 imo...typical belgian-style taste, sweet, fruity flavors prominent with moderate malt presence. very well-rounded flavor, good complexity and well balanced. st bernardus knows their shit.

drinkability - very good, really similar tasting to their abt 12, but not quite as huge and deep, but with less alcohol presence as well. great mouthfeel. if your into belgians you cant go wrong with this one. an excellent example of its style. those monks make a quality drink for sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2006 05:45:38 | More by Optimat0r
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Pegasus

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apeparance: Hazy dark brown color, with a large tan head, and thick, glass-coating lace and slight carbonation.

Aroma: Deep spicy, earthy aroma, with notes of dark fruit, orange peel, spice, bubblegum, and alcohol.

Taste: Opens with a wave of earth and spice, cloves are quite prominent, sweet alcohol notes appear in the middle, finishes with a lingering herbal hop and earth note.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, quite full, with a hint of tingling carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Wonderfully drinkable, most pleasing, a superb example of the style.

Presentation: Packaged in an 11.2 ounce brown glass bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a St. Bernardus goblet.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2006 18:32:21 | More by Pegasus
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hanco005

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle dated 28 09 07 poured into my St. Bernardus glass that came with the four pack

A—light raison, cloudy with some sediment suspended in the liquid, maybe ½ inch head at the most, fizzles away quickly, scattered lacing remains

S—ripe fruits and alcohol jump out first, then sweet caramel, slight vanilla, faint floral tones as well

T—not like the smell at first, faint coffee and toffee notes, then as it warms, the ripe fruit (plum and raison) and alcohol become more pronounced, Very tasty.

M—very smooth, medium bodied, perfect carbonation

D—This is a great beer. Still a sipper, but 2 more are not out of the question.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2006 21:20:46 | More by hanco005
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ghostwalker

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Body is reddish-brown with little floaties. Frothy white head.

Nose is sweet malty goodness with a candi-sugar coating.

Flavor is also very sweet and tasty, almost a brown sugar thing going on. The malt is the main thing, no sense of hops at all. Noticeable fruitiness and some spices as well. It's a nice flavor blend; complex, yet easy to drink and appreciate. I also get a sense of the banana flavor that others have mentioned.

Body is medium with fairly high carbonation.

Pretty good drinkability. Flavor does not become overwhelming and the moderate ABV makes it good for at least a couple, (but I only have one).

A solid brew from St. Bernardus, like you expected anything less...
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Serving type: bottle

03-24-2006 00:26:50 | More by ghostwalker
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Ieatlambfries

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in my St. Bernardus Chalice.

The appearance is a dark copper orange. One finger thick tan head of micro fine bubbles. A blanket of lacing is left after each sip, but then fades to scattered remnants.

The smell is reminiscent of caramel apples and sweet cake like malts.

The taste follows suit. Up front caramel. Then sour apples with just a hint of sweetness. Finish is slightly bitter with slightly detectable alcohol.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, but not chewy.

Drinkability is good. Not as sweet as the 8 or 12. Nor as high an abv as the 8. That plus the less thick body makes this a more drinkable brew. Far from a session beer, but not as filling as some Belgians.

A truly excellent Dubbel.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2006 02:57:54 | More by Ieatlambfries
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DogFood11

California

4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perfect appearance, very inviting huge tan, rocky, mountainous head leaves incredibly chunky lacing. Perfect copper, w// medium carbonation that tends to cling the glass.

Sweet malts, but not the kind that annoy, more the kind that are deep, rich, dark. The richness comes from a dark fruitiness. Mouthfeel comes through with a rising aggressive point towards the end, sharp, somewhat cloying sweetness. Bananna, hop bitterness is mild. For a dubbel it comes across a bit watered. Very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2006 00:52:16 | More by DogFood11
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francisweizen

Alaska

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruby red/brown, small tan head of foam that lasts, forever! Aromas of dark malts, melding with complex spices, nuts, and dark fruits. Taste is heavy considering how light this is in abv and mouthfeel when compared to the other ST. B. offerings. Taste is nutty and complex with malt and fruit overtones, also even a bit of leather, tobacco, and smoke in there as well. Nice and earthy too. Drinkability remains good with the low abv, and amazing character. Certainly good, pushing towards very good with age, and excellent with a lot of time...

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2006 15:59:28 | More by francisweizen
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Erdinger2003

Iowa

3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out very nice, but leaves a very small head, however the lacing is very strong. It's very dark and ruby red with purple. The smell is nice and flowery at first, but then was coverd by a grainy smell. The taste is a little more balanced and as it warms the balance equals out. The mouthfeel is very smooth.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2006 06:18:16 | More by Erdinger2003
St. Bernardus Pater 6 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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