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St. Bernardus Pater 6 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Ratings: 1,370
Reviews: 670
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 66
Gots: 127 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-17-2002

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Ratings: 1,370 | Reviews: 670
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of philbe311
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Three fingers worth of slightly off-white colored rich whipped frothy lush head... Stellar retention... The color is a rich yet slightly murky medium brown... A slight bit of micro bubbled carbonation swirls towards the top the class but can only be seen under close examination... Some small gobs of lacing cling to the glass... Very elegant and regal...

S - Light Belgian yeast and rich over ripened fruity notes combines for a very pleasant but slightly understated aroma... Bananas... Plums... Dates... Golden raisins... Prunes... Some light brown sugar and caramel undertones as well...

T - Hidden on the nose, but the palate yields large amounts of tobacco... A lot of the expected fruitiness is missing in action... The brown sugar is present but to a lesser than expected degree... A hint of spice, namely nutmeg lingers on the finish... While there is improvement as this one warms, it never really quite gets to that next level...

M - Medium bodied... Sturdy... Light yet sharp carbonation... The finish is slightly dry and slightly astringent...

D - Undeniably Belgian... A bit of a let down compared to this Abbey's other high profile offerings... Excellent appearance and solid aroma, but a bit of a disappointment otherwise... I would gladly drink again, but would suggest others gravitate towards other examples of the style and from the brewery... The best facet of this beer is that drinkability in that the sub 7% ABV in this style is a rarity...

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Morpheus
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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3/5  rDev -26.7%

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

followed up the 8 with the 6. pours a lighter shade of a murky amber-brown with a nice, light and loose head and minor small bubble carbonation.
i guess the 8 and the 6 are both dubbels, and according to their site there is a difference in how each arrived into being. but the aromas are a bit fruitier, the taste follows with such and the mouthfeel is a tad lighter.
overall, this is another excellent beverage in the world of beer and i would direly hope to visit these breweries some day. this one is more of the belgian candied sugar, fruitier type than the 8, and much richer, but it's still a great drink.

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of SometimesIfart
3.08/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a very dark wet wood brown with a beautiful creamy ivory head. Left decent lacing.

S - Weird adjunct. That's it.

T - Tastes kinda like a tripple. Hay, bubblegum, chocolate malt.

M - Light creamy body with medium carbonation.

O - Overall, this beer was all over the place. Beautiful appearance, lacking smell, okay flavor, good body. I guess really it all depends on what you think.

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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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

Served in a Bernardus chalice.

A - Dark chocolate brown with a large deep-ivory head. Fair retention with good lacing.

S - Dark fruits, sugars and yeast. Very far from robust.

T - Dark chocolate, doughy yeast, a few dark fruits, pepper and some raisins. Finishes dry.

M - Soft medium body with average carbonation.

O - A few things going on in here but it takes to much effort for me to fork it all out. Dry finishes such as these are always a turn off. I would be content never having another one.

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of JamesMN
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Opaque amber hue with a foamy tan head of about half a finger which seems to be retaining well.

Aroma: A bit of a metallic or copper tinge to it (which I've noticed in others of the style). Semi-sweet malt tones and some plum/apricot.

Taste: The fruit notes come through subtly and also get that slight metallic taste (but it's not really off-tasting). Some spice from the yeast, particularly clove. Drying aftertaste and a bit of lingering bitterness from the spices. About as robust as I'd expect for 6.7% ABV.

Mouthfeel: Though very effervescent, it has a nice smoothness from the head. Medium bodied. Aftertaste is slightly cloying after a while.

Final Thoughts: A decent beer, one of the better Dubbel's I've had. Any fan of Belgian beer would appreciate this one. Would I drink it again? Maybe, for now I'm looking forward to trying their 8, Tripel, and 12.

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3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice.

A- pours a murky-cloudy dark copper in color, foamy white head that reduces to a thin layer with not much lace.

S- yeasty with notes of clove, raisins, brown sugar, a bit nutty, and some basement must.

T- sweet dark sugar with notes of fig, clove, and earthy yeast. Simple, yet balanced. The finish is slightly sweet with some warming alcohol at the end.

M- medium body, lively carbonation, foamy mouthfeel, finishes easy and slightly fizzy.

O- very drinkable Dubbel, but not quite as much dark fruit as one would expect from the style.

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