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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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Ratings: 1,299
Reviews: 655
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.54%
Wants: 56
Gots: 100 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website

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

The color is a rich, dark mahogany sort of red-brown. Like many St. Bernardus beers, there's a bit of bubbly activity that lasts without being spritzy. A light brown head is simultaneously creamy and dense, rising to about a finger tall. It shows some stick, clinging spottily to the glass as the beer falls.
This beer showcases a complex bouquet; after so many Belgians, and most having been of the lighter variety, I've gotten used to a bubble gum/banana/clove profile and brightness. This one shows off its darker side, though, as the clove and a hint of banana come through with less of the bubble gum, more earthiness, and the faintest hint of barley-like darker grains presence. It's slightly more peppery in the flavor, though everything unwraps slightly better in the aroma and comes out more distinctly than in the flavor. Alcohol is warming but otherwise well-masked.
The feel is classic, light and fluffy without losing body. It flows without being overly filling, Carbonation is active and constant. It's both crisp and smooth, and both very much so. I don't know what more one could want in the feel; this is velvety smooth and still bites, but not too hard. Perfect.
Overall, a fantastic beer, and what I expect from the great Belgian brewers.

Photo of brewskifan55
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter

A: amber with a tan one finger head that dissipates to medium sized bubbles. Good lacing.

S: Wow, an interesting strain of apricot, yeast and malt. Dark fruit, cola, leather.

T: follows nose. Smooth, sweet, malty with Belgian yeast and toffee. A slightly floral finish. Let it warm it; the taste evens out to a more caramel groove.

M: medium to heavy. Good carbonation. A semi-dry finish.

O: A few steps beneath an abt 12, but still superior to many beers.

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

A: Hazy brown colour, decent head that drops to fast but leaves enough

S: loads of apple flambé, dark chocolate, some caramel some sugar and alcohol (smells great)

T: plums, bread, burned coffee, at the end some yeast and loads of alcohol

M: medium feel, a bit too alcoholic, dry finish

O: very good beer; taste's pretty good smells even better

Photo of DonFrap
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of JimGlonke
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of PierceMyers
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of madcal
4/5  rDev -2.2%

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

A: Amber light cloudy beer with a beautiful head.

S: The scents of caramel, nougat and raisins.

T: The taste of slightly bitter beer.

M: Nice carbonation and a slightly bitter long finish. Reasonable foam feel.

O: Good beer and reasonably drinkable.

Photo of matjack85
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in its own wide mouth chalice at Cooper's Bar on Belmont in Chicago. Not cheap at $7.75 for an 11.2oz serving. Expiration date of 10/3/14 on the label, so apparently this beer keeps well in the bottle for awhile.

The beer poured a slightly cloudy chestnut brown color with a ½-finger of off-white head that lasted about 30 seconds. Lacing was light.

Malty nose with dark fruits, Belgian yeast, and even a hint of chocolate in it.

Delicious mix of caramel malt sweetness and dark fruits of dates, figs, and raisins. Also picking up some cherry fruitiness, chocolate flavor, and a bit of warming alcohol. Then add to all this some Belgian yeast and a mild bitterness and all I can say is "yummy".

Medium in body, the beer manages to remain smooth despite a high prickly carbonation.

I'll be looking for this in the stores where I'm sure the price won't be as prohibitive as the price in the bars.

Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of JCFinn
5/5  rDev +22.2%

Photo of piconaut
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of whatname
4/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

Photo of vegasmac99
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of swgwilt
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of mlhenson
4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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

Presentation: 330ml brown pop top, best before 2013. Cool, typical St. Bernardus label. Figured this would make a good 'Easter' beer.

Appearance: Nice ruddy mahogany brew, fairly bright, but with a lot of tiny sediment in suspension. Creamy ivory cap with nice staying power.

Smell: Deep notes of dark fruit (plum?), bit of Belgian yeast spiciness, and sweet malty tones. Perhaps a ghostly hint of bubblegum? Very nice overall.

Taste: Excellent mix of dark fruit, Belgian yeasty spice, sweet dark caramel, and mild, warming alcoholic notes. Ends a bit earthy (cellar-like quality), with a medium, firm, clean bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Perfect for the style; light for the gravity, adds to drinkability/digestability.

Overall: Really nice dubbel. I dunno what 4 packs of this go for, but I'd pay 10-12 bucks once in awhile for this.

Strong B to B+

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.05/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of aztraz
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of beergoot
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big beer that pours out caramel-orange and leaves a thick, off-white head. The aroma hits you with rich malt sweetness; orange and citrus notes; dates and raisins; and sweet, newly mowed grass. Excellent mixture of malts and hops in this one...

Caramel and cinnamon accentuate a rich, sweet bread malt character. A distinctive alcohol warmth melds nicely with the bitter, spicy finish.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy; nice carbonation to soften things up...

A top-notch dubbel. Rich and sweet with great spicy flavors.

St. Bernardus Pater 6 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
92 out of 100 based on 1,299 ratings.