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St. Bernardus Pater 6 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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1,211 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,211
Reviews: 649
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.27%
Wants: 55
Gots: 74 | 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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mrmanning

Ontario (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -16.3%

Murky brown pour topped with a fluffy mocha head. Plums and prunes in the aroma. Roasted malts too, with a mild alcohol waft to back it all up. Wood and prunes in the mouth, roasted malts, with a fruity alcohol aftertaste. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Medium bodied. Pretty good.

11-03-2009 14:18:30 | More by mrmanning
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juju7

Australia

4/5  rDev -2.4%

Dark copper, ruby with abubble bath-like thin head. Carameled honey with some light toffee, a little bit of sweetness on the nose. Medium carbonation, medium level of bitterness with a tight, creamy maltiness. A bit of an alcohol kick. Finish is not quite as long as hoped. It's a good beer, no doubt but not the best from this brewery or in this style.I'd get it again though.

11-01-2009 05:45:47 | More by juju7
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Travlr

District of Columbia

3.93/5  rDev -4.1%

Dark brown with medium tan head, some lacing. Aroma of raisins, vanilla and malt. Medium-mouthed, flavor of raisins, caramel and more malt. Good balance with a slightly bitter finish. A junior version of the Prior - in strength, not in flavor. Very nice.

10-31-2009 23:32:52 | More by Travlr
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BeerCoffeeWater

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -7.3%

I'm starting to think this brewery can't make a bad beer. This is a fantastic dubbel. I usually find dubbels too carbonated and lacking in the taste department but this one is bubblin-creamy and quite robust. Kind of like it's been nitrotapped, but not artificially. Lacy as hell on the glass. The only department it lacks in is smell, it's kind of neutral there.

Probably my least favorite of the St. Bernardus beers, but it's still quite good and one I'd definately drink again.

10-22-2009 03:05:53 | More by BeerCoffeeWater
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richago1

Kentucky

3.8/5  rDev -7.3%

11.2 oz bottle dated 160611 poured into a St Bernardus chalice.

A Poured amber brown with lots of carbonation and a short lived one finger head,becoming a thin cap lasting until the end.

S Mild sweet fruit hops.

T Sweet start with a mild bitter finish, sweeter as it warms up

M Smooth bubbly

D easy to drink, my second beer from St Bernardus nice but not quite up to the Abt 12 though.

10-18-2009 23:11:29 | More by richago1
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mirish72

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +0.7%

Beer #2 from the mixed sixer, I am trying my best to make these last.

Poured into a Chimay goblet. Pours a dark amber mahogenny. There is visible yeast and a healthy head. The beer is highly carbonated and looks great.

Smells of fruity maltiness. Lots of raisins, plums with a hint of bananna in there.

Tastes sweet with a malty, and somewhat dry bitter aftertaste. Medium body and very drinkable on a cold blustery New England night.

10-17-2009 13:20:06 | More by mirish72
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rvdoorn

Netherlands

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Sint Bernardus, the former Westvleteren beer brewer (until early 80's). This time I had the little brother of one of my favorite beers, the St Bernadus ABT.

Poured into a St Bernardus glass. The beer pours a nice brown-amber color, with a medium head that doesn't last too long, but leaving a nice lacing.

Smell: Yeast, dark fruits (plum, but also clearly raisin), banana and roasted malts.

Taste: Malts, hops and fruits (dark and red fruits) predominate this beer. Also nice, spicy and slightly dry bitter hops in the aftertaste. More bitter than the ABT. Taste is much stronger than the ABV suggests.

Mouthfeel: creamy, with high carbonation and medium-bodied.

Overall: Nice beer. Really different from the ABT. Will have this one time after time after time...

10-14-2009 20:33:34 | More by rvdoorn
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UDbeernut

New York

4.33/5  rDev +5.6%

bottle poured into a goblet

a: muddy brown hue, large off white head with very good retetnion, light lacing.

s: dark fruit: plum, grape, and slight banana.

t: nice biscuity base, plum, grape, nut. Nice flavor profile, well balanced

m&d: light to medium bodied, very drinkable

Cheers!!!

10-14-2009 12:04:14 | More by UDbeernut
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51mmz0rz

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -1.7%

Poured lovingly into a St Bernardus glass from a 12 oz bottle.

A: Large dense light tan head with very good retention above a solid brown body.

S: A slight fruit aroma along with yeast spice. Nothing very different here, but smells solid.

T: Grape like fruit flavors. Slight roast on the finish.

M: Medium carbonation and a clean, somewhat tannic finish.

D: Flavorful with a pretty crisp finish.

10-13-2009 01:28:56 | More by 51mmz0rz
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berley31

New Brunswick (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +0.7%

A: Poured with a large, off-white head.... slowly diminished down to about 1/2-finger. Fair lacing through drinking. Body is a muddy brown and very cloudy, with no particles noticeable.

S: Light yeast, cloves, and fruity sweetness (bananas?).

T: Very nice flavor... the yeast and breadiness is noticeable first, then the fruity sweetness of bananas comes through. Finishes with a very light bitterness, barely noticeable at all. Average duration for the flavor.

M: Body is light-to-medium bodied with a very creamy texture. Lots of fizzy carbonation that almost burns the tongue.

D: Extremely drinkable, a very consistent dubbel that I really enjoyed. The carbonation was almost offensive, but didn't quite get there. Otherwise, very good.

10-10-2009 14:23:44 | More by berley31
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magine

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.4%

Poured into a chalice.

Pours a slight ruby brown, has an off white head. The head settles to a lace top. Some minimal lacing.

Smells of yeasts, dark fruit. A sweet smell.

The brew tastes very smooth a somewhat peppery mouth feel initially. But a smooth finish. This brew tastes of dark fruits, yeasts. A much better balanced dubbel then the Prior 8.

This is a nice Dubbel, very tasty. Good balance and taste. Just subtle enough alcohol tastes. This type of brew is a bit strong to session, but it makes a good case to try. Good brew.

10-09-2009 00:37:00 | More by magine
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BamaBeerBuff

North Carolina

4.68/5  rDev +14.1%

A: A crimson color with shades of orange and maroon. The head is incredibly huge and frothy, depositing a solid sheet of lace all the way around the glass. A solid, thick cap of sudsy froth remains atop the brew.

S: Nose is a bit more raw than the Prior 8. It's still got a dried fig component, some spices, and such, but there's a distinctive raw herbal/earthy/funky aromatic that's interesting, but diminishes with warming. Cocoa and a soft nuttiness are also present.

T&M: Simply an excellent beer. It's like a session-dubbel. Filled with a complex array of flavors, yet not bold or boozy enough to inhibit quaffability. A smattering of light cocoa, toasted nuttiness, fig, apple, and candi sugar all contribute wonderfully to the flavor profile. The herbal/funky note from the aroma balances out the aforementioned sweeter flavors on the finish, which makes the drinkability out of this world. Body is medium with a lush, smooth, and creamy mouthfeel that's simply perfect.

D: This drinks like a low-ABV brown ale, with infinitely more complexity and flavor. A slam-dunk from St. Bernardus--this would be my everyday, go-to beer if I were living in Belgium.

09-29-2009 02:38:46 | More by BamaBeerBuff
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Backer2004

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -7.3%

Found this for $3.39 a bottle at the new Bottle Shop in Gastonia. Big fan of the brewery so why not try this one? Could tell from the appearance this was a dubbel, but it took a while to warm up til I got the nice fruit notes, belgian yeast, and medium body. Definitely a good example, but nothing to knock my socks off.

09-11-2009 00:59:54 | More by Backer2004
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Tasted back-to-back with its bigger brother, Prior 8.

Classic dubbel pour with a huge creamy head sat atop an oaken body with ruby highlights, retention and lacing are great. Strong yeasty nose, with very prominent spicing, dark fruit and over-ripe bananas. Decadent and lush, this carries through to the taste, where the prominent flavours are supplied by the dark fruit (raisins and prunes), but with a large supporting cast, and an excellent second fiddle in spicy yeast. Sweetness throughout, but not annoyingly so. Exquisite and balanced... just short of perfection. Medium body, with a strong, but pillowy, carbonation.

Excellently crafted, as you would expect from St Bernardus, this easily vaults into my favourite beers.

09-08-2009 15:29:27 | More by bobsy
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adamette

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev -0.5%

Poured from a 330 ml bottle purchased for $3.99 at Lena's in Painesville last week into my Trappistes Rochefort goblet (the first beer that I poured into this great looking, gold lined glass). Possible "best by" date of "15 02 10" written on the back label.

A Great creamy one inch head over a classic looking Belgian deep mohagany body. Lacing is obvious as I sip this one. 4.5

S Ahhh...that great Belgian malt with almost no hops. Also smell the Belgian yeast as well. 4.0

T Well, classic malt and yeast taste that is has an element of a "woodsy" type taste. It is not as complex as other St. Bernardus (like Abt 12) beers. This is a nice example of a classic Belgian taste. 4.0

M Some smoothness but frankly lighter than I expected. The lightness makes it more drinkable, though. 3.5

D Very good with managable ABV and basic taste. It would likely cost a lot to drink this as a session beer, I am afraid.

08-28-2009 04:16:04 | More by adamette
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vishneda

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -1.2%

33cl bottle poured into a Stella glass.

To love: The aroma is strong and full of sweet fruit esters like raisin and banana. Overall a very solid beer on all points.

To like: Big and bold look, dark golden brown and very opaque. Nice light tan blanket on top. Flavor is sweet and fruity with raisin, banana, and bubblegum notes. Blends to a coffee-type bitterness as it fades, with that aftertaste more prominent as the beer warms.

To improve: Seems like the carbonation is excessive and the harshness of it prevents the flavor from coming through. The carbonation did soften quite a bit as the beer sat, making it more appreciable.

(From tasting notes dated 23 Aug 2009)

08-24-2009 17:23:32 | More by vishneda
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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +8%

#4 of my St. Bernardus six pack sampler. Pours a reddish brown color into my 25cl Chimay goblet, head is about one finger and disappears quite fast, almost before I started drinking the beer, a good blanket after the fizzy head. Little-no lacing is left on the glass after the beer is done. Rest of the review is almost a clone of the Prior 8 without alcohol presence. Tastes and smells of malts, light fruits (some apples), belgian yeast and spices, raisins and no alcohol, nice. The mouthfeel is a bit light, almost medium, with good carb and a smooth way about it. Only gripe here is this beer has the least after taste I have ever experienced. Drinkable as any Belgian, probably the most drinkable Belgian I have had, it is like a Dubbel-Lite, very refreshing, will have again.

08-18-2009 05:37:26 | More by cbutova
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PapaEugene

Netherlands

4.35/5  rDev +6.1%

Poured into an Achel glass

A: Brown/amber color. Small cream color head that doesn't last long. Some lacing throughout the drink.

S: Smell of yeast, malts, raisins and banana.

T: Malts. It's a bit bitter which is not found in the Bernardus 8 and 12. Raisins and some red fruits.

M: Medium/high carbonation. Soft with a very pleasant aftertaste. A bit dry.

D: I like the diversity form the other Bernardus beers. A pleasant drink combining sweet fruits, malts and bitterness in an elegant way. Will surely buy this again.

08-02-2009 20:51:30 | More by PapaEugene
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pokesbeerdude

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev -10.2%

Single from Wilbur's in Ft. Collins, around $6.

A: Dull brown in color with a cream colored head, light bubbles, fairly cloudy, really a dull-ish looking beer. Not really striking in any way. Some reddish accents when held to the light. Okay looking.

S: Smells like a little bit of a hybrid between a dubbel and a German Pils, light fruitiness mixed with pale malts, and a bit of a hop profile. Once again pretty meh...

T: Quite fruity, has an almost candy like sweetness with a coffee bitterness towards the end, a slight bit of a cinnamon, tastes almost doughy, a lot better than the smell. Has almost a grape like flavor, or even so far as a grape soda. Really a sweet beer. Hints of raisins. Interesting, but just doesn't do it for me like other St. Bernardus beers.

M: Thin, slightly boozey, very carbonated, hits all the appropriate dubbel notes for the mouth.

D: I don't really like this one, just too sweet, doesn't really stack up to the Prior 8. I wouldn't say it is a chore to drink this, because it is pleasant, but definitely not one of the first Dubbel's I would suggest or look for. Seems to come up lacking in the otherwise great lineup of beers from St. Bernardus.

08-02-2009 00:08:59 | More by pokesbeerdude
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cvfish

Louisiana

4.1/5  rDev 0%

A - This beer poured a orange brown color that produced an off-white fluffy head that had great retention and laced the side of the glass very nicely

S - The aromas produced by this beer had a nutty, malty quality with a good bit of dark fruits

T - The taste of this beer had a great depth of taste to it, a malty sweetness that was complemented by a little bit of nuttiness, dark fruits and spice, and a bit of yeast

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium body with a light amount of carbonation

D - This beer had a good flavor profile, not as good as the Prior 8 or the Abt 12, but still a good beer

08-02-2009 00:08:43 | More by cvfish
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JimsArcade

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Served in a St. Bernardus chalice.

Pours a deep ruby-brown with almost no head.

Smells of dried fruit and yeast dominate. Any alcohol is muted if not imperceptible in the nose.

Tastes of belgian yeasts, red grapes and caramel, but not too sweet. It's actually pretty dry all things considered.

Surprisingly light-bodied for a dubbel. There's little if any malty stickiness. The silky carbonation makes this a treat to sip.

This is a very easy beer to drink. I only planned to order one, but I couldn't help but get another because drinking it was such an effortless experience.

Maybe it's because I'm reviewing this in the middle of summer, but this has become my favorite offering from St. Bernardus. The low alcohol level for the style makes this an excellent dubbel to drink in hot weather.

07-27-2009 19:32:28 | More by JimsArcade
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Cs1987

Australia

3.08/5  rDev -24.9%

Appearance - Deep red, 1 finger of head with good retention.

Smell - Lots of yeast, only a little malt is detectable.

Taste - Not like any Dubbel I've had before. Unusually light for a Belgian ale, very yeasty with subtle malts.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, very lively.

Drinkability - Not great, due to the yeasty character.

Overall - This could only be a Belgian ale. However, this is really lacking in flavour to back up the high yeast content. I'm hoping the Prior 8 has more flavour.

07-17-2009 11:07:18 | More by Cs1987
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StarlightSeraph

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -12.7%

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into my St. Bernardus goblet.

Appearance: Pours a hazy brown, maybe a little bit of red. One finger of white head that lingered for awhile. Heavy lacing.

Smell: Mild bready malts and some fruit. The typical smell found in most Belgian beers. It blends together very nicely - smells smooth, if that makes sense.

Taste: Hmm. Not exactly what I was expecting. The bready malt is present in the finish, but the initial taste is hard to place. Almost a seltzer kind of note, with the high carbonation - it's not as sweet as I would have expected, and could stand to be a little sweeter. The fruity notes are there, but the sweetness isn't. It's mildly unpleasant, but the bready malt helps smooth things out to some extent. The 'unsweet' aftertaste stays for awhile, too.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated and creamy, as to be expected.

Drinkability: So far, my least favorite of the St. Bernardus offerings. It's not a bad beer, but I prefer their other dubbel, the Prior 8, much more.

07-15-2009 01:10:57 | More by StarlightSeraph
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KTCamm

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -1.2%

Poured from the 11.2oz bottle into a Duvel glass. Pours a lovely cloudy brown with a thick white foam.

Smell is fruity, malty.

Taste is complex and thick. Very chewy. There's a fruity background w/ hints of spices and peppers in the background. Well carbonated in the mouth.

A complex, tasty brew - but very drinkable. The flavor holds nicely, and this never devolves into one of those 'hard to drink' speciality beers. This one's a repeat go-to.

07-09-2009 01:26:30 | More by KTCamm
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LittleCreature

Australia

3.93/5  rDev -4.1%

Appearance - 4.5
Pours a thick head of creamy, very pale beige head. Body is a hazy tawny brown. Left lots of white lace on its way down.

Smell - 3.5
Chocolate sponge cake, mild but sweet fruitiness and a little spice.

Taste - 4.0
Pleasant, but too yeasty for my liking. Flavours of yeasty fruitiness, toasty malt, warming alcohol and a little cocoa. Actually tastes better with the dregs added, they give a nice, milk chocolate flavour.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Even though it is a Belgian, I think the carbonation is a bit excessive and aggressive, feels slightly coarse in the mouth, although this improves with warmth. Light to moderate body.

Drinkability - 4.0
Approachable ABV, plenty of flavour, but there are more memorable Belgians.

OVERALL - 4
Believe it or not, but Pater 6 reminds me a lot of Coopers Sparkling Ale. It has a similar tasty complexity, and a similar tangy yeastiness that I do not like. A good beer, but not a great Belgian.

07-02-2009 08:58:47 | More by LittleCreature
St. Bernardus Pater 6 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
92 out of 100 based on 1,211 ratings.