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St. Bernardus Pater 6 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Ratings: 1,336
Reviews: 666
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.54%
Wants: 57
Gots: 114 | FT: 1
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Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-17-2002

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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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rustic orange with large contributions from red and bronze. The initially frenetic carbonation settled down fairly quickly, but only after creating a stunner of a head. The regal crown, four fingers and a thumb after the pour, is golden beige in color and is tremendously rocky. It isn't leaving thick blankets of lace, but it's one of the best looking caps that I've seen in quite some time. Centuries of brewing experience at work.

There are no surprises in the nose. I expected excellence and excellence is what I'm getting. It's brown malty with toasted nutty, dark fruity and cocoa-like notes. There's also a hint of clove spice that could be more prominent. I think I'm gonna like this one.

I have a feeling Pater 6 is the kindler, gentler St. Bernardus dubbel and Prior 8 is the bigger, more complex beer. That didn't take a great deal of insight, I know. For such a relatively light version of the style, this beer has an amazing amount of flavor and depth (that's increasing as it warms). It may not be a palate buster, but then I get the feeling that it wasn't designed along those lines.

The flavor profile consists of sun-ripened ripe figs, overripe apples, toasted brown bread, cocoa powder, pecans, earthy hops and ground clove. Maybe it's more complex that I initially gave it credit for. Again, it's a delicate, almost ethereal version of a style that is occasionally bombastic enough to give Belgian strong dark ales a run for their money. This is incredibly delicious beer that would lend itself well to being released in 750 ml bottles.

I like the mouthfeel more in the bottom half than I did in the top half. It becomes much quieter, although there's still a typically Belgian amount of carbonation, and is much smoother and creamier as a result. Given the rest of its attributes, I wouldn't change a thing.

I didn't need to drink this beer to convince myself that Brouwerij St. Bernardus is one of the best breweries in the world. My experiences with St. Bernardus Witbier and Grotten Brown were proof enough of that. While it can't touch the absolute masterpiece that is Westvletern 8, nothing can. Pater 6 is a beautifully crafted Belgian dubbel that belongs on any list of the world's best.

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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into my St. Bernardus chalice. Pours a deep reddish brown with a nice light tan head. Aroma is yeasty bread, raisens, and dark fruits. My mouth starts watering just from the smell. Taste is malty with a bready dough flavor and some chocolate that finishes with a perfectly integrated hop bitterness. There is also some warming from the alcohol as it goes down. Overall, this is a wonderful beer. I am amazed that they can make a beer so complex with only 6.7% ABV. Another great brew from an absolutely outstanding brewery.

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4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From a 12 oz. bottle into my brand new St. Bernadus snifter (or oversized wine glass?). Gift pack with 4 beers and glass for 17.99.

Mahogany at first with a 1 finger head that recedes rather quickly. When held up to a celing light, shows more transparency and a deep amber color, bubbles on the surface showing as points of light from the bottom of the glass like orange stars in the night sky. Held to a very bright light, the brew becomes nearly transparent (wording on the glass easily readable), the color a very Christmasy red with carbonation bubbles rising throughout. Stunning.

Smells of green apples and prunes. Almost lemony. Some good spiciness and a hint of banana.

Rather dry at first, but a bit of sweetness follows. Some light bitterness in the end. Lightly tart grapefruit. Spicy nutmeg or clove in the back of the mouth. Belgian yeast

Light to medium mouthfeel. Wonderful prickly carbonation and warming alcohol burn in the throat.

Very nice! The first of the 4 beers of the St. Bernadus gift pack. I picked this first because of the lower ABV of 6.7% and because it got a lower rating than the Abt 12 which I'll drink next, but this is a fabulous brew! Easy to drink and very tasty. Great complexity! Enjoy!

St. Bernardus Pater 6 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
91 out of 100 based on 1,336 ratings.