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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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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,238 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,238
Reviews: 651
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 56
Gots: 84 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website
Belgium

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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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

brutalist, Dec 30, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

craigdb, Dec 02, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Amp, Mar 31, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

swgwilt, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of Yotus
4.78/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a the contents of an 11.2 oz bottle into a willing receptacle - in this case, a St. Bernardus chalice glass. Poured a HUGE white head, deep brown color with some orange-red highlights when held to the light.

Slightly soapy smell - I don't think it's oxidized, though. Some dark fruit and caramel malt work through.

As the beer warms, a very pleasing malty aroma takes the forefront. Wow. This is good. Biscuits, bread, rich - almost like dessert in a glass.

Creamy mouthfeel with a come-hither finish (slightly sweet but with just enough hop bite to cleanse the palate). I'm just glad that I didn't give up beer for Lent. This is an excellent example of a secular dubbel, and at 6.7% ABV , a substantial, nourishing treat.

Yotus, Mar 04, 2007
Photo of generallee
4.83/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 11.2oz bottle into a chalice. The bottle has a best before date of 16 04 12. The back label also lists the abv at 8%.

Appearance: It has a dark burgundy colored body with a light haze and some yeast floaters. This is capped by a light beige head of frothy light foam. From the pour it left some yeast sediment on top of the head which looks like a dusting of cinnamon. The head hangs on well, slowly fading as I drink and making some nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: There are fruity and estery yeast notes of raisins and apple peel with a slight hint of spice and funk. This is all comes with a nice sweet bready maltiness as well.

Taste/Palate: Wow, this one has good complexity with fruity and spicy yeast, sweet bready and nutty malts. I get notes of cocoa powder blending with notes of walnuts and hazel nuts like Nutella within the sweet bready maltiness. Fruity notes remind me of raisins and as it warms I get some cherry as well. Hops are light and help to balance with mild bitterness and dryness in the finish. The palate has a solid medium body with mild carbonation.

Notes: This beer has wonderful complexity and drinkability.

generallee, Mar 14, 2011
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4.83/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep amber brown with a substantial head that dissipates slowly.

Truly divine aroma; malt, fruit, and caramel greet the nose.

Best dubbel I've tasted yet. Malt, figs, dates, and raisins with a touch of hops on the finish. Wonderful and well balanced.

Good mouthfeel with just the right carbonation and a smoothness most enjoyable.

Exceptional drinkability, a great St. Bernardus with a modest alcohol content.

techdiver, Apr 15, 2007
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4.83/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Quite possibly the best Dubbel I've ever tasted. I've always been more of a tripel/quadrupel fan, but this beer could convert me. Pours a rich brown color, with a frothy white head. Nose is soft and sweet. Flavor is amazing; much lighter than most dubbels I've tried, but in no way bland or simple. Actually a fairly sweet, fruity flavor. The beer drinks incredibly easily, with no hint of alcohol. Another winner from Saint Bernardus.

medic25, Feb 10, 2006
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4.88/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was drinking Westmalle two days ago and this is much better. I was previously a St. Berny fan. Now I’m a convert.

This is loaded with sweet candied and caramelized sugars, rich spicy malts, toast, prunes, dates, figs, raisons. This is just wonderful.

The amber brown brew has thin tan head with excellent lacing and retention. Much less sediment than the Westmalle I had the other day.

Mouthfeel is fluffy and cookie-doughish. The yeast is fanatical and attacking at the palate. It’s a blast. Just outstanding!

Aromas are super rich and sweet. The most prominent of them are spice, nuts, chocolate, dark fruit, and red wine.

This blows most other dubbels that I’ve tasted away.

DaPeculierDane, Feb 21, 2006
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4.93/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enormous, glossy, cheesy/eggy-textured head with a range of colors from off-white to smoky caramel. The liquid is brown.
Mild, elegant and soft aromatics are characterized by notes of caramel, vanilla, brown bread, seared beef, allspice and nutmeg.
Soft, fluffy texture brings bitter cocoa, ginger and spice flavors. The finish exhibits a chalky grip that makes this a very dry, if creamy beer.
A "10" for balance. Makes any other beer seem awkward.

putnam, Nov 28, 2003
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4.93/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Served slightly too cold from a fridge in a bar set to lager temp. However this was not a problem as I let it warm up with my hands. Excellent rich permanent head and dark body.

S - Spicy and matly with dark and cirtus fruits present. Very complex.

T - Wonderfully rich with dark malts, many fruits (plums, raisins) and sweet caramel.

M - Marvellous carbonation and silky.

D - Actually this has a good alcohol meaning one can take a few of these without a massive hit.

A truly superb beer and one I need to find on a regular basis.

Stephen63, Apr 15, 2007
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5/5  rDev +22%

wattoclone, Sep 12, 2012
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5/5  rDev +22%

MikeD1687, Feb 19, 2012
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Photekut, Nov 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: pours a hazy red wood wit ruby tints into my new St. Bernardus ballooned goblet with what is quite possible the most beautiful three fingers of frothy head that leaves gorgeous lacing and hangs once it mellows to about a finger and a half.

S: robust malts turn into a sweeter caramel and hazelnut. Accompanied by figs, dates, prunes, apples and a healthy dose of earthy leather.

T: more mellowed out than the nose but still quite nice! Caramel and apples greet the tongue with a healthy sweet biscuit. Dark dried fruits and a bit of an orange quality that hangs in the mouth.

MF: medium body and full of flavor. Not too filling, and I just now noticed there is no hint of alcohol (though with 6.7% there shouldn't be).

O: one of the best dubbles I think I've ever had and quite possibly too drinkable (should I not have said Drinkable in the Overall section?)

nickthetick, Jun 06, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22%

sjstraub, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22%

WillyMac, Nov 21, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22%

BrendanDouglas, Dec 02, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22%

throwback, Dec 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22%

Kalel, Dec 24, 2012
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5/5  rDev +22%

tfsimpkins, Feb 16, 2014
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5/5  rDev +22%

Vylo, Dec 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 11.2 ounce bottle, approx. 40 degrees.

a) A cloudy, shoe-leather brown ale with white lacy surface that lasts and lasts

S) Perfection. Sweet baked oats, raisons & dates

T) This is a reference point for Belgian Ale. Sweet root beer, dates, currents

M) Light, fine yet plentiful carbonation tingles on the way down.

D) Pater 6 is 6.7 ABV which is light when compared to many other strong Belgian ales, but it means you can have more than one and walk away (please don't drive away). Truly a great beer.

bskrtz, Mar 10, 2009
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5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The perfect dubbel. Period. Pours out to a hazed brown ruby color with a wonderfully fluffy tan head of foam. Symetrical lines of lace are mesmerizing. Medium level of carbonation. Aromas are nearly indescribeable; a heavenly array of fruits, yeast, bread and the ever so desireable Belgian sweet candy note. Taste is exceptionally enjoyable; dark fruits, sweet pumpernickel bread, mild yeast, roasted malts... amazing. Mouthfeel was very smooth and velvet like. Totally inviting. Great drinkability. This is the best in the St. Bernardus line that i've had so far. This brew is worth it. Highly recommended. World Class.

THE BLOODHOUND FACTOR: Peaches wasn't in the beer mood, but Benji was highly excited by this dark liquid beer treat. I think both him and I have found a new top 5 beer.

Frozensoul327, Jan 26, 2006
St. Bernardus Pater 6 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
92 out of 100 based on 1,238 ratings.