St. Bernardus Pater 6 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Belgium
sintbernardus.be

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-17-2002

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Ratings:
1,596
Reviews:
715
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
9.29%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich brew, long and dry finish. Refreshingly drinkable. Liked the brown colour, the bubbles in the yeast, the lace; the spicy aroma. Unique smoothness.Two years' later bottle showed great lace, spicy aroma, and good easy drinking. Marvelous brewery.

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Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 7/30/12.

Pours a murky brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, spices, and dark fruits - especially grapes and raisins. Taste is much the same with a slight tartness and a fruity finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty but I think it smells better.

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Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -2.2%

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

cork and cage set up at a bargain price. follows a whole bunch of saisons and farmhouse ales real well in our little tasting here. pours the darkest orange it could possibly be, caramel orange. lively white head in my leffe thick stem glass. smells like a malty belgian and thats it. maybe a gentle cherry apple aroma too, fruity but not fruity at the same time. flavor is just a balanced smooth belgian dubbel. glorious and simple. mouthfeel is magic, smooth and well carbonated with a creamy afterfeel. really nice beer. very drinkable at its tolerable abv, this will go well with the chorizo basil arrabiata sauce which is happening on the stove at the moment...

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Knapp85
3.28/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a nice shade of deep orange brown, the head was tan and foamy. The lacing wasn't too bad. The smell of the beer was earthy and had a little spice on the nose followed by some brown sugary sweetness. The taste is of dark fruits and Belgian yeast, a little bit of spice in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is lightly carbonated and has a gentle soft feel to it. Overall it's a pretty good Dubbel.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of nmann08
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a bottle, pours a murky mahogany brown with red hues. Very thin wispy white head that disappears quickly. Very active carbonation with lots of bubbles.

The nose is dark fruit, figs, Belgian yeast, faint caramel malt and honey. The flavor is very fruity, plum skins, raisins, candied brown sugar, with some bread dough mixed in, moderately sweet. The mouthfeel is a little fizzy and over carbonated, like soda.

Overall, a classic good one, just curious if it is always this carbonated and fizzy.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of metter98
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy brownish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high off white head that settled down fairly quickly and left a thin layer of bubbles consistently covering the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of yeast and spices along with some notes of dark fruits in the nose. Smells of prunes stand out in particular.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and is somewhat complex. It has a slight amount of initial sweetness plus flavors of brown sugar and cherries; hints of spices are noticeable in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and rather smooth on the palate with a high amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink because it’s well balanced and no traces of alcohol are detectable in the taste.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

St. Bernardus is simply incapable of producing a bad beer, or an average beer, or even a very good beer. Their beers are as flawless as you get. Pater 6 is no exception. It starts off with a serios fruity-sweet, tart, spicy aroma. The thinly viscous pour forms a rocky head with spices floating about. Flavors are everywhere from cherries and banannas to dates and figs. Nuts and musk to peaches and pears. Candied sweetness to berry tartness. Completely enjoyed in the round. Very complex and smooth. Moderately dense texture with increasingly creaminess and smoothness. Finishes dry and sweet. Alcohols intertwine with sweetness for a heat with low inpact. Terrific brew. An instant favorite.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A resident of the St. Bernardus variety pack...

This beer pours a dark, cloudy, tea-like brownish hue, with two fingers of dense foamy, off-white head, which leaves a solid wall of lace around the glass after its slow descent into oblivion. It smells of sweet biscuity grain, candy sugar, banana essence, and mild yeast. The taste is more sweet, nutty malt, chewy, fruity esters, and a soft yeastiness. The carbonation is moderate, the body fairly light for the style, dry, and astringent. It finishes off-dry, comprised of that complex combination of sugary malt, yeast, and mild earthy hops.

A nice enough dubbel, with the attendant sweetness, but surprisingly dry, which I can't fault, making it all the more drinkable.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Gouden Carolus goblet in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery. Bottled 16/05/2011 (May 16th).

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of beige colour, okay cream, nice thickness, and good retention. Colour is a dark brown-grey. Nontransparent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Rather dull indeed; far from vibrant or alive.

Sm: It may look a bit shite but it smells fantastic. Biscuity yeast, spice, dark plum and fig, clean malts, a berry ester (perhaps from the light hopping), cream, and vague light hints of nuts. Very intriguing and enjoyable. I'm really looking forward to trying this. A mild to moderate strength aroma.

T: Plum and fig do come through accompanied by biscuity yeast and spice, with some underlying cream. Clean malts form the foundation; some malts are darker than others. All around a pretty enjoyable and subtle dubbel. Well layered and nicely complex. I quite like it. Very pleasant.

Mf: Nicely creamy, with perfect coarseness to coax out the flavours and just enough dryness in its otherwise wet composition. Artfully done. Suits the flavour quite nicely. Perfect carbonation.

Dr: Very drinkable. I'd definitely have this again. The ABV isn't all that high, but no alcohol comes through. I quite like this. A great little dubbel, but it isn't without room for improvement. The yeasty notes are fantastic.

Would pair well with crackers (I recommend rye triscuits), grapes, cheese, nuts, or pate.

A decent candidate for aging, though the ABV is a bit too low.

B

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Photo of emerge077
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light chestnut with suspended sediment. Foam sticks around, ample carbonation.

Aroma is of faint malt and mineral water.

Taste is malty, sort of bland however. I'm wondering if this bottle is possibly oxidized. Lots of carbonation gives it a bubbly mouthfeel. A residual peaty note comes out in the aftertaste. Not as sweet as other Dubbels i've had, kind of minerally and gassy. Feels similar to a Scotch Ale. Finally, pouring in the dregs results in a fuller mouthfeel, and an iron note.

This is ok, i'll have to try it again later and re-review.
Served at cellar temperature.

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Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours an ice tea brown with a pancake-like head that leaves some lacing

Smell: Spice cookie dough aroma

Taste: Starts with a slightly sweet bready malt element that has some spice cake elements; after the swallow, the subtle flavors combine with some yeasty and woody flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium body with plenty of carbonation

Drinkability: Perhaps the easiest of the Abts to drink; their is plenty going on but you have to look for it

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Photo of dmorgan310
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of zeff80
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark burgandy color with a foamy, off-white, two-finger head. Left some very nice lace.

S - It smelled slightly sour. A strong nose of dried fruit. Also, nice notes of malt and clove.

T - It tasted of subtle sour dried fruit. There was a hint of hop spice. A toasted malt flavor was present, too.

M - It was crisp and sharp on the tongue. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good dubbel.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dark brown color ale with a huge off-white foamy head. Aroma of sweet raisins with the distinctive Belgian yeast. Taste can also be distinguished by the sweet malt and raisins with a candy like sweetness also present. Body is a bit too thin but carbonation is quite good. Another fine beer from a great brewery.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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

330 ml bottle into signature chalice, best by 7/22/2013. Pours lightly hazy reddish brown color with a nice 1-2 finger dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some nice spotty lacing clings to the glass, with some carbonation streaming up. Aromas of big raisin, prune, fig, apple, caramel, banana, molasses, clove, herbal, earth, bread, and yeast spices. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of big raisin, caramel, prune, molasses, pepper, bread, toast, banana, earth, herbal, and yeast spiciness. Light fruity tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark fruit, caramel, molasses, bread, toast, earth, banana, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Nice flavor balance and complexity; with no cloying sweetness. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice dubbel. Nice flavor complexity and balance; and very smooth to drink. Really enjoyable.

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St. Bernardus Pater 6 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.09 out of 5 based on 1,596 ratings.
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