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St. Bernardus Pater 6 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus Pater 6St. Bernardus Pater 6

Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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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Photo of jwc215
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle, poured into a wide-mouth glass. Freshness date of 12 08 12 stamped on back label:

Pours slightly hazed brown with a thin lasting off-white head.

The smell is of caramel candy and dough with some herbal and slightly sour notes.

The taste is of sweet, carmelized grain with a slightly nutty character. Mild herbal notes and a touch of sour give balance to the sweetness. Slight alcohol shows in the balanced finish.

It has an effervescent, becoming creamy, light-to-medium body.

Malty, but balanced, it's a pleasant dubbel!

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Photo of tdm168
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber with 1/4" of dense head that fades to a thin lacing. The nose has notes of caramel, yeast, and fruit. The taste is heavy caramel, apples, and faint yeast. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and easily drinkable though heavily carbonated.

This one's a little one dimensional but good and easily drinkable.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Suffer the dubbel for me.

A real nicely controlled but large rocky, and fluffy thin four finger tall light creamed tan colored head. Thin bubbles with good capping retention. Body has some of that tan rising carbonation as well, with a nice dark mahogany brown, and hints of red and light chestnut brown too. Great looking beer.

Real nice spicy notes on this. Sharp clove, faint hint of dry but not sweet cinnamon. Pretty straight forward and solid. Nothing wildly unique or stunning, just good.

Palate comes a little muted. Big carbonation, but with a strong mineral sense and not too distracting. Not much aftertaste, but a little bit of faint caramel somewhat on the finish. Mid palate fills with a steely sensing fruit quality, somewhat between raising and cherry. Palate gets considerably more creamy as it warms, with more subtle sweetness that was hinted on the nose.

For a Dubbel it drinks surprisingly well, and has a nice subtle quality for easy drinking. Not a big sugar bomb either, quietly stated very nice.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful deep crimson, near-mohagony color, huge head, cocoa-toned, dripping lace on the glass.

Nutty aroma, cola-ish, deep and earthy, some spices, hints of chocolate...nice.

Taste: yum, more of the same nuts and cocoa from the nose, very tasty, like a mellow dubbel, or a more lofty brown ale. Delicious. And that's only the start of it...this is simple and complex at once, a very deceptive ale, almost light and unassuming, but ultimately stirring with character, the flavor getting livelier and more exceptional the further in we get.

Given time, I could think of a million uses for a beer this great, but the best one is as an active ingredient to an oncoming case of happiness.

I'm going to have to make this beer a more intimate part of my life, and keep it well at hand, for anytime I need a jolt of delight and deliciousness.

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Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small bottle, label says this one will be good till 080808....pours A soft shade of medium chocolaty brown, fairly clar, moderate tan head and so so lacing. Mellow nose of chocolate, light powdered sugar. This is a very soft, subtle, understated Belgian Dubbel. Smooth cookie notes midway and in the finish. Honey, vanilla, smoke, more cookie dough. Never aggressive in its approach, Those crafty monks...

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Photo of drabmuh
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer served in a St. B glass because I can. Beer is brown and hazy and forms a thin white head of small bubbles that leaves no lacing on the glass. Head breaks, carbonation low. Looks fine.

Aroma is carmelly and sweet. Bready and yeasty.

Beer is medium to thin in body. Tastes good. Sweet with no bitterness. Everything is forward. Good yeast character and flavors. Nice esters, finish cleanly. Not dry. Drinkability high. I really love this brewery and this beer.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

07/08/07- Purchased at John's Marketplace in Portland, OR.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with a best by date on the back label. Poured into my St. Bernardus chalice.

Appearance- Chestnut color to a "t". Full creamy and smooth 1 inch dirty white head. Lovely 1/3 inch remains for the endurance of the beer. Patches, streaks and spots of lace cover about the entire glass.

Smell- Chocolate quick powder, dates and figs, local artisan bread shops...if only it was more outgoing.

Taste- I notice lots of chocolate malt as it warms to room temp. Bready for sure as well as some semi-sweet dates. Just a bit more sweetness would have been incredible, but I have to remember this is a dubbel and to take it for what it is.

Mouthfeel- A bit higher in carbonation than liked, but not bad. A bit thick and slick. Chocolate aftertaste. Mild creaminess.

Drinkability- Not my favorite style, but one of the top 5 I have had for sure. Maybe #3 behind Westvleteren and RR Benediction.

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

11.2 oz bottle poured into a St. Bernardus Watou glass. Served around 50F as per the bottle instructions.

A: Huge frothy off-white head filled the top half of the glass with a murky medium to dark brown colored body below. Incredible amounts of lacing and a thick foamy retention cap lasted the entire way. Wonderful looking beer.

S: Raisins, toffee, caramel, breads and that classic Belgian Abbey style yeast aroma. Notes of wheat in the background as well.

T: Sweet caramel and toffee notes, subtle darker fruits like raisins and figs. The yeast flavor is present through the mid-palate giving it an almost bright fruitiness. Plenty of wheat again with some toasted malts towards the back end.

M: Well carbonated, nice and bubbly but it retains a very well rounded mouth feel. Slightly chewy in a sense while still being highly drinkable.

For not really caring for many Dubbels (especially American made ones), this was really exceptional. The flavors were well balanced, flavorful and the body was easy drinking. I'd happily have another anytime.

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Photo of stevoj
3.66/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smooth, delicious abbey dubbel. Pours almost clear dark brown, minimal head, aroma of dried fruits and caramel. Mild bitterness, light mouthfeel, lingering finish. One of the better trappist beers.

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Photo of tempest
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to a friend for sharing this from a St. Bernardus variety 6-pack (awesome). Poured a mostly-clear dark amber with a tall white head and lacing.

This beer strikes me as being two things: spicy and drinkable. At nearly 7%, this baby drinks like a mild thanks to the dry and thin body. As for the spice, phenols are the dominate flavor-maker, with a red peppercorn bite next to the also spicy hops. The malt provides a subtle toffee back note for the spice and help create the delicate balance. This beer could have a little more flavor, but I'll be damned if I couldn't put down a number of these without thinking about it.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a clear dark amber color with a 1/2" head that slowly falls to a thick surface foam.

Smell: yeast is most notable with some fruity sweetness in the background.

Taste: bready malt base with some prune sweetness. Yeast flavor is strong with a hint of chocolate. Bitterness is moderate and nicely balancing.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp to start, smoother at the finish.

Drinkability: a solid Belgian Dubbel that is easy to consume. One large bottle is enough for a session, but I can opening another bottle. This is a well crafted beer.

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

The beer pours a dark amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry, raisiny scent that boasts of crystal and roasted malts. There is little yeast fruitiness present. The taste is decent also. It has a very dry, crystal malt flavor. It goes down with a slight fruitiness and finishes extremely dry with some roasted characteristics. The mouthfeel is average. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an above average beer, but not the best effort from this brewery.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brown amber with massive head leaving light lacing. Over carbonated and foamed out of the bottle. Light malt, light fruits, slight sour and cola notes to aroma. Taste is dark and light fruits, light sweet malt. Pleasant mild malt and fruit finish. Tastes tame compared to the bigger St. Bernardus ales. Light to medium bodied. I'd choose those stronger ones over this, but it is a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of some dark fruit, Belgian candy sugar and caramel malt. The flavor is more of the same. I get some candy sugar and Belgian yeast notes, as well as a little bit of sweet dark fruit - mainly cherries and figs. The alcohol is present but is fairly faint. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice Belgian dubbel.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice one finger plus creamy off-white head, which leaves some nice islands and sticky lacing throughout the drink. The nose is malty, yeasty, can notice some plums, figs, and raisins. The taste is very nice, mostly malty, some yeast tones, and dark fruits. Medium body, a very complex brew and well rounded. Very drinkable, another awesome brew from St. Bernardus.

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Photo of tone77
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of dark fruits, some spices. Taste is a bit milder than the smell, fruits ar present, as well as alcohol with a touch of spice. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

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

This beer pours a deep reddish copper color when held up to the light, otherwise it is a deep amber color. It is lightly hazy and is topped by a creamy off white head. The aroma is slightly musty, complex and spicy to boot. A definite spicy brew. The carbonation tingles on my tongue as it goes down. This beer is fairly dry though there is a slight sweetness here. A hint of alcohol character is in the finish. I get hints of bergamot, ginger, pepper and caramel, as well as a bunch of other flavors that I cannot quite pick out. As expected from this "6" the body is fairly light, though as it warms up it gets a bit thicker and fuller. This is good, the complexity is very nice and it keeps you interested in each sip as you try and dissect the flavor components.

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Photo of biegaman
3.72/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very dainty blend of dark auburn and burgundy that glows ornate redwood when held to the light. An initially frenzied carbonation had the glass dotted two or three layers thick with bubbles; since settling, however, many parts have caved in. With the back lighting it appears as a stain glass window. It definitely looks like something I'd enjoy drinking.

An authentic, time-tested, well cultured Belgian strain of yeast can be bewildering to the sense of smell; St. Bernardus works with such a thing and it's quite apparent. The aroma retains the full, distinctive character of that yeast and it makes for a confusingly complex smell. Foremost are mild esters of decomposing fruits and a strong bready note.

All this carries over into taste and makes a considerably well seasoned flavour. It is reminiscent of apple pie spices and strongly resembles a fig pudding. The malts taste doused with rum-raisin. That may be the most accurate description, although the most forward character is probably that of both dried and over ripened fruits, apple and plum in particular.

If I had to pick an area for improvement, I would focus on the mouthfeel. The yeast can be quite dry and bready. It doesn't offer the intensity of esters (or any phenols) that other commercial Belgian dubbels do. I don't sense a lot of malt, either. There's a bit of a caramelized sugar syrup kind of taste, but no texture to go along with it.

This may not be my favourite dubbel or my favourite offering from this brewery, but it's certainly a beer I'd never turn down drinking. It's a fine example of Belgian tradition and craftsmanship. If the idea of a beer packed with fig, apple, plum and rum-raisin flavour sounds appealing to you, then I'd definitely recommend St. Bernardus Pater 6.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.41/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle,

A: Pours brown with a full cap on off-white foam. Head retention is good, lacing is light for a Belgian.

S: Not particularly aromatic, some phenol and alcohol notes, dark malt.

T: Malt and molasses, with some candi sugar notes, very sweet. Light hop character, a bit of mint and wintegreen, black pepper.

M: Mouthfeel is relatively light, carbonation is right on, smooth, yeasty, dry finsh.

D: This is a good beer, to me it's like Prior 8 light. There's nothing wrong with that, I just thought it would be something a little different. Certainly worth a purchase for the Belgian fan if you want an easy drinking lighter beer.

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

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich amber-brown hue with a light haze to the body. Head poured two thick fingers of creamy ivory foam. I like it.

Smell: nice malty aroma with some dank character of cherry, raisin and tobacco. Quite appealing but not overwhelming. Good.

Taste: rich malty flavor with the same kind of flavor character as present in the aroma, but with a little less intensity. Added to this is an interesting light sourness plus a hint of chocolate. Quite nice.

Mouthfeel: bodacious creaminess brought on by a huge carbonation. Medium body and this creaminess make it extremely satisfying, texturally.

Overall: a very nice dubbel indeed. Besides being tasty, it is eminently drinkable. Possibly the best overall dubbel I've had.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.3/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The first beer of my St Bernardus evening. I have a mixed four pack of 330ml bottles that I am drinking, reviewing three as I go (I have already reviewed the 12 some time ago).

This bottle is best before 15th Feb 2010, today is 1st March 2008. It was poured into my Westmalle bowl glass.

Looks wonderful at first, a deep clear redish brown with a full light biege foaming head. The head fell away just a bit to quickly for me, I like it to stay untila at least I've had a sip or two.

Rich malty molasses fill your nose and a toffee, coffee sweetness comes through too.

The taste was a big let down for me, none of the flavours of the smell comes through into the actual beer. It is almost the blandest and tasteless dubbel I can remember having and I have had more than a few over the years.

It can't be discribed as watery, but it isn't a thick or viscous in any way either. A sourness comes into the mouthfeel as the beer warms in the mouth and I didn't like that either!

All in all a mixed start to my evening of tastings. I was expecting a lot more from this beer.

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Photo of John_M
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Abbaye in Federal Hill (Baltimore) the other day.

The beer pours a rich looking brown color with pretty good head retention and lacing. I don't get a lot on the nose, but some brown sugar, a hint of chocolate and some underlying spice. On the palate, however, this beer is flat our delicious. The beer is long and creamy with a boatload of chocolate. There is also a hint of coffee, as well as some bitterness in the finish which helps to keep the beer from tasting overly sweet. The beer is fairly light on the palate for a dubbel, and drinkability is very good.

This has to be one of the better dubbels I've tasted in some time. Not bad at all.

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

Poured a slightly cloudy orange/brown with some suspended particles. The head fades quickly to a thin cap. The smell is sweet and has elements of cinammon and brown sugar. The taste starts with candi sugar up front, followed by tangy Belgian yeast, brown sugar, dark dried fruit, and finishes with pineapple and apple. Mouthfeel is crisp and tangy. Quite delicious.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the corked caged bottle. I tried it on July 27, 2013.

I understood why the cage was on top of that cork as the cork exploded out of the bottle by itself after I set it down and turned my back. It poured an extremely heady deep amber with reddish hues when held to the light. The head hung in there the whole time.

The aroma was delightfully sweet with the Belgian sugars, caramel malts, Belgian yeast, override dark fruits, and a touch of spice.

The body was medium to full.

The taste was nice and sweet thanks to all those recognizable Belgian characteristics and it finished with a low to moderate bite. Just another fine example of the style.

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St. Bernardus Pater 6 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.09 out of 5 based on 1,547 ratings.
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