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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-17-2002

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV "St. Bernardus Pater 6"
33 cl brown glass bottle, "Best before end 27 02 17" and sampled just before that on 16 02 17
$4.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: I've just reviewed the St. Bernardus Extra 4 so I'll repeat myself by saying that I'm just getting back to finishing up my St. Bernardus reviews. I've had them all but never reviewed them, and I think this is the only one I haven't done yet, unless they've released a new beer, which wouldn't surprise me. OK, before pouring there's a little "thumb" of foam coming out of the top of the bottle, I'd better get at it. It's got a hazy mahogany brown body beneath a frothy-then-creamy head of dark khaki. The lacing left behind from the initial head looks like a tight thicket of trees with solid trunks all tucked together at the bottom and branches with tiny spots of leaves reaching towards the sky. Aroma: malty with a distinct cereal-like quality that reminds me of Ovaltine, some sugar-sticky dried dark skinned fruit, and a very subtle cola and green cardamon spiciness. The flavor follows that with a thinner, less cereal-like malt that's got a distinct caramel side to it that's mainly golden, but also medium-dark. There's a note of fig, apple, a little bit of sweet red berry, a touch of banana, some light nuttiness which also leads to toffee, and a touch of dull pepper in the spiciness. As I look back at the glass the lacing has now become solid creamy walls that shows rings where I've taken a sip. It's moderately bitter but it still finishes mainly dry as the malt quickly erodes, followed by the dark fruits, leaving only a dull, green cardamom spiciness lingering. Not unlike the Extra 4 that I've just had, it's remarkably easy to drink - smooth and subtle, yet completely fulfilling in flavor. Very nice creamy-smooth mouthfeel with just a light bristle from the very-fine, fine-bubbled seemingly natural carbonation that in combination with the spices awaken the taste buds. Medium bodied. As I understand it, this is the beer that inspired other brewers to start using the "Pater" title, and the common people "Paterke" as a reference for the beer/style. It's a classic that's so much more refined than so many other Abbey dubbels. It's so sublimely drinkable that one could almost finish a glass of this without noticing until they put the empty chalice to their lips. World class. Well worth seeking out.

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3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle dated 19 Sept. 2014 served in a snifter. Allowed to warm to about 45F.

Every drop of this precious brew, including some sediment, poured into the snifter, causing a large, sudsy, tan head to rise all the way up to the rim. The head is durable and leaves nice lacing.

The rich aroma is spicy, fruity (dark), yeasty and malty, but marred slightly IMO by a bit of mustiness/soapiness, presumably from the yeast.

T: Superb taste, with a feast of flavor components culminating in a lingering aftertaste of dark fruits, dark bread and roasted malts. Suggestions of raisins, dates, prune, apple, caramel, banana, allspice and other spices. Excellent balance of sweet, sour and bitter.

M: medium-full body with lively, and fairly high carbonation. Creamy smooth after the carbonation dies down.

O: a must-try Belgian: a rich, unique and complex dubbel meant to be slowly sipped and savored, resulting in different nuances noticed on every sip.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy medium brownish amber in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some faint copper highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy tan head that slowly reduces to a very large patch of thin film and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of dark malts with a light aroma of dark fruits (plum and fig) and distinctive Belgian yeast.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of pale and dark malts with a light to moderate flavor of dark fruit (plum and fig) sweetness. That is followed by a hint of brown sugar and tart cherries. There is also a spicy Belgian yeast flavor in the finish which lingers.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: A very complex flavor profile with a very well hidden alcohol making it easy to drink and it is interesting enough to want to have over and over again.

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Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice reddish brown color with a bit of an off white head and some lacing. Nose brings caramel, dark fruits, apple, and brown sugar. Good amount of slightly-dry sweetness in the taste with some dates, raisins, brown sugar, caramel, bread, and hints of dark rum. Nice, creamy mouthfeel that really aids in the drinkability when combined with the taste.

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A - The cap comes off with a loud hiss and a slow gush of foam issues forth. It pours with a one and a half finger head of white foam with a tinge of brown. The body is a hazy medium brown with a little bit of amber light showing through. The foam settles quickly and leaves nice lace.

S - A fruity malt aroma up front with notes of plum, raisin and caramel. Some spicy notes on the back side, a little bit of clove and coriander. An excellent malty aroma.

T - Sweet caramel and toffee malt up front with fruity plum character that is reminiscent of a dopplebock. Some yeast character comes out in the middle with notes of red apple, raisin, and clove. Finishes with more dark malt, this time with a hint of coffee and burnt sugar as well as increasingly spicy yeast characteristics including nutmeg and coriander.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Quite drinkable, this beer has all of the characteristic complexity of a dubbel despite its having a somewhat lower than average alcohol content for the style. The fruit character is quite nice and comes from both the yeast and the rich, carmel malt. There is a plum malt character present that I am more used to seeing in dark German lagers such as bocks. This malt complexity is able to shine through thanks to the relative lightness of the beer and lack of very strong alcohol and yeast character that one often sees in stronger dark belgian beers. A very nice example of the style, just as well made as its more revered big brother, Abt 12.

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Large and rocky light tan head. Light brown color and quite clear.

Sweet melted brown sugar meets my nose on the first sniff. Strong caramel and molasses aroma.

Very smooth, rich liquid. Not as sweet as the smell indicates. Does not display the typical Belgian yeast flavors, so this tastes closer to a doppelbock to me. This is a great, easy-to-drink Belgian ale.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was fully prepared to review this beer with my pal Andy, but he protested vehemently against it. That Andy, always such a Pater Hater.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, dark brown body with a creamy, off-white head.

Smell: Fruity aroma of bananas and other various dark fruits. Full of yeast and sweet-smelling dark sugars. Hints of pepper.

Taste: Cocoa powder, sweet maltiness, and the fruitiness of bananas and such. More pepper. Plenty of spice and doughy yeastiness evident. Finishes dry and fruity.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Soft effervescence.

Drinkability: What's up with that AndoBrew, huh?

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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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St. Bernardus Pater 6 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 1,610 ratings
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