St. Bernardus Pater 6 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus Pater 6St. Bernardus Pater 6

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Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Perfect balance between the chocolate malt, herbal hops, sweet candi and estery yeast. A bit overly carbonated which goes against the taste a bit. Not the my favourite from this brewery but good nonetheless

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Photo of JackRWatkins
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A: Prominent 1 finger off white head with an almost opaque, deep brown color, nice, scattered lacing
S: a rich, malty and nutty profile in the nose with just a twinge of pepper
T: crispy, roasty and nutty with just a hint of bitterness, with no noticeable traces of fruit immediately like their other beers, sweetness begins to become more apparent as the beer sits and the nutty quality becomes more manifest
M: dry
O: easily my least favorite bernardus beer, but still a rich and delicious brown ale (i know that's not technically the style but let's be real it's a good reference point), I'd buy the prior 8 and the abt. 12 over this any day, but I suppose being that it's on the more sessionable side for them it's not bad, I'd rather rather have this than most of the brown ales out there

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Photo of Rukeli76
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle with a solid year of age on it. Served in a tulip at cellar temperature.

Deep auburn colour. Big spiky head dissipates quickly.

Dried fruit and some spicy yeast.

Flavour is on the thin side and I'm thinking I might have left this one to age a little bit too long. Some fig and rum-raisin gives way to spicy yeast.

Slightly watery.

I like this dubbel but suspect I might've let it age too long. I'll review again when I have a younger bottle on hand for comparison.

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Photo of EMV
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

L: Pours a clear dark mahogany color.. hints of crimson on the edges as I hold it up to the light. Two fingers of foamy tannish head fall quickly. Sticky lacing.

S: Candied sugars and ripe fruits.. vanilla bean.

T/F: Malts and toasted sugars... not as strong a sugar presence as you'd think from the nose. Dark fruits... cherries and raisins... finishes with some hop bitterness. Creamy and carbonated... better as it warms.

O: A solid dubbel from St. Bernardus, but it doesn't really hold a candle to their 'bigger' dubbel the Prior 8. It's a very good beer but suffers in comparison.

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Photo of davidperez
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Best before 1/07/16

Served in a St. Bernardus chalice, it pours a deep, murky, very dark brown, giving a hint of an orange hue. It forms a two-finger light brown head, creamy and foamy, with good retention.
A thin layer of foam remains all throughout, giving this beer a very nice decoration.
The lacing in this beer is incredible.

The bouquet is quite interesting, sweet.
Caramel, brown sugar, toffee and vanilla are predominant. The malty backbone is also noticed, slightly toasted. Cinnamon and fruity esters come through as well, as in figs and dates.
Some swirling reveals just a note of cream and butterscotch.

Upfront, a very expressive carbonation, spot on the style, which lingers throughout the flavor, fading slightly.
It starts with a very assertive flavor of dark fruits as in dates and figs with hoppy bitterness, achieving an excellent balance. After that flavor starts to fade, more flavors appear. Notes of overripe apple, toffee, brown sugar, strong spices as in clove and pepper, a phenolic medicine-like note.
The aftertaste is long and preserves the full complexity of the beer, as well as its bittersweet balance.
Medium to full body, very, very smooth.

Excellent beer.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark in appearance. Mostly smells of spice with some fruit. Tastes fruity and spicy. Smooth and easily drinkable. Overall a good beer but I probably wouldn't buy it again at the price i paid for one bottle.

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Photo of teromous
3.04/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From the back of the label: "A 29 08 16"

Appearance: The body is a dark shade of orange and brown that appears very murky at first glance but when held to the light some close shapes are clearly visible through the glass. Lots of visible carbonation supports a very short but intact eggshell white head.

Aroma: A bready yeast aroma comes to my nose up front. It reminds me very much of how proofing dough smells. This is before I have even had a chance to pour the contents of the bottom of the undisturbed bottle into the glass. I also get a bit of alcohol on the nose. It is an odd combination of aromas. Every now and then I will get a date-like scent.

Taste: It has a very strong caramel flavor which really dominates the beer. There is a bit of a toasted character and some very light characters of both raisins and fig but I restate that these are very light flavors. All of these additional flavors seem to hang off of the caramel flavor in support of it rather than standing out on their own. I might taste caramel and then some toast, followed by caramel and some fig.

Mouthfeel: The beer feels very thin and the high carbonation seems to amplify that quite a bit. This is not the fault of the carbonation which, in its own right, is spot on. Unfortunately the overall mouthfeel just feels a bit too thin.

Overall: It is a beer that seems to have no real character or presence. I would not say that it is a bad beer because it does have some nice, albeit muted, flavors. If you are looking for a Belgian Dubbel that has a lot of character and flavor then look elsewhere. If you find yourself overwhelmed with the flavors of other Dubbels and want something more subtle then this might be for you.

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Photo of Dzu
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Dark red with a massive foam head.
S: A little bit too sour.
T: Dark fruites, caramel.
F: Well balnced with great aftertaste.
O: Besides not great smell very good dubbel.

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Photo of FBarber
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark reddish brown, hazy with tons of yeast floaties in it. Thick frothy 3 finger head that dissipates down to a one finger head that sticks throughout the drink.

Smell is brown sugar, caramel, figs, dates, prunes, spice, against a subtle backdrop of belgian yeast and pepper.

Taste is prune, grapes, dates, and fig followed by a slight sweet flavor like brown sugar. Slightly yeasty and spiced on the finish with a subtle hop bitterness.

Feel is pretty carbonated initially with a slight tingle on the tongue. Very smooth, almost velvety, very drinkable.

Overall a really fine dubbel - wonderful flavor profile, beautiful looking beer. Definitely a must try.

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Photo of josanguapo
3/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From elcervecero. In La Trappe chalice. Playing South Park The Stick of Truth. Fruity, like melon. Not a profile I like much but it isnt difficult to drink either.

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Photo of Malt_Man
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served cool from 330ml bottle into tulip glass.

L) Dark brown, opaque, 1cm slightly off-white bubbly head.

S) Subtle (may have cooled it too much) but there is light Belgian yeast, dark malt and hints of coconut.

T) Just a downright smooth slightly sweet malty niceness. Hard to describe, but it just tastes of quality brewing. Weak bitterness, as per the style.

F) Very drinkable and quite fizzy. No aftertastes. Slight warmth in the belly from the alcohol.

O) Loving the Belgians right now and St Bernadus beers are always superb quality, this one included.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, pours a murky brown colour with a good tan head that disapates to a small layer. Aroma dark fruits, raisin, spice. Taste dark fruits, raisin, prune, sweet, candy. Not bad.

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Photo of Zet
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very good looking beer. Dark amber haze with a big frothy head that slowly collapses but maintains a decent layer of foam on top of the surface. Smell of dark fruits and white wine. The taste is very dry for a dubbel, with strong hop presence and flavours of caramel and malt. Not as fruity as the smell. Very balanced, but it doesn't have the complexity of other Bernardus beers. Mouth feel is smooth, but a bit watery for a dubbel.

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Photo of Dinglehacker
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Carefully poured into a lithe goblet. Foamy beige head leves snowy lace and cackles with fizz. Lovely dark amber color.

Nose is slightly sour with nuts, faint banana

Tastes: nut, dark fruits, bread, lemongrass

Mouth is very alive. This one’s carbed.

This is an elegant piece of work. Good mix of flavors. For fans of brown ale, Eisbock, Belgian darks, and doppelbocks. Or just fans of great beer.

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.85/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Poured into a Propolis tulip. Two finger white-brown head, caramel brown opaque body.

Smell: Vinous fruits, dark fruits, spices, notes of honey, apple, and dust.

Taste: Same as above, but less fruity and more spicy.

Feel: Medium body, huge carbonation, dry.

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Photo of kalosjakar
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into the St. Bernardus chalice glass it came with.

Murky brownish with an off white bubbly head.
Smells of belgian yeast, malt, raisin.
Oh man, i wasnt expecting it to taste as good as it does.
I dont have a good enough palate to break it down but its not overpowering, pleasant and easy to drink. The alcohol doesnt kick you in the face since its only a dubbel.

Great belgian beer!

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Photo of KevCan
4.74/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Got as a gift at the end of our tour of the St. Bernardus brewery in Belgium in May 2014. Date on bottle is "13 02 17", I guess that means best by Feb 13, 2017. Poured from the 330ml bottle into a wine glass.

Look: Lots of bubbly off-white head. Attractive copper color with no cloudiness. Lots of bubbles. Leaves gorgeous lacing down the sides.

Smell: Tons of Belgian yeast and maltiness. Smells very inviting.

Taste: Like a liquid version of a hearty slice of German bread. Hint of candy sweetness. Just enough hops and bitterness to keep it in balance. Superb.

Feel: Highly carbonated, maybe even a little too much.

Overall: Excellent dubbel. I can't put it down.

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Photo of Tomais
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[not a proper review]
had with some very good Swiss brie (which was reminiscent of Camembert in ways): the sweetness of the beer worked really well with the strong brie taste. Second half of the beer was drunk without cheese -- I missed the combination. Will definitely try it again without food -- and review it proper like ;-)

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Photo of Ninjakillzu
4.81/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Poured into a Chimay chalice. Body is milk chocolate brown with a thin tan head.

S: Full of tart dark fruits, almost vinous in nature. There is also Belgian yeast and sweet toasted malts.

T: Much like the smell, but it's noticeably dry and has a slight alcoholic bite.

F: Very carbonated, smooth, and warming.

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Photo of puck1225
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a St. Bernardus chalice. A dark brown color with a thin but lingering head and good lacing. Very pleasant slightly boozy smell. This beer is definitely sensitive to temperature. The best taste came as the beer warmed. Very nice beer.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark amber into the glass with a vibrant head. Lively carbonation upon opening. Lacing as the beer is enjoyed. Fruity scent with a bit of grain. Taste is similar, with a bit of sweetness. Enjoyable! Warning: watch out for the layer of yeast on the bottom!

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Photo of Naked_Batman
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy oak in color, off white head that laces it's way down the glass

S fruity esters mix perfectly with deep raw grainy notes and subtle hints of minerality,

T-Flavor everywhere, berry accents first noted are immediately followed by raisins and apricot finally finishing with grass and wheaty malts. Sweetness is noticeable but not overwhelming. Absolutely incredible.

M-fizzy and refreshing with a medium body, alcohol is completely hidden. Not something to toss back. This beer should be enjoyed slowly to see how the flavors transform.

O-Might be one of my favorite beers. The way such dynamic flavors can come from such simple ingredients is astounding. Certainly a world-class brew that is worth every penny. Will be adding this to my list of must-tries.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a nice white head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is a nice dark brown color. However, this one seems to be a bit lighter than the 8. Still nice looking though.

The beer smell is definitely less maltier than the 8 and bit more hoppy. The beer notes have a tropical hop note with melon and a slight banana. The sweeter malts notes and the Belgian sugar are still present but not as strong. However, this is still a good drink.

The beer taste is a bit weaker than the smell. The taste has a strong hop presence that comes off as melon but the banana seems to have disappeared. The sweet malt notes and Belgian sugar are still strong despite not being as present.

The feel is a bit different compared with their other offerings. The carbonation is fairly light and refreshing but the body is very smooth and fairly drinkable. It may not have much texture but it isn't watery and goes down fairly easily.

Overall, a decent beer and certainly a more accessible Abbey Ale than most. The flavor isn't too intense and might actually be drinkable on hot day. Pretty good.

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Photo of MrDell
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


St. Bernardus Pater 6
Dubbel - 6.7% - 330ml Bottle - Bottling date unknown - Best Before 16.12.2016

Appearance: Quite light in colour for a dubbel / dark for an enkel – very light brown, translucent. Lively carbonation upon opening. Very large bubbles stuck to bottom of glass that shoot up to the surface individually and very quickly. Noisy carbonation. Head dissipates very quickly leaving practically nothing.

Aroma: Belgian yeast, bready/toast/dough, port wine, alcohol.

Taste: As aroma - brown bread. Treacle, but not that strong... more like a golden syrup. Hops just about apparent in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Low in body for a Belgian; due to the abv. being just 6.7%.

Overall: Last time I tried this, I tried the Prior 8 straight after and remember thinking at the time that this was the better of the two. I have a since had another proir 8 (see review) and I can honestly say that I now think the opposite. This is a lovely beer and while I am thoroughly enjoying it, it's just not flavoursome as some of its fellow countrymen - Achel bruin, Chimay Red, Rochefort 8 etc. The low abv (for a Belgian) makes it an ideal weeknight tipple though. 7.5 / 10

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: esters, fruit, lighter malt, honey, no hops.
Appearance: Pours hazy light brown under a 2” finely bubbled light tan foam collar that perches up over the rim of the glass. Leaves thick lace.
Flavor: Fruit, honey, light malts, no hops, slight chocolate – not strong, dry finish. Low bitterness, no spices,
Mouthfeel: medium full body, medium high carbonation, alcohol is deceptive.
Overall Impression: Excellent beer.

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St. Bernardus Pater 6 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.09 out of 5 based on 1,577 ratings.
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