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St. Bernardus Pater 6 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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

Best by date of 5/5/2014. Picked this up as part of a holiday gift pack, which conveniently included a St. Bernardus goblet.

Poured a ruby-brownish color with a cloudy consistency. Lots of fluffy cream-colored head initially, which reduced to a thin half-finger in a few minutes. Smells included a variety of fruit; banana and cherry were the most prevelant and there were hints of vanilla as well. Tasted of raisins and dates, along with sweet biscuity malt. There was a subtle dry hoppiness at the end of the taste which pleasantly contrasted the sweetness at the front. Very well balanced! A little bit of natural carbonation gave this beer an easy-drinking medium body.

Overall I really enjoyed Pater 6. This was my first forray into the St. Bernardus family, and I really enjoyed the experience. This was by far the smoothest and most well-balanced dubbel I've ever tasted. Lots of complex taste, but no one aspect overpowered the others. Can't wait to try the others!

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

Poured from bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet. Dark mahogany color with a very light tan head. Head is about one finger width and dissipates quickly. Smells like very ripe fruit. Plums, and ripe banana. I think the taste follows the smell pretty well on this one. Sweet with very little hoppiness that I can detect. Very smooth and drinkable. Like most Belgian ales, it just gets better and more complex as it warms up.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a St. Bernardus branded goblet. Pours a chocolately/mahogany brown, with a two-finger ivory colored bubbly head that reduces to a thin frothy lid.

Has a pleasant smell, with yeast, tang, banana, dark fruit, and hints of chocolate.

Smooth and soft, it starts with mild chocolate, cloves and figs, becoming more tangy and less sweet as you get further into the beer. Hints of molasses and a sweet bread are present as well.

This manages to feel soft and carbonated, even frothy, all at the same time.

This gets better and better as you get further into it. The tastes meld wonderfully, and the feel is soft, airy and bubbly, yet with plenty of flavor to give it enough heft to remind you this is a darker beer. According to their website, the water used in their beer comes from a spring 150 meters below the earth, with water that "scientists have proved" is derived from rainfall from when Jeanne D'Arc was alive. Definitely give this a try, it has got to be my favorite dubbel thus far.

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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

Bottle poured into a tulip glass.

This beer poured out a strange hazy brown/watered down purple kool-aid color that I have never quite seen before (although the closest colored beer I have drank like this is Trois Pistoles.) The aroma is of sweet caramel malts and figs. The initial flavor is dominated by sweet and earthy tones, then towards the end of the swallow a spicy dryness steps in the the flavor profile. This beer leaves your mouth a little dry and thirsty for another drink with a residual sweetness hanging on your tongue. The level of carbonation seems a bit high for this as well. This is a good solid beer and this is the first time I have had it. It is good to be had and get it off of my BA checklist, but if I ever want another St. Bernardus I much prefer the 12 (the quad-which is easily one of my favorite beers out there.)

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a goblet. Hazy dark brown with a thin off-white head.

S: Toasted malt and belgian yeast. Clove, bubble gum, tropical fruit. Aroma is a little weak.

T: The clove and tropical fruit hit right up front and then there is a roasted malt flavor that mixes with the peppery clove in the finish.

M: High carbonation that gives the beer a peppery spice. Might be a little too carbonated as it foams up too much. Also a bit of a watery feel.

O: Didn't expect anything less from St. Bernardus. Quality stuff. Only knocks would be a bit watery and the carbonation is a bit high.

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3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2 oz. bottle into a my St. Bernardus Watou goblet.

Appearance: My pour is a hazy faded caramel brown color with ruby edges. A fluffy eggshell cap leaves nice lacing down the sides of the glass.

Smell: The aroma is a bit soft. Caramel malt and cocoa are most noticeable, with spicy Belgian yeast and dark fruits in the background.

Taste: The flavor starts sweet and stays that way all the way through. Caramel malt brings out some cocoa, molasses, and brown bread in the malt. A fairly soft dark fruit presence of figs, dates, and raisins is gentle and fairly hard to distinguish. A bit of clove and other spices are present in the middle and leading to the end. The finish is clean, with a little spice and a soft sweetness.

Mouthfeel: The creamy carbonation never stops, it just keeps coming. The very intense carbonation scrubs away any residue after each sip and goes beyond creating a smooth feel. There is a light graininess noticeable after a few sips as well. The body drinks on the light side for the style.

Overall: The carbonation is really the X factor in this beer. The nose and flavor are nice and standard for the style, but the carbonation really explodes on the tongue. I think it takes a little bit away from the experience, but this is still a nice beer.

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St. Bernardus Pater 6 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 1,611 ratings
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