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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-17-2002

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle best by 05.05.14. No time like the present though...

Pours a hazy, brown body with a creamy, off-white head that leaves a nice layer of a foam cap. As the head dissipates it leaves some nice thick lacing for such a low ABV beer.

Aromas begin with tons of Belgian yeast notes; clove, bananas and other various dark fruits. Full of yeast and sweet-smelling dark sugars. Hints of toasted brown bread in the background but take a backseat to the yeast influence.

The tastes begin with light cocoa powder, toasted bread and plenty of sweet maltiness. As it warms the fruitiness of bananas and other yeast flavors assert themselves. Plenty of spice and doughy yeastiness evident.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with ample carbonation; perfect for the style. Finishes dry and fruity.

Overall this is the staple of what a Belgian single ale should be. There is nothing inherently exciting but there is not a single fault I can find in this beer. Perfect starter or afternoon beer when you don't want a really big beer yet, but still satisfies if you want that classic Belgian flavor profile. This should be a year round go to beer for all fans of Belgian brown ales.

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a St Bernardus Chalice, served at cellar temp (~59f).

Intriguing tawny ruby like a fine a fine sherry with a 1 finger tan head that leaves decent lacing.

Aroma of Sugar, molasses and noble hops.

Mouthfeel: silky, smooth and layered. Top notch.

Taste: broad maltiness supported by a slight pruny fruitiness and a kiss of savory hops.

Notes: My 3rd St Bernardus so far and it is a runaway winner. The beer seems supremely well made and is great for as much as what it doesn't have as it does; no cloying sweetness, no wallop of Belgian yeast, no overpowering sourness, just a damn fine beer.

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4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A- A dark brown barely able to look through, with a nice two finger off white head at the top that leaves just a bit of lacing around the glass.

S- Nice mixture of sweet malts, that are so pleasent to smell, a slight scent of caramel and a whole lot of earthiness.

T- Taste is straight belgian, you know right away what you are drinking, lots of malts and yeast and slight notes of dark fruits, great balance on this Dubbel.

M- Creamy and mid carbonation

O- This brew will leave you wanting another, fantastic with great balance.

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4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

picked up the st. bernadus gift pack with the matching glass. bottle pours into the snifter a liquid caramel color with a finger's worth of tan head.upon settling to a frothy cap there is little lacing left behind. the smell is that of belgian yeast, brown sugar, dark fruits and malts. taste has all the before mentioned ingredients plus a hint of spice. has a creamy mouthfeel to it. great carbonation and a dry finish. this is a fantastic beer and easy to find. cant believe it took me so long to try it.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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

Bottle poured into snifter

Three finger head, jet black beer

S: Dark fruits, hops, alcohol

T: Fruits, hops, and great barley

M: Moderate, like a weissbier!!!

Overall, this is a beer I strongly endorse and recommend! I will have this beer again when a celebration truly calls for it. This is not a session beer, it is a after-dinner beer.

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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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St. Bernardus Pater 6 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 1,632 ratings