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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Photo of carolinabeerguy
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2 ounce bottle into a Chimay goblet. Best before 7/30/12 stamped on back label.

Appearance: Pours an opaque medium brown color with orange-red highlights and a 1 finger greyish-white head. Sediment settles on top of the head which has nice retention. Decent lacing.

Smell: Belgian yeast, spices, sweet malt and a touch of dried fruits.

Taste: Belgian yeast and a touch of dried fruit up front followed by cloves and other spices in the middle before finishing with a bit of mildly bitter hops. Aftertaste is fairly dry and light.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a high amount of prickly carbonation.

Drinkability: Slightly above average drinkability. Despite only having a fairly low ABV% for a dubbel, this one feels a little heavier. You'll have no problem getting through the bottle, but you may not want another one in the same sitting.

Overall: Very good dubbel overall. St. Bernardus makes excellent beers and this one is no exception. I would recommend giving this one a shot.

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Photo of arizcards
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of a sampler pack picked up last October from Total Wine for $17.99. Best before 30-07-12.

Beer poured a burgundy-brown with a nice head on the initial pour.

Nose is very nice, dark fruits dominate.

Taste is dark fruits, hint of chocolate, some grape, and brown sugar.

Feel is light, decently carbonated, smooth.

Overall a solid flavorful beer.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Code on back of bottle is 05 11 12

One of the St. Bernardus varieties I haven’t had the chance to try yet. Saw it at Newton Farms while at Kiawah and figured it was as good as any time to try it. Glad I did. One of the better Dubbel’s I’ve had. I think the sad reality is that I do not like the cloying/malty sweet American versions, but do enjoy the real deal examples from Belgium. Go figure.

The color is a dark dull brown like a milk chocolate bar. There is definitely some haze to the beer. A thick head forms and falls fairly quickly. Settles to a creamy foam ring around the edge.

Aroma is fantastic. Grape, fruit, berries, a touch of sweetness. Perhaps a bit of sweetened cocoa as well. I can almost get some vanilla here.

I really like this, sweetened cocoa again. Very fruity with some wonderful flavors. I get sweet grape, a little date and maybe some passion fruit.

Fairly light body, crisp carbonation. A moment of creaminess at the end.

This continues to grow on me as I work through the glass. Nicely done.

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Photo of burnstar
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with a big fizzy head. Smell has some powerful fruit notes. Grapes. Pears. Yeast. Caramel. Spices. Flavor mirrors the smell in this beer. Rich caramel body. Fruit notes in the background. Barnyard yeasty finish. Dull sweetness throughout. Bitey bitterness in the finish also. Medium bodied. Very well carbonated. Somewhat dry finish. Overall a very solid dubbel.

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Photo of corby112
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chestnut brown color that's almost completely opaque with golden ruby edges and a one finger frothy off-white head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Small spots of lace left behind.

Slightly earthy, sweet malt aroma with lots of zesty spice and vinous dark fruit. There's a slight medicinal character with hints of pepper and candy sugar that compliments that dark fruit notes. Hints of grape, plum and dark cherry along with some slightly roasted malt, caramel, chocolate and alcohol.

Medium bodied with a prominent spicy character up front that lingers over the earthy hops, vinous dark fruit and sweet malt into a sweet and slightly dry finish. Hints of pepper, clove and candy sugar as well as a slight syrupy medicinal character. The malt profile s sweet and slightly roasted with lots of caramel and chocolate and complimented by the dark fruit notes. Hints of plum, fig, grape, dark cherry and raisin. Well balanced and very complex. Another really good beer from this excellent brewery.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.28/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a nice shade of deep orange brown, the head was tan and foamy. The lacing wasn't too bad. The smell of the beer was earthy and had a little spice on the nose followed by some brown sugary sweetness. The taste is of dark fruits and Belgian yeast, a little bit of spice in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is lightly carbonated and has a gentle soft feel to it. Overall it's a pretty good Dubbel.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.17/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-dark brown with a ruby tint and a good light tan head that stays.

S-very malty with a hint of dark belgian malts.

T-comes in with a decent taste of cinnamon with a faint taste of dark belgian malts. its a subtle taste with a subtle after-taste of cinnamint. its tastes like cinnamon bubble gum to me. there's a slight bitterness in there towards the end, not one that i like.

M-medium to high carbonation with a watery finish

O-its subtle, but it does start to grow on you the more you drink it. compared to other dubbels i've had though, this doesn't quite compare. it is fairly unique though and i do appreciate the lower ABV than many belgians. it just doesn't have the great taste that many belgians do. it is easy drinking though.

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Photo of nickthetick
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: pours a hazy red wood wit ruby tints into my new St. Bernardus ballooned goblet with what is quite possible the most beautiful three fingers of frothy head that leaves gorgeous lacing and hangs once it mellows to about a finger and a half.

S: robust malts turn into a sweeter caramel and hazelnut. Accompanied by figs, dates, prunes, apples and a healthy dose of earthy leather.

T: more mellowed out than the nose but still quite nice! Caramel and apples greet the tongue with a healthy sweet biscuit. Dark dried fruits and a bit of an orange quality that hangs in the mouth.

MF: medium body and full of flavor. Not too filling, and I just now noticed there is no hint of alcohol (though with 6.7% there shouldn't be).

O: one of the best dubbles I think I've ever had and quite possibly too drinkable (should I not have said Drinkable in the Overall section?)

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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 crnipeter
3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Murky, deep coppery to amber body with floating yeasty particles is capped by mid-sized, light tan head that slowly recedes and forms short-lived laces on the walls as I'm swirling the glass. Aroma is strongly reminiscent of Doppelbock, with rich Munich type like sweetness with pronounced chocolate qualities, some caramel and faint toast-like, almost
roasted notes. Furthermore there are esters of plum and dried cherry and a whiff of alcohol. Medium body seems lighter than actually is sue to prickly, a bit too strong carbonation that creates foamy, bubbly sensation in the mouth. Medium malt sweetness with bready and chocolaty notes is accompanied by raisiny fruitiness and mild spiciness. The malt is somewhat counteracted by alcohol warmth and although the balance remains firmly on malty side the finish is moderately dry. (330 ml, BB date 16. March 2013, into tulip.)

In short: a Dubbel with rich, Doppelbock-resembling malt-qualities.

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Photo of FanofHefe
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 fl oz bottle, best by 22 07 13, poured into a Duvel tulip. Huge 3-finger tan head that dissipates and leaves bits of lacing all along the glass. The body is a brown mahogany color that is hazy and lets very little light through.

The aroma is very spicy at first, accompanied by dark fruit and some light sweetness.

The flavor is dominated by classic Belgian spiciness from the yeast, but complimented by some light, sweet malt. Mild notes of cocoa and nuts and some light fig and raisin.

Medium to light mouthfeel and very little notice of the alcohol. Very enjoyable brew.

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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 Mosley1212
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Taken from notes. Poured from the bottle into my DFH Signature glass.

A—Pours deep amber that allows little light through. Has a glowing hue trait. Massive white head with a semi-aggressive pour.

S—Sweet clove. Rich banana notes. Orange peel. Tiny bit of spice.

T—Tart up front. Banana nut bread, spice, and cloves. This has a weird carbonation taste also (like an Alka-Seltzer).

M—Light bodied, heavy carbonation. Spiciness burns the tongue.

O—This isn’t as good as I thought it would be. Abt. 12 is brilliant, this was just ok.

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Photo of metter98
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy brownish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high off white head that settled down fairly quickly and left a thin layer of bubbles consistently covering the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of yeast and spices along with some notes of dark fruits in the nose. Smells of prunes stand out in particular.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and is somewhat complex. It has a slight amount of initial sweetness plus flavors of brown sugar and cherries; hints of spices are noticeable in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and rather smooth on the palate with a high amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink because it’s well balanced and no traces of alcohol are detectable in the taste.

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Photo of treque
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: a brown amber , totaaly dense, no traslucent at all, good carb, and a creamy off-white head, enourmus retention

S: some sweetness, probably dark fruits, some caramel, and some hop overthere

T: To be honest I was expecting more, its kind of flat. i mean there is flavour and very nice, from sweet to an earthy finishing with bitter notes, but i was expecting an explosion, some alcohol is also noticed. A dry finish

M: medium body, crispy at the beggining and would say some refreshing

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Photo of Jinholic
3.37/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First of the St. Bernardus I'll be having hopefully it won't be the last.

Appearance - Hazy maroon with 1 finger head thats sticks around, so much sediment that it looks like an old fish bowl.

Smell - Raisins and a fig/plum smell all over this with a nice yeast and malt scent hidden in there.

Taste - Raisins and plum with lots of bready yeast. After taste is slightly spicy.

Mouthfeel - Smooth but not refreshing at all with a clean finish, slight alcohol warmth.

Overall - Not that great of a dubbel left my tastebuds wanting something more it smells better than it taste. That said go grab one and see for yourself.

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Photo of omnigrits
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 into a goblet.

A. Dark brown, translucent and with a rocky off-white head.

S. Strong smell of raisins and plums at first but then a big whiff of bready malts. So much so that it's almost like smelling a newly baked loaf. The aroma gets a bit more vinous as it warms up.

T. Nowhere near as flavoursome as many dubbels, but that's not really its purpose, and that's also a good thing as some higher ABV dubbels can be cloyingly sweet. This one isn't. More of those bready malts in the taste, plus a little twang if spiciness around the sides of the tongue. A dry but not bitter finish.

M. Again, thinner than some other dubbels but that's to be expected.

O. If this is something akin to the beer the monks brew for their daily tipple then these monks are no ascetics. This is a very fine beer and just a little too easy to drink, which is no bad thing except for hole it would make in my wallet.

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Photo of bushbeer75
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz brown bottle dated 5/6/13

St. Bernardus Pater 6 poured into my St. Bernardus chalice was a cloudy brown chestnut color [like burnt peanut brittle] producing a 2-finger rocky and bubbly tan head that is sticky and lasting. The nose is a little bready yeast with dark fruit and caramel. The taste is of toasted malts, dark fruits [raisins], rich and earthy. Mouth feel is smooth and creamy. Has a medium body and active carbonation.

To date, St Bernardus Pater 6 is the best Dubble I have had. I can’t wait to try its big brothers, Prior 8 and Abt 12.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A - pours an opaque chestnut color. Has a two finger head that dissipates surprisingly quickly. Leaves a slight rim of foam around the edges and a bit of foam bubbling up at the surface.

S - raisins and dark fruit dominate, with some yeast and alcohol notes in the background. A little spiciness in the background, not sure what that is.

T - sweet fruits and yeast, with some spice flavors. Tastes like a good Belgian abbey style beer should. Some hop character, but to be honest, it's hard for me to isolate all the different flavors. All in all, delicious.

M - light to medium bodied, with nice fizzy carbonation - nothing too major here, but compliments the flavor.

O - very good. As with most Abbey style beers, I would not want to have more than one at a shot, but it's very enjoyable.

Edit - after a long and arduous quest, I have discovered that this is one of three beers my wife will drink. Success.

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet.

It's a murky brown color, finger or so worth of creamy head. Good retention and decent lacing.

It has a floral aroma, malty as well with a little dark fruit to it. The floral notes are the most noticeable flavor.

The floral hop notes are definitely the dominant flavor on the tongue. The malt flavors on the nose are much less obvious here.

Good mouthfeel as expected. Very well carbonated and bubbly.

Not my favorite St. Bernardus beer but still good.

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Photo of micmillon18
3.66/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a St. Bernardus snifter. The "Best Drank Before" date reads 6/5/13, the date being five years from bottling.

A - The beer is a dark burgundy color but the head is the real focal point here. Really fluffy and creamy; it doesn't seem to dissipate either. The head is similar to Guinness draught; that type of creaminess. Tons of lacing.

S - Sweet and fruity, like that of sour apple and raisins. Some faint yeast scents are present.

T - Raisins, apples, blackberries perhaps? The fruit flavors give way to some spicy yeasty touches and finish with a mellow alcohol. It's lighter than I expected and that slightly affects its overall taste but in turn adds to its drinkability.

M - Medium bodied. Great carbonation. Smooth. The yeast is present in the after taste I should note.

D - Very drinkable and one that I would certainly revisit. I wouldn't say its at the top of its class but definitely a reliable brew.

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Photo of brystmar
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle into a tulip.

A: hazy brown with mild reddish hues, TONS of white head w/large bubbles and good retention, strong lacing sticks to my glass.

S: yeasty, but dominated by lemony citrus and that definitely caught me off guard. I'm sure there's malt in there too but all I get are lemons. And when life gives you lemons...

T: smooth and inviting, but with plenty of complexity. Citrus & fruits first, turns spicy/malty, then finishes dry and a touch bitter. I'm liking it more than I did at first as the drink continues. Not a favorite of mine, but quite good (& unique) given the style.

M/D: medium-bodied with more than average carbonation. Easy drinking here for a brew that has wide appeal.

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Photo of generallee
4.8/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 11.2oz bottle into a chalice. The bottle has a best before date of 16 04 12. The back label also lists the abv at 8%.

Appearance: It has a dark burgundy colored body with a light haze and some yeast floaters. This is capped by a light beige head of frothy light foam. From the pour it left some yeast sediment on top of the head which looks like a dusting of cinnamon. The head hangs on well, slowly fading as I drink and making some nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: There are fruity and estery yeast notes of raisins and apple peel with a slight hint of spice and funk. This is all comes with a nice sweet bready maltiness as well.

Taste/Palate: Wow, this one has good complexity with fruity and spicy yeast, sweet bready and nutty malts. I get notes of cocoa powder blending with notes of walnuts and hazel nuts like Nutella within the sweet bready maltiness. Fruity notes remind me of raisins and as it warms I get some cherry as well. Hops are light and help to balance with mild bitterness and dryness in the finish. The palate has a solid medium body with mild carbonation.

Notes: This beer has wonderful complexity and drinkability.

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

Appearance-Reddish brown with about a finger of head that settles down to a thin layer quickly. Can almost see through it in the right light.

Smell-Lots of complexity with this one. Kind of hard to place it actually other than noting the fruitiness and malt.

Taste-Nice combination of smoothness and flavor here. Very nice finish...

Mouthfeel-Medium body with just the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability-Very drinkable dubbel here. Goes down so smooth and one of the best dubbels I have tried.

Comments-Been trying more dubbels lately and this one would be near the top of the list for me. I much preferred it to St. B's other dubbel(Prior 8)

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Photo of July2Nov
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very hazy brown with some light coming through at the bottom 3rd of the beer. Two-finger foamy head, that settles down to 1/2 a finger.

Smell: Has a wet grain smell to it.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Mild with a very velvet like feel. Slight apple flavor comes through initially. Has a sweet flavor to it that floats over the top of the beer, while the undercurrent flavor tends to be a mild toffee and sweet bread flavor, along with the fruit flavor. Has some healthy carbonation, which tickles the ivories and leaves the cheeks with some warmness.

Drinkability: Never doubt the Belgians when it comes to beers (chocolates and fries, too.), especially when beer is involved. This is a very drinkable Trappist Ale and one I would come back to. Excellent!

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St. Bernardus Pater 6 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 1,625 ratings