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

33 cL bottle served at cellarish temps in a St. Bernadus chalice.

Appearance: Hazy reddish brown topped by a positively huge off-white and thick head composed of wee bubbles. The head is pillowy and quite hearty and pretty much remains throughout consumption, though it does shrink a bit. Decent amounts of lacing are left, but nothing impressive.

Smell: Faintly malty aromas with light hints of pepper and clove.

Taste: Toasty caramel malts, very biscuity. Lightly fruity with mild cherry and apple overtones.

Mouthfeel: Lighter shade of medium bodied. Mildly refreshing.

Drinkability: A nice simple, yet tasty, beer. It's eclipsed by its brethren higher up in the clerical foodchain, though. Definitely worth getting for comparison to Abt 12 and Prior 8.

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Photo of hyuga
4.68/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The little brother of the Abt 12 and the Prior 8. Great looking beer, as all of them are. Big creamy beige head that stays well and leaves lace in big sheets that slowly slide away down the glass leaving many patches. Underneath that is a tasty looking dark brown brew. Aroma of candy sugar and spices, a bit peppery. Hints of caramel malt. Caramel malt on the tongue with a defined peppery spice in a wide area around the middle. Clove is present as well. Dark fruits are all around, but subtle. Yeastiness is here and there. Great thick mouthfeel, a good full body. Excellent! This seems to be the session beer of the St. Bernardus clan, if there is one. I hope I can find the 750 ml bottles of this. Highly recommended!

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Photo of budgood1
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours out a nearly opaque mahogany colour, with a tight tan head and a snow globe amount of huge flakes floating around the glass. i'm guessing this bottle is quite old. there is a huge chunk of sludge stuck at the bottom of the bottle that i worked up later in the tasting. pecan pie aroma...brown sugar and molasses mingle in the nose, also. although the overall smell is subdued, it smells delicious. an aged taste of sugared malts; sweet on the palate...but rather understated, if not sublime fruiten hints and zesty spiciness. alcohol is detectable, but melds well into the overall flavour profile. mouthfeel comes across as full and well rounded without any cloying sweetness...making for an easy drinkability...i almost had to stop myself from gulping this down. it warms in the belly, and is quite satisfying.

i still wonder how old this bottle is...it is adorned with a blue label with a very happy looking monk holding a a schooner of brew. it is labeled "st. sixtus" with a yellow bottle cap labeled "st. bernadus pater 6"

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep mahogany tone with a silky smooth tan head leaves nice thick patches of Belgian lacing. Aroma: Tart apples, raisin with dark roasted malts and a wonderful ginger bread sweetness this one is nice. Taste: Nice soft flavors with a doughy characteristic underlying fruit esters and chocolate traces trickle through the flavor of this fine abbey dubbel. Mouthfeel: Silky smooth medium bodied ale, awesome carbonation spritzy but not over carbonated. Drinkability: A unique dubbel in my opinion flavors blend incredibly well a great overall example of the style, good stuff.

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Photo of merlin48
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle with suggestions in Flemish and French to consume before end of 2004. Pours into a St Bernardus goblet a deep chestnut brown with a billowy head and massive lacing. Nose is cloves, coriander, allspice, with some dark fruits in the background. Taste is divine, with tart apples, caramel sweetness, well balanced with subtle spicy hop notes and a hint of yeast. Simply an excellent ale, finishing with a dry, spicy, peppery fruitiness. Complex and supremely well balanced.

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

Immediately reminded me of Grotten Brown. Well integrated and methodical flavor madness. Ripe fruits, sugared pecans, brown sugar. Kind of the terrier of the dog world, thinking that it's bigger than it is. And really, it lives up. Caramel, yeast, fruit, etc. Very deep, very tasty. Packs more wallop than one might expect for a comparitively "small" beer. I think I underrated Grotten; that was much better than this, even as superb as this is.

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Photo of Stingray5
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured the 11.2oz bottle into a St Bernardus chalice. Beautiful mahogany with a frothing white head. Sweet candy and caramel in the aroma, Light bodied, the taste is sticky sweet malt goodness. Dark fruit, caramel, spices. Some nuttiness in the finish. Ultra smooth and drinkable.

This is another fantastic beer fron St Bernardus. Although lacking the body and complexity of it's big brothers, the Prior 8 and Abt 12, this little brew manages to stand on it's own as a top example of a Belgian Dubbel.

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Photo of Sixpack595
4.62/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with plenty of fluffy tan head. The generous carbonation brings out the aroma of sweet breads and dark fruits. When I took the first sip I was amazed. Sweet and malty with chocolate, plums, caramel and berries. Wonderfull balance, very crisp and dry. Outstanding.

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

This beer pours a deep reddish copper color when held up to the light, otherwise it is a deep amber color. It is lightly hazy and is topped by a creamy off white head. The aroma is slightly musty, complex and spicy to boot. A definite spicy brew. The carbonation tingles on my tongue as it goes down. This beer is fairly dry though there is a slight sweetness here. A hint of alcohol character is in the finish. I get hints of bergamot, ginger, pepper and caramel, as well as a bunch of other flavors that I cannot quite pick out. As expected from this "6" the body is fairly light, though as it warms up it gets a bit thicker and fuller. This is good, the complexity is very nice and it keeps you interested in each sip as you try and dissect the flavor components.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The first to be sampled from the St. Bernardus gift set I got last weekend. Presented in an 11.2oz brown bottle with a yellow/orange/red label depicting a happy monk hoisting a glass. Poured into its accompanying St. Bernardus goblet, the Pater 6 had a murky reddish-brown color over which perched a giant creamy and eternal mottled head. As the beer subsided with each sip, a new layer of thick sheet lace was left behind.
The smell was sweet and malty. The predominant aroma was bready malts with light dark fruits, mild spices, and a faint medicinal aroma providing a supporting role. The taste was very breadlike in nature with a yeasty maltiness up front. Some candy sugar, caramel, and light cocoa flavors played across the palate. A subdued spicy flavor emerged in the finish along with a touch of alcohol. The feel was creamy and full, yet oddly dry despite the creaminess.
While I took my time enjoying my first St. Bernardus beer, I found it hard to not just gulp it down. I let it sit in the glass for nearly ten minutes before starting in on it and the beer kept getting better as it warmed. This brew’s balance and elegant taste and appearance bode well for my enjoying the rest of the set, including the Abt 12.

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Photo of putnam
4.92/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enormous, glossy, cheesy/eggy-textured head with a range of colors from off-white to smoky caramel. The liquid is brown.
Mild, elegant and soft aromatics are characterized by notes of caramel, vanilla, brown bread, seared beef, allspice and nutmeg.
Soft, fluffy texture brings bitter cocoa, ginger and spice flavors. The finish exhibits a chalky grip that makes this a very dry, if creamy beer.
A "10" for balance. Makes any other beer seem awkward.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy deep brown in color with a thick and creamy head that laced my Trappist glass nicely. Aromas are grainy, alcohol-soaked fruits, spices. Flavor, in my opinion falls far short of the abt 12 by these monks. Chalky, almost gritty flavor dominated the flavor profile. Zesty yeast flavors with a muted bannana-wheat taste. Finishes very dry. Mouthfeel a little thin. Rather tough to finish this one. Maybe I'm missing something with this one, but I wasn't blown away like I was with the abt 12.

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Photo of Wildman
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark red amber color and formed a nice off white foamy head that coated the sides with lace as it subsided. A heavy amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, dark fruit and spices. A flavor of malt, chocolate and spices. The finish is dry yet tangy. Not a bad beer.

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Photo of Gusler
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer as it sets in the St. Bernardus Trappist glass a very deep cherry, almost brown with the head a light tan majestic crown that is somewhat creamy in its texture and the lace a satin veil to seal of the glass. The aroma of sweet malted grains, over ripe plums, yeast, crisp and fresh with a bit of tartness, a real treasure to the senses, start is sweet malt and the top middling in its feel. Finish is humane in its acidity with the hops cordial in their spiciness, aftertaste is dry, slightly sour, a fine quaffing brew.

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Photo of BierReise
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep ruby redish brown with the predictable St. B's creamy head. Has an earthy aroma that is laced with fruit (raisins?), yeast and malt. Creamy mouthfeel with some dryness at the end. Flavor isn't as complex as the others I've had from this brewery. Fruit and malt are present yet not strong enough. Seems like a weak dubbel in my opinion.

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