St. Bernardus Pater 6 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Belgium
sintbernardus.be

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-17-2002

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Ratings:
1,586
Reviews:
714
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
9.29%
 
 
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4.66/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheBen5
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KarlHvK
4.67/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

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4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of chebode2
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Martine
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.73/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

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4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

On tap at Novare

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4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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2.96/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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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St. Bernardus Pater 6 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.09 out of 5 based on 1,586 ratings.
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