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 curasowa
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Appearance: Clear, deep copper color with a huge, tan head that fades slowly with chunky lacing.

Aroma: Caramel malt, toasted bread, honey, some yeast funk

Taste: Starts a touch thin than builds with lots of bready malt, faint hints of honey, floral hops and a little spice leading to a creamy finish with lingering honey.

The Rest: A nice, solid Dubble; nice complexity in the malt.

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Photo of barczar
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best before 16 06 11, so I'm guessing this is still good?

Had it on the counter a while, but it was a gusher. Pours a deep copper, fairly clear, with a luxurious, creamy, dense cream head that lingers. The sediment in the bottle is dense and makes the beer murky.

Raisins, plums, rum-soaked dates, and pear form the initial aroma, with bruised green apple and dark Belgian candi sugar adding complexity.

Flavor follows suit, with a backbone of deeply roasted, caramel corn-like, toffee malt supporting esters of bruised green apple, pear, raisins, and dates. Truly a flavor explosion!

Body is fairly full and incredibly creamy, with minimal carbonation and light alcohol warmth.

Wow. Just a hell of a complex beer, with great esters supported by a complex malt backbone. It's Belgian at its finest.

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Photo of HuskerTornado
4.51/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into St. Bernardus goblet. Aged, with a 18-12-14 best by date. Pours a murky brown color with a lot of sediment. A medium sized head that dissipates to a thin crown with some lacing left behind.

Smell is of caramel malt, clove, and yeasty with dark fruit esters.

Taste is heavy on the malt and dark fruits, mainly plums and figs. A good amount of spice from the yeast and a bit on the sweet side, but not overly, nicely balanced. Mouthfeel is medium-light, smooth and creamy.

Overall, an excellent dubbel. Easy drinking and delicious.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.21/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pater 6 pours a cloudy amber color with no head. There is a very dry and very sweet aroma, with some dry grape almost wine like notes. The taste is dry and very very sweet, with some grape notes, and has a wine like flavor. The flavors are good and strong, but very flat feel. Overall its nice, but very very sweet, and too sweet for me.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 14 03 16 at 50 degrees into snifter
Aroma of fresh bread which gives away to a heavy malt odor
Head average (4.5 cm), off white, frothy, slowly diminishing to 4 mm ring with center island
Lacing poor – a few irregular islands which slide back down to the ring.
Body dark brown, hazy from yeast from the pour
Flavor starts with heavy brown sugar and over-ripe date sweetness which slowly fades to an unpleasant sourness
Palate full, syrupy, lively carbonation

This tasted pretty decadent until the terminal sourness rolled in. After that, it was a literal bad taste in the mouth.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml Bottle from Total Wine Palm Desert CA for $5

Appearance – Brown colour with an above average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell – Malts, caramel, yeast, dark fruits

Taste & Mouth - There is a high amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and a yeasty spiciness. There is also some dark fruits, anise, and some herbal notes.

Overall – Tastes like a lighter version of the ABT 12. A little dry tasting and none of the flavours are very pronounced. Very drinkable though, just a little subdued - which is I'm sure what they're going for here.

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Photo of shleepy
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from small (11.2oz?) bottle into Duvel glass.

Color is reddish-brown, with moderate, fluffy head.

Smell has caramel and lots of brown sugar.

Taste has much of the same, but the body feel relatively light, and it actually ends up with a refreshing and somewhat light beer.

High quality product from St.B.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from a mixed six-pack poured into a goblet. A very dark cloudy cola brown brew with a large beige head comprised of fairly large bubbles, I do get a rather fruity and spicy aroma here, tons of banana and fresh berries along with some clove, chocolate, and toffee notes. Palate follows suit, although I found the proceedings to be more dry and woody than the sweet nose might suggest. Banana and blackberry initially, and then some lemony hops become apparent earlier than expected. Tons of spice, clove, cinnamon, and black pepper, with just a little faint grape candy and molasses to finish. Not particularly sweet. Aggressive phenols carry through right to the end. The alcohol peeks through from time to time and I am feeling that the heavy carbonation might be muting and blending the flavor components together. Somewhere in here there are Scottish-like malts, fruity esters, and leafy hops all trying to rise above. Enjoyable enough for the spice and wonderful aroma. Very different from its stablemate Prior 8, which is smoother, more coconut and chocolate in character, and less boldly spicy.

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Photo of JaimeLondon
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice belgian dubbel of a bronze color. You can make a nice and big beige foam with it.
Smell yeasty with a blend of chocolates, specially milky ones. Sometimes reminds me of chocolate sprinkles.
Taste is similar, but a bit spicy - cinnamon and a hoppy hint.
Body is ok and carbonation is really high.
Yeah, it's a great dubbel!

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Photo of smakawhat
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Suffer the dubbel for me.

A real nicely controlled but large rocky, and fluffy thin four finger tall light creamed tan colored head. Thin bubbles with good capping retention. Body has some of that tan rising carbonation as well, with a nice dark mahogany brown, and hints of red and light chestnut brown too. Great looking beer.

Real nice spicy notes on this. Sharp clove, faint hint of dry but not sweet cinnamon. Pretty straight forward and solid. Nothing wildly unique or stunning, just good.

Palate comes a little muted. Big carbonation, but with a strong mineral sense and not too distracting. Not much aftertaste, but a little bit of faint caramel somewhat on the finish. Mid palate fills with a steely sensing fruit quality, somewhat between raising and cherry. Palate gets considerably more creamy as it warms, with more subtle sweetness that was hinted on the nose.

For a Dubbel it drinks surprisingly well, and has a nice subtle quality for easy drinking. Not a big sugar bomb either, quietly stated very nice.

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Photo of Andrew041180
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours a lovely dark, deep-reddish brown. A tall, off-white head recedes rather slowly, but maintains a skimming of bubbles that leaves a smattering of lacing on the glass.

S - All of the deep aromas that one would expect from a dubbel, but I could go for a little more potency. Some caramel sweetness, dark fruit, maybe fig. A little breadiness.

T - Follows the nose. Caramel up front, then dark fruit. Breadiness comes in on the back end. While the flavors are subtle, which I like, they border on too thin with this one. Also, there is a mildly unpleasant aftertaste that clings to my mouth.

M - This is the week spot of the beer for me. This beer started on the light side of medium-bodied and never really swayed from there. Perhaps that is to style, but I would have preferred a bit more. Leaves a bit of stickiness in my mouth.

O - On its own merits this is a very good beer. Unfortunately, I can't help but compare it to the Pater 8, and I would select the 8 10 out of 10 times ahead of this one.

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Photo of Lothore
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a murky brown hue with a huge, chunky, 2.5 finger beige head.

S- Slightly yeasty, hints of chocolate

T- Chocolate, sweet pear, cherry, slight hop bitterness.

M- Medium bodied with medium/high carbonation.

D- Very drinkable. The high carbonation detracts a little for me but i'm sure it is good with some age on it.

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Photo of FLima
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brown amber color with a thick beige head with great retention and leaving a wall of laces. Apparent carbonation. It got murky and darker after I poured the residual liquid.
Nice aroma of prunes, caramel malt, brown sugar and cashews.
Fruity flavor with notes of prunes, herbal and earthy hops, spices, candied sugar, yeast, pears, ripped strawberries, cinnamon and creamy chocolate. Dry aftertaste with a mild bitterness.
Medium velvety body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 6.7% abv is completely absent.
Classic example of the style, a really pleasant and balanced Dubbel. It was definitely worth it to keep it in storage for a couple of years.

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Photo of Roguer
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Perfectly fills a Chimay chalice with a perfect and patient pour. 1 1/2 fingers of flat white, very barely tan, firm head. Retention is unbelievable. Brew is a nut brown, hazy in the middle, but fairly clear, with red highlights, on the edges. Lots of visible sediment in the light.

Huge nose, even straight from the fridge: first bananas, and a hint of clove; yeast and candi sugar; then, nuts and dark fruits, specifically raisins and/or prunes. A rye kind of earthy spiciness that becomes more apparent as it warms, while the fruit softens.

Great balance: liquid fruit bread with spices. Follows the nose. Not quite as sweet, heavier on the spices. Sweetness more on the mid palate, with a dry and spicy finish. Complex, but it all blends together very smoothly, with perhaps too much emphasis on spice.

Smooth, balanced, and medium feel. Lively with no sting. Dry, but lasting finish, with a slowly building warmth. Slight foaming.

Excellent Dubbel, easily the best I've had in a while. I think I prefer Chimay and Westmalle (likely in that order), but this fits the bill. Beer that drinks like a meal.*

Unsure on the bottle date.

*Riff on Campbell's Chunky. No thievery intended; credit where due.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Bottle labeled with a drink by 9/17/15. Poured into a tulip.

A balanced double but a version that is nowhere near the top of the style. Excellent in some characteristics under achieving in others. Visually, this beer reminds me of muddy water. 3.75

A – Pours a cloudy, reddish brown with a two-finger beige head. 3.5

S – Yeasty, spice, minor alcohol notes, some mild fruitiness of raisins and plums. 4.5

T – Malty, nutty. 3.75

MF – Medium bodied, dry finish, a bit metallic in the finish, well carbonated giving a little sharpness on the palate. 3

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured bottle dated 7/25/16 into St Bernardus glass

A-Pours a deep amber color with a good foamy head that fades slowly to nice lacing.

S-Aroma of dark fruit, with bit of malt sweetness yeast and spice.

T-Taste has a nice light malt sweetness with dark fruit mixed in and a touch of spice. Mild bitterness and the finish is quite dry.

M-Medium body, smooth with abundant character. Very well balanced.

O-Overall a very enjoyable beer which I could drink over and over.

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Photo of Fcip78
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious and rich, malty, ripe figs, nice smooth finish. No acute sweetness, did I mention delicious? Really well done, you can tell the brewmasters are keen on quality. had one these for the last eight years and i have never been disappointed. An everyday Belgian no matter what season of the year.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay chalice. The pour is deep read, clear, and fairly dark. It sports 2 fingers of dense beige foam which lasts a good long while. The nose is rich, sweet, and slightly fruity with some fruity esters and spicy phenols. In particular, I get toffee-like malt notes, fresh apples, and baking spices. I also get a cherry-like note as well.

The beer has a medium body and a flavor that follows the nose quite well. There are bready flavors up front. Chocolate-like flavors, raisins, and other dried fruits come in around mid-palate. The finish is void of bitterness, but a good level of carbonation stimulates the palate and allows the other flavors to linger a bit.

Overall, an exceptional example of the style. It has that nice marriage of malty flavors, dark fruits, and that distinctive puff pastry flavor characteristic of Belgian yeast. I generally reach for Quads instead of Dubbels, but I'm very glad I finally got around to trying this beer. It is outstanding.

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Photo of heygeebee
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

From Beer Cartel. BB 2016.

A - deep brown, reddish hues. Two finger head. Swirl reinvigorates nicely.

S - slightly burnt caramels, butterscotch, brown sugar.

T - sweet palate, more brown sugar, malt central, raisins, sherry.

M - medium carbonation, maybe more than one might expect.

O - solid, well made, true to style and very drinkable.

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Photo of BierJager89
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep amber brown hue, translucent when poured, opaque in the glass, with a light tan head.

S: Lots of sugary notes, burnt, candi, caramel-like, in the nose.

T: Toasty, roasty malt, caramel, burnt sugar. Pretty good. One of the better dubbels I've tried.

M: Medium bodied and smoothish.

O: As I said before, it's one of the better dubbels I've tried. That's not saying much, but it is good and well worth a try. Recommended.

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Photo of BradC
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, muddy light brown with a good bit of carbonation.

Smells of spice, fruity and that Belgian yeast.

Mild fruit flavor with a slight black pepper spice to it.

A lot of fizz, easy drinking and light for a dubbel

Overall a good dubbel, kind of toned down in the dark fruits. I'd drink this one again.

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Photo of LVituri
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Os grandes rótulos costumam ter seus primos mais pobres, porém de qualidade e respeito. A St. Bernardus 6 está um pouco longe dos carros chefes da cervejaria, mas mesmo assim merece respeito. É um cerveja agradável e de qualidade. Antes de tudo, uma St. Bernardus.

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

Muddy auburn beer, large white head. Aroma is sweet and fragrant with a touch of buttery bread, prunes, grapes, a liiitle bit of cinnamon, almond, light cocoa, melty caramel, and earthy flowers. Taste is spicy, recognizable St. Bernadus yeast, caramel, dark fruit, and nutmeg. This is an excellent beer however it seems to be a mellow version of the style.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-deep red brown color with a light tan head and decent lacing

S-dark fruit, brown sugar, yeast, toasted malt, spices

T-toasted malt, dark fruit, toffee, yeast, belgian spices, slight tartness at the finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-easy drinking and good blend of flavors, enjoyable

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Photo of Eisen
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a goblet thick white foam over a cloudy brown; it faded into spotty lacing. Smells of fruit and alcohol spice and toasted bread. Tastes slightly of coffee, rye bread, chocolate, alcohol and yeast. It's slightly watery and dry, which takes down on its drinkability.

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St. Bernardus Pater 6 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.09 out of 5 based on 1,555 ratings.
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