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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 mdagnew
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast...

Poured a deep burgundy red / brown colour... Slightly off white head poured quite thick and faded to a nice thin layer... some patchy lacing...

Aroma - Toasted biscuity maltiness, caramel / toffee, aniseed notes, spicy dark fruits (raisins, figs), slight nuttiness...

Taste – Spicy fruits (raisins), warming alcohol, toasted malts, light liquorice notes, chocolate hints, light toffee sweetness...

Feel - Quite sharp and dry.. Medium bodied... Pretty drinkable...

Overall - A very good beer.... Recommended...

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Photo of crwills
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm not usually a fan of the dubbel style, but this could change my mind.

Pours a hazy brown with a big off-white head. Aroma is strongly malty: raisings and prunes, candied fruit, licorice, some woodsy notes, and fresh mint.

Flavour is very malty, again with the dark fruits, prunes, figs. Yeasty and bready, and very satisfying. Moderate mouthfeel (could be a bit more robust), and a sugary aftertaste.

This is a very smooth beer, and the only knock to its drinkability is its strength (although if I didn't have to work tomorrow, I could certainly knock back a few).

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

This beer poured a slightly foggy amber with some pale brown highlights. The head was thin and white and lasted all the way until the end.

Smelled of a neat blend of spicy yeast, anis and root beer. There was also a dry green apple and under ripe strawberry in the background.

Tasted of smooth maple syrup sweetness that was stacked on top of a nice musky Belgian spiciness with a slight drying oaky hop. There was also a little banana, red licorice and root beer root beer. The finish was clean and brought with it a slight sting.

The mouth feel was unremarkable: light bodied with a light carbonation.

This was a nice and easy beer but a little dry for a dubbel.

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

Poured from bottle in St. B chalice.

A- Cloudly chocolate brown colow with 1 inch tan head. Lots of dregs in this bottle. Head didn't last too long but a nice thin layer and lacing remains.

S- Dark malt with a strong wort smell (due to dregs that stuck in head). As beer warmed and dregs disappered the smell was predominated by a caramelized sweet molasses scent.

T- =Very similar to the smell, with sweetness becoming strong as it warms. Some dark fruits involved (raisin perhaps). Dark malt is of course a fixture. I am not picking up many more complexities to this brew (unlike some of SB's others).

M- Active carbonation that smooths out, becoming dry and almost slightly bitter upon finish.

D- Immensely drinkable for a dubbel. Alcohol was hardly a factor. One to sip, but one I could sip all night.

Another winner from SB. Can they do no wrong?! Compared to Prior 8 (another dubbel from SB), this one seemed sweeter but with less dark fruit taste.

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Photo of Optimat0r
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

appearance - deep amber-brown color. more foam than expected, fairly thick

taste - much like abt12 imo...typical belgian-style taste, sweet, fruity flavors prominent with moderate malt presence. very well-rounded flavor, good complexity and well balanced. st bernardus knows their shit.

drinkability - very good, really similar tasting to their abt 12, but not quite as huge and deep, but with less alcohol presence as well. great mouthfeel. if your into belgians you cant go wrong with this one. an excellent example of its style. those monks make a quality drink for sure.

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

Apeparance: Hazy dark brown color, with a large tan head, and thick, glass-coating lace and slight carbonation.

Aroma: Deep spicy, earthy aroma, with notes of dark fruit, orange peel, spice, bubblegum, and alcohol.

Taste: Opens with a wave of earth and spice, cloves are quite prominent, sweet alcohol notes appear in the middle, finishes with a lingering herbal hop and earth note.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, quite full, with a hint of tingling carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Wonderfully drinkable, most pleasing, a superb example of the style.

Presentation: Packaged in an 11.2 ounce brown glass bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a St. Bernardus goblet.

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Photo of hanco005
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle dated 28 09 07 poured into my St. Bernardus glass that came with the four pack

A—light raison, cloudy with some sediment suspended in the liquid, maybe ½ inch head at the most, fizzles away quickly, scattered lacing remains

S—ripe fruits and alcohol jump out first, then sweet caramel, slight vanilla, faint floral tones as well

T—not like the smell at first, faint coffee and toffee notes, then as it warms, the ripe fruit (plum and raison) and alcohol become more pronounced, Very tasty.

M—very smooth, medium bodied, perfect carbonation

D—This is a great beer. Still a sipper, but 2 more are not out of the question.

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

Body is reddish-brown with little floaties. Frothy white head.

Nose is sweet malty goodness with a candi-sugar coating.

Flavor is also very sweet and tasty, almost a brown sugar thing going on. The malt is the main thing, no sense of hops at all. Noticeable fruitiness and some spices as well. It's a nice flavor blend; complex, yet easy to drink and appreciate. I also get a sense of the banana flavor that others have mentioned.

Body is medium with fairly high carbonation.

Pretty good drinkability. Flavor does not become overwhelming and the moderate ABV makes it good for at least a couple, (but I only have one).

A solid brew from St. Bernardus, like you expected anything less...

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Photo of Ieatlambfries
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in my St. Bernardus Chalice.

The appearance is a dark copper orange. One finger thick tan head of micro fine bubbles. A blanket of lacing is left after each sip, but then fades to scattered remnants.

The smell is reminiscent of caramel apples and sweet cake like malts.

The taste follows suit. Up front caramel. Then sour apples with just a hint of sweetness. Finish is slightly bitter with slightly detectable alcohol.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, but not chewy.

Drinkability is good. Not as sweet as the 8 or 12. Nor as high an abv as the 8. That plus the less thick body makes this a more drinkable brew. Far from a session beer, but not as filling as some Belgians.

A truly excellent Dubbel.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perfect appearance, very inviting huge tan, rocky, mountainous head leaves incredibly chunky lacing. Perfect copper, w// medium carbonation that tends to cling the glass.

Sweet malts, but not the kind that annoy, more the kind that are deep, rich, dark. The richness comes from a dark fruitiness. Mouthfeel comes through with a rising aggressive point towards the end, sharp, somewhat cloying sweetness. Bananna, hop bitterness is mild. For a dubbel it comes across a bit watered. Very tasty.

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

Ruby red/brown, small tan head of foam that lasts, forever! Aromas of dark malts, melding with complex spices, nuts, and dark fruits. Taste is heavy considering how light this is in abv and mouthfeel when compared to the other ST. B. offerings. Taste is nutty and complex with malt and fruit overtones, also even a bit of leather, tobacco, and smoke in there as well. Nice and earthy too. Drinkability remains good with the low abv, and amazing character. Certainly good, pushing towards very good with age, and excellent with a lot of time...

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Photo of Erdinger2003
3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out very nice, but leaves a very small head, however the lacing is very strong. It's very dark and ruby red with purple. The smell is nice and flowery at first, but then was coverd by a grainy smell. The taste is a little more balanced and as it warms the balance equals out. The mouthfeel is very smooth.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

St. Bernardus is simply incapable of producing a bad beer, or an average beer, or even a very good beer. Their beers are as flawless as you get. Pater 6 is no exception. It starts off with a serios fruity-sweet, tart, spicy aroma. The thinly viscous pour forms a rocky head with spices floating about. Flavors are everywhere from cherries and banannas to dates and figs. Nuts and musk to peaches and pears. Candied sweetness to berry tartness. Completely enjoyed in the round. Very complex and smooth. Moderately dense texture with increasingly creaminess and smoothness. Finishes dry and sweet. Alcohols intertwine with sweetness for a heat with low inpact. Terrific brew. An instant favorite.

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

This is one terrific "little" beer. I hadn't had the opportunity to try this until Total Wine began stocking it recently. As expected, quite similar to the 8, but this one is probably even better to have with food. Dark, sweet, fruity dubbel - very high drinkability. In a perfect world, this would be what "light beer" would be. A toned down (ABV) version of a great beer!

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Photo of Vancer
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very interesting brew, solid and very enjoyable. Deep mahogany oak pour, especially as I added the bottom yeast sediment – gotta have every last bit here. Massive rocky white head, lacing all the way down the snifter.

Surprisingly weak aroma of nut ale and sweet malts, but numerous flavors dance about as you work down the glass; malty nutmeg, raisons, and hints of anise. Very earthly.

Medium to full bodied, the carbonation stays present throughout, it just can’t escape the clutches of this brew. Even though it’s a 6.7%abv, no alcohol overkill, this is sip-able for the long haul – kinda pricey for 6 or more bottles, but what da heck.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.85/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was drinking Westmalle two days ago and this is much better. I was previously a St. Berny fan. Now I’m a convert.

This is loaded with sweet candied and caramelized sugars, rich spicy malts, toast, prunes, dates, figs, raisons. This is just wonderful.

The amber brown brew has thin tan head with excellent lacing and retention. Much less sediment than the Westmalle I had the other day.

Mouthfeel is fluffy and cookie-doughish. The yeast is fanatical and attacking at the palate. It’s a blast. Just outstanding!

Aromas are super rich and sweet. The most prominent of them are spice, nuts, chocolate, dark fruit, and red wine.

This blows most other dubbels that I’ve tasted away.

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Photo of geexploitation
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from a 35 cL bottle with a substantial head that never quite goes away. Liquid is an appealing caramel brown. The nose on this is wonderful, with clove and candi sugar dominating. The taste, after the nose, is a bit of a disappointment. There's a nice clove character, and some candi sugar, and a bit of baking spices, but that's about it. Relatively little complexity for a dubbel -- no cake flavors, or treacle, or sugary figs... plus there's a bit too much alcohol in the palate, at least for the style. Mouthfeel is good, with a medium bodied viscosity and nice pin-prick carbonation on the tip of the tongue and in the back. Goes down pretty easy.

In spite of my disappointment, this is still a good beer. I just doesn't measure up to, say, Westmalle Dubbel in my opinion. But it's still a tasty treat and true to the style.

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Photo of Mitchel
3.71/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

St. Bernardus Pater 6 pours a murky medium brown with a thick tan head which hold for a very long time. The lacing on this one is good and it has tiny streams of bubble trickling up the side of the glass. It smells like dark fruits and spicy yeast. There is a hint of nuttiness.

It has a very nutty, mallty, mellow flavor to it and finishes like spicy, yeasty chocolate (yeasty chocolate sounds gross). The mouthfeel is pretty middle of the road. By that, I don’t mean that it is average, but instead I mean that it is not to carbonated, not too tick, not too thin. Pretty well balanced.

This is a fairly good beer. It isn’t that complex, but it is a respectable beer for a change of pace. Slightly expensive and not as good as the other offerings from this brewery, but still a first-rate brew.

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Photo of medic25
4.8/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Quite possibly the best Dubbel I've ever tasted. I've always been more of a tripel/quadrupel fan, but this beer could convert me. Pours a rich brown color, with a frothy white head. Nose is soft and sweet. Flavor is amazing; much lighter than most dubbels I've tried, but in no way bland or simple. Actually a fairly sweet, fruity flavor. The beer drinks incredibly easily, with no hint of alcohol. Another winner from Saint Bernardus.

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

Pours out amber brown and sits crimson mahogany in the glass with a large soapy light tan head, fading to a light skim on the surface with some minor lacings.

Immensly aromatic with active rising dough drifing around a foot away from the glass. Sweet, sweet candy, caramel and dark sugars are everywhere. Hints of tropical fruit, raisins and dates. Two words describe this nose: Boo and Yah.

Tastes mildly sweet up front, firm toasted malts lend a bit of balance to the overall yeasty character which really shines through. Prunes, dates and raisins compose the fruit element while mild, biting, grassy hops balance the scene. Finishes with a light alcoholic warmth and distinct estery residue.

Medium bodied with soft, full and large bubbled carbonation. Easy holding, this is a flavor injector.

Hightly enjoyable, can't think of many beers which set such a good example as this one does. Seek it out and sit on the most comfortable chair you own and you will realize that your mouth is getting the better treatment, not your ass.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The perfect dubbel. Period. Pours out to a hazed brown ruby color with a wonderfully fluffy tan head of foam. Symetrical lines of lace are mesmerizing. Medium level of carbonation. Aromas are nearly indescribeable; a heavenly array of fruits, yeast, bread and the ever so desireable Belgian sweet candy note. Taste is exceptionally enjoyable; dark fruits, sweet pumpernickel bread, mild yeast, roasted malts... amazing. Mouthfeel was very smooth and velvet like. Totally inviting. Great drinkability. This is the best in the St. Bernardus line that i've had so far. This brew is worth it. Highly recommended. World Class.

THE BLOODHOUND FACTOR: Peaches wasn't in the beer mood, but Benji was highly excited by this dark liquid beer treat. I think both him and I have found a new top 5 beer.

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Photo of cubedbee
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle best by 8/8/08 poured into the St. Bernardus chalice, a mammoth 3 fingers of head almost overflowing the glass, a plummish ruby colored body, nice retention, some scattered curtains of lace. Nose is full of yeast, with a slight sweet malt, a fruity plumlike hint, and a slight nuttiness. Taste is a delicious cookie-like malt, hints of almonds, hazelnut, cocoa, all infused with a fresh yeast and clove spice. Very nice tasting. Medium bodied with a fairly light carbonation and a rather smooth feel. This is one hell of a tasty beer, St. Bernardus is making some of the best Belgian beer in the world, and unlike most this has a reasonably low alcohol content and so can be drank in quantity.

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Photo of bennetj17
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown, with a monster of a head that lingers for a long while. Smell is of fruits, citrusy and complex with a wonderful aroma of belgian yeast. Taste is fruity, tart, raisiny, slightly spicy, and phenolic. Good balance of both sweet and sour. Flavor is well rounded, not real bitter though. It has a light to medium thickness, is very smooth with great carbonation/bubbles. I could drink it all night...

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Photo of Higravity
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Into my new chalice with a heavy pour give a perfect beer with great head that last forever and lacing all the way down. A little light brown body with a tan head. The smell was jumping out of the glass and had lots of fruityness and even a touch of hops in the background all surrounded by the malt sweetness. Large fruit taste that reminds me of Gala apples with a slight citrus twang with lots of malt. A little thin in the mouth at times almost watery. Very drinkable and I would have one any time.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.62/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle with best by date of 08 08 08 (somehow that seems a bit cryptic) into my newly acquired St. Bernardus chalice. Sort of a brownish mud color beer insues with a less than spectacular head of about 3/4 finger. Does leave generous lacing as the head does not diminish at all for atleast three to four minutes.

Aroma is very inticing to the nose. Yeasty. Mildly floral, and a little coriander. Candi sugars as well. Wonderfully pleasing.

My first taste is quite peppery. Yeast follows with more coriander. Barely alcoholic. Sweet and fruity. Almost reminds me of one of those rainbow colored, fruity candy canes one receives at Christmas or Easter.

If I had more of these, I would most likely get into some trouble tonight due to the amount I would drink with such ease. Tangy and carbonated mouthfeel with a light to medium body make this very drinkable.

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St. Bernardus Pater 6 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.09 out of 5 based on 1,536 ratings.
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