St. Bernardus Pater 6 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus Pater 6St. Bernardus Pater 6

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

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

Photo of Lance_Hathorn
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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Photo of Freepack88
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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Photo of Wattie
3.62/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FBarber
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark reddish brown, hazy with tons of yeast floaties in it. Thick frothy 3 finger head that dissipates down to a one finger head that sticks throughout the drink.

Smell is brown sugar, caramel, figs, dates, prunes, spice, against a subtle backdrop of belgian yeast and pepper.

Taste is prune, grapes, dates, and fig followed by a slight sweet flavor like brown sugar. Slightly yeasty and spiced on the finish with a subtle hop bitterness.

Feel is pretty carbonated initially with a slight tingle on the tongue. Very smooth, almost velvety, very drinkable.

Overall a really fine dubbel - wonderful flavor profile, beautiful looking beer. Definitely a must try.

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Photo of Squire123
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Light brown color with reddish tints, good cap and lace.

Aroma of ripe figs, dark raisins and something like Turbinado sugar. Some roasted malt but no apparent hop aroma.

Taste of Belgian Dubbel in a slightly lighter style. Dark, rich malt accented by ripe fig and dark plum flavors. There is an overall sense of sweetness although the actual flavors come across as dry. I don't get the overt clove/banana notes often found in Belgians but there's definitely some spice in there.

Medium full texture with balancing carbonation.

Often overlooked I think (don't hear much about it) this one is more than just a tweener on the road to quad territory. A bit diminished perhaps compared to, say, Chimay Red, but certainly a distant relation and part of the gene pool.

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

From elcervecero. In La Trappe chalice. Playing South Park The Stick of Truth. Fruity, like melon. Not a profile I like much but it isnt difficult to drink either.

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

Served cool from 330ml bottle into tulip glass.

L) Dark brown, opaque, 1cm slightly off-white bubbly head.

S) Subtle (may have cooled it too much) but there is light Belgian yeast, dark malt and hints of coconut.

T) Just a downright smooth slightly sweet malty niceness. Hard to describe, but it just tastes of quality brewing. Weak bitterness, as per the style.

F) Very drinkable and quite fizzy. No aftertastes. Slight warmth in the belly from the alcohol.

O) Loving the Belgians right now and St Bernadus beers are always superb quality, this one included.

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Photo of PUbeer
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Beginner2
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of my favorite abbey-related brewers making one of the Brothers more unique styles, the dubbel.
My expectations were high, then I noticed the Best By date had passed a month ago. Oh, well....

Looks (chestnut and sufficient suds) are slightly above average for a style not for its dull browns.
Smells are all sweet malt and some sugary, dried winter fruit... and then, some yeasty banana.
Tastes are similar, but not sharp; probably due the bottle's age.
Feel needs a confession. My only major problem with how many abbeys brew is the carbonation levels are higher. But, this was an older bottle. So the mouth was softer, even rich, and not too bubbly.
Overall, a very pleasant dub that went well with Bob's World Famous Ratatouille.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, pours a murky brown colour with a good tan head that disapates to a small layer. Aroma dark fruits, raisin, spice. Taste dark fruits, raisin, prune, sweet, candy. Not bad.

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

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

Photo of chippo33
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Dweedlebug
4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JTuomi
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zet
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very good looking beer. Dark amber haze with a big frothy head that slowly collapses but maintains a decent layer of foam on top of the surface. Smell of dark fruits and white wine. The taste is very dry for a dubbel, with strong hop presence and flavours of caramel and malt. Not as fruity as the smell. Very balanced, but it doesn't have the complexity of other Bernardus beers. Mouth feel is smooth, but a bit watery for a dubbel.

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Photo of jrfehon33
3.66/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Carefully poured into a lithe goblet. Foamy beige head leves snowy lace and cackles with fizz. Lovely dark amber color.

Nose is slightly sour with nuts, faint banana

Tastes: nut, dark fruits, bread, lemongrass

Mouth is very alive. This one’s carbed.

This is an elegant piece of work. Good mix of flavors. For fans of brown ale, Eisbock, Belgian darks, and doppelbocks. Or just fans of great beer.

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Photo of BAsbill
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

St. Bernardus Pater 6 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.09 out of 5 based on 1,593 ratings.
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