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St. Bernardus Pater 6 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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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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3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Deep murky brown with a bit of color in the glass (poured of course in a St Bernardus glass), perhaps not almost black but this bastard is dark. Head forms but fades quickly leaving just a bit of lacing.

Brown toasted nutty, dark fruits and with some clove and other odd spices. This is the darkest smelling of the St. Bernadus numbered beers.

OK lets just say it...this blows 8 the hell out of the water! Figs, DARK fruits, toasted bread, cloves, other spices. The dark fruit flavor here is just great. This is the perfect sweet dark fruited Belgian beer.

A bit too much lingering, it doesn't have that dry finish the 12 has, but the lower alcohol allows for this to be ok.

This isn't a master piece like their 12 or the tripel, but this a very nice beer. If the price weren't near 20 a 4 pack on this 6.7% beer I might grab one from time to time.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of spoony
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From an 11.2 oz bottle (best buy May 8, 2015) into a chalice.

A-A mild pour produced one finger of rocky, tan-tinted foam. Foam fades quickly, but not surprisingly for a true Belgian, a thin cap hangs around. The brew is slightly cloudy and murky brown.

S-I smell ripe, sweet, dark fruits like plum, fig, and raisin, as well as a pretty strong aroma of light brown sugar. There is nice whiff of Belgian style spice and banana yeast to cap it off.

T-The taste is slightly lighter than the smell, by which I mean there are hints of apple and pear to go along with the aforementioned darker fruits and brown sugar. The sweetness remains, as well as the slight Belgian kick.

M-The body is slightly slick. Heft is medium and carbonation is medium to high (for the style).

O-This beer is unmistakably (and deliciously) Belgian. The sweet flavors are indeed sweet and there are fruit components, but it doesn't hit you over the head like a lot of the stronger-flavored American interpretations of a dubbel. A fine example of restraint in beer-making.

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3.66/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

11.2-ounce bottle, served in a goblet (01/09/2013 – best by 07/27/2015)
Appearance: a dark, deep brown color; hazy, with some sediment in it; thick, creamy off-white head that sticks around
Aroma: molasses; caramel; malt; yeast; fig, and other dark fruit
Taste: tobacco is the first thing that popped into my head; not nearly as sweet as I was expecting; it starts with a dark, tobacco-like flavor; then some of the yeast and toasted malt come through, a hint of sweetness, but not much; then some of the fruits come in, kind of apple tartness to it, there’s also some spice (clove, cinnamon, pepper?) on the back end and a hint of tobacco revisited; not at all what I was expecting
Mouthfeel: medium bodied; a bit sticky/clingy; excellent carbonation
Overall Impression: it’s a good beer, but quite a shock at first taste, my nose and my tongue went in opposite directions; it’s a good, solid brew but one of the weaker Belgians (especially considering the St. Bernardus Abt 12!); it was fun to try, but to honest, I doubt I would ever buy it again

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Photo of mooseo
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into goblet.

A - Hazy amber brown with a frothy off-white head.

S - Sweet bready malt, dark fruit, caramel, biscuit.

T - Toasted malt, brown sugar, spicy Belgian yeast, and lots of sweet dark fruit. Finish is very peppery, herbal, and fruity.

M - Light-medium body, smooth and creamy. Prickly carbonation, dry finish.

O - A flavorful, balanced dubbel. Easy to drink. A little bit lighter body compared to the "8" but it holds its own. Great brew.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of thegodfather2701
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a hazy orange/brown with a thin off-white head that dissipates quickly. A trace amount of lacing is left on the glass.

S-Extremely fruity-dried fruits, apple, fig, and a hint of pear.

T-Similar to the nose as it is very fruity. Dried fruits dominate with a hint of alcohol and Belgian yeast. It tastes amazing, I like it more than the regular Dubbel from St. Bernardus.

M-Thin, slightly carbonated as the beer feels light in your mouth.

D-I could drink this all day.

Overall, another truly great beer from St. Bernardus, I love it. Its a lighter and fruiter version of the style and a must try.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of MattyG85
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet glass. Best by date of 27-07-15.

Appearance: Pours a deep and hazy brownish amber with some ruby. Moderate amount of bubbles and a solid three fingers of off white head which slowly recede into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A nicely complex fruity and yeasty aroma. Belgian yeast with some clove and pepper spicing. Big esters of ripe bananas along with some apple and melon. Toasted malts with hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit, and grains along with some Belgian candied sugar. Big hints of dark fruits including dark grapes, raisins, plum, fig, prune, dates, and dark cherries. Subdued earthy hop presence. Light scent of alcohol. A very solid Dubbel aroma.

Taste: Like the nose hints, a good mix of fruity esters and spice. Belgian yeast with some funk along with some clove and pepper spicing. Candied Belgian sugars. Taste of ripe banana and some apple and melon. Bready toasted malts with notes of biscuit, caramel, toffee, and wheat grains. Solid taste of dark fruits including raisin, dark grapes, plum, prune, fig, dark cherry, and dates. Light taste of earthy hops towards the finish. A very good fruity Dubbel taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy, spicy, slightly slick, and pretty smooth. Alcohol heat is pretty subdued.

Overall: A very good Belgian Dubbel. Solid balance of complex fruit esters and spice.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Tinfang
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Jason1337
4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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

330ml bottle served in a St. Bernardus chalice
Bottle date - 27 07 15

A - Tawny brown with a wettish off-white head that forms a wispy cap.

S - Spiced banana bread, clove, cinnamon, caramel grain, raisins, plums, sublime aroma.

T - Brown sugar, spicy and peppery yeast, spiced bread, like the aroma, clove and cinnamon, plantains, hints of prunes, some grassy hops show at the end.

M - Moderate carbonation, floats across the palate, medium body.

Pater 6 showcases Christmas spices and sugary, bready malts. There's also plenty of fruit esters as well. Excellent mix of flavors that really hit the spot around Christmas time.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of philbe311
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Three fingers worth of slightly off-white colored rich whipped frothy lush head... Stellar retention... The color is a rich yet slightly murky medium brown... A slight bit of micro bubbled carbonation swirls towards the top the class but can only be seen under close examination... Some small gobs of lacing cling to the glass... Very elegant and regal...

S - Light Belgian yeast and rich over ripened fruity notes combines for a very pleasant but slightly understated aroma... Bananas... Plums... Dates... Golden raisins... Prunes... Some light brown sugar and caramel undertones as well...

T - Hidden on the nose, but the palate yields large amounts of tobacco... A lot of the expected fruitiness is missing in action... The brown sugar is present but to a lesser than expected degree... A hint of spice, namely nutmeg lingers on the finish... While there is improvement as this one warms, it never really quite gets to that next level...

M - Medium bodied... Sturdy... Light yet sharp carbonation... The finish is slightly dry and slightly astringent...

D - Undeniably Belgian... A bit of a let down compared to this Abbey's other high profile offerings... Excellent appearance and solid aroma, but a bit of a disappointment otherwise... I would gladly drink again, but would suggest others gravitate towards other examples of the style and from the brewery... The best facet of this beer is that drinkability in that the sub 7% ABV in this style is a rarity...

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St. Bernardus Pater 6 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 1,611 ratings
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