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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3.67/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


750ml bottle labeled as best by 12/6/2012 purchased from the 'aged beer' cooler of my local store.

For being two months away from the best by date stamp, this one is still reasonably good, but not quite right for me.

Sure, the finish has some medium levels of cardboard oxidation, but the nose is an appealing blend of musty red grapes and brownie batter with a very light clove remnant at only garnish levels. The flavor follows suit (Grape Nuts cereal) but semi-dry compared to the nose's sweetness and less vibrant than how it was fresh, a touch crisper in texture, with the typical expected partial reduction of carbonation levels and gain of partial cardboard in the finish from the aging process. It's all gone very red grape vinous!

If only those malts weren't so oxidized / simplified.... Having had both this bottle and a fresh bottle, I can see that my target zone is definitely in between these two profiles, and next time I acquire this particular beer I will be aiming for aging it for around 8 months at basement temp or 12-14 months in a refrigerator.

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3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden orange with a typically big, fluffy Belgian head.

S: Very yeasty and spicy, not very strong aroma.

T/M: Not as fruit-forward as the other St. Bernardus beers, this one is dominated by the yeast and complex spices. A good amount of alcohol comes through in the aftertaste, too.

O: While I don't like this as much as St. Bernardus' 8 or 12, it's still a fine beer with an interesting flavor.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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

pour is dark chestnut brown with a tan fluffy head. Nose is heavy sweet malt, candies sugar, dark fruits, lightly green. Taste offers well balanced sweetness, notes of nuttiness, and dark fruits aplenty. Body is a touch thin with heavy carbonation and a soft feel.

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3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this from the bottle along with all the other St. Bernarduses in one weekend to compare. Pours a medium brown color, purple haze in there, with a fluffy white head. Aroma of some dark fruits, yeasty spice, rather subdued. Flavor follows with a nice smooth plum and fig, bit of apple and pear, and some yeasty spices going on. Relatively light on the palate, not dry, but plenty of carbonation. A little pricey for what it is, but a very nice brew.

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3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz botle with a "best by" date of 9/19/14. It was part of my haul from working BBF and after it warmed was poured into my Firestone Walker tulip.

St. Bernardus Pater 6 pours a rusted copper color, lightening a bit at the edges. There's two fingers of bone colored head crowning the beer. It manages to stick around for a minute or to before fading, but does so relatively cleanly. The nose has a strong fig presence, as well as a gentle alcohol aroma. The flavor profile flashes some phenols with a clove taste right out front. The same esters and booze from the nose then come in, though they're joined here by a subtle bready maltiness. I wish there was more variety to the fruity flavors rather than just fig, but the alcohol presence remains restrained and pleasantly warming. The mouthfeel is very nice, on the dry side body-wise and paired with a nice and lively carbonation. St Bernardus's Pater 6 is a decent enough dubbel, but I think it's also clearly a step below some of the great trappist takes on the style.

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3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my St. Bernardus goblet. Huge head forms quickly and stays around for a while. Was nice and thick too, almost like whipped cream. Really nice looking in the glass. Dark chestnut brown body. Smell was a combo of ripe bananas and cloves. Taste was spot on for a dubbel: brown sugar, caramel, cherry. One thing I would have liked more is a slightly more hefty body on this one; it bordered on the thin side. Easy and smooth to drink. Looking forward to the other three styles that came in my gift pack.

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St. Bernardus Pater 6 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 1,622 ratings
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