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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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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2.25/5  rDev -45%

4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of sureshot08
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a somewhat murky brown with thin head retention.

Smell: Dark fruits including grapes, sweet smelling.

Taste: Raisin, caramel sugar, bready malts.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation, somewhat thin.

Overall: A solid dubbel, but I'm partial to the Prior 8.

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Photo of gfreed
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Are there happier monks-- or are there happier *beer-label monks*-- than those that brew St. Bernardus? The 6 is another family favorite; a classic dubbel that is yeasty and fruity, not overly gassy and merely subtly hopped at the very end of each sip. You will find it difficult to do better, and not just at this affordable price.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of chinchill
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle dated 19 Sept. 2014 served in a snifter. Allowed to warm to about 45F.

Every drop of this precious brew, including some sediment, poured into the snifter, causing a large, sudsy, tan head to rise all the way up to the rim. The head is durable and leaves nice lacing.

The rich aroma is spicy, fruity (dark), yeasty and malty, but marred slightly IMO by a bit of mustiness/soapiness, presumably from the yeast.

T: Superb taste, with a feast of flavor components culminating in a lingering aftertaste of dark fruits, dark bread and roasted malts. Suggestions of raisins, dates, prune, apple, caramel, banana, allspice and other spices. Excellent balance of sweet, sour and bitter.

M: medium-full body with lively, and fairly high carbonation. Creamy smooth after the carbonation dies down.

O: a must-try Belgian: a rich, unique and complex dubbel meant to be slowly sipped and savored, resulting in different nuances noticed on every sip.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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

Pours a murky brown amber with massive head leaving light lacing. Over carbonated and foamed out of the bottle. Light malt, light fruits, slight sour and cola notes to aroma. Taste is dark and light fruits, light sweet malt. Pleasant mild malt and fruit finish. Tastes tame compared to the bigger St. Bernardus ales. Light to medium bodied. I'd choose those stronger ones over this, but it is a pleasure to drink.

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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

330 ml bottle into signature chalice, best by 7/22/2013. Pours lightly hazy reddish brown color with a nice 1-2 finger dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some nice spotty lacing clings to the glass, with some carbonation streaming up. Aromas of big raisin, prune, fig, apple, caramel, banana, molasses, clove, herbal, earth, bread, and yeast spices. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of big raisin, caramel, prune, molasses, pepper, bread, toast, banana, earth, herbal, and yeast spiciness. Light fruity tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark fruit, caramel, molasses, bread, toast, earth, banana, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Nice flavor balance and complexity; with no cloying sweetness. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice dubbel. Nice flavor complexity and balance; and very smooth to drink. Really enjoyable.

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

[Best served in a Trappist glass]

The pour was a dark murky chestnut brown with a slight reddish hue and an average sized (1-2 finger) light tan creamy head that lasted throughout with excellent sheeting of lacing which basically coated the glass.

The aroma was of a toasted biscuit malt and a sweaty Belgian yeast with notes of caramel, toffee, banana and some dark fruit (plums and overripe grapes).

The taste had a strong malty presence and a mild sweetness with a hint of banana and caramel early on, and then slowly transformed into a much yeastier taste with a large dose of dark fruit and a mild toffee presence towards the end. The flavor lasted a good amount of time after the swallow with a sweet yeasty flavor and a mild fruity ester that was left to linger on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was somewhere between light and medium in body with a creamy and a tad oily texture and a medium carbonation.

Overall an extremely tasty and very easy to drink Dubbel, and is a brew that hides all notion of somewhat moderate ABV...

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4.4/5  rDev +7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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

A: Poured a hazy reddish, burgundy color with moderate carbonation leaving a dirty white 1/2 head and some minimal lacing

S: Sweet sugar with raisins, red grapes and chocolate some earthiness

T: aImmediate sweetness with red/purple grapes, a few raisins and some candy sugar, subtle bitterness with some eathy notes and a stickyt back end with lingering dark fruits and faded chcolate

M: Creamy, medium bodied, well carbonated with loads of swee and dark fruits coating the palate

O: Very good

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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