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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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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Photo of kojevergas
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Gouden Carolus goblet in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery. Bottled 16/05/2011 (May 16th).

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of beige colour, okay cream, nice thickness, and good retention. Colour is a dark brown-grey. Nontransparent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Rather dull indeed; far from vibrant or alive.

Sm: It may look a bit shite but it smells fantastic. Biscuity yeast, spice, dark plum and fig, clean malts, a berry ester (perhaps from the light hopping), cream, and vague light hints of nuts. Very intriguing and enjoyable. I'm really looking forward to trying this. A mild to moderate strength aroma.

T: Plum and fig do come through accompanied by biscuity yeast and spice, with some underlying cream. Clean malts form the foundation; some malts are darker than others. All around a pretty enjoyable and subtle dubbel. Well layered and nicely complex. I quite like it. Very pleasant.

Mf: Nicely creamy, with perfect coarseness to coax out the flavours and just enough dryness in its otherwise wet composition. Artfully done. Suits the flavour quite nicely. Perfect carbonation.

Dr: Very drinkable. I'd definitely have this again. The ABV isn't all that high, but no alcohol comes through. I quite like this. A great little dubbel, but it isn't without room for improvement. The yeasty notes are fantastic.

Would pair well with crackers (I recommend rye triscuits), grapes, cheese, nuts, or pate.

A decent candidate for aging, though the ABV is a bit too low.


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Photo of ShanePB
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a St. Bernardus Watou glass. Served around 50F as per the bottle instructions.

A: Huge frothy off-white head filled the top half of the glass with a murky medium to dark brown colored body below. Incredible amounts of lacing and a thick foamy retention cap lasted the entire way. Wonderful looking beer.

S: Raisins, toffee, caramel, breads and that classic Belgian Abbey style yeast aroma. Notes of wheat in the background as well.

T: Sweet caramel and toffee notes, subtle darker fruits like raisins and figs. The yeast flavor is present through the mid-palate giving it an almost bright fruitiness. Plenty of wheat again with some toasted malts towards the back end.

M: Well carbonated, nice and bubbly but it retains a very well rounded mouth feel. Slightly chewy in a sense while still being highly drinkable.

For not really caring for many Dubbels (especially American made ones), this was really exceptional. The flavors were well balanced, flavorful and the body was easy drinking. I'd happily have another anytime.

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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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3/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of Sternfels
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a St. Bernardus Waton glass.

A: amber with a tan one inch head with lacing and bubbles.

S: Apricotty yeasty malt. toffeeish

T: smooth belgiany style at its best wheaty yeasty malty perfect perfection

M:Medium bodied slight carbonation.

O: Its a lesser ABT12; But simply amazing. Step down from abt 12 but much appreciated beer. Better then most. deff would recommend.

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2.86/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer is ideal as a before meal apertif to get the stomach growling. It's gives a low alcohol taste in the mouth. I wouldn't drink with my meal and i wouldn't go looking for it on a special occasion, but it's nice to start out the evening tasting if its on the menu.

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Photo of jtierney89
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big nose on this one, lots of fig and raisin right off the bat with belgian candi sugars. Hazy brown color with crystal like off white head. Great lacing.

Really nice dark fruit bowl bouquet on the nose once the beer is given a bit of time to open up. Plums, pears, and rum soaked raisins.

Bright effervescence breaks up the medium sized body. Teeth sticking sweetness, alcohol soaked cherries, belgian candy sugar, juicy raisins, all rounded out with bread crusts on the sides of the tongue. Carbonation and alcohol presence clears the palate preventing the beer from being cloying along with a touch of yeast bite. Very drinkable for it's complexity. Bready character comes out a bit more as the beer warms which is nice as it really rounds the beer out and balances it. Makes it almost like a meal (as it should be i guess) an awesome representation of the style.

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

The color is a rich, dark mahogany sort of red-brown. Like many St. Bernardus beers, there's a bit of bubbly activity that lasts without being spritzy. A light brown head is simultaneously creamy and dense, rising to about a finger tall. It shows some stick, clinging spottily to the glass as the beer falls.
This beer showcases a complex bouquet; after so many Belgians, and most having been of the lighter variety, I've gotten used to a bubble gum/banana/clove profile and brightness. This one shows off its darker side, though, as the clove and a hint of banana come through with less of the bubble gum, more earthiness, and the faintest hint of barley-like darker grains presence. It's slightly more peppery in the flavor, though everything unwraps slightly better in the aroma and comes out more distinctly than in the flavor. Alcohol is warming but otherwise well-masked.
The feel is classic, light and fluffy without losing body. It flows without being overly filling, Carbonation is active and constant. It's both crisp and smooth, and both very much so. I don't know what more one could want in the feel; this is velvety smooth and still bites, but not too hard. Perfect.
Overall, a fantastic beer, and what I expect from the great Belgian brewers.

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4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter

A: amber with a tan one finger head that dissipates to medium sized bubbles. Good lacing.

S: Wow, an interesting strain of apricot, yeast and malt. Dark fruit, cola, leather.

T: follows nose. Smooth, sweet, malty with Belgian yeast and toffee. A slightly floral finish. Let it warm it; the taste evens out to a more caramel groove.

M: medium to heavy. Good carbonation. A semi-dry finish.

O: A few steps beneath an abt 12, but still superior to many beers.

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4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy brown colour, decent head that drops to fast but leaves enough

S: loads of apple flambé, dark chocolate, some caramel some sugar and alcohol (smells great)

T: plums, bread, burned coffee, at the end some yeast and loads of alcohol

M: medium feel, a bit too alcoholic, dry finish

O: very good beer; taste's pretty good smells even better

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