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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 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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Photo of Slothrop
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of ssjkyle
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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Photo of jheezee
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of twizzbeatz
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Goobastic
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%

Photo of superspak
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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Photo of KajII
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%

Photo of barleywinefiend
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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Photo of theminutemen
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of monnik
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of bacher468
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of h2opunk182
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of jriggins6
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of buckyp
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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