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 DARIVA
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber light cloudy beer with a beautiful head.

S: The scents of caramel, nougat and raisins.

T: The taste of slightly bitter beer.

M: Nice carbonation and a slightly bitter long finish. Reasonable foam feel.

O: Good beer and reasonably drinkable.

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Photo of matjack85
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in its own wide mouth chalice at Cooper's Bar on Belmont in Chicago. Not cheap at $7.75 for an 11.2oz serving. Expiration date of 10/3/14 on the label, so apparently this beer keeps well in the bottle for awhile.

The beer poured a slightly cloudy chestnut brown color with a ½-finger of off-white head that lasted about 30 seconds. Lacing was light.

Malty nose with dark fruits, Belgian yeast, and even a hint of chocolate in it.

Delicious mix of caramel malt sweetness and dark fruits of dates, figs, and raisins. Also picking up some cherry fruitiness, chocolate flavor, and a bit of warming alcohol. Then add to all this some Belgian yeast and a mild bitterness and all I can say is "yummy".

Medium in body, the beer manages to remain smooth despite a high prickly carbonation.

I'll be looking for this in the stores where I'm sure the price won't be as prohibitive as the price in the bars.

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Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of JCFinn
5/5  rDev +22.2%

Photo of piconaut
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of whatname
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from Plonk in Canberra.

Pours a deep ruby colour, with a depth that suggests it might have some haze to it. But in fact, it seems pretty clear. Carbonation is very fine, but persistant and vibrant, and feeds into a thick, off-white head that leaves firm, sticky lace. Looks very good.

Nose is slightly yeasty and spicily aromatic, with some dusky earthiness coming through as well. It's slightly funky, with a touch of musk. There's a smoothness to it overall, but all from that earthy sweatiness—there's not much sweetness.

Taste is lighter than expected, but powered by those slightly spicy estery characters which give notes of fruitskin. Again, there's not a lot of true sweetness, but there's a smooth roundness to the palate, which balances some of the spicy spikes. Finish has a gritty, earthy twang to it. Feel is split by that smoothness and spiky sharpness.

Overall, a nice beer, but not the equal of its stablemates.

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Photo of vegasmac99
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of swgwilt
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of slvrmon82
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of mlhenson
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of MassiveBeerReviews
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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

Presentation: 330ml brown pop top, best before 2013. Cool, typical St. Bernardus label. Figured this would make a good 'Easter' beer.

Appearance: Nice ruddy mahogany brew, fairly bright, but with a lot of tiny sediment in suspension. Creamy ivory cap with nice staying power.

Smell: Deep notes of dark fruit (plum?), bit of Belgian yeast spiciness, and sweet malty tones. Perhaps a ghostly hint of bubblegum? Very nice overall.

Taste: Excellent mix of dark fruit, Belgian yeasty spice, sweet dark caramel, and mild, warming alcoholic notes. Ends a bit earthy (cellar-like quality), with a medium, firm, clean bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Perfect for the style; light for the gravity, adds to drinkability/digestability.

Overall: Really nice dubbel. I dunno what 4 packs of this go for, but I'd pay 10-12 bucks once in awhile for this.

Strong B to B+

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one is pretty much a 'lighter' version of the 8. But light isn't quite the correct term. Maybe less involved.

Nice hazelnut, amber pour. Good thick head, rocky. Lacing dims a bit.

Aroma has apples, currants, raisin, sweet bread, and candied sugar. Sticky sweet and fruity.

Whereas the 8 seems more fruity (apple and such) this one is more floral. A nice bouquet of flowers and orchard fruit. Sweetness of bread and candied sugar. Molasses is light. Dark cherry?

This is a very good beer. I can see this with some applewood smoked BBQ pork.

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Photo of aztraz
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of beergoot
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big beer that pours out caramel-orange and leaves a thick, off-white head. The aroma hits you with rich malt sweetness; orange and citrus notes; dates and raisins; and sweet, newly mowed grass. Excellent mixture of malts and hops in this one...

Caramel and cinnamon accentuate a rich, sweet bread malt character. A distinctive alcohol warmth melds nicely with the bitter, spicy finish.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy; nice carbonation to soften things up...

A top-notch dubbel. Rich and sweet with great spicy flavors.

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Photo of elec
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Amp
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

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

Pours a dark murky orange hue which leaves a two finger head and a nice rim of lacing,the smell is jarrah honey,biscuty malts,floral hops and yeasty bread,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and has tastes very similar to smell with hints of jarrah honey firstly followed by some fruitcake,yeasty bread,raisins,caramel candy and finished with a mix of floral hops and bread pudding and overall its nice and very drinkable cheers.

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Photo of TenHornsProud
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of JRdaSconnie
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

P: 11.2oz bottle, best by 19the 09 14. From fridge into St Bernardus chalice (part of sweet 4 pk gift set).

A: Deep brown with copper hues. 2 finger creamy, frothy head settles into thin, but full surface foam. Big laces.

S: Not huge on aroma to me. Some caramel malt with some Belgian fruitiness in background. Wish this one had a little more.

T: similar to smell. Not a major player on flavor up front. Nice maltiness and again, Belgian fruity yeast. Little banana and spice, just a little. Not bad at all, but not mind blowing awesome.

M: Beautiful Belgian mouthfeell. Crisp, effervescence but creamy. Full but not tiring. Very nice.

O: nice dubbel, wish it was a little more spicy. Nice maltiness and excellent body. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of jmich24
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Bakerwine
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best Before batch 06-05-13

lite brown/med copper core with streaks of garnet and brick orange pours pleasantly into a medium, tapered, wine glass. Noticeable fine beads steam thru medium+ cloudy intensity. Head is medium- impressive and quick to fall.

The nose here, along with the mouthfeel, are the best parts of this beer. The nose is clean, with sweet and fresh malts, baking spices, vanilla, pepper, light caramel, banana. There is a lift and energy to the nose, though I wish there was a touch more complexity.

Flavors on the palate and confirmed, but mouthfeel quickly steals the show. A med+ creamy texture with velvet qualities is not heavy, and is balanced nicely by the CO2 and higher toned flavors/acids. The finish is long with a hint of balanced bitterness. Again, flavors lacking a bit of complexity.

This beer will most likely improve with more oxidation, and become tastier as I near the bottom of the glass, ahem.

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St. Bernardus Pater 6 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.09 out of 5 based on 1,592 ratings.
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