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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Photo of Zet
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very good looking beer. Dark amber haze with a big frothy head that slowly collapses but maintains a decent layer of foam on top of the surface. Smell of dark fruits and white wine. The taste is very dry for a dubbel, with strong hop presence and flavours of caramel and malt. Not as fruity as the smell. Very balanced, but it doesn't have the complexity of other Bernardus beers. Mouth feel is smooth, but a bit watery for a dubbel.

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Photo of Dinglehacker
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Carefully poured into a lithe goblet. Foamy beige head leves snowy lace and cackles with fizz. Lovely dark amber color.

Nose is slightly sour with nuts, faint banana

Tastes: nut, dark fruits, bread, lemongrass

Mouth is very alive. This one’s carbed.

This is an elegant piece of work. Good mix of flavors. For fans of brown ale, Eisbock, Belgian darks, and doppelbocks. Or just fans of great beer.

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.85/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Poured into a Propolis tulip. Two finger white-brown head, caramel brown opaque body.

Smell: Vinous fruits, dark fruits, spices, notes of honey, apple, and dust.

Taste: Same as above, but less fruity and more spicy.

Feel: Medium body, huge carbonation, dry.

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Photo of kalosjakar
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into the St. Bernardus chalice glass it came with.

Murky brownish with an off white bubbly head.
Smells of belgian yeast, malt, raisin.
Oh man, i wasnt expecting it to taste as good as it does.
I dont have a good enough palate to break it down but its not overpowering, pleasant and easy to drink. The alcohol doesnt kick you in the face since its only a dubbel.

Great belgian beer!

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Photo of KevCan
4.74/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Got as a gift at the end of our tour of the St. Bernardus brewery in Belgium in May 2014. Date on bottle is "13 02 17", I guess that means best by Feb 13, 2017. Poured from the 330ml bottle into a wine glass.

Look: Lots of bubbly off-white head. Attractive copper color with no cloudiness. Lots of bubbles. Leaves gorgeous lacing down the sides.

Smell: Tons of Belgian yeast and maltiness. Smells very inviting.

Taste: Like a liquid version of a hearty slice of German bread. Hint of candy sweetness. Just enough hops and bitterness to keep it in balance. Superb.

Feel: Highly carbonated, maybe even a little too much.

Overall: Excellent dubbel. I can't put it down.

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Photo of Tomais
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[not a proper review]
had with some very good Swiss brie (which was reminiscent of Camembert in ways): the sweetness of the beer worked really well with the strong brie taste. Second half of the beer was drunk without cheese -- I missed the combination. Will definitely try it again without food -- and review it proper like ;-)

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Photo of Ninjakillzu
4.81/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Poured into a Chimay chalice. Body is milk chocolate brown with a thin tan head.

S: Full of tart dark fruits, almost vinous in nature. There is also Belgian yeast and sweet toasted malts.

T: Much like the smell, but it's noticeably dry and has a slight alcoholic bite.

F: Very carbonated, smooth, and warming.

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Photo of puck1225
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a St. Bernardus chalice. A dark brown color with a thin but lingering head and good lacing. Very pleasant slightly boozy smell. This beer is definitely sensitive to temperature. The best taste came as the beer warmed. Very nice beer.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark amber into the glass with a vibrant head. Lively carbonation upon opening. Lacing as the beer is enjoyed. Fruity scent with a bit of grain. Taste is similar, with a bit of sweetness. Enjoyable! Warning: watch out for the layer of yeast on the bottom!

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Photo of Naked_Batman
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy oak in color, off white head that laces it's way down the glass

S fruity esters mix perfectly with deep raw grainy notes and subtle hints of minerality,

T-Flavor everywhere, berry accents first noted are immediately followed by raisins and apricot finally finishing with grass and wheaty malts. Sweetness is noticeable but not overwhelming. Absolutely incredible.

M-fizzy and refreshing with a medium body, alcohol is completely hidden. Not something to toss back. This beer should be enjoyed slowly to see how the flavors transform.

O-Might be one of my favorite beers. The way such dynamic flavors can come from such simple ingredients is astounding. Certainly a world-class brew that is worth every penny. Will be adding this to my list of must-tries.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a nice white head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is a nice dark brown color. However, this one seems to be a bit lighter than the 8. Still nice looking though.

The beer smell is definitely less maltier than the 8 and bit more hoppy. The beer notes have a tropical hop note with melon and a slight banana. The sweeter malts notes and the Belgian sugar are still present but not as strong. However, this is still a good drink.

The beer taste is a bit weaker than the smell. The taste has a strong hop presence that comes off as melon but the banana seems to have disappeared. The sweet malt notes and Belgian sugar are still strong despite not being as present.

The feel is a bit different compared with their other offerings. The carbonation is fairly light and refreshing but the body is very smooth and fairly drinkable. It may not have much texture but it isn't watery and goes down fairly easily.

Overall, a decent beer and certainly a more accessible Abbey Ale than most. The flavor isn't too intense and might actually be drinkable on hot day. Pretty good.

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Photo of MrDell
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


St. Bernardus Pater 6
Dubbel - 6.7% - 330ml Bottle - Bottling date unknown - Best Before 16.12.2016

Appearance: Quite light in colour for a dubbel / dark for an enkel – very light brown, translucent. Lively carbonation upon opening. Very large bubbles stuck to bottom of glass that shoot up to the surface individually and very quickly. Noisy carbonation. Head dissipates very quickly leaving practically nothing.

Aroma: Belgian yeast, bready/toast/dough, port wine, alcohol.

Taste: As aroma - brown bread. Treacle, but not that strong... more like a golden syrup. Hops just about apparent in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Low in body for a Belgian; due to the abv. being just 6.7%.

Overall: Last time I tried this, I tried the Prior 8 straight after and remember thinking at the time that this was the better of the two. I have a since had another proir 8 (see review) and I can honestly say that I now think the opposite. This is a lovely beer and while I am thoroughly enjoying it, it's just not flavoursome as some of its fellow countrymen - Achel bruin, Chimay Red, Rochefort 8 etc. The low abv (for a Belgian) makes it an ideal weeknight tipple though. 7.5 / 10

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: esters, fruit, lighter malt, honey, no hops.
Appearance: Pours hazy light brown under a 2” finely bubbled light tan foam collar that perches up over the rim of the glass. Leaves thick lace.
Flavor: Fruit, honey, light malts, no hops, slight chocolate – not strong, dry finish. Low bitterness, no spices,
Mouthfeel: medium full body, medium high carbonation, alcohol is deceptive.
Overall Impression: Excellent beer.

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Photo of PorterPro125
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 330 mL

A- Opaque Brown with a large off-white head that sticks around a good while before working down to a thick skim. Light lacing on the glass.

S- Dried apricot, plum, toffee, bready malt, and a bit of alcohol are present in the noses.

T- Toffee, toasty malt, dried apricot, raisin, plum, and a little spice.

M- Medium body with light-moderate carbonation. Quite drinkable when compared to other Dubbels I've had.

O- Not my favourite offering from St. Bernardus but it is a great beer. Beautiful malty flavour that is complemented well by an abundance of dried fruit.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.8/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, mahogany color, speckled with a few reddish highlights and a finger of white-colored head that slowly dissolved away into a thick lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic with earthy, rich, complex and inviting notes of bready, toasted malt, imparting aromas of freshly baked French baguettes, candied sugar and a touch of dried stone fruit, such as apricots, currents, raisins and prunes. There is also quite a bit of funky, Belgian yeast, imparting notes of wet blanket, saddle leather, and roasted chestnuts.

Taste: Very nice, and almost exactly like the aroma! There is lots of toasted bready, malt up front, followed by candied sugar and toffee-like sweetness. There is also hints of dried stone fruit, such as apricots, currents, raisins and prunes. The Belgian yeast adds quite a bit of spices, such as cumin, coriander, white pepper, as well as a touch of funky sourness. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and nicely effervescent, as there is quite a bit of carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 6.7%, there is no alcohol on the palate. Hell, for a Belgian beer, it’s a session beer!

Overall: This is an excellent, delicious beer! Earthy, complex, rich, inviting and incredibly enjoyable. This is the second beer I’ve had from St. Bernardus, and so far I’m really impressed with this brewery. So highly recommended!

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Photo of gatorlove
3.51/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

When compared to other great dubbels, this one came out short for me. The smell was very faint and the taste is not as fruity or spicy as others in the category.

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Photo of Dentist666
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip.
Completely murky dark apple jam/chestnut ale with beige bubbly head, retention is not so long. Smell of plum, dark fruits, figs, caramel, toffee (diacetyl). Taste - caramel, spices, yeasts, slight bitterness in the finish. Excellent dubbel, prickly carbonation.

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

March 28, 2015

11.2 oz bottle, tulip

A – Medium to deep copper and clear, very effervescent. Bubbles cascade up to a thick foam head of two inches, off-white to light tan, rocky and craggy. Moderate-high retention, with a centimeter or so remaining as long as there’s beer in the glass.

S – Bready malt, toasty and bread crusty, with some light cherry and dark raisin aroma, and notes of vanilla and oak. Floral hops with earthy tones.

T – Sweet cherries and red raisins, rich but light toffee, vanilla low in the background. Light floral hop notes. A bit of cola and/or licorice on the finish.

M – High carbonation and a medium-full body. Mildly sweet with basically no bitterness. Finish is fairly dry, just a touch of residual sweetness on the end.

O – Very good aroma and flavor, and very mild in all aspects. Mouthfeel is the best part. A solid dubbel.

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Photo of drmeto
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

-Caramel,Banana dominating
-roasty coffee
-faint vanilla
-mildly carbonated
-sweet,fairly thin finish

very good,just wish some flavours came through more

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Photo of TheHammer
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A deep nearly opaque brown doesn't quite hide the steady carbonation this offering produces. Less then what I usually expect from most of this style. A finger of sudsy head came around, retaining well enough and producing minimal lace.

Smell: There is a dry yeast smell to it that reminds me a whole wheat bread with plum and toffee backing it. Warming is definitely required on this one as without it, there is simple no scent to the beer.

Taste: Starts with a sweet malt taste with a hint of lemon that shifts over to a rich toffee malt with notes of plum, coffee and ending with a slightly copper finish as earth hops blend strangely but well with a metallic note that oddly doesn't seem out of place.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation helps out the entire beer, and while there is a bit of a dry note in the aftertaste, the rich, fruity yeast and toffee aftertaste makes it easily excusable. Decent enough transitioning too.

Drinkability: Very light bodied, but that should be expected as this is a fairly low ABV for a beer of this style. It's easy to drink, and refreshing enough with a solid amount of taste to make it a welcome treat.

Final Thoughts: All in all, a solid and well made Dubbel that might have gotten off to a bit of a rocky start, but to me, makes up for it where it counts. For some reason I can't help but think it would go well with fish. Thumbs up.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750mL corked and caged bottle shared during a tasting event. Served in a Innis & Gunn tulip glass.

Appearance: Bright coppery-dark amber. Initial 1/4" thick head on pouring which died back and left a thin rocky head head across the top. Some persistent fine lacing noted.

Smell: Powder yeast, a little bit metallic at first, then it warms up and some nicer caramel, toffee, and candi sugar notes come out.

Taste: Richness of malt typical for a dubbel with caramel and toffee. Some fruity esters and a light bitter finish with just a hint of metallic flavor at the finish (a bit coppery) that works well with all the other flavors.

Mouthfeel: Just right carbonation and just a little bit sticky.

Overall / Drinkability: Very nice and very drinkable - one of the hits of the tasting event that was held and if others hadn't tapped this bottle so quickly, I think I could have finished most of it myself. Full of flavor but not so strong that you'll regret having a whole bottle to yourself. I think this would have paired well with a wide range of food as well. I'll have to pick this up again and savor it some more.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Second to last bottle of the Christmas sampler pack from the LCBO. Just over $3 CDN for the bottle. Served well chilled into an Innis & Gunn glass.

Appearance - 2 fingers of white head are poured on top of the dark hazy mahogany body. Minimal lacing but good retention with the beer.

Smell - Slight earthiness, light floral and some dark fruits. However the aromas are subtle and don't come out too much even when the beer nears room temperature.

Taste - Impossible to decipher. Fruits like plums and pears with a sweet butterscotch and caramel goodness finishing with a tasty and slightly leathery taste. Downright delicious and complex too. Just a bit of booze on the back end and some cherry comes to fruition as it warms.

Mouthfeel - Smooth well carbonated and finishes dry. Complements the taste to near perfection.

Overall - Delicious and a great dubbel, and possibly the best I've had for the style. The Prior 8 by St. Bernardus was very good but to me this is even better.

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Photo of MrIncognito
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Malty and yeasty with candy sugar sweetness, alcohol-soaked dark fruits and an alcohol warmth. Moderate-heavy carbonation makes this on the drier side and keeps the body light enough to not feel syrupy. Earthy chocolate malt

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Photo of Jwale73
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Can't believe I've never tried this. 11.2oz bottle served in a St. Bernardus chalice. 08 12 15 printed on the back label. Pours with a dense, rocky, two inch, cream-colored head pockmarked with tiny craters. Head eventually settles into a solid, quarter inch cap. Delicate webs of lacing are present adhering to the walls of the glass. Color is a deep mahogany brown with a slightly hazy clarity. Great nose - figgy, pruney and bready with a suggestion of Belgian yeast. Taste follows nose, but a bit dull - less fruit and more bread and yeast. There's also a faint metallic quality the presents at the finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with an easy, even carbonation. Overall, a solid representation of the style but the flavor is fairly lackluster. I'll need to revisit with a fresher bottle in the future.

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Photo of Scrapss
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. Bottle into proper ST.Bernardus chalice.

A Pours a thick white head with minimal lacing. Weakly brown body.

S: faint notes of tanned leather, vinuous and spicy bready yeast. White pepper.

T: Follows nose with some tart fruit notes layrered over white pepper doughy, bready tones.

M: medium body with tart, creamy finish.

O: Very good, very typical abbey dubbel.

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St. Bernardus Pater 6 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.09 out of 5 based on 1,582 ratings.
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