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

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into my Chimay chalice.

A: A medium brown with a nice one finger off white head. Nice glass lacing.

A: Yeasty spice smells with sweet fruit. No hops on the nose.

T: I get ruby red sweet fruits with a large amount of concorde grape. A funky yeasty flavor is present throughout with caramel, molasses and brown sugar riding along with the fruit. Finish is sweet and fruity with a lack of hops. I don't get a dry finish at all on this beer. Pretty complex.

M: Pretty full and coating, very minimal alcohol detected.

D: Medium to me. It was just a bit to sweet with very little hops to offset it.

Overall a very complex beer, but as I said a bit too sweet and fruity for me. Still I can see the quality in this beer.

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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 DavoleBomb
3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a goblet.

3.5 A: Murky dark brown, almost black. Slightly off-white head does not retain well and leaves moderate lacing.

3.5 S: This is similar to the 8 only not as potent. Slight raisin and plum aroma. Slight graininess. Pleasant, but weak.

3.5 T: Same as smell. Similar to the 8, but much less tasty. Plum, raisin, tobacco and lots of yeastiness.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good bubbly carbonation. Creamy.

3.5 D: Good beer, but not at this price.

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Photo of BobZ
3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 Oz. bottle, Part of a St. Bernardus gift-pack.

Appearance: Light brown, essentially a light dubbel. Frankly a bit surprised for lack of head and lacing.

Smell: Not highly complex.

Taste: Has some decent Belgian dubbel characteristics. Good flavor, but tastes like "Belgian Light". Not a great Dubbel and frankly a little more bitterness than I prefer.

Mouth feel: Good carbonation, not silky-smooth though.

Drinkability: Drinkable, not bad but the "runt of the litter" for St. Bernardus brews.

Good beer, but by no means great.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.56/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 330ml bottle into a St. Bernardus glass. Body is burnt siena with orange highlights, topped by a half inch of creamy stark white head. Light aroma of moderately sweet malt and a touch of spicy Belgian yeast and coriander. Palate is a bit more assertive -sweet Belgian dark malt with notes of coriander and caramel. Body is light and airy, a bit too delicate for the amount of flavor in the beer. Sip carefully to avoid making the active carbonation too foamy in the mouth. Overall, a nice, fairly light Belgian ale that goes down pretty easy.

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Photo of dzni
3.57/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - dark amber,head dissipates quickly
S - cherries, orange, cranberry, winey
T - lemony maybe, slight carbonation, slight milk chocolate?
M - medium-bodied, carbonation
D - The more I drink this, the lighter bodied it seems. The alcohol creeps up on you. It's a nice drink, interesting enough, but not sure I'd drink it all night.

Poured into a chalice.

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Photo of mwilbur
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into chalice.
A: Pours a nice brownish amber color with very thick tan head that lasts a long while and gives was to nice lacing.
S: Raisins, bready yeast, cinnamon and clove.
T: Hmmm...where did all that nice aroma go? Did not translate into the taste unfortunately. Belgian malt is most apparent, then comes faints hints of raisin, doughy bread, and spice. A little disappointing.
M: Fairly ordinary...medium body and taste doesn't linger at all.
D: Better than average, but I expect more from Belgians...especially St. Bernardus.

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Photo of StarlightSeraph
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into my St. Bernardus goblet.

Appearance: Pours a hazy brown, maybe a little bit of red. One finger of white head that lingered for awhile. Heavy lacing.

Smell: Mild bready malts and some fruit. The typical smell found in most Belgian beers. It blends together very nicely - smells smooth, if that makes sense.

Taste: Hmm. Not exactly what I was expecting. The bready malt is present in the finish, but the initial taste is hard to place. Almost a seltzer kind of note, with the high carbonation - it's not as sweet as I would have expected, and could stand to be a little sweeter. The fruity notes are there, but the sweetness isn't. It's mildly unpleasant, but the bready malt helps smooth things out to some extent. The 'unsweet' aftertaste stays for awhile, too.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated and creamy, as to be expected.

Drinkability: So far, my least favorite of the St. Bernardus offerings. It's not a bad beer, but I prefer their other dubbel, the Prior 8, much more.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Opaque amber hue with a foamy tan head of about half a finger which seems to be retaining well.

Aroma: A bit of a metallic or copper tinge to it (which I've noticed in others of the style). Semi-sweet malt tones and some plum/apricot.

Taste: The fruit notes come through subtly and also get that slight metallic taste (but it's not really off-tasting). Some spice from the yeast, particularly clove. Drying aftertaste and a bit of lingering bitterness from the spices. About as robust as I'd expect for 6.7% ABV.

Mouthfeel: Though very effervescent, it has a nice smoothness from the head. Medium bodied. Aftertaste is slightly cloying after a while.

Final Thoughts: A decent beer, one of the better Dubbel's I've had. Any fan of Belgian beer would appreciate this one. Would I drink it again? Maybe, for now I'm looking forward to trying their 8, Tripel, and 12.

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Photo of sevenarts
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden orange with a typically big, fluffy Belgian head.

S: Very yeasty and spicy, not very strong aroma.

T/M: Not as fruit-forward as the other St. Bernardus beers, this one is dominated by the yeast and complex spices. A good amount of alcohol comes through in the aftertaste, too.

O: While I don't like this as much as St. Bernardus' 8 or 12, it's still a fine beer with an interesting flavor.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.59/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful light muddy coloration with a long lingering taupe head.
The Nose yields belgian yeast, sweet candy, and a hint of spicy phenols, for some reason the whole aroma profile is very mild.
Some sweet caramel, rock candy and sour acidity on the tongue. I didn't expect any of the sour but there it is and I like it. A light medium body with sudsy carbonation and a hint of stickiness round out the mouthfeel.

I enjoyed it but I really expected more from SB than this. It was too light of body, the nose was too mild and the flavor was interesting but reserved.

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Photo of champ103
3.59/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a ruby red color. A two finger beige head forms and gently recedes. Sticky spiderweb lace clings to the glass.
S: Not much here. Some malty burnt wood and yeast.
T: Malty with a big woody taste. Some caramel and raisins. Peppery spices.
M/D: A medium body that is creamy and well carbonated for my tastes. Not much alcohol for the style, and that makes for a very easy to drink Dubbel.

A nice Dubbel. Not my favorite of the style, but pleasant and inoffensive.

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Photo of Mavajo
3.61/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a St. Bernardus glass.

Same rich deep brown as it's slightly bigger brother, Prior 8. Off-white, beige head that's quite fluffy. I had a careful pour and still take care to avoid spillage. Average retention and little to no lacing. Eventually settles into a thin crown.

The nose and taste were a bit unremarkable. Some toasty bready fruity notes, with a surprisingly bitter aftertaste. Reminds me more of a brown ale than a dubbel. Insane amount of carbonation. This might be the most carbonated beer I've had. Haflway through this thing, I was ripping burps that sounded entirely unnatural coming from a human being. Other than that, the mouthfeel was medium bodied.

Drinkability is decent, but to be honest, the carbonation gets to be a bit much. Doesn't quite measure up to the Abt 12 or Prior 8. Found the taste to be a bit too subdued for a Belgian.

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Photo of gunnerman
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice pours an amazing dark amber color with a frothy fluffy head that stays the entire time and leaves some nice thick fat lace. Smell is of fresh ripe fruits also has a bit of a roasted alcohol smell. Taste was a bit of a mess, first off I dont know if I had a dated bottle of it maybe harsh to the elements but, I can taste heavy carbonation with a bit of sweet molasses and also a bit of fruit in there as well, slight bit of hop bittereness and no alcohol detected. I am not sure if this was a bad bottle or not, I am going to get another one and compaire, other than that it wasn't bad but it wasn't great either.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip. 06-15-13 best by date.

(A)- Pours a dark mahogany color with red highlights. Produced a great fluffy eggshell colored head with great retention. Plenty of sticky lacing here and there.

(S)- Bone dry and earthy. Lots of clay, yeast and hay. Some dark fruits, but very subtle.

(T)- Again, rather dry with primarily earthy characteristics. Plenty of a yeasty hay, clay, and biscuits. Some dark fruits, but again, extremely subtle. Got better as it warmed.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Leans a bit heavy on the clay and yeast aspects with a bitterness that grew as it warmed. Very smooth and has a clean finish besides the bitterness.

(D)- A clean and smooth yet an earthy driven dubbel with some good things going for it. Would like to see more of those dark fruits to show up, but it is still a good brew.

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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 pokesbeerdude
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Single from Wilbur's in Ft. Collins, around $6.

A: Dull brown in color with a cream colored head, light bubbles, fairly cloudy, really a dull-ish looking beer. Not really striking in any way. Some reddish accents when held to the light. Okay looking.

S: Smells like a little bit of a hybrid between a dubbel and a German Pils, light fruitiness mixed with pale malts, and a bit of a hop profile. Once again pretty meh...

T: Quite fruity, has an almost candy like sweetness with a coffee bitterness towards the end, a slight bit of a cinnamon, tastes almost doughy, a lot better than the smell. Has almost a grape like flavor, or even so far as a grape soda. Really a sweet beer. Hints of raisins. Interesting, but just doesn't do it for me like other St. Bernardus beers.

M: Thin, slightly boozey, very carbonated, hits all the appropriate dubbel notes for the mouth.

D: I don't really like this one, just too sweet, doesn't really stack up to the Prior 8. I wouldn't say it is a chore to drink this, because it is pleasant, but definitely not one of the first Dubbel's I would suggest or look for. Seems to come up lacking in the otherwise great lineup of beers from St. Bernardus.

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

Deep ruby redish brown with the predictable St. B's creamy head. Has an earthy aroma that is laced with fruit (raisins?), yeast and malt. Creamy mouthfeel with some dryness at the end. Flavor isn't as complex as the others I've had from this brewery. Fruit and malt are present yet not strong enough. Seems like a weak dubbel in my opinion.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy deep brown in color with a thick and creamy head that laced my Trappist glass nicely. Aromas are grainy, alcohol-soaked fruits, spices. Flavor, in my opinion falls far short of the abt 12 by these monks. Chalky, almost gritty flavor dominated the flavor profile. Zesty yeast flavors with a muted bannana-wheat taste. Finishes very dry. Mouthfeel a little thin. Rather tough to finish this one. Maybe I'm missing something with this one, but I wasn't blown away like I was with the abt 12.

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Photo of wmtxbb
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into chalice

Appearance: Nice finger sized head, dark caramel color. Very cloudy.

Smell: Bread like, sort of yeasty with notes of banana. Light aroma.

Taste: Nutmeg, cinnamon, kind of like a pumpkin. A little watery with a good amount of alcohol flavor that hits at the end.

Drinkability: Meh, its drinkable but not the best I've had from St. Bernardus or dubbels for that matter. I'd prefer a little more of a malt body from the beer.

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Photo of tone77
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of dark fruits, some spices. Taste is a bit milder than the smell, fruits ar present, as well as alcohol with a touch of spice. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

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Photo of jacobseyb
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into my snifter, with a dark garnet-brown color and a whitish-tan head that dissipated quickly and crowns with a scattering of bubbles in the top. Smell is dark fruits with some slight spiciness. Taste is very much the same with some more malt presence. Crisp carbonation that gives a great tingling feel throughout. Enjoyable but not quite my favorite representative of the dubbel.

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Photo of atigerlife
3.66/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a St. Bernardus chalice, its a beautiful dark brown. Wonderful 2 finger fluffy light brown head that has good lasting power. Good lacing. Overall, just a beautiful beer to look at!

Aroma is sweet, roasted malts, plums, raisins and some nuttiness in there.

Taste is sweet, slightly musty/hay, roasted matls. Not bad, but I was expecting a lot more. Nothing offensive in the taste, but just lacking in flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and cleansing. Dry with a creaminess to it.

Overall, quite drinkable. Enjoyable. Not a great dubbel, but worth a try.

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Photo of Vixie
3.66/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours kind of a brown/reddish color. The head is large and taking it's time to settle down.

Smell is subtle, main thing I can detect is fruit with a hint of spice.

Starts out fruity, almost cherry like. There are dried fruit notes, like raisin and prune, maybe a hint of brown sugar as well.

Goes down easy, not a lot of carbonation, so very little tingling or burning sensation.

Kind of a sweeter takes on the style. The hint of cherry up from almost makes it seem sour, but the darker fruit flavors keep it subdued. It is worth trying, although I will say there are others of this style I like better.

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Photo of Quackershnoc
3.66/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

11.2-ounce bottle, served in a goblet (01/09/2013 – best by 07/27/2015)
Appearance: a dark, deep brown color; hazy, with some sediment in it; thick, creamy off-white head that sticks around
Aroma: molasses; caramel; malt; yeast; fig, and other dark fruit
Taste: tobacco is the first thing that popped into my head; not nearly as sweet as I was expecting; it starts with a dark, tobacco-like flavor; then some of the yeast and toasted malt come through, a hint of sweetness, but not much; then some of the fruits come in, kind of apple tartness to it, there’s also some spice (clove, cinnamon, pepper?) on the back end and a hint of tobacco revisited; not at all what I was expecting
Mouthfeel: medium bodied; a bit sticky/clingy; excellent carbonation
Overall Impression: it’s a good beer, but quite a shock at first taste, my nose and my tongue went in opposite directions; it’s a good, solid brew but one of the weaker Belgians (especially considering the St. Bernardus Abt 12!); it was fun to try, but to honest, I doubt I would ever buy it again

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St. Bernardus Pater 6 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.09 out of 5 based on 1,568 ratings.
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