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St. Bernardus Pater 6 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus Pater 6St. Bernardus Pater 6
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Belgium
sintbernardus.be

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-17-2002

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Photo of jordanimal
3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

Photo of rex_4539
3.27/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Hazy dark amber color, huge four finger beige head, messy lacing, loads of carbonation.

S: Typical Belgian yeast, alcohol.

T: Typical Belgian taste. But below average. Not even close to a Leffe, for example.

F: Watery. Like very watery. Goes down like...water.

O: Not sure why most give a high score for this beer but...nah.

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Photo of janubio
3.28/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Amber colour, small that fades soon, good lace. Aroma of dark fruits, figs, plums, chocolate, caramel, bananas. Almost full, thick rouch palate with an overall carbonation.
Taste is similar to the aroma, caramel, dark fruits, chocolate. Good.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.28/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a nice shade of deep orange brown, the head was tan and foamy. The lacing wasn't too bad. The smell of the beer was earthy and had a little spice on the nose followed by some brown sugary sweetness. The taste is of dark fruits and Belgian yeast, a little bit of spice in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is lightly carbonated and has a gentle soft feel to it. Overall it's a pretty good Dubbel.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.3/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The first beer of my St Bernardus evening. I have a mixed four pack of 330ml bottles that I am drinking, reviewing three as I go (I have already reviewed the 12 some time ago).

This bottle is best before 15th Feb 2010, today is 1st March 2008. It was poured into my Westmalle bowl glass.

Looks wonderful at first, a deep clear redish brown with a full light biege foaming head. The head fell away just a bit to quickly for me, I like it to stay untila at least I've had a sip or two.

Rich malty molasses fill your nose and a toffee, coffee sweetness comes through too.

The taste was a big let down for me, none of the flavours of the smell comes through into the actual beer. It is almost the blandest and tasteless dubbel I can remember having and I have had more than a few over the years.

It can't be discribed as watery, but it isn't a thick or viscous in any way either. A sourness comes into the mouthfeel as the beer warms in the mouth and I didn't like that either!

All in all a mixed start to my evening of tastings. I was expecting a lot more from this beer.

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Photo of bashiba
3.31/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a ruby dark brown with a creamy full head.

Smell had a funky yeast odor with hints of brown malts.

Flavor is mild with a light molasses malt and some mild hops with a touch of cedar and bread notes. A bit of sourdough yeast funk also comes through.

Mouthfeel is creamy and full, easily the high point of this beer.

Easy to drink, but not good enough that I would seek it out to often.

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Photo of iCabaLLero
3.31/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Silke_Neryn
3.31/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of lgmol
3.32/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jwinship83
3.33/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle drank from the st bernardus chalice. first time using it and this seems like an appropriate choice. best before augest 12, 2011.

A- this one pours out a murky lightish brown colored body with a large beige colored head. the head lasts a while and leaves behind solid rings of lacing.

S- pretty soft nose here. bready malts and sweet dark fruits. grapes, figs, and dates. a slight spiciness.

T- the taste is a lot stronger than the nose. it starts out pretty spicy. cloves come to mind. sweet dark fruits (grapes, figs, dates, and raisins) follow. belgian yeast, and a little bit of alcohol.

M- light bodied and thin. almost watery. a very high level of carbonation is almost stinging my tongue.

D- kind of a disappointment. probably wont be going back to this one. lets hope the other two beers in this gift set are a little more to my liking.

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Photo of Houborg1
3.34/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beaver13
3.36/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle, best before 8/8/08. Pours a tea color with a large but kind of fizzy off white head that retains well.

The aroma is metallic bananas, bready malt, yeast and a little clove.

The flavor is pretty mild. It's some bready malt and sweet nuttiness with some very subdued spices and a little lightly metallic light bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a little harsh carbonation.

Overall, a little on the bland side, but the more I drank of it, the more I started to enjoy it.

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Photo of Ajmorriso1
3.36/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of Jinholic
3.37/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First of the St. Bernardus I'll be having hopefully it won't be the last.

Appearance - Hazy maroon with 1 finger head thats sticks around, so much sediment that it looks like an old fish bowl.

Smell - Raisins and a fig/plum smell all over this with a nice yeast and malt scent hidden in there.

Taste - Raisins and plum with lots of bready yeast. After taste is slightly spicy.

Mouthfeel - Smooth but not refreshing at all with a clean finish, slight alcohol warmth.

Overall - Not that great of a dubbel left my tastebuds wanting something more it smells better than it taste. That said go grab one and see for yourself.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.38/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Leffe glass. 6.7% ABV, 46-50 F serving temp, Best before end 16 06 11.

A - Pater 6 pours a totally hazed amber color in the light but otherwise it looks a bit muddy. Very effervescent at first, an off-white head sprang up only to drop to a thin layer with no lace left over.

S - Dark candi sugar is all over the nose with a slightly musty, lightly toasted malt aroma. It smells like it'll be very sweet. No hops present here. There is a fine hint of raisin but it's a fairly one-dimensional nose.

T - Toasted malts come out right away with a biscuity flavor. Lots of dark candi sugar adds an interesting flavor but the sweetness is off-set by a light coffee roast thing in the finish. Hops are felt more than tasted. A bit more depth than the nose but not by much.

M - I feel like the excessive carbonation hurts the beer overall. It doesn't do the flavor any favors. It could stand to be much more flat and robust. Rather than medium-bodied and sparkling and crisp, the flavor and mouthfeel should be a bit more "syrupy and rich" so it doesn't create the disjointed effect the carbonation has.

D - Meh. Not a great example of a dubble for me. Not a terrible brew by any means, but so much more could be done here. It's not really inviting in any way and just bland overall.

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Photo of qrazvan
3.39/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BucBasil
3.39/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured from the 11oz bottle into the St. Bernardus goblet. Pours a dark murky brown with some ruby notes. Off-white head is two fingers thick, somewhat foamy, and sticks around for quite a while.

Smell: A very unique smell that I can't quite pin down. I detected an earthy note, along with a certain spicy character that reminds me most of clove. Sweet dark fruits also come through along with a hint of alcohol that is quickly covered by candylike yeast.

Taste: Initial sweetness is immediately muted by a strangely offputting medicinal character. Luckily, that taste fades into a nice biscuity malt flavor, along with a certain note that reminded me somewhat of molasses. Strange tasting beer, but went well with some havarti that I paired with it.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and full-bodied, but leaves a chalky feeling in the mouth for a short period. Didn't detract too much, but was still weird to feel.

Notes: Not the best offering from a usually stellar (onei of my personal favorites) brewery.Not bad, but I don't think I'll be picking this one up again.

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Photo of rdmiller89
3.4/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of GreenWBush
3.41/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Out of the presumably fresh seasonal 4-pack with lettered goblet. Appearance is a dark, plum-y brown. Head kicks up strong but leans to ½” and drops down sheets of tanned patterns.

Nose reminds me of a cross between ground cinnamon and candi sugar with whiffs of near-frankincense hints. As warmth envelops its much more pear-y and plum-y.

The high-carbonation level of this beer transforms this into something better than it would be without it; acts simultaneously weighty, clingy, and spry on the mouth. Its quite angular and beautiful at the same time. Dark fruits and seltzer-y phenols make this addictive and quenching. The Bernardus line is just rock-solid.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.41/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle,

A: Pours brown with a full cap on off-white foam. Head retention is good, lacing is light for a Belgian.

S: Not particularly aromatic, some phenol and alcohol notes, dark malt.

T: Malt and molasses, with some candi sugar notes, very sweet. Light hop character, a bit of mint and wintegreen, black pepper.

M: Mouthfeel is relatively light, carbonation is right on, smooth, yeasty, dry finsh.

D: This is a good beer, to me it's like Prior 8 light. There's nothing wrong with that, I just thought it would be something a little different. Certainly worth a purchase for the Belgian fan if you want an easy drinking lighter beer.

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Photo of mrmanning
3.42/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Murky brown pour topped with a fluffy mocha head. Plums and prunes in the aroma. Roasted malts too, with a mild alcohol waft to back it all up. Wood and prunes in the mouth, roasted malts, with a fruity alcohol aftertaste. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Medium bodied. Pretty good.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.43/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From: Whole Foods, Omaha, NE
Date: Best by 03/10/2014
Glass: St. Bernardus Chalice

St. Bernardus' Pater 6 is a mild-smelling and tasting, sweet dubbel. I was surprised at how moderate the beer played itself across my senses, I was certainly expecting heavier scents and tastes along with a greater caramel-like malt influence on the beer, which I did not find. While not unappetizing in any way, I did not find this beer to be particularly exceptional and would probably not purchase it again. As I note in the review itself, this reminded me of a light version of a Belgian Strong Dark ale.

Pours a 1cm tall head of khaki-tan foam, composed of small to medium-sized bubbles, with average retention rates (about a minute). Retention is about average, fading to a thick ring around the glass and a few light, spotty islands of wispy foam atop the body. As the head descends, it leaves modest lacing along the sides of the glass, lines and an occasional odd shape, nothing spectacular. The body itself is a very dark, semi-transparent amber brown, light bringing out brighter brown and burnt red hues. Carbonation is not visible.

Aroma is fairly light, of sweet, amber Belgian candi sugar, slight grape ester, and mild spices as produced by the brewery's yeast strain. This does not seem particularly amazing or complex to me.

The beer is very smooth and sweet, with dominant flavors of amber malts and Belgian candi sugar, grape-like esters, and a noticeable bitterness. Overall, this drinks, to me, like a light version of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Front of palate is sweet and fruity, with grape-like esters, amber Belgian candi sugar, and a bit of amber malt for a very mild toffee-like effect. Mid-palate features moderate bitterness, grape-like esters, and amber Belgian candi sugar sweetness. Back of palate features continued bitterness, Belgian candi sugar influence, and grape-like esters, along with some Belgian yeast or ethanol induced spices (anise? or clove?). Aftertaste is mildly bitter, with very mild grape-like esters and amber malt and candi sugar sweetness.

Beer is medium-light in body, with carbonation of fairly high intensity, resulting in a beer that is fizzy at first, eventually creating a mass of foamy bubbles upon the palate. Closes semi-dry, with moderate stickiness lingering across the palate.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.44/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a St Bernardus goblet.

A- dark amber/brown, 2" khaki color head, excellent lacing.

S- doughy, yeasty aroma. Sweet malts, dark fruits.

T- lots of dubbel yeast flavors, bread, dark fruits, light candi sugars, slight metallic taste.

M- medium body, high carbonation. Dry aftertaste with that metallic taste, feel stays in your mouth.

O- decent dubbel, abbey ale. Little dry and the higher carbonation is a slight turn off.

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Photo of stcules
3.45/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, ruby edges. A light brown head, a lot, not too compact.
Malty smell, with fruity notes.
Malt in the taste, yeast, and red fruit. Classic for the style, and ok. Bread crust.
Full and round mouthfeel.
Average to light in body.
Again the same notes in the aftertaste, yeast, breadcrust, malty and fruity notes.
All well balanced.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.45/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reddish brown pour with a foamy white head that is quite short lived. The lacing is moderate. The nose is malty with a flowery sweetness and a musty earthy yeastiness. Taste is quite delicate and sweet with roasted dark malt, brown sugar, raisins, and bitter to spicy hops, which are supplemented by a dusty dry yeast strain. The alcohol presence is a lot stronger than anticipated for a 6.5% ABV brew. The mouthfeel however is quite watery and hollow. I am coming to a conclusion, that among the Belgian style beers, Dubbles are the least favorite of mine. This is not a knock on this beer. The style just doesn’t light me up.

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St. Bernardus Pater 6 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 1,615 ratings
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