As complex as is it rewarding
A Review of St. Bernardus Pater 6 by St. Bernardus Brouwerij
Posted on 10/2/2012 by Chops
In the big bad world of Belgians, it can be difficult to find one's bearings. Belgians are the luxury sports cars of the craft beer world, complete with knock-offs and exquisite rarities. This is why we often say that even mediocre Belgians are still better beers than the vast majority of the craft market. After all, what would you rather have parked in your garage: a luxury Honda or a standard Ferrari? So when the time comes to sample a new Belgian, especially one from an actual Belgium brewery, beer fans like myself tend to get a little giddy. Such was the case when it came time to open the St. Bernardus Pater 6, a delicious Belgian Dubbel.

In the glass, this beer has a beautiful mahogany color with strong cherry hue. It comes with a creamy light tan head that likes to stick around for quite a while. On the nose, I could easily hone in on those bready Belgian yeasts that give these beers their signature doughy vibe. The malt aroma came across as thick, sweet and candied. I also found plenty of dark fruity notes, namely tart cherry. I couldn't ask for a better intro for the style, so I wasted no time diving right in.

A warm toasted bready character immediately sets up shop as a solid foundation. Resting on top is an array of dark fruit flavors, which includes the tart cherry from the aroma. Along side it are savory plums and raisins. Several spicy notes pepper the mix, namely cloves. I also found a mild floral hop profile that combines with the spices to add a delightful zesty quality. That signature caramel sweetness also appears in full force to complete the Dubbel equation. The alcohol presence is very gentle and never gets in the way. Consequently, this Belgian is amazingly accessible. It has a mid-level mouthfeel that is silky smooth and easy to drink. The beer finishes dry and leaves behind a mild tart fruity aftertaste.

Overall, the St. Bernardus Pater 6 is a fantastic example of a Belgian Dubbel. These beers are as complex as the are rewarding, and this version is no different. There are so many delicious flavors to seek out and you will enjoy every second of the experience. I can easily recommend this beer to any and all beer fans. Belgian purists and other seasoned drinkers will find this beer to be an exceptional example of a masterful style. Even novices can appreciate Pater 6 as a highly accessible example of what top end brewing can achieve. I'm happy to report that this beer fan has found another go-to name for high quality Belgians. St. Bernardus, you have BrewChief's undivided attention.

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