St. Bernardus Pater 6 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Ratings: 1,409
Reviews: 675
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 70
Gots: 143 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Dubbel |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-17-2002

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Photo of kjc51478
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a opaque red-brown color with light head. Aroma is hay, Belgian yeast, and raisins. Taste is fruity malts with only a mild sweetness. There's a heavy doughy yeast flavor along with a slight resin hops taste balancing it out. Body is light to medium. Carbonation is medium and soft. Finishing is mild and long-lasting.

More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.85/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was drinking Westmalle two days ago and this is much better. I was previously a St. Berny fan. Now I’m a convert.

This is loaded with sweet candied and caramelized sugars, rich spicy malts, toast, prunes, dates, figs, raisons. This is just wonderful.

The amber brown brew has thin tan head with excellent lacing and retention. Much less sediment than the Westmalle I had the other day.

Mouthfeel is fluffy and cookie-doughish. The yeast is fanatical and attacking at the palate. It’s a blast. Just outstanding!

Aromas are super rich and sweet. The most prominent of them are spice, nuts, chocolate, dark fruit, and red wine.

This blows most other dubbels that I’ve tasted away.

Photo of tectactoe
3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky, dark-ish copper-brown color with little bits of off-white sediment swirling among the haze. The khaki head is thick and creamy looking and lasts for a considerable amount of time; a few chunks of lace cling to the top of the glass.

The nose is sparkling and fruity; ripe, sour grapes, apple skins, and loaded with phenols. Toasted malts give it a steely-caramel structure, side-by-side with a full-out, sweet ester-laden parade. Some slight spices on the nose, most likely from the characteristic Belgian yeast. The aroma almost gives off a mild sweet-tartness, similar to a Lindeman's lambic, though slightly less pungent.

Sweet, sugar-coated grapes and plums are the first thing that comes to mind when taking a sip. Body is fairly thin and carbonated so much that the brew seems to evaporate in your mouth. Light, deep cranberry sauce flavors start to come out - a tartness evolves, spikes, and lasts for only a split second - it's refreshing and borderline sour and puckering, something you don't always find in dubbels. The infrastructure of Pater 6 is full of earthy, dirty hops and sweet, fruity esters. Some spice noticeable at the tail end, mainly clove, but it isn't as powerful or prominent as it is in many other Belgian brews.

There's a nice little bitter twang in the aftertaste, coming mostly from the hops which turn from earthy to floral as the beer goes on. Aftertaste of wine-soaked bread and light clove. The alcohol in this one isn't strong, but it's phenol characteristics shine through at the right moments. Nearing room temp, this beer surprisingly seems to lose a bit of flavor, but is still nice and drinkable.

Solid dubbel, nice balance of sweetness, earthiness, and bitterness, although I think it may slightly be overrated. I prefer the Prior 8 by a few miles over this one, so if you're ever in a pickle between the two, go for the 8. This is still a nice brew to try once, though, and the lighter ABV tax is nice.

Photo of skybluewater
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a goblet a charming cherry color with hints of brown. Very nice head. Smells like fresh bread and cherries. Tastes of cherries and chocolate. The mouthfeel's a bit thin, but still nice.

Overall, this is a very nice dubbel, one I'd happily drink again.

Photo of warnerry
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by July 22 2013

A - Pours a clear red-tinge brown with a finger or so of dense tan head. Head has great retention and leaves a sheet of lacing.

S - Belgian yeast aromas of banana and clove, sweet caramel malt, nice aroma of bread with an earthy character as well.

T - Similar to the smell, there are prominent Belgian yeast flavors, with a nice spicy character and some sweetness. Also lots of bread maltiness, a bit of raisin.

M - Nice medium mouthfeel with quite a bit of carbonation and a semi-dry finish.

O - Very solid dubbel all around, and very easy drinking.

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.

Photo of generallee
4.8/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 11.2oz bottle into a chalice. The bottle has a best before date of 16 04 12. The back label also lists the abv at 8%.

Appearance: It has a dark burgundy colored body with a light haze and some yeast floaters. This is capped by a light beige head of frothy light foam. From the pour it left some yeast sediment on top of the head which looks like a dusting of cinnamon. The head hangs on well, slowly fading as I drink and making some nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: There are fruity and estery yeast notes of raisins and apple peel with a slight hint of spice and funk. This is all comes with a nice sweet bready maltiness as well.

Taste/Palate: Wow, this one has good complexity with fruity and spicy yeast, sweet bready and nutty malts. I get notes of cocoa powder blending with notes of walnuts and hazel nuts like Nutella within the sweet bready maltiness. Fruity notes remind me of raisins and as it warms I get some cherry as well. Hops are light and help to balance with mild bitterness and dryness in the finish. The palate has a solid medium body with mild carbonation.

Notes: This beer has wonderful complexity and drinkability.

Photo of Fcip78
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious and rich, malty, ripe figs, nice smooth finish. No acute sweetness, did I mention delicious? Really well done, you can tell the brewmasters are keen on quality. had one these for the last eight years and i have never been disappointed. An everyday Belgian no matter what season of the year.

Photo of merlin48
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle with suggestions in Flemish and French to consume before end of 2004. Pours into a St Bernardus goblet a deep chestnut brown with a billowy head and massive lacing. Nose is cloves, coriander, allspice, with some dark fruits in the background. Taste is divine, with tart apples, caramel sweetness, well balanced with subtle spicy hop notes and a hint of yeast. Simply an excellent ale, finishing with a dry, spicy, peppery fruitiness. Complex and supremely well balanced.

Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small bottle, label says this one will be good till 080808....pours A soft shade of medium chocolaty brown, fairly clar, moderate tan head and so so lacing. Mellow nose of chocolate, light powdered sugar. This is a very soft, subtle, understated Belgian Dubbel. Smooth cookie notes midway and in the finish. Honey, vanilla, smoke, more cookie dough. Never aggressive in its approach, Those crafty monks...

Photo of tigg924
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, cloudy, brownish/red in color

Smell: apple, dark fruit, and pear

Taste: big malts, caramel, biscuit, bread, a touch of apple, pear, and hay

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, crisp, sweet, light bodied.

Drinkability: I really like this beer and could sip one for a long time as I enjoyed the malty apple taste. Not the best I have had in the style, but certainly up there. I do want some more.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of some dark fruit, Belgian candy sugar and caramel malt. The flavor is more of the same. I get some candy sugar and Belgian yeast notes, as well as a little bit of sweet dark fruit - mainly cherries and figs. The alcohol is present but is fairly faint. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice Belgian dubbel.

Photo of Byeast
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance : poured a very dark brown (chestnut) , opaque , with a half inch of lasting , creamy , offwhite foam that left lots of lacing.

Smell: candied fruit sugaryness , some sweet malt , bit of yeast and slight spice.

Taste: Nice full flavor , slightly tangy and sweet fruit flavors , hint of cocoa ,plum , yeast , fairly rich malt , faint nut flavor, bit of spice, decevingly complex.

Mouthfeel: a little creamy , smooth.

Drinkability: A very tasty and complex dubbel. The flavors really come out more as the beer warms( naturally) , so resist the urge to quaff this pleasant drink.

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.

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

Had 2 bottles 11.2 in size split up with 2 other friends managed to get a Chimay goblet full.
Very mirky, the look and color of apple cider. 1" creamy off-white to tan colored head, slowly diminishing down to constiant,never die, extra creamy coating, leaving thick webby lacing.

Complex moderate aromas,very spicy,bisquity,very earthy,dark fruit,black walnut,currants/raisins. Enjoyable

Very earthy tastes with spice and some dark fruit,doughy/yeasty. Very well balanced, all the tastes fit together nicely. Kind of hard to totally discribe all the tastes.

Very smooth and creamy,velvety texture. Feels very pleasing and easy in the mouth, just flows down extra easy. Will definatly drink this beer again, a very nice experiance.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.67/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a St. Bernardus chalice.

Pours a light ruddy brown with a small light yellow head with some nice lacing. Nose is sweet, Belgian, and bready, classic Trappist dubbel.

Mouthfeel is very full, creamy and rich. Taste is fairly sweet and sharp - it's a bit cold so I'm going to have to let this warm up a bit. A bit spicy with a fairly bland/boring finish.

Photo of Underrower
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle from St Bernardus mixed pack. Served in Goblet.

Looks like caramel. From above it looks like an ice cream float that has just a little ice cream fluid still on the top.

The smoke when opened has a very nice caramel smell with a hint of pepper.

Tastes dark and malty like abbey ale should. There is a little tobacco and maybe a touch of smoke. Subtle hop notes that are slightly lemon, copper but very, very light and not overdone. A little more spicy finish and it would be close to a marzen but with better mouth feel. This has an old taste to it that I like. I wonder if it is the 500 ft deep artesian water used that makes this brewery so special.

Mouth feel is somewhat viscous. Not watery. Fine bubble carbonation. The carbonation puts it in the outstanding dept.

Overall, this is very nice brown ale. Great brewery. If both were equally available, would I take this over a Leffe Bruin, no, but a fine beer all the same.

Photo of MattyG85
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet glass. Best by date of 27-07-15.

Appearance: Pours a deep and hazy brownish amber with some ruby. Moderate amount of bubbles and a solid three fingers of off white head which slowly recede into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A nicely complex fruity and yeasty aroma. Belgian yeast with some clove and pepper spicing. Big esters of ripe bananas along with some apple and melon. Toasted malts with hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit, and grains along with some Belgian candied sugar. Big hints of dark fruits including dark grapes, raisins, plum, fig, prune, dates, and dark cherries. Subdued earthy hop presence. Light scent of alcohol. A very solid Dubbel aroma.

Taste: Like the nose hints, a good mix of fruity esters and spice. Belgian yeast with some funk along with some clove and pepper spicing. Candied Belgian sugars. Taste of ripe banana and some apple and melon. Bready toasted malts with notes of biscuit, caramel, toffee, and wheat grains. Solid taste of dark fruits including raisin, dark grapes, plum, prune, fig, dark cherry, and dates. Light taste of earthy hops towards the finish. A very good fruity Dubbel taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy, spicy, slightly slick, and pretty smooth. Alcohol heat is pretty subdued.

Overall: A very good Belgian Dubbel. Solid balance of complex fruit esters and spice.

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

This brew pours out of the bottle a somewhat translucent dark color. The head was minimal and did not last long. The smell was a basic malty aroma as was the taste. Not much else going for the taste, at least on my palate. The mouth feel was "wet" and thin. This is a relatively rather unimpressive offering from this fine brewery, with Prior 8 being far superior to Pater 6.

Photo of richago1
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle dated 160611 poured into a St Bernardus chalice.

A Poured amber brown with lots of carbonation and a short lived one finger head,becoming a thin cap lasting until the end.

S Mild sweet fruit hops.

T Sweet start with a mild bitter finish, sweeter as it warms up

M Smooth bubbly

D easy to drink, my second beer from St Bernardus nice but not quite up to the Abt 12 though.

Photo of Soonami
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

St. Bernardus Pater 6, $2.10 on sale at Frontier Saloon in Folsom, PA. Pretty nice deal, so I picked up two, one to drink now and one to age for a while.

This beer poured a ruddy brown with a good bit of sediment and an inch of off-white foam. The smell was a little disappointing, a little bruised apple, raisins, and medicinal phenols. The beer tasted like oxidized apples, raw walnuts, a little clove spice, raisin bread, and some bitterness in the finish. The beer was softly carbonated with a smooth body.

Photo of whoneeds8
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into St. Bernardus glass brown with a one finger white head. Decent lacing. Smells of nuts and grapefruit. The taste is warming, with that grapfruit flavor coming out along with a nutty dryness. The mouthfeel is just about perfect. There is no alcohol burn because of the lower alcohol level, so the drinkability is good.

Photo of ADR
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dark brown with burnt sienna highlights, nice creamy and thick head -- even in an open chalice. Great sheets of complicated lace. Sweet aromas with molasses and pleasant wine-like qualities. Mouthfeel is light with nicely even and lively carbonation. Flavors are very well-composed but not excessively strident, prune and cherry, white chocolate, and bare yeast expression. Lightens and becomes more leafy with an interesting balancing dryness in the second half (unusual for a typical Dubbel). This brew doesn't bowl you over but its exceptionally drinkable with a fruity but not intimidating profile. Airy underpinnings. Its characteristics showing a light astringency are unusual and very nice.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep mahogany tone with a silky smooth tan head leaves nice thick patches of Belgian lacing. Aroma: Tart apples, raisin with dark roasted malts and a wonderful ginger bread sweetness this one is nice. Taste: Nice soft flavors with a doughy characteristic underlying fruit esters and chocolate traces trickle through the flavor of this fine abbey dubbel. Mouthfeel: Silky smooth medium bodied ale, awesome carbonation spritzy but not over carbonated. Drinkability: A unique dubbel in my opinion flavors blend incredibly well a great overall example of the style, good stuff.

Photo of chinchill
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle dated 19 Sept. 2014 served in a snifter. Allowed to warm to about 45F.

Every drop of this precious brew, including some sediment, poured into the snifter, causing a large, sudsy, tan head to rise all the way up to the rim. The head is durable and leaves nice lacing.

The rich aroma is spicy, fruity (dark), yeasty and malty, but marred slightly IMO by a bit of mustiness/soapiness, presumably from the yeast.

T: Superb taste, with a feast of flavor components culminating in a lingering aftertaste of dark fruits, dark bread and roasted malts. Suggestions of raisins, dates, prune, apple, caramel, banana, allspice and other spices. Excellent balance of sweet, sour and bitter.

M: medium-full body with lively, and fairly high carbonation. Creamy smooth after the carbonation dies down.

O: a must-try Belgian: a rich, unique and complex dubbel meant to be slowly sipped and savored, resulting in different nuances noticed on every sip.

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