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St. Bernardus Pater 6 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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675 Reviews
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Reviews: 675
Hads: 1,425
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 8.31%
Wants: 74
Gots: 157 | FT: 1
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Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website
Belgium

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 nickthetick
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: pours a hazy red wood wit ruby tints into my new St. Bernardus ballooned goblet with what is quite possible the most beautiful three fingers of frothy head that leaves gorgeous lacing and hangs once it mellows to about a finger and a half.

S: robust malts turn into a sweeter caramel and hazelnut. Accompanied by figs, dates, prunes, apples and a healthy dose of earthy leather.

T: more mellowed out than the nose but still quite nice! Caramel and apples greet the tongue with a healthy sweet biscuit. Dark dried fruits and a bit of an orange quality that hangs in the mouth.

MF: medium body and full of flavor. Not too filling, and I just now noticed there is no hint of alcohol (though with 6.7% there shouldn't be).

O: one of the best dubbles I think I've ever had and quite possibly too drinkable (should I not have said Drinkable in the Overall section?) (870 characters)

Photo of bskrtz
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 11.2 ounce bottle, approx. 40 degrees.

a) A cloudy, shoe-leather brown ale with white lacy surface that lasts and lasts

S) Perfection. Sweet baked oats, raisons & dates

T) This is a reference point for Belgian Ale. Sweet root beer, dates, currents

M) Light, fine yet plentiful carbonation tingles on the way down.

D) Pater 6 is 6.7 ABV which is light when compared to many other strong Belgian ales, but it means you can have more than one and walk away (please don't drive away). Truly a great beer. (518 characters)

Photo of Frozensoul327
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The perfect dubbel. Period. Pours out to a hazed brown ruby color with a wonderfully fluffy tan head of foam. Symetrical lines of lace are mesmerizing. Medium level of carbonation. Aromas are nearly indescribeable; a heavenly array of fruits, yeast, bread and the ever so desireable Belgian sweet candy note. Taste is exceptionally enjoyable; dark fruits, sweet pumpernickel bread, mild yeast, roasted malts... amazing. Mouthfeel was very smooth and velvet like. Totally inviting. Great drinkability. This is the best in the St. Bernardus line that i've had so far. This brew is worth it. Highly recommended. World Class.

THE BLOODHOUND FACTOR: Peaches wasn't in the beer mood, but Benji was highly excited by this dark liquid beer treat. I think both him and I have found a new top 5 beer. (794 characters)

Photo of goodbyeohio
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz, clearly stamped on back label: best by 0107

there's everyone's favorite monk, this time his chalice says 'pater'. had this beer as part of the prix fixe at 'den dyver', excited to try it again.

pours a cloudy amberish brown color, perfect one-finger head is thick and creamy, dissolves slowly leaving dank hilly clouds and steady thick lacing on the glass.

aroma here is absolutely divine.. similar dark fruit and candi sugar belgian-ness to the abt12, except this takes the burnt caramel aroma to an exponentially erotic level. this scent is unique and hard to pin down.. brandied peaches and old paper books? toasted almond ice cream bar with raspberry puree? i dont know, but this is the perfect trappist aroma. the low alcohol finally allows the bernardus recipe to shine.

thick yet silky mouthfeel.. initial flavor of brown sugar and caramel gives way to dates and plump, sweet raisins. aftertaste of sweet, buttery biscuits smothered in honey. expecting that inhibiting alcohol blast is a futile mission.. 6.7% assures it will never show up at this party. every sip is savoured, every waft of essence is captured. i lick my lips as i sip this beer, thouroughly enjoying every second.

as it warms, the malt leads to a cascading red berry tartness with equal sweet. almost criticized the carbonation, but with a minute or two this beer calms and miniscule bubbles add to the silkiness, they don't make this excessively perky. warm beer finishes with a sugar smack and sweet pipe tobacco. dare i say, the first perfect beer i've come in contact with. dare i say. (1,590 characters)

Photo of putnam
4.92/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enormous, glossy, cheesy/eggy-textured head with a range of colors from off-white to smoky caramel. The liquid is brown.
Mild, elegant and soft aromatics are characterized by notes of caramel, vanilla, brown bread, seared beef, allspice and nutmeg.
Soft, fluffy texture brings bitter cocoa, ginger and spice flavors. The finish exhibits a chalky grip that makes this a very dry, if creamy beer.
A "10" for balance. Makes any other beer seem awkward. (452 characters)

Photo of Stephen63
4.92/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Served slightly too cold from a fridge in a bar set to lager temp. However this was not a problem as I let it warm up with my hands. Excellent rich permanent head and dark body.

S - Spicy and matly with dark and cirtus fruits present. Very complex.

T - Wonderfully rich with dark malts, many fruits (plums, raisins) and sweet caramel.

M - Marvellous carbonation and silky.

D - Actually this has a good alcohol meaning one can take a few of these without a massive hit.

A truly superb beer and one I need to find on a regular basis. (550 characters)

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. (699 characters)

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. (1,186 characters)

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! (1,491 characters)

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

Pours a deep amber brown with a substantial head that dissipates slowly.

Truly divine aroma; malt, fruit, and caramel greet the nose.

Best dubbel I've tasted yet. Malt, figs, dates, and raisins with a touch of hops on the finish. Wonderful and well balanced.

Good mouthfeel with just the right carbonation and a smoothness most enjoyable.

Exceptional drinkability, a great St. Bernardus with a modest alcohol content. (429 characters)

Photo of medic25
4.8/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Quite possibly the best Dubbel I've ever tasted. I've always been more of a tripel/quadrupel fan, but this beer could convert me. Pours a rich brown color, with a frothy white head. Nose is soft and sweet. Flavor is amazing; much lighter than most dubbels I've tried, but in no way bland or simple. Actually a fairly sweet, fruity flavor. The beer drinks incredibly easily, with no hint of alcohol. Another winner from Saint Bernardus. (435 characters)

Photo of TastyTaste
4.77/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Hazed iced tea colored body, medium off-white head.

Smell: Pineapple and hard candy sweetness. Mandarin oranges and pungent yeast. Complex and delicious smelling.

Taste: Smooth and mellow, but rich and earthy. A little dry in the backside. Very good yeasty flavor, although not at all as sweet as anticipated. A little grassy towards the end, a good hop finish. A wonderful dubbel.

Drinkability: Very good, a great example of the style from one of the world's great breweries. (497 characters)

Photo of Yotus
4.73/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a the contents of an 11.2 oz bottle into a willing receptacle - in this case, a St. Bernardus chalice glass. Poured a HUGE white head, deep brown color with some orange-red highlights when held to the light.

Slightly soapy smell - I don't think it's oxidized, though. Some dark fruit and caramel malt work through.

As the beer warms, a very pleasing malty aroma takes the forefront. Wow. This is good. Biscuits, bread, rich - almost like dessert in a glass.

Creamy mouthfeel with a come-hither finish (slightly sweet but with just enough hop bite to cleanse the palate). I'm just glad that I didn't give up beer for Lent. This is an excellent example of a secular dubbel, and at 6.7% ABV , a substantial, nourishing treat. (739 characters)

Photo of nortmand
4.72/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ruddy brown pour with a fluffy meringue like head. Intense amounts of lace.

Dark ripe and dried fruits. Faint roast. Dark chocolate dipped raisins and clove.

Sweet ethylene laced plums up front. Mild graininess mid tongue mixes with faint hints of ripe bananas. End with a distinct roast bitterness. Some alcohol burn.

Medium to full bodied, character coming out the ears, but still mighty drinkable. (403 characters)

Photo of JimsArcade
4.72/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a St. Bernardus chalice.

Pours a deep ruby-brown with almost no head.

Smells of dried fruit and yeast dominate. Any alcohol is muted if not imperceptible in the nose.

Tastes of belgian yeasts, red grapes and caramel, but not too sweet. It's actually pretty dry all things considered.

Surprisingly light-bodied for a dubbel. There's little if any malty stickiness. The silky carbonation makes this a treat to sip.

This is a very easy beer to drink. I only planned to order one, but I couldn't help but get another because drinking it was such an effortless experience.

Maybe it's because I'm reviewing this in the middle of summer, but this has become my favorite offering from St. Bernardus. The low alcohol level for the style makes this an excellent dubbel to drink in hot weather. (799 characters)

Photo of Biscuit033
4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown with a bit of red showing through. There was a nice off-white head the had great retention and nice lace.

S: Malts and spices with a lot of fruitiness, mainly red and dried fruits.

T: Nice malt backbone with very little sweetness, red fruits explode in your mouth, and the finish is prune and fig.

M: Slightly thinner than most dubbels but nothing that takes away from the beer with great balance.

D: If I could get this on tap everyday I would drink it everyday. Thanks to the Fly Pig for having it on. (521 characters)

Photo of thedoubler55
4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A- A dark brown barely able to look through, with a nice two finger off white head at the top that leaves just a bit of lacing around the glass.

S- Nice mixture of sweet malts, that are so pleasent to smell, a slight scent of caramel and a whole lot of earthiness.

T- Taste is straight belgian, you know right away what you are drinking, lots of malts and yeast and slight notes of dark fruits, great balance on this Dubbel.

M- Creamy and mid carbonation

O- This brew will leave you wanting another, fantastic with great balance. (568 characters)

Photo of Deus1138
4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Leave it St. Bernardus to come through again.

Poured into a St. Bernardus goblet. Color is dark brown with reddish highlights when held to the light. Thick, foamy head with good retention

Smell is dark malts, yeasty, and a little sweet.

Taste - Whoa! Very nice! Rich malts come bursting through. Caramel, plum, raisin, doughy and yeasty. Nice amount malty sweetness.

It's medium bodied. Good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability - excellent. I love ABT 12. This is very similar, but a little more subdued. The lower abv will also allow me to drink more of this without getting really drunk.

A must try! (608 characters)

Photo of marburg
4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Immediately reminded me of Grotten Brown. Well integrated and methodical flavor madness. Ripe fruits, sugared pecans, brown sugar. Kind of the terrier of the dog world, thinking that it's bigger than it is. And really, it lives up. Caramel, yeast, fruit, etc. Very deep, very tasty. Packs more wallop than one might expect for a comparitively "small" beer. I think I underrated Grotten; that was much better than this, even as superb as this is. (445 characters)

Photo of sonicdescent
4.69/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from Bottle with a best by 10 xx xx date into a goblet.

Pours a murky brown with some floaties. Thick creamy head disappears into a lid with somewhat inconsistent lacing, sometimes thick, sometimes none at all.

Smells exceptional. Floral, sweet, fruity. Very similar to the Westy 8. If the flavor is even close to that, I have found my new go-to beer and a new favorite style.

Drumroll...it is similar! A nice sweetness but not cloying, with a taste mostly of grapes. A nice hint of bread and cola as well.

Mouthfeel is a tad more carbonated than the Westy, but the body is very good and light.

Drinkability..this is my new go to beer. It's not nearly as difficult to find as the Westy of course, but still not extremely easy to come by here. (754 characters)

Photo of MaineBirdMan
4.68/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I held the beer up to the light and watched the bubbles continue to rise to the top (they went on for a long time).
The nose was a delightful fragrance of fruit.
The appearance was cloudy. The color was a burnt red.
What an awesome taste and feel in the mouth. I tasted fruit and just the right amount of hops. The carbonation gave this beer a nice refreshing feel.
Drinkability? I could have drank a whole case.
This was one of those little treats that the beer gods give us to make winter nights a little easier to get through. (530 characters)

Photo of hyuga
4.68/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The little brother of the Abt 12 and the Prior 8. Great looking beer, as all of them are. Big creamy beige head that stays well and leaves lace in big sheets that slowly slide away down the glass leaving many patches. Underneath that is a tasty looking dark brown brew. Aroma of candy sugar and spices, a bit peppery. Hints of caramel malt. Caramel malt on the tongue with a defined peppery spice in a wide area around the middle. Clove is present as well. Dark fruits are all around, but subtle. Yeastiness is here and there. Great thick mouthfeel, a good full body. Excellent! This seems to be the session beer of the St. Bernardus clan, if there is one. I hope I can find the 750 ml bottles of this. Highly recommended! (722 characters)

Photo of semihobo
4.68/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From the gift pack (four beers and a chalice). Something stamped on that says "FL 08 07 09" I guess that's the drink-by date. 11.2 fl oz. Served at cellar temp (~50 F) and glad I did.

Even with a restrained pour produces a billowy head with bubbles of all sizes. Great staying power (and that's an understatement). A nutty brown color, fairly opaque but not that dark hued, with frenzied bubbles around the edges.

Smells sweet and yeasty; I smell vanilla, figs, pudding. Just a hint of hops. Boy, this is what the brewery in heaven must smell like. Some elusive singular smell I can't pin down, but some sort of earthy after-the-rain-mountain-fresh thing is going on. There is a little tingle of alcohol, especially as it warms.

Taste is a gentle fig custard bread dessert. Not cloying, subtly spiced. Some more vanilla, and a hint of hops that turns into a hint of alcohol on the finish. Definitely fruitiness, although I can't pick a specific kind; tastes like a mix of trace amounts of many fruits with bubblegum/banana the strongest, so it's probably the yeast. There are definitely candi sugars in here, and they are delicious. Almost perfect, except for the alcohol peeking through.

The mouthfeel is deliciously creamy and luxurious but as drinkable as water. The bubbles gently massage the tongue.

This is just sublime. I would drink it in in a box, with stinky socks, and Mr. Fox ... not just drinkable because it's good, however. It's also refreshing and not an overpowering ABV, and you can either dwell on the tastes or just close your eyes and smile. One of the best I've had. (1,603 characters)

Photo of waughbrew
4.68/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up as part of the holiday gift-pack that has their four main beers and a glass. $14.99 at Nikki's in Providence, RI. Colorful label on a curvaceous 375ml bottle. date on the back reads 10 08 09.

Very clear amber. Consistent creamy head with strong lacing and retention. Aromas of ripe banana, bubble gum, clove, pepper, and nutmeg. Flavors are lively-yet-not-in-your-face cocoa, vanilla, rootbeerishness, and a perfect balancing dryness. A bit of leafy hop presence is there, but just enough to complement. An earthiness lingers on with the yeast products. Creamy and lively, just a perfect feel.

Another world-class beer from this brewery. The yeast works wonders as the malts and hops back it up. The look and feel are perfect and add to the magic. (763 characters)

Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.68/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: A crimson color with shades of orange and maroon. The head is incredibly huge and frothy, depositing a solid sheet of lace all the way around the glass. A solid, thick cap of sudsy froth remains atop the brew.

S: Nose is a bit more raw than the Prior 8. It's still got a dried fig component, some spices, and such, but there's a distinctive raw herbal/earthy/funky aromatic that's interesting, but diminishes with warming. Cocoa and a soft nuttiness are also present.

T&M: Simply an excellent beer. It's like a session-dubbel. Filled with a complex array of flavors, yet not bold or boozy enough to inhibit quaffability. A smattering of light cocoa, toasted nuttiness, fig, apple, and candi sugar all contribute wonderfully to the flavor profile. The herbal/funky note from the aroma balances out the aforementioned sweeter flavors on the finish, which makes the drinkability out of this world. Body is medium with a lush, smooth, and creamy mouthfeel that's simply perfect.

D: This drinks like a low-ABV brown ale, with infinitely more complexity and flavor. A slam-dunk from St. Bernardus--this would be my everyday, go-to beer if I were living in Belgium. (1,164 characters)

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St. Bernardus Pater 6 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
91 out of 100 based on 675 ratings.