1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

St. Bernardus Pater 6 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

Not Rated.
St. Bernardus Pater 6St. Bernardus Pater 6

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

1,179 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 1,179
Reviews: 647
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.25%
Wants: 54
Gots: 66 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-17-2002)
View: Beers (12) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 1,179 | Reviews: 647 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of whallgren


5/5  rDev +21.7%

12-04-2011 18:32:14 | More by whallgren
Photo of putnam


4.93/5  rDev +20%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2003 20:27:53 | More by putnam
Photo of Stephen63

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.93/5  rDev +20%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2007 20:23:30 | More by Stephen63
Photo of DaPeculierDane


4.88/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2006 23:54:41 | More by DaPeculierDane
Photo of generallee

New York

4.83/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 01:54:23 | More by generallee
Photo of techdiver


4.83/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2007 00:07:22 | More by techdiver
Photo of medic25


4.83/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2006 04:17:44 | More by medic25
Photo of Yotus


4.78/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2007 03:26:18 | More by Yotus
Photo of TheManintheIronMask


4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

11-06-2013 21:32:44 | More by TheManintheIronMask
Photo of BeerBilly82

4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

07-28-2014 01:44:59 | More by BeerBilly82
Photo of Kyroqz


4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

08-07-2013 02:55:47 | More by Kyroqz
Photo of MooseBoose


4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

12-18-2013 03:27:35 | More by MooseBoose
Photo of JCC78


4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

08-04-2013 20:15:38 | More by JCC78
Photo of TheFightfan1


4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

12-19-2012 13:38:19 | More by TheFightfan1
Photo of NikD


4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

04-16-2013 00:04:28 | More by NikD
Photo of TastyTaste


4.75/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2006 04:10:50 | More by TastyTaste
Photo of Photchkiss


4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

07-18-2014 05:23:43 | More by Photchkiss
Photo of balinor


4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

03-20-2014 22:19:38 | More by balinor
Photo of Calculat0r


4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

07-24-2012 17:13:23 | More by Calculat0r
Photo of Schimms


4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

11-01-2013 01:40:12 | More by Schimms
Photo of Shatter

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

10-04-2013 00:41:13 | More by Shatter


4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

01-05-2013 06:10:28 | More by NOLANDMAN
Photo of Proteios7


4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

02-18-2013 23:34:57 | More by Proteios7
Photo of backslide311


4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

06-22-2014 15:30:57 | More by backslide311
Photo of JimsArcade


4.75/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2009 19:32:28 | More by JimsArcade
St. Bernardus Pater 6 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
92 out of 100 based on 1,179 ratings.