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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: 1,426
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 8.31%
Wants: 74
Gots: 157 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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 TerryW
2.68/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Murky red-brown with a short coarse head that settles to a heavy film and gives up only a bit of lace.

I found this one pretty weak-kneed across the board, unremarkable in character. Nose has a hint of the Belgian and alcohol. Mouthfeet is watery. Taste is undistinguished, some yeast, some malt, a bit of a spritzy bite and some slight lingering bitterness.

Unremarkable. (378 characters)

Photo of hardy008
2.81/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Hazy burnt orange with a 3 finger off white head with good retention and lacing. The aroma has Belgian yeast, bread, and brown sugar. This may taste good, but the aroma is a bit disappointing.

The taste is the same as the aroma, but it is really subdued compared to most Dubbels. The date code on the bottle states 22 07 13, which I assume means drink by July 22, 2013, so this should not be an old bottle. There is a slight amount of sweetness, but no dark fruit, and a light amount of dark sugar. Disappointing.

Medium bodied, decent carbonation, and there is a bit of a bitter aftertaste. I think this may be a bad bottle, but I am not positive, and it does not appear to be an old bottle. This beer is disappointing. If I decide to try this again, I will update this review. (780 characters)

Photo of qumrangeorge
2.86/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer is ideal as a before meal apertif to get the stomach growling. It's gives a low alcohol taste in the mouth. I wouldn't drink with my meal and i wouldn't go looking for it on a special occasion, but it's nice to start out the evening tasting if its on the menu. (270 characters)

Photo of jjanega08
2.94/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A= a light brown clear color that has a great head on it and pretty nice lacing.
S=more like apples and yeast than the other st. B's very champagne like.
T= same as the nose. The apples dominate the taste.
M= high carbonation with average weight in my mouth
D= average. I would maybe have it on a special occasion or something but not my favorite (346 characters)

Photo of jujubeast6000
2.96/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Reviewed 10/22/2007 (bottle BB 161109 - bottled May 2006, batch 2):

Pours a ruby brown color, lighter edges. Off-white head, frothy but small. Hoppy aroma, grapefruit. Dark woodsy scent, malts and alcohol. Aroma of spices when inhaling deeply, some sweetness and caramel. Caramel and sweetness, dark raisiny taste. Spices, clove. Sickly sweet aftertaste. Warming up...taste of something dark might be the oak - a hard flavor. A lot of alcohol. Too alcoholy.Pours a dark brown color, reddish slight orangish color. Dull tannish head, good lacing. Very grapey dark fruity taste, some spice leather-like. Some other fruit like mango or something. But somewhat faint. Fizzy dark fruit, dark leather aftertaste, then mellowing. Musky-like. Too heavy a flavor for my liking. Light grapes too, as it warms up. (803 characters)

Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.96/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Deep brown with a reddish tint. Two fingers of foamy head that linger for about two minutes and leave scattered branches of lacing on the goblet.

S - Aroma is mild. A bit of malt, faint alcohol, a touch of candied sugars, but mostly an old red grape juice odor.

T - A mild date flavor with very little sweetness and a bitter finish ( one that is rather potent for the style). If you hate sweet Belgian beers, then you might find this a refreshing alternative.

M - Rather harsh, medium viscosity and only a little refreshing.

D - One of the better St Bernardus offerings I have had to date. I don't think I will bother with it in the future though. It is one of the driest, most bitter dubbels I have ever had. It is good with foods, better than most dubbels, but it doesn't stand on its own as well as many of the better dubbels do. (848 characters)

Photo of wajacobs
2.97/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Pater 6 pours a murky brown with slight reddish highlights and a persistant off white head. The aroma is dominated by dark malts without the presencne of any noticable alcohol or hops, the flavor has hints of almonds, chocolate, and prunes. The mouthfeel is thin for such a malty beers and lack any warming from alcohol.
If they were trying to make a weaker version of their larger beers they suceeded unfortunately the flavor profile is completely lacking without the additional strength. (494 characters)

Photo of SometimesIfart
3.08/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a very dark wet wood brown with a beautiful creamy ivory head. Left decent lacing.

S - Weird adjunct. That's it.

T - Tastes kinda like a tripple. Hay, bubblegum, chocolate malt.

M - Light creamy body with medium carbonation.

O - Overall, this beer was all over the place. Beautiful appearance, lacking smell, okay flavor, good body. I guess really it all depends on what you think. (395 characters)

Photo of Cs1987
3.09/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Deep red, 1 finger of head with good retention.

Smell - Lots of yeast, only a little malt is detectable.

Taste - Not like any Dubbel I've had before. Unusually light for a Belgian ale, very yeasty with subtle malts.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, very lively.

Drinkability - Not great, due to the yeasty character.

Overall - This could only be a Belgian ale. However, this is really lacking in flavour to back up the high yeast content. I'm hoping the Prior 8 has more flavour. (491 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
3.17/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-dark brown with a ruby tint and a good light tan head that stays.

S-very malty with a hint of dark belgian malts.

T-comes in with a decent taste of cinnamon with a faint taste of dark belgian malts. its a subtle taste with a subtle after-taste of cinnamint. its tastes like cinnamon bubble gum to me. there's a slight bitterness in there towards the end, not one that i like.

M-medium to high carbonation with a watery finish

O-its subtle, but it does start to grow on you the more you drink it. compared to other dubbels i've had though, this doesn't quite compare. it is fairly unique though and i do appreciate the lower ABV than many belgians. it just doesn't have the great taste that many belgians do. it is easy drinking though. (742 characters)

Photo of bort11
3.18/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle poured into my St. Bernardus chalice. Light tan head stands a 1/4 inch from the surface and recedes to a thin film. Color is a murky dark reddish brown.

Smell is herbal and spicy, ginger, a bit of cinnamon.. Taste is slightly sour. A bit like sour milk in coffee. It is not bad, just not what I was expecting.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied. This is my least favorite of the St Bernardus beers. (414 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.21/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pater 6 pours a cloudy amber color with no head. There is a very dry and very sweet aroma, with some dry grape almost wine like notes. The taste is dry and very very sweet, with some grape notes, and has a wine like flavor. The flavors are good and strong, but very flat feel. Overall its nice, but very very sweet, and too sweet for me. (337 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.24/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger off-white head that fades slowly to a thin layer, leaving some lace. Hazy brown color. Not much to the nose. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is hard to nail down like a brown with hints of dark fruit, dry finish. $17.00 for a gift pak of four 330ml bottles from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me. (322 characters)

Photo of Franchise
3.25/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This offering from St. Bernardus pours a dark brown with a thick bubbly tan head. The aroma is brown sugar, prunes, figs, and plums.

The taste is tart upfront soft herbal bitterness followed by some smooth caramel sweetness, fruit, dark pitted finishing a bit tart and bready in the end decent beer but surprisingly sub-par for a St. Bernardus offering. I will have to re-visit down the road. (393 characters)

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. (415 characters)

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. (1,074 characters)

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. (395 characters)

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. (864 characters)

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. (506 characters)

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. (624 characters)

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. (1,308 characters)

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. (1,070 characters)

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. (674 characters)

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. (645 characters)

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. (279 characters)

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