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St. Bernardus Pater 6 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

St. Bernardus Pater 6St. Bernardus Pater 6

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Ratings: 1107
Reviews: 640
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.25%

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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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North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Muddy auburn beer, large white head. Aroma is sweet and fragrant with a touch of buttery bread, prunes, grapes, a liiitle bit of cinnamon, almond, light cocoa, melty caramel, and earthy flowers. Taste is spicy, recognizable St. Bernadus yeast, caramel, dark fruit, and nutmeg. This is an excellent beer however it seems to be a mellow version of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2014 00:52:17 | More by tastybeer
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South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at World of Beer- Savannah. Poured into a pint glass with a nice deep brown/amber hue and generous beige 2 finger head that hung around a bit. Smell is of dark fruits (figs, raisins) and some carmel and spice. A bit bready as well. Tates is exact to the nose with a nice subtle hop finish. Similar to the 12 with the smooth/balanced finish. The monks are doing it right! Love the fruit/bread on the front end. Exceptional taste. Feel is nice for the style. A good bit of carbonation and silk to it. Overall- A great brew that is very smooth and complex. Nice combination of malts, spices, fruits and hops. A must have-

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2012 02:10:00 | More by TheDinger
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4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a hazy reddish, burgundy color with moderate carbonation leaving a dirty white 1/2 head and some minimal lacing

S: Sweet sugar with raisins, red grapes and chocolate some earthiness

T: aImmediate sweetness with red/purple grapes, a few raisins and some candy sugar, subtle bitterness with some eathy notes and a stickyt back end with lingering dark fruits and faded chcolate

M: Creamy, medium bodied, well carbonated with loads of swee and dark fruits coating the palate

O: Very good

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2012 16:33:38 | More by barleywinefiend
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4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Arrived at my table in a St. Bernardus Goblet.

A) A very dark amber to brown color. Nearly a finger of off white head. Okay head retention. No lacing noted.

S) Not as powerful as the 12 but that is probably to be expected given the style. A very nice aroma of sweet malt, some dark fruits, cider and spice.

T) Very pleasing taste. Nice malt sweetness, a hint of brown sugar, light spice, some raisin, earthy. Nice finish and aftertaste.

M) Medium body, maybe a tad heavier, decent amount of carbonation, but not prickly. This was quite smooth. Well done.

O) Really enjoyed this. I know they are different styles, but I can't help but compare it to the 12, which I liked just a little better. You really can't go wrong with either. The bottom line is St. Bernardus makes some mighty fine brews.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2011 13:28:00 | More by RoamingGnome
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4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served on-tap(!) @ The Alcove, Tuscaloosa, AL, into a St. Bernardus goblet

Pours a nice russet brown color with auburn overtones throughout. Only about half a finger's worth of eggshell foam sat on this pour (likely due to the bartender's technique), and it dissipates quickly. Lacing is pretty nice, though it forms in little speckles. Good looking stuff.

This smells like a dubbel should. If you were in a double-blind tasting, you'd nail this beer as a dubbel without any difficulty. Pater 6 smells immediately like bread crusts dredged through a sauce of reduced dates and green raisin. A nice flourish of cocoa powder comes through, as expected. Things get complex from here. Subtle, strange yeast aromas. There's some straw in here. Maybe some alfalfa. It's a very green ale, which I have no complaints about.

The taste follows the nose. It is very complex, but also very subtle. Pater 6 requires careful attention to be able to pick up on every note. Lots of straight-up baked bread flavors. Subtle cocoa. My palate confirms that it's specifically green raisin that I'm picking up on. There's a distant, muted cinnamon roll sort of flavor. Some pecan & walnut action. A nice kick of clove on the finish. Dates. This is a lovely, composed flavor profile that rewards the drinker capable of spending time with it.

Pater 6 has an intriguing mouthfeel that I'm having a hard time deciding how I feel about. As far as the body goes, it's on the lighter side of medium-bodied. It works, but it may leave fans of the Rochefort or Westvleteren Dubbels unsatisfied. What gets me also is the relative dryness of a beer style that is typically pretty sweet. It's unexpected, but again, not unpleasant. It works given the subtle greenness of this beer. Ultimately, I think the unusual mouthfeel makes sense here. Drinkability is pretty tremendous. You could, if you wanted to, knock back a couple of these pretty quickly. It also very much rewards slow sipping. A versatile beer, this.

If you like Dubbels then please seek out Pater 6. It's such a rewarding beer, and I'm not often crazy about Dubbels. St. Bernardus once again shows why they are a world-class brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2011 18:24:43 | More by Reaper16
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap into a Maredsous goblet.

deep reddish-brown with little head and no lacing. the lack of head does not reflect a lack of carbonation.

notes of plum with a mellow, low key sweetness. very slight spicyness on the back end.

very nice balance of flavors to alcohol. while not thick there is definitely something there. easily drinkable, almost to a fault.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2010 00:48:59 | More by ncaudle
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3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Hazy amber-brown with a white head that settles quickly.

S- Dark, overripe raisinated fruits, brown sugar and faint spice.

T- Dark overripe fruit sweetness up front, with a pronounced sourness in the middle and a lingering, yeasty dough finish.

M, D - Lively CO2, with a medium body and good drinkability. Not unpleasant, but I perceived a lack of something... body? complexity?

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2010 23:18:44 | More by WhiteOak
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4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this on tap at the Map Room into a chalcie.

The beer pours dark brown with a little ruby red highlights. The head is light tan, not a ton of retention or lacing.

The aroma is nice and malty, with raisins and caramel.

The taste is nice, very smooth and drinkable. Pretty sweet throughout.

Overall, very good.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2010 19:27:42 | More by jrallen34
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District of Columbia

3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown with medium tan head, some lacing. Aroma of raisins, vanilla and malt. Medium-mouthed, flavor of raisins, caramel and more malt. Good balance with a slightly bitter finish. A junior version of the Prior - in strength, not in flavor. Very nice.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2009 23:32:52 | More by Travlr
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sint Bernardus, the former Westvleteren beer brewer (until early 80's). This time I had the little brother of one of my favorite beers, the St Bernadus ABT.

Poured into a St Bernardus glass. The beer pours a nice brown-amber color, with a medium head that doesn't last too long, but leaving a nice lacing.

Smell: Yeast, dark fruits (plum, but also clearly raisin), banana and roasted malts.

Taste: Malts, hops and fruits (dark and red fruits) predominate this beer. Also nice, spicy and slightly dry bitter hops in the aftertaste. More bitter than the ABT. Taste is much stronger than the ABV suggests.

Mouthfeel: creamy, with high carbonation and medium-bodied.

Overall: Nice beer. Really different from the ABT. Will have this one time after time after time...

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2009 20:33:34 | More by rvdoorn
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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
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4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Leon's in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy dark purplish-brown color with ruby highlights. Head is one-finger of off-white foam that settles into a thin pancake on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of sugar-coated dark fruits - mostly plums and raisins - with hints of spices.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Belgian candi sugar shares the spotlight with dark fruit flavors. A light amount of spiciness comes in near the end of the sip.

Mouthfeel is good. It's right in the middle in terms of thickness with soft carbonation that make this go down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. I was outside playing bocci ball while drinking this and it hit the spot.

Overall this is a very nice beer for the style, you really can't go wrong when Bernardus is in the name.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2009 22:20:24 | More by glid02
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4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Abbaye in Federal Hill (Baltimore) the other day.

The beer pours a rich looking brown color with pretty good head retention and lacing. I don't get a lot on the nose, but some brown sugar, a hint of chocolate and some underlying spice. On the palate, however, this beer is flat our delicious. The beer is long and creamy with a boatload of chocolate. There is also a hint of coffee, as well as some bitterness in the finish which helps to keep the beer from tasting overly sweet. The beer is fairly light on the palate for a dubbel, and drinkability is very good.

This has to be one of the better dubbels I've tasted in some time. Not bad at all.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2009 13:28:39 | More by johnmichaelsen
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is a medium mahogany color and has an off white foamy head.

Aroma consisted of malt, earth, banana and grass.

Flavor consisted of malt, earth, cocoa, and a hint of oak. Not as sweet as what I expected, given the maltiness; the flavor has a slight dryness at the end.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2009 00:02:56 | More by Atricapilla
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District of Columbia

3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really liked this beer. It appears like the run-of-the-mill brun; but doesn't have the overtly sweet malty taste which I sometimes find not so pleasing. In addition to the lack of plenty malt, I still detected some hints of toffee and burned caramel. In the mouth it was a mid-weight feel and had some carbonation. Due to its mildness in flavor I think it'd be an excellent beer to enjoy a few glasses of.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2008 23:43:32 | More by WishYouWereBeer
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4.72/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2008 01:23:58 | More by Biscuit033
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the magnificent Maduro cigar bar here in downtown Madison for a ridiculous $3 during happy hour.

Pours a dark, opaque garnet with a spotty skim of tan head in a beautiful St. Bernie's chalice. Nose is predominately of Belgian yeast, bracketed by an earthy fruitiness - rather subdued for a dubbel. Taste is dominated by a doughy maltiness and a rather pronounced metallic bite, with a spicy apple-cinnamon, plum, and mild vinuous finish. Mouthfeel is medium and lightly carbonated. Quite a drinkable dubbel, light in nose and palate, but the light fruitiness that I enjoy in a good dubbel was muted by the astringent metallic bite.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2006 23:35:24 | More by Golden2wenty1
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4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours a lovely dark, deep-reddish brown. A tall, off-white head recedes rather slowly, but maintains a skimming of bubbles that leaves a smattering of lacing on the glass.

S - All of the deep aromas that one would expect from a dubbel, but I could go for a little more potency. Some caramel sweetness, dark fruit, maybe fig. A little breadiness.

T - Follows the nose. Caramel up front, then dark fruit. Breadiness comes in on the back end. While the flavors are subtle, which I like, they border on too thin with this one. Also, there is a mildly unpleasant aftertaste that clings to my mouth.

M - This is the week spot of the beer for me. This beer started on the light side of medium-bodied and never really swayed from there. Perhaps that is to style, but I would have preferred a bit more. Leaves a bit of stickiness in my mouth.

O - On its own merits this is a very good beer. Unfortunately, I can't help but compare it to the Pater 8, and I would select the 8 10 out of 10 times ahead of this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 10:56:30 | More by Andrew041180
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4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a murky brown hue with a huge, chunky, 2.5 finger beige head.

S- Slightly yeasty, hints of chocolate

T- Chocolate, sweet pear, cherry, slight hop bitterness.

M- Medium bodied with medium/high carbonation.

D- Very drinkable. The high carbonation detracts a little for me but i'm sure it is good with some age on it.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 02:31:57 | More by Lothore
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4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brown amber color with a thick beige head with great retention and leaving a wall of laces. Apparent carbonation. It got murky and darker after I poured the residual liquid.
Nice aroma of prunes, caramel malt, brown sugar and cashews.
Fruity flavor with notes of prunes, herbal and earthy hops, spices, candied sugar, yeast, pears, ripped strawberries, cinnamon and creamy chocolate. Dry aftertaste with a mild bitterness.
Medium velvety body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 6.7% abv is completely absent.
Classic example of the style, a really pleasant and balanced Dubbel. It was definitely worth it to keep it in storage for a couple of years.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 17:54:27 | More by FLima
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4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Perfectly fills a Chimay chalice with a perfect and patient pour. 1 1/2 fingers of flat white, very barely tan, firm head. Retention is unbelievable. Brew is a nut brown, hazy in the middle, but fairly clear, with red highlights, on the edges. Lots of visible sediment in the light.

Huge nose, even straight from the fridge: first bananas, and a hint of clove; yeast and candi sugar; then, nuts and dark fruits, specifically raisins and/or prunes. A rye kind of earthy spiciness that becomes more apparent as it warms, while the fruit softens.

Great balance: liquid fruit bread with spices. Follows the nose. Not quite as sweet, heavier on the spices. Sweetness more on the mid palate, with a dry and spicy finish. Complex, but it all blends together very smoothly, with perhaps too much emphasis on spice.

Smooth, balanced, and medium feel. Lively with no sting. Dry, but lasting finish, with a slowly building warmth. Slight foaming.

Excellent Dubbel, easily the best I've had in a while. I think I prefer Chimay and Westmalle (likely in that order), but this fits the bill. Beer that drinks like a meal.*

Unsure on the bottle date.

*Riff on Campbell's Chunky. No thievery intended; credit where due.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 16:40:00 | More by Roguer
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District of Columbia

3.81/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Bottle labeled with a drink by 9/17/15. Poured into a tulip.

A balanced double but a version that is nowhere near the top of the style. Excellent in some characteristics under achieving in others. Visually, this beer reminds me of muddy water. 3.75

A – Pours a cloudy, reddish brown with a two-finger beige head. 3.5

S – Yeasty, spice, minor alcohol notes, some mild fruitiness of raisins and plums. 4.5

T – Malty, nutty. 3.75

MF – Medium bodied, dry finish, a bit metallic in the finish, well carbonated giving a little sharpness on the palate. 3

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 03:55:26 | More by Sludgeman
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4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured bottle dated 7/25/16 into St Bernardus glass

A-Pours a deep amber color with a good foamy head that fades slowly to nice lacing.

S-Aroma of dark fruit, with bit of malt sweetness yeast and spice.

T-Taste has a nice light malt sweetness with dark fruit mixed in and a touch of spice. Mild bitterness and the finish is quite dry.

M-Medium body, smooth with abundant character. Very well balanced.

O-Overall a very enjoyable beer which I could drink over and over.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 22:10:15 | More by reebtaerG
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 02:19:59 | More by Fcip78
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3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay chalice. The pour is deep read, clear, and fairly dark. It sports 2 fingers of dense beige foam which lasts a good long while. The nose is rich, sweet, and slightly fruity with some fruity esters and spicy phenols. In particular, I get toffee-like malt notes, fresh apples, and baking spices. I also get a cherry-like note as well.

The beer has a medium body and a flavor that follows the nose quite well. There are bready flavors up front. Chocolate-like flavors, raisins, and other dried fruits come in around mid-palate. The finish is void of bitterness, but a good level of carbonation stimulates the palate and allows the other flavors to linger a bit.

Overall, an exceptional example of the style. It has that nice marriage of malty flavors, dark fruits, and that distinctive puff pastry flavor characteristic of Belgian yeast. I generally reach for Quads instead of Dubbels, but I'm very glad I finally got around to trying this beer. It is outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 22:24:36 | More by deadonhisfeet
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St. Bernardus Pater 6 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
92 out of 100 based on 1,107 ratings.