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St. Bernardus Pater 6 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus Pater 6St. Bernardus Pater 6

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1,240 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,240
Reviews: 651
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 56
Gots: 84 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website
Belgium

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)
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Photo of Sammy
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich brew, long and dry finish. Refreshingly drinkable. Liked the brown colour, the bubbles in the yeast, the lace; the spicy aroma. Unique smoothness.Two years' later bottle showed great lace, spicy aroma, and good easy drinking. Marvelous brewery.

Sammy, Jan 20, 2005
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -2.4%

t0rin0, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 7/30/12.

Pours a murky brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, spices, and dark fruits - especially grapes and raisins. Taste is much the same with a slight tartness and a fruity finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty but I think it smells better.

UCLABrewN84, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -2.4%

djrn2, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

zestar, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -2.4%

spycow, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice reddish brown color with a bit of an off white head and some lacing. Nose brings caramel, dark fruits, apple, and brown sugar. Good amount of slightly-dry sweetness in the taste with some dates, raisins, brown sugar, caramel, bread, and hints of dark rum. Nice, creamy mouthfeel that really aids in the drinkability when combined with the taste.

Thorpe429, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of nmann08
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a bottle, pours a murky mahogany brown with red hues. Very thin wispy white head that disappears quickly. Very active carbonation with lots of bubbles.

The nose is dark fruit, figs, Belgian yeast, faint caramel malt and honey. The flavor is very fruity, plum skins, raisins, candied brown sugar, with some bread dough mixed in, moderately sweet. The mouthfeel is a little fizzy and over carbonated, like soda.

Overall, a classic good one, just curious if it is always this carbonated and fizzy.

nmann08, Oct 08, 2014
Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy brownish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high off white head that settled down fairly quickly and left a thin layer of bubbles consistently covering the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of yeast and spices along with some notes of dark fruits in the nose. Smells of prunes stand out in particular.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and is somewhat complex. It has a slight amount of initial sweetness plus flavors of brown sugar and cherries; hints of spices are noticeable in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and rather smooth on the palate with a high amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink because it’s well balanced and no traces of alcohol are detectable in the taste.

metter98, May 20, 2011
Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours an ice tea brown with a pancake-like head that leaves some lacing

Smell: Spice cookie dough aroma

Taste: Starts with a slightly sweet bready malt element that has some spice cake elements; after the swallow, the subtle flavors combine with some yeasty and woody flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium body with plenty of carbonation

Drinkability: Perhaps the easiest of the Abts to drink; their is plenty going on but you have to look for it

brentk56, Oct 20, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rustic orange with large contributions from red and bronze. The initially frenetic carbonation settled down fairly quickly, but only after creating a stunner of a head. The regal crown, four fingers and a thumb after the pour, is golden beige in color and is tremendously rocky. It isn't leaving thick blankets of lace, but it's one of the best looking caps that I've seen in quite some time. Centuries of brewing experience at work.

There are no surprises in the nose. I expected excellence and excellence is what I'm getting. It's brown malty with toasted nutty, dark fruity and cocoa-like notes. There's also a hint of clove spice that could be more prominent. I think I'm gonna like this one.

I have a feeling Pater 6 is the kindler, gentler St. Bernardus dubbel and Prior 8 is the bigger, more complex beer. That didn't take a great deal of insight, I know. For such a relatively light version of the style, this beer has an amazing amount of flavor and depth (that's increasing as it warms). It may not be a palate buster, but then I get the feeling that it wasn't designed along those lines.

The flavor profile consists of sun-ripened ripe figs, overripe apples, toasted brown bread, cocoa powder, pecans, earthy hops and ground clove. Maybe it's more complex that I initially gave it credit for. Again, it's a delicate, almost ethereal version of a style that is occasionally bombastic enough to give Belgian strong dark ales a run for their money. This is incredibly delicious beer that would lend itself well to being released in 750 ml bottles.

I like the mouthfeel more in the bottom half than I did in the top half. It becomes much quieter, although there's still a typically Belgian amount of carbonation, and is much smoother and creamier as a result. Given the rest of its attributes, I wouldn't change a thing.

I didn't need to drink this beer to convince myself that Brouwerij St. Bernardus is one of the best breweries in the world. My experiences with St. Bernardus Witbier and Grotten Brown were proof enough of that. While it can't touch the absolute masterpiece that is Westvletern 8, nothing can. Pater 6 is a beautifully crafted Belgian dubbel that belongs on any list of the world's best.

BuckeyeNation, Feb 06, 2007
Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

St. Bernardus is simply incapable of producing a bad beer, or an average beer, or even a very good beer. Their beers are as flawless as you get. Pater 6 is no exception. It starts off with a serios fruity-sweet, tart, spicy aroma. The thinly viscous pour forms a rocky head with spices floating about. Flavors are everywhere from cherries and banannas to dates and figs. Nuts and musk to peaches and pears. Candied sweetness to berry tartness. Completely enjoyed in the round. Very complex and smooth. Moderately dense texture with increasingly creaminess and smoothness. Finishes dry and sweet. Alcohols intertwine with sweetness for a heat with low inpact. Terrific brew. An instant favorite.

BEERchitect, Mar 05, 2006
Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

kjkinsey, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dark brown color ale with a huge off-white foamy head. Aroma of sweet raisins with the distinctive Belgian yeast. Taste can also be distinguished by the sweet malt and raisins with a candy like sweetness also present. Body is a bit too thin but carbonation is quite good. Another fine beer from a great brewery.

Phyl21ca, Dec 02, 2005
Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -2.4%

GRG1313, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

ygtbsm94, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

kylehay2004, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
3.25/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

Knapp85, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was fully prepared to review this beer with my pal Andy, but he protested vehemently against it. That Andy, always such a Pater Hater.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, dark brown body with a creamy, off-white head.

Smell: Fruity aroma of bananas and other various dark fruits. Full of yeast and sweet-smelling dark sugars. Hints of pepper.

Taste: Cocoa powder, sweet maltiness, and the fruitiness of bananas and such. More pepper. Plenty of spice and doughy yeastiness evident. Finishes dry and fruity.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Soft effervescence.

Drinkability: What's up with that AndoBrew, huh?

ChainGangGuy, Sep 09, 2007
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -2.4%

JAHMUR, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of emerge077
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light chestnut with suspended sediment. Foam sticks around, ample carbonation.

Aroma is of faint malt and mineral water.

Taste is malty, sort of bland however. I'm wondering if this bottle is possibly oxidized. Lots of carbonation gives it a bubbly mouthfeel. A residual peaty note comes out in the aftertaste. Not as sweet as other Dubbels i've had, kind of minerally and gassy. Feels similar to a Scotch Ale. Finally, pouring in the dregs results in a fuller mouthfeel, and an iron note.

This is ok, i'll have to try it again later and re-review.
Served at cellar temperature.

emerge077, Dec 29, 2006
Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A resident of the St. Bernardus variety pack...

This beer pours a dark, cloudy, tea-like brownish hue, with two fingers of dense foamy, off-white head, which leaves a solid wall of lace around the glass after its slow descent into oblivion. It smells of sweet biscuity grain, candy sugar, banana essence, and mild yeast. The taste is more sweet, nutty malt, chewy, fruity esters, and a soft yeastiness. The carbonation is moderate, the body fairly light for the style, dry, and astringent. It finishes off-dry, comprised of that complex combination of sugary malt, yeast, and mild earthy hops.

A nice enough dubbel, with the attendant sweetness, but surprisingly dry, which I can't fault, making it all the more drinkable.

biboergosum, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark burgandy color with a foamy, off-white, two-finger head. Left some very nice lace.

S - It smelled slightly sour. A strong nose of dried fruit. Also, nice notes of malt and clove.

T - It tasted of subtle sour dried fruit. There was a hint of hop spice. A toasted malt flavor was present, too.

M - It was crisp and sharp on the tongue. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good dubbel.

zeff80, Jun 17, 2007
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

cork and cage set up at a bargain price. follows a whole bunch of saisons and farmhouse ales real well in our little tasting here. pours the darkest orange it could possibly be, caramel orange. lively white head in my leffe thick stem glass. smells like a malty belgian and thats it. maybe a gentle cherry apple aroma too, fruity but not fruity at the same time. flavor is just a balanced smooth belgian dubbel. glorious and simple. mouthfeel is magic, smooth and well carbonated with a creamy afterfeel. really nice beer. very drinkable at its tolerable abv, this will go well with the chorizo basil arrabiata sauce which is happening on the stove at the moment...

StonedTrippin, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of nickfl
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - The cap comes off with a loud hiss and a slow gush of foam issues forth. It pours with a one and a half finger head of white foam with a tinge of brown. The body is a hazy medium brown with a little bit of amber light showing through. The foam settles quickly and leaves nice lace.

S - A fruity malt aroma up front with notes of plum, raisin and caramel. Some spicy notes on the back side, a little bit of clove and coriander. An excellent malty aroma.

T - Sweet caramel and toffee malt up front with fruity plum character that is reminiscent of a dopplebock. Some yeast character comes out in the middle with notes of red apple, raisin, and clove. Finishes with more dark malt, this time with a hint of coffee and burnt sugar as well as increasingly spicy yeast characteristics including nutmeg and coriander.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Quite drinkable, this beer has all of the characteristic complexity of a dubbel despite its having a somewhat lower than average alcohol content for the style. The fruit character is quite nice and comes from both the yeast and the rich, carmel malt. There is a plum malt character present that I am more used to seeing in dark German lagers such as bocks. This malt complexity is able to shine through thanks to the relative lightness of the beer and lack of very strong alcohol and yeast character that one often sees in stronger dark belgian beers. A very nice example of the style, just as well made as its more revered big brother, Abt 12.

nickfl, Apr 05, 2010
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St. Bernardus Pater 6 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
92 out of 100 based on 1,240 ratings.