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St. Bernardus Pater 6 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Ratings: 1,268
Reviews: 653
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 54
Gots: 90 | FT: 1
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Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-17-2002)
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Photo of atigerlife
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a St. Bernardus chalice, its a beautiful dark brown. Wonderful 2 finger fluffy light brown head that has good lasting power. Good lacing. Overall, just a beautiful beer to look at!

Aroma is sweet, roasted malts, plums, raisins and some nuttiness in there.

Taste is sweet, slightly musty/hay, roasted matls. Not bad, but I was expecting a lot more. Nothing offensive in the taste, but just lacking in flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and cleansing. Dry with a creaminess to it.

Overall, quite drinkable. Enjoyable. Not a great dubbel, but worth a try.

atigerlife, Mar 23, 2008
Photo of morimech
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in my St. Bernardus goblet. It pours a dark amber with a one-fingered head that slowly settles to a thick cap. Lacing is heavy throughout consumption.

The smell is dark fruit with cinnamon and ginger. Not much from the yeast and no alcohol is detected.

Taste of brown sugar with ginger. The spice from the yeast is lacking. Definately more sweet than spicey but overall a mellow beer. It leaves the palate with a sweet aftertaste. No alcohol detected.

This dubble has a medium body with more than adequate carbonation. Drinkability is good but it is my least favorite of the St. Bernardus family of beers.

morimech, Mar 23, 2008
Photo of Blueye80
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the first St Bernardus beer that I have tried. It was served in a standard beer mug. At first the head was about 1" thick that disappeared pretty fast, however the lacing was good and lasted the whole way down. The color was a cloudy reddish brown. It smelled sweet with a hint of caramel. The taste did not really reflect the smell. It was much more bitter but in a good way. I did enjoy this beer and will be trying more of St Bernardus soon.

Blueye80, Mar 13, 2008
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.25/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

BlackHaddock, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of Slynger
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ah, St. Bernie. Everything I have had has been amazing so lets not stop now.

Cloudy cherry brown color with an enormous rocky beige lid. Sweet brown sugar, caramel and fig. Light tangy apples. Lightly toasted wheat, sweet clove and other musky spices.

Medium-full body, and while slightly watery (compared to heavier versions), Pater retains lushly smooth and creamy carbonation. Taste is also delicious. Sweet caramel and toasted malts, with bitter cocoa. Figs and apples bring the fruit, while musky and earthy spices and hops bring tea-like overtones to mellow out the brew.

While this one is a great beer on its own, I expect no less from the heavier 8. Of course my chalice is empty, but thanks for another great time bernie.

Slynger, Feb 29, 2008
Photo of littleg
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a dark reddish brown into my St. Bernardus goblet. The minimal head was slightly off-white and didn't stick around long.

Smell is sweet with hints of butterscotch.

Taste is also sweet as a dubbel should be with no trace of alcohol. I also get a finish of nuts and cherries.

Mouthfeel is smooth with a a lingering sweetness on the tongue.

Overall and excellant brew with great drinability. Will be sure to pick this one up again.

littleg, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of ericj551
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

St. Bernardus Pater 6 pours a hazy deep amber, almost red and brown at the same time. The aroma is sweet malty dark fruits, with a mild yeasty phenolic quality. The flavor is sweet with bready, biscuity malt upfront. There is a rounded bitterness that balances the beer nicely. The finish is sharp with dark fruity esters, reminiscent of raisins or plums. This beer is a very nice addition to the mix pack, I'm glad to get the chance to try it.

ericj551, Feb 21, 2008
Photo of BMan1113VR
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amazing lacing on this beer. Color wise, it pours similar to it big brother (Abt 12), muddy brown, with an amber tinge. Aroma is quite nice and complex. Flowers are the first note that hits me, followed by vanilla, raisin, ginger, anise, cinnamon and some yeast and very very slight cereal notes. Flavor is pleasant and refreshing, but nothing to special. Has a nutty finish. I poured one glass at 38F and one at the recommended 48F. I find that it tastes better at the colder 38, but the aroma really comes alive at proper cellar temperatures.

BMan1113VR, Feb 07, 2008
Photo of iasanlee
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark slightly cloudy brown with two fingers of light tan head. Pretty lacing.

S- Toasted malty sweetness. Raisins and yeast.

T- Dark sugar. Nuts and bread. Not as complex as I had hoped, but has some good carmel notes. No trace of alcohol.

M- Creamy yet very noticeably carbonated. Medium in body.

D- This could be a great session beer for the winter days. My least favorite form this brewery, but still better than most.

iasanlee, Feb 02, 2008
Photo of AMo
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

St. Bernardus Pater 6 pours a dark amberish brown. It has a nice fluffy head and a strong smell. Aromas are a blended mix of mild fruits, yeast and malts. The taste offers subtle hints of fruit along with a slight sweetness. Mouthfeel is silky smooth and highly carbonated. Highly carbonated beers usually don't impress me but this type of carbonation is different. Rather that burning the mouth and bloating, it gives a rather unique and pleasant tingle in the chest.

AMo, Jan 30, 2008
Photo of tayner
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into my st. bernardus chalice

Big creamy white head with a brown body. head never completely disappeared even at the end of the glass, and laced all the way down.

Smell is of belgian yeast, raisins, and malt.

Taste is smooth with a bready yeast, raisin sweetness, and earthy hop barely noticeable.

Mouthfeel was well carbonated and creamy.

Even at 6.7% this would be an easy one to session. I never noticed the alcohol and was surprised to see it nearly 7%. I like this one alot, and will find myself pickin up a few more next time i am in the beer store.

tayner, Jan 29, 2008
Photo of IPAcraig
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A fine looking beer that was poured into a St. Bernardus chalice. A huge egg shell head sits atop light ruby brown body that has a bit of haze. The head is like Rocky Balboa, it will not go down (or go away for that matter). AS it finally fades the lacing is incredible.

The aroma is pleasant and is like dried plum yougurt (if such a thing exists). The fruit is soft and there are no rough edges in the aroma.

The taste is good, but a bit light. The taste of cream is excellent and it is complimented by a nice hint of fruits. A faint bitterness hits the palate in the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is nice at first it feels very creamy and it made doubt the amount of carbonatoin in the brew (despite the massive head sitting in front of me). However a quick swirlk around the mouth reveals the carbonation. Thie beer has the typical high carbonation of a belgian, but remains creamy.

A very good Dubbel. A bit light at times, but refined with no rough edges.

IPAcraig, Jan 23, 2008
Photo of JBogan
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium-dark ruby color with a creamy one finger head. The head stayed throughout the glass and left minimal lacing.

Smelled of malt and a bit of dark fruits.

Tasted mainly of malt, with some alcohol present along with raisins. Maybe the slightest bit of caramel also.

Mouthfeel was good, with a medium body and some carbonation tingle.

This was a very enjoyable beer. Easy to have a few of these at a sitting,although it is meant to be sipped

JBogan, Jan 21, 2008
Photo of Proteus93
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A deep ruby pour, becoming a little bit of a murky brown. Creamy, blonde head with a lacing that clings to the sides of the glass.

S: Lightly sweetened, malty aroma - perhaps the slightest bit nutty. A mild candy sugar, and hints of caramel.

T: Malts, pleasantly sweet, sugary flavour. Some dark fruits (particularly prune or dates), not a great deal of hoppiness coming through.

M: A little bit of a carbonation kick, becoming a fine balance between smooth and creamy.

D: Suitable as a nice, Sunday afternoon ale. A bit of alcohol punch, but being lighter than its bigger brothers, it is more agreeable for casual drink without being overwhelming.

Proteus93, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of walshclimb
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cherry colored body with thick off-white head with tiny bubbles and striped lace. Malty, sour, and slightly moldy smell - not really mold, more like basement. Mild malt IF with sour aftertaste that is long lived and sits on your tongue. Light to medium bodied with fizzy carbonation and dry finish. Overall, eastily drinkable but not terribly complex.

walshclimb, Jan 14, 2008
Photo of greenbeaner
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stored this one for about a year before finally drinking this afternoon. Pours a deep molasses brown with a puffy two-finger head that holds nice retention throughout. A thick lacing sticks to the side of the glass.

Very yeasty on the nose, with mild brown sugar undertones.

Tastes of

greenbeaner, Jan 12, 2008
Photo of Trueant1
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium brown/orange. Has a huge foamy and billowing white head. Leaves a good lace pattern on the sides of the glass. Beer sits in the glass dark and cloudy.

Smells of yeast funk and cloves. Also smells of bread rising in the kitchen. Rather spicy smelling. Some sweet brown sugars in here as well.

Tastes sour up front. Crisp lemon punch. Funky yeast flavor. Sour again on the aftertaste. Some phenol, medicinal qualities. Alcoholic, a bit.
Mouthfeel is good on the Belgium. Medium dry with a sourness through the drinking experiance.

A good beer from a good brewery.

Behold, I think I am developing a taste for sour/funk style European beers.

Trueant1, Jan 09, 2008
Photo of BucBasil
3.33/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

BucBasil, Dec 29, 2007
Photo of Blakaeris
3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours murky caramel brown with a pillowy tan head, and sheets of lacing.

Aroma is musty and yeasty, with a dry sweetness. Hints of dark fruit, alcohol undertones throughout. Spices have a medicinal quality that reminds me of Orval.

Taste is initially malty with a strong biscuit aspect. Dark fruit and an earthy nuttiness. Spices are much more subdued than in the nose. Finish has a mild bitterness with lingering spices.

Mouthfeel is Soft, but leaves a chalky residue.

Overall, this is an unusual beer that is drinkable but may take a bit of getting used to. Worth a try. However, I wouldn’t get too excited about it.

Blakaeris, Dec 27, 2007
Photo of bashiba
3.3/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

bashiba, Dec 27, 2007
Photo of WesWes
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry, raisiny scent that boasts of crystal and roasted malts. There is little yeast fruitiness present. The taste is decent also. It has a very dry, crystal malt flavor. It goes down with a slight fruitiness and finishes extremely dry with some roasted characteristics. The mouthfeel is average. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an above average beer, but not the best effort from this brewery.

WesWes, Dec 23, 2007
Photo of kimcgolf
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 11.2 oz bottle to a dark reddish brown with a medium off-white head that lingered for the entire drink (which I enjoyed for well over 45 minutes.) Aroma was a nice strong blend of malty dark fruits....mostly dates, raisins, grapes and black cherry. Mouthfeel was full and slightly tingly, and the flavor was a perfect continuation of the nose.

This beer was tasty at the outset, and like many Belgian Ales, became better as it sat and warmed. A most enjoyable beer.

kimcgolf, Dec 21, 2007
Photo of MMAJYK
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark brown in color. Non transparent. Head is one finger of tight fluffy white foam. Lacing is not too sticky, but does stay around on the sides of the glass.

S- Sweet aromas of dates and other fruits such as raisins, figs, vanilla, caramel, and cream. The creamy malt is present here in the nose too.

T- Tastes follow closely to the nose. I get caramel, marshmallows, and a light chocolate taste in the mid to finish. The alcohol is relatively low, but VERY well hidden. The malts are nice and smooth. Very soothing taste.

M- Very soft fluff on the lips like cotton balls. The carbonation is perfect; mid to high. The malt makes it a little bit creamy which suits this beer perfectly.

D- Very high drinkability. It is low enough on ABV and it is smooth as everything. I really enjoy this one.

I will have to say that this is another STRONG brew by St. Bernardus. These guys are so consistant. All of their brews set the tone for their intended style. I enjoyed it tremendously and on a side note: I love Belgian Beer!!

MMAJYK, Dec 11, 2007
Photo of bluemoonswoon
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle decanted into a st bernardus chalice, no freshness date.

A: Pours a cloudy dark copper and brown with a thinly ringed sandy head. Nice and active carbonation comming up from all sides of the glass. Not too much lacing at all.

S: Very stong toasted malts and bits of candied sugar here and there with a little bit of the good ole belgian yeasty funk, but the malts seem to be doing the most work here.

T/MF: Strong and cruchy malt presence somewhat akin to fresh baked bread crust with the tiniest hint of bananna in there as well. This is a goddamn malty beer, the hops though not obviuos in the beer balance that malts so that the beer does not become overly sweet. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean and finishes a bit dry, a nice medium bodied beer.

D: A nice lighter version of the st bernardus dubbel, well balanced and complex and highly drinkable.

bluemoonswoon, Dec 10, 2007
Photo of marcpal
3.45/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 oz poured into St Berns goblet.

A: Dark nut brown color with pale white head that took up solidly half of the glass. Thich bubbles in the head and retention was strong.

Gusher my friends, we have a gusher.

S: The yeast aroma clearly present as well as caramel malts. The bready biscuity smell was a bit of surprise.

T: Not the biggest fan. The malts were not as present as I was expecting and the fruity, yeasty tastes seemed to take over a bit. The nutmeg and peppery aftertaste was good though.

M: Very high level of carbonation and some lasting sweetness.

D: Not my favorite style or my favorite among the style but wanted to give it a try. Not overly strong, sure Ill try again.

I was looking forward to trying and was a bit let down from expectations. First of their offerings and will give the others a try.
After another go at this one, I still feel the same. Their other styles are so far superior you wouldn't think they came from the same shop.

marcpal, Dec 09, 2007
St. Bernardus Pater 6 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
92 out of 100 based on 1,268 ratings.