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St. Bernardus Pater 6 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Ratings: 1,298
Reviews: 655
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.54%
Wants: 56
Gots: 100 | 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 aubuc1
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle poured in to a goblet.

A gusher.

Poured a pretty cloudy dark brown with a clingy tan head.

Smell is yeasty and sweet raisins.

Taste is grapy and smooth with a sweet finish.

Carbonation, good taste, and low abv make it a great drinking belgian.

Photo of Roeters
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark rich color, with a creamy colored head that with a light carbonation.

sweet deep aroma with dark roast character, light yeast smell of a Belgium.

Sharpness on the front with mild coco middle and sweetness. Leaves a great roasted after taste

A little thiner then I would have likes but has carbonation is good

Great beer, great flavors and complexity, easy drinking,

Photo of Haybeerman
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Mirky brown color. Pours an aggressive 4 finger off white rocky head that thins aroiund the edges but retains in the middle like a dollop of whipped cream. Ample lacing all the way down.

S: Very malty. Sweet, dark fruit and brown sugar.

T: Consistent with smell in dark fruits and brown sugar. Hints of coffee and raisin. Spice in the finish, but not the hot alcohol like the Prior and Abbott

M: Medium to full body. Ample carbonation.

D: The magnum of Pater 6 I had said 4.7abv on the label (I saved it so I'll doiuble-check. I thought it very drinkable both in flavor and complexity while the reasonable abv brought me to the end of the magnum but not my senses.

Photo of deereless
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Thick fluffy alabaster head, deep ruby red with brown base - 4.75, S: Subtle grain, slightly nutty with some mild spice - 4.5, T: Very tasty, lots of flavor but not overwhelming, a very mellow and pleasing flavor, some slight hop bite on the tail, some nuttiness - 4.50, M: Creamy, and medium bodied - 4.75, D: A very palate friendly beer - 4.5

Photo of claytri
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a cloudy brown with a medium white head. The aroma is sour malt, maybe a bit of grass as well. The aroma is rich and malty with a bit of sweet around the edges. The feel is heavy and wet. This is a real malt lovers delight, and one I will have to revisit.

Photo of ATPete
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle

Pater 6 pours a murky tan brown color with a small beige head. The nose is of subtle roasted chocolate malts and nuts. Lots of toasty malt flavor, classic Belgian yeast notes, but with a very light body and no true hop character. IMO a dubbel should have more 'chew' but that doesnt make this a bad beer. Very drinkable.

Photo of bjoyce12
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An excellent option when you want a Bernardus but don't want the 10%+ ABV. The Pater 6 loses a little of the complexity and flavor undercarriage you find in the 12, but not a whole lot. Still pours a dark amber, still an excellent nore, flavors of roast malt and sugar and dark fruits. Outstanding for only 6.7%ABV. I prefer the 8 myself, but the 6 will definitely do in a pinch. We are talking about some of the best beers in the world here.

Photo of Deus1138
4.72/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Leave it St. Bernardus to come through again.

Poured into a St. Bernardus goblet. Color is dark brown with reddish highlights when held to the light. Thick, foamy head with good retention

Smell is dark malts, yeasty, and a little sweet.

Taste - Whoa! Very nice! Rich malts come bursting through. Caramel, plum, raisin, doughy and yeasty. Nice amount malty sweetness.

It's medium bodied. Good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability - excellent. I love ABT 12. This is very similar, but a little more subdued. The lower abv will also allow me to drink more of this without getting really drunk.

A must try!

Photo of stumac
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So I guess the "6" in Belgium is reserved for the more "sessionsable" beers. pours like dark apple juice with a decent off white head. the nose is yeasty, some red apple skin. the taste is of roasted malt, red apple again, grainy in a good way. medium to full bodied, low spritzy carbo. nice

Photo of changeup45
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2/26/2008. Hazy brownish color topped with a decent sized off-white head. Aroma is slightly fruity, with malts and cherries. Sweet and sugary tasting, somewhat fruity with maltiness. Maybe a little too sweet. Medium-bodied. A good tasting beer. Seemed similar to the Chimay Premier Red I had yesterday but if forced to I'd give that one the nod.

Photo of scottyshades
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another well-rounded beer from St. Bernardus
A: Pours a rich, deep reddish/mahogany color that produces a monster head that leaves very good lacing on the glass

S: Dark fruits, nuts, spices; namely nutmeg and cinnamon, some earthy notes, and malts

T: Very comparable to the nose, which is very delicious! I have noticed that ALL of the St. Bernardus beers that I have tried have the same yeasty/bready taste to them. It is very distinct and I could probably identify a St. B just from that

MF: Very smooth and creamy...I like the carbonation in this one

D: High for this style of beer...Although the yeasty flavor could ward me off after a while

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cocoa-brown color with a two-finger head that left some minor lacings. A light hop smell combined with dark fruits and some caramel and doughiness. Smooth and medium-bodied, this beer contains some dark and tropical fruit tastes that are real good along with a pronounced sweet malt presence. An enjoyable beer that I recommend to anyone who enjoys a nice Belgian.

Photo of cswhitehorse
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Pater 6 poured into the chalice glass a dark brown color with a alive carbonation that did the center of glass well dance and tiny bubbles came to the middle. It had a half finger foam head with some snow lacing.

The aroma was brown sugar smell with some fruit and spice. The taste was similar with a solid caramel backing with a spicy finish. It was well carbonated and smooth. Very, very enjoyable Belgian.

Photo of MinorThreat
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served from a 12oz bottle

A-Hazy copper-brown with a thin light head with nice lacing

S-Faint, yeast, bready malt, clove, caramel

T-Nice not overpowering, caramel, bread, cereal grains, banana

M-Lots of carb, slight burn, lightens the brew

D-Really high, I could drink these with ease and love every drink. So drinkable it could be a session beer but still has great flavor.

Photo of ShrLSU
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Poured a nice clear bronze color with a slight tan head. Lacing is constant throughout.

Smell- A nice blend of dark fruits and apple. It has a bready scent to it as well. Also has a decently strong alcohol taste overall.

Taste- A nice blend of the dark fruits and an apple. It has an alcohol taste as well as a sugar malt taste. Also has the slight alcohol tingle at the end..

Mouthfeel- Medium bodies and medium carbonation. Pretty easy beer to drink.

Overall- This was a really nice treat I found stashed in the fridge. It was quite good but may have been even better had it been a fresh bottle. Another heavenly offering from the monks!

Photo of Beerbuddha
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- This beer poured a nice dark brown with huge frothy tan head. Lacing was present throughout the life of the beer. .

Smell- Huge fruit smells such as apples, citrus and dark fruits. A nice sweet biscuity smell with a slight hint of alcohol.

Taste- The wonderful fruit tastes really come through here. Mostly dark fruits but as in the smell I got apples and citrus also. There is an interesting brown sugar taste which is present as well.

Mouthfeel- This beer has a nice medium body with medium carbonation. It's an easy drinking beer.

Overall- Fantastic. Surprisingly my second favorite behind the Abt 12. I really enjoyed this beer a lot.

Photo of brendan13
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy dark brown with about 3 centimetres of rocky off white head that slowly falls away.
S - Toasty malt hits first backed up by a fairly strong dark fruit aroma with a hint of spice.
T - Not unlike the smell; toasty malt, dark fruit and a spice touch.
S - Light to medium bodied, fairly low carbonation with a slightly sweet finish.
D - A nice beer indeed. Not something I'd drink regularly but nice on the odd occasion.

Photo of Biscuit033
4.72/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Photo of TAMU99
3.45/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy dark brown, thick off-white head is thick and stays for the duration, giving off a nice spicy aroma. Notes of corriander, cinnamon and nutmeg. Taste is sweet, wheaty and heavily spiced. The carbonation is high. Though tasty, this isn't a repeatedly drinkable beer. I'd highly recommend one, 'cuz it's good, but I wouldn't drink two in a sitting.

Photo of PhxHorn
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is a dark cola brown, with a big fluffy light tan head with a few speckles in it. Smells very mildly of apples and other sweet fruits. Tastes mildy of lots of different fruits, like apple, grape, fig, berry, with some caramel and brown sugar thrown in. A very pleasant and drinkable beer, just a bit too mild for my tastes.

Photo of everetends
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into the brewery's chalice.

A: Poured a nice dark brown with a beautiful ruby highlight when held to the light. The brew produced a nice, big, rocky tan head that had some great retention. The lacing is nice and sticky.

S: The aroma is of nice apple, lemon, sweet biscuity malt and a hint of alcohol.

T: Taste is of apple, fig, prune, lots of nice dark fruit. Themalt comes across pretty mellow and just a touch sweet. There is a touch of brown sugar in the finish along with some nice spice.

M: The beer has great carbonation and really plays in the mouth. Goes down easy and leaves some nice flavors in the mouth to enjoy and study.

D: This brew is pretty drinkable. Has some great flavor and a low ABV makes this a very accessible brew. Really enjoyed it.

Photo of Greggy
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice ruby brown, low sediment, head recedes quickly to a thin cap.

S- Dark fruit, nice spice, apple, caramel malt, touch of flour.

T- Think taste, that starts sweet with dark fruit, fresh apple, then finishes with a nice dry hopiness.

M- Touch of scrubbing bubbles and nice dry hopiness.

D- One of the best dubbels I've had. Definitely could be a staple.

Photo of Franchise
3.23/5  rDev -21%
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.

Photo of soupyman10
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown color with a huge head, a ton of yeasty floaties in there, and weak lacing. Nose is alcoholic, spices, caramel, and cookies. Flavor is similar. Huge caramel malt, a ton of spiciness, bread, cookies, and some light vinous sourness. Body is okay, with fairly high carbonation that I think might steal a little bit from the flavor. Overall, this one isn't bad, although it's definitely my least preferred of the St. Bernardus brews I've had.

<12 oz/$3.99/Wine Specialist

Photo of phils93rul
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this 11.2oz bottle from a St. Bernardus variety 4-pack, served in the chalice that came with the beers.

A: Nutty/Amber Brown.

S: Presence of Dried Fruits were plentiful

T: Delicious, not as intense as the Abt 12, as notes of alcohol were not as intense. Hints of dried fruit, apples? caramel?

M: Beautiful Carbonation, a very pleasant beer to drink

D: I wasn't sure what to except with this one, being a huge fan of the Abt 12, I was somewhat skeptical that this beer would not live up to the St. Bernardus label, however, I was very happy with this beer and would def. try it again. I could drink this one all night.

St. Bernardus Pater 6 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
92 out of 100 based on 1,298 ratings.