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St. Bernardus Pater 6 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Ratings: 1,366
Reviews: 670
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 64
Gots: 126 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of JimsArcade
4.72/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

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.

Photo of StarlightSeraph
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into my St. Bernardus goblet.

Appearance: Pours a hazy brown, maybe a little bit of red. One finger of white head that lingered for awhile. Heavy lacing.

Smell: Mild bready malts and some fruit. The typical smell found in most Belgian beers. It blends together very nicely - smells smooth, if that makes sense.

Taste: Hmm. Not exactly what I was expecting. The bready malt is present in the finish, but the initial taste is hard to place. Almost a seltzer kind of note, with the high carbonation - it's not as sweet as I would have expected, and could stand to be a little sweeter. The fruity notes are there, but the sweetness isn't. It's mildly unpleasant, but the bready malt helps smooth things out to some extent. The 'unsweet' aftertaste stays for awhile, too.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated and creamy, as to be expected.

Drinkability: So far, my least favorite of the St. Bernardus offerings. It's not a bad beer, but I prefer their other dubbel, the Prior 8, much more.

Photo of KTCamm
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 11.2oz bottle into a Duvel glass. Pours a lovely cloudy brown with a thick white foam.

Smell is fruity, malty.

Taste is complex and thick. Very chewy. There's a fruity background w/ hints of spices and peppers in the background. Well carbonated in the mouth.

A complex, tasty brew - but very drinkable. The flavor holds nicely, and this never devolves into one of those 'hard to drink' speciality beers. This one's a repeat go-to.

Photo of LittleCreature
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4.5
Pours a thick head of creamy, very pale beige head. Body is a hazy tawny brown. Left lots of white lace on its way down.

Smell - 3.5
Chocolate sponge cake, mild but sweet fruitiness and a little spice.

Taste - 4.0
Pleasant, but too yeasty for my liking. Flavours of yeasty fruitiness, toasty malt, warming alcohol and a little cocoa. Actually tastes better with the dregs added, they give a nice, milk chocolate flavour.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Even though it is a Belgian, I think the carbonation is a bit excessive and aggressive, feels slightly coarse in the mouth, although this improves with warmth. Light to moderate body.

Drinkability - 4.0
Approachable ABV, plenty of flavour, but there are more memorable Belgians.

Believe it or not, but Pater 6 reminds me a lot of Coopers Sparkling Ale. It has a similar tasty complexity, and a similar tangy yeastiness that I do not like. A good beer, but not a great Belgian.

Photo of soccerman7
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been waiting to try this for a while.

A - Gorgeous foamy head. Mahogany color with a wonderful dense head.

S - Green apples, cloves, caramel, and pepper

T - Wow. Very clean with pilsner meets brown ale. Bits of green apple and baked bread with a touch of the caramel. the spice comes on the finish almost like a saison. A really complex beer.

M - Great carbonation and really smooth. the spicy lingers in a nice way. Very crisp.

D - This was a hard to find beer, but really worth the trouble. Complex and really interesting.

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

Small 330ml bottle. Best by 08 06 10.

Pours into a chalice a dark redish brown color with characteristic great head that I expect on Belgian beers. Lots of lacing left behind on the glass as it slowly settles.

Aroma is a little funky sour but really pleasant with candied fruit and yeast.

Flavor has similar qualities but with a little more roasty dark malt than expected. It still has the dark fruits like cherries and plums but with some added sour flavor, maybe green apple or premature pear.

Nice smooth mouthfeel with lower carbonation than expected. Very drinkable other than the high price. $6 for a small bottle is pretty steep.

Photo of EatsTacos
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky pecan brown with a moussy and soft offwhite head. Lacing is pretty good

The aroma is of toasted brown sugar, burnt toast, yeast spices come through as well with almost no hop aroma

This is a dubbel with the sweetness turned down, and I'm glad for it. But what it lacks is the overall burnt character that is so great about thier quad.

The flavour is sweet pecan pie, toasted brown bread, buttery pie crust, and a sticky dark malt. The belgian yeast contributes spices and depth.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thin bodied, and fairly carbonated

This is not an overly powerful or complex dubbel, but highly drinkable

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

As soon as I cracked the lid on this one, beer exploded out at me, and I didn't shake it at all. It's been a while since I've had bottle conditioned ale.

Appearance wise Pater 6 creates a lot of light tan head, even with just a gentle pour. The body is murky brown.

This beer gives off a lot of copper/metallic types of aroma. There is a sweet malty backbone, which is cola in character.

The taste is a bit on the sweeter side with hints of plum/prune.

The feel is a little oily and slick, but still refreshing. There is a slight warm feel to this brew too. Overall Pater 6 is a pretty good dubbel.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly clear medium brown color with a fluffy light beige head that fades slowly and leaves a nice three-dimensional wall of lace on the glass.

Big nose, filled with Charleston Chew chocolaty filling and some dark plum pudding. Maybe a few hints of black licorice and miniature marshmallows floating in a cup of hot cocoa. Nice...very nice.

Has a light, airy feel when drinking it, very creamily meringue like. Chocolaty flavor with some dark berry juices and dates or figs with an almond like nutty essence. I dont get a whole bunch of rich, yeasty esters but it still maintains a nice complex profile. This is a great beer.

Photo of Rayek
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my St Bernardus chalice.

A: Deep copper, with a fair amount of haze, plus hyperactive carbonation. Rocky and voluminous eggshell head has great retention and leaves heavy lace.

S: Quite spicy. Cinnamon, pepper and clove flavors really stood out. Dark fruits add a subtle vinous quality.

T: Fairly mellow given the style, but still tasty. The spicy theme continues. Prunes and figs start things out, but are quickly replaced by a combination of spices. Cinnamon, clove, allspice and even a touch of anise give this beer a ton of character, without being overpowering. Yeast is in the back with a mild sourdough quality. Finishes with a lingering spiciness.

M: Medium body has the intense carbonation I've come to expect from this style.

D: This is pretty subtle for a Dubbel, but a great beer nonetheless. If there was an entry for Belgian Single, this beer would fit the bill. The relatively low ABV makes Pater 6 go down very easily. I'm really glad I picked it up.

Pater 6 was my second stop on my four part journey through St Bernardus beers. Prior 8 and Abt 12 are up next.

Photo of FleeVT
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

21 Feb 08
11.2 Fl.Oz. bottle, Best Before 04/23/2010.
Slightly cloudy nutty brown color with a creamy white head. Light on the nose with a floral sweetness and maybe just a hint of malt. Extremely carbonated in the mouth. Nothing overpowering in this beer, it has a medium body. Not too flavorful, subtle hints of caramel with bitterness. Finishes clean.

17 May 09
330ml bottle with best buy date.
A: Thick delicious looking head that laces the glass perfectly. This is what it is supposed to look like. Nutty brown with mild haze.
S: Maltier than I remember. Light brown sugar and maple finish off the nose.
T/M: Medium to high carbonation with moderate body gives a nice creamy texture. Malty up front followed by the sweets in the nose, again, all subdues. A touch of warming alcohol in the throat and slight sourness in the aftertaste. Still a great beer.

Photo of jwhawkins81
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle had 30-09-11 on the back.

Aroma - Sweet malts with some citrusy hop aroma too.

Appearance - Red with plenty of carbonation. Poured produced a nice off-white head.

Taste - Sweet with a little spiceness, dark fruits are in there too. A well rounded beer.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodies with plenty of carbonation.

Drinkability - Highly so.

Bottle has 30/07/12 on the back

Aroma - Dark fruits ans Belgian spice and yeast

Appearance - Dark rd with a creamy tan foams. Tons of carbonation on the pour. Tons of lacing later.

Taste - Watery with a good level of spice. Dark sweet fruits. Complex but not a lot of words come to mind to describe it. Along with the spice there is a hint of alcohol and a flavor similar to alcohol that doesn't seem to quite fit.

Notes - Thin mouthfeel but good carbonation. A very good beer, kind of a toned down Abt 12.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle courtesy of brewandbbq. Can't believe I haven't reviewed this one yet.

Pours a fogged in orange hued brown with a sizeable creme head. Nose is lots of sugar and lots of malts as well. Flavor is malty and earthy sweet again with a bitter hop edge on the side. Spices are clearly evident. Overall tone is earthy and robust. Feel reminds me a bit of Westy 12, though much harsher on the carbonation. Bites too much IMO. Overall a nice dubbel. Classy and classic. If you haven't had all of the St. Bernardus line yet, you might as well get to it.

Photo of Buschyfor3
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into my St. Bernardus chalice.

A: Pours a dark amber-brown body; when held up to light, ruby streaks glisten along the bottom edge of the chalice and fade up the sides to the off-white, bubbly 1.5 finger thick head. A lot of lacing on this one as the head thins to a thin layer of miniscule bubbles that persist in clinging to the side of the glass.

S: Two things strike me up front: one being sweetness from ripe dark fruits, notably dates/prunes; the second thing is the alcohol itself. I caught a noticeable whiff of some medicinal-like alcohol. Searching between the dark fruits and the alcohol, I also pick up a toasted, grain like quality.

T: This is quite complex, so I'll see how much I can get in. First, I pick up the faint sweetness of prunes, raisins and other dried, dark fruits. There is also a tinge of a brown sugar and/or caramel sweetness that dances with the dried fruits up front. Then the yeast comes in with a spicy, peppery flavor that peaks on the tongue for a second before residing into a blend of malt flavors - lightly toasted whole grain wheat crackers, a nutty/buttery flavor, and then a lighter, biscuit finishing note. Finish dries out on the tongue, leaving a pleasant, biscuit aftertaste.

M: Interesting (at least to me) because this feels really frothy on the tongue, partly due to the carbonation and partly because this St. Bernardus chalice is designed to maintain a head of a couple centimeters in depth, so each sip begins with some of that thin, somewhat creamy head of miniscule bubbles. Medium bodied, with enough carbonation to keep this beer from being considered thick, but just enough so that it has a slight bite on the edges that quickly fades.

D: Bottle indicates 6.7% ABV - the alcohol perks up on the palate with that warming, peppery sting, but this beer remains pleasantly drinkable. The complexity, more than the alcohol, begs for one to sip and savor to try and dissect all the flavors dancing across the palate.

This is the first dubbel I have had the opportunity to review and it is quite a delicious, complex beer - exactly what I have come to expect from St. Bernardus. It's quite complex in its blend of dark fruits and malts, and there is a good balance between the subtle sweetness of dried fruits and the toasted, biscuit malt profile to make for an enjoyable sipper, one that continually begs for another sip to unlock more of the flavors hidden within. I would recommend this beer.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a goblet.

3.5 A: Murky dark brown, almost black. Slightly off-white head does not retain well and leaves moderate lacing.

3.5 S: This is similar to the 8 only not as potent. Slight raisin and plum aroma. Slight graininess. Pleasant, but weak.

3.5 T: Same as smell. Similar to the 8, but much less tasty. Plum, raisin, tobacco and lots of yeastiness.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good bubbly carbonation. Creamy.

3.5 D: Good beer, but not at this price.

Photo of alovesupreme
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fantastic head sits on top of a brown beverage. The head stubbornly remained throughout my entire enjoyment of the beverage.
Raisons, dark candy sugar and dark fruits.
Lots of malt character with a caramel bread character that makes up the body. A definite fruit presence that is very complex.
Extremely creamy which is a characteristic I have come to expect from St. Bernardus.
Fantastic beer.

Photo of timmah427
3.76/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a rich, dark golden brown that appears ruby-red when held up to the light. Huge white head that slowly sinks down. Moderate lacing.

S - Aroma is dominated by Belgian candi sugar, followed by sweet, dark fruit, caramel, and a bit of malt.

T - A bit sweet, with caramel in the forefront. Then you begin to taste the candi sugar, and finally, a little maltiness.

M/D - Classic Belgian in that it is very carbonated. Almost a bit over-carbonated, but it does give the beer the sense of being a little more dry, which I like. Its low-ish ABV and lower sweetness (compared to most Belgians) make it fairly drinkable. Another solid offering from St. Bernardus.

Photo of Jablonski
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay glass.

I enjoy how this beer appears golden-brown in the light. Fine yeast particles are visible, which is nice in comparison of beers with larger particles. The head was surprisingly resilient as well. Dark fruits dominate the smell, with candy sugar strong too. Also, there is a funky aroma to this beer, which gives it some character. I think the caramel is strongest in the flavor, and the dark fruits creep in a second or two after sipping. Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side. However, with the lower than average ABV and good taste, this is one of the most drinkable Dubbels I've had.

Photo of chiguy2420
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I should mention that I picked up a 4 pack of the St. Bernardus brews 1 ABT 12, 1 Triple, 1 8 and this 1 6.

Review #6... Poured into St. Bernardus goblet.

A: Beautiful red and amber color. I love the look of this beer. Tiny eggshell head. Really a great looking beer.

S: Great smell of Fennel and dried fruits. Good spice on the nose. Really a homerun for for me when it comes to Dubbels. Maybe the best nose to a beer I have ever encountered.

T: A bonanza of flavor. Again got that fennel taste that came in with the smell. Taste of dates is also there. I love the spicy notes on this. It really is just about as good as it gets. Albeit perfection is difficult to achieve.

M: Complexity doesn't justify how truly all over the place this is, and that is a good thing. I really can't say enough about the carbonation here too. Its really just a brilliant put together brew.

D: I love this beer. I will be out buying several more in the next few days along with the ABT 12 by these wonderful Belgian friends. I can drink this one all night and the ABV really is at a good level for that. Not too filling to interrupt a good meal as well.

In summary, I can't say enough about how much I enjoyed this brew and like I said, I plan on many, many more of these in the near future.

Photo of Jeffo
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up down the road at the bottle shop.

From a bottle into a St. Bernardus chalice.

APPEARANCE: Pours a medium thick looking 2 finger off-white pillow-fluffy head with excellent retention. Medium carbonation evident. Colour is a russet or chocolate brown with some yeast sediment floating around. Thick cap stays until the end and leaves lost of thick lacing down the glass. Very nice for the style.

SMELL: A bold yeasty nose with dark fruits, raisins and dates mostly. Some toasted and sweet caramel malt in there, sugar as well, and a bit of clove and spices in the background. The yeasty qualities combined with the toasted malt gives it a somewhat weizen quality. A nice nose to say the least.

TASTE: Toasted and caramel malt up front, with the bold Belgian yeast making itself felt the whole way through. Some dark fruit, raisins and dates like the nose, come through later on. The bitter-sweet sugary aftertaste is strong, long lasting, and pleasant, with a touch of spicy alcohol and clove spices at the end. An interesting profile.

PALATE: Medium body with medium to lower end carbonation. Goes down very smooth with no bite and finishes rather dry on the palate. Nice here as well.

OVERALL: A great example of what a dubbel should be. Looked and felt great, and had the nose and taste profile to match. Very enjoyable and drinkable; if you like dubbels and haven't had this one yet, you're missing out. One I'll definitely pick up again. Recommended.

Photo of ByTor2112
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased March 2006 at Gomer's in KC, had a date of best before 8-13-07. Poured into my Chimay goblet.

Pours a reddish brown, check that, just about a mahogany color with a thin film of bubbles forming the head.
Aroma- dark roasted sugars, dried fruits reminiscent of an aged English Barleywine. I also get a faint cidery smell.
Mouthfeel- rich dried fruits, even at 6.7% I get the slightest bit of warmth from the alcohol. This one has obviously aged alot with the yeast having mellowed but it still comes through without being too fruity or estery.
I liked this and I feel I like Dubbels and Abbey styles when they have aged. The sediment in this one was very dark.

Photo of Gmann
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Out of a 750ml corked and caged bottle. Pours a hazy milk chocolate color with a small tan head. Light candi sugar, clove and coriander on the nose, some carob as well. Nice candi sugar flavor to start, some floral spices, clove, and rusty mineral water. Some carob notes and a light bittering hop in the end that dries out the brew and offsets the sweet. The feel is fairly light with very active carbonation that lends itself to be crisp. Good balance between sweet and bitter/dry. A nice flavorful dubbel, nice and easy to drink.

Photo of Traquairlover
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle poured into a tulip.

A = Fairly clear red oak, with an almost bright white (slight yellow tint) small foam head, relatively heavy carbonation bubbling.

S = Syrup, cotton candy, tin. Pretty well balanced.

T = Creamy, some barnyard funk, strong sweet syrup and candy flavors, light bitterness, slight wet hay. Decent tasting, but not a quaffer.

M = Medium bodied, good mouthcoating.

Photo of bskrtz
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 11.2 ounce bottle, approx. 40 degrees.

a) A cloudy, shoe-leather brown ale with white lacy surface that lasts and lasts

S) Perfection. Sweet baked oats, raisons & dates

T) This is a reference point for Belgian Ale. Sweet root beer, dates, currents

M) Light, fine yet plentiful carbonation tingles on the way down.

D) Pater 6 is 6.7 ABV which is light when compared to many other strong Belgian ales, but it means you can have more than one and walk away (please don't drive away). Truly a great beer.

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St. Bernardus Pater 6 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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