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St. Bernardus Pater 6 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Ratings: 1,358
Reviews: 670
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 60
Gots: 121 | FT: 1
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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 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.

Photo of mmmbeer
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

33 cL, slender Belgian bottle with 33 04 10 on the back label; sampled 7/15/08. The beer is dark, maroon-hued, with little bits of sediment, and three fingers of slowly-receding head that leaves a few wisps of lacing. Sweet and mildly nutty in the nose, with notes of raisins, red apples, yeast, aged malts, sherry?, chocolate? and light oxidation that is in no way offensive. It becomes very aromatic at the end, almost bordering on pungent. The flavor needs some time to open up, but when it does, it unleashes fruity esters and alcohols, a touch of green hops, a dose of bitter yeast, chocolate?, caramel?, mild bitterness and a light phenolic character. Very malty, even well into its lightly sweet finish. It is lightish and dry on the palate, with strong, prickly carbonation that makes me burp after the first sip. When it calms down, the body becomes more full, with a powdery yeast feel, and some warming alcohol. Delicious and complex to say the least; this is a very nice ale that has aged well so far, and I'm sure will continue to do so. As with the rest of their beers, "heavenly nectar" is right.

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

Appearance: This one pours a dark nut brown color. It's very hazy and a scrutinous eye can find a few bits of sediment swimming around. It's very actively carbonated and yields a creamy off-white head that reaches two fingers in depth. It's more than patient and looks to outlast the beer lying underneath. A nice web of lace lined the glass.

Smell: Toasted malt is the starting point for the nose. It's really the predominant aroma. There's a little caramel malt along for the ride. It smells sugary and sweet. Light clove and pepper spices are noted. Belgian yeast is prevalent and smells delicious, as always. A little chocolate and faint prailine scents emerge if you stick with it. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Really nice smelling beer.

Taste: The flavor profile is consistent with the nose, but seems to present itself in a different order. It tastes a little chocolatey and sweet up front. There's a light dark fruit flavor that follows. Tastes mostly like plum and raisin. Light clove and pepper spices add depth. Caramel/toffee malts add some sweetness. Toasted malt and a little toasted nut emerge and really take over the flavor. Belgian yeast is noted throughout and clings to the palate for quite a while after. Alcohol is blended extremely well. It finishes yeasty and a little spicy. It's very good, but honestly, it feels like that little something extra is missing.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's got a medium body that's pretty smooth. Carbonation is very active and limits it a little here. It just doesn't quite get to a creamy or lush level. Drinkability is very high. There is a lot of flavor and much to like here. It's very easy to drink. At 6.7% abv, it lends itself to being drinkable.

Pater 6 is a very, very good beer. As far as Dubbels go, it certainly competes with the best of them. As good as it is, it's just not quite as refined or well put together as say....Westvleteren 8. The flavor profile really needs something to carry it to that next level. I can't quite put my finger on what exactly it needs. Perhaps a little more spices to ramp up the pizzazz. There's nothing overtly wrong with it. In fact, it's very good beer. I have no reservations recommending it at all. Just needs a little something more to carry it to the next level.

Photo of wl0307
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No freshness info. printed on the bottle/label, served lightly chilled in Westmalle's broad-rimmed chalice.

A: a careful pour makes a deeply dark mahogany hue with chunky yeast-sediments floating in the liquid, coming with semi-lively carbonation to support a well-lasting, beige fluffy froth.
S: lightly citric sourness skirts the yeasty dark-malty theme, showing savoury-sweet dried hawthorn fruits and dried prunes, woody hints (supposedly from the yeasts), and rather quiet and integrated malty composition. Not terribly complex or highly estery, but overall deep and enticing in its own way.
T: an effervescent swallow shows quiet dark malts, burned sugar, ripened dark fruits, with a light tinge of sweetened kidney-bean paste - very interesting... just as the malts settle, the flavour has already been elevated to a different level, with the dry-ish yeastiness and hop bitterness both developing elegantly in the aftertaste, finished slightly chewy, herbal, and spicy due to the yeastiness, of course.
M&D: the palate comes slightly effervescent, but gradually softening as the beer goes, while the body is just integrated and at the medium level to suit the overall moderate flavour profile. This is a rather quiet Abbey ale that deserves respect and slow sipping, but in copious amounts!!

Photo of CJthirty7
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Brownish amber; short quick head on pour.
S: Sweet brown sugar and prunes; somewhat malty.
T: Sweet taste of raisin, brown sugar; slight sour after taste. Not strong.
M: Light, not highly carbonated, smooth across the tongue.
D: I could drink a couple of these any time.

Photo of glid02
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of Kadonny
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into my Chimay chalice.

A: A medium brown with a nice one finger off white head. Nice glass lacing.

A: Yeasty spice smells with sweet fruit. No hops on the nose.

T: I get ruby red sweet fruits with a large amount of concorde grape. A funky yeasty flavor is present throughout with caramel, molasses and brown sugar riding along with the fruit. Finish is sweet and fruity with a lack of hops. I don't get a dry finish at all on this beer. Pretty complex.

M: Pretty full and coating, very minimal alcohol detected.

D: Medium to me. It was just a bit to sweet with very little hops to offset it.

Overall a very complex beer, but as I said a bit too sweet and fruity for me. Still I can see the quality in this beer.

Photo of John_M
4.2/5  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.

Photo of olmatty
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- A dark brown cloudy beer with and off white head, poor retention and light lacing.

Smell- Sour maltiness, yeast, vinous

Taste- Lightly sweet maltiness, slightly sour, notes of graham cracker and wine, mild hop presence, and a dry finish.

Mouthfeel- Crisp, tiny bubbles, a slightly watery body and a dry, bubbly finish

Drinkability- Very Smooth and very little aftertaste

St. Bernardus Pater 6 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
91 out of 100 based on 1,358 ratings.