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St. Bernardus Pater 6 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Ratings: 1,299
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 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.

Photo of czfreeman
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An aggressive pour of Pater 6 yields a very impressive hazelnut-hued head. Lots of lacing is left as this fantastic cap settles after medium-long retention. The bier is a deep honey-hued muddy brown color. The color/appearance is quite similar to a Dunkle Hefeweizen. My mouth is already watering.
The aroma is superb. A biting maltiness greets the nose, slowly moving through a spectrum of yeasty mustinessraisins,nuts,crabapples,lemony-orange accents. Imagine putting your face in a holiday fruit basket, and this is a representaion of the aroma profile of this brew.
Flavor is simply wonderful. The beer looks like it will be too sweet, but actually it is an incredibly balanced beer. Figs,malty,oranges,raisins,warmed dark wheat breads,cloves,very earthy-very similar to a fresh beet. The mouthfeel is very creamy and palate-pleasing,yet ends with a nice dry, almost tartlike finish.
Drinkability is a laughing matter. This is one of those beers you want to down immediatly,sip constantly, chug like a busch-light-shotgunning teenager. Do they sell kegs of this? Just kidding. In absolute seriousness, this beer is one of the best-delicate,balanced,flavorful. A wonderful drinking experience.

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

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into my St. Bernardus chalice. Purchased in August and consumed in April. Pours a very murky brown with a good amount of lacing along the side of the chalice. Very sweet, fruity smell, which comes out in the taste. The taste is overwhelmingly dried fruit with prunes and raisins standing out over everything else. Very bubbly mouthfeel. Low ABV makes this beer drinkable and pretty damn delicious if I do say so myself.

Photo of tpd975
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice nutty brown color with a big fluffy off white head. The head dies down and leaves behind ample lacing.

S: Very malty with notes of dark fruit and brown sugar.

T: Lots of dark fruits with tinges of coffee and brown sugar. There is a bit of spice and a hint of metal in the finish.

M: Medium body with pretty good carbonation.

D: Not bad, but there are better offerings out there.

Overall: Not St. Bernardus' best offering but worth the try nonetheless.

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

Perfect pour into my Rochefort goblet. The cloudy dark brown beer creates a dark tan head that crests beautifully atop the glass's rim. Lots of sediment, lots of lacing.

Aroma is malty and sugary with some spice.

Flavor is full of dark fruits including fig and raisin but also some more tripel-esque fruitiness with boozy apple. Yeast is as usual a big note here, lending earth doughiness.

This beer's superb mouthfeel is defined by the extremely fine carbonation that creates a luxurious palate without a heavy body.

Photo of mwilbur
3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into chalice.
A: Pours a nice brownish amber color with very thick tan head that lasts a long while and gives was to nice lacing.
S: Raisins, bready yeast, cinnamon and clove.
T: Hmmm...where did all that nice aroma go? Did not translate into the taste unfortunately. Belgian malt is most apparent, then comes faints hints of raisin, doughy bread, and spice. A little disappointing.
M: Fairly ordinary...medium body and taste doesn't linger at all.
D: Better than average, but I expect more from Belgians...especially St. Bernardus.

Photo of atigerlife
3.6/5  rDev -12%
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.

Photo of morimech
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Photo of Blueye80
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.25/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

Photo of Slynger
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of littleg
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Photo of ericj551
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of BMan1113VR
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of iasanlee
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of AMo
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of tayner
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of IPAcraig
4.13/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of JBogan
4.13/5  rDev +1%
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

Photo of Proteus93
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of walshclimb
3.68/5  rDev -10%
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.

Photo of greenbeaner
4.13/5  rDev +1%
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

Photo of Trueant1
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of BucBasil
3.33/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

Photo of Blakaeris
3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

St. Bernardus Pater 6 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
92 out of 100 based on 1,299 ratings.