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St. Bernardus Pater 6 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Ratings: 1,355
Reviews: 669
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 60
Gots: 120 | FT: 1
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Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website

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 bowersdm
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle poured into my St. Bernardus goblet. yeast was left in the bottle.

A - brown, apple cider like color with 1cm of off-white head.

S - yeast, bread, spices, grass.

T - a slight malt sweetness with fruitiness from apples and spiciness from cloves and nutmeg (maybe). this gave way to earth, grass (or straw or hay) and a very dry, slightly bitter finish. I didn't really enjoy the dryness.

M - too much carbonation.

D - if it had less carbonation this would be a pretty drinkable brew. if it had more sweetness this would be a pretty drinkable brew. if it had more sweetness and less carbonation this would be a very, very good brew.

Photo of Atricapilla
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is a medium mahogany color and has an off white foamy head.

Aroma consisted of malt, earth, banana and grass.

Flavor consisted of malt, earth, cocoa, and a hint of oak. Not as sweet as what I expected, given the maltiness; the flavor has a slight dryness at the end.

Photo of br3wmeister
3.71/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Aggressive pour gave me a two inch head that was very light almost white. The head clung together very well and stuck thickly to the sides of the glass. The beer is a lightly hazy dark amber color.

S- Spicy, peppery yeast aromas up front with some caramel sweetness. Also hints of brown sugar and gingerbread.

T- Starts out with some dry spicy and herbal flavors. Some malty sweetness, raisins and bready flavors. This beer ends with a dry bitter aftertaste.

M- Thick almost oily but drys out quickly and leaves your palate pretty clean.

Overall- pretty drinkable beer, a little lighter then I anticipated and not as complex as I had hoped.

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

Best before date of May 16th, 2011. Poured into a St Bernardus goblet a ruddy brown color with amber highlights and a small but firm off-white head leaving behind some nice lacing. Aroma is yeasty, herbal and grassy, a bit of hay, and some spiced apple. First sip brings out some apple flavors, some grassy, herbal hops, light caramel and a little bit of dark fruits. The spiciness isn't overbearing, but it's there and adds a decent complexity to this beer. It's all apples and hay, reminiscent of a hay-ride around Halloween time. Some nuttiness starts to come out as it warms. Medium-light in body. There's a ton of carbonation in this beer that's a bit too spritzy at first, but mellows down a bit upon warming. It's a tasty beer, but I've had much better Dubbels coming out of Belgium than this one. I picture this one as a table beer and would be great with several dishes.

Photo of praufs01
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Murky brown (almost coffee looking) with a big fluffy off-white head.

Aroma - Grassy and earthy with some faint notes of dark chocolate, raspberry jam, and a wisp of alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Moderate carbonation that scrubs the palate, but not in an offensive way.

Taste - Lots of flavors going on here. Super complex ale with tart green apple, raspberry, and dark chocolate. I'm also detecting a underlying flavor of lemon like citrus.

Overall - A real stunner. Wow! It seams as though the more you drink it the greater the experience. If I had one word to describe this ale it would be 'Superb'.

Photo of dsa7783
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single 11.2 oz slim bottle purchased from Gary's in Madison...
Appearance: Lucious, dark-brown hue... Impressive head with tremendous lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Smell: Rich malts dominate this excellent dubbel... Hints of caramelized goodness and prunes are also noticeable...
Taste: Strongly complemented the aroma... Bombarded by rich malts, caramel, dark Belgian sugars, yeast, prunes, dehydrated fruits...
Medium-bodied mouthfeel... Easily drinkable with no overbearing flavors...
Very well-balanced...
Great stuff...

Photo of jjanega08
2.94/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A= a light brown clear color that has a great head on it and pretty nice lacing.
S=more like apples and yeast than the other st. B's very champagne like.
T= same as the nose. The apples dominate the taste.
M= high carbonation with average weight in my mouth
D= average. I would maybe have it on a special occasion or something but not my favorite

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

Large and rocky light tan head. Light brown color and quite clear.

Sweet melted brown sugar meets my nose on the first sniff. Strong caramel and molasses aroma.

Very smooth, rich liquid. Not as sweet as the smell indicates. Does not display the typical Belgian yeast flavors, so this tastes closer to a doppelbock to me. This is a great, easy-to-drink Belgian ale.

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

A: Pours a deep mahogany brown with ruby tones, very clear, with a thick tan 2-finger head that sticks around, leaving sticky lace in my St. Bernardus chalice.

S: Cream of wheat, toasty and biscuity grains, malt, nutty, but all very subtle (I accidentally got a nostril full of foam in the process).

T: I expected something a little more pronounced, but I really like how subdued this is a dubbel: not cloyingly malty like some dubbels are. Very smooth and grainy, subtle hints of roasty and biscuity malts, but perfectly balanced. The more I drink this the more I like its simple and subtle flavors. Well done.

M: Velvety smooth. Carbonation matches the body perfectly.

D: Goes down a little too easy, I wish I could afford to drink more of it.

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

Into a chalice, 33cl btl

Appearance: 4.4
Nice, deep orange/red hue. Thick, tan head dissipating into a thin cap and leaving dense lace.

Aroma: 4.2
Woodsy, banana, dark fruit, deep Carmel/chocolate. Raspberry

Taste: 4
Bananas. Berry flavored milk chocolate. Candied cherries. Just slightly tart in the mid-palette. Finish is quite long and pleasing, and reminds me of dark chocolate

Mouth feel: 3.9
Very smooth. Lightly coating. Light, creamy carbonation.

Drink ability: 4
Obviously a beer not designed for quaffing, but for sipping/enjoying. Still, very easy to drink

Photo of spointon
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I poured this one from an 11.2oz skinny brown bottle into my St. Bernardus chalice glass.

A= This ale poured a murky light brown color with a fair amount of yeast sediment (despite the fact that I decanted out most of the dark yeast from the bottom of the bottle). The light tan head poured 3/4" (at fridge temp) and slowly dropped to a faint skim. No lace to speak of.

S= After warming to proper temp, this beer produced aromas of sweet syrupy malts, candi sugar, phenols, and funky yeastiness. Very little alcohol in the nose.

T= Started out malty sweet but quickly introduced a decent array of more complex flavors. I found candi sugar and treacle lead into a nice spiciness. The yeasty notes came in halfway and never let up. The finish was dry and slightly tart. Nice.

MF= Medium body with a sharp crispness on the tongue. That happens to be my thing, but for some I can see how it would be too much.

D= I haven't had this one in a while and I had forgotten what a great beer it is. Very drinkable and damn near sessionable for a Belgian ale.

Photo of nasty15108
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a St. Bernardus chalice. **Be careful for foam ups with this brewery**

A - Poured a Brownish/red color. The Pour produced a head of slightly off-white foam which dispersed after a few sips and left a bubbly film.

S - Malty/Bready with hints of dark ripe fruit and a slight banana/clove aroma usually associated with Weiss Beer.

T - Lots of the banana/clove/bubble gum flavors
you would associate with a weiss or dunkel weiss. Slightly herbal. Finishes off slightly dry.

MF&D - Medium/thin bodied. Good carbonation and drinkablity make this one a winner.

Photo of roadhouse
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a tulip glass. Yet again St. Bernardus burns me with a big fat foamover upon opening.

Appearance is a muddy reddish brown, tainted by big chunks of sediment due to the foamover. The off-white head is about one and a half inches thick but sinks down to a centimeter fairly quickly. Leaves some light lacing but not much.

The aroma is mostly of candi sugar and dark fruits - plums and figs primarily with a bit of dark sweet cherry character as well. There is also a light spicy phenolic character but it's in the background.

The taste is somewhat sweet up front but not for long as the dark fruit flavors quickly blend in and overtake it. The spiciness is a lot heavier than in the aroma and comes in right at the start of the swallow as a sharp crispness on the tip of the tongue that mellows out in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, very smooth and creamy but that sharp bite is somewhat unappealing.

It's no Westy 8 but in the Dubbel category this one is up there for me. Wish I could figure out why every St. Bernardus beer I try foams over even though it's served at the proper temperature. Nevertheless, it's pretty damn tasty and worth picking up.

Photo of chipachu2
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

St Barnardus is really the Jaguar of beers. You can't go wrong with them and Pater 6 is no exception. Other reports here struggle to identify flavors and that is the unique challenge of this beer. The elements go so well together its hard to take them apart to analyze. This beer can be found individually or in seasonal packs.

a - poured 11 oz into a St. Barnardus goblet. nice dark brown cola apearance with a small head that remains.

s- rich, cola, and fall fruits.

T - raisins, pears, apples, and cola.

m- always refreshing, never overwhelming. remarkably fresh as water!

D- 5.0 all around. you cant fail on this one!

Photo of sonicdescent
4.69/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from Bottle with a best by 10 xx xx date into a goblet.

Pours a murky brown with some floaties. Thick creamy head disappears into a lid with somewhat inconsistent lacing, sometimes thick, sometimes none at all.

Smells exceptional. Floral, sweet, fruity. Very similar to the Westy 8. If the flavor is even close to that, I have found my new go-to beer and a new favorite style.

Drumroll...it is similar! A nice sweetness but not cloying, with a taste mostly of grapes. A nice hint of bread and cola as well.

Mouthfeel is a tad more carbonated than the Westy, but the body is very good and light.

Drinkability..this is my new go to beer. It's not nearly as difficult to find as the Westy of course, but still not extremely easy to come by here.

Photo of paco1029384756
3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy brown color with two fingers of off white head.

Scent is malty with some yeast and sugars, pretty weak for a Dubbel.

Taste of sugars, malts, yeast and a hint of gummy candy. A little strange, but it alright.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, lighter than I look for in the style.

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

11oz bottle poured into a St. Bernardus chalice

A russet infused auburn body with a creamy, one finger khaki head. Loads of tiny bubbles. The head settled in to form a thin layer of foam over the top and stayed for the duration. Dots of lace all over the glass.

Mild fruit esters, cola, and bread. Overall a very complex smell and a little hard to detect.

The flavor is a little easier to detect the nuances. Figs and dates, raisins dipped in rum, dried plum and apple. The bready components dominate for the most part, with everything else adding layers of flavor.

The overall bready flavor allows for a dry mouthfeel. Light-medioum body with active carbonation. Not the smoothest dubbel out there.

No real strong flavors to slow you down coupled with a manageable abv, make this guy pretty easy to drink.

Photo of NiceGuyMike
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got my hands on this in a gift package containing the quad, triple and double (8) along with a St. Bernardus glass; awesome.

I first noticed it's creamy head. It reminded me of the head off a stout, very fine and very creamy. First taste was exciting. I could barely pick up on the alcohol which is common in many of their other beers. I found this to be not too sweet nor spicy. Very well balanced and refreshing. Along with the lower alcohol makes this a very drinkable beer.

I don't think I have ever seen this been in stores before. I'm going to keep a sharp eye out for it.

Photo of argock
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 11oz brown bottle into a clear oversized wine glass.

A: Dirty dishwater brown with tall ecru head with fair retention but no lace to speak of.

S: The nose is subdued with some plum, cherry, and spice scents with a fair amount of yeast and noble hops aroma.

T: Plum, date, and raisin flavors play together with clove, strong yeast, and herbal hops notes. The taste overall, however complex, is low-key.

M: The body is surprisingly light and airy. Aftertaste is pleasant with bready yeast and dark fruit.

D: While I enjoyed this beer more or less, I wish I could generate a little more enthusiasm for something. It is unassuming, but to a fault I think.

Photo of woemad
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle purchased at Jim's Homebrew in Spokane a couple of months ago for $4.15. Best by date of December 15, 2006. Oops.

Poured a dark, cola-like color that took on a rubyish hue when held to the light, at which point I can see lots of sediment floating about. About an inch of off-white foam that dropped quickly for the style, but retained a foam collar and was easily agitated back to life. Streaks, strands and islands of lace were left behind on my St.Bernardus goblet.

Big whiff of dark cherries on this one, with aromatic pipe tobacco and some dark chocolate deep, deep in the background.

My taste buds were hit by a combination of chocolate-dipped cherries, figs, powdered sugar and a smooth tobacco flavor. Slightly dry note at the swallow.

Like many Belgian brews, this gave the impression of being less substantial a beer than it actually was, with a rather light yet coating mouthfeel.

God, this went down easy! It's like a sessionable version of Abt 12 - relatively speaking. 6.7% will still drop you on your butt if you make this beer your companion for the night. Other than in the appearance - and even that wasn't too much of a letdown - this beer showed no sign of being 2 years past it's prime, nevermind what the label said. Far as I can tell, St.Bernardus doesn't make a bad beer.

Photo of rye726
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another great beer from St. Bernardus. Pours a rich brown with a creamy tan head. Nose has rich malts, ripe fruit, spicy yeast and subtle hops. No huge flavors, but very well balanced. Medium body is nicely carbonated. A good traditional example of the style. Would make the perfect session beer if it were a bit cheaper.

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

Thanks to a friend for sharing this from a St. Bernardus variety 6-pack (awesome). Poured a mostly-clear dark amber with a tall white head and lacing.

This beer strikes me as being two things: spicy and drinkable. At nearly 7%, this baby drinks like a mild thanks to the dry and thin body. As for the spice, phenols are the dominate flavor-maker, with a red peppercorn bite next to the also spicy hops. The malt provides a subtle toffee back note for the spice and help create the delicate balance. This beer could have a little more flavor, but I'll be damned if I couldn't put down a number of these without thinking about it.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.41/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle,

A: Pours brown with a full cap on off-white foam. Head retention is good, lacing is light for a Belgian.

S: Not particularly aromatic, some phenol and alcohol notes, dark malt.

T: Malt and molasses, with some candi sugar notes, very sweet. Light hop character, a bit of mint and wintegreen, black pepper.

M: Mouthfeel is relatively light, carbonation is right on, smooth, yeasty, dry finsh.

D: This is a good beer, to me it's like Prior 8 light. There's nothing wrong with that, I just thought it would be something a little different. Certainly worth a purchase for the Belgian fan if you want an easy drinking lighter beer.

Photo of champ103
3.59/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a ruby red color. A two finger beige head forms and gently recedes. Sticky spiderweb lace clings to the glass.
S: Not much here. Some malty burnt wood and yeast.
T: Malty with a big woody taste. Some caramel and raisins. Peppery spices.
M/D: A medium body that is creamy and well carbonated for my tastes. Not much alcohol for the style, and that makes for a very easy to drink Dubbel.

A nice Dubbel. Not my favorite of the style, but pleasant and inoffensive.

Photo of biegaman
3.72/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very dainty blend of dark auburn and burgundy that glows ornate redwood when held to the light. An initially frenzied carbonation had the glass dotted two or three layers thick with bubbles; since settling, however, many parts have caved in. With the back lighting it appears as a stain glass window. It definitely looks like something I'd enjoy drinking.

An authentic, time-tested, well cultured Belgian strain of yeast can be bewildering to the sense of smell; St. Bernardus works with such a thing and it's quite apparent. The aroma retains the full, distinctive character of that yeast and it makes for a confusingly complex smell. Foremost are mild esters of decomposing fruits and a strong bready note.

All this carries over into taste and makes a considerably well seasoned flavour. It is reminiscent of apple pie spices and strongly resembles a fig pudding. The malts taste doused with rum-raisin. That may be the most accurate description, although the most forward character is probably that of both dried and over ripened fruits, apple and plum in particular.

If I had to pick an area for improvement, I would focus on the mouthfeel. The yeast can be quite dry and bready. It doesn't offer the intensity of esters (or any phenols) that other commercial Belgian dubbels do. I don't sense a lot of malt, either. There's a bit of a caramelized sugar syrup kind of taste, but no texture to go along with it.

This may not be my favourite dubbel or my favourite offering from this brewery, but it's certainly a beer I'd never turn down drinking. It's a fine example of Belgian tradition and craftsmanship. If the idea of a beer packed with fig, apple, plum and rum-raisin flavour sounds appealing to you, then I'd definitely recommend St. Bernardus Pater 6.

St. Bernardus Pater 6 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
91 out of 100 based on 1,355 ratings.