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St. Bernardus Pater 6 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Ratings: 1,240
Reviews: 651
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 56
Gots: 84 | 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 Neehan
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into chalice. Bought as part of the St. Bernardus gift-pack complete with 4 varieties from the brewery and a chalice.

Hazy, dark pour with a thick, bright, white head and a fair amount of retention. Complete with medium-bodied spices to complement the light body and thick texture. Fruity and aromatic with citrusy flavors that mellow on the finish. A solid beer that is probably too-often overlooked because of the other products to come from this brewery.

Neehan, Jul 29, 2007
Photo of GClarkage
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

07/08/07- Purchased at John's Marketplace in Portland, OR.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with a best by date on the back label. Poured into my St. Bernardus chalice.

Appearance- Chestnut color to a "t". Full creamy and smooth 1 inch dirty white head. Lovely 1/3 inch remains for the endurance of the beer. Patches, streaks and spots of lace cover about the entire glass.

Smell- Chocolate quick powder, dates and figs, local artisan bread shops...if only it was more outgoing.

Taste- I notice lots of chocolate malt as it warms to room temp. Bready for sure as well as some semi-sweet dates. Just a bit more sweetness would have been incredible, but I have to remember this is a dubbel and to take it for what it is.

Mouthfeel- A bit higher in carbonation than liked, but not bad. A bit thick and slick. Chocolate aftertaste. Mild creaminess.

Drinkability- Not my favorite style, but one of the top 5 I have had for sure. Maybe #3 behind Westvleteren and RR Benediction.

GClarkage, Jul 09, 2007
Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark burgandy color with a foamy, off-white, two-finger head. Left some very nice lace.

S - It smelled slightly sour. A strong nose of dried fruit. Also, nice notes of malt and clove.

T - It tasted of subtle sour dried fruit. There was a hint of hop spice. A toasted malt flavor was present, too.

M - It was crisp and sharp on the tongue. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good dubbel.

zeff80, Jun 17, 2007
Photo of MmmIPA
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cola brown colored body with a off white colored head that was about 2 fingers worth.Nice soapy lacing on my glass.Poured into a Chimay chalice.Some sugar and pepper smells.I taste carmel,very clean taste and doesnt last long.Some chocolate in the taste also.Mouthful is very creamy and smooth and the carbonation is very inviting and almost not even there.This beer is one fine ass brew,its not somthing I would have daily but it isalong the lines of other trappist beers.Very delicate,and you can taste the different between belgian and usa brewed belgian beers.I think this beer was very fresh and wouldnt benefit from any aging.Thats just my opinion.The lacing becomes spider webby lacing at the end of the glass.Yeast floaties in the last pour.

MmmIPA, May 06, 2007
Photo of gunnerman
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice pours an amazing dark amber color with a frothy fluffy head that stays the entire time and leaves some nice thick fat lace. Smell is of fresh ripe fruits also has a bit of a roasted alcohol smell. Taste was a bit of a mess, first off I dont know if I had a dated bottle of it maybe harsh to the elements but, I can taste heavy carbonation with a bit of sweet molasses and also a bit of fruit in there as well, slight bit of hop bittereness and no alcohol detected. I am not sure if this was a bad bottle or not, I am going to get another one and compaire, other than that it wasn't bad but it wasn't great either.

gunnerman, Apr 29, 2007
Photo of Stephen63
4.93/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Served slightly too cold from a fridge in a bar set to lager temp. However this was not a problem as I let it warm up with my hands. Excellent rich permanent head and dark body.

S - Spicy and matly with dark and cirtus fruits present. Very complex.

T - Wonderfully rich with dark malts, many fruits (plums, raisins) and sweet caramel.

M - Marvellous carbonation and silky.

D - Actually this has a good alcohol meaning one can take a few of these without a massive hit.

A truly superb beer and one I need to find on a regular basis.

Stephen63, Apr 15, 2007
Photo of techdiver
4.83/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep amber brown with a substantial head that dissipates slowly.

Truly divine aroma; malt, fruit, and caramel greet the nose.

Best dubbel I've tasted yet. Malt, figs, dates, and raisins with a touch of hops on the finish. Wonderful and well balanced.

Good mouthfeel with just the right carbonation and a smoothness most enjoyable.

Exceptional drinkability, a great St. Bernardus with a modest alcohol content.

techdiver, Apr 15, 2007
Photo of BWH3
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

St. Bernardus Pater 6 at 45 F from a Goblet

Appearance: Copper colored brew with creamy long lasting beige head. Very impressive balance betwee carbonation and head retention. If I only had a tulip to drink from.

Smell: The malt is light caramel or fig which allows the esters from the yeast to shine through with the aroma of cloves and banana.

Taste: Fig accompanied by banana with a hint of caramel. Ends with a touch of spiciness from the yeast. Wonderfully complex yet not overly sweet.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body with fantastic carbonation.

Drinkability: A true gem. This can be a sipper or a session. A session for people who enjoy endulging in great Belgian beers

BWH3, Apr 09, 2007
Photo of brewcrew76
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 08 08 08.

A - Deep brown with ruby highlights and a thin tan head with a small ring of lacing.

S - Malty, toffee, nutty with a slight clove like spiciness.

T - Figs, ripe apples, toasted bread, there is a slightly nutty taste present along with an earthiness and a slight clove spice.

M - Medium body with a slightly sharp carbonation. More carbonation than the Prior 8 although it also becomes somewhat creamy as it warms.

D - Tasty. It seems like a toned down version of the 8 with more carbonation.

brewcrew76, Apr 05, 2007
Photo of jeffaz02t
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark copper. Nice thick and creamy head that stays around for the entire experience of this beer.

S: Dark pit fruits, figs, sweet malts.

T: Reminds me of the 12 just taken down a notch. It has mellow dark fruits, some banana as well. Very calm taste, not overpowering at all. I like it.

M: Seems very smooth. Almost the mouthfeel of a hefe. Carbonation is mild, especially compared to the 8 or 12.

D: Bring em on! Could drink for a while, but this beer is filling.

jeffaz02t, Mar 15, 2007
Photo of klewis
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Best before 11/16/09

A: Pours a hazy copper with a bubbly head. Little lacing.

S: Raisins, yeasty esters, and a surprising amount of alcohol.

T: Fruity and slightly sweet with flavors of raisins and caramel.

M: Fairly light in body with tons of carbonation. The texture is perhaps appropriate for the style but is prickly, abrasive, and makes the beer difficult to taste.

D: A nice beer, but the texture and mouthfeel make this one a bit difficult to drink for me.

klewis, Mar 15, 2007
Photo of WeisGuy
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a - pours a deep dark brown with a slight reddish tint when held to a light, huge tan head with great retention and lacing

s - spicy aroma, lots of clove, a little banana, candy sugar, hint of chocolate

t - sweet and spicy at the same time up front, lots of clove, candy sugar, yeasty breadiness, hints of chocolate, not much alcohol detectable

m - medium-bodied, ample carbonation, sweetness on the palate

d - fairly drinkable Belgian, though I don't think I'd be drinking a bunch of these in any one sitting

Another great offering from St. Bernardus...I actually prefer it to the Tripel.

WeisGuy, Mar 14, 2007
Photo of aforbes10
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Bamber's in South Bend. Poured glowing crimson with a touch of terracotta. Huge white foaminess atop it. Looks pretty freaking brilliant. Smell is of a wet temperate forest with soil made of cumin, leaves of coriander and a little stream of alcohol flowing through it (funny how these trappist beers bring out the poets in us, huh?). Taste is a slightly chocolatey dubbel, not too heavy, some small spiciness but mostly just very smooth. Candi sugar and a light alcohol effervecense. Mouthfeel thin but pillowy...like a Dubbel Lite. Flatter than i expected. Very nice to drink. not all that strong so it doesn't hit too hard, and the flavor is very good.

aforbes10, Mar 12, 2007
Photo of BadBadger
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours out of the bottle a somewhat translucent dark color. The head was minimal and did not last long. The smell was a basic malty aroma as was the taste. Not much else going for the taste, at least on my palate. The mouth feel was "wet" and thin. This is a relatively rather unimpressive offering from this fine brewery, with Prior 8 being far superior to Pater 6.

BadBadger, Mar 06, 2007
Photo of aaronh
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this bottle into the St. Bernardus chalice that came with a 4 beer variety pack. Hazy chestnut body topped by a frothy head that lasts and lasts. Aroma is slightly spicy with a decent alcohol note. This is a familiar smell, but I can't place it (sorry). It's very appealing, though. Flavor has a good bit of a "beer" flavor. This beer really changes as it warms. Aroma becomes sweeter - more fruity and complex. Yeast starts to fade away. Back to the flavor - very dry, slightly bitter. Has a bit of a French baguette note. More sweetness and cooked fruit notes come through. Mouthfeel is thin, with prickly carbonation. This doesn't seem to change. Drinkability is OK. I like the tripel much better. For $14 for the Pater (6), Prior (8), Abt (12), Tripel, and the chalice, I think it’s one of the best bargains going.

aaronh, Mar 06, 2007
Photo of Yotus
4.78/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a the contents of an 11.2 oz bottle into a willing receptacle - in this case, a St. Bernardus chalice glass. Poured a HUGE white head, deep brown color with some orange-red highlights when held to the light.

Slightly soapy smell - I don't think it's oxidized, though. Some dark fruit and caramel malt work through.

As the beer warms, a very pleasing malty aroma takes the forefront. Wow. This is good. Biscuits, bread, rich - almost like dessert in a glass.

Creamy mouthfeel with a come-hither finish (slightly sweet but with just enough hop bite to cleanse the palate). I'm just glad that I didn't give up beer for Lent. This is an excellent example of a secular dubbel, and at 6.7% ABV , a substantial, nourishing treat.

Yotus, Mar 04, 2007
Photo of sacfly
4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2oz, 16 11 09 stamped on the back label.
Pours a slightly hazy amber brown color with a thick head of tan bubbles. Aroma of bread and toasted grains. Yeast and maybe just a hint of chocolate. More sweetness in the flavor than the nose lead me to believe. Figs, walnuts, whole wheat bread, maybe even chocolate chip cookies. Marvelously complex. Perfect medium body. Aftertaste is yeast and caramel. Instantly a favorite. Infinitely drinkable.

At first I was a bit reluctant to buy this. It was right next to the 8 and 12 and about the same price- both (especially the 12) tops on my list of favorites. I would look at it and then grab the Quad. I almost passed thinking it would be an average abbey brown. Boy am I glad I gave this a second look.

sacfly, Mar 04, 2007
Photo of clabaugh
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a dark, hazy amber with a sudsy, tawny-colored head. The head lingers teasingly, before dissipating into a creamy froth that rests atop the beer.

Smell: Rather subtle, but toasty malts tinged with caramel do pull through. Mildly phenolic, and some soft earthiness. Perhaps some nutty aspects, and a trace of some leafy hops.

Taste: Initially a doughy sort of maltiness well accented by a nice buttery sweetness. Reminiscent of dates. Finishes with a refreshing, but rather subdued, dose of hops. Nicely balanced, and tasty overall.

Mouthfeel: Wonderfully creamy, spruced up with carbonation. Medium-bodied, and very pleasant on the palate.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable. Offers fine flavor, combined with other sensually pleasing elements. St. B lives up to its reputation for world-class craftsmanship.

clabaugh, Mar 03, 2007
Photo of cabsandking
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very hazy brown color and a nice beige two finger head, crusty and retains well. Fruity malt nose with a fair amount of floral hop character. Profile is of nice fruity malt and hop combo that drifts from sweet-sour to smokey, dark dried fruits. Consistent notes of caramel, oak, raisons, and nutty. Adding to the depth are hops providing some slight bittering and acidic citric character in the background. Full bodied, medium-high carbonation, and a thin mouthfeel that's start off too fizzy but smoothes out as it warms. The finish is rather mild with some dry, sweet bread and lingering roastiness. Very good beer...St. B’s never disappoints.

cabsandking, Feb 12, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rustic orange with large contributions from red and bronze. The initially frenetic carbonation settled down fairly quickly, but only after creating a stunner of a head. The regal crown, four fingers and a thumb after the pour, is golden beige in color and is tremendously rocky. It isn't leaving thick blankets of lace, but it's one of the best looking caps that I've seen in quite some time. Centuries of brewing experience at work.

There are no surprises in the nose. I expected excellence and excellence is what I'm getting. It's brown malty with toasted nutty, dark fruity and cocoa-like notes. There's also a hint of clove spice that could be more prominent. I think I'm gonna like this one.

I have a feeling Pater 6 is the kindler, gentler St. Bernardus dubbel and Prior 8 is the bigger, more complex beer. That didn't take a great deal of insight, I know. For such a relatively light version of the style, this beer has an amazing amount of flavor and depth (that's increasing as it warms). It may not be a palate buster, but then I get the feeling that it wasn't designed along those lines.

The flavor profile consists of sun-ripened ripe figs, overripe apples, toasted brown bread, cocoa powder, pecans, earthy hops and ground clove. Maybe it's more complex that I initially gave it credit for. Again, it's a delicate, almost ethereal version of a style that is occasionally bombastic enough to give Belgian strong dark ales a run for their money. This is incredibly delicious beer that would lend itself well to being released in 750 ml bottles.

I like the mouthfeel more in the bottom half than I did in the top half. It becomes much quieter, although there's still a typically Belgian amount of carbonation, and is much smoother and creamier as a result. Given the rest of its attributes, I wouldn't change a thing.

I didn't need to drink this beer to convince myself that Brouwerij St. Bernardus is one of the best breweries in the world. My experiences with St. Bernardus Witbier and Grotten Brown were proof enough of that. While it can't touch the absolute masterpiece that is Westvletern 8, nothing can. Pater 6 is a beautifully crafted Belgian dubbel that belongs on any list of the world's best.

BuckeyeNation, Feb 06, 2007
Photo of Onibubba
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hard pour into a Duvel tulip leaves a nice 2 finger frothy head over a dark brown brew with amber highlights. Head dissipates slowly and leaves light lacing. Aroma is not as strong as the 8,12, or the Tripel. Light waft of brown sugars and spices.

Taste is hoppier than I would have expected. In fact, I find the hops and the bitterness of them it be the more dominant profile in this beer. Even as it warms, the hops dominate the malt. I am NOT saying that this is a hop bomb, just that that this leans more toward the bitter than the sweet.

Mouthfeel is fine. Carbonation is not a problem, nor is the alcohol. Drinkability is likewise quite nice. Not a bad beer, but my least favortie out of the St Bernardus line.

Onibubba, Feb 06, 2007
Photo of ElGordo
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 330ml bottle into a St. Bernardus glass. Body is burnt siena with orange highlights, topped by a half inch of creamy stark white head. Light aroma of moderately sweet malt and a touch of spicy Belgian yeast and coriander. Palate is a bit more assertive -sweet Belgian dark malt with notes of coriander and caramel. Body is light and airy, a bit too delicate for the amount of flavor in the beer. Sip carefully to avoid making the active carbonation too foamy in the mouth. Overall, a nice, fairly light Belgian ale that goes down pretty easy.

ElGordo, Jan 29, 2007
Photo of crzyd12
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After a sub par poor into a St. Bernardus glass, I appreciated the off white head and deep amber color of this monk-made beer. A slightly congested nose kept me from smelling much, but what I did smell was balanced. The beer tastes excellent with a velvety feeling on the tongue and a sour aftertaste that I can't quite pin down. The hops are not overbearing and the malts dance with them on your tongue.

crzyd12, Jan 25, 2007
Photo of supercolter
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is exceptional, very foamy head and lots of lacing. Raisin colored.
Smell is very good as well, alot of dark fruit smell, with raisin and pulm dominating.
Taste, wow a dubbel, I thought this was a tripel until i read the bottle.
Mouthfeel is perfect as well.
Drinkability takes a bit of a hit because the alcohol comes through and its a bit much for the abv.

supercolter, Jan 14, 2007
Photo of Drew966
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

St. Bernardus Pater 6 pours a deep, dark copper with an off white head from a brown 11.2 ounce bottle which was carefully decanted. The aroma is excellent, I get cherries and chocolate as my impression. The yeast really hits me first in the flavor. A sweet maltiness is also noticeable. Some fruity notes and some nutty flavors are also present. Very easy to drink.

Drew966, Jan 13, 2007
St. Bernardus Pater 6 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
92 out of 100 based on 1,240 ratings.