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St. Bernardus Pater 6 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Ratings: 1,238
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 GbVDave
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

A: This pours a deep dark ruby. One finger head dissolves to a 1/2 finger and pretty much stays 'till the end. Sticky sheets of lace.

S: Aromas of prunes, figs, and malt. I also detect a mild chocolate covered cherry smell.

T: Hints of chocolate, toasted malt, coriander, pepper, biscuits, bananas, and berries. Slight citrus tartness and mild hop bite in the finish. Unbelievable balance!

M: Rich and creamy. Very calming to the palate. Full bodied without even a hint of being syrupy.

D: Seldom are we treated to something so close to perfect. This beer fits together like a puzzle. Everthing (A, S, T, M, & D) perfectly compliments each other and takes it to the next level. I mean, come on! This one is even a joy to look at! One of the finest Dubbels out there and probably my 2nd favorite example of the style (right behind Prior 8).

GbVDave, Jan 06, 2007
Photo of bluejacket74
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a St. Bernardus chalice, the beer pours a brownish/red color, with a small off-white head. It smells like caramel, roasted malt, vanilla and cloves. It tastes like it smells, except I can also taste pepper (spice), dark fruit and a bit of banana. It starts off sweet, and has a tart finish. Mouthfeel is a bit slick and smooth, and also nice and crisp. It also has a lot of carbonation. Drinkability is good too, it's very easy to drink. I think this is a pretty good beer, I'd definitely recommend it to others.

bluejacket74, Dec 30, 2006
Photo of emerge077
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light chestnut with suspended sediment. Foam sticks around, ample carbonation.

Aroma is of faint malt and mineral water.

Taste is malty, sort of bland however. I'm wondering if this bottle is possibly oxidized. Lots of carbonation gives it a bubbly mouthfeel. A residual peaty note comes out in the aftertaste. Not as sweet as other Dubbels i've had, kind of minerally and gassy. Feels similar to a Scotch Ale. Finally, pouring in the dregs results in a fuller mouthfeel, and an iron note.

This is ok, i'll have to try it again later and re-review.
Served at cellar temperature.

emerge077, Dec 29, 2006
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

33cL bottle from A-1 to-go in Gardiner. Dark brown body with almost an inch of off-white head and ruby-red highlights. Smells roasty malty, kind of caramelly. Aroma is a bit light though. Tastes fruity, roasty, with some caramel and just a hint of chocolate. Some peatiness toward the finish. On the upper side of medium-bodied with some carbonation, but not too much. Wow. This beer is fantastic. One of the best Dubbels I've ever had.

MrHurmateeowish, Dec 28, 2006
Photo of waughbrew
4.68/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up as part of the holiday gift-pack that has their four main beers and a glass. $14.99 at Nikki's in Providence, RI. Colorful label on a curvaceous 375ml bottle. date on the back reads 10 08 09.

Very clear amber. Consistent creamy head with strong lacing and retention. Aromas of ripe banana, bubble gum, clove, pepper, and nutmeg. Flavors are lively-yet-not-in-your-face cocoa, vanilla, rootbeerishness, and a perfect balancing dryness. A bit of leafy hop presence is there, but just enough to complement. An earthiness lingers on with the yeast products. Creamy and lively, just a perfect feel.

Another world-class beer from this brewery. The yeast works wonders as the malts and hops back it up. The look and feel are perfect and add to the magic.

waughbrew, Dec 27, 2006
Photo of mmcave
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a four pack, which include the 6, 8 ,tripel, quad and Watou goblet at whole foods again Kim rocks. Poured perfectly into goblet thick white head that dissipates to an inch or so with little lacing and moderate retention. The body is a muddy red brown. Sort of like a muddy river with reddish soil. Smells of fruit apple, pear, Belgian rock candy and yeasty goodness. The taste, crisp medium body not very sweet or syrupy, the hops give it a nice subtle balance with a dry yeasty/light fruit finish. This is very drinkable, something I could see being a good cheese companion. Maybe some bread and fruit, a nice midday or lunch time beer. This is absolutely a great drink not over the top, or aggressive, just the right amount of balance and flavor to make a very drinkable beer, you can eat with and enjoy with out feeling taken over. How ever it is not something I'd normally drink on its own. I feel like its a beer made for food. I think with food this beer would be totally excellent. Give it a try. St. Bernardus you know whats up.

mmcave, Dec 18, 2006
Photo of TastyTaste
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Hazed iced tea colored body, medium off-white head.

Smell: Pineapple and hard candy sweetness. Mandarin oranges and pungent yeast. Complex and delicious smelling.

Taste: Smooth and mellow, but rich and earthy. A little dry in the backside. Very good yeasty flavor, although not at all as sweet as anticipated. A little grassy towards the end, a good hop finish. A wonderful dubbel.

Drinkability: Very good, a great example of the style from one of the world's great breweries.

TastyTaste, Dec 14, 2006
Photo of EPICAC
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle at Delirium Cafe in Brussels.

Appearance: Pours a clear ruby-brown, with a beige head that thins to a film, leaving patchy lace.

Smell: Roasty with a light fruity sweetness.

Taste: Toasty maltiness upfront, with a tart cherry fruitiness, followed by a lightly bitter roasted finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, high carbonation.

Drinkability: Definitely very drinkable and balanced.

Overall: Text

EPICAC, Dec 04, 2006
Photo of RustythePelican
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured into a St. Bernardus chalice. Color is a rich, dark cola brown, with hints of red and violet when held up to the light. Firm, two-fingered head dissolved slowly. An impressive-looking beer.

Smell: Faint yeast and fruit aroma.

Taste: Malty with a light bitter finish; taste features plums and plaintains with brown sugar.

Mouthfeel: Strong but not overwhelming carbonation, characteristic for a dubbel.

Drinkability: This is a damn good beer. Alcohol isn't particularly evident, in the mouth or in the head, which left me wanting more and more. Dubbels aren't exactly the Rolls Royce of beers; they are more like a solid Honda that rides smooth for 200,000 miles. Pater 6 is an excellent example of a dubbel, and one that I will sample frequently.

RustythePelican, Nov 29, 2006
Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.95/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Deep brown with a reddish tint. Two fingers of foamy head that linger for about two minutes and leave scattered branches of lacing on the goblet.

S - Aroma is mild. A bit of malt, faint alcohol, a touch of candied sugars, but mostly an old red grape juice odor.

T - A mild date flavor with very little sweetness and a bitter finish ( one that is rather potent for the style). If you hate sweet Belgian beers, then you might find this a refreshing alternative.

M - Rather harsh, medium viscosity and only a little refreshing.

D - One of the better St Bernardus offerings I have had to date. I don't think I will bother with it in the future though. It is one of the driest, most bitter dubbels I have ever had. It is good with foods, better than most dubbels, but it doesn't stand on its own as well as many of the better dubbels do.

mrasskicktastic, Nov 28, 2006
Photo of Byeast
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance : poured a very dark brown (chestnut) , opaque , with a half inch of lasting , creamy , offwhite foam that left lots of lacing.

Smell: candied fruit sugaryness , some sweet malt , bit of yeast and slight spice.

Taste: Nice full flavor , slightly tangy and sweet fruit flavors , hint of cocoa ,plum , yeast , fairly rich malt , faint nut flavor, bit of spice, decevingly complex.

Mouthfeel: a little creamy , smooth.

Drinkability: A very tasty and complex dubbel. The flavors really come out more as the beer warms( naturally) , so resist the urge to quaff this pleasant drink.

Byeast, Nov 26, 2006
Photo of joe1510
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz. Bottle

Poured this into it's very own St. Bernardus goblet. The body poured a dirty brown. There were ruby highlights when held to the light but otherwise it's opaque. The head was a random swirling on top and deeper along the sides of the goblet. Looks how some of the better Belgiums look. Somewhere inside of that murky body you just know you are going to get tons of flavor.

The first smell of this had my mouth instantly watering. There is so many different aromas coming from the glass. Dark fruits start it all off. Overripe plum and bing cherries. Something in there brings to mind brandy. There's an underlying mustiness and even some mild cocoa powder.

The flavor is tough to describe.The dark fruits come through nicely along with some candied fruit. The mustiness/earthiness is in the taste as well. Old cracked leather comes to mind but that probably has to do with the earthiness. About mid-palate you get a small heat from the alcohol that by the finish it shows itself perfectly. Very nice!

The mouthfeel is coating and slightly surprisingly a little thinner than I expected making it go down extremely easy. A small tingle on the back of my tongue. Slight alcohol fumes come through at the finish.

Drinability is very high for a beer of this type. There are a number of different flavors but they go together so well it's easy going down. I'm drinking this a little too fast but it's hard not to. The moderate alcohol makes it easier to drink as well.

This is a very well made dubbel. Pick this up if you see it. I got this in their gift pack along with the 8, tripel, and 12. I was looking for a single or 750 of this the other day but didn't see any. I would love to find it in single bottles. An expertly crafted beer.


joe1510, Nov 26, 2006
Photo of SetarconeX
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice cloudy reddish color, with a head on it that looks like a giant floating marshmallow. Really a lovely brew. Not so much on the scent, slightly metallic, slightly malty, and a hint of alcohol.

Taste is actually a bit thinner than I'd expect from a dubbel. A dash of malt, a dash of citrus, nothing particularly strong about any of it. All of which makes this a remarkably drinkable beer for a Belgian ale, if not the most complicated one.

Probably just about the first dubbel I've ever thought of keeping around on a regular basis, since it's just so drinkable. Tasty stuff.

SetarconeX, Nov 17, 2006
Photo of Budlum
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pouring this beer produces one inch of off-white head in a St. Bernardus chalice. The head is retained nicely in a few lumps on top of the beer. The body is a deep mahogany with bits of red.

The nose of this beer is loaded with caramelized sugars. A yeasty smell presents aromas of vanilla and cloves. Some deep, fruity smells of plums and apricots close before a cinnamon-like spice.

As with the aromas, the majority of the flavors are of sweet, caramelized sugars. Hops are balanced and flavorful providing excellent balance. The finish is tasty and brief with flavors of oak, vanilla and brown sugar.

Mouthfeel is very nicely carbonated and buttery. A slight coating is left in the mouth after each sip.

Drinkability is great. This beer is very flavorful without overloading the palate. A very enjoyable treat that is easily consumed.

Budlum, Nov 10, 2006
Photo of granger10
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amberish color with crimson highlights. A tight creamy tan head rests atop. Aroma is very nice with lots of dark fruits and sweeter malts. Some Belgian yeasty notes as well. They should sell this in candles. Taste begins malty with figs and plums at the forefront. Yeast and spices come out after. They're a bit too strong and ride out the dark fruits. A raisiny character shows in the back. Finish is lighter in sweetness but almost chocolatey and with a touch of alcohol. Very inviting for another sip. In fact this bottle went too quickly. I could enjoy many of these if not for the price. The creamy body and malty yet not overly sweet flavors makes the mouthfeel excellent. I'd like to try this on tap.

granger10, Nov 08, 2006
Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours an ice tea brown with a pancake-like head that leaves some lacing

Smell: Spice cookie dough aroma

Taste: Starts with a slightly sweet bready malt element that has some spice cake elements; after the swallow, the subtle flavors combine with some yeasty and woody flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium body with plenty of carbonation

Drinkability: Perhaps the easiest of the Abts to drink; their is plenty going on but you have to look for it

brentk56, Oct 20, 2006
Photo of akorsak
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The ale has a muddy brown color with 1 finger of head.

S: The aroma is a fruity, fig/grape scent with a yeasty funky undertone.

T: The taste has alefruity depth that resembles darker fruits like figs and dates. The yeast continues to add a fresh, tart flavor.

M: The depth of flavors is very impressive for a lower (relatively) strength beer. The alefruits are strong and provide a very nice taste.

D: The depth is not as pronounced as 8 or 12, big surprise, but the ale is very good nonetheless.

akorsak, Oct 19, 2006
Photo of Jaynuze
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice thick creamy head (as all ST. B's) and the beer itself is a deep amber brown. The nose is light, but there are notes of smoke, roasted malts, and fruit. The taste has a malty sweetness with a smooth chocolate and fruit rounding out the flavor with a light coffee finish. The malt and alcohol compete at the end of each sip keeping one's palette guessing. The mouthfeel is full and round ... it really matches the full flavor of this beer. As all of St. B's styles, this one is just as easy to drink. A phenomenal beer worth savoring!

Jaynuze, Oct 18, 2006
Photo of peabody
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out into the Watou Chalice a nice dark tan kind of like tea.
Not much head but the suds are white to tan and a small amount of lacing is present.
Smell is wonderful fruit and malt. Raisin and plum with a bready yeast aroma. No alcohol can be detected.
Taste is a little thin but it might be too cold. I am tasting a light carmel taste and mabey just a bit of the yeast.
Mouthfeel is crisp and clean. Not a hint of alcohol here either.
There is a slight warmth at the back of the throat.
All in all, this is a darn good beer and I am glad they put the 6/8/trippel and 12 together in this box with the chalice. Nice box for 16 bucks.!

peabody, Oct 11, 2006
Photo of Suds
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Here’s a deep mahogany colored brew, capped with a dense floating tan foam. Beautiful lace. The aroma is intense with caramel, bread, yeast, raisins, pepper, dark sugar, and malt. It’s a beautiful smell. The taste is rich and malty, with just a slight sweetness and even slighter alcohol quality. Well crafted, with each piece coming together like a perfectly fitted puzzle. I love the way a great beer plays off it’s own qualities. The mouthfeel is full and creamy, with a modest spiciness to prevent it from becoming sticky. The finish lingers, and is a little sweet, with some herbalness. In quantity, the brew could become overly sweet, but in single bottle servings, it’s very pleasant. This is a wonderful brew.

Suds, Oct 08, 2006
Photo of EvilKeith
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Pater 6 poured into the goblet a lightly yeast hazed garnet brown color. The head was creamy tan foam that was continuously fed by streams of carbonation rising to the surface. The lace was thick and classically Belgian.
The smell was heavy on sweet malts, spicy yeast funk, medicinal phenolics, and the alcohol is faintly detectable. Overall, this was a pleasant mix.
The zippy active carbonation causes the tongue to tingle, medium bodied.
This is a much heralded example of a Dubbel, and deservedly so. Without a doubt this is one the best of the style in the world today. Complexities and depth are among this ones attributes. Very well done!
This is something I could easily drink on a regular basis.

EvilKeith, Sep 28, 2006
Photo of BretSikkink
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Less than 7%? Wow, this is complex. My St. Bernardus chalice was loving the Abt's younger brother. If 12 and 8 are too much for you, try this little guy. They can't brew a bad one in Watou. Get that great Abbey taste with less alcohol, the closest thing St. Bernie's comes to a session beer.

BretSikkink, Sep 22, 2006
Photo of goochpunch
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear (haven't poured the yeast yet) chestnut brown body with a frothed almond color head. Head is fleeting. What I get most upfront in the nose is a big vinous quality. Lots of grape with a slightly woody hint in the back. Moderate phenols spice it up a bit. The flavors that come out the strongest in front are of toasted malt along with caramel and brown sugar. There is that vinous thing again, but it isn't as overpowering. Light phenols come in, but not enough to disrupt things too much, and the beer finishes out with slight hop bitterness, grassy hop flavor, and a slight tartness. Flavor almost reminds me of an ENglish brew with some buterscotch notes that I pick up. Mouthfeel is moderate with a sugary heft and subtle carbonation that lightly pricks the tongue. I could keep on drinking this in a short session save the slightly sticky sweetness of it.

Quite an interesting one with the combination of grassy hops and faint tartness cleaning up the palate and that hint of butterscotch I pick up. A solid example of one of my favorite styles.

goochpunch, Sep 02, 2006
Photo of sinistermadman
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque light brown with a decent head. Cany sugar sweetness in the nose with rum, fruit, and toffee notes.

Slightly citric fruit profile with a bready body. Very vibrant presence on the palate. Slightly bitters as the drink ends. Quite tasty. I don't think this brewery is capable of producing a bad beer.

sinistermadman, Aug 31, 2006
Photo of Metalmonk
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another fine fine brew by St. Bernardus. This pours out a beautiful deep dark brown with caramel and ruby hints, with a thick foamy head on top. Carbonation is abundant, as is the lace.

Smells strongly of raisin, cocoa, grape, sugars. Some alcohol even comes into the nose. Intruiguing and inviting aroma.

The flavor is a good mirror of the aroma, with cocoa, cola and alcohol played into the more expected flavors of raisins and malts. Dark fruits are here but thinly masked but a vinous and grassy layer.

Mouthfeel is just great, with that long-lasting head offering a creaminess and abundant effervesence delivering a pleasing zing. There's an unusual and slightly astringent aftertaste, not sure if it's this bottle, or the rice-cheese I nibbled half an hour earlier, so the jury's out on that aspect.

All in all, this proves St. Bernardus to be one of the world's most consistently great breweries. It's easy to be an optimist when you're drinking Pater 6...the goblet is half full. I hate to think of it any other way.

Metalmonk, Aug 13, 2006
St. Bernardus Pater 6 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
92 out of 100 based on 1,238 ratings.