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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: 59
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 MerkinMan
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful Ruby brown hue; very clear; big fluffy head. It is hard for me to give a beer higher than a 4 for how it looks, but this one made it easy. This is one good-looking glass of beer.

S: Sweet smelling with fruity ester smells present -- raisins

T: Lightly flavored with caramel / fruit notes (raisins - prunes). As it warms the candi sugar becomes more pronounced and does the dark fruity flavors as well as some hints of vanilla.

MF: Dry and crisp. Feels very light -- especially for a beer of this strength / color

D: A subtle Belgian dubbel. Unlike other examples that are over the top and not very discreet. Very Drinkable (even for someone like me who does not care for many Belgian styles (=headache). Drinking this makes me want to brew up a batch of dubbel on my next brewday.

Photo of RicoBrew
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I just got this one today in the St. Bernardus sampler pack. I just picked it up randomly not knowing the style and tried it.

A- Pours out nicely, small bubbles. The color is brown with a little bit of a reddish tinge to it when held up to a light. Hazy. The head is off-white and lingers as a pillowy-soft cap.

S- Not much there really. Malt notes come through the most. A little bit of the signature belgian "peppery" notes come through. No hop nose, no esters; minimal diacetyl present.

T- Caramel malt flavors are the first to come through. Those are followed by the signature belgian "funk", but only slightly. It's just enough to let you know that you're drinking a belgian dubbel and not a english sweet brown ale. A little tinge of butterscotch comes through after a couple of sips. The aftertaste is bitter, but not overly so, just enough to stave off any cloying sweetness. Overall very pleasant if forgettable.

M- Slightly effervescent on the tongue, but it quickly gives way to a nice light body. Not a heavy dubbel by any means.

D- Due to the light nature and relatively low ABV, this is one of the few dubbels I could see being a potential session beer. It's not the best dubbel I've ever had by any means, but it's very pleasant. If I was trying to get someone into belgian beer that has little experience, I would definitely recommend this one to them.

Photo of Pencible
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured an opaque brown with fluffy tan head. It smelled like light earthy caramel malt and wild yeast with lemon/lime hops. It tasted like strong earthy caramel malt, sweet and creamy cultured yeast, and lemon/lime hops. It was fairly thin and very carbonated, with a bittersweet aftertaste. Overall this was much less yeasty than I expected, with a very nice and clean flavor. I would have preferred less carbonation, and it wasn't terribly complex, but it was quite enjoyable and easy to drink. This could be a regular drinker.

Photo of IBUnit63
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz into St. Bernie chalice from same gift pack.

Deep, chestnut brown body topped by 1/2 finger rye bread head that is slightly ephemeral. Head claws along the glass quite well atop moderate, paced carbonation.

Stewy malt is warming - plenty of salty carbonation bite and spicy yeast electricity. Sweet banana and clove esters with a mellow pine bitterness.

That's one comforting concoction. Hefty grain bill eschews stewiness and turns husky and crispy. Yeast strain provides great electricity with calm spicing of clove, cinnamon, slight touch of coriander and maybe even a little prune.

Feel is quite clean for its bountiful texture. Light on the palate but woody and strong...finishes like a thick wool blanket.

Nice to sip on this one...a lot of Dubbels are too clean on the flavor profile for me but this is very full.

Photo of wingedeel
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful mahogany color, very nice head, which dissipates quickly.

Excellent earthy smell of fruits and raisons.

Wonderfully complex taste, once again fruity, nutty , and earthy. The subtle flavors improve as the beer warms. Simply fantastic.

A little lighter in the mouthfeel department than most other St Bernardus beers, but who cares.

One of the more drinkable St Bernardus offerings due to its somewhat lower ABV.

A true classic, which holds its own with the 8 and the 12 .

Photo of WishYouWereBeer
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really liked this beer. It appears like the run-of-the-mill brun; but doesn't have the overtly sweet malty taste which I sometimes find not so pleasing. In addition to the lack of plenty malt, I still detected some hints of toffee and burned caramel. In the mouth it was a mid-weight feel and had some carbonation. Due to its mildness in flavor I think it'd be an excellent beer to enjoy a few glasses of.

Photo of wescj
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a thick, dark brown, like dark wildflower honey, into a St. Bernardus goblet. Starts off with a half inch of beige and bubbly head which quickly dissipates to nothing but a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smells of grapes and other dark, sweet notes. There's something sour about it as well.

Taste is slightly tart on the front end, though darker on the back with fruits and malts. The grapes present in the aroma are reminiscent of champagne in the taste.

Medium bodied, good carbonation. Nice mouth feel, overall.

Very drinkable, compared to other St. Bernardus brews. Great beer overall.

Photo of aubuc1
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle poured in to a goblet.

A gusher.

Poured a pretty cloudy dark brown with a clingy tan head.

Smell is yeasty and sweet raisins.

Taste is grapy and smooth with a sweet finish.

Carbonation, good taste, and low abv make it a great drinking belgian.

Photo of Roeters
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark rich color, with a creamy colored head that with a light carbonation.

sweet deep aroma with dark roast character, light yeast smell of a Belgium.

Sharpness on the front with mild coco middle and sweetness. Leaves a great roasted after taste

A little thiner then I would have likes but has carbonation is good

Great beer, great flavors and complexity, easy drinking,

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

A: Mirky brown color. Pours an aggressive 4 finger off white rocky head that thins aroiund the edges but retains in the middle like a dollop of whipped cream. Ample lacing all the way down.

S: Very malty. Sweet, dark fruit and brown sugar.

T: Consistent with smell in dark fruits and brown sugar. Hints of coffee and raisin. Spice in the finish, but not the hot alcohol like the Prior and Abbott

M: Medium to full body. Ample carbonation.

D: The magnum of Pater 6 I had said 4.7abv on the label (I saved it so I'll doiuble-check. I thought it very drinkable both in flavor and complexity while the reasonable abv brought me to the end of the magnum but not my senses.

Photo of deereless
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Thick fluffy alabaster head, deep ruby red with brown base - 4.75, S: Subtle grain, slightly nutty with some mild spice - 4.5, T: Very tasty, lots of flavor but not overwhelming, a very mellow and pleasing flavor, some slight hop bite on the tail, some nuttiness - 4.50, M: Creamy, and medium bodied - 4.75, D: A very palate friendly beer - 4.5

Photo of claytri
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a cloudy brown with a medium white head. The aroma is sour malt, maybe a bit of grass as well. The aroma is rich and malty with a bit of sweet around the edges. The feel is heavy and wet. This is a real malt lovers delight, and one I will have to revisit.

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

11.2 oz bottle

Pater 6 pours a murky tan brown color with a small beige head. The nose is of subtle roasted chocolate malts and nuts. Lots of toasty malt flavor, classic Belgian yeast notes, but with a very light body and no true hop character. IMO a dubbel should have more 'chew' but that doesnt make this a bad beer. Very drinkable.

Photo of bjoyce12
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An excellent option when you want a Bernardus but don't want the 10%+ ABV. The Pater 6 loses a little of the complexity and flavor undercarriage you find in the 12, but not a whole lot. Still pours a dark amber, still an excellent nore, flavors of roast malt and sugar and dark fruits. Outstanding for only 6.7%ABV. I prefer the 8 myself, but the 6 will definitely do in a pinch. We are talking about some of the best beers in the world here.

Photo of Deus1138
4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Leave it St. Bernardus to come through again.

Poured into a St. Bernardus goblet. Color is dark brown with reddish highlights when held to the light. Thick, foamy head with good retention

Smell is dark malts, yeasty, and a little sweet.

Taste - Whoa! Very nice! Rich malts come bursting through. Caramel, plum, raisin, doughy and yeasty. Nice amount malty sweetness.

It's medium bodied. Good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability - excellent. I love ABT 12. This is very similar, but a little more subdued. The lower abv will also allow me to drink more of this without getting really drunk.

A must try!

Photo of stumac
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So I guess the "6" in Belgium is reserved for the more "sessionsable" beers. pours like dark apple juice with a decent off white head. the nose is yeasty, some red apple skin. the taste is of roasted malt, red apple again, grainy in a good way. medium to full bodied, low spritzy carbo. nice

Photo of changeup45
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2/26/2008. Hazy brownish color topped with a decent sized off-white head. Aroma is slightly fruity, with malts and cherries. Sweet and sugary tasting, somewhat fruity with maltiness. Maybe a little too sweet. Medium-bodied. A good tasting beer. Seemed similar to the Chimay Premier Red I had yesterday but if forced to I'd give that one the nod.

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

Another well-rounded beer from St. Bernardus
A: Pours a rich, deep reddish/mahogany color that produces a monster head that leaves very good lacing on the glass

S: Dark fruits, nuts, spices; namely nutmeg and cinnamon, some earthy notes, and malts

T: Very comparable to the nose, which is very delicious! I have noticed that ALL of the St. Bernardus beers that I have tried have the same yeasty/bready taste to them. It is very distinct and I could probably identify a St. B just from that

MF: Very smooth and creamy...I like the carbonation in this one

D: High for this style of beer...Although the yeasty flavor could ward me off after a while

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cocoa-brown color with a two-finger head that left some minor lacings. A light hop smell combined with dark fruits and some caramel and doughiness. Smooth and medium-bodied, this beer contains some dark and tropical fruit tastes that are real good along with a pronounced sweet malt presence. An enjoyable beer that I recommend to anyone who enjoys a nice Belgian.

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

The Pater 6 poured into the chalice glass a dark brown color with a alive carbonation that did the center of glass well dance and tiny bubbles came to the middle. It had a half finger foam head with some snow lacing.

The aroma was brown sugar smell with some fruit and spice. The taste was similar with a solid caramel backing with a spicy finish. It was well carbonated and smooth. Very, very enjoyable Belgian.

Photo of MinorThreat
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served from a 12oz bottle

A-Hazy copper-brown with a thin light head with nice lacing

S-Faint, yeast, bready malt, clove, caramel

T-Nice not overpowering, caramel, bread, cereal grains, banana

M-Lots of carb, slight burn, lightens the brew

D-Really high, I could drink these with ease and love every drink. So drinkable it could be a session beer but still has great flavor.

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

Appearance- Poured a nice clear bronze color with a slight tan head. Lacing is constant throughout.

Smell- A nice blend of dark fruits and apple. It has a bready scent to it as well. Also has a decently strong alcohol taste overall.

Taste- A nice blend of the dark fruits and an apple. It has an alcohol taste as well as a sugar malt taste. Also has the slight alcohol tingle at the end..

Mouthfeel- Medium bodies and medium carbonation. Pretty easy beer to drink.

Overall- This was a really nice treat I found stashed in the fridge. It was quite good but may have been even better had it been a fresh bottle. Another heavenly offering from the monks!

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

Appearance- This beer poured a nice dark brown with huge frothy tan head. Lacing was present throughout the life of the beer. .

Smell- Huge fruit smells such as apples, citrus and dark fruits. A nice sweet biscuity smell with a slight hint of alcohol.

Taste- The wonderful fruit tastes really come through here. Mostly dark fruits but as in the smell I got apples and citrus also. There is an interesting brown sugar taste which is present as well.

Mouthfeel- This beer has a nice medium body with medium carbonation. It's an easy drinking beer.

Overall- Fantastic. Surprisingly my second favorite behind the Abt 12. I really enjoyed this beer a lot.

Photo of brendan13
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy dark brown with about 3 centimetres of rocky off white head that slowly falls away.
S - Toasty malt hits first backed up by a fairly strong dark fruit aroma with a hint of spice.
T - Not unlike the smell; toasty malt, dark fruit and a spice touch.
S - Light to medium bodied, fairly low carbonation with a slightly sweet finish.
D - A nice beer indeed. Not something I'd drink regularly but nice on the odd occasion.

Photo of Biscuit033
4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown with a bit of red showing through. There was a nice off-white head the had great retention and nice lace.

S: Malts and spices with a lot of fruitiness, mainly red and dried fruits.

T: Nice malt backbone with very little sweetness, red fruits explode in your mouth, and the finish is prune and fig.

M: Slightly thinner than most dubbels but nothing that takes away from the beer with great balance.

D: If I could get this on tap everyday I would drink it everyday. Thanks to the Fly Pig for having it on.

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