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St. Bernardus Pater 6 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Ratings: 1,369
Reviews: 670
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 66
Gots: 126 | FT: 2
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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 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.

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

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St. Bernardus Pater 6 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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