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St. Bernardus Pater 6 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Ratings: 1,271
Reviews: 653
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 54
Gots: 91 | 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 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
Photo of benmiliron
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received as part of a 4-pk. gift pack from my sis-in-law.

Muddy brown in my St. Bernardus Watou glass. Dense off-white head. Lots of lacing. Smells and tastes very sweet like all St. B beers. Spicy & nutty with a little bitterness at the end. Mouthfeel is thick and sticky, not heavy on alcohol. Carbonation is a bit too heavy though.

benmiliron, Jan 10, 2007
Photo of loving44
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Light amber-brown in color and slightly cloudy. A whispy white head forms and quickly dissipated, I'm afraid my St. Bernardus glass may have not been clean enough... Particles of sediment flat throughout the brew... looks nice but the head retention threw me off a bit.

S: Crisp apples in the nose, very cider like, sweet pear, brown sugar, hint of raisin.

T: Apples again in the taste, sweet and tart very crisp, along with sweet bread dough like malt. Has a slight chocolate finish. NO over-powering flavors everything is very well done and balanced. Very delicious.

M: Light and bubbly mouthfeel... glides though the mouth very easily. This lends to excellent drinkability... I like this one a lot!!!

loving44, Jan 09, 2007
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
St. Bernardus Pater 6 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
92 out of 100 based on 1,271 ratings.