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St. Bernardus Pater 6 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Ratings: 1,301
Reviews: 655
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.54%
Wants: 56
Gots: 102 | FT: 1
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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 edskirk3
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Single 11.2 oz brown bottle. On the back label is a best before date of "15 02 10" so it's pretty fresh. My vessel of choice will be the trusty Orval goblet.

Pater 6 pours a nice nutty shade of brown. It has a picturesque almost-white head about a finger in thickness. It is dense and fluffy and eventually wears down to a very thin uniform layer, still as tightly beaded as before.

I get a nose full of cloves and cocoa powder and ripe dark fruits. The smell was pretty strong immediately after the pour; so strong that I didn't have to stick my nose in the glass to pick it up.

Similarly delightful on the tongue. Chocolate, earthy spices, juicy fruits and bready tanginess all brought together by a luxurious creamy mouthfeel. Mmmmm, Belgium.

I barely notice the 6.2% abv. Indeed, a drinkable work of art.

Photo of david131
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- A surprisingly cloudy brown beer slides out of the bottle and into my tulip. When held to a light, you can see that the beer is almost absolutely opaque. It is a very pretty shade of brown though. The head that forms is slightly off white and nice and bubbly. It settles to a thin covering but it has great retention and leaves some lacing.

S- A lot of cocoa powder, some fruit ala apples and bananas. A whiff of caramel works its way around too. A touch of sour funk as well.

T- Very tasty. The cocoa and caramel flavors are delicious and I'm digging the fruit. Pretty complex and a wonderful beer to allow to really show its true colors as it warms.

M- Good amount of carbonation, but a tad drying. Nothing really knocks my socks off in this department.

D- This is not what I was expecting at all, but then again this is my first dubbel. I am impressed and am slightly curious as to why so many American brewers try their hand tripels and not so much with the dubbels.

Photo of yemenmocha
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Warm fig newtons on the nose. Soft and mushroomy.

Palate is mushroomy flavors as well, maybe portabello, with dark bread dough.

Full bodied. Medium finish.

Above average for a beer in general but given high standards of Belgian ales this one disappoints.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was fully prepared to review this beer with my pal Andy, but he protested vehemently against it. That Andy, always such a Pater Hater.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, dark brown body with a creamy, off-white head.

Smell: Fruity aroma of bananas and other various dark fruits. Full of yeast and sweet-smelling dark sugars. Hints of pepper.

Taste: Cocoa powder, sweet maltiness, and the fruitiness of bananas and such. More pepper. Plenty of spice and doughy yeastiness evident. Finishes dry and fruity.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Soft effervescence.

Drinkability: What's up with that AndoBrew, huh?

Photo of Maracuja
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep reddish copper color when held up to the light, otherwise it is a deep amber color. It is lightly hazy and is topped by a creamy off white head. The aroma is slightly musty, complex and spicy to boot. A definite spicy brew. The carbonation tingles on my tongue as it goes down. This beer is fairly dry though there is a slight sweetness here. A hint of alcohol character is in the finish. I get hints of bergamot, ginger, pepper and caramel, as well as a bunch of other flavors that I cannot quite pick out. As expected from this "6" the body is fairly light, though as it warms up it gets a bit thicker and fuller. This is good, the complexity is very nice and it keeps you interested in each sip as you try and dissect the flavor components.

Photo of objectivemonkey
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Into a matching St Bernardus glass, pours a lovely mahogany, a thin film settled on top, a gentle swirl yields a splotchy bubbles, falling back to the ring around the top. The aroma is classic dubbel, dark fruits, nuts, faint spices. The taste first gave me the impression of too simple, but I just wasn't looking close enough. Its complex with subtleties. Figs and ripened fruits, more nuts, spicy hops, a bit earthy perhaps, bready, drying toward the end after a fullish body. Its quite the beer... probably not my favorite dubbel, but one I'll have to try again, get a larger bottle, and investigate even more closely.

Photo of SilentSabre
3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is likely the lightest Belgian Dubbel I have ever had. Lightest in terms of colour, flavour, and mouthfeel. It poured up a reddish-orange-bronze colour, and quite honestly, was a bit lighter than I was anticipating. Smell was traditional Belgian yeast, some roasted cereal, and a bit of fresh fruit (pears and apples?). Taste was good, but not great. Again, toasted cereals and a bit of that metallic taste that is present in so many Belgians. Mouthfeel seemed a bit light for the style. This is certainly a full-bodied beer, but considering the style, I felt it was a bit on the lighter side. Overall, I don't think this is a bad beer; I simply feel that it is on the lighter side of a style that I personally prefer on the heavier side. I think this might make a good introduction beer for someone who is just starting to become interested in brews of this sort. I much prefer Prior 8.

Photo of Monsone
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy amber with a nice tan head. Head fades quickly to a thin coating.

S - Malty and bready with some hints of dark fruits like plum

T - Bready, biscuit flavor with dark fruits like plum and cherries.

M - Perfect medium bodied with decent carbo.

D - Super drinkable if you could afford it. Complex but not so in your face that you can only have one.

Pretty great dubbel. Definately a great representation of the style. This lives up to the hype. You can go wrong with anything from St Bernardus and this is no exception.

Photo of GreenWBush
3.35/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Out of the presumably fresh seasonal 4-pack with lettered goblet. Appearance is a dark, plum-y brown. Head kicks up strong but leans to ½” and drops down sheets of tanned patterns.

Nose reminds me of a cross between ground cinnamon and candi sugar with whiffs of near-frankincense hints. As warmth envelops its much more pear-y and plum-y.

The high-carbonation level of this beer transforms this into something better than it would be without it; acts simultaneously weighty, clingy, and spry on the mouth. Its quite angular and beautiful at the same time. Dark fruits and seltzer-y phenols make this addictive and quenching. The Bernardus line is just rock-solid.

Photo of botham
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a chalice. pours a semi-hazy chocolate brown with a finger of light toffee colored head that

smells strongly of ale yeast, with a fruity character. fruit notes include apricot, raisen, and grape. a distant vinous character serves as the base of the aroma, giving it some depth. overall a very sweet smelling brew, though still remaining rather mild in the nostrils.

taste is of fruity ale yeast up front, with a notable amount of CO2 present. very smooth and mild on the palate. sweet malts, namely caramel, accompany the fruit, with a finish of light hops and notes of apricot and grapes. very well balanced, with the perfect mellowness.

aftertaste is semi-dry, with some lingering apricot and raisen.

mouthfeel is medium-bodied, and very smooth and creamy. great texture here. no bite, and mild CO2.

drinkability is good. this is a mild brew that goes down very smooth. however, the fruity character will not suit all drinker's tastes. overall a very well balanced and mild Belgian. a great starter beer into the wonderful world of Belgian brews. cheers!

Photo of jslot38
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: I had to grab this, as St. Bernardus Abt. 12 is one of my favorites. From Bottle to fancy flute like glass... no real explanation of this one.

Appearance: The off-white rocky head forms a mountain on top of this beer. The head fizzles down slightly - just enough for me to fit the rest of this beer in the glass. Body is deep, dark brown, touches of ruby, a great colour. Head fades to a bubble filled top covering.

Smell: Roasted nuts, figs, lovely. Not as strong as I had expected, however the combination of burnt caramel and dark fruits is very pleasing.

Taste: I'll admit, having a hard time placing this. Its good - whatever it is. Certainly the traces of brown sugar, walnuts, and a touch of carmalized fruits - figs, cherrys, dates linger all around.

Mouthfeel: If memory serves me correctly - I gave abt. 12 a 5 for this, and its something about the way St. Bernardus' beers initially hit the tongue with carbonation and then immediatly mellow down and just hold onto the taste buds that is great. This one, not as much as the 12, but alas... very good.

Drinkability: 11.2oz is not enough... but dubbels aren't really my favorite so I wouldn't go around downing these. Certainly worth the acclaim and worth the purchase.

Photo of Neehan
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of GClarkage
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of MmmIPA
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Photo of gunnerman
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Photo of Stephen63
4.93/5  rDev +20.5%
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.

Photo of techdiver
4.83/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

Photo of BWH3
4.5/5  rDev +10%
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

Photo of brewcrew76
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of jeffaz02t
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of klewis
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Photo of WeisGuy
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of aforbes10
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of BadBadger
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

St. Bernardus Pater 6 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
92 out of 100 based on 1,301 ratings.