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St. Bernardus Pater 6 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

St. Bernardus Pater 6St. Bernardus Pater 6

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Ratings: 1107
Reviews: 640
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.25%

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Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Quackershnoc


3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

11.2-ounce bottle, served in a goblet (01/09/2013 – best by 07/27/2015)
Appearance: a dark, deep brown color; hazy, with some sediment in it; thick, creamy off-white head that sticks around
Aroma: molasses; caramel; malt; yeast; fig, and other dark fruit
Taste: tobacco is the first thing that popped into my head; not nearly as sweet as I was expecting; it starts with a dark, tobacco-like flavor; then some of the yeast and toasted malt come through, a hint of sweetness, but not much; then some of the fruits come in, kind of apple tartness to it, there’s also some spice (clove, cinnamon, pepper?) on the back end and a hint of tobacco revisited; not at all what I was expecting
Mouthfeel: medium bodied; a bit sticky/clingy; excellent carbonation
Overall Impression: it’s a good beer, but quite a shock at first taste, my nose and my tongue went in opposite directions; it’s a good, solid brew but one of the weaker Belgians (especially considering the St. Bernardus Abt 12!); it was fun to try, but to honest, I doubt I would ever buy it again

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2013 03:30:55 | More by Quackershnoc
Photo of mooseo


3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into goblet.

A - Hazy amber brown with a frothy off-white head.

S - Sweet bready malt, dark fruit, caramel, biscuit.

T - Toasted malt, brown sugar, spicy Belgian yeast, and lots of sweet dark fruit. Finish is very peppery, herbal, and fruity.

M - Light-medium body, smooth and creamy. Prickly carbonation, dry finish.

O - A flavorful, balanced dubbel. Easy to drink. A little bit lighter body compared to the "8" but it holds its own. Great brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 04:45:29 | More by mooseo
Photo of thegodfather2701

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a hazy orange/brown with a thin off-white head that dissipates quickly. A trace amount of lacing is left on the glass.

S-Extremely fruity-dried fruits, apple, fig, and a hint of pear.

T-Similar to the nose as it is very fruity. Dried fruits dominate with a hint of alcohol and Belgian yeast. It tastes amazing, I like it more than the regular Dubbel from St. Bernardus.

M-Thin, slightly carbonated as the beer feels light in your mouth.

D-I could drink this all day.

Overall, another truly great beer from St. Bernardus, I love it. Its a lighter and fruiter version of the style and a must try.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 20:58:13 | More by thegodfather2701
Photo of MattyG85


4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet glass. Best by date of 27-07-15.

Appearance: Pours a deep and hazy brownish amber with some ruby. Moderate amount of bubbles and a solid three fingers of off white head which slowly recede into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A nicely complex fruity and yeasty aroma. Belgian yeast with some clove and pepper spicing. Big esters of ripe bananas along with some apple and melon. Toasted malts with hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit, and grains along with some Belgian candied sugar. Big hints of dark fruits including dark grapes, raisins, plum, fig, prune, dates, and dark cherries. Subdued earthy hop presence. Light scent of alcohol. A very solid Dubbel aroma.

Taste: Like the nose hints, a good mix of fruity esters and spice. Belgian yeast with some funk along with some clove and pepper spicing. Candied Belgian sugars. Taste of ripe banana and some apple and melon. Bready toasted malts with notes of biscuit, caramel, toffee, and wheat grains. Solid taste of dark fruits including raisin, dark grapes, plum, prune, fig, dark cherry, and dates. Light taste of earthy hops towards the finish. A very good fruity Dubbel taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy, spicy, slightly slick, and pretty smooth. Alcohol heat is pretty subdued.

Overall: A very good Belgian Dubbel. Solid balance of complex fruit esters and spice.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 07:33:53 | More by MattyG85
Photo of StaveHooks


4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a St. Bernardus chalice
Bottle date - 27 07 15

A - Tawny brown with a wettish off-white head that forms a wispy cap.

S - Spiced banana bread, clove, cinnamon, caramel grain, raisins, plums, sublime aroma.

T - Brown sugar, spicy and peppery yeast, spiced bread, like the aroma, clove and cinnamon, plantains, hints of prunes, some grassy hops show at the end.

M - Moderate carbonation, floats across the palate, medium body.

Pater 6 showcases Christmas spices and sugary, bready malts. There's also plenty of fruit esters as well. Excellent mix of flavors that really hit the spot around Christmas time.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 00:07:53 | More by StaveHooks
Photo of philbe311


3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Three fingers worth of slightly off-white colored rich whipped frothy lush head... Stellar retention... The color is a rich yet slightly murky medium brown... A slight bit of micro bubbled carbonation swirls towards the top the class but can only be seen under close examination... Some small gobs of lacing cling to the glass... Very elegant and regal...

S - Light Belgian yeast and rich over ripened fruity notes combines for a very pleasant but slightly understated aroma... Bananas... Plums... Dates... Golden raisins... Prunes... Some light brown sugar and caramel undertones as well...

T - Hidden on the nose, but the palate yields large amounts of tobacco... A lot of the expected fruitiness is missing in action... The brown sugar is present but to a lesser than expected degree... A hint of spice, namely nutmeg lingers on the finish... While there is improvement as this one warms, it never really quite gets to that next level...

M - Medium bodied... Sturdy... Light yet sharp carbonation... The finish is slightly dry and slightly astringent...

D - Undeniably Belgian... A bit of a let down compared to this Abbey's other high profile offerings... Excellent appearance and solid aroma, but a bit of a disappointment otherwise... I would gladly drink again, but would suggest others gravitate towards other examples of the style and from the brewery... The best facet of this beer is that drinkability in that the sub 7% ABV in this style is a rarity...

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 02:50:09 | More by philbe311
Photo of stakem


4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a matching St. Bernardus goblet. The brew appears a clear light mahogany to brown with a finger of white froth that slowly fades to a creamy film atop. When held to the light, it has more of a lighter brown to orange and yellowish tints around the edges. As the cap fades, it leaves some small stringy fingers of lace sticking to the glassware. Rising bubbles of carbonation maintain that thin film seemingly throughout the entire duration.

The nose has a mild suggestion of belgian candy sugar overtop of some maltiness that smells faintly bready with toasted grain. Some herbal hops are present that intermingle with trace amounts of fruity alcohol. Overall the nose on this is quite nice with no fault at all. It is balanced very well.

The taste has a bit of fruity alcohol at first that blends in with some herbal hop notes. At times, it has a faint medicinal character before the onset of some naturally flavors of cherry, toasty biscuits to bread, yeast, and a hint of herbs. Just like the aroma, the flavors here are balanced very well and transition from one flavor seemingly effortlessly into the next.

This is a medium to lighter bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. It is light and refreshing with a crisp finish. The aromatics and flavors integrate well with each other and formulate a brew that is complex enough to nitpick but very easy to drink as well. This is worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2012 03:30:20 | More by stakem
Photo of pkalix


4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

followed up the 8 with the 6. pours a lighter shade of a murky amber-brown with a nice, light and loose head and minor small bubble carbonation.
i guess the 8 and the 6 are both dubbels, and according to their site there is a difference in how each arrived into being. but the aromas are a bit fruitier, the taste follows with such and the mouthfeel is a tad lighter.
overall, this is another excellent beverage in the world of beer and i would direly hope to visit these breweries some day. this one is more of the belgian candied sugar, fruitier type than the 8, and much richer, but it's still a great drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 00:16:41 | More by pkalix
Photo of SometimesIfart


3.1/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a very dark wet wood brown with a beautiful creamy ivory head. Left decent lacing.

S - Weird adjunct. That's it.

T - Tastes kinda like a tripple. Hay, bubblegum, chocolate malt.

M - Light creamy body with medium carbonation.

O - Overall, this beer was all over the place. Beautiful appearance, lacking smell, okay flavor, good body. I guess really it all depends on what you think.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 06:46:35 | More by SometimesIfart
Photo of mscudder


3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Bernardus chalice.

A - Dark chocolate brown with a large deep-ivory head. Fair retention with good lacing.

S - Dark fruits, sugars and yeast. Very far from robust.

T - Dark chocolate, doughy yeast, a few dark fruits, pepper and some raisins. Finishes dry.

M - Soft medium body with average carbonation.

O - A few things going on in here but it takes to much effort for me to fork it all out. Dry finishes such as these are always a turn off. I would be content never having another one.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 05:02:37 | More by mscudder
Photo of JamesMN


3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Opaque amber hue with a foamy tan head of about half a finger which seems to be retaining well.

Aroma: A bit of a metallic or copper tinge to it (which I've noticed in others of the style). Semi-sweet malt tones and some plum/apricot.

Taste: The fruit notes come through subtly and also get that slight metallic taste (but it's not really off-tasting). Some spice from the yeast, particularly clove. Drying aftertaste and a bit of lingering bitterness from the spices. About as robust as I'd expect for 6.7% ABV.

Mouthfeel: Though very effervescent, it has a nice smoothness from the head. Medium bodied. Aftertaste is slightly cloying after a while.

Final Thoughts: A decent beer, one of the better Dubbel's I've had. Any fan of Belgian beer would appreciate this one. Would I drink it again? Maybe, for now I'm looking forward to trying their 8, Tripel, and 12.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 22:32:28 | More by JamesMN
Photo of Treyliff

West Virginia

3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice.

A- pours a murky-cloudy dark copper in color, foamy white head that reduces to a thin layer with not much lace.

S- yeasty with notes of clove, raisins, brown sugar, a bit nutty, and some basement must.

T- sweet dark sugar with notes of fig, clove, and earthy yeast. Simple, yet balanced. The finish is slightly sweet with some warming alcohol at the end.

M- medium body, lively carbonation, foamy mouthfeel, finishes easy and slightly fizzy.

O- very drinkable Dubbel, but not quite as much dark fruit as one would expect from the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 03:27:50 | More by Treyliff
Photo of UCLABrewN84


4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 7/30/12.

Pours a murky brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, spices, and dark fruits - especially grapes and raisins. Taste is much the same with a slight tartness and a fruity finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty but I think it smells better.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 00:10:00 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of DelMontiac


4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aggressively poured from an 11.2oz brown bottle (best by 22/07/13) into a Chimay chalice.

Color is murky natural unfiltered apple cider topped by a single finger cap of fine eggshell creamy foam. Forms tight fine lace that pulls back very slowly into a delicate web.

Aroma is simply subdued as with most of the offerings from St. Bernardus. I get a nutty brown sugary malt and a slight waft of clove, bubblegum, and plum.

Flavors are simple as well. More malty and doughy than I expected, but nice. Some vanilla, spice, and, fig. Slightly sour at the finish.

Feel is moderate with adequate carbonation and creaminess.

Overall, I really enjoy this beer. Very different from their other products. Will buy again.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 23:55:12 | More by DelMontiac
Photo of WastingFreetime


3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


750ml bottle labeled as best by 12/6/2012 purchased from the 'aged beer' cooler of my local store.

For being two months away from the best by date stamp, this one is still reasonably good, but not quite right for me.

Sure, the finish has some medium levels of cardboard oxidation, but the nose is an appealing blend of musty red grapes and brownie batter with a very light clove remnant at only garnish levels. The flavor follows suit (Grape Nuts cereal) but semi-dry compared to the nose's sweetness and less vibrant than how it was fresh, a touch crisper in texture, with the typical expected partial reduction of carbonation levels and gain of partial cardboard in the finish from the aging process. It's all gone very red grape vinous!

If only those malts weren't so oxidized / simplified.... Having had both this bottle and a fresh bottle, I can see that my target zone is definitely in between these two profiles, and next time I acquire this particular beer I will be aiming for aging it for around 8 months at basement temp or 12-14 months in a refrigerator.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2012 00:20:44 | More by WastingFreetime
Photo of sevenarts

New York

3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden orange with a typically big, fluffy Belgian head.

S: Very yeasty and spicy, not very strong aroma.

T/M: Not as fruit-forward as the other St. Bernardus beers, this one is dominated by the yeast and complex spices. A good amount of alcohol comes through in the aftertaste, too.

O: While I don't like this as much as St. Bernardus' 8 or 12, it's still a fine beer with an interesting flavor.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2012 13:40:49 | More by sevenarts
Photo of cpetrone84


3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pour is dark chestnut brown with a tan fluffy head. Nose is heavy sweet malt, candies sugar, dark fruits, lightly green. Taste offers well balanced sweetness, notes of nuttiness, and dark fruits aplenty. Body is a touch thin with heavy carbonation and a soft feel.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 18:25:32 | More by cpetrone84
Photo of BMMillsy


3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this from the bottle along with all the other St. Bernarduses in one weekend to compare. Pours a medium brown color, purple haze in there, with a fluffy white head. Aroma of some dark fruits, yeasty spice, rather subdued. Flavor follows with a nice smooth plum and fig, bit of apple and pear, and some yeasty spices going on. Relatively light on the palate, not dry, but plenty of carbonation. A little pricey for what it is, but a very nice brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2012 00:46:46 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of axeman9182

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz botle with a "best by" date of 9/19/14. It was part of my haul from working BBF and after it warmed was poured into my Firestone Walker tulip.

St. Bernardus Pater 6 pours a rusted copper color, lightening a bit at the edges. There's two fingers of bone colored head crowning the beer. It manages to stick around for a minute or to before fading, but does so relatively cleanly. The nose has a strong fig presence, as well as a gentle alcohol aroma. The flavor profile flashes some phenols with a clove taste right out front. The same esters and booze from the nose then come in, though they're joined here by a subtle bready maltiness. I wish there was more variety to the fruity flavors rather than just fig, but the alcohol presence remains restrained and pleasantly warming. The mouthfeel is very nice, on the dry side body-wise and paired with a nice and lively carbonation. St Bernardus's Pater 6 is a decent enough dubbel, but I think it's also clearly a step below some of the great trappist takes on the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2012 02:40:12 | More by axeman9182
Photo of morebeergood


3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my St. Bernardus goblet. Huge head forms quickly and stays around for a while. Was nice and thick too, almost like whipped cream. Really nice looking in the glass. Dark chestnut brown body. Smell was a combo of ripe bananas and cloves. Taste was spot on for a dubbel: brown sugar, caramel, cherry. One thing I would have liked more is a slightly more hefty body on this one; it bordered on the thin side. Easy and smooth to drink. Looking forward to the other three styles that came in my gift pack.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2012 04:26:28 | More by morebeergood
Photo of TheDinger

South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at World of Beer- Savannah. Poured into a pint glass with a nice deep brown/amber hue and generous beige 2 finger head that hung around a bit. Smell is of dark fruits (figs, raisins) and some carmel and spice. A bit bready as well. Tates is exact to the nose with a nice subtle hop finish. Similar to the 12 with the smooth/balanced finish. The monks are doing it right! Love the fruit/bread on the front end. Exceptional taste. Feel is nice for the style. A good bit of carbonation and silk to it. Overall- A great brew that is very smooth and complex. Nice combination of malts, spices, fruits and hops. A must have-

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2012 02:10:00 | More by TheDinger
Photo of sureshot08


4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a somewhat murky brown with thin head retention.

Smell: Dark fruits including grapes, sweet smelling.

Taste: Raisin, caramel sugar, bready malts.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation, somewhat thin.

Overall: A solid dubbel, but I'm partial to the Prior 8.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2012 03:38:16 | More by sureshot08
Photo of gfreed


4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Are there happier monks-- or are there happier *beer-label monks*-- than those that brew St. Bernardus? The 6 is another family favorite; a classic dubbel that is yeasty and fruity, not overly gassy and merely subtly hopped at the very end of each sip. You will find it difficult to do better, and not just at this affordable price.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 22:08:14 | More by gfreed
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle dated 19 Sept. 2014 served in a snifter. Allowed to warm to about 45F.

Every drop of this precious brew, including some sediment, poured into the snifter, causing a large, sudsy, tan head to rise all the way up to the rim. The head is durable and leaves nice lacing.

The rich aroma is spicy, fruity (dark), yeasty and malty, but marred slightly IMO by a bit of mustiness/soapiness, presumably from the yeast.

T: Superb taste, with a feast of flavor components culminating in a lingering aftertaste of dark fruits, dark bread and roasted malts. Suggestions of raisins, dates, prune, apple, caramel, banana, allspice and other spices. Excellent balance of sweet, sour and bitter.

M: medium-full body with lively, and fairly high carbonation. Creamy smooth after the carbonation dies down. 4.25

O: a must-try Belgian: a rich, unique and complex dubbel meant to be slowly sipped and savored, resulting in different nuances noticed on every sip. 4.25

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2012 01:28:22 | More by chinchill
Photo of LiquidAmber


3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brown amber with massive head leaving light lacing. Over carbonated and foamed out of the bottle. Light malt, light fruits, slight sour and cola notes to aroma. Taste is dark and light fruits, light sweet malt. Pleasant mild malt and fruit finish. Tastes tame compared to the bigger St. Bernardus ales. Light to medium bodied. I'd choose those stronger ones over this, but it is a pleasure to drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 23:07:20 | More by LiquidAmber
St. Bernardus Pater 6 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
92 out of 100 based on 1,107 ratings.