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St. Bernardus Pater 6 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Belgium | website

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-17-2002

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Reviews: 691 | Ratings: 1,510
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dark brown color ale with a huge off-white foamy head. Aroma of sweet raisins with the distinctive Belgian yeast. Taste can also be distinguished by the sweet malt and raisins with a candy like sweetness also present. Body is a bit too thin but carbonation is quite good. Another fine beer from a great brewery.

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Photo of ADR
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dark brown with burnt sienna highlights, nice creamy and thick head -- even in an open chalice. Great sheets of complicated lace. Sweet aromas with molasses and pleasant wine-like qualities. Mouthfeel is light with nicely even and lively carbonation. Flavors are very well-composed but not excessively strident, prune and cherry, white chocolate, and bare yeast expression. Lightens and becomes more leafy with an interesting balancing dryness in the second half (unusual for a typical Dubbel). This brew doesn't bowl you over but its exceptionally drinkable with a fruity but not intimidating profile. Airy underpinnings. Its characteristics showing a light astringency are unusual and very nice.

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

Pours a hazy orange/brown into my Westvleteren chalice, big off white head forms, very sticky lace all over the glass. Smell is very rich and malty, vinous, with some spice, caramel, chocolate and iron notes. Taste is delicious, cherries, chocolate, spice, iron, some alcohol, little coffee and yeast. Mouthfeel is smooth and butter, perfect carbonation, medium bodied. Fantastic beer.

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Photo of semihobo
4.68/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From the gift pack (four beers and a chalice). Something stamped on that says "FL 08 07 09" I guess that's the drink-by date. 11.2 fl oz. Served at cellar temp (~50 F) and glad I did.

Even with a restrained pour produces a billowy head with bubbles of all sizes. Great staying power (and that's an understatement). A nutty brown color, fairly opaque but not that dark hued, with frenzied bubbles around the edges.

Smells sweet and yeasty; I smell vanilla, figs, pudding. Just a hint of hops. Boy, this is what the brewery in heaven must smell like. Some elusive singular smell I can't pin down, but some sort of earthy after-the-rain-mountain-fresh thing is going on. There is a little tingle of alcohol, especially as it warms.

Taste is a gentle fig custard bread dessert. Not cloying, subtly spiced. Some more vanilla, and a hint of hops that turns into a hint of alcohol on the finish. Definitely fruitiness, although I can't pick a specific kind; tastes like a mix of trace amounts of many fruits with bubblegum/banana the strongest, so it's probably the yeast. There are definitely candi sugars in here, and they are delicious. Almost perfect, except for the alcohol peeking through.

The mouthfeel is deliciously creamy and luxurious but as drinkable as water. The bubbles gently massage the tongue.

This is just sublime. I would drink it in in a box, with stinky socks, and Mr. Fox ... not just drinkable because it's good, however. It's also refreshing and not an overpowering ABV, and you can either dwell on the tastes or just close your eyes and smile. One of the best I've had.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My first St Bernardus brew, sweet.

The second I popped the cap I could smell this beer, nice perfumey malt with some spice. It pours from its merry monk clad bottle a dusty brown with hints of orange and blood. The head is a creamy off white mousse that leaves spectacular sheets of foam on the glass. The aroma is maltcentric with plenty of layers of bread, restrained fruit, candy sugar, herbs and berries. The taste is meaty and thick with lots of fruit flavors. Very aromatic and perfumey fruit flavors dominate (I cant even decribe them, maybe Damson?) with some balancing spicey hops in toe. Gingerbread and cinamon are evident. These also wonderful yeast esters and brown sugar (maybe dark candy sugar?). The mouthfeel is very thick and viscous with cascading carbonation. Bottle conditioned mouthfeel at its very best. The finish is long and semi dry.

The is an excellent Dubbel, one of the best Ive had. It has lighter fruit flavor than I expected and its packed with complexity.

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Photo of Derek
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Mohogany, fluffy off-white head, nice retention and lacing. Couldn't ask for more!

S: Belgian malt (fig-like), fruity (some banana), but with a clean, almost solventy smell.

T: Very nice Belgian malt flavour. Prunes, figs, a little raisin, bready, caramel. Very well-rounded. Perfectly balanced. Slightly sweet through the middle, only slightly bitter (clean & refreshing) in the aftertaste. Slightly warming, sherry-like feel, but the alcohol taste is very subdued.

M: Moderate, creamy body, plenty of carbonation. The creamyness really stands out.

D: Oh so drinkable.

Thanks LCBO for offering this gift pack!

Certainly doesn't seem like a light-weight!

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Photo of jamesdergen
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a gorgeous, almost impenetrable amber with a massive off-white foamy head!

Smell: Dates, raisins, caramel malts and vanilla. Excellent.

Taste: Follows the nose with some nice carbonation and potent alcohol finish. Big dried fruit flavor well-balanced by the toasty malts and vanilla flavors.

Mouthfeel: Fantastic. Very light-bodied, but still potent and big on flavor. Leaves a nice, sweet aftertaste.

Drinkability: For the style, this is one of the only beers I could have another of (which I wont b/c this is my last one!) Goes down easy and finishes clean.

This is one of the best by my favorite Belgian monk, St. Bernardus! If you can get your hands on it, I highly recommend it. Low ABV for the style, but still packs a punch with some great complex flavors.

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Photo of DrJay
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Murky toffee with reddish highlights. Generous tan head composed of fine bubbles that reduces somewhat, but doesn't disappear, and leaves a solid film of bubbles stuck to my goblet. Bready, yeasty aroma backed up by an herbal cola-like quality and ripe plums/dried fruit. Chocolate maltiness initially dominates the flavour, followed by doughiness and light raisin that carries into the finish. The flavours are quite delicate and light, superb balance. There's a hint of alcohol warmth in the finish, but it's very subtle, and it's only slightly drying at the end. Light body that never feels thin; moderately high carbonation that is far from harsh or coarse, and contributes greatly to texture. I can't believe how easy this is to drink. It's not overly complex, but still has plenty going on and what's there is balanced very well. Definitely a winner.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into Watou chalice. Deep brown color, beautiful tan head which is sticky and lasting.

Aroma is completely awesome. Definitely this has the St. Bernardus family odor: kind of bready yeast with a hint of fruit. The flavor is almost as good as the aroma (which is saying a lot). Some raisin / date type fruits, and fresh-baked bread flavor.

This is a little thinner than its older brothers (Prior 8 and ABT 12). But it can hold its own.

I wish it was easier to find this in Columbus. I can easily find the ABT 12 or the tripel from St. Bernardus, but the Pater 6 and Prior 8 are difficult to get in 12oz bottles. I bought this in MN last week.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.69/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a solid brown color with a huge off white head. The aroma is wonderful. Spicy and malty. The taste is rather disappointing. There are some nice spices, but no real backbone. It is not a bad taste, but it could be a lot better. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lot of carbonation. Overall, this is a pretty good brew, but I would prefer Prior 8 over Pater 6 anyday.

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Photo of weeare138
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a hazy brown with a large clumpy head that lasts. Plenty of lacing is left behind.
Smell is of fresh dough, figs, raisins, caramel, brown sugar, candy, fruity mango and peach.
Taste is of the above aromas in a yeasty batch with a definite sugar content but not a real sweetness.
Mouthfeel is fizzy, slightly sweet, medium bodied with the yeast coming through.
Drinkability is great with this classic Belgian dubbel.

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Photo of cokes
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ruddy brown with a proud tall flop of ashy beige.
Scented of metal, hazelnut, twigs, vanilla, dough, and blueberry.
The onset is sourdough, leading into a steely white grape tartness, nodding towards SavBlanc. Tropical fruit fills the spaces with pineapple, peaches, and oranges. Dough and black pepper plump out the middle, as the finale turns towards hops, all prairie, garden, and hay, This, and all spritzed with a light, light rum.
Medium bodied, faulting lighter, with a gravitating, levitating CO2.
It's gaseous and downable and ultimately a better dubbel than 8.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz, clearly stamped on back label: best by 0107

there's everyone's favorite monk, this time his chalice says 'pater'. had this beer as part of the prix fixe at 'den dyver', excited to try it again.

pours a cloudy amberish brown color, perfect one-finger head is thick and creamy, dissolves slowly leaving dank hilly clouds and steady thick lacing on the glass.

aroma here is absolutely divine.. similar dark fruit and candi sugar belgian-ness to the abt12, except this takes the burnt caramel aroma to an exponentially erotic level. this scent is unique and hard to pin down.. brandied peaches and old paper books? toasted almond ice cream bar with raspberry puree? i dont know, but this is the perfect trappist aroma. the low alcohol finally allows the bernardus recipe to shine.

thick yet silky mouthfeel.. initial flavor of brown sugar and caramel gives way to dates and plump, sweet raisins. aftertaste of sweet, buttery biscuits smothered in honey. expecting that inhibiting alcohol blast is a futile mission.. 6.7% assures it will never show up at this party. every sip is savoured, every waft of essence is captured. i lick my lips as i sip this beer, thouroughly enjoying every second.

as it warms, the malt leads to a cascading red berry tartness with equal sweet. almost criticized the carbonation, but with a minute or two this beer calms and miniscule bubbles add to the silkiness, they don't make this excessively perky. warm beer finishes with a sugar smack and sweet pipe tobacco. dare i say, the first perfect beer i've come in contact with. dare i say.

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

Tobacco-colored, with an active, shimmery hot cocoa looking head, with goiod retention and fine lace.

Nose is of raisins, stewed fruit, cocoa in the back, mild citrus, and something vegetal bringing up the rear.

The taste is at first sweet fruit and candy sugar, but playfully tart and bitter flavors just tingle on your tongue, leading to a full malty middle with cookie dough and cola elements. A semi dry, mildly bitter finish.

It has a beautiful mouthfeel, frothy and smooth and delightful. Don't be put off by my noting all the cookies, cola and candy. There's enough bitterness to define all these flavors and make it all work. Fabulous brew.

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Photo of phishgator
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour is into a chalice with a large tan foamy head. The dark molasses color is brilliant. The aroma is sweet candi sugar and chocolate malt. The taste is also sweet candi sugar and a sweet malt backbone. This thinner version of their Abt 12 is a great session brew; if your session doesn't good more than 3 deep! A nice dessert ale to end a night cap.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Bottle Inspection: 11.2 fl oz. brown bottle with best by date on the back (13 08 07), abv 6.7%, glass and serving temp suggestion (goblet, 46-50 F). All as it should be.

Aroma: Classic Belgian nose, yeasty, raisin plum malt, light chocolate note, all with a perfumed alcohol base.

Appearance: Deep brown glass that shows clarity at the edges with strong back light, crowned by a pillowy tan cover of small and medium sized bubbles. Lace is assured.

Flavor: Rich flavors, plum, chocolate, clove, rock candy, pepper, grape … Hard to define.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy carbonation at first sip, over the top. I’ll have to let this one settle down a bit. It just turns to foam in my mouth. Have to take points here. After a bit, I can get a light-medium body,

Overall Impression: A very tasty beer. Not as intense as its big brothers, but it’s nice to have the option of enjoying a “small” version of those bad boys. I’ll be stocking up on some of these. Recommended!

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Photo of mynie
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very pretty pour into a chalice. Chocolate brown with a large, retentive head.

Yeast and apricots in the nose along with pilsner grain and just the slightest hint of alcohol.

Perfect carbonation gives the beer an almost milky feel that enhances bock malt in the front, giving way to sweet and sour fruit in the middle and a very dry alcohol back. Nice.

Another great beer from the folks at St. Bernardus. Doesn't quite knock me on my ass like their others, but that can be a good thing.

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Photo of paterlodie
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

BB 25-06-07. Great lasting head leaving laces and dark brown beer. Nose is spicy as all the bernardus beers, peppered malts with next to that good fruityness with bannana & plumb and this all abthing in a caramellic candysauce. Taste is also great with best maltyness, full bodied but not sweet, spicyness and a nice a quiet dry and bitter aftertaste. Great& full mouthfeel, especially regarding the "only" 6% of alcohol. Good carbonisation and dry aftertaste ask for more of this great brew.

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

11.2 oz bottle, poured into a small chalice glass. Cloudy brown color, with a rich tan head. Nice highly fruity, yeasty, malty sweet nose. Flavor is full of phenolic, spicy cloves, vanilla fruitiness, and toasty bread-like malt, with a tart, spicy finish. Crisp, light body.

Very good abbey beer!

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Photo of mentor
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Obtained from John's Grocery (Iowa City) in May 2005 and consumed later that week. Freshness nnotching on the bottom of the label is 1349, and I think it says best comsumed by 2004 in several languages on the right and left sides of the label. Pours a 2 finger light-tan and fluffy head over a brown-bronze muddy liquid. Sweet caramel and candi-sugar smells arose during the pour. Smells nutty and sweet of caramel and almost bock-like. Noticable alcohol wakes my nose-hairs. Tastes of dark fruit, very wet sweet, chocolate, fudge, and hazelnut. A small amount of funk late comes across as some kind of chocolate-covered green-vegetable. Kind of odd, but actually not unpleasant. There is so much here in the way of flavor that I wouldn't be surprised if newspaper taxis appeared on the shore. The aftertaste rising in my throat is alcohol and rock candy. Rock candy, now that stirs fond memories. Still quite a bit of head hanging around and the chocolate is coming out more as it warms, albeit a bit drier than before. Thick mouthfeel and sharply carbonated, as to produce a sting across a good portion of my tongue. Definitely a lighter version of the Abt 12, but with many similarities. I highly recommend this beer.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz dated best before 08-07-09, into a chalice.

DEEP brown with a two finger off white head that falls to and stays at 1cm until it is almost done. Foam coats the inside of the glass as this one goes down.

Smells spicy upfront with a bread like yeast aroma behind it. In other examples I have sampled, the spice and yeast seem connected. Its like the yeast is spicy. The Pater 6 has them seperate. Different, but I like it. There's some sweet malts underneath.

When tasted, the malts take on a slightly roasted character. There's a generic yeast note. The finish is on the dry side, but nothing impressive.

I found the mouthfeel a bit weak for the style, but this is a very drinkable belgian.

St. Bernie makes some outstanding brews, but this one lacks the complexity others have when it comes to taste.

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

Pours a rich opaque nut brown with a frothy tan head into a Chimay chalice. Yeast can be seen floating on the foan. (yes, I poured it in!). Lots of thick lacing. Smell is spicy, spiced sweet apple and tart Granny Smith. Cinnamon and clove and funky yeasty aromas.

Taste is much like the nose. Spicy and a bit peppery or a gingery bite to it. Fruity apple flavors and grainy. Dryish too, which is odd. Some hops if the finish and aftertaste and a little thin in the mouth compared to the general flavor explosion. Really tasty and drinkable. Does the happy monk do anything wrong? Not even a favorite style of mine and they still knocked my socks off. Highly recommended.

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

$2.99 for a 11.2 oz bottle. 6.7% ABV.

Pours out to a semi-cloudy deep amber, forming a large light tan peaking meringue-like head with superior retention and lacing. The aroma is vibrantly rich with a wonderful bready yeastiness unlike any other I've had in a beer before...lots of candied fruits, dark fruits, cloves, rotting bananas, very mild vinegar tartness, candied sugar...just a wonderful smelling brew. The mouthfeel is brisk and zippy with a deceptingly light body. The taste is much an echo of the aroma...the sweetness of the aroma is not as prevelant in taste, as it is balanced by a moderate bitterness. Hop flavor is low, but bitterness is a touch stronger than most Abbey's. The finish is dry, light and airy with bitterness lingering upon the tongue with notes of tobacco and leather.

This is a pretty nice Abbey and has a wonderful aroma, but I wished it had a touch more sweetness to really accentuate the fruits and bring out the aromatic complexities. I'd go for the Abt 12 over this one. Good brew!

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Photo of Toddv29424
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a poopie brown color with little light around the edges. There is relatively no head, and only a little bit of carbonation effervescing from the bottom of the glass. Smell is very inviting, much like nuts with a touch of fruit... apricots mostly. The taste is almost perfect. The same hint of apricots is in there, but there is a malty sweetness that seamlessly follows it all down. The little bit of carbonation leaves a dry finish and rinses the whole taste down, which warrants another sip. Good thing it comes in such a small bottle at a large price, or I would drink it all the time!

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

Beautiful deep crimson, near-mohagony color, huge head, cocoa-toned, dripping lace on the glass.

Nutty aroma, cola-ish, deep and earthy, some spices, hints of chocolate...nice.

Taste: yum, more of the same nuts and cocoa from the nose, very tasty, like a mellow dubbel, or a more lofty brown ale. Delicious. And that's only the start of it...this is simple and complex at once, a very deceptive ale, almost light and unassuming, but ultimately stirring with character, the flavor getting livelier and more exceptional the further in we get.

Given time, I could think of a million uses for a beer this great, but the best one is as an active ingredient to an oncoming case of happiness.

I'm going to have to make this beer a more intimate part of my life, and keep it well at hand, for anytime I need a jolt of delight and deliciousness.

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