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St. Bernardus Pater 6 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Reviews: 679
Hads: 1,453
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 13.45%
Wants: 80
Gots: 168 | FT: 1
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Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website

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

The beer pours gently into my Achel chalice, dark, murky brown with lots of yeasty swirls in it. A tightly knit and fluffy head of wheat-colored foam seems to stay forever, clumpy lacing everywhere.

Delightfully dubbelish nose of caramel malts and Belgian yeast spiciness. Slight prune and raisin sweetness with a bit of underlying must.

Malty sweetness dominates with undertones of raisin bread, clove, and jammy, dark fruits dusted with fine Dutch cocoa powder. It sould easily be a Belgian brown ale in my mind. There is a hoppy persistance that sets it apart from other dubbels I've had.

Texture is smooth and creamy with a medium body carried by medium bubbles of active carbonation

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

(Served in a Chalice)

A- Dark brown color that is just a bit red. Head is thick and creamy with a tanish-red hint. opaque body with nice Belgian lacing

S- sweet caramel maltyness light hints of toast and just a bit fruity but very faint.

T- raisiny maltyness with a nice alcohol warmth with a faint bit of a ruminess that accents the alcohol warmth.

M- Medium body with a very smooth alcohol warmth not hot. Nice full carbonation.

D- very nice dubbel but not as complex as some. A beautiful beer that has nice maltyness and alcohol warmth

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

Appearence: Pours a wonderful dark brownish-red with a fomay, thick beige head that clings forever.

Smell: The smell is of crazy malts, very strong and robust. There is an incredible oatmeal smell to it that oddly fits well.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is a slightly acidic plum at woody mix, with sticky sweet notes everywhere. The flavors really play and interact with each other, long after the beer leaves the mouth. The sugary notes are much more potent than the other St. Bernardus brews I've had. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy.

Drinkability and Overall: This beer is not too incredibly different from the Prior 8, but it does have some qualities that make it unique. The powerful sweetness is the most important. This, like all the other St. Bernardus beers, is a wonderful beer. You can't go wrong with St. Bernardus!!!

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Photo of JackStraw22
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Beer pours a dark, murky redish/orange with a good size white head. Great retention. It's in a St. Bernardous glass, always a plus. Nice malty aroma, oranges, little bit of alcohol. Taste is great, nice and sweet, some cloves. It's not very complex, but it's very good. No bitterness to speak of. Mouthfeel is crisp and light, good amount of carbonation, slightly dry finish. Drinkability is great. It's not a very intense brew, so a couple in one sitting or a whole 750 isn't out of the question.

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Photo of tomthumbsblues
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruby color, 2-finger foamy head goes down slowly leaving some lacing. Aromas were vinous and reminiscent of chocolate. Taste at first was peppery which yielded to bittersweet liquid chocolate. Mouthfeel was smooth and tingly, dry and slightly bitter in the aftertaste. Not a bad beer at all.

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Photo of mobyfann
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Paid $13.99 for the 4-piece sampler with 'sniffer' glass...

The beer pours a dark brown color, like a belgain strong dark ale, with a large white head, perfect retention and only a few traces of lacing effects. The aromas are full of malt flavor, a touch of spice and no signs of alcohol.

The taste is full flavor malt at its best. There are nice tones of fruit and spice: tastes like cloves and grapes primarily. It also has a strong sense of sweetness as well making the all around flavor amazing. The ale is moderately heavy in the mouth, smooth on the palette and through the delivery. The drinkability receives top honors, a 6.7% dubbel with no signs of alcohol and would drink two or three of these per session if I were in the mood.

Final Thought: This is an exceptional ale that may be the best of all that are available from this world-famous brewery.

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Photo of Sammy
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich brew, long and dry finish. Refreshingly drinkable. Liked the brown colour, the bubbles in the yeast, the lace; the spicy aroma. Unique smoothness.Two years' later bottle showed great lace, spicy aroma, and good easy drinking. Marvelous brewery.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was probably the least exceptional of all the St. Bernadus products I've tried, but nonetheless a spectacular selection. It was quite a bit lighter than the Prior 8, which is also a dubble, and the malt presence seemed to be more pronounced. The bouquet was not nearly as impressive as all of the other trappist beers I've had, but it still had that tempting fruity quality to it.

The beer poured to a dark hazy brown color with an off-white foam at least 3 inches thick, retaining at least 1 inch throughout the glass. The head became very dimpled and the pour spot had a dark caramel colored ring around it. As I mentioned earlier, the smell wasn't quite as in-your-face as I was expecting, but I still caught hints of orange peel.

The taste was kind of malty, but well balanced. Tasted very similar to the Prior 8 or ABT12, but somewhat watered down in comparison, especially to the latter. I would definately recommend trying one of the above (or the tripel) instead of this, though this is still an excellent brew for those who must have it all.

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Photo of bruachan
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from arrowine

next to other dubbels i've had this is very mellow and subtle, a very nice brew. it was a piece to behold, with a massive, airy, creamy head that left some of itself behind down the glass, yet never really vanished. the nose was of yeasty breadiness and slightly spicy hops

it tastes deliciously nutty and bready with some dark fruit and spice. nothing overpowering, but really great. the finish is of tart dried fruits. mouthfeel is very agreeable and soft

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Photo of clvand0
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle. Pours a brown color with a very tall head and good retention and leaves lots of lacing on the glass. The aroma is very spicy with some fruit notes thrown in there. The flavor is spicy like the nose, but is has some banana, clove, raisin in there. Drinkability is very good and the body is right where I like it.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a fairly plain brown with an enoumoust billowing head that doesn't want to let me at the beer underneath. The nose is very pleasant. The nose is really spiey with a light raisin and caramel in there. I like it. The flavor is very good. Raisins, banana and spices dance across a stage of caramel sweetness. The feel is right at moderate, with a velvety smooth feel. Drinkability is also good on this one. I think this is a solid brew from start to finish.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a proper St. Bernardus glass. Pours a thin muddy brown with a small head that quicky dissolves into a thin cover over the beer.

Aroma is sweet chocolate, raisins, yum! No hops aroma, and no tartness/sourness noticed. Very desserty feel to the aroma.

Flavor is nice malty, bready with a slight alcohol profile- like fruits soaked in brandy. Not as much chocolate in the flavor as in the aroma. Flavor isn't as exciting as the aroma, but it still very nice.

Overall, this isn't as rich and heavy as the St. bernardus 8 or 12, as expected, but to me that's not a bad thing. This is easier to enjoy for me with no guit, because I know I can be mentally functioning during and after enjoying this lovely beer. I have to admit that overall I like the 8 better, but this one has a lot going for it! Highly recommended!

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St. Bernardus Pater 6 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
91 out of 100 based on 679 ratings.