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St. Bernardus Pater 6 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus Pater 6St. Bernardus Pater 6

Brewed by:
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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Photo of Flounder57
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle was poured into a stemmed goblet.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger off white head that reduced to a thin layer. It is an amber brown color with no clarity and tiny bubbles can be seen coming up through the glass.

Smell: Caramel, spicy, yeasty esters, raisins, plums, bready malts, figs, plums, delicious aromas.

Taste: caramel and bready malts, dark fruits, spicy, and yeasty esters. Very tasty dubbel.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, chewy, low carbonation, medium bodied, and delicious.

Overall: As solid as a dubbel it gets. This brewery can't do anything wrong. Another great beer to add to the lineup.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a chalice.

A: Tawny in color, good clarity as the beer was properly decanted so as to leave the yeast behind. Towering off-white head is very rocky and shows excellent retention. Foamy lacing coats the whole glass.

S: Distinct aroma of bread pudding. Bready, sweet-ish, drizzled caramel, golden raisin, booze-soaked figs. All-spice and pepper.

T: Toffee, treacle, caramel, bread pudding, booze soaked golden raisins. Slight estery push of mandarin orange. Some tea-like hops. Plenty of spicy yeast. Subtle touch of peppery alcohol. Well attenuated. Dry finish with lingering bread and spice.

M: Medium bodied. Creamy and very slightly chewy, small sense of weight. Moderately aggressive scrubbing carbonation.

O: A very good dubbel. Sort of on the lighter side for the style, but full of complexity. Very much a little brother to the famed Abt 12.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the corked caged bottle. I tried it on July 27, 2013.

I understood why the cage was on top of that cork as the cork exploded out of the bottle by itself after I set it down and turned my back. It poured an extremely heady deep amber with reddish hues when held to the light. The head hung in there the whole time.

The aroma was delightfully sweet with the Belgian sugars, caramel malts, Belgian yeast, override dark fruits, and a touch of spice.

The body was medium to full.

The taste was nice and sweet thanks to all those recognizable Belgian characteristics and it finished with a low to moderate bite. Just another fine example of the style.

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Photo of Samp01
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark cloudy brown with a medium tan head, which slowly fades to a razor thin head that lasts through out with some light lacing. Aroma of rich roasted caramel malt, gark fruits, some Belgian yeast with bready notes. Taste same as aroma with some mild bitter notes and light nutty flavor. Palate is a medium body, a balanced sweet nutty bitter smooth mouth feel, with good lively carbonation. Finish is a nice rich roasted nutty caramel malt with some mild bitter notes, yeasty, bready nutty lingering flavor. Overall a very good, flavorful and enjoyable ale

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Photo of keithmurray
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - light brown color with thin film of white head

Smell - cinnamon, nutmeg, malts

Taste - caramel, raisin, cinnamon, nutmeg, red wine, red grape

mouthfeel - smooth, medium bodied, medium carbonation, slight sweetness upfront, winey, slightly astringent finish

Overall - I was concerned as this bottle was well past its best by date, but it is drinking well. Good dubbel. Curious as to what a fresher bottle might taste like

Price Point - $8.39/750ML bottle

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a chalice glass

Appearance- Pours an orange-copper color with a light haze and a small off white head. The head fades rather fast leaving only a light level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma is of heaviest of a dark brown bread smell mixed with plenty of darker fruit aromas of prune, cherry and raisin. Along with these smells comes a light yeasty and caramel aroma as well.

Taste- The taste begins with a bready and darker fruit flavor of raisin and prune. As the flavor advances some banana and yeast mixed with a bit of a caramel sweetness also enter the taste. The banana is joined by some other lighter fruits of apple and citrus as the flavor moves more toward the end lightening the taste slightly. At the end, some bitterness of a earthy hop flavor joins the taste leaving a nice somewhat crisper flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel-The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average side as well. Both are appropriate for the style and act as a nice medium for the fruity and yeasty as well as lightly hoped and bready flavors of the brew.

Overall- This brew is a quite tasty dubbel overall with a very nice flavor profile and a good drinking feel.

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Photo of sfprint
3.46/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Exp November 22, 2013

A: Look like these orange/cola mixes you get in germany, tons of rootbeer like carbonation. Two finger head.
S: Light, slightly plasticy yeast. creamy.
T: A bit watery and sour, leans towards a flemish sour. Better as it warms up, creamy, unsweet rootbeer float. Tangy
M: Nice body, a bit drying.
O: Good, half sour, half dubbel

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Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: poured into a SAt Bernardus Chalice to a deep mahogany with a half ich of off white head that fades to a small mat
S: smells of bready malt, dark fruit, caramel sweetness and a bit of spicy yeast
T: bready malt sweetness, some caramel, spicy yeast, dark fruits, slight candi sugar like sweetness and a tinge of bitterness. swallow brings more bready malt, dark fruits and spice
M: lighter side of medium in the mouth with slightly prickly carbonation and a semi dry finish
O: good complexity, good flavors, solid balance and very enjoyable. very smooth and easy to drink. a fantastic Dubbel

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Photo of hackmann
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: ruddy brown body with a light tan 1-1/2 finger head; spotty lacing

Aroma: dark bread, dark fruit, light overall, builds character as the ale warms

Flavors: dark fruit – raisin like; pumpernickel with a little rye swirl; touch of spice;

Mouthfeel: fizzy carbonation sparkling wine like, mild-moderate body, nice balance between sweet malts and hops, light dark fruits linger on the palate; to me it is fairly simple: raisin, pumpernickel bread with a touch of rye grain spice and a light aftertaste.

To the Point: a nice Pater, pleasing to drink, easy to enjoy, I think I like this better than the Prior 8 which has a cinnamon raisin bread likeness;

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Photo of jeranbrews
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - light auburn with faint beige head. Pretty lacing that glides down the glass gently

S - faint nutty aroma.

T - well balanced malty. Slight abv burn sweet gentle

M - slightly sparkly not to hot stays in your mouth just the right amount of time

D - high not as good as the 8

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Photo of Hopswagger
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

P: A speckled mahogany body with a dollop of off white head that fades to a bubbly wake.

S: A controlled caramel, great Belgian yeast strain, subdued sweet dark fruits, clove, the black bottom part of a banana, pumpernickel bread and spicy hops. Aroma is similar to a musty cardboard fruit container.

T/M: Malty caramel, bready yeast, dark fruits, booze, and spices. Vivacious medium body that finishes dry with green apple tartness and bitter spiced tea tannin.

O: Complex and perfectly balanced. I gotta say I love it and want some more of it. The balance is what really shines here. Not over barring in any way but just nicely married. Cheers!

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Photo of alex_hart
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into St. Bernardus glass.

Appearance is a beautiful milk chocolatey brown with a one finger beige head.

Smells slightly sweet, effervescent belgian yeast, and hints of spices and citrus.

Taste is very much like the smell. Invitingly sweet, but well complemented by a bitterness. its hard for me to put this one down because I can hardly wait for each sip to come. Yet again some hints of spice and citrus. Beautifully balanced.

Mouthfeel is somewhat sticky, yet smooth, and is medium to light bodied. Enjoyable all the way through.

Overall just a plain and simple great beer. Recommend to anyone.

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Photo of themind
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This is a quality brew that I very much enjoyed. The only draw back for me was a high level of carbonation which effected my mouth feel score. Overall I would purchase this again. St. Bernardus scores another knock out with this offering.

Bottom Line: Great beer that I would buy again.

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Photo of Patou
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle 330ml. Pours beautifull brown/deep with creamy beige head. Aroma is of malt, caramel, citrus, sweetness. Taste is of malt, medium sweet, caramel, citrus, hops, belgian yeast and a rather long dry and slightly bitter agreable finish. Palate: Medium body, average carbonation. Overall: Very good, tasty. Interesting body and balance. A serious beer, with a reasonnable abv.

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Photo of jera1350
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Transparent brown body with a dense everlasting head of foam.

Great complex taste from the yeast. Malty, effervescent yeast, cocoa.

Has a nice complexity, but tastes a bit light overall. Light cocoa, malty, wheaty grain, yeasty, hint of spice from the hops, earthy.

Feels thin for the abv. Lots of carbonation with a dry finish.

Drinks easily and has a well masked alcohol content. Complex and well made, but lacks body and the overall flavor is just a bit light to take the score down a bit.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a deep amber pour with 2 fingers of creme colored head.. good head retention. smells of dates, figs, raisins, cinnamon. the flavor is sweet and bready, but not overwhelming. there is a nice presence of all the dark fruits i smelled, plus a nice caramel-like flavor. medium in body with high carbonation and is a bit more refreshing than most belgian dubbels.

not a huge fan of this style, but i appreciate it for what it is. a nice sweet malty profile with a nice spicy finish.

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Photo of Blindpigbiz
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Since I don't discriminate against the color of a beer, I find appearance to be of little importance. By the way, I'm terrible with math and with that being said, I am not sure if my average score I gave the beer is correct or not

Smell: mineral water with hints of sweet cashews and flecks of pralines

Taste: subtle sweet lemon bitterness with cashews, earth, and tinges of sweet malt with a slight bourbon burn

Mouthfeel: dry bitterness with mild effervescence; very crisp

Overall, this is one of the most unique dubbels a person can find. Typical dubbels have the ever-so cloying attributes of intense maltiness and bananas; pater 6 is a pseudo-antithesis to the aforementioned. You don't have to agree with the profile that has been given to this beer, but I have led many beer tastings with this as the dubbel of choice (sometimes) and no one has ever asked for their dos Equis amber ale back.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.43/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From: Whole Foods, Omaha, NE
Date: Best by 03/10/2014
Glass: St. Bernardus Chalice

St. Bernardus' Pater 6 is a mild-smelling and tasting, sweet dubbel. I was surprised at how moderate the beer played itself across my senses, I was certainly expecting heavier scents and tastes along with a greater caramel-like malt influence on the beer, which I did not find. While not unappetizing in any way, I did not find this beer to be particularly exceptional and would probably not purchase it again. As I note in the review itself, this reminded me of a light version of a Belgian Strong Dark ale.

Pours a 1cm tall head of khaki-tan foam, composed of small to medium-sized bubbles, with average retention rates (about a minute). Retention is about average, fading to a thick ring around the glass and a few light, spotty islands of wispy foam atop the body. As the head descends, it leaves modest lacing along the sides of the glass, lines and an occasional odd shape, nothing spectacular. The body itself is a very dark, semi-transparent amber brown, light bringing out brighter brown and burnt red hues. Carbonation is not visible.

Aroma is fairly light, of sweet, amber Belgian candi sugar, slight grape ester, and mild spices as produced by the brewery's yeast strain. This does not seem particularly amazing or complex to me.

The beer is very smooth and sweet, with dominant flavors of amber malts and Belgian candi sugar, grape-like esters, and a noticeable bitterness. Overall, this drinks, to me, like a light version of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Front of palate is sweet and fruity, with grape-like esters, amber Belgian candi sugar, and a bit of amber malt for a very mild toffee-like effect. Mid-palate features moderate bitterness, grape-like esters, and amber Belgian candi sugar sweetness. Back of palate features continued bitterness, Belgian candi sugar influence, and grape-like esters, along with some Belgian yeast or ethanol induced spices (anise? or clove?). Aftertaste is mildly bitter, with very mild grape-like esters and amber malt and candi sugar sweetness.

Beer is medium-light in body, with carbonation of fairly high intensity, resulting in a beer that is fizzy at first, eventually creating a mass of foamy bubbles upon the palate. Closes semi-dry, with moderate stickiness lingering across the palate.

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Photo of rangerred
3.67/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle into a goblet.

Pours a slightly hazy dark brown due to the sediment that got into the glass with a half finger fluffy white head. Really good head retention and decent lacing.

Aroma is a little bit weak but I really can pick out brown sugar and vanilla. There is also a slightly musty odor but it is more complimentary than it is distracting.

The brown sugar is more muted in the flavor allowing the the banana/clove Belgian yeast character to shine through. More vanilla that is subdued but there is a noticeable lack of complexity compared to some other versions of the style. Mouthfeel is on the watery side with a little bit of stickyness left on the finish.

Overall, I am not very impressed by this Dubbel. It really lacks complexity and depth of flavor along with a weak mouthfeel. I feel like this could be a whole lot better with a little bit of work.

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Photo of Arno
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's not the greatest "dubbel" i had and i didn't like it all the first and second time, but i started to grow on it a little better. It has the same characteristics of the 8 and 12, but weaker and more mellow. It has a better balance then the 8 and lacks the layers of the 12.

It's an ok beer.

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Photo of impending
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75


33cl into a tulip. Pours as if cola, the head was large bubbled, receded fairly quick to a ring, minor lacing.

The aroma is a clean sweet upbeat. Root beer, caramel, fig and a touch of mentholatum.

The taste is classic. Black cherries join the root beer, raisins join the caramel and fig. Zero bitter, zero dry. Just shy of medium bodied smooth mouthfeel.
Joins the Prior as royalty within dubbels.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky, dark-ish copper-brown color with little bits of off-white sediment swirling among the haze. The khaki head is thick and creamy looking and lasts for a considerable amount of time; a few chunks of lace cling to the top of the glass.

The nose is sparkling and fruity; ripe, sour grapes, apple skins, and loaded with phenols. Toasted malts give it a steely-caramel structure, side-by-side with a full-out, sweet ester-laden parade. Some slight spices on the nose, most likely from the characteristic Belgian yeast. The aroma almost gives off a mild sweet-tartness, similar to a Lindeman's lambic, though slightly less pungent.

Sweet, sugar-coated grapes and plums are the first thing that comes to mind when taking a sip. Body is fairly thin and carbonated so much that the brew seems to evaporate in your mouth. Light, deep cranberry sauce flavors start to come out - a tartness evolves, spikes, and lasts for only a split second - it's refreshing and borderline sour and puckering, something you don't always find in dubbels. The infrastructure of Pater 6 is full of earthy, dirty hops and sweet, fruity esters. Some spice noticeable at the tail end, mainly clove, but it isn't as powerful or prominent as it is in many other Belgian brews.

There's a nice little bitter twang in the aftertaste, coming mostly from the hops which turn from earthy to floral as the beer goes on. Aftertaste of wine-soaked bread and light clove. The alcohol in this one isn't strong, but it's phenol characteristics shine through at the right moments. Nearing room temp, this beer surprisingly seems to lose a bit of flavor, but is still nice and drinkable.

Solid dubbel, nice balance of sweetness, earthiness, and bitterness, although I think it may slightly be overrated. I prefer the Prior 8 by a few miles over this one, so if you're ever in a pickle between the two, go for the 8. This is still a nice brew to try once, though, and the lighter ABV tax is nice.

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

A- Deep chestnut colored body with not much in the way of transparency. Huge, frothy, creamy beige head that lingers around for awhile.

S- Spicy Belgian yeast with notes of pepper, dark malts, slightest bit of dark dried fruit, along with a nutty aroma.

T- A little more sweetness in the taste than the aroma would indicate. Sweet malt and dried fruit comes through first, the middle has more sweet malt along with some nutty flavors. The finish has a little more of the fruity flavors along with a little bit of hazelnut.

M- Medium-high carbonation, medium mouthfeel. Smooth and creamy, with a bubbly feel. I do notice a little bit of a metallic flavor/feel mixed in.

O- Good beer, good flavors, strong dubbel.

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Photo of bobhits
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Deep murky brown with a bit of color in the glass (poured of course in a St Bernardus glass), perhaps not almost black but this bastard is dark. Head forms but fades quickly leaving just a bit of lacing.

Brown toasted nutty, dark fruits and with some clove and other odd spices. This is the darkest smelling of the St. Bernadus numbered beers.

OK lets just say it...this blows 8 the hell out of the water! Figs, DARK fruits, toasted bread, cloves, other spices. The dark fruit flavor here is just great. This is the perfect sweet dark fruited Belgian beer.

A bit too much lingering, it doesn't have that dry finish the 12 has, but the lower alcohol allows for this to be ok.

This isn't a master piece like their 12 or the tripel, but this a very nice beer. If the price weren't near 20 a 4 pack on this 6.7% beer I might grab one from time to time.

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Photo of spoony
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From an 11.2 oz bottle (best buy May 8, 2015) into a chalice.

A-A mild pour produced one finger of rocky, tan-tinted foam. Foam fades quickly, but not surprisingly for a true Belgian, a thin cap hangs around. The brew is slightly cloudy and murky brown.

S-I smell ripe, sweet, dark fruits like plum, fig, and raisin, as well as a pretty strong aroma of light brown sugar. There is nice whiff of Belgian style spice and banana yeast to cap it off.

T-The taste is slightly lighter than the smell, by which I mean there are hints of apple and pear to go along with the aforementioned darker fruits and brown sugar. The sweetness remains, as well as the slight Belgian kick.

M-The body is slightly slick. Heft is medium and carbonation is medium to high (for the style).

O-This beer is unmistakably (and deliciously) Belgian. The sweet flavors are indeed sweet and there are fruit components, but it doesn't hit you over the head like a lot of the stronger-flavored American interpretations of a dubbel. A fine example of restraint in beer-making.

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St. Bernardus Pater 6 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
91 out of 100 based on 691 ratings.