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St. Bernardus Pater 6 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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1,238 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,238
Reviews: 651
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 56
Gots: 84 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-17-2002)
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Photo of meatmallet
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a murky deep brown with a medium sized light tan head. Just a little bit of carbonation can bee seen rising from the top.

Smell: A little bit lighter like most of the St Bernardus brews but definitely full of aroma. Plums and the usual dark fruit smells of a dubbel with some toffee and the sweetness of brown sugar to cover the sweet end and a very slight spiciness. You cant forget the Belgian yeast.

Taste: Much the same as the smell. Not nearly as fruity as I was expecting. Starts a little sweet up front and very yeasty in the middle with a slightly bitter or soured aftertaste.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: Medium bodied with fairly high carbonation. The carbonation is very light and lively. Very dry finish.

meatmallet, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of zoso1967
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice clear woody brown color that shows deep red highlights when held up to the sun. The cap of light tan foam is similar to the other St. Bernardus beers that I've had lately in that it is frothy, has amazing staying power and leaves very nice lacing.

The predominant aroma I get is candied cherry, with a bit of spicy yeast backing it up. It also has some musty notes to it with a bit of caramel malt and toffee, but overall the nose is a bit more subdued on this, one of the littlest of the brewery's offerings.

The spicy yeast esters come through more in the flavor, as does a bit of an herbal hop character. Still mostly malt forward with a lot of brown sugar, caramel, raisin and cherry. There is also a bit of an apple or pear like fruitiness that is quite enjoyable. Definitely an understated beer that is flavorful yet restrained.

The mouthfeel is pretty much perfect with the same well carbonated, yet smooth nature that I have noticed in St. B's other beers. It finishes well with a nice fruity and spicy aftertaste.

This is a very drinkable and enjoyable table beer. St. Bernardus continues to impress me and it is clear they know how to do things well in Watou. Whenever I finally take my dream trip to Belgium, this will surely beer one of the breweries I have to hit up.

zoso1967, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of JayQue
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky dense brown color into my Chimay goblet. When held to the light, light gets through all over with a nice reddish brown color. Medium size off-white head, good retention and filmy coating of the glass.

Good smell. Malty, dark fruit, Belgian yeast and pepper. Not overpowering, just nice and noticible.

Tastes very good. More subtle than my favorite Belgian styles: Quads, Tripels, Strong Dark/Pale Ales. Still very impressive. Malty backbone, dark fruit (plums etc), pepper, a little candi sugar sweetness and Belgian yeast.

Mouthfeel is fairly rich and very smooth. No alcohol presence, just a malty smoothness that supports the rests of the flavors.

Drinkability is good. Flavorful beer, smooth and not a high abv bomb. Very enjoyable slow sipper. I could do a second one easily!!!

JayQue, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of Goliath
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a one inch light tan head. The head retention is decent and leaves nothing behind as it receeds.

The aroma is great. Sweet candi sugar, fruit, and grain.

The taste is ok. It's got a great malt presence, giving a nice dose of bread and grain. There's a light sweetness as well which pairs well with the fruit notes. At first I had picked up a slight metallic note, but it's disappearing as it warms.

The mouthfeel is also great. Full bodied and highly carbonated, it's really quite nice.

The drinkability is fairly high. The ABV is easily managed and well incorporated making for easy drinking. The flavor profile is pleasing, and the aroma pulls you in for another sip. It's really a nice little beer.

Goliath, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of obywan59
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From a 12 oz. bottle into my brand new St. Bernadus snifter (or oversized wine glass?). Gift pack with 4 beers and glass for 17.99.

Mahogany at first with a 1 finger head that recedes rather quickly. When held up to a celing light, shows more transparency and a deep amber color, bubbles on the surface showing as points of light from the bottom of the glass like orange stars in the night sky. Held to a very bright light, the brew becomes nearly transparent (wording on the glass easily readable), the color a very Christmasy red with carbonation bubbles rising throughout. Stunning.

Smells of green apples and prunes. Almost lemony. Some good spiciness and a hint of banana.

Rather dry at first, but a bit of sweetness follows. Some light bitterness in the end. Lightly tart grapefruit. Spicy nutmeg or clove in the back of the mouth. Belgian yeast

Light to medium mouthfeel. Wonderful prickly carbonation and warming alcohol burn in the throat.

Very nice! The first of the 4 beers of the St. Bernadus gift pack. I picked this first because of the lower ABV of 6.7% and because it got a lower rating than the Abt 12 which I'll drink next, but this is a fabulous brew! Easy to drink and very tasty. Great complexity! Enjoy!

obywan59, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of jlandis
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer pours a murky brown with one finger rich tan head. The aroma is subtle yet beautiful (cherries, yeast, and sweet malt). The flavor is so rich and dry! Dark cherries, spice and caramel sweetness. What is most striking is the perfect balance of the flavors. The sweetness doesn't want to make your teeth fall out and the spice doesn't make you think you're drinking a spice rack. The body is rich with subtle carbonation.

This is the last of the St. Bernardus 4 pack that I picked up a few weeks ago. I'm so glad that I spent the money on this set. The beers are absolutely fantastic and the glass is a perfect chalice. So far to date I think this is my favorite Belgian brewery. I know I haven't had many, but out of what I know these guys do the best.

jlandis, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of jsh420
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

best by 22 07 13
first beer to hit my 330ml st bernardus chalice

pours murky amber brown with a 3/4 finger with great retention

smells of banana apple earthy hops

taste is nice and dry - some dubbels are way to sugary sweet, not this one - malts come though much better then the nose - nutty with just a little dark fruit more light fruit apple grape banana then the belgian yeast and earthy slightly spicy hops - solid

mouthfeel - overall is light with plenty of carbonation but not distracting

drinkability - very enjoyable - little pricey

jsh420, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of Mosstrooper
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into 330mL St. Bernardus chalice.

Appearance: Pours an opaque mahogany color with a large, slightly tan head that dissipates sort of quickly and leaves thick lace behind it.

Smell: Fruits dominate- plum, grape, and apple, as well as others I can't quite identify. Also has phenol notes and yeast hints.

Taste: Fruity throughout- begins with apple flavor, finishing with grape/wine flavors and yeast hints.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body with natural carbonation and a yeasty finish.

Drinkability: A good beer and a fairly easy drinker. Definitely worth a taste and something I would have no problem drinking again.

Mosstrooper, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of wvsabbath
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

APpearance - Dark tan/brown. Creamy white 1 inch head

Smell - Floral yeast, malts, sugars. Some hops and alcohol is present

Taste - A nice, mellow and fairly bitter dubbel. I enjoyed how the yeast mixed with the malts to give it a real strong floral taste. There is some carmael hidden in there too. Not a overload on spices but yes this is a dubbel.

Mouthfeel - Rather thin and mild. Doesnt overwhelm your mouth or palette at all.

Drinkabilty - High. Its smooth, mild and refreshing. Its not the best dubbel ive ever had but its fine to drink, and to enjoy.

wvsabbath, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of tchenery
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice rich brown color with fluffy white lacing head.

S - raisin-y, funky yeast smell, cola notes and a slight roasted malt flavor as well.

T - Very bready, roasted/toasted flavors, dark fruits come in. It's slightly bitter on the finish and also sweet. Very complex.

MF - Very carbonated giving lifting power.

D - Excellent drinkability, very smooth. Excellent food beer.

tchenery, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of EricCioe
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a deep, deep copper with a beautiful one finger head that sticks around as good as any beer I've had. The nose is a mellow fig and grapefruit mixture with something like worn leather further back. On the tongue the grapefruit flavors come out strongest. The mouthfeel is pleasantly prickly and it goes down pretty easily. A great beer, one I'll be revisiting.

EricCioe, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of haazer
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the gift pack, poured into the glass that came with it.

A- Chocolate looking pour with a very limited amount of tan head. Nice amount of bubbles and carbonation in the glass. Looks like southern sweet iced tea.

S- Was really hard for me to pick out any dominent scents in this. What I did pick up was yeast, cherries, and the faintest whiff of malt.

T- Taste is better. Fruity berry flavor, good malt taste, brown sugar, and sweet. Candy like.

M- Medium bodied. Carbonation felt, yet it is also suprisingly smooth.

D- Easy to drink, fairly tasty, and a not so high abv. Could potentially make this a session beer.

haazer, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of BennyL1
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First up from the St. Bernardus pack, served into the St. Bernardus chalice.

A - What a good looking beer. Pours a dark brown/chestnut color with a very good fingers worth of fluffy white head. Minimal lacing upon the glass.

S - Caramel malt, dark fruit, yeast, and banana. The aromas become more defined as the beer warms slightly.

T - First thing that strikes me is the balance, its just spot on. Caramel malts, spices, and dark fruits. A little bitter note at the end works really well also.

M - Medium body with a decent amount of carbonation. Very creamy and smooth going down.

D - Very drinkable beer. At 6.7% its not too big either. My first beer from this brewery and I can't wait to try the others.

BennyL1, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of mithrascruor
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with a thick foamy off-white head, 1-finger with excellent retention.

Smell: Nice spicy and bready aroma, along with some banana-like phenols and caramel maltyness.

Taste: Malty flavor with a hint of caramel coming in towards the finish. There's a mild bitterness over the caramel in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and slightly creamy. Medium-bodied with minimal carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable with a good taste and moderate ABV.

An excellent dubbel; very tasty and enjoyable with no hints of alcohol.

mithrascruor, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of InspectorBob
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my St. Bernardus goblet, very dark brownish with a thick off white head. Very little lacing, if any.

Some spiceyness maybe nutmeg. Some carbonation.

A very good balance of flavors, fairly complex.

Very drinkable, doesn't feel like a 6.7% ABV

InspectorBob, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A resident of the St. Bernardus variety pack...

This beer pours a dark, cloudy, tea-like brownish hue, with two fingers of dense foamy, off-white head, which leaves a solid wall of lace around the glass after its slow descent into oblivion. It smells of sweet biscuity grain, candy sugar, banana essence, and mild yeast. The taste is more sweet, nutty malt, chewy, fruity esters, and a soft yeastiness. The carbonation is moderate, the body fairly light for the style, dry, and astringent. It finishes off-dry, comprised of that complex combination of sugary malt, yeast, and mild earthy hops.

A nice enough dubbel, with the attendant sweetness, but surprisingly dry, which I can't fault, making it all the more drinkable.

biboergosum, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of wmtxbb
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into chalice

Appearance: Nice finger sized head, dark caramel color. Very cloudy.

Smell: Bread like, sort of yeasty with notes of banana. Light aroma.

Taste: Nutmeg, cinnamon, kind of like a pumpkin. A little watery with a good amount of alcohol flavor that hits at the end.

Drinkability: Meh, its drinkable but not the best I've had from St. Bernardus or dubbels for that matter. I'd prefer a little more of a malt body from the beer.

wmtxbb, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of eduardolinhalis
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured in a chalice.

Classic Belgian Dubbel. St. Bernardus quality, no mistake.

A: Pours a nutty dark amber color. Cloudy with many particles floating around. The head is big, beige and persistent. Very aired and foamy. Few lacings left

S: Sweet on the nose. Caramel, mainly. Caramel malts, dark fruits. Strong on Belgian yeasts. Earthy hops. Reminds a brown bread somehow

T: Follows the nose, a balanced sweet-bitterness belgian style. Candy sugar, caramel malts (actually, quite malty) and raisins. A sweet upfront, bit watery and metallic mouth sensation. Biscuity too. Good bitter end. Hops are earthy. Belgian yeasts

M: Medium body and carbonation. A bit molasses. Bitter-sweet Belgian style

O: Good drinkability. Not the best St. Bernardus that I've had but for sure a great beer

eduardolinhalis, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of kiddynamite920
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Love the head on a great Belgian beer. Built up beautifully and so light and fluffy looking. Near a white, with some very faint red hues. Fits perfectly and looks perfect in the St. Bernardus chalice. Color of the beer fits the bill very well for a dubbel. Deep red with a brown core.

S: A bit of a musty aroma with some sweet malts underlying. The smell of the yeast is beautiful with some banana and bread. Good hop balance here. Hops smell quite bitter and grassy. Slightest tinge of alcohol.

T: Malty upfront with notes of cherry, candi sugar and some nice bittering hops. Well balanced Dubbel with no sign of a cloying sweetness. Very nice.

M: Good creaminess is delivered as the fluffy head interacts with the liquid. Good full bodied dubbel.

D: Very easy drinking dubbel, low enough alcohol to enjoy two or three of these. Definitely is enhanced by the breweries glass, the beer appears to be bigger and makes for a longer session.

kiddynamite920, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice reddish brown color with a bit of an off white head and some lacing. Nose brings caramel, dark fruits, apple, and brown sugar. Good amount of slightly-dry sweetness in the taste with some dates, raisins, brown sugar, caramel, bread, and hints of dark rum. Nice, creamy mouthfeel that really aids in the drinkability when combined with the taste.

Thorpe429, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of elricorico
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown, chestnut in the glass with a thick foamy two fingers of head that will not go away. Some rising carbonation visible just below the head. Looks great.

Smells nutty, yeasty and a little earthy. I don't get so much fruit to the aroma, but it may just be a little too cold at first. Some spice which I can't put my finger on. Dark cherries appear in the nose as it warms.

Taste mirrors the smell strongly. Nutty malt, spiced in the middle with a yeasty finish. Raisins start to make an appearance (especially in the front of the mouth) as the beer starts to warm. Very pleasant.

Medium bodied with fairly high carbonation. Carbonation is not coarse, it has a very natural feel. Works well.

Excellent beer, I could have this any time. Easy drinking and nicely flavoured.

elricorico, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of mralphabet
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into St. Bernardus Gobblet

A: Redish Brown, very hazy, big white head that settles quickly to a nice layer and then ring. Very little lacing.

S: Dark, overripe fruit... Wine like, brown sugar, faint yeast and toast.

T: Right on with the smell... the fruits are sweet and wine like up front... middle is yeasty almost dough like with a hint of toast... finish is a little tart with a hint of bitterness.

M: Starts with a lively carbonation, yet med bodied.. as it warms the carbonation dies down a little gets a little thicker... leaving an oily coat on the tongue.

D: There is a like to like here... ABV is not bad... Pretty complex flavors in all.. This is a sit back and enjoy kind of brew... Worth looking for !!

mralphabet, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of Patrick999
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've actually never had the Pater 6, so why not now? Poured into a brand-new St. Bernie's goblet. Typical dubbel look. Very good foam retention, cloudy amber.

Aroma is of spicy raisin bread.

Nice. This is a tasty beer. Banana and raisin up front quickly comes to a lightly spicy, extremely dry finish. This is definitely a "cleaner" beer than the Prior 8 or Abt 12, but I may in fact like it better, as the flavors seem locked in, and the mouthfeel is pleasantly spiky. Love the dryness, this would be a very good beer to pair with a wide variety of foods.

Dryness and light-ish spiky body make this a highly drinkable Dubbel.

Patrick999, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of ncaudle
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap into a Maredsous goblet.

deep reddish-brown with little head and no lacing. the lack of head does not reflect a lack of carbonation.

notes of plum with a mellow, low key sweetness. very slight spicyness on the back end.

very nice balance of flavors to alcohol. while not thick there is definitely something there. easily drinkable, almost to a fault.

ncaudle, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of DeliciousSeeker
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Fair bit of head, and a nice brown coloring. Amber like highlights.

S-sort of fruity aroma, but nothing really amazing.

T- great balance of hops and other flavors. It tastes fairly complex, but everything is even. Just a very good tasting beer.

M- not too light, not heavy like a good porter. A nice middle body, able to stand on itself.

D- very drinkable. Having a few of these would be no problem for anyone who loves a good beer. This doesn't taste nor feel like a 6.7% beer, and that only adds to its appeal. I think this beer could be enjoyed by most people in search of a good beer.

DeliciousSeeker, Oct 01, 2010
St. Bernardus Pater 6 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
92 out of 100 based on 1,238 ratings.