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St. Bernardus Pater 6 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Ratings: 1,217
Reviews: 649
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 56
Gots: 76 | FT: 1
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Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-17-2002)
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Photo of Arbitrator
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%

Room-temperature bottle consumed in our hotel room in Brussels to unwind after a long day. From notes.

A: This beer is incredibly carbonated, possibly to the point of being a gusher. To avoid making a mess everywhere, we uncap it in stages and let the foam hiss out to a manageable level. This STILL results in a huge beige head capping the reddish amber body. Retention is quite long, but lacing is surprisingly absent.

S: Nuts, toast, caramel, dark fruit, and hints of spice.

T: Figs, apples, toast, nuts, cloves. Tasty, but at times I found myself thinking, "...and?" Maybe they just set the bar too high for themselves, or maybe this is a case of palate creep. But the beer itself isn't really doing much for me.

M: Not as chewy as the 8 or 12, but I think this is intended to be a more easy-drinking dubbel. It certainly goes down faster than either of those two, aided by pleasant carbonation that cleanses the palate nicely.

D: A pretty enjoyable beer, but I prefer the 8.

Arbitrator, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of eberkman
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%

Pours a creamy, caramely-looking russet brown out of a capped 11.2 oz. bottle. Billowy light-tan head diminishes somewhat quickly to a surface sheen. Characteristic aroma notes of raisins, ripe plums, figs, candy sugar and toffee. The taste is creamy sweetness at the back of the tongue, which dominates at first, giving way to a more tart fruitiness up front, with a pleasing sweet-tart finish. The bulk of the flavor is at the sweet end of the spectrum, but it stops just short of being cloying. Smooth, silky mouthfeel but a little treacly to drink all night. Still an excellent dubbel, but I wouldn't expect anything less from this brewery.

eberkman, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of ShadesOfGray
3.65/5  rDev -11%

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle with yellow label with the normal St. Bernardus design. Pours a nice mild brown cloudy color with nice size tan head that slowly subsides and end in a nice creamy coating over the beer. Looks more like your everyday dubel than the Prior 8 does.
Smell isn't the strongest of the St. Bernardus line up. Has a good aroma...just not strong. Slight overripe fruits, raisons...figs. Not boozy at all.
Flavor is mild. Not much going on. Not bad, just pretty plain. A little hint of dried fruit, slight sugary malts. A tad too carbonated. Not a bad brew...just falls pretty far in comparison with the Prior 8 Dubel, let a lone the Apt 12 Quad.

ShadesOfGray, Nov 20, 2009
Photo of cvstrickland
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%

Like its other St. Bernardusian beer brethren, the slim 11.2-ounce bottle features the smiling monk on the label. What's he so happy about, I wonder? It must be the beer?

Yielding its crown with a hearty hiss, the vessel rapidly begins foam-building operations that threaten to breach the bottleneck before I can even get the brew into my Delirium tulip glass. Just in the nick of time to avert a foamover, I get it into the glass and marvel at its murkily-glowing coppery-amber-reddish color and the self-replenishing cap of spongy white foam atop. A blizzard of fine bubbles rages through the glass, holding the fluffy head firm at a finger-and-a-half's thickness, allowing fine filmy lacing to coat the glass in ragged tatters.

Pater Six's aroma of super-ripe orchard fruits and sugary, spicy caramel candy is really pretty inviting, and my first sip confirms the notion of candied fruits drizzled in semisweet caramel and sprinkled with crushed white pepper. A twangy twist of Granny Smith apple tanginess crispens and freshens the profile, and a dash of mellow, lightly grassy, fruit peel-type bitterness cleans up the finish.

This is an extremely easy drinker whose well-constructed medium body is lightened to exceptional fluffiness and quaffability by the torrent of internal carbonation.

cvstrickland, Nov 18, 2009
Photo of BeerLover99
4/5  rDev -2.4%

A: Poured into my newly purchased St. Bernardus chalice. Tannish cocoa brown with lots of carbonation and a short lived one finger head,becoming a thin cap lasting until the end.

S: Mild sweet plum, raisin, floral, with slight nut tone.

T: intially sweet, deep fruit with mild bitterness at the end than malt after taste.

M: smooth, medium body, slight carbonation feel

D: very, very nice; but something to enjoy over a nice long conversation.

BeerLover99, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of Zaccone
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%

Hands down, my favorite dubbel. After drinking one I am as happy as the monk on the bottle.

-Not cloyingly sweet like some dubbels. Sweet fruits (plum & raisin) plus dark maltiness balance the alcohol quite nicely.
-A treasure trove of yummy flavors.
-Finishes dry-ish. Maybe this accounts for the sweetness being enjoyable.

Nice and heavy -> not great for sessioning.

Zaccone, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of mrmanning
3.43/5  rDev -16.3%

Murky brown pour topped with a fluffy mocha head. Plums and prunes in the aroma. Roasted malts too, with a mild alcohol waft to back it all up. Wood and prunes in the mouth, roasted malts, with a fruity alcohol aftertaste. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Medium bodied. Pretty good.

mrmanning, Nov 03, 2009
Photo of juju7
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Dark copper, ruby with abubble bath-like thin head. Carameled honey with some light toffee, a little bit of sweetness on the nose. Medium carbonation, medium level of bitterness with a tight, creamy maltiness. A bit of an alcohol kick. Finish is not quite as long as hoped. It's a good beer, no doubt but not the best from this brewery or in this style.I'd get it again though.

juju7, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of Travlr
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%

Dark brown with medium tan head, some lacing. Aroma of raisins, vanilla and malt. Medium-mouthed, flavor of raisins, caramel and more malt. Good balance with a slightly bitter finish. A junior version of the Prior - in strength, not in flavor. Very nice.

Travlr, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of BeerCoffeeWater
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%

I'm starting to think this brewery can't make a bad beer. This is a fantastic dubbel. I usually find dubbels too carbonated and lacking in the taste department but this one is bubblin-creamy and quite robust. Kind of like it's been nitrotapped, but not artificially. Lacy as hell on the glass. The only department it lacks in is smell, it's kind of neutral there.

Probably my least favorite of the St. Bernardus beers, but it's still quite good and one I'd definately drink again.

BeerCoffeeWater, Oct 22, 2009
Photo of richago1
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%

11.2 oz bottle dated 160611 poured into a St Bernardus chalice.

A Poured amber brown with lots of carbonation and a short lived one finger head,becoming a thin cap lasting until the end.

S Mild sweet fruit hops.

T Sweet start with a mild bitter finish, sweeter as it warms up

M Smooth bubbly

D easy to drink, my second beer from St Bernardus nice but not quite up to the Abt 12 though.

richago1, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of mirish72
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%

Beer #2 from the mixed sixer, I am trying my best to make these last.

Poured into a Chimay goblet. Pours a dark amber mahogenny. There is visible yeast and a healthy head. The beer is highly carbonated and looks great.

Smells of fruity maltiness. Lots of raisins, plums with a hint of bananna in there.

Tastes sweet with a malty, and somewhat dry bitter aftertaste. Medium body and very drinkable on a cold blustery New England night.

mirish72, Oct 17, 2009
Photo of rvdoorn
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Sint Bernardus, the former Westvleteren beer brewer (until early 80's). This time I had the little brother of one of my favorite beers, the St Bernadus ABT.

Poured into a St Bernardus glass. The beer pours a nice brown-amber color, with a medium head that doesn't last too long, but leaving a nice lacing.

Smell: Yeast, dark fruits (plum, but also clearly raisin), banana and roasted malts.

Taste: Malts, hops and fruits (dark and red fruits) predominate this beer. Also nice, spicy and slightly dry bitter hops in the aftertaste. More bitter than the ABT. Taste is much stronger than the ABV suggests.

Mouthfeel: creamy, with high carbonation and medium-bodied.

Overall: Nice beer. Really different from the ABT. Will have this one time after time after time...

rvdoorn, Oct 14, 2009
Photo of UDbeernut
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%

bottle poured into a goblet

a: muddy brown hue, large off white head with very good retetnion, light lacing.

s: dark fruit: plum, grape, and slight banana.

t: nice biscuity base, plum, grape, nut. Nice flavor profile, well balanced

m&d: light to medium bodied, very drinkable


UDbeernut, Oct 14, 2009
Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%

Poured lovingly into a St Bernardus glass from a 12 oz bottle.

A: Large dense light tan head with very good retention above a solid brown body.

S: A slight fruit aroma along with yeast spice. Nothing very different here, but smells solid.

T: Grape like fruit flavors. Slight roast on the finish.

M: Medium carbonation and a clean, somewhat tannic finish.

D: Flavorful with a pretty crisp finish.

51mmz0rz, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of berley31
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%

A: Poured with a large, off-white head.... slowly diminished down to about 1/2-finger. Fair lacing through drinking. Body is a muddy brown and very cloudy, with no particles noticeable.

S: Light yeast, cloves, and fruity sweetness (bananas?).

T: Very nice flavor... the yeast and breadiness is noticeable first, then the fruity sweetness of bananas comes through. Finishes with a very light bitterness, barely noticeable at all. Average duration for the flavor.

M: Body is light-to-medium bodied with a very creamy texture. Lots of fizzy carbonation that almost burns the tongue.

D: Extremely drinkable, a very consistent dubbel that I really enjoyed. The carbonation was almost offensive, but didn't quite get there. Otherwise, very good.

berley31, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of magine
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Poured into a chalice.

Pours a slight ruby brown, has an off white head. The head settles to a lace top. Some minimal lacing.

Smells of yeasts, dark fruit. A sweet smell.

The brew tastes very smooth a somewhat peppery mouth feel initially. But a smooth finish. This brew tastes of dark fruits, yeasts. A much better balanced dubbel then the Prior 8.

This is a nice Dubbel, very tasty. Good balance and taste. Just subtle enough alcohol tastes. This type of brew is a bit strong to session, but it makes a good case to try. Good brew.

magine, Oct 09, 2009
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.68/5  rDev +14.1%

A: A crimson color with shades of orange and maroon. The head is incredibly huge and frothy, depositing a solid sheet of lace all the way around the glass. A solid, thick cap of sudsy froth remains atop the brew.

S: Nose is a bit more raw than the Prior 8. It's still got a dried fig component, some spices, and such, but there's a distinctive raw herbal/earthy/funky aromatic that's interesting, but diminishes with warming. Cocoa and a soft nuttiness are also present.

T&M: Simply an excellent beer. It's like a session-dubbel. Filled with a complex array of flavors, yet not bold or boozy enough to inhibit quaffability. A smattering of light cocoa, toasted nuttiness, fig, apple, and candi sugar all contribute wonderfully to the flavor profile. The herbal/funky note from the aroma balances out the aforementioned sweeter flavors on the finish, which makes the drinkability out of this world. Body is medium with a lush, smooth, and creamy mouthfeel that's simply perfect.

D: This drinks like a low-ABV brown ale, with infinitely more complexity and flavor. A slam-dunk from St. Bernardus--this would be my everyday, go-to beer if I were living in Belgium.

BamaBeerBuff, Sep 29, 2009
Photo of Backer2004
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%

Found this for $3.39 a bottle at the new Bottle Shop in Gastonia. Big fan of the brewery so why not try this one? Could tell from the appearance this was a dubbel, but it took a while to warm up til I got the nice fruit notes, belgian yeast, and medium body. Definitely a good example, but nothing to knock my socks off.

Backer2004, Sep 11, 2009
Photo of bobsy
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Tasted back-to-back with its bigger brother, Prior 8.

Classic dubbel pour with a huge creamy head sat atop an oaken body with ruby highlights, retention and lacing are great. Strong yeasty nose, with very prominent spicing, dark fruit and over-ripe bananas. Decadent and lush, this carries through to the taste, where the prominent flavours are supplied by the dark fruit (raisins and prunes), but with a large supporting cast, and an excellent second fiddle in spicy yeast. Sweetness throughout, but not annoyingly so. Exquisite and balanced... just short of perfection. Medium body, with a strong, but pillowy, carbonation.

Excellently crafted, as you would expect from St Bernardus, this easily vaults into my favourite beers.

bobsy, Sep 08, 2009
Photo of adamette
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%

Poured from a 330 ml bottle purchased for $3.99 at Lena's in Painesville last week into my Trappistes Rochefort goblet (the first beer that I poured into this great looking, gold lined glass). Possible "best by" date of "15 02 10" written on the back label.

A Great creamy one inch head over a classic looking Belgian deep mohagany body. Lacing is obvious as I sip this one. 4.5

S Ahhh...that great Belgian malt with almost no hops. Also smell the Belgian yeast as well. 4.0

T Well, classic malt and yeast taste that is has an element of a "woodsy" type taste. It is not as complex as other St. Bernardus (like Abt 12) beers. This is a nice example of a classic Belgian taste. 4.0

M Some smoothness but frankly lighter than I expected. The lightness makes it more drinkable, though. 3.5

D Very good with managable ABV and basic taste. It would likely cost a lot to drink this as a session beer, I am afraid.

adamette, Aug 28, 2009
Photo of vishneda
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%

33cl bottle poured into a Stella glass.

To love: The aroma is strong and full of sweet fruit esters like raisin and banana. Overall a very solid beer on all points.

To like: Big and bold look, dark golden brown and very opaque. Nice light tan blanket on top. Flavor is sweet and fruity with raisin, banana, and bubblegum notes. Blends to a coffee-type bitterness as it fades, with that aftertaste more prominent as the beer warms.

To improve: Seems like the carbonation is excessive and the harshness of it prevents the flavor from coming through. The carbonation did soften quite a bit as the beer sat, making it more appreciable.

(From tasting notes dated 23 Aug 2009)

vishneda, Aug 24, 2009
Photo of cbutova
4.43/5  rDev +8%

#4 of my St. Bernardus six pack sampler. Pours a reddish brown color into my 25cl Chimay goblet, head is about one finger and disappears quite fast, almost before I started drinking the beer, a good blanket after the fizzy head. Little-no lacing is left on the glass after the beer is done. Rest of the review is almost a clone of the Prior 8 without alcohol presence. Tastes and smells of malts, light fruits (some apples), belgian yeast and spices, raisins and no alcohol, nice. The mouthfeel is a bit light, almost medium, with good carb and a smooth way about it. Only gripe here is this beer has the least after taste I have ever experienced. Drinkable as any Belgian, probably the most drinkable Belgian I have had, it is like a Dubbel-Lite, very refreshing, will have again.

cbutova, Aug 18, 2009
Photo of PapaEugene
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%

Poured into an Achel glass

A: Brown/amber color. Small cream color head that doesn't last long. Some lacing throughout the drink.

S: Smell of yeast, malts, raisins and banana.

T: Malts. It's a bit bitter which is not found in the Bernardus 8 and 12. Raisins and some red fruits.

M: Medium/high carbonation. Soft with a very pleasant aftertaste. A bit dry.

D: I like the diversity form the other Bernardus beers. A pleasant drink combining sweet fruits, malts and bitterness in an elegant way. Will surely buy this again.

PapaEugene, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%

Single from Wilbur's in Ft. Collins, around $6.

A: Dull brown in color with a cream colored head, light bubbles, fairly cloudy, really a dull-ish looking beer. Not really striking in any way. Some reddish accents when held to the light. Okay looking.

S: Smells like a little bit of a hybrid between a dubbel and a German Pils, light fruitiness mixed with pale malts, and a bit of a hop profile. Once again pretty meh...

T: Quite fruity, has an almost candy like sweetness with a coffee bitterness towards the end, a slight bit of a cinnamon, tastes almost doughy, a lot better than the smell. Has almost a grape like flavor, or even so far as a grape soda. Really a sweet beer. Hints of raisins. Interesting, but just doesn't do it for me like other St. Bernardus beers.

M: Thin, slightly boozey, very carbonated, hits all the appropriate dubbel notes for the mouth.

D: I don't really like this one, just too sweet, doesn't really stack up to the Prior 8. I wouldn't say it is a chore to drink this, because it is pleasant, but definitely not one of the first Dubbel's I would suggest or look for. Seems to come up lacking in the otherwise great lineup of beers from St. Bernardus.

pokesbeerdude, Aug 02, 2009
St. Bernardus Pater 6 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
92 out of 100 based on 1,217 ratings.