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St. Bernardus Pater 6 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Ratings: 1,166
Reviews: 647
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.25%
Wants: 48
Gots: 62 | 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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Photo of mmmbeer


4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

33 cL, slender Belgian bottle with 33 04 10 on the back label; sampled 7/15/08. The beer is dark, maroon-hued, with little bits of sediment, and three fingers of slowly-receding head that leaves a few wisps of lacing. Sweet and mildly nutty in the nose, with notes of raisins, red apples, yeast, aged malts, sherry?, chocolate? and light oxidation that is in no way offensive. It becomes very aromatic at the end, almost bordering on pungent. The flavor needs some time to open up, but when it does, it unleashes fruity esters and alcohols, a touch of green hops, a dose of bitter yeast, chocolate?, caramel?, mild bitterness and a light phenolic character. Very malty, even well into its lightly sweet finish. It is lightish and dry on the palate, with strong, prickly carbonation that makes me burp after the first sip. When it calms down, the body becomes more full, with a powdery yeast feel, and some warming alcohol. Delicious and complex to say the least; this is a very nice ale that has aged well so far, and I'm sure will continue to do so. As with the rest of their beers, "heavenly nectar" is right.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2009 22:30:23 | More by mmmbeer
Photo of prototypic


4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This one pours a dark nut brown color. It's very hazy and a scrutinous eye can find a few bits of sediment swimming around. It's very actively carbonated and yields a creamy off-white head that reaches two fingers in depth. It's more than patient and looks to outlast the beer lying underneath. A nice web of lace lined the glass.

Smell: Toasted malt is the starting point for the nose. It's really the predominant aroma. There's a little caramel malt along for the ride. It smells sugary and sweet. Light clove and pepper spices are noted. Belgian yeast is prevalent and smells delicious, as always. A little chocolate and faint prailine scents emerge if you stick with it. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Really nice smelling beer.

Taste: The flavor profile is consistent with the nose, but seems to present itself in a different order. It tastes a little chocolatey and sweet up front. There's a light dark fruit flavor that follows. Tastes mostly like plum and raisin. Light clove and pepper spices add depth. Caramel/toffee malts add some sweetness. Toasted malt and a little toasted nut emerge and really take over the flavor. Belgian yeast is noted throughout and clings to the palate for quite a while after. Alcohol is blended extremely well. It finishes yeasty and a little spicy. It's very good, but honestly, it feels like that little something extra is missing.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's got a medium body that's pretty smooth. Carbonation is very active and limits it a little here. It just doesn't quite get to a creamy or lush level. Drinkability is very high. There is a lot of flavor and much to like here. It's very easy to drink. At 6.7% abv, it lends itself to being drinkable.

Pater 6 is a very, very good beer. As far as Dubbels go, it certainly competes with the best of them. As good as it is, it's just not quite as refined or well put together as say....Westvleteren 8. The flavor profile really needs something to carry it to that next level. I can't quite put my finger on what exactly it needs. Perhaps a little more spices to ramp up the pizzazz. There's nothing overtly wrong with it. In fact, it's very good beer. I have no reservations recommending it at all. Just needs a little something more to carry it to the next level.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2009 02:11:16 | More by prototypic
Photo of wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No freshness info. printed on the bottle/label, served lightly chilled in Westmalle's broad-rimmed chalice.

A: a careful pour makes a deeply dark mahogany hue with chunky yeast-sediments floating in the liquid, coming with semi-lively carbonation to support a well-lasting, beige fluffy froth.
S: lightly citric sourness skirts the yeasty dark-malty theme, showing savoury-sweet dried hawthorn fruits and dried prunes, woody hints (supposedly from the yeasts), and rather quiet and integrated malty composition. Not terribly complex or highly estery, but overall deep and enticing in its own way.
T: an effervescent swallow shows quiet dark malts, burned sugar, ripened dark fruits, with a light tinge of sweetened kidney-bean paste - very interesting... just as the malts settle, the flavour has already been elevated to a different level, with the dry-ish yeastiness and hop bitterness both developing elegantly in the aftertaste, finished slightly chewy, herbal, and spicy due to the yeastiness, of course.
M&D: the palate comes slightly effervescent, but gradually softening as the beer goes, while the body is just integrated and at the medium level to suit the overall moderate flavour profile. This is a rather quiet Abbey ale that deserves respect and slow sipping, but in copious amounts!!

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2009 18:52:00 | More by wl0307
Photo of CJthirty7


4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Brownish amber; short quick head on pour.
S: Sweet brown sugar and prunes; somewhat malty.
T: Sweet taste of raisin, brown sugar; slight sour after taste. Not strong.
M: Light, not highly carbonated, smooth across the tongue.
D: I could drink a couple of these any time.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2009 04:34:00 | More by CJthirty7
Photo of glid02


4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Leon's in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy dark purplish-brown color with ruby highlights. Head is one-finger of off-white foam that settles into a thin pancake on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of sugar-coated dark fruits - mostly plums and raisins - with hints of spices.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Belgian candi sugar shares the spotlight with dark fruit flavors. A light amount of spiciness comes in near the end of the sip.

Mouthfeel is good. It's right in the middle in terms of thickness with soft carbonation that make this go down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. I was outside playing bocci ball while drinking this and it hit the spot.

Overall this is a very nice beer for the style, you really can't go wrong when Bernardus is in the name.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2009 22:20:24 | More by glid02
Photo of Kadonny


3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into my Chimay chalice.

A: A medium brown with a nice one finger off white head. Nice glass lacing.

A: Yeasty spice smells with sweet fruit. No hops on the nose.

T: I get ruby red sweet fruits with a large amount of concorde grape. A funky yeasty flavor is present throughout with caramel, molasses and brown sugar riding along with the fruit. Finish is sweet and fruity with a lack of hops. I don't get a dry finish at all on this beer. Pretty complex.

M: Pretty full and coating, very minimal alcohol detected.

D: Medium to me. It was just a bit to sweet with very little hops to offset it.

Overall a very complex beer, but as I said a bit too sweet and fruity for me. Still I can see the quality in this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2009 20:22:05 | More by Kadonny
Photo of John_M


4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Abbaye in Federal Hill (Baltimore) the other day.

The beer pours a rich looking brown color with pretty good head retention and lacing. I don't get a lot on the nose, but some brown sugar, a hint of chocolate and some underlying spice. On the palate, however, this beer is flat our delicious. The beer is long and creamy with a boatload of chocolate. There is also a hint of coffee, as well as some bitterness in the finish which helps to keep the beer from tasting overly sweet. The beer is fairly light on the palate for a dubbel, and drinkability is very good.

This has to be one of the better dubbels I've tasted in some time. Not bad at all.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2009 13:28:39 | More by John_M
Photo of olmatty


4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- A dark brown cloudy beer with and off white head, poor retention and light lacing.

Smell- Sour maltiness, yeast, vinous

Taste- Lightly sweet maltiness, slightly sour, notes of graham cracker and wine, mild hop presence, and a dry finish.

Mouthfeel- Crisp, tiny bubbles, a slightly watery body and a dry, bubbly finish

Drinkability- Very Smooth and very little aftertaste

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2009 09:02:06 | More by olmatty
Photo of dasenebler


4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cloudy, dark amber. Rich rocky head with good lacing on the way down. Aroma has some yeast, but other wise pretty clean and subtle, with a bit of hops and sweetness.

Yeasty, with interesting textural sensations on the tongue. Pretty subtle and smooth. A touch of clove, spice, a bit of dark fruit. Good amount of hops make this brew unexpectedly bitter and refreshing. Not too strong or warming at 6.7%. Phenomenal mouthfeel-- buttery, creamy, filling the mouth.

Overall a delicious, drinkable, and refreshing dubbel.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2009 06:24:21 | More by dasenebler
Photo of MaineBirdMan


4.72/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I held the beer up to the light and watched the bubbles continue to rise to the top (they went on for a long time).
The nose was a delightful fragrance of fruit.
The appearance was cloudy. The color was a burnt red.
What an awesome taste and feel in the mouth. I tasted fruit and just the right amount of hops. The carbonation gave this beer a nice refreshing feel.
Drinkability? I could have drank a whole case.
This was one of those little treats that the beer gods give us to make winter nights a little easier to get through.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2009 13:17:18 | More by MaineBirdMan
Photo of jujubeast6000


2.95/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Reviewed 10/22/2007 (bottle BB 161109 - bottled May 2006, batch 2):

Pours a ruby brown color, lighter edges. Off-white head, frothy but small. Hoppy aroma, grapefruit. Dark woodsy scent, malts and alcohol. Aroma of spices when inhaling deeply, some sweetness and caramel. Caramel and sweetness, dark raisiny taste. Spices, clove. Sickly sweet aftertaste. Warming up...taste of something dark might be the oak - a hard flavor. A lot of alcohol. Too alcoholy.Pours a dark brown color, reddish slight orangish color. Dull tannish head, good lacing. Very grapey dark fruity taste, some spice leather-like. Some other fruit like mango or something. But somewhat faint. Fizzy dark fruit, dark leather aftertaste, then mellowing. Musky-like. Too heavy a flavor for my liking. Light grapes too, as it warms up.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2009 18:19:21 | More by jujubeast6000
Photo of bowersdm


4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle poured into my St. Bernardus goblet. yeast was left in the bottle.

A - brown, apple cider like color with 1cm of off-white head.

S - yeast, bread, spices, grass.

T - a slight malt sweetness with fruitiness from apples and spiciness from cloves and nutmeg (maybe). this gave way to earth, grass (or straw or hay) and a very dry, slightly bitter finish. I didn't really enjoy the dryness.

M - too much carbonation.

D - if it had less carbonation this would be a pretty drinkable brew. if it had more sweetness this would be a pretty drinkable brew. if it had more sweetness and less carbonation this would be a very, very good brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2009 08:37:59 | More by bowersdm
Photo of Atricapilla


3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is a medium mahogany color and has an off white foamy head.

Aroma consisted of malt, earth, banana and grass.

Flavor consisted of malt, earth, cocoa, and a hint of oak. Not as sweet as what I expected, given the maltiness; the flavor has a slight dryness at the end.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2009 00:02:56 | More by Atricapilla
Photo of br3wmeister


3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Aggressive pour gave me a two inch head that was very light almost white. The head clung together very well and stuck thickly to the sides of the glass. The beer is a lightly hazy dark amber color.

S- Spicy, peppery yeast aromas up front with some caramel sweetness. Also hints of brown sugar and gingerbread.

T- Starts out with some dry spicy and herbal flavors. Some malty sweetness, raisins and bready flavors. This beer ends with a dry bitter aftertaste.

M- Thick almost oily but drys out quickly and leaves your palate pretty clean.

Overall- pretty drinkable beer, a little lighter then I anticipated and not as complex as I had hoped.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2009 20:05:14 | More by br3wmeister
Photo of KeefD


4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before date of May 16th, 2011. Poured into a St Bernardus goblet a ruddy brown color with amber highlights and a small but firm off-white head leaving behind some nice lacing. Aroma is yeasty, herbal and grassy, a bit of hay, and some spiced apple. First sip brings out some apple flavors, some grassy, herbal hops, light caramel and a little bit of dark fruits. The spiciness isn't overbearing, but it's there and adds a decent complexity to this beer. It's all apples and hay, reminiscent of a hay-ride around Halloween time. Some nuttiness starts to come out as it warms. Medium-light in body. There's a ton of carbonation in this beer that's a bit too spritzy at first, but mellows down a bit upon warming. It's a tasty beer, but I've had much better Dubbels coming out of Belgium than this one. I picture this one as a table beer and would be great with several dishes.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2009 22:53:26 | More by KeefD
Photo of praufs01


4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Murky brown (almost coffee looking) with a big fluffy off-white head.

Aroma - Grassy and earthy with some faint notes of dark chocolate, raspberry jam, and a wisp of alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Moderate carbonation that scrubs the palate, but not in an offensive way.

Taste - Lots of flavors going on here. Super complex ale with tart green apple, raspberry, and dark chocolate. I'm also detecting a underlying flavor of lemon like citrus.

Overall - A real stunner. Wow! It seams as though the more you drink it the greater the experience. If I had one word to describe this ale it would be 'Superb'.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2009 23:58:38 | More by praufs01
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single 11.2 oz slim bottle purchased from Gary's in Madison...
Appearance: Lucious, dark-brown hue... Impressive head with tremendous lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Smell: Rich malts dominate this excellent dubbel... Hints of caramelized goodness and prunes are also noticeable...
Taste: Strongly complemented the aroma... Bombarded by rich malts, caramel, dark Belgian sugars, yeast, prunes, dehydrated fruits...
Medium-bodied mouthfeel... Easily drinkable with no overbearing flavors...
Very well-balanced...
Great stuff...

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2009 22:27:04 | More by dsa7783
Photo of jjanega08


2.95/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A= a light brown clear color that has a great head on it and pretty nice lacing.
S=more like apples and yeast than the other st. B's very champagne like.
T= same as the nose. The apples dominate the taste.
M= high carbonation with average weight in my mouth
D= average. I would maybe have it on a special occasion or something but not my favorite

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2009 15:47:54 | More by jjanega08
Photo of smcolw


4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Large and rocky light tan head. Light brown color and quite clear.

Sweet melted brown sugar meets my nose on the first sniff. Strong caramel and molasses aroma.

Very smooth, rich liquid. Not as sweet as the smell indicates. Does not display the typical Belgian yeast flavors, so this tastes closer to a doppelbock to me. This is a great, easy-to-drink Belgian ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 19:21:11 | More by smcolw
Photo of PiecefulToker


4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep mahogany brown with ruby tones, very clear, with a thick tan 2-finger head that sticks around, leaving sticky lace in my St. Bernardus chalice.

S: Cream of wheat, toasty and biscuity grains, malt, nutty, but all very subtle (I accidentally got a nostril full of foam in the process).

T: I expected something a little more pronounced, but I really like how subdued this is a dubbel: not cloyingly malty like some dubbels are. Very smooth and grainy, subtle hints of roasty and biscuity malts, but perfectly balanced. The more I drink this the more I like its simple and subtle flavors. Well done.

M: Velvety smooth. Carbonation matches the body perfectly.

D: Goes down a little too easy, I wish I could afford to drink more of it.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 03:29:57 | More by PiecefulToker
Photo of davemathews


4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a chalice, 33cl btl

Appearance: 4.4
Nice, deep orange/red hue. Thick, tan head dissipating into a thin cap and leaving dense lace.

Aroma: 4.2
Woodsy, banana, dark fruit, deep Carmel/chocolate. Raspberry

Taste: 4
Bananas. Berry flavored milk chocolate. Candied cherries. Just slightly tart in the mid-palette. Finish is quite long and pleasing, and reminds me of dark chocolate

Mouth feel: 3.9
Very smooth. Lightly coating. Light, creamy carbonation.

Drink ability: 4
Obviously a beer not designed for quaffing, but for sipping/enjoying. Still, very easy to drink

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2009 06:34:22 | More by davemathews
Photo of spointon


4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I poured this one from an 11.2oz skinny brown bottle into my St. Bernardus chalice glass.

A= This ale poured a murky light brown color with a fair amount of yeast sediment (despite the fact that I decanted out most of the dark yeast from the bottom of the bottle). The light tan head poured 3/4" (at fridge temp) and slowly dropped to a faint skim. No lace to speak of.

S= After warming to proper temp, this beer produced aromas of sweet syrupy malts, candi sugar, phenols, and funky yeastiness. Very little alcohol in the nose.

T= Started out malty sweet but quickly introduced a decent array of more complex flavors. I found candi sugar and treacle lead into a nice spiciness. The yeasty notes came in halfway and never let up. The finish was dry and slightly tart. Nice.

MF= Medium body with a sharp crispness on the tongue. That happens to be my thing, but for some I can see how it would be too much.

D= I haven't had this one in a while and I had forgotten what a great beer it is. Very drinkable and damn near sessionable for a Belgian ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2009 00:52:29 | More by spointon
Photo of nasty15108

New York

4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a St. Bernardus chalice. **Be careful for foam ups with this brewery**

A - Poured a Brownish/red color. The Pour produced a head of slightly off-white foam which dispersed after a few sips and left a bubbly film.

S - Malty/Bready with hints of dark ripe fruit and a slight banana/clove aroma usually associated with Weiss Beer.

T - Lots of the banana/clove/bubble gum flavors
you would associate with a weiss or dunkel weiss. Slightly herbal. Finishes off slightly dry.

MF&D - Medium/thin bodied. Good carbonation and drinkablity make this one a winner.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2008 19:52:35 | More by nasty15108
Photo of roadhouse


4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a tulip glass. Yet again St. Bernardus burns me with a big fat foamover upon opening.

Appearance is a muddy reddish brown, tainted by big chunks of sediment due to the foamover. The off-white head is about one and a half inches thick but sinks down to a centimeter fairly quickly. Leaves some light lacing but not much.

The aroma is mostly of candi sugar and dark fruits - plums and figs primarily with a bit of dark sweet cherry character as well. There is also a light spicy phenolic character but it's in the background.

The taste is somewhat sweet up front but not for long as the dark fruit flavors quickly blend in and overtake it. The spiciness is a lot heavier than in the aroma and comes in right at the start of the swallow as a sharp crispness on the tip of the tongue that mellows out in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, very smooth and creamy but that sharp bite is somewhat unappealing.

It's no Westy 8 but in the Dubbel category this one is up there for me. Wish I could figure out why every St. Bernardus beer I try foams over even though it's served at the proper temperature. Nevertheless, it's pretty damn tasty and worth picking up.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2008 03:55:21 | More by roadhouse
Photo of chipachu2


4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

St Barnardus is really the Jaguar of beers. You can't go wrong with them and Pater 6 is no exception. Other reports here struggle to identify flavors and that is the unique challenge of this beer. The elements go so well together its hard to take them apart to analyze. This beer can be found individually or in seasonal packs.

a - poured 11 oz into a St. Barnardus goblet. nice dark brown cola apearance with a small head that remains.

s- rich, cola, and fall fruits.

T - raisins, pears, apples, and cola.

m- always refreshing, never overwhelming. remarkably fresh as water!

D- 5.0 all around. you cant fail on this one!

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 18:13:24 | More by chipachu2
St. Bernardus Pater 6 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
92 out of 100 based on 1,166 ratings.