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St. Bernardus Pater 6 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Ratings: 1,301
Reviews: 655
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.54%
Wants: 56
Gots: 102 | 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 BennyL1
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of mithrascruor
4.13/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of InspectorBob
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
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

Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of wmtxbb
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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

Photo of kiddynamite920
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of elricorico
4.13/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of mralphabet
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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 !!

Photo of Patrick999
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of ncaudle
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of DeliciousSeeker
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Photo of Soonami
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

St. Bernardus Pater 6, $2.10 on sale at Frontier Saloon in Folsom, PA. Pretty nice deal, so I picked up two, one to drink now and one to age for a while.

This beer poured a ruddy brown with a good bit of sediment and an inch of off-white foam. The smell was a little disappointing, a little bruised apple, raisins, and medicinal phenols. The beer tasted like oxidized apples, raw walnuts, a little clove spice, raisin bread, and some bitterness in the finish. The beer was softly carbonated with a smooth body.

Photo of NODAK
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is quite nutty, with sweet malt and some roasted notes in there as well.

Appearance is of a muddy brown nature, cloudy, with a small head with good staying power.

Taste is much like that of the aroma, in that the body of the beer is a good mix of nuttiness and sweet dark fruit/caramel notes. There's a small hop bitterness at the end that smatters the edges of the tongue to give a good wrap-up of the beer. Some nuttiness and residual sweetness lingers for a small while in the aftertaste, but not long.

All in all, a very drinkable dubble here. It's very balanced, taste is very smooth and alcohol is not evident at all. I recommend this beer.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 330 ml brown bottle, best before on back label stated as 18 01 13. Pours out a hazy nut brown hue, massive tight spongy off-white head.

Nutty, toffee malt in the aroma, along with clean yeast and a dry sherry character.

The flavour is clean as well, with toffee malt and dark dried fruits up front and no transition between to a light grassy hop finish, with a little bit of dry spice lingering in the aftertaste.

Medium-light mouthfeel that picks up some creamy fullness at times, with slightly brisk carbonation on the finish.

A decent straight forward dubbel, not much character to it but it holds its own from technical merit.

Photo of russwbeck
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a snifter. Bought from Zeno's Pub.

A: Dark, but not black. Very small, cream colored head. Laces as you drink.

S: Lighter than I expected, but distinctively a Belgian Dubbel.

T: Creamy, malty caramel overtones with some dark fruits at the finish, which is a little dry.

MF: Medium bodied and creamy. Carbonation is present, but not overwhelming.

D: Very drinkable, but after a few I would want to mix it up.

All in all the abt 12 is still much better than either the Prior 8 or the Pater 6. However, I much prefer the 6 to the 8. Great brewery nonetheless. A go to when bars have it.

Photo of neorunner
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Unibroue tulip. Paired with steak, pierogies, and onions sautéed in butter. Color is a flat milk chocolate brown with an off white head. Carbonation started out very strong, but mellowed out within five minutes. Body is medium in texture. The flavor is sweet raisins and prunes with a very typical and prominent Belgian yeast. Rich spices with a creamy caramel malt flavor finish this beer off nicely.

Photo of bump8628
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber that becomes a murky, light brown when the yeast is added. A beautiful, creamy, eggshell head sits on top and leaves thick sheets of lace on the glass.

The most predominate flavor is brown sugar but notes of dark fruits (plum and cherry), subtle spice, rustic earthiness, and an aspirin-like bitterness that coats the mouth add plenty of complexity. Bone dry on the finish as are all the best Belgian ales.

It lacks some of the intensely expressive flavor that the very best in this style offer (Westmalle Dubbel), but this is only a half step below. There's plenty to like here and at under $9 for a 750mL bottle it's a great value to pair with a special meal on a cold evening.

Photo of racer2k
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my new St. Bernardus goblet glass

A: Beer pours an off white fluffy head which aggressively foams up and then simmers down creating a sticky lacing around the glass. The color is a dark mahogany brown and is cloudy with some small yeast particles in the beer.

S: Fruity yeast with a hint of cloves and bananas. There is also a consistent light toasted malt backbone to the beer.

T: Great taste with a combination of freshly baked bread, yeast and sweet bananas. There is a very slight bitter hop finish which compliments the beer nicely.

M: Medium body to this beer which is quite creamy. There is also a moderate to heavy carbonation element to the beer which creates a fizzy sensation in your mouth.

D: Excellent beer which is quite drinkable for a Dubbel offering. Great session beer!

Photo of scott451
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, slightly hazy reddish brown. A thin bubbly head which soon diminished to a ring. Well carbonated.

Sweetish alcoholic fruit smells. Sweet phenolic fruit tastes rolls down to a long dryish finish.

Surprisingly light body. Nice carbonation. The drinkability is very good. Only the high ABV keeps it out of session territory.

Photo of bogus564
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

I'm discovering things as I make my journey into serious beer drinking and reviewing. First, I used to think that because I grew up in Germany, I knew more about beer than most people. Wrong. I knew a little more about pilsners than most, but there's so much more to be said for all types of beer. But on to the review...

I've learned to expect a certain color from a Belgian Dubbel, and this is it. The color is a nice dark brown, with a head that is wheat in color, lasts for roughly two minutes, and dissolves into lace which stays on the glass and looks nice.

The smell is, oddly enough, prune dominant. That's not what I was expecting, but I don't mind it at all. There's also a roasted malt chocolatiness to it, and you can smell hops way in the background. I'm wondering what this is going to taste like.

The taste is, just like the smell, prune dominant. But then there's more than I smelled going on in here. There's a grassy note, there's an orange note, there's a caramel note, - hell, there's an orchestra going on here, and the instruments are working harmoniously to deliver a beer that tastes great.

The mouthfeel is interesting - the beer is light- to medium-bodied, with just enough carbonation that you notice it, and a slighly malty, hoppy aftertaste.

The drinkability is good, not outstanding. Three or four of these bad boys, and you might be doing your best imitation of a crab walking. It went quite well with the spicy baked chicken I had. Now I'm looking forward to having the tripel by this brewer.

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

A: A rich reddish-brownish color. Little head that doesn't stay for long with a smidge bit of lacing coming down the glass.

S: Sweet, rich and Belgium. The sweetness smells of a dark rich honey or caramel - something that adds a complexity to the mass.

T: Sweet, phenols initially and smooth roll down the palette. Very smooth and enjoyable.

M: Little carbonation, the perfect amount of carbonation for this refreshing dubbel.

D: I really enjoyed it. A beer that could be drunk throughout the night, but I don't have that kind of money.

Photo of xylophonica
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a chalice.

A - Deep dark ruby colour. Delicate head which subsides fairly quickly. Few particles of sediment escape from the bottom of the bottle to float on top of the glass.

S - Caramel, chocolate. The sugar used in the secondary fermentation is notable and seems to give this drink a slightly rum-like scent which becomes more obvious as it warms.

T - Slightly sweet with a hint of phenols initially. Taste is similar to above; sweet caramel with some chocolatey overtones. Very smooth and surprisingly creamy.

M - Just enough carbonation to remind you of what you're drinking but still very smooth and subtle.

D - Very nice, a dubbel you could drink all day.

All in all this beer is quite enjoyable without being overly complex. It's a fairly straight-forward abbey style dubbel which tastes exactly how it should, with just enough intricacy to keep you interested.

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

A - Light but opaque copper brown pour into my large Watou St. Bernardus Glass that yields a 2-finger thick rocky head which quickly recedes into a coffee-like lacing. (4)

S - Fairly light on the nose but I do pick up dark fruits, malts and caramel; spices were definitely present as well. (4)

T - Light sweetness with dark fruits; mainly raisins and apples. Caramel malts sneak in silently towards the finish which was just lightly dabbed with citrusy, hoppy bitterness. Dark fruits return, lingering on in the after taste. Overall, the taste felt slightly watered down. (4)

M - Light to medium-bodied and modestly carbonated with a watery texture and general watery feel and smoothness (4)

D - Very easy drinking beer though the watery style was not too "for me"; interesting citrus hoppiness which I do not think is common in dubbels or Belgian dark brews. A good beer albeit not great; I would prefer the Prior 8. (4)

St. Bernardus Pater 6 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
92 out of 100 based on 1,301 ratings.