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St. Bernardus Pater 6 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Ratings: 1,298
Reviews: 655
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.54%
Wants: 56
Gots: 100 | FT: 1
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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 HalfFull
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The dubious Pater 6, misfit child of the St. Bernardus family. Poured into a wine glass from a 330 ml. bottle, the Pater pours somewhat less ebullient than its Tripel cousin, and that's a good thing. A light caramel in color, nicely clear and with an inch or so of dense slightly off white foam. Maintains itself quite well for being the 'youngest' of the clan and leaving lots of artsy lace.

Aroma is light in malts for a dubbel yet expected for it's relatively diminutive size. Yeast notes abound however to help balance the equation. Subtle dried fruit notes and a bit of smoke up front, with a touch of cherry in back, revealing itself briefly again on the finish.

Flavor follows with a light and fruity malt presence. Never overpowering or sweet, yet balanced and quite delicate in fact, particularly for a style that has a history of manhandling its way through life. Firm carbonation keeps the light body from appearing thin on the finish. Nicely done approachable Dubbel. I dig on the more complex Prior 8 but this is quite good.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best by: 30.07.12

G – St. Bernardus goblet

A – Deep mahogany brown, semi-opaque, small foamy head that lasts, spotty lacing.

S – Dark bread, nuttiness, cinnamon-raisin, sweet butter. The olfactory is relatively bland despite the superlatives.

T – It tastes pretty damn good, but again, rather subdued, with notes of raisin and dark bread and fruit, winter spices, somewhat sweet, with an alcohol kick on the finish, and a hint of German Dunkel/Oktoberfest flavor as well.

M – Refreshingly sharp, the sparkling nature enhances the brew.

D – This is a good beer, but not as good as 8, 12 or Tripel.

Photo of Minotaur
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours from the bottle into a chalice a light birch beer color. The head is initially a finger worth of fluffy and fizzy tan. It quickly fades to about an eighth of an inch fullness.

The aroma is a bright spicy caramel. Apples and spice. Dark fruits sweet bread.

The flavor is much less sweet than the flavor indicates. It is earthy and spicy but not overpoweringly so. The beer is still present with the characteristic Belgian yeasty breadiness. Esters pop forward but are mellow. The hops hit the sides of the tongue with sharp bitterness like orange seeds. Something is chewy tasting and full. It is in fact like a bite of warm, grainy bread.

The mouthfeel is also full and dense - satisfying for this (relatively) light Belgian offering. The fizz is constant and brightens up the density and darkness of the beer.

It is very drinkable: almost soda-like and smooth on the tongue.

One of the better Belgian Dubbels available.

Photo of alcstradamus
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cola brown color with a finger of head. The smell up front is huge plums, some fruit skins, and a mixed bag of spices. That plum smell is really nice.

The taste follows the smell quite well, with plums and raisins making up the vast majority of the flavor profile. I often find dubbels to be too spice-centric for my palate, but this one keeps it in check and makes it one of the better beers of the style that has crossed my lips. I'm also tasting notes of Pepsi-cola and there is a distinctive Belgian yeast character. Very nice overall.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with quite a bit of carbonation, but luckily very little sting.

This is a world class beer for the style in my opinion.

Photo of tzieser
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: poured from a 33cl bottle into a st. bernardus chalice. great deep, dark ruby color with a one finger head that slowly settles

s: smells of dark dried fruits (dates, raisins) and that signature belgian yeast. nice complex nose on this dubbel

t: sweet, candy like malts up front, with aforementioned flavors of dates and raisins. belgian yeast adds a great clove/banana like character to the back end. nice and sweet, but not overly so. a great abbey-style dubbel

m&d: smooth creamy mouthfeel; drinkability is excellent. definitely one of the betters of the style

if you like belgians, be sure to give this one a try. another great beer by a great brewery.

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

Poured into my Chimay goblet from a 11.2 ox bottle. My second St. B's offering of the night.

A - Pours a nice light brown wit some reddish hues. Very attractive off-white head that is frothy and goes down quick to a thin mat.

S - Yeast and bread character come through before some mild candy sweetness. Very nice. Phenols are present as well. Almost no hops.

T - Yeast and bread come up first as well. Then some mild candy sweetness tries to rush before ending with a slight hop bitterness. Similar to their Prior 8 except with less pronounced malt sweetness and a cleaner finish. I would say its the lesser of the too but still good.

M - Medium body with nice flavor all around and a clean crisp finish. Some tartness throughout the brew.

D - High and a good showing for a Dubbel.

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

Appearance: pours a clear dark amber color with a 1/2" head that slowly falls to a thick surface foam.

Smell: yeast is most notable with some fruity sweetness in the background.

Taste: bready malt base with some prune sweetness. Yeast flavor is strong with a hint of chocolate. Bitterness is moderate and nicely balancing.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp to start, smoother at the finish.

Drinkability: a solid Belgian Dubbel that is easy to consume. One large bottle is enough for a session, but I can opening another bottle. This is a well crafted beer.

Photo of crossovert
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally taking the time to review this one... Usually it is a gusher and this time is no different, but I am used to it now and didn't spill. Served room temp.

It pours a thick murky looking brown, not the most amazing looking brew. The head foams up very easily and dissipates just as quick.

The smell is amazing though, just fruity, sugary, malty, yeasty goodness.

The taste is large for a dubbel. Though the 8 is still even fuller. But this one has its own nice subtleties, form the dark fruits to the immense yeastyness. There is also some nice clove character to the taste. Very good.

Its a good ass beer, what else would you expect from these guys?

Photo of jdhilt
3.3/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger off-white head that fades slowly to a thin layer, leaving some lace. Hazy brown color. Not much to the nose. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is hard to nail down like a brown with hints of dark fruit, dry finish. $17.00 for a gift pak of four 330ml bottles from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

Photo of laituegonflable
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rude, dark scarlet colour with large beige head of quite sparse bubbles, sinks steadily but with a nice symmetry downwards, and fed from below by a fairly strong bead. No lace. Looks a bit thinner than I'd anticipated. And fizzier. Solid otherwise though.

Nose is predominantly sweet, a good light toffee and caramel aroma with a slight tartness behind, slight sultana character and hints of chocolate and cinnamon as well. Really quite pleasant. Not overpowering or too complex, but very enticing. Just a pleasant aroma, sweet, tart, slightly spicy. Hits all the right buttons.

Taste is fairly sweet for the most part, and lots of nuance and nice complexity throughout. A milky sweetness on the front with pleasant chocolate characters. Hints of pecans and sultanas come through as well as a healthy dose of spice, kind of gingery and then a bit of anise, or carraway maybe, very savoury in character and complemented well by a slightly brash dryness on the feel and a slight kick of boozey warmth. Tastes pleasant and Belgian with a finely nuanced palate and an enjoyable piquancy. Would be great in Winter.

A little bit over-sizzling on the feel is a drawback, it detracts from the fact that it's otherwise velvety smooth.

Overall a great beer. It never demands too much, and doesn't make assumptions, but still manages to leave a great impression. I'd call it a naturally charismatic beer.

Photo of drtth
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a nice, slightly hazy, mahogany color with a 1" thick light tan head that recedes fairly soon to a thin layer and a ring round the glass. Sipping leaves rings of lacing with leggy streamers sliding back down and turning into scattered speckles of lacing.

Smell: The aroma is soft and pleasant with some spice and chocolate backing up a cookie dough and cola character that dominates the nose.

Taste: The flavor is partly predicted from the nose as it has an almost cola flavor that includes tart dark fruits like plums or raisins. There is a touch of light sweetness and yeast character here along with some interesting dark berry flavors.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is light to medium bodied with ample fine prickly carbonation that is subdued but persistent. The finish is moderately long, dry and has some earthy and sour bitterness to it.

Drinkability: This one surprised me with its light and refreshing tartness and reminded me in several ways of the Rochefort 6 I had just a few days ago.. No question it is a beer I'd willing to to have another of right now, and I'll expect I'll be drinking a few more of these. That being said, its not a beer I'd make a special effort to find or pick in preference to a number of others.

Photo of tigg924
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, cloudy, brownish/red in color

Smell: apple, dark fruit, and pear

Taste: big malts, caramel, biscuit, bread, a touch of apple, pear, and hay

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, crisp, sweet, light bodied.

Drinkability: I really like this beer and could sip one for a long time as I enjoyed the malty apple taste. Not the best I have had in the style, but certainly up there. I do want some more.

Photo of whoneeds8
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into St. Bernardus glass brown with a one finger white head. Decent lacing. Smells of nuts and grapefruit. The taste is warming, with that grapfruit flavor coming out along with a nutty dryness. The mouthfeel is just about perfect. There is no alcohol burn because of the lower alcohol level, so the drinkability is good.

Photo of irishking1977
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown/mahogany with a small head that dissipates quickly leaving some lacing. Pretty run-of-the-mill.

S: Malt, and dark ripe fruits. Sweetness also includes some candy sugar and caramel.

T: Sweet maltiness. Subtle sweet bread yeast finish. Lighter than some dubbels I've had but a pleasant sipper nonetheless.

M: Creamy and smooth. Slight oily, yet abrupt finish.

D: This one is basically a lighter, easier drinking version of St. Bernardus Prior 8. Both are good dubbels, but for overall drinkability, this one is slightly above Prior 8. However, for sheer taste and complexity, I would take Prior 8 over this one.

Photo of ruckus232
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce brown bottle poured into a goblet

Appearance: Opaque brown in color with a good amount of slightly off white head that left a little lacing on the glass

Smell: Nice fruity sweetness in the smell similar to say a dried fruit like a fig

Taste: Similar to the smell there is a very nice fruity (fig) taste with a little hint of bitterness. The flavors aren't powerful but they are a nice mix.

Photo of fropones
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a nice amber brown with about half a finger of ecru head into my St. Bernardus chalice.

S - Dark fruits and dark sugars. Nutty cocoa.

T - A nice sweetness with nutty dark fruits and some unsweetened chocolate. Nice notes of figs and dates. A bit of hop bitterness that compliments nicely. Very subtle flavors. Although the flavors aren't exactly bursting in your mouth it is still quite tasty.

M - A nice creaminess with good carbonation. Medium light in body.

D - The mild flavor palate and nice mouthfeel make this an extremely quaffable dubbel. Looking forward to the rest of my St. Bernardus gift pack.

Photo of wajacobs
2.98/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Pater 6 pours a murky brown with slight reddish highlights and a persistant off white head. The aroma is dominated by dark malts without the presencne of any noticable alcohol or hops, the flavor has hints of almonds, chocolate, and prunes. The mouthfeel is thin for such a malty beers and lack any warming from alcohol.
If they were trying to make a weaker version of their larger beers they suceeded unfortunately the flavor profile is completely lacking without the additional strength.

Photo of cbros
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type- 11.6 ounce bottled poured into a St. Bernardus chalice.

A- Pours an amber hue with a nice 3 finger dirty white head that stays throughout the taste. No carbonation activity after the pour. A very nice cling to the glass that is as constant as the head.

S- Very sweet.

T- The first sip is very sweet and malty. There is a little bit of tart flavors at the end of the taste. As the beer warms the sweet malty flavors extend from the beginning of the taste to the very end. Not bad tasting but a little too sweet for my particular tastes.

I bought this as a smaple/gift pack right before christmas. This beer is accompanied with an 8, 12, and tripel along with a St. Bernardus chalice. The only reason I got this was because I could buy 4 beers with a chalice for only $16. I am glad that I got a chance to try this but this style is something that I probably wouldn't get again.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.43/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Leffe glass. 6.7% ABV, 46-50 F serving temp, Best before end 16 06 11.

A - Pater 6 pours a totally hazed amber color in the light but otherwise it looks a bit muddy. Very effervescent at first, an off-white head sprang up only to drop to a thin layer with no lace left over.

S - Dark candi sugar is all over the nose with a slightly musty, lightly toasted malt aroma. It smells like it'll be very sweet. No hops present here. There is a fine hint of raisin but it's a fairly one-dimensional nose.

T - Toasted malts come out right away with a biscuity flavor. Lots of dark candi sugar adds an interesting flavor but the sweetness is off-set by a light coffee roast thing in the finish. Hops are felt more than tasted. A bit more depth than the nose but not by much.

M - I feel like the excessive carbonation hurts the beer overall. It doesn't do the flavor any favors. It could stand to be much more flat and robust. Rather than medium-bodied and sparkling and crisp, the flavor and mouthfeel should be a bit more "syrupy and rich" so it doesn't create the disjointed effect the carbonation has.

D - Meh. Not a great example of a dubble for me. Not a terrible brew by any means, but so much more could be done here. It's not really inviting in any way and just bland overall.

Photo of jwinship83
3.33/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle drank from the st bernardus chalice. first time using it and this seems like an appropriate choice. best before augest 12, 2011.

A- this one pours out a murky lightish brown colored body with a large beige colored head. the head lasts a while and leaves behind solid rings of lacing.

S- pretty soft nose here. bready malts and sweet dark fruits. grapes, figs, and dates. a slight spiciness.

T- the taste is a lot stronger than the nose. it starts out pretty spicy. cloves come to mind. sweet dark fruits (grapes, figs, dates, and raisins) follow. belgian yeast, and a little bit of alcohol.

M- light bodied and thin. almost watery. a very high level of carbonation is almost stinging my tongue.

D- kind of a disappointment. probably wont be going back to this one. lets hope the other two beers in this gift set are a little more to my liking.

Photo of homebrew311
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into St. Bernardus goblet that came with the gift set. Along with the other beers I've had from the gift set, this one is another gusher. Seems to be a carbonation issue rather than an infection.

A: Pours a hazy purpleish red with a soapy looking white head

S: the front of the nose has some bready grains which is met quickly by sweet malts, grapes, figs, prunes, candi sugar. Overall a very grapey aroma profile.

T: the grapes come through on the palate very similar to the nose, the sweetness is balanced by a slight tartness and some bready grains and Belgian yeast. The finish is nice a and fruity with no cloying sweetness. Very tasty.

MF: high carbonation, light to medium body, all of which works well for this beer

D: this is very drinkable given its complexity. It tastes great, but doesn't have an overwhelming body or alcohol content that could detract from its drinkability.

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

Thanks to schen9303 for sharing this one... keeping the beer-a-day streak alive!! Poured from a 11.2oz. bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet.

A: Standard pour yields a 1 finger semi-coarse light brown head with decent retention. Head dissipates to about a quarter of a finger but then kinda just stays there... Beer is a semi-clear maple syrup. Lacing is stringy but ample.

S: Nose is grapes and grape gummy. Belgian yeast, cloves, cane sugar sweetness, spice, and maybe a bit of tobacco.

T: Creamy opening, deep, spicy, cloves, Belgian yeast. Exactly like the nose predicts. Purple and green grapes come on strong. Very malty with near no presence of hops. Slight tartness towards the end as it finishes up.

M: Light to medium bodied, coarse, with a very clean finish. Near no aftertaste. This one smooths as it warms but the end is still quite carbonated.

D: Your standard beer from St. Bernardus. Very solid but nothing outrageous or Courageous for that matter. This is what you'd expect and if you want the standard of a dubbel, this is where you turn.

Photo of jrallen34
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this on tap at the Map Room into a chalcie.

The beer pours dark brown with a little ruby red highlights. The head is light tan, not a ton of retention or lacing.

The aroma is nice and malty, with raisins and caramel.

The taste is nice, very smooth and drinkable. Pretty sweet throughout.

Overall, very good.

Photo of bonsreeb85
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a russett brown, with a beige head tha fades to foam later. Looks nice in my appropriate St. Bernardus goblet.

The aroma is that of raisins, plums, figs, candied sugar, toasted bread, apple and clove.

The taste is delicately sweet with caramel, over-ripened fruits and tart apples that come through before the drying finish.nice!

The feel is a typical Belgian highly carbonated concoction and a bit chewy.

Very drinkable and lots of flavor for a smaller dubbel.

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

11.2oz bottle served in a St. Bernardus chalice.

Mahogony color with a fluffy beige head that stayed as an island surrounded by a ring from the constant rising bubbles.
Smell is a bit of yeast with figs/dates.
Taste is dark fruits and some funk along with yeast and a touch of bitterness on the dry finish.
Medium bodied with very good carbonation.
Very easy to drink.

St. Bernardus Pater 6 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
92 out of 100 based on 1,298 ratings.