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St. Bernardus Pater 6 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Ratings: 1,339
Reviews: 667
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 57
Gots: 115 | FT: 1
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Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-17-2002

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

Pours dark mahogany brown in color with a creamy 3 finger beige head that lasted a while and left great lacing; impressive looking brew.

Smells of molasses, dark fruit, raisin, brown sugar, syrup, bread, light spices and some faint alcohol; some hints of malt and yeast in the nose, maybe some cherry.

Tastes of molasses, plum, raisin, brown sugar, syrup, sweet malt, 7 grain bread, caramel, light spices like pepper, clove, sour apple and some alcohol flavor that gives a little heat but is not offensive. Hints of cinnamon and coriander in the flavor as well. Pretty sweet overall, with the sweet aroma hitting the same time as the sweet complex taste; any yeast or hops used are hidden and basically a non factor.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with very light champagne like carbonation; the beer is chewy with a medium body and a semi-dry toasty finish.

More fruit and sweet malt flavors appear as the beer warms. Highly drinkable and very enjoyable, I would have this again and recommend this beer.

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

A - Rusted, crimson brown that is just a little cloudy somewhat tea color. Large rocky and foamy white head with decent retention that settles into a thick, creamy layer of lacing.

S - Very well spiced with some dark fruit (especially raisin) but it isn't heavy on the dark fruit, especially for a Dubbel. Healthy dose of candi sugar and molasses along with a touch of yeast aroma. Some nutty and sweet malt aroma. Pretty typical Dubbel aroma but a little less dark fruit and a little sweeter.

T - Similar to the nose with some light dark fruit flavors (raisin and a bit of fig) along with some golden fruit, specifically apple. Some sweet malt and candi sugar provide some sweetness in the background. Light nutty and cocoa presence in the background. Well spiced with a lot of clove and coriander with just a slight peppery and ginger taste.

M - On the lighter side of medium body with average carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

D - Very drinkable. Lighter Dubbel but still quite complex. Very smooth and easy to drink beer that is able to mix the stronger, complex flavors of a Dubbel, but still be light easy to drink.

Notes: Best before 24/09/12. Good lighter bodied and subtler Dubbel, but still full on flavor and complex. Not as dark or as much dark fruit as other stronger versions of the style, but they are still present and provide a lot of flavor. This is probably just as good as the Prior 8, just a bit different. Another great beer from a great brewery. Definitely worth a try.

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

Poured hazy copper color with a large light brown head that lasted with good lacing. Very complex herbs and yeasty banana aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Full complex fruit and spicy sweet flavor with solid sweet finish of moderate duration. Very good brew.

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

I poured this from a large bottle into a pint glass. It is a brown color with a hint of amber. It has a full head with a lot of large bubbles not very frothy. The head stays a long time.
It has a light smell not much to it.
It has a roasted hop flavor with hints of chocolate.
I would call this an ok beer.

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

A beer haiku for you:

"A solid St. B;
6 is the opening act:
12 remains the King"

From the world class provider, this is what I would characterize as an "introductory" offering. This would still put most beers to shame, but against the 12 and the Witbier it comes up just a little short. Still, don't pass this by if you are looking for a great quality example of Belgium's potential.


Photo of BobZ
3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 Oz. bottle, Part of a St. Bernardus gift-pack.

Appearance: Light brown, essentially a light dubbel. Frankly a bit surprised for lack of head and lacing.

Smell: Not highly complex.

Taste: Has some decent Belgian dubbel characteristics. Good flavor, but tastes like "Belgian Light". Not a great Dubbel and frankly a little more bitterness than I prefer.

Mouth feel: Good carbonation, not silky-smooth though.

Drinkability: Drinkable, not bad but the "runt of the litter" for St. Bernardus brews.

Good beer, but by no means great.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.67/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a St. Bernardus chalice.

Pours a light ruddy brown with a small light yellow head with some nice lacing. Nose is sweet, Belgian, and bready, classic Trappist dubbel.

Mouthfeel is very full, creamy and rich. Taste is fairly sweet and sharp - it's a bit cold so I'm going to have to let this warm up a bit. A bit spicy with a fairly bland/boring finish.

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

Appearance - a deep, nearly opaque brown with one finger of stiff gray head.

Smell - mild resinous hop aroma, orange zest, grape, and that quintessential Belgian yeast smell.

Taste - Raisins, dark fruit, roast malt. An overall sweet taste, but a dry finish.

Mouthfeel - medium-heavy, with an abundance of prickly carbonation.

Drinkability - It's a very nice beer, certainly has my interest piqued for the rest of the St. Bernardus line, but too much carbonation for me to want to seek this one out again.

Photo of nickfl
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - The cap comes off with a loud hiss and a slow gush of foam issues forth. It pours with a one and a half finger head of white foam with a tinge of brown. The body is a hazy medium brown with a little bit of amber light showing through. The foam settles quickly and leaves nice lace.

S - A fruity malt aroma up front with notes of plum, raisin and caramel. Some spicy notes on the back side, a little bit of clove and coriander. An excellent malty aroma.

T - Sweet caramel and toffee malt up front with fruity plum character that is reminiscent of a dopplebock. Some yeast character comes out in the middle with notes of red apple, raisin, and clove. Finishes with more dark malt, this time with a hint of coffee and burnt sugar as well as increasingly spicy yeast characteristics including nutmeg and coriander.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Quite drinkable, this beer has all of the characteristic complexity of a dubbel despite its having a somewhat lower than average alcohol content for the style. The fruit character is quite nice and comes from both the yeast and the rich, carmel malt. There is a plum malt character present that I am more used to seeing in dark German lagers such as bocks. This malt complexity is able to shine through thanks to the relative lightness of the beer and lack of very strong alcohol and yeast character that one often sees in stronger dark belgian beers. A very nice example of the style, just as well made as its more revered big brother, Abt 12.

Photo of bloberglawp
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer taste like unicorns and rainbows had sex in my glass. It looks like Niagara Falls, smells like a rainforest and taste like a million doves covered in milk chocolate. There are a zillion serious reviews of this beer and if you dig that, don't bother reading this one. It's a fantastic beer. Loose yourself in a St-Bernardus Pater 6, it's worth it.

Photo of sitarist
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a chestnut brown color with an amber hue. The head is off white, falls quickly to a light coating and ring that leave rings of lacing.

The aroma is complex and inviting, caramelized pecans, earthy (mushrooms and peat), fruit (green and ripe bananas, figs), dates. Sweet, earthy, spicy, and nutty.

The first thing I taste is sweet fruit which quickly fades to an earthy flavor which in turn fades to a dry nutty finish. Almost cider like.

The best way I can describe this beer would be "Light Barleywine".

The body is kind of light, there is a nice blast of carbonation that makes the flavors explode on your tongue.

This is a great beer with a lot of flavors, but 1 or 2 is enough for me.

Photo of dzni
3.57/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - dark amber,head dissipates quickly
S - cherries, orange, cranberry, winey
T - lemony maybe, slight carbonation, slight milk chocolate?
M - medium-bodied, carbonation
D - The more I drink this, the lighter bodied it seems. The alcohol creeps up on you. It's a nice drink, interesting enough, but not sure I'd drink it all night.

Poured into a chalice.

Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours into a Delirium tulip a deep red-orange tinted brown with a thin off-white head and tons of carbonation apparent.

Smells of orange zest and a Champagne-like grape and yeast aroma combination.

Sharp and crisp, the Belgian yeast lends a wonderful dry fruitiness as well as a dusty taste. Underlying sweet and slightly roasted barley carries on with a white wine grape flavor through in the aftertaste.

Medium body, and high carbonation, this beer feels rough and prickly in the mouth.

Drinkability is OK, not quite up to what I expected, but tasty nonetheless.

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

This beer pours a cloudy dark to medium brown with some reddish hues and a foamy khaki head. Aromas of orange and cream with a touch of lemon zest. The palate is light with malty flavors with hints of orange zest. Finishes slightly acidic, it actually bites the sides of your tongue as you swallow.

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

cloudy brown with a white head and good lacing.

thin malt profile and some notes of raisin and brown sugar. not much else.

taste is the same but with a light floral hop essence.

creamy mouthfeel with light yet prickly carbonation. very short sweet finish.

not to powerful and not to filling, good stuff.

nice beer, not as good as some of the other stuff from st bernardus, but good.

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

Quick Review - Belgian Brown Pilsner or a summer Belgian Brown. Yeah.

Appearance - orangey brown like very strong tea in direct sunlight, slightly cloudy. It poured with several inches of head that dissipated to just a skim across the top.

Smell - malty, sweet in the way that Belgians often smell. Also a bit raisiny/dried fruity. The smell isn't strong but reminds me of Aventinus

Taste - also like Aventinus Light. There's some bittering hops doing there job, whereas I wasn't picking up any aroma hops. The best I can describe this is as a Belgian Brown Pilsner. That's the contradiction I have going on in my mouth. I can taste the browness, but those bittering hops are offsetting any large amount of hops.

Mouthfeel - medium in the mouth. Nice mouthfeel with a swish, but not thick and syrupy. This is like a summer Belgian Brown.

Rather sessionable in general. Relatively very sessionable.

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
4.17/5  rDev +2%
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
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
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
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
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
3.24/5  rDev -20.8%
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.

St. Bernardus Pater 6 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
91 out of 100 based on 1,339 ratings.