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St. Bernardus Pater 6 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Ratings: 1,299
Reviews: 655
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.54%
Wants: 56
Gots: 101 | FT: 1
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Belgium

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 Backer2004
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of bobsy
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of vishneda
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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)

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

#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.

Photo of PapaEugene
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

A - This beer poured a orange brown color that produced an off-white fluffy head that had great retention and laced the side of the glass very nicely

S - The aromas produced by this beer had a nutty, malty quality with a good bit of dark fruits

T - The taste of this beer had a great depth of taste to it, a malty sweetness that was complemented by a little bit of nuttiness, dark fruits and spice, and a bit of yeast

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium body with a light amount of carbonation

D - This beer had a good flavor profile, not as good as the Prior 8 or the Abt 12, but still a good beer

Photo of JimsArcade
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a St. Bernardus chalice.

Pours a deep ruby-brown with almost no head.

Smells of dried fruit and yeast dominate. Any alcohol is muted if not imperceptible in the nose.

Tastes of belgian yeasts, red grapes and caramel, but not too sweet. It's actually pretty dry all things considered.

Surprisingly light-bodied for a dubbel. There's little if any malty stickiness. The silky carbonation makes this a treat to sip.

This is a very easy beer to drink. I only planned to order one, but I couldn't help but get another because drinking it was such an effortless experience.

Maybe it's because I'm reviewing this in the middle of summer, but this has become my favorite offering from St. Bernardus. The low alcohol level for the style makes this an excellent dubbel to drink in hot weather.

Photo of Cs1987
3.08/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Deep red, 1 finger of head with good retention.

Smell - Lots of yeast, only a little malt is detectable.

Taste - Not like any Dubbel I've had before. Unusually light for a Belgian ale, very yeasty with subtle malts.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, very lively.

Drinkability - Not great, due to the yeasty character.

Overall - This could only be a Belgian ale. However, this is really lacking in flavour to back up the high yeast content. I'm hoping the Prior 8 has more flavour.

Photo of StarlightSeraph
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into my St. Bernardus goblet.

Appearance: Pours a hazy brown, maybe a little bit of red. One finger of white head that lingered for awhile. Heavy lacing.

Smell: Mild bready malts and some fruit. The typical smell found in most Belgian beers. It blends together very nicely - smells smooth, if that makes sense.

Taste: Hmm. Not exactly what I was expecting. The bready malt is present in the finish, but the initial taste is hard to place. Almost a seltzer kind of note, with the high carbonation - it's not as sweet as I would have expected, and could stand to be a little sweeter. The fruity notes are there, but the sweetness isn't. It's mildly unpleasant, but the bready malt helps smooth things out to some extent. The 'unsweet' aftertaste stays for awhile, too.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated and creamy, as to be expected.

Drinkability: So far, my least favorite of the St. Bernardus offerings. It's not a bad beer, but I prefer their other dubbel, the Prior 8, much more.

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

Poured from the 11.2oz bottle into a Duvel glass. Pours a lovely cloudy brown with a thick white foam.

Smell is fruity, malty.

Taste is complex and thick. Very chewy. There's a fruity background w/ hints of spices and peppers in the background. Well carbonated in the mouth.

A complex, tasty brew - but very drinkable. The flavor holds nicely, and this never devolves into one of those 'hard to drink' speciality beers. This one's a repeat go-to.

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

Appearance - 4.5
Pours a thick head of creamy, very pale beige head. Body is a hazy tawny brown. Left lots of white lace on its way down.

Smell - 3.5
Chocolate sponge cake, mild but sweet fruitiness and a little spice.

Taste - 4.0
Pleasant, but too yeasty for my liking. Flavours of yeasty fruitiness, toasty malt, warming alcohol and a little cocoa. Actually tastes better with the dregs added, they give a nice, milk chocolate flavour.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Even though it is a Belgian, I think the carbonation is a bit excessive and aggressive, feels slightly coarse in the mouth, although this improves with warmth. Light to moderate body.

Drinkability - 4.0
Approachable ABV, plenty of flavour, but there are more memorable Belgians.

OVERALL - 4
Believe it or not, but Pater 6 reminds me a lot of Coopers Sparkling Ale. It has a similar tasty complexity, and a similar tangy yeastiness that I do not like. A good beer, but not a great Belgian.

Photo of soccerman7
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been waiting to try this for a while.

A - Gorgeous foamy head. Mahogany color with a wonderful dense head.

S - Green apples, cloves, caramel, and pepper

T - Wow. Very clean with pilsner meets brown ale. Bits of green apple and baked bread with a touch of the caramel. the spice comes on the finish almost like a saison. A really complex beer.

M - Great carbonation and really smooth. the spicy lingers in a nice way. Very crisp.

D - This was a hard to find beer, but really worth the trouble. Complex and really interesting.

Photo of GilGarp
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Small 330ml bottle. Best by 08 06 10.

Pours into a chalice a dark redish brown color with characteristic great head that I expect on Belgian beers. Lots of lacing left behind on the glass as it slowly settles.

Aroma is a little funky sour but really pleasant with candied fruit and yeast.

Flavor has similar qualities but with a little more roasty dark malt than expected. It still has the dark fruits like cherries and plums but with some added sour flavor, maybe green apple or premature pear.

Nice smooth mouthfeel with lower carbonation than expected. Very drinkable other than the high price. $6 for a small bottle is pretty steep.

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

Pours a murky pecan brown with a moussy and soft offwhite head. Lacing is pretty good

The aroma is of toasted brown sugar, burnt toast, yeast spices come through as well with almost no hop aroma

This is a dubbel with the sweetness turned down, and I'm glad for it. But what it lacks is the overall burnt character that is so great about thier quad.

The flavour is sweet pecan pie, toasted brown bread, buttery pie crust, and a sticky dark malt. The belgian yeast contributes spices and depth.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thin bodied, and fairly carbonated

This is not an overly powerful or complex dubbel, but highly drinkable

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

As soon as I cracked the lid on this one, beer exploded out at me, and I didn't shake it at all. It's been a while since I've had bottle conditioned ale.

Appearance wise Pater 6 creates a lot of light tan head, even with just a gentle pour. The body is murky brown.

This beer gives off a lot of copper/metallic types of aroma. There is a sweet malty backbone, which is cola in character.

The taste is a bit on the sweeter side with hints of plum/prune.

The feel is a little oily and slick, but still refreshing. There is a slight warm feel to this brew too. Overall Pater 6 is a pretty good dubbel.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly clear medium brown color with a fluffy light beige head that fades slowly and leaves a nice three-dimensional wall of lace on the glass.

Big nose, filled with Charleston Chew chocolaty filling and some dark plum pudding. Maybe a few hints of black licorice and miniature marshmallows floating in a cup of hot cocoa. Nice...very nice.

Has a light, airy feel when drinking it, very creamily meringue like. Chocolaty flavor with some dark berry juices and dates or figs with an almond like nutty essence. I dont get a whole bunch of rich, yeasty esters but it still maintains a nice complex profile. This is a great beer.

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

Poured into my St Bernardus chalice.

A: Deep copper, with a fair amount of haze, plus hyperactive carbonation. Rocky and voluminous eggshell head has great retention and leaves heavy lace.

S: Quite spicy. Cinnamon, pepper and clove flavors really stood out. Dark fruits add a subtle vinous quality.

T: Fairly mellow given the style, but still tasty. The spicy theme continues. Prunes and figs start things out, but are quickly replaced by a combination of spices. Cinnamon, clove, allspice and even a touch of anise give this beer a ton of character, without being overpowering. Yeast is in the back with a mild sourdough quality. Finishes with a lingering spiciness.

M: Medium body has the intense carbonation I've come to expect from this style.

D: This is pretty subtle for a Dubbel, but a great beer nonetheless. If there was an entry for Belgian Single, this beer would fit the bill. The relatively low ABV makes Pater 6 go down very easily. I'm really glad I picked it up.

Pater 6 was my second stop on my four part journey through St Bernardus beers. Prior 8 and Abt 12 are up next.

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

21 Feb 08
11.2 Fl.Oz. bottle, Best Before 04/23/2010.
Slightly cloudy nutty brown color with a creamy white head. Light on the nose with a floral sweetness and maybe just a hint of malt. Extremely carbonated in the mouth. Nothing overpowering in this beer, it has a medium body. Not too flavorful, subtle hints of caramel with bitterness. Finishes clean.

17 May 09
330ml bottle with best buy date.
A: Thick delicious looking head that laces the glass perfectly. This is what it is supposed to look like. Nutty brown with mild haze.
S: Maltier than I remember. Light brown sugar and maple finish off the nose.
T/M: Medium to high carbonation with moderate body gives a nice creamy texture. Malty up front followed by the sweets in the nose, again, all subdues. A touch of warming alcohol in the throat and slight sourness in the aftertaste. Still a great beer.

Photo of jwhawkins81
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle had 30-09-11 on the back.

Aroma - Sweet malts with some citrusy hop aroma too.

Appearance - Red with plenty of carbonation. Poured produced a nice off-white head.

Taste - Sweet with a little spiceness, dark fruits are in there too. A well rounded beer.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodies with plenty of carbonation.

Drinkability - Highly so.

Bottle has 30/07/12 on the back

Aroma - Dark fruits ans Belgian spice and yeast

Appearance - Dark rd with a creamy tan foams. Tons of carbonation on the pour. Tons of lacing later.

Taste - Watery with a good level of spice. Dark sweet fruits. Complex but not a lot of words come to mind to describe it. Along with the spice there is a hint of alcohol and a flavor similar to alcohol that doesn't seem to quite fit.

Notes - Thin mouthfeel but good carbonation. A very good beer, kind of a toned down Abt 12.

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

750ml bottle courtesy of brewandbbq. Can't believe I haven't reviewed this one yet.

Pours a fogged in orange hued brown with a sizeable creme head. Nose is lots of sugar and lots of malts as well. Flavor is malty and earthy sweet again with a bitter hop edge on the side. Spices are clearly evident. Overall tone is earthy and robust. Feel reminds me a bit of Westy 12, though much harsher on the carbonation. Bites too much IMO. Overall a nice dubbel. Classy and classic. If you haven't had all of the St. Bernardus line yet, you might as well get to it.

Photo of Buschyfor3
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into my St. Bernardus chalice.

A: Pours a dark amber-brown body; when held up to light, ruby streaks glisten along the bottom edge of the chalice and fade up the sides to the off-white, bubbly 1.5 finger thick head. A lot of lacing on this one as the head thins to a thin layer of miniscule bubbles that persist in clinging to the side of the glass.

S: Two things strike me up front: one being sweetness from ripe dark fruits, notably dates/prunes; the second thing is the alcohol itself. I caught a noticeable whiff of some medicinal-like alcohol. Searching between the dark fruits and the alcohol, I also pick up a toasted, grain like quality.

T: This is quite complex, so I'll see how much I can get in. First, I pick up the faint sweetness of prunes, raisins and other dried, dark fruits. There is also a tinge of a brown sugar and/or caramel sweetness that dances with the dried fruits up front. Then the yeast comes in with a spicy, peppery flavor that peaks on the tongue for a second before residing into a blend of malt flavors - lightly toasted whole grain wheat crackers, a nutty/buttery flavor, and then a lighter, biscuit finishing note. Finish dries out on the tongue, leaving a pleasant, biscuit aftertaste.

M: Interesting (at least to me) because this feels really frothy on the tongue, partly due to the carbonation and partly because this St. Bernardus chalice is designed to maintain a head of a couple centimeters in depth, so each sip begins with some of that thin, somewhat creamy head of miniscule bubbles. Medium bodied, with enough carbonation to keep this beer from being considered thick, but just enough so that it has a slight bite on the edges that quickly fades.

D: Bottle indicates 6.7% ABV - the alcohol perks up on the palate with that warming, peppery sting, but this beer remains pleasantly drinkable. The complexity, more than the alcohol, begs for one to sip and savor to try and dissect all the flavors dancing across the palate.

This is the first dubbel I have had the opportunity to review and it is quite a delicious, complex beer - exactly what I have come to expect from St. Bernardus. It's quite complex in its blend of dark fruits and malts, and there is a good balance between the subtle sweetness of dried fruits and the toasted, biscuit malt profile to make for an enjoyable sipper, one that continually begs for another sip to unlock more of the flavors hidden within. I would recommend this beer.

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

11.2 oz bottle poured into a goblet.

3.5 A: Murky dark brown, almost black. Slightly off-white head does not retain well and leaves moderate lacing.

3.5 S: This is similar to the 8 only not as potent. Slight raisin and plum aroma. Slight graininess. Pleasant, but weak.

3.5 T: Same as smell. Similar to the 8, but much less tasty. Plum, raisin, tobacco and lots of yeastiness.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good bubbly carbonation. Creamy.

3.5 D: Good beer, but not at this price.

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

A fantastic head sits on top of a brown beverage. The head stubbornly remained throughout my entire enjoyment of the beverage.
Raisons, dark candy sugar and dark fruits.
Lots of malt character with a caramel bread character that makes up the body. A definite fruit presence that is very complex.
Extremely creamy which is a characteristic I have come to expect from St. Bernardus.
Fantastic beer.

St. Bernardus Pater 6 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
92 out of 100 based on 1,299 ratings.