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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

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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-17-2002)
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Photo of Viggo
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange/brown into my Westvleteren chalice, big off white head forms, very sticky lace all over the glass. Smell is very rich and malty, vinous, with some spice, caramel, chocolate and iron notes. Taste is delicious, cherries, chocolate, spice, iron, some alcohol, little coffee and yeast. Mouthfeel is smooth and butter, perfect carbonation, medium bodied. Fantastic beer.

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

Murky toffee with reddish highlights. Generous tan head composed of fine bubbles that reduces somewhat, but doesn't disappear, and leaves a solid film of bubbles stuck to my goblet. Bready, yeasty aroma backed up by an herbal cola-like quality and ripe plums/dried fruit. Chocolate maltiness initially dominates the flavour, followed by doughiness and light raisin that carries into the finish. The flavours are quite delicate and light, superb balance. There's a hint of alcohol warmth in the finish, but it's very subtle, and it's only slightly drying at the end. Light body that never feels thin; moderately high carbonation that is far from harsh or coarse, and contributes greatly to texture. I can't believe how easy this is to drink. It's not overly complex, but still has plenty going on and what's there is balanced very well. Definitely a winner.

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

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into Watou chalice. Deep brown color, beautiful tan head which is sticky and lasting.

Aroma is completely awesome. Definitely this has the St. Bernardus family odor: kind of bready yeast with a hint of fruit. The flavor is almost as good as the aroma (which is saying a lot). Some raisin / date type fruits, and fresh-baked bread flavor.

This is a little thinner than its older brothers (Prior 8 and ABT 12). But it can hold its own.

I wish it was easier to find this in Columbus. I can easily find the ABT 12 or the tripel from St. Bernardus, but the Pater 6 and Prior 8 are difficult to get in 12oz bottles. I bought this in MN last week.

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

A: Thick fluffy alabaster head, deep ruby red with brown base - 4.75, S: Subtle grain, slightly nutty with some mild spice - 4.5, T: Very tasty, lots of flavor but not overwhelming, a very mellow and pleasing flavor, some slight hop bite on the tail, some nuttiness - 4.50, M: Creamy, and medium bodied - 4.75, D: A very palate friendly beer - 4.5

Photo of fenshefenshe
4.56/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lagerhouserules
4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AlexJ
4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer pours gently into my Achel chalice, dark, murky brown with lots of yeasty swirls in it. A tightly knit and fluffy head of wheat-colored foam seems to stay forever, clumpy lacing everywhere.

Delightfully dubbelish nose of caramel malts and Belgian yeast spiciness. Slight prune and raisin sweetness with a bit of underlying must.

Malty sweetness dominates with undertones of raisin bread, clove, and jammy, dark fruits dusted with fine Dutch cocoa powder. It sould easily be a Belgian brown ale in my mind. There is a hoppy persistance that sets it apart from other dubbels I've had.

Texture is smooth and creamy with a medium body carried by medium bubbles of active carbonation

Photo of Greggy
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice ruby brown, low sediment, head recedes quickly to a thin cap.

S- Dark fruit, nice spice, apple, caramel malt, touch of flour.

T- Think taste, that starts sweet with dark fruit, fresh apple, then finishes with a nice dry hopiness.

M- Touch of scrubbing bubbles and nice dry hopiness.

D- One of the best dubbels I've had. Definitely could be a staple.

Photo of S7R4nG3
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first St. Bernardus brew, I was somewhat hesitant at first due to the price, but after the first taste I immediately fell in love.

A: This brew poured with a deep chocolatety, hazy brown with very little head. What head there was, was slighty creamy and still managed to give a nice lacing.

S: A very complex aroma, I was unable to pin-point a lot of the scents but definitely caught some very complex dark fruits with a nice malty sweet earthiness and some sweet chocolate flavors.

T: Very nice flavors in this beer starting with a smooth chocolate sweetness followed by the nice dark fruit tart flavors with some slight malty sweetness moving into rich coffee that left an excellently smooth finish.

M: As with all Belgian ales I have had, a great combination with a nice syrupy mouthfeel that coats very well balancing perfectly with a nice bubbly carbonation that keeps everything nice and light.

After trying a few of the St. Bernardus brews, they definitely have me hooked! A fantastic brew and a must try Dubbel to get the true feel of the style!

Photo of BretSikkink
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Less than 7%? Wow, this is complex. My St. Bernardus chalice was loving the Abt's younger brother. If 12 and 8 are too much for you, try this little guy. They can't brew a bad one in Watou. Get that great Abbey taste with less alcohol, the closest thing St. Bernie's comes to a session beer.

Photo of tavernjef
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Color is a very nice dark mahagony that's not quite clear but resonates a delightful glow. Expansive and tall foamy crown of dusty brown cream which remains for a good while. A solid thin waffle edging continues to stay present the whole glass down; impressive. Whispy webbed and tinkling lace is established all over the glass side as the cosuming progresses.

Aroma is very nice and soft with a somewhat crispy edge to it. Dark and dried cherry, banana, mixed berries, lemon waffer cookies dotted with powdered sugar and some touches of spicy yeast and phenols. Solid aroma and gets some interesting little hints and nuances as it warms, I keep thinking of a chocolate bread with cherries in it and those little lemon tea cookies as I continue to wiff it in. Yum!

Tastes are just as becoming as the wonderful display of aromas, soft and well rounded with the perfect carbonation that sits slightly dry quickly getting drier but never overly so with notes of the chocolate, berries, cherries, yeast, and lemon cookie crumbs. Quite a treat that remains smooth and inviting the whole way through. Complexing, subtle, and yummy. Super drinkable as it is beyond the threshold of any normal beer. Yet is thee calling card of the St. Bernardus line of yummy delightful treats. Drink and be merry just like the monk on the label. No wonder he looks so happy, he gets to drink this stuff everyday. Good stuff!

Photo of chiguy2420
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I should mention that I picked up a 4 pack of the St. Bernardus brews 1 ABT 12, 1 Triple, 1 8 and this 1 6.

Review #6... Poured into St. Bernardus goblet.

A: Beautiful red and amber color. I love the look of this beer. Tiny eggshell head. Really a great looking beer.

S: Great smell of Fennel and dried fruits. Good spice on the nose. Really a homerun for for me when it comes to Dubbels. Maybe the best nose to a beer I have ever encountered.

T: A bonanza of flavor. Again got that fennel taste that came in with the smell. Taste of dates is also there. I love the spicy notes on this. It really is just about as good as it gets. Albeit perfection is difficult to achieve.

M: Complexity doesn't justify how truly all over the place this is, and that is a good thing. I really can't say enough about the carbonation here too. Its really just a brilliant put together brew.

D: I love this beer. I will be out buying several more in the next few days along with the ABT 12 by these wonderful Belgian friends. I can drink this one all night and the ABV really is at a good level for that. Not too filling to interrupt a good meal as well.

In summary, I can't say enough about how much I enjoyed this brew and like I said, I plan on many, many more of these in the near future.

Photo of Gehrig
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big, dark ruby-amber body supports two and one-half fingers of off-white foam that recede somewhat quickly, but leave lots of lacing on the Duvel tulip. Big, friendly aromas of spice (ginger, clove, and a pinch of cinnamon), tons of roasted malt, fruit such as grape and banana, and some chocolate and cocoa. Whoa.

The taste does not disappoint, that's for certain. Very malty Dubbel, with the chocolate/cocoa combination adding a semi-sweet coating to the heaping helping of fruit. Banana emerges very nicely, as does orange and grape. It's sweet, definitely but far from cloying. Fantastic.

Velvety smooth and eternally effervescent, Pater is a gem, just a first-rate beer that is delicate in taste and mouthfeel, a friend from the first sip to the last. St. Bernardus is quite simply one of the very best breweries, making the craft of Belgian beer look easy to accomplish when it is anything but.

Brilliant beer from a top-notch brewery. One of the very best Dubbels I've ever enjoyed. Must-try.

Photo of Blanco
4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First I should start out with the fact that I initially had no intentions of reviewing this beer. But I poured it into the matching St. Bernadus glass and was immediately captivated by this beers appearance. The color is a dark brown with red/amber tones. Large billowy head fits neatly in the glass. The aroma is typical trappist, but cleaner than most. Malts and dark fruit are there as well. The flavor is amazing. Clean, crisp and dry. Hard to describe but definitively enjoying to. Light bodied and very well carbonated. Overall this was great.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle with best by date of 08 08 08 (somehow that seems a bit cryptic) into my newly acquired St. Bernardus chalice. Sort of a brownish mud color beer insues with a less than spectacular head of about 3/4 finger. Does leave generous lacing as the head does not diminish at all for atleast three to four minutes.

Aroma is very inticing to the nose. Yeasty. Mildly floral, and a little coriander. Candi sugars as well. Wonderfully pleasing.

My first taste is quite peppery. Yeast follows with more coriander. Barely alcoholic. Sweet and fruity. Almost reminds me of one of those rainbow colored, fruity candy canes one receives at Christmas or Easter.

If I had more of these, I would most likely get into some trouble tonight due to the amount I would drink with such ease. Tangy and carbonated mouthfeel with a light to medium body make this very drinkable.

Photo of Dogpiss
4.64/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of MmmIPA
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cola brown colored body with a off white colored head that was about 2 fingers worth.Nice soapy lacing on my glass.Poured into a Chimay chalice.Some sugar and pepper smells.I taste carmel,very clean taste and doesnt last long.Some chocolate in the taste also.Mouthful is very creamy and smooth and the carbonation is very inviting and almost not even there.This beer is one fine ass brew,its not somthing I would have daily but it isalong the lines of other trappist beers.Very delicate,and you can taste the different between belgian and usa brewed belgian beers.I think this beer was very fresh and wouldnt benefit from any aging.Thats just my opinion.The lacing becomes spider webby lacing at the end of the glass.Yeast floaties in the last pour.

Photo of jamesdergen
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a gorgeous, almost impenetrable amber with a massive off-white foamy head!

Smell: Dates, raisins, caramel malts and vanilla. Excellent.

Taste: Follows the nose with some nice carbonation and potent alcohol finish. Big dried fruit flavor well-balanced by the toasty malts and vanilla flavors.

Mouthfeel: Fantastic. Very light-bodied, but still potent and big on flavor. Leaves a nice, sweet aftertaste.

Drinkability: For the style, this is one of the only beers I could have another of (which I wont b/c this is my last one!) Goes down easy and finishes clean.

This is one of the best by my favorite Belgian monk, St. Bernardus! If you can get your hands on it, I highly recommend it. Low ABV for the style, but still packs a punch with some great complex flavors.

Photo of Sixpack595
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with plenty of fluffy tan head. The generous carbonation brings out the aroma of sweet breads and dark fruits. When I took the first sip I was amazed. Sweet and malty with chocolate, plums, caramel and berries. Wonderfull balance, very crisp and dry. Outstanding.

Photo of Toddv29424
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a poopie brown color with little light around the edges. There is relatively no head, and only a little bit of carbonation effervescing from the bottom of the glass. Smell is very inviting, much like nuts with a touch of fruit... apricots mostly. The taste is almost perfect. The same hint of apricots is in there, but there is a malty sweetness that seamlessly follows it all down. The little bit of carbonation leaves a dry finish and rinses the whole taste down, which warrants another sip. Good thing it comes in such a small bottle at a large price, or I would drink it all the time!

Photo of Skidz
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out amber brown and sits crimson mahogany in the glass with a large soapy light tan head, fading to a light skim on the surface with some minor lacings.

Immensly aromatic with active rising dough drifing around a foot away from the glass. Sweet, sweet candy, caramel and dark sugars are everywhere. Hints of tropical fruit, raisins and dates. Two words describe this nose: Boo and Yah.

Tastes mildly sweet up front, firm toasted malts lend a bit of balance to the overall yeasty character which really shines through. Prunes, dates and raisins compose the fruit element while mild, biting, grassy hops balance the scene. Finishes with a light alcoholic warmth and distinct estery residue.

Medium bodied with soft, full and large bubbled carbonation. Easy holding, this is a flavor injector.

Hightly enjoyable, can't think of many beers which set such a good example as this one does. Seek it out and sit on the most comfortable chair you own and you will realize that your mouth is getting the better treatment, not your ass.

Photo of hyuga
4.68/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The little brother of the Abt 12 and the Prior 8. Great looking beer, as all of them are. Big creamy beige head that stays well and leaves lace in big sheets that slowly slide away down the glass leaving many patches. Underneath that is a tasty looking dark brown brew. Aroma of candy sugar and spices, a bit peppery. Hints of caramel malt. Caramel malt on the tongue with a defined peppery spice in a wide area around the middle. Clove is present as well. Dark fruits are all around, but subtle. Yeastiness is here and there. Great thick mouthfeel, a good full body. Excellent! This seems to be the session beer of the St. Bernardus clan, if there is one. I hope I can find the 750 ml bottles of this. Highly recommended!

Photo of semihobo
4.68/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From the gift pack (four beers and a chalice). Something stamped on that says "FL 08 07 09" I guess that's the drink-by date. 11.2 fl oz. Served at cellar temp (~50 F) and glad I did.

Even with a restrained pour produces a billowy head with bubbles of all sizes. Great staying power (and that's an understatement). A nutty brown color, fairly opaque but not that dark hued, with frenzied bubbles around the edges.

Smells sweet and yeasty; I smell vanilla, figs, pudding. Just a hint of hops. Boy, this is what the brewery in heaven must smell like. Some elusive singular smell I can't pin down, but some sort of earthy after-the-rain-mountain-fresh thing is going on. There is a little tingle of alcohol, especially as it warms.

Taste is a gentle fig custard bread dessert. Not cloying, subtly spiced. Some more vanilla, and a hint of hops that turns into a hint of alcohol on the finish. Definitely fruitiness, although I can't pick a specific kind; tastes like a mix of trace amounts of many fruits with bubblegum/banana the strongest, so it's probably the yeast. There are definitely candi sugars in here, and they are delicious. Almost perfect, except for the alcohol peeking through.

The mouthfeel is deliciously creamy and luxurious but as drinkable as water. The bubbles gently massage the tongue.

This is just sublime. I would drink it in in a box, with stinky socks, and Mr. Fox ... not just drinkable because it's good, however. It's also refreshing and not an overpowering ABV, and you can either dwell on the tastes or just close your eyes and smile. One of the best I've had.

Photo of waughbrew
4.68/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up as part of the holiday gift-pack that has their four main beers and a glass. $14.99 at Nikki's in Providence, RI. Colorful label on a curvaceous 375ml bottle. date on the back reads 10 08 09.

Very clear amber. Consistent creamy head with strong lacing and retention. Aromas of ripe banana, bubble gum, clove, pepper, and nutmeg. Flavors are lively-yet-not-in-your-face cocoa, vanilla, rootbeerishness, and a perfect balancing dryness. A bit of leafy hop presence is there, but just enough to complement. An earthiness lingers on with the yeast products. Creamy and lively, just a perfect feel.

Another world-class beer from this brewery. The yeast works wonders as the malts and hops back it up. The look and feel are perfect and add to the magic.

Photo of kkovak55
4.68/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a medium brown color and somewhat opaque. More head than desired when poured into a tall glass.

S: Spices and some fruits.

T: Aftertaste is dry and light with no bitterness.

M: A medium body with a significant amount of carbonation, perhaps too much.

Enjoyable as all from St. Bernardus.

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