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St. Bernardus Pater 6 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus Pater 6St. Bernardus Pater 6

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BA SCORE
92
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1,270 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,270
Reviews: 653
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 54
Gots: 91 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-17-2002)
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Photo of Beaver13
3.38/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle, best before 8/8/08. Pours a tea color with a large but kind of fizzy off white head that retains well.

The aroma is metallic bananas, bready malt, yeast and a little clove.

The flavor is pretty mild. It's some bready malt and sweet nuttiness with some very subdued spices and a little lightly metallic light bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a little harsh carbonation.

Overall, a little on the bland side, but the more I drank of it, the more I started to enjoy it.

Beaver13, May 23, 2006
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.43/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

BeerFMAndy, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of mrmanning
3.43/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Murky brown pour topped with a fluffy mocha head. Plums and prunes in the aroma. Roasted malts too, with a mild alcohol waft to back it all up. Wood and prunes in the mouth, roasted malts, with a fruity alcohol aftertaste. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Medium bodied. Pretty good.

mrmanning, Nov 03, 2009
Photo of TAMU99
3.45/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy dark brown, thick off-white head is thick and stays for the duration, giving off a nice spicy aroma. Notes of corriander, cinnamon and nutmeg. Taste is sweet, wheaty and heavily spiced. The carbonation is high. Though tasty, this isn't a repeatedly drinkable beer. I'd highly recommend one, 'cuz it's good, but I wouldn't drink two in a sitting.

TAMU99, Jul 05, 2008
Photo of marcpal
3.45/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 oz poured into St Berns goblet.

A: Dark nut brown color with pale white head that took up solidly half of the glass. Thich bubbles in the head and retention was strong.

Gusher my friends, we have a gusher.

S: The yeast aroma clearly present as well as caramel malts. The bready biscuity smell was a bit of surprise.

T: Not the biggest fan. The malts were not as present as I was expecting and the fruity, yeasty tastes seemed to take over a bit. The nutmeg and peppery aftertaste was good though.

M: Very high level of carbonation and some lasting sweetness.

D: Not my favorite style or my favorite among the style but wanted to give it a try. Not overly strong, sure Ill try again.

I was looking forward to trying and was a bit let down from expectations. First of their offerings and will give the others a try.
After another go at this one, I still feel the same. Their other styles are so far superior you wouldn't think they came from the same shop.

marcpal, Dec 09, 2007
Photo of kawilliams81
3.45/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a St Bernardus goblet.

A- dark amber/brown, 2" khaki color head, excellent lacing.

S- doughy, yeasty aroma. Sweet malts, dark fruits.

T- lots of dubbel yeast flavors, bread, dark fruits, light candi sugars, slight metallic taste.

M- medium body, high carbonation. Dry aftertaste with that metallic taste, feel stays in your mouth.

O- decent dubbel, abbey ale. Little dry and the higher carbonation is a slight turn off.

kawilliams81, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of stcules
3.45/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, ruby edges. A light brown head, a lot, not too compact.
Malty smell, with fruity notes.
Malt in the taste, yeast, and red fruit. Classic for the style, and ok. Bread crust.
Full and round mouthfeel.
Average to light in body.
Again the same notes in the aftertaste, yeast, breadcrust, malty and fruity notes.
All well balanced.

stcules, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of Halcyondays
3.45/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle,

A: Pours brown with a full cap on off-white foam. Head retention is good, lacing is light for a Belgian.

S: Not particularly aromatic, some phenol and alcohol notes, dark malt.

T: Malt and molasses, with some candi sugar notes, very sweet. Light hop character, a bit of mint and wintegreen, black pepper.

M: Mouthfeel is relatively light, carbonation is right on, smooth, yeasty, dry finsh.

D: This is a good beer, to me it's like Prior 8 light. There's nothing wrong with that, I just thought it would be something a little different. Certainly worth a purchase for the Belgian fan if you want an easy drinking lighter beer.

Halcyondays, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of rajendra82
3.45/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reddish brown pour with a foamy white head that is quite short lived. The lacing is moderate. The nose is malty with a flowery sweetness and a musty earthy yeastiness. Taste is quite delicate and sweet with roasted dark malt, brown sugar, raisins, and bitter to spicy hops, which are supplemented by a dusty dry yeast strain. The alcohol presence is a lot stronger than anticipated for a 6.5% ABV brew. The mouthfeel however is quite watery and hollow. I am coming to a conclusion, that among the Belgian style beers, Dubbles are the least favorite of mine. This is not a knock on this beer. The style just doesn’t light me up.

rajendra82, Jul 03, 2004
Photo of falloutsnow
3.45/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From: Whole Foods, Omaha, NE
Date: Best by 03/10/2014
Glass: St. Bernardus Chalice

St. Bernardus' Pater 6 is a mild-smelling and tasting, sweet dubbel. I was surprised at how moderate the beer played itself across my senses, I was certainly expecting heavier scents and tastes along with a greater caramel-like malt influence on the beer, which I did not find. While not unappetizing in any way, I did not find this beer to be particularly exceptional and would probably not purchase it again. As I note in the review itself, this reminded me of a light version of a Belgian Strong Dark ale.

Pours a 1cm tall head of khaki-tan foam, composed of small to medium-sized bubbles, with average retention rates (about a minute). Retention is about average, fading to a thick ring around the glass and a few light, spotty islands of wispy foam atop the body. As the head descends, it leaves modest lacing along the sides of the glass, lines and an occasional odd shape, nothing spectacular. The body itself is a very dark, semi-transparent amber brown, light bringing out brighter brown and burnt red hues. Carbonation is not visible.

Aroma is fairly light, of sweet, amber Belgian candi sugar, slight grape ester, and mild spices as produced by the brewery's yeast strain. This does not seem particularly amazing or complex to me.

The beer is very smooth and sweet, with dominant flavors of amber malts and Belgian candi sugar, grape-like esters, and a noticeable bitterness. Overall, this drinks, to me, like a light version of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Front of palate is sweet and fruity, with grape-like esters, amber Belgian candi sugar, and a bit of amber malt for a very mild toffee-like effect. Mid-palate features moderate bitterness, grape-like esters, and amber Belgian candi sugar sweetness. Back of palate features continued bitterness, Belgian candi sugar influence, and grape-like esters, along with some Belgian yeast or ethanol induced spices (anise? or clove?). Aftertaste is mildly bitter, with very mild grape-like esters and amber malt and candi sugar sweetness.

Beer is medium-light in body, with carbonation of fairly high intensity, resulting in a beer that is fizzy at first, eventually creating a mass of foamy bubbles upon the palate. Closes semi-dry, with moderate stickiness lingering across the palate.

falloutsnow, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of sfprint
3.46/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Exp November 22, 2013

A: Look like these orange/cola mixes you get in germany, tons of rootbeer like carbonation. Two finger head.
S: Light, slightly plasticy yeast. creamy.
T: A bit watery and sour, leans towards a flemish sour. Better as it warms up, creamy, unsweet rootbeer float. Tangy
M: Nice body, a bit drying.
O: Good, half sour, half dubbel

sfprint, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of TastyAdventure
3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - flat brown. 1 1/2 finger head that fades.
S - brown sugar. Caramelized pears. Dried plums.

T - complex but mild flavors. Raisins, strong yeast. Somewhere in the back is faint pears and green apple.

M - a little too thin, but still good. Good carb.

Overall, my 2nd Bernardus brew, I don't care for them. Their yeast profile, probably fermented at higher temps. Whatever it is I dont care for it

TastyAdventure, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of SilentSabre
3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is likely the lightest Belgian Dubbel I have ever had. Lightest in terms of colour, flavour, and mouthfeel. It poured up a reddish-orange-bronze colour, and quite honestly, was a bit lighter than I was anticipating. Smell was traditional Belgian yeast, some roasted cereal, and a bit of fresh fruit (pears and apples?). Taste was good, but not great. Again, toasted cereals and a bit of that metallic taste that is present in so many Belgians. Mouthfeel seemed a bit light for the style. This is certainly a full-bodied beer, but considering the style, I felt it was a bit on the lighter side. Overall, I don't think this is a bad beer; I simply feel that it is on the lighter side of a style that I personally prefer on the heavier side. I think this might make a good introduction beer for someone who is just starting to become interested in brews of this sort. I much prefer Prior 8.

SilentSabre, Aug 26, 2007
Photo of Blakaeris
3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours murky caramel brown with a pillowy tan head, and sheets of lacing.

Aroma is musty and yeasty, with a dry sweetness. Hints of dark fruit, alcohol undertones throughout. Spices have a medicinal quality that reminds me of Orval.

Taste is initially malty with a strong biscuit aspect. Dark fruit and an earthy nuttiness. Spices are much more subdued than in the nose. Finish has a mild bitterness with lingering spices.

Mouthfeel is Soft, but leaves a chalky residue.

Overall, this is an unusual beer that is drinkable but may take a bit of getting used to. Worth a try. However, I wouldn’t get too excited about it.

Blakaeris, Dec 27, 2007
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was fully prepared to review this beer with my pal Andy, but he protested vehemently against it. That Andy, always such a Pater Hater.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, dark brown body with a creamy, off-white head.

Smell: Fruity aroma of bananas and other various dark fruits. Full of yeast and sweet-smelling dark sugars. Hints of pepper.

Taste: Cocoa powder, sweet maltiness, and the fruitiness of bananas and such. More pepper. Plenty of spice and doughy yeastiness evident. Finishes dry and fruity.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Soft effervescence.

Drinkability: What's up with that AndoBrew, huh?

ChainGangGuy, Sep 09, 2007
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St. Bernardus Pater 6 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
92 out of 100 based on 1,270 ratings.