Pater 6
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Style:
Dubbel
Ranked #10
ABV:
6.7%
Score:
91
Ranked #3,459
Avg:
4.1 | pDev: 9.27%
Reviews:
753
Ratings:
1,690
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Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
 
Belgium
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  91
Gots
  237
SCORE
91
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misteil from Ireland

4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

look: a beautiful, elegant looking beer, one finger smooth creamy off white to tan head, lots of lacing, beer is a mahogany, chestnut colour, too dark to observe any bubbles within the beer.

smell: smells delicious, lots of smokey malt flavours, a strong champagne aroma, definitely vinous, milk chocolate, vanilla, spice, orange peel, plum, prune, fig, most inviting.

taste: gorgeous beer, excellent dubbel, really malty of course, these malt flavours are smokey and oaky and nutty, some bread flavours, it’s super vinous beer for sure, lots of white wine/champagne flavours, there is the usual belgian ale herbal spicy flavours, lot of vanilla, certainly sweet at parts, a dark fruit sweetness, prune and fig, maybe even a touch of maple syrup, a nice bitterness to the finish too, wonderfully balanced, very flavoursome, an exceptionally well crafted dubbel.

feel: light to medium bodied, medium carbonation, dry, incredibly drinkable for a trappist beer.

overall: an elegant, delicate, delicious little ale, lots of character and flavour, especially for a dubbel.

Jun 07, 2020
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TheGent from New Jersey

4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pater 6

Pours a dark walnut color. Translucent around the edges but an opaque beer. A bulbous beige colored head fills the glass. It settles with some specs of lacing at about a half finger. Very attractive color.

The aroma does not jump out of the glass but it’s certainly pleasant. Sweet malt and yeast influenced. Banana bread, vanilla, walnuts, red apple, pear. Nice mix of malt and yeast profile.

The flavor is nice. More dry than the aroma, but some similarities. Sweet dark fruit on the tip of the tongue, including raisins. It dries out mid palate with some dark crackery notes and finishes long and dry.

Feel: Semi-dry and very light and soft on the palate.

Overall: An enjoyable beer. The aromas and flavors do not pop, but they’re nice. An easy drinking beer with nice malt and yeast profile that’s a little sweet up and finishes nicely dry.

May 24, 2020
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mothman from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2016 bottle. Big khaki tan head. Nice retention and lace. Dark bark brown.

Tastes like a light quad. Love the low abv, but big flavors. Toffee, caramel, Belgian yeast, spices. Malty with dark dried fruits. Smooth, medium bodied. Great feel. A classic.

May 11, 2020
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LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - Brown with lighter hues as well as a frothy tan head that dissipates somewhat slowly leaving behind a thin head and minimal lacing.
S - Tons of sweet bready, Belgian yeast as well as caramel and dark fruits as well as brown sugar and molasses - a somewhat faint smell.
T - Bready Belgian yeast dominates along with notes of caramel, dark fruits, light spices, brown sugar, molasses and malt.
F - medium bodied with moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O - Somewhat subdued, but still a delicious Belgian Dubbel with all the classic flavor ntes.

May 02, 2020
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-steve- from Canada

3.86/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Have to say I've been enjoying the seasonal gift 6-pack of St. Bernardus. The Pater 6 is lighter in alcohol than the others. Pours a dark, dark brown with an inch of khaki head. Looks inviting. Not as aromatic as it's compatriots. Some brown sugar and dark fruits (fig?). Cotton candy (belgian candy sugar?) as well. You can taste the candy sugar, figs and peppery spice. Goes down nice but doesn't have the weight to it (as to be expected) of the Trippels and Quads found in the seasonal sampler. Still though a respectable beer worth drinking.

Mar 27, 2020
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Viaduck from California

3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reddish brown with moderate coarse head that is quick to disappear. Aroma of brown sugar, molasses, alcohol & other unidentifiable fragrances. Unusual taste, bittersweet, bread yeast, spices. Feel is thin with good carbonation. Very good.

Feb 22, 2020
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Maxpower086 from Canada

4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours clearish roasted nut brown. smell is malty, pear, cherry, molasses. taste is of plum, fig, brow sugar, bready, yeasty, some torrafied coffee beans. good beer.

Feb 10, 2020
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octortus from Canada

4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330 mL Bottle. ABV 6%.
Appearance: Reddish brown, Under two fingers of pillowy and frothy khaki head, Low-Medium carbonation, Great retention, Full cap remains, Thin lacing.
Aroma: Belgian yeast, Bready malt, Slight dark fruit (prune, fig, cherry), Slight banana, Slight caramel, Subdued complexity but well balanced, Slight brown sugar.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, Creamy, Slightly slick, High carbonation, Very slight warming alcohol, Off-dry finish
Flavour: Bready malt, Slight caramel, Prune, Fig, Slight cherry.
Overall: Really enjoyable Dubbel. Very well balanced.

Review: 124

Jan 30, 2020
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ChrisMon02 from Ohio

3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper color with a fluffy white head. Decent lacing. Smells of
Raisins, dear fruit, pepper and all spice. Taste follows with a semi-dry finish. A nice Dubbel.

Jan 18, 2020
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flyingpig from Scotland

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

33cl bottle from Beerhawk online shop (£2.89):
Dark copper with a 1cm head that's light tan & covers the surface after a slow pour, leaving some lacing on the glass. It's not the strongest but opens with dark fruits, dates & spice on the nose. The taste is similar with the same dates & dark fruits, touches of spice & plum come through from the nose whilst the beer is medium bodied with soft carbonation & a dry, slightly sweet finish that was smooth throughout.

Jan 18, 2020
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TheBierdimpfe from Canada

4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Medium: Capped + goblet.
Opacity: Deep veiled with strong activity.
Color: Reddish brown with copper hue.
Head: Smooth creamy beige 2 finger.
Legs: Very good overall.
Smell: Toffee/Belgian yeast/Cinnamon.
Taste: Figs/Banana/Brown sugar.
Feel: Biscuity/Dark esters/Spicy.
Body: Medium creamy and fluffy.
Carbonation: Moderately crispy.
Overall: Excellent quality dubbel of accessible nature and high drinkability.

Visual 9/10 - Flavors 8/10 - Sensations 8.5/10 - Balance 8.5/10 -
Freshness 6/10 - Intensity 6/10 - Complexity 8.5/10 - Appreciation 8.5/10

Dec 19, 2019
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle

Pours a dark brown color, a bit of light gets through. Big foamy tan colored head. Bready malt aroma, a bit of Belgian yeast esters. Taste is similar, malty but not sweet. Thin to medium bodied - smooth but could be a bit thicker.

Dec 18, 2019
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MNAle from Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Date stamped 07 08 20.

Aroma is sweet with a fruit aroma I can't quite identify, spicy.

From the front, it is a dark brown, with more of a tea appearance with a backlight. Abundant carbonation. From a controlled pour, a 1/2 inch off-white to tan head, thick and creamy, that does not hang around long, leaving just a little lacing right above the falling head.

Feel is moderate to thin, with good tingling from the carbonation.

Taste is fruity, again, perhaps raisins, with a hint of pepper. There is moderate bitterness in the middle that diminishes but which does continue into the finish and aftertaste. The finish is quite dry. The taste is relatively simple for a Trappist ale, IMO (not that I've had a lot of experience with Trappist ales, so maybe the comparison is only to my expectations...)

Overall, this is a good beer, but in my opinion, not up to the rating on this site.

Dec 17, 2019
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sjrider from California

4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle - dark brown cola color with khaki head leaving minimal lacing but lots of surface bubbles. Nose is slightly sweet and malty .Taste follows with hints of dark stone fruit ,yeast and bread. Finishes on the dry side , a bit thin.

Nov 22, 2019
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle-conditioned, sore+pour carefully.
L- Held to a light it's deep chestnut-red, with a 5mm fine pale tan head. Away from direct light it's dark, somewhere between Coke and Guinness. The head is holding well 20mins+ = unusual).
S- Quite mild for a Trappist beer, just some deep fruity roastiness.
T- It's like a deep old ale; I don't get the usual complexity you can find in Trappist beers. It's 6.7% and I don't think that fully comes over either.
F- Very well carbonated in the mouth, and remains that way right through (20 minutes+). It's very nice, though quite light for a Trappist - one for summer?
O- Given the price in London as something pretty 'special/exotic' I'm not sure if it quite conveys and is worth it (I'd pay a touch more and go for a 7.5-8.5% Trappist instead, where the style and intent is clearer).
330ml bottle. BB:02/06/2021.

Nov 20, 2019
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TheDoctor from Canada

4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Bottle
Best before: Feb-4-2021 (Consumed Oct-21-2019)


It pours opaque mahogany with a billowing, dirty styrofoam head. Glorious looking. you practically have to eat it. The aroma has cracked pepper, brown bread, faint dark fruits and a hint of astringency*. The flavor is a little more straightforward with sweet roll dough, baking spices, rusty water*. It is fluffy and almost feels like you are eating it thanks to the head. Bubbly and dry but still very substantive. Textbook "digestible," as they apparently say.

This is a very nice beer. It is my first experience with the lighter ABV Trappist beers. It really is like a light dubbel or quad. As with their quad and many of the other trappists, this is just excellent. It is what it is and is near perfect in every way. It is one of the bigger Belgian beers gently turned down a couple notches in terms of booze and also complexity. Not that it isn't pretty complex but it is pretty approachable. I get a little mineraliness* that is the only real downside, I'm never sure what this is, not oxidation though. It is not bad* but if I was gonna nitpick something, that'd be it*.

I can't believe it took me this long to try this one but I'm glad I finally got to.

5...4.25...4.25...4.5...4.25


*- I served it at approx. 52º and even still it needed 20 minutes or so to come into its own. As it warmed the mineral, rusty water, astringent (everything with an asterisk) thing rounded out and "turned" to soft mapley sweetness.

Overall comments:
I went into it expecting something other than a dubbel (a single, more like it) since usually dubbels are called that right on the bottle and since usually trappists seem to just make one of each type. Honestly, I was kind of expecting something halfway between Orval and a tripel, but this one was dark and sweet. As the warming took over it definitely more resembled a Dubbel (a light one, though). This and the changing with warmth made me bump the Taste up 0.25 from what I had given it right out of the gate.

Very nice!

Oct 21, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From old, undated notes. Poured from the bottle.

Murky brown.

Slight white head; no lace.

Oats & subtle sweet malts in the nose.

Medium/thick mouthfeel.

Flavor reminds me of a balanced English barleywine; malty caramel in subtle doses; no treacly hops. Muted gingerbread sweets here.

A low-key winner.

Oct 11, 2019
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officerbill from New York

4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a goblet. The color of a dark honey with a hint of red and a wheat colored head that thinned into a film.
Fill flavored with cherry, plum, maybe some fig, malt, and a little taste of cola. Slightly sweet, but with a dry finish.
An example of what Belgian dubbels should be.

Mar 09, 2019
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Tripel_Threat from Michigan

4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to tulip. Awesome carbonation, and a few fingers of khaki head. Dark woody color. Great notes of dark fruits I the aroma and flavor, with fig and dark cherry taking the forefront. Feel is on the fuller side, with prickly carbonation.

Feb 28, 2019
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jkblr from Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz bottle bb 3/3/19 poured into a St. Bernardus goblet at fridge temp 6.7% ABV. The beer pours hazy light brown with abundant floaties and a light mocha colored head. The head recedes to a thin film and leaves some lacing. The aroma is faint with some vague malt sweetness and peppery yeast. The taste is semisweet toasted malt with a little tang that finishes in peppery, drying way. No real bitterness, but never sweet. The mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied, highly carbonated and mostly dry in the finish. Overall, good. There's some cola and dark fruit in the taste as it warms. The floaties always bother me, but this bottle definitely saw some poor handling in the year before I bought it.

Feb 22, 2019
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Retroman40 from Florida

3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very dark brown with some reddish highlights and a thick and very persistent tan head. The smell is some plum, fig and cherry and the taste follows with some tartness. Rich and creamy mouthfeel with just a hint of alcohol in the finish. Overall and excellent beer that I will have again.

Jan 10, 2019
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biiru_ojisan from Japan

4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a creamy off-white head that likes to stick around for quite awhile. The beer itself is dark, dark brown (almost black) with garnet highlights.

The nose has cherries, caramel, cloves, bannana, some otehr spicey notes I can't name.

Taste is cherries, the slightest hint of cloves and caramel. Starts sweet, but not too sweet. The alcohol is present on the palat, but does not come on too strong. Overall a very balanced flavor. Finishes dry with a slight mineral bite.

The mouthfeel is smooth and just a bit chewy. The carbonation keeps the mouthfeel smooth. A slight warmth from the alcohol.

Overall, this is a solid Dubbel and a very tasty beer. I'd love to have some good bread with this brew. Hard to say much more about an Abbey bear. Getting it in the goblet makes the drinking experience even better.

Dec 30, 2018
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Davedrinkinbeer from Indiana

4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a St. Bernardus chalice. Beer is very picturesque, a medium brown with a 1/2" off white head.
Smell is malty and yeasty. Taste is a mix of pears, apricots, apples, plums and spices. Mouthful is well carbonated, finishes with a slight fruity but bitter aftertaste.

Overall beer is complex, contains several different fruits, and is a good beer. This is a hard to find beer and I am glad to finally try it.

Aug 25, 2018
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vainosuomi from Virginia

3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Dark brown, creamy tan head
Smell: Brown sugar and molasses with hints of dark fruits
Taste: Raisin, plum, molasses, spicer
Feel: medium body, creamy with decent carbonation

Aug 13, 2018
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mothmanscott from Georgia

4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear medium brown that is ruby brown when held to light. A nice but thin effervescence rises. A few particulates are evident. The pour produces a foamy 3+ finger, fluffy, tightly bubbled, beige, moderately lasting head that leaves little lace. Aroma is toasted brown bread, dark caramel malt, brown sugar, dark fruits & Belgian funk. Taste is roast dark malt. Belgian yeatiness & light funk with dark fruity notes swimming in brown sugar/molasses. Aftertaste is a lightly bitter roast & dark fruit. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation, young crawling & lively, smooth with a lasting astringency.

Aug 12, 2018
Pater 6 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 1690 ratings