St. Bernardus Pater 6 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

708 Reviews
no score
Send samples
St. Bernardus Pater 6St. Bernardus Pater 6

Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-17-2002

For Trade:
View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 708 | Ratings: 1,568
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!

 722 characters

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.

 1,603 characters

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.

 763 characters

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

A: A crimson color with shades of orange and maroon. The head is incredibly huge and frothy, depositing a solid sheet of lace all the way around the glass. A solid, thick cap of sudsy froth remains atop the brew.

S: Nose is a bit more raw than the Prior 8. It's still got a dried fig component, some spices, and such, but there's a distinctive raw herbal/earthy/funky aromatic that's interesting, but diminishes with warming. Cocoa and a soft nuttiness are also present.

T&M: Simply an excellent beer. It's like a session-dubbel. Filled with a complex array of flavors, yet not bold or boozy enough to inhibit quaffability. A smattering of light cocoa, toasted nuttiness, fig, apple, and candi sugar all contribute wonderfully to the flavor profile. The herbal/funky note from the aroma balances out the aforementioned sweeter flavors on the finish, which makes the drinkability out of this world. Body is medium with a lush, smooth, and creamy mouthfeel that's simply perfect.

D: This drinks like a low-ABV brown ale, with infinitely more complexity and flavor. A slam-dunk from St. Bernardus--this would be my everyday, go-to beer if I were living in Belgium.

 1,164 characters

Photo of Skidz
4.67/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

 1,043 characters

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

11.2oz, 16 11 09 stamped on the back label.
Pours a slightly hazy amber brown color with a thick head of tan bubbles. Aroma of bread and toasted grains. Yeast and maybe just a hint of chocolate. More sweetness in the flavor than the nose lead me to believe. Figs, walnuts, whole wheat bread, maybe even chocolate chip cookies. Marvelously complex. Perfect medium body. Aftertaste is yeast and caramel. Instantly a favorite. Infinitely drinkable.

At first I was a bit reluctant to buy this. It was right next to the 8 and 12 and about the same price- both (especially the 12) tops on my list of favorites. I would look at it and then grab the Quad. I almost passed thinking it would be an average abbey brown. Boy am I glad I gave this a second look.

 754 characters

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.

 796 characters

Photo of kkovak55
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

 300 characters

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

330ml bottle poured into a 14.9oz goblet.

A - Two fingers of big, bubbly creamy beige head. The actual color is kind of hard to pin down. Sort of orange-brown-purple. The head recedes to a soapy cap. Some small lacing.

S - Anise, cola syrup and a bit of booze. Molasses, spices and dried fruit. Maybe some prunes or raisins, with cinnamon and brown sugar sweetness.

T - Wow. Belgian spices, ginger, candi sugar, yeast, and a touch of booze upfront. Finishes sweet but dry. Notes of dark, dried fruits are also present. Prunes and dates. A whole wall of spices I can't pick out individually. The aftertaste has a hint of brown sugar and a touch of something herbal. Overall, it's quite rich and sweet, but still very drinkable. Light fruitiness picks up near the end. Very good stuff.

M - Incredibly well done. Bubbly carbonation, but still very, very smooth feeling. Creamy, and deceptively easy to drink.

D - Easily one of the best beers I've had in my life. Extremely easy to drink. Nice, full flavor. Not too sweet, not too bland. The super smooth mouthfeel just puts this one over the top. I know I'll be picking this one up again.

 1,141 characters

Photo of S7R4nG3
4.62/5  rDev +13%
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!

 1,062 characters

Photo of Sixpack595
4.62/5  rDev +13%
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.

 274 characters

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.62/5  rDev +13%
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.

 892 characters

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.

 291 characters

Photo of Toddv29424
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
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!

 594 characters

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!

 1,407 characters

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.

 1,281 characters

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.

 1,002 characters

Photo of MmmIPA
4.58/5  rDev +12%
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.

 749 characters

Photo of Blanco
4.58/5  rDev +12%
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.

 549 characters

Photo of soccerman7
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

 530 characters

Photo of crwills
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm not usually a fan of the dubbel style, but this could change my mind.

Pours a hazy brown with a big off-white head. Aroma is strongly malty: raisings and prunes, candied fruit, licorice, some woodsy notes, and fresh mint.

Flavour is very malty, again with the dark fruits, prunes, figs. Yeasty and bready, and very satisfying. Moderate mouthfeel (could be a bit more robust), and a sugary aftertaste.

This is a very smooth beer, and the only knock to its drinkability is its strength (although if I didn't have to work tomorrow, I could certainly knock back a few).

 580 characters

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

 675 characters

Photo of AlexJ
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
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

 697 characters

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

Had 2 bottles 11.2 in size split up with 2 other friends managed to get a Chimay goblet full.
Very mirky, the look and color of apple cider. 1" creamy off-white to tan colored head, slowly diminishing down to constiant,never die, extra creamy coating, leaving thick webby lacing.

Complex moderate aromas,very spicy,bisquity,very earthy,dark fruit,black walnut,currants/raisins. Enjoyable

Very earthy tastes with spice and some dark fruit,doughy/yeasty. Very well balanced, all the tastes fit together nicely. Kind of hard to totally discribe all the tastes.

Very smooth and creamy,velvety texture. Feels very pleasing and easy in the mouth, just flows down extra easy. Will definatly drink this beer again, a very nice experiance.

 733 characters

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

Typically Belgian fizzy and bone-colored head, great lacing, and an opaque, walnut-brown body.

Nutty-yeasty aroma, sharp and full.

Chewy in the mouth, peppery-sharp and spicy. Taste is a mix of spice and deep caramel sweetness.

A relatively light Belgian, thanks to its low alcohol. Starts deep with spice and chewy caramel, but ends up almost foamy and airy, which is an interesting sensation. While it is not my favorite St. Bernardus ale, it is a very decent, well-crafted Belgian beer. I could have a couple with no difficulty and, I suspect, with a grin.

 568 characters

St. Bernardus Pater 6 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.09 out of 5 based on 1,568 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    No fake news here. Get real beer content delivered to your doorstep every month.