St. Bernardus Pater 6 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus Pater 6St. Bernardus Pater 6

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Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-17-2002

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Photo of janubio
3.28/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Amber colour, small that fades soon, good lace. Aroma of dark fruits, figs, plums, chocolate, caramel, bananas. Almost full, thick rouch palate with an overall carbonation.
Taste is similar to the aroma, caramel, dark fruits, chocolate. Good.

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Photo of kitch
3.64/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml bottle with a best before date of 8th February 2018. Poured into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: It was a dark brown-reddish colour with a very nice creamy two finger beige head that slowly dissipates to a thin but self-replenishing layer while leaving nice lacing.

Aroma: Dark fruits, plum, fig, raisins and apple with hints of caramel.

Taste: Similar to the aroma with dark fruit, plum, fig, raisins and prunes with some banana, light caramel and hints of nuttiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: The dark fruit is there, but it disappeared quite fast. Other than that, it was easy to drink, but not nearly as good as one of my favourite Dubbel’s like Westmalle Dubbel.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured to a Duvel tulip.

A: The body poured a dark body with a beige head. The head shows a good retention at a half a finger thick. No lacing.
S: The aroma has good profile of black and blue berries. In the back, a robust aroma of dark malts. Alcohol is noticeable.
T: The taste is sweet for black and blue berries in the beginning, transforming to a half acidic half bitter Belgian yeast providing a typical taste.
M: Body is medium to medium low. Carbonation is high and harsh. Alcohol is barely noticeable on the sip.
O: An interesting St. Bernardus.

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Photo of Vixie
3.66/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours kind of a brown/reddish color. The head is large and taking it's time to settle down.

Smell is subtle, main thing I can detect is fruit with a hint of spice.

Starts out fruity, almost cherry like. There are dried fruit notes, like raisin and prune, maybe a hint of brown sugar as well.

Goes down easy, not a lot of carbonation, so very little tingling or burning sensation.

Kind of a sweeter takes on the style. The hint of cherry up from almost makes it seem sour, but the darker fruit flavors keep it subdued. It is worth trying, although I will say there are others of this style I like better.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV "St. Bernardus Pater 6"
33 cl brown glass bottle, "Best before end 27 02 17" and sampled just before that on 16 02 17
$4.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: I've just reviewed the St. Bernardus Extra 4 so I'll repeat myself by saying that I'm just getting back to finishing up my St. Bernardus reviews. I've had them all but never reviewed them, and I think this is the only one I haven't done yet, unless they've released a new beer, which wouldn't surprise me. OK, before pouring there's a little "thumb" of foam coming out of the top of the bottle, I'd better get at it. It's got a hazy mahogany brown body beneath a frothy-then-creamy head of dark khaki. The lacing left behind from the initial head looks like a tight thicket of trees with solid trunks all tucked together at the bottom and branches with tiny spots of leaves reaching towards the sky. Aroma: malty with a distinct cereal-like quality that reminds me of Ovaltine, some sugar-sticky dried dark skinned fruit, and a very subtle cola and green cardamon spiciness. The flavor follows that with a thinner, less cereal-like malt that's got a distinct caramel side to it that's mainly golden, but also medium-dark. There's a note of fig, apple, a little bit of sweet red berry, a touch of banana, some light nuttiness which also leads to toffee, and a touch of dull pepper in the spiciness. As I look back at the glass the lacing has now become solid creamy walls that shows rings where I've taken a sip. It's moderately bitter but it still finishes mainly dry as the malt quickly erodes, followed by the dark fruits, leaving only a dull, green cardamom spiciness lingering. Not unlike the Extra 4 that I've just had, it's remarkably easy to drink - smooth and subtle, yet completely fulfilling in flavor. Very nice creamy-smooth mouthfeel with just a light bristle from the very-fine, fine-bubbled seemingly natural carbonation that in combination with the spices awaken the taste buds. Medium bodied. As I understand it, this is the beer that inspired other brewers to start using the "Pater" title, and the common people "Paterke" as a reference for the beer/style. It's a classic that's so much more refined than so many other Abbey dubbels. It's so sublimely drinkable that one could almost finish a glass of this without noticing until they put the empty chalice to their lips. World class. Well worth seeking out.

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Chesnut, dark brown colored beer. Pours a nice head, retention is good, and leaves a nice lace.
S: Smells a little boozy. Otherwise aromas are quite faint. I do detect dark fruit, raisins, figs, and sweet molasses. Hints of chestnut as well
T: More robust than the aroma. Dark fruit comes through here big. Fig, raisin, apricot, toffee, caramel. Also slightly nutty. Quite nice.
F: Crisp, mouthfeel is full but its not explicitly heavy. Well-carbonated. Pretty smooth and drinkable for sure
O: A nice, more drinkable beer than some of the heavy hitters, like quads. Will definitely revisit this one.

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Photo of Voss
4.85/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I drank pater 6 quite a few times, and it was one of those dubbel that is good but not memorable... Until tonight.

This one aged in my cellar for 11 years, so I poured it in my St. Bernardus glass with all the sediment.

Wow, it's not so bidimemsiomal as some dubbel around, good but leaving the will of a quadrupel.
This has it all. Low carbonation and a fuller body, but smell and taste is were the magic is.
Smell of ripe fruit, dark chocolate and caramel, taste follows, with hints of nuts, no tartness, smooth and balanced but with a slight slip in the coffee and chocolate world.
For sure it ages very well, even with just 6,7 ABV.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; the color of slightly watered down cola with burnt orange at the edges; less than a 1 finger off white head that receded to a splotchy cap; no lacing;

S: sweet, dark fruit; slightly acidic; a hint of spice;

T: follows the nose; very mild bitterness toward the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: easy drinking;

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a clear dark brown with a large head. The aroma features raisin, fig, date, some bubblegum wintergeen, and brown sugar. The flavor is dominated by raisin and fig, with just a touch of sourness, and a strong molasses finish. The mouthfeel us medium bodied with sparkly carbonation. Overall this is a rich beer, but with just a hint of tartness, and dominant raisin flavors.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: dark chestnut; small head; little lacing, but expected

S: dried fruit; candi sugar; belgium yeast; faint but good

T: smooth and balanced, but nothing overpowering; finishes slightly dry; very good

F: a bit zippy; slightly thin from attenuation

Remarks: would definitely look for again

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Photo of Pundit_of_Potability
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Sometimes you have to temper high expectations. My experiences with St Bernardus have always been excellent--so, I thought, why wouldn't this one be as well? The one pours a nice murky brown, but the head dissipates almost immediately to nil, with minimal lacing. Hmm. Didn't expect that. The first thing that stands out isn't the flavor, but the carbonation. It is nice and bubbly. High fizz. Now, when the first thing that stands out is the carbonation, something isn't quite right. This ale is thin. It even smells thin. The body is missing. The murky glass says "flavor is coming" but that anticipation fades after the first few sips when your taste buds are searching for more. A little bit of figginess, a little raisin, some bready yeasts, subtle malts, a dash of pepper, that finishes a little tart and sour.... Do I have a bad bottle? No, its only a year old. I left wanting more flavor. More distinction.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Perfect balance between the chocolate malt, herbal hops, sweet candi and estery yeast. A bit overly carbonated which goes against the taste a bit. Not the my favourite from this brewery but good nonetheless

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Photo of JackRWatkins
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A: Prominent 1 finger off white head with an almost opaque, deep brown color, nice, scattered lacing
S: a rich, malty and nutty profile in the nose with just a twinge of pepper
T: crispy, roasty and nutty with just a hint of bitterness, with no noticeable traces of fruit immediately like their other beers, sweetness begins to become more apparent as the beer sits and the nutty quality becomes more manifest
M: dry
O: easily my least favorite bernardus beer, but still a rich and delicious brown ale (i know that's not technically the style but let's be real it's a good reference point), I'd buy the prior 8 and the abt. 12 over this any day, but I suppose being that it's on the more sessionable side for them it's not bad, I'd rather rather have this than most of the brown ales out there

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Photo of Rukeli76
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle with a solid year of age on it. Served in a tulip at cellar temperature.

Deep auburn colour. Big spiky head dissipates quickly.

Dried fruit and some spicy yeast.

Flavour is on the thin side and I'm thinking I might have left this one to age a little bit too long. Some fig and rum-raisin gives way to spicy yeast.

Slightly watery.

I like this dubbel but suspect I might've let it age too long. I'll review again when I have a younger bottle on hand for comparison.

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Photo of EMV
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

L: Pours a clear dark mahogany color.. hints of crimson on the edges as I hold it up to the light. Two fingers of foamy tannish head fall quickly. Sticky lacing.

S: Candied sugars and ripe fruits.. vanilla bean.

T/F: Malts and toasted sugars... not as strong a sugar presence as you'd think from the nose. Dark fruits... cherries and raisins... finishes with some hop bitterness. Creamy and carbonated... better as it warms.

O: A solid dubbel from St. Bernardus, but it doesn't really hold a candle to their 'bigger' dubbel the Prior 8. It's a very good beer but suffers in comparison.

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Photo of davidperez
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Best before 1/07/16

Served in a St. Bernardus chalice, it pours a deep, murky, very dark brown, giving a hint of an orange hue. It forms a two-finger light brown head, creamy and foamy, with good retention.
A thin layer of foam remains all throughout, giving this beer a very nice decoration.
The lacing in this beer is incredible.

The bouquet is quite interesting, sweet.
Caramel, brown sugar, toffee and vanilla are predominant. The malty backbone is also noticed, slightly toasted. Cinnamon and fruity esters come through as well, as in figs and dates.
Some swirling reveals just a note of cream and butterscotch.

Upfront, a very expressive carbonation, spot on the style, which lingers throughout the flavor, fading slightly.
It starts with a very assertive flavor of dark fruits as in dates and figs with hoppy bitterness, achieving an excellent balance. After that flavor starts to fade, more flavors appear. Notes of overripe apple, toffee, brown sugar, strong spices as in clove and pepper, a phenolic medicine-like note.
The aftertaste is long and preserves the full complexity of the beer, as well as its bittersweet balance.
Medium to full body, very, very smooth.

Excellent beer.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark in appearance. Mostly smells of spice with some fruit. Tastes fruity and spicy. Smooth and easily drinkable. Overall a good beer but I probably wouldn't buy it again at the price i paid for one bottle.

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Photo of teromous
3.04/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From the back of the label: "A 29 08 16"

Appearance: The body is a dark shade of orange and brown that appears very murky at first glance but when held to the light some close shapes are clearly visible through the glass. Lots of visible carbonation supports a very short but intact eggshell white head.

Aroma: A bready yeast aroma comes to my nose up front. It reminds me very much of how proofing dough smells. This is before I have even had a chance to pour the contents of the bottom of the undisturbed bottle into the glass. I also get a bit of alcohol on the nose. It is an odd combination of aromas. Every now and then I will get a date-like scent.

Taste: It has a very strong caramel flavor which really dominates the beer. There is a bit of a toasted character and some very light characters of both raisins and fig but I restate that these are very light flavors. All of these additional flavors seem to hang off of the caramel flavor in support of it rather than standing out on their own. I might taste caramel and then some toast, followed by caramel and some fig.

Mouthfeel: The beer feels very thin and the high carbonation seems to amplify that quite a bit. This is not the fault of the carbonation which, in its own right, is spot on. Unfortunately the overall mouthfeel just feels a bit too thin.

Overall: It is a beer that seems to have no real character or presence. I would not say that it is a bad beer because it does have some nice, albeit muted, flavors. If you are looking for a Belgian Dubbel that has a lot of character and flavor then look elsewhere. If you find yourself overwhelmed with the flavors of other Dubbels and want something more subtle then this might be for you.

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Photo of Dzu
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Dark red with a massive foam head.
S: A little bit too sour.
T: Dark fruites, caramel.
F: Well balnced with great aftertaste.
O: Besides not great smell very good dubbel.

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Photo of FBarber
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark reddish brown, hazy with tons of yeast floaties in it. Thick frothy 3 finger head that dissipates down to a one finger head that sticks throughout the drink.

Smell is brown sugar, caramel, figs, dates, prunes, spice, against a subtle backdrop of belgian yeast and pepper.

Taste is prune, grapes, dates, and fig followed by a slight sweet flavor like brown sugar. Slightly yeasty and spiced on the finish with a subtle hop bitterness.

Feel is pretty carbonated initially with a slight tingle on the tongue. Very smooth, almost velvety, very drinkable.

Overall a really fine dubbel - wonderful flavor profile, beautiful looking beer. Definitely a must try.

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Photo of Squire123
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Light brown color with reddish tints, good cap and lace.

Aroma of ripe figs, dark raisins and something like Turbinado sugar. Some roasted malt but no apparent hop aroma.

Taste of Belgian Dubbel in a slightly lighter style. Dark, rich malt accented by ripe fig and dark plum flavors. There is an overall sense of sweetness although the actual flavors come across as dry. I don't get the overt clove/banana notes often found in Belgians but there's definitely some spice in there.

Medium full texture with balancing carbonation.

Often overlooked I think (don't hear much about it) this one is more than just a tweener on the road to quad territory. A bit diminished perhaps compared to, say, Chimay Red, but certainly a distant relation and part of the gene pool.

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Photo of josanguapo
3/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From elcervecero. In La Trappe chalice. Playing South Park The Stick of Truth. Fruity, like melon. Not a profile I like much but it isnt difficult to drink either.

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Photo of Malt_Man
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served cool from 330ml bottle into tulip glass.

L) Dark brown, opaque, 1cm slightly off-white bubbly head.

S) Subtle (may have cooled it too much) but there is light Belgian yeast, dark malt and hints of coconut.

T) Just a downright smooth slightly sweet malty niceness. Hard to describe, but it just tastes of quality brewing. Weak bitterness, as per the style.

F) Very drinkable and quite fizzy. No aftertastes. Slight warmth in the belly from the alcohol.

O) Loving the Belgians right now and St Bernadus beers are always superb quality, this one included.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of my favorite abbey-related brewers making one of the Brothers more unique styles, the dubbel.
My expectations were high, then I noticed the Best By date had passed a month ago. Oh, well....

Looks (chestnut and sufficient suds) are slightly above average for a style not for its dull browns.
Smells are all sweet malt and some sugary, dried winter fruit... and then, some yeasty banana.
Tastes are similar, but not sharp; probably due the bottle's age.
Feel needs a confession. My only major problem with how many abbeys brew is the carbonation levels are higher. But, this was an older bottle. So the mouth was softer, even rich, and not too bubbly.
Overall, a very pleasant dub that went well with Bob's World Famous Ratatouille.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, pours a murky brown colour with a good tan head that disapates to a small layer. Aroma dark fruits, raisin, spice. Taste dark fruits, raisin, prune, sweet, candy. Not bad.

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