Pater 6 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

Style: Belgian 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 metter98
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy brownish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high off white head that settled down fairly quickly and left a thin layer of bubbles consistently covering the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of yeast and spices along with some notes of dark fruits in the nose. Smells of prunes stand out in particular.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and is somewhat complex. It has a slight amount of initial sweetness plus flavors of brown sugar and cherries; hints of spices are noticeable in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and rather smooth on the palate with a high amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink because it’s well balanced and no traces of alcohol are detectable in the taste.

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Photo of treque
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: a brown amber , totaaly dense, no traslucent at all, good carb, and a creamy off-white head, enourmus retention

S: some sweetness, probably dark fruits, some caramel, and some hop overthere

T: To be honest I was expecting more, its kind of flat. i mean there is flavour and very nice, from sweet to an earthy finishing with bitter notes, but i was expecting an explosion, some alcohol is also noticed. A dry finish

M: medium body, crispy at the beggining and would say some refreshing

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Photo of Jinholic
3.37/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First of the St. Bernardus I'll be having hopefully it won't be the last.

Appearance - Hazy maroon with 1 finger head thats sticks around, so much sediment that it looks like an old fish bowl.

Smell - Raisins and a fig/plum smell all over this with a nice yeast and malt scent hidden in there.

Taste - Raisins and plum with lots of bready yeast. After taste is slightly spicy.

Mouthfeel - Smooth but not refreshing at all with a clean finish, slight alcohol warmth.

Overall - Not that great of a dubbel left my tastebuds wanting something more it smells better than it taste. That said go grab one and see for yourself.

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

Poured from a 750 into a goblet.

A. Dark brown, translucent and with a rocky off-white head.

S. Strong smell of raisins and plums at first but then a big whiff of bready malts. So much so that it's almost like smelling a newly baked loaf. The aroma gets a bit more vinous as it warms up.

T. Nowhere near as flavoursome as many dubbels, but that's not really its purpose, and that's also a good thing as some higher ABV dubbels can be cloyingly sweet. This one isn't. More of those bready malts in the taste, plus a little twang if spiciness around the sides of the tongue. A dry but not bitter finish.

M. Again, thinner than some other dubbels but that's to be expected.

O. If this is something akin to the beer the monks brew for their daily tipple then these monks are no ascetics. This is a very fine beer and just a little too easy to drink, which is no bad thing except for hole it would make in my wallet.

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Photo of bushbeer75
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz brown bottle dated 5/6/13

St. Bernardus Pater 6 poured into my St. Bernardus chalice was a cloudy brown chestnut color [like burnt peanut brittle] producing a 2-finger rocky and bubbly tan head that is sticky and lasting. The nose is a little bready yeast with dark fruit and caramel. The taste is of toasted malts, dark fruits [raisins], rich and earthy. Mouth feel is smooth and creamy. Has a medium body and active carbonation.

To date, St Bernardus Pater 6 is the best Dubble I have had. I can’t wait to try its big brothers, Prior 8 and Abt 12.

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Photo of lawlerj
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A - pours an opaque chestnut color. Has a two finger head that dissipates surprisingly quickly. Leaves a slight rim of foam around the edges and a bit of foam bubbling up at the surface.

S - raisins and dark fruit dominate, with some yeast and alcohol notes in the background. A little spiciness in the background, not sure what that is.

T - sweet fruits and yeast, with some spice flavors. Tastes like a good Belgian abbey style beer should. Some hop character, but to be honest, it's hard for me to isolate all the different flavors. All in all, delicious.

M - light to medium bodied, with nice fizzy carbonation - nothing too major here, but compliments the flavor.

O - very good. As with most Abbey style beers, I would not want to have more than one at a shot, but it's very enjoyable.

Edit - after a long and arduous quest, I have discovered that this is one of three beers my wife will drink. Success.

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet.

It's a murky brown color, finger or so worth of creamy head. Good retention and decent lacing.

It has a floral aroma, malty as well with a little dark fruit to it. The floral notes are the most noticeable flavor.

The floral hop notes are definitely the dominant flavor on the tongue. The malt flavors on the nose are much less obvious here.

Good mouthfeel as expected. Very well carbonated and bubbly.

Not my favorite St. Bernardus beer but still good.

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Photo of micmillon18
3.66/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a St. Bernardus snifter. The "Best Drank Before" date reads 6/5/13, the date being five years from bottling.

A - The beer is a dark burgundy color but the head is the real focal point here. Really fluffy and creamy; it doesn't seem to dissipate either. The head is similar to Guinness draught; that type of creaminess. Tons of lacing.

S - Sweet and fruity, like that of sour apple and raisins. Some faint yeast scents are present.

T - Raisins, apples, blackberries perhaps? The fruit flavors give way to some spicy yeasty touches and finish with a mellow alcohol. It's lighter than I expected and that slightly affects its overall taste but in turn adds to its drinkability.

M - Medium bodied. Great carbonation. Smooth. The yeast is present in the after taste I should note.

D - Very drinkable and one that I would certainly revisit. I wouldn't say its at the top of its class but definitely a reliable brew.

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Photo of brystmar
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle into a tulip.

A: hazy brown with mild reddish hues, TONS of white head w/large bubbles and good retention, strong lacing sticks to my glass.

S: yeasty, but dominated by lemony citrus and that definitely caught me off guard. I'm sure there's malt in there too but all I get are lemons. And when life gives you lemons...

T: smooth and inviting, but with plenty of complexity. Citrus & fruits first, turns spicy/malty, then finishes dry and a touch bitter. I'm liking it more than I did at first as the drink continues. Not a favorite of mine, but quite good (& unique) given the style.

M/D: medium-bodied with more than average carbonation. Easy drinking here for a brew that has wide appeal.

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Photo of generallee
4.8/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 11.2oz bottle into a chalice. The bottle has a best before date of 16 04 12. The back label also lists the abv at 8%.

Appearance: It has a dark burgundy colored body with a light haze and some yeast floaters. This is capped by a light beige head of frothy light foam. From the pour it left some yeast sediment on top of the head which looks like a dusting of cinnamon. The head hangs on well, slowly fading as I drink and making some nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: There are fruity and estery yeast notes of raisins and apple peel with a slight hint of spice and funk. This is all comes with a nice sweet bready maltiness as well.

Taste/Palate: Wow, this one has good complexity with fruity and spicy yeast, sweet bready and nutty malts. I get notes of cocoa powder blending with notes of walnuts and hazel nuts like Nutella within the sweet bready maltiness. Fruity notes remind me of raisins and as it warms I get some cherry as well. Hops are light and help to balance with mild bitterness and dryness in the finish. The palate has a solid medium body with mild carbonation.

Notes: This beer has wonderful complexity and drinkability.

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Photo of bled
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance-Reddish brown with about a finger of head that settles down to a thin layer quickly. Can almost see through it in the right light.

Smell-Lots of complexity with this one. Kind of hard to place it actually other than noting the fruitiness and malt.

Taste-Nice combination of smoothness and flavor here. Very nice finish...

Mouthfeel-Medium body with just the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability-Very drinkable dubbel here. Goes down so smooth and one of the best dubbels I have tried.

Comments-Been trying more dubbels lately and this one would be near the top of the list for me. I much preferred it to St. B's other dubbel(Prior 8)

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Photo of July2Nov
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very hazy brown with some light coming through at the bottom 3rd of the beer. Two-finger foamy head, that settles down to 1/2 a finger.

Smell: Has a wet grain smell to it.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Mild with a very velvet like feel. Slight apple flavor comes through initially. Has a sweet flavor to it that floats over the top of the beer, while the undercurrent flavor tends to be a mild toffee and sweet bread flavor, along with the fruit flavor. Has some healthy carbonation, which tickles the ivories and leaves the cheeks with some warmness.

Drinkability: Never doubt the Belgians when it comes to beers (chocolates and fries, too.), especially when beer is involved. This is a very drinkable Trappist Ale and one I would come back to. Excellent!

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Photo of hardy008
2.81/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Hazy burnt orange with a 3 finger off white head with good retention and lacing. The aroma has Belgian yeast, bread, and brown sugar. This may taste good, but the aroma is a bit disappointing.

The taste is the same as the aroma, but it is really subdued compared to most Dubbels. The date code on the bottle states 22 07 13, which I assume means drink by July 22, 2013, so this should not be an old bottle. There is a slight amount of sweetness, but no dark fruit, and a light amount of dark sugar. Disappointing.

Medium bodied, decent carbonation, and there is a bit of a bitter aftertaste. I think this may be a bad bottle, but I am not positive, and it does not appear to be an old bottle. This beer is disappointing. If I decide to try this again, I will update this review.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a hazy orange Amber colour, with a two fingered white head that laces and reduces to a film.

S - Plenty of spice and malt.

T - A bit of dark fruit up front, that gives way to a spiciness and yeastiness finishes with quite booziness.

M - Medium body and carbonation

D - Well worth a try

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Photo of xodin
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crisp, translucent reddish mahogany with about a finger of head dissipating fairly soon after. Strong aroma of ripe vinous fruits, and a peppery rum scent. Flavor is similar to the aroma, with an absence of the caramels evident in the 8's and 12's, and a much stronger presence of fruits and spice. Slightly bitter, yet smooth in the swallow and a dry finish. The lower warming character associated with the lower ABV makes this a better afternoon or summer beverage than its siblings. Pretty solid and easily drinkable brew, but with a tad less complexity than the other St. Bernardus recipes.

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Photo of bboelens
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a chalice. Pulled from the refrigerator and allowed to warm.

A-Pours a bloody orange color with medium visibility, a huge 2" stark white head sits upon the brew and dissipates into excellent lacing.

S-Malts, Spiced fruit, classic dubbel smell

T-A bit weaker than I had hoped from one of my favorite breweries, but that may be the intention as it is the 6, but I digress, malts and dark fruits, raisins and maybe a hint of figs are the forefront, with a clean wash of sweetness and slight alcohol finish.

M-Medium body, excellent carbonation, slides right down the throat

D-Easily could go through the whole 4 pack of these, if my wallet/conscious would allow me. An excellent brew from an excellent brewery.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours hazy red/copper/brown with a large and long-lasting off white head which holds a great cap and leaves tons of walls & spots of lacing.

Aroma is fruity with apples, pears, banana, raisins, melon, toast, a strong yeast component, some spice. Very good strength.

Flavor follows with more fruit, pears, apples, bananas, raisins, yeasty and bready, caramel, toffee, some noticeable alcohol for 6.7%.

Mouthfeel is effervescent with strong carbonation, thin to medium bodied.

A very good Dubbel with all the qualities of the best in the style.

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Photo of Reaper16
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served on-tap(!) @ The Alcove, Tuscaloosa, AL, into a St. Bernardus goblet

Pours a nice russet brown color with auburn overtones throughout. Only about half a finger's worth of eggshell foam sat on this pour (likely due to the bartender's technique), and it dissipates quickly. Lacing is pretty nice, though it forms in little speckles. Good looking stuff.

This smells like a dubbel should. If you were in a double-blind tasting, you'd nail this beer as a dubbel without any difficulty. Pater 6 smells immediately like bread crusts dredged through a sauce of reduced dates and green raisin. A nice flourish of cocoa powder comes through, as expected. Things get complex from here. Subtle, strange yeast aromas. There's some straw in here. Maybe some alfalfa. It's a very green ale, which I have no complaints about.

The taste follows the nose. It is very complex, but also very subtle. Pater 6 requires careful attention to be able to pick up on every note. Lots of straight-up baked bread flavors. Subtle cocoa. My palate confirms that it's specifically green raisin that I'm picking up on. There's a distant, muted cinnamon roll sort of flavor. Some pecan & walnut action. A nice kick of clove on the finish. Dates. This is a lovely, composed flavor profile that rewards the drinker capable of spending time with it.

Pater 6 has an intriguing mouthfeel that I'm having a hard time deciding how I feel about. As far as the body goes, it's on the lighter side of medium-bodied. It works, but it may leave fans of the Rochefort or Westvleteren Dubbels unsatisfied. What gets me also is the relative dryness of a beer style that is typically pretty sweet. It's unexpected, but again, not unpleasant. It works given the subtle greenness of this beer. Ultimately, I think the unusual mouthfeel makes sense here. Drinkability is pretty tremendous. You could, if you wanted to, knock back a couple of these pretty quickly. It also very much rewards slow sipping. A versatile beer, this.

If you like Dubbels then please seek out Pater 6. It's such a rewarding beer, and I'm not often crazy about Dubbels. St. Bernardus once again shows why they are a world-class brewery.

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Photo of tronester
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear reddish brown with a creamy thin tan head that does not go away. Nice lacing sticks to the glass. Smell is somewhat tart fruit and some hay. Taste is dark cherries up front, followed by some sour apple in the middle, a little biscuit after that, and a puckering sour finish. Mouthfeel is good, high initial carbonation that fades rather quickly. Drinkability is pretty good, this beer is a bit too tart for my liking. That plus the high price means I probably wont be purchasing it again soon.

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Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got a couple of 330ml bottles from the shop around the corner.

Pours hazy dark brown with a two fingers of foam. The head didn't stick around too long.

Smells spiced, malts, sugar, molasses. Complex. It's a dubbel allright.

Tastes like the smell. Malts, sugar, Belgian yeast some fruity notes.

Medium to full body. Carbonated and a neutral finish. Because of the spiced notes of this beer I wouldn't want to drink more but really enjoyed the one I had.

It's a real Dubbel. So if you like your beer to be a Dubbel, get this. It's a good example of what a Dubbel should be.

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Photo of kjc51478
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a opaque red-brown color with light head. Aroma is hay, Belgian yeast, and raisins. Taste is fruity malts with only a mild sweetness. There's a heavy doughy yeast flavor along with a slight resin hops taste balancing it out. Body is light to medium. Carbonation is medium and soft. Finishing is mild and long-lasting.

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Photo of bventure
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Rather hazy, deep red/brown, red/orange highlights. Good off-white head, very good retention.

S:Quite strong malt, bready, prunes.

T: Slight sweetness at first, dark fruit, malt. Very well balanced. Alcohol is more noticeable than I expected at this ABV. Taste gradually turns to a lasting pleasantly bitter finish.

M: Medium to full bodied, smooth, medium carbonation. Warmth from alcohol, tastes stronger than it is.

D: Very enjoyable, tasty and well-balanced. I like this, it's lovely. Wouldn't mind another bottle right now!

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Photo of BeanBone
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A thoroughly murky red-brown body with lots of grainy sediment at the bottom of the glass. Up top, a finger of bubbly off-white head that fades quickly but leaves good lacing.

Aroma: Dark fruit and light cloves over a sweet brown bread and brown sugar malt body. Just a hint of alcohol as it warms.

Flavor: Dark fruit, golden fruit a vinous quality, spice, and doughy yeast over a lightly nutty and bready malt backbone. Everything is subdued and balanced nicely. Golden fruit, light herbal hops, and bready malt in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation and a neutral finish.

Drinkability: Easily quaffable for any fan of Belgian brews, especially given the alcohol content.

Verdict: Pater 6 is a straightforward, easily drinkable, and enjoyable Dubbel. After trying the smaller of the two St. Bernardus Dubbels and their Tripel, I'm looking forward to trying the beer the slots between them: Prior 8.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

St. Bernardus Pater 6 is a dim, hazy, red-brown ale with lots of particles in it. The head is a big, yellowish, off white foam that has excellent retention and lacing. It has a fruity, leathery aroma with notes of grass, hay, phenol and raisins. It's pretty light and lively with big bubbles. The finish is clean, light and dry. It foams up in my mouth and throat. The flavor has nice balance: a little sweet and a little bitter. It tastes like the aroma, with lots of hay and raisins. Prunes are pretty prominent and apples and cinnamon come out after a while. It leaves the lips a little sweet. This is nice for a session ale.

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Photo of psuKinger
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 08 06 09, poured into my New Belgium globe snifter.

A: Big, beautiful, frothy white head that bubbles up like pancake batter towards the middle of the glass.

S: Moderately strong sweet, resiny notes of candied sugars and dried fruits.

T: This beer is a complex blend of several delicate flavors. The flavor starts with mild notes of candied sugars (and maybe some raisins) and then moves towards moderately mild notes of yeast and spice. Some very mild hints of bitterness peak through the spices on the very end to round this beer out and give it such a complex balance of flavors.

M: An interesting balance of light, bubbly carbonation with a good healthy viscosity on the finish and a moderately low amount of tongue coating at the end. A nice creaminess to it as well.

D: An enjoyable brew from this brewery, perhaps my favorite of their offerings. I would gladly quaff 3-4 of these in one sitting if that's what was the offer on the table.

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Pater 6 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 1,637 ratings