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 theboozecruise
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
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 -10.5%
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 -3.9%
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 +17.4%
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 +7.1%
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 -2.7%
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 -31.3%
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 -2.7%
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 -6.4%
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 +5.1%
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 -2.7%
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 +8.1%
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 -13.7%
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 -10%
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 -2.2%
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 +6.8%
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 -5.9%
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 -3.4%
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 +4.6%
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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Photo of BamaViper1
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 11.2 oz. bottle into a snifter.

The Pater pours opaque, rich brown into the glass forming a thick off-white head that eventually dissipates into an 1/8 inch thick film over the beer. Beautiful whisps of lacing spread down the sides of the glass.

The beer smells of Belgian yeast followed by candy-sugar malt. Hints of dried fruit and banana coexist with the strong malt backbone.

St. Bernadus creates a beer that immediately opens with a hop presence, slightly bitter and a little acidic. This is followed by notes of maple sugar, light spice, and burned grains with hints of Belgian yeast and an ever-so-slight hint of bread. The actual finish mostly consists of the sugary malt layered over Belgian yeast.

The mouthfeel for this beer is a bit thinner than expected, even with the copious amounts of carbonation. The finish does last long after the sip is gone, however.

With the low ABV and the lighter-than-expected mouthfeel, this Belgian strong dark is actually very easy to drink. I like the Pater 6 more than I was expecting to, especially as it warms. St. Bernardus did a wonderful job with this offering, and I look forward to the 12.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy bronze color with an off-white head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smells of dark fruits and some yeast.

Tastes of the dark fruits with some spice. Fruits are characterized by figs and raisins with perhaps a touch of apples. Bread notes come through along with some roasted, cocoa notes. Spice is composed of clove mostly.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

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

Pours a murky orange brown. Thin head.

The aroma is quite nice. Sort of clean... lager like. Slight fruity notes and bread. Just a hint of spice too. The taste is quite nice. The higher carbonation is perfect! Slightly sweet but balanced quite nicely. A little spice and a nice citrus taste. Fruity as well.

I haven't had a lot of dubbels. But this one is HIGHLY drinkable.

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Photo of JLeege
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle ~ poured into the St. Bernardus goblet

Appearance- pours a deep amber color with a thick one finger, off white head. Good retention. Some lace is left behind through the drink.

Smell- Lots of caramel malts and dried dark fruits. Some spice as well.

Taste- Bready and caramel malts lead things off, a bit nutty as well. Then some raison and cola like flavors, brown sugar. The spicy belgian yeast shows up towards the end of the drink. The finish is somewhat dry.

Mouthfeel- creamy body, coating the entire mouth. Medium high carbonation.

Overall- Another solid beer by St. Bernardus. An easy drinking Belgian that you could easily have a few of with no worries.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer is nothing if not a social beverage. Every once in a while you find one that forms a strong association with either a certain time, or a certain person. To me, I associate this beer with my friend Mike (goRideYourBike) who I met at Max's while recovering from shoulder surgery. We'd set up a trade, and this was the beer he was drinking when he met. Or maybe, the second beer. Mike, Sarah, this is for you. I'm sorry I missed you guys when I was out in Asheville this past Thanksgiving, but I'm sure our paths shall cross again, and soon!

Best by 18 Jan 2013.

In my Konigshoeven chalice, this is a mildly hazy reddish brown. A dense, light brown head with the exceptional retention and lacing I've come to expect from St. Bernardus is present. I don't know how they do it, but every beer I've had from them is at least a 4.5 on the appearance scale.

The nose is excellent. I've said this before, and I'll say it again - I don't drink enough dubbels. Light and bready like freshly toasted raisin wheat toast, a little cocoa, dried, toasted almonds, nutty and rather biscotti-like. No real hops, so to speak, this is a complex, malt-driven beer that eschews the sweetness that plagues so many American-brewed Belgians. The palate opens dry, toasty and moderately bready with a rusk-like sweetness. There's a lot going on here - brown sugar, a light spiciness (particularly on the finish), a little vanilla, a little cola, a little dry, dusty cocoa. Incredibly dry, this is actually quite educational - what can a relatively low ABV, non phenolic Belgian dark ale be? In some ways, this almost vinous, light and fruity, but at the same time, the alcohol is anything but what you'd expect from one. Medium-light in body with a high level of carbonation that manages to stay creamy, there's a light tartness on the finish that again brings to mind fruit - dates and raisins in particular. Expertly conditioned, this is pretty much close to perfect for the style. An excellent beer, this.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A rich leathery brown beer with enough haze to make it just opaque. The head is beige and fluffy. It starts out thick but moves into a light constant lacing machine of bubbles.

The nose has some roasted grain qualities to it. Sweet with hints of brown sugar and a few well toasted nuts. Nice solid scent but not over bearing. A good starter Belgium brew.

Taste shares a lot of the same qualities as the nose. Sweet with the flavor of brown sugar and some toasted grains and nuts. This is also where you get your first hit of Belgian yeast and bready goodness that is distinct to these styles.

Mouthfeel is ok with a firm carbonation and a dull sweetness that has a hint of a dry finish. I dislike how it coats your mouth with an over sweet aftertaste but the grains come out in the long run leaving their taste in your mouth. Very nice and smooth, drinkable beer that's a solid taster, well worth cheking out and sipping appatheticly. I love how the flavors come out even more as the beer warms to room temp.

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St. Bernardus Pater 6 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 1,631 ratings