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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 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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Photo of aepb1
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of a Christmas gift from my parents!

A- Dark brown body with a creamy off-white head that sticks around forever

S- Sweet sugary yeast, fruits and some earthiness

T- Malty, sweet dark fruits with some yeasty funk, finishes dry with some nice spices in there

M- Medium-bodied, smooth with good carb, nothing outstanding

D- Good beer and definitely worth a try

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Photo of mdunman
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Thick hazy brown with a full tan head, but it doesn't linger very long.

S: Smells like a rich champagne, grapes and some lemon.

T: Has a quick bite that starts with some grapes and has dry spices on the sides and finishes very dry.

M: Medium bodied with a lot of carbonation, but yet not too much so it stays fairly smooth all the way.

Very enjoyable beer, plenty of rich flavor throughout, and it has a distinctive bite to it to separate it from the pack. I would definitely come back for a second round.

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Photo of bum732
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S: Dark breadiness, some cocoa, slight fruitiness, apples mostly. Some earthy woodiness.

L: Reddish brown, lots of bubbles, light tan head with amazing retention.

T: Dark bready malt with a backbone of faint dried figs. Slight cocoa leads to a low bitterness with some brown sugar and clove/cinnamon spices. Finishes quite dry and slightly spicy.

M: Creamy medium bodied, medium-high carbonation.

A really solid beer, my second favorite of the numbered St. Bernardus beers. Very complex for only 6.7%.

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Photo of wrb357
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer. Really easy to drink and tastes nice and sweet and Belgian-y. Looks reddish like dark caramel, tastes like cherries and caramel and wine. Smells like a yeasty sweet malty Belgian brew. Feels nicely carbonated and easy to drink, can't really taste the alcohol in it until the end. I'm having to pace myself as I drink it, because it'd be quite easy to put this back in about two minutes.

Would get this again for sure. Very refreshing and sweet.

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Photo of bierguru
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A -
dark brown tan head retains very well

S -
malt yeast and brown sugar sweetness whic is fairly mild

T -
big maly finishes yeasty some sweetness in the mild

M -
medium bodied pretty smooth

D -
decent beer nothing really special but worth trying

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

Notes from 12/27/2010:

330 mL bottle at 48 degrees into a St. Bernardus chalice.

A: It pours a very dark brown color with red hues and a finger of lightly tanned head that begins foamy and ends in a thin, frothy film.

S: Brown sugar, caramel, a mild nutty character, and yeasty spice.

T: Mild dark fruits, candi sugar, some earthy notes, some funky and spicy yeast character, and a tangy finish. It tastes like a lighter version of Westmalle.

D: This is tasty, easy-drinking, and refreshing.

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Photo of mjaskula
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a St. Bernardus goblet. The beer pours a dark reddish brown, darker and denser than I expected. The thin off-white head has real staying power and clings to the glass leaving some nice lacing.

The aroma is maltier than I expected, it has some bready notes. The fruit aromas are of cider, grape and a bit of dark fruits like raisin. The aroma finishes up with some alcohol spiciness. The flavor follows the nose closely, the malt flavor is strong and bready followed by a dark fruit sweetness. the grape flavor is also there and it brings a little bit of undesirable tartness. It dries up nicely in the finish.

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Photo of thecarster1
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a- 11.2oz bottle poured into signature goblet, one finger scant head fades pretty quick leaving a mold like lacing over top, deep walnut color.

s- lots of fermented dark fruits, loads of yeast, very bready, maybe a touch vinous as well - just a hint.

t- goes down very easily, bready, a bit sweet, loads of dark fruits, classic dubbel.

m- a bit prickly in the mouth, yet smooth. interesting

d- this is probably more drinkable than the prior 8, but i might prefer the 8 a little bit better. regardless this is a top notch dubbel.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Cloudy, muddy red/brown with a creamy off white head with nice retention and sticky lace.

S- Belgian spice, cloves, hint of citrus, orange, and backgrounds of faint chocolate notes

T= Follows the nose with the clove, cinnimon, citrus, with long tows of caamel and toffee, dark frutis like raisin, fig, and earthy sweet hints of hay, honeysuckle, and sweet grass.

M- Light, effervescent, and refreshting

D- Very light, refreshing, and complex.

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Photo of goalie33
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into 330mL glass.
A: Deep, dark red in color with a 1-2 finger creamy, off-white head. Many fine bubble can be seen rising to the top. Leaves a lot of lacing in the glass.
S: Very aromatic beer. Very fruity, dark fruits, but also some clove spiciness. Strong malt background.
T: Dark fruits give way to a grape sourness. The beer finishes with a bready malt flavor.
M/D: Soda-like mouthfeel. Highly drinkable beer.

In some aspects, I prefer this beer to St. Bernardus' Abt 12. The lower alcohol content reveals more in the aroma and in the taste. I highly recommend this beer.

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Photo of DPFRD
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brownish hue, great head, great retention.

S: Raisin, fig and dates, good malty aroma with yeasty earthy undertones.

T: Comes off dry with dark fruity flavors, mixed with a does of yeast and some biscuit.

M: Medium bodied, nice cleansing carbonation.

D: Great dubbel, easy to pound, lovely flavor.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip. 06-15-13 best by date.

(A)- Pours a dark mahogany color with red highlights. Produced a great fluffy eggshell colored head with great retention. Plenty of sticky lacing here and there.

(S)- Bone dry and earthy. Lots of clay, yeast and hay. Some dark fruits, but very subtle.

(T)- Again, rather dry with primarily earthy characteristics. Plenty of a yeasty hay, clay, and biscuits. Some dark fruits, but again, extremely subtle. Got better as it warmed.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Leans a bit heavy on the clay and yeast aspects with a bitterness that grew as it warmed. Very smooth and has a clean finish besides the bitterness.

(D)- A clean and smooth yet an earthy driven dubbel with some good things going for it. Would like to see more of those dark fruits to show up, but it is still a good brew.

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Photo of mklinger
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured gently in a St Bernardus chalice, it was a murky brown with a good one inch creamy tan head.

Aroma is quite bright & crisp -- pears and apples with just a hint of sweetness & spice.

While the appearance is dark, the flavor is fairly light. A slightly burnt caramel sweetness balanced out with some fruity esters near the end. This taste, for all those esters & sweetness, is light on the palate. It is highly carbonated, but very light in body -- has to have a finishing gravity of less than 1.010.

This is a very easy to drink beer, though I don't find myself craving more, so it's drinkable, but not overly so. A solid Belgian abbey ale.

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Photo of Satchboogie
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

33cl bottle poured into a St. Bernardus Chalice

A: Gentle pour, is dirty brown with a slight redness, hazy and fairly opaque, 1-finger off-white bubbly head that dissipates quickly and leaves just a little lacing (new glass could be a factor).

S: Lots of overripe dark and tropical fruits (pear, maybe apricot, etc) from all the Belgian yeast. Slight spicy and earthy esters, musty and maybe a little nuttiness. Alcohol is present in the background but is subtle enough.

T: This is very sweet and rich. All the yeast give a robust flavor of the overripe fruits with depth of caramel/brown sugar malts. It's musty and nutty, has a slight spicy hop character. Tastes a little of dark spiced bread. Finishes fairly sweet and a little dry with berry flavors taking shape.

M: Medium body, pretty high bubbly carbonation that fizzes out to the finish. Very rich without being overly heavy (good for a Dubbel, though I wouldn't mind it being a little more viscous). Finishes somewhat dry and clean, warms a little.

D: At only 6.7%ABV and with a pleasant finish, this is one of more drinkable Dubbels.

This was the first bottle I opened from the St. Bernardus gift pack (4-pack w/ glass) and needless to say I'm excited to make my way to the Abt 12.

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Photo of projectflam86
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a cloudy copper color with a thick white foam head that quickly settles to a solid ring. A bit of lace is left behind.

S- Rich dark fruit aromas with some sweetness and a familiar Belgian yeast scent.

T- Brandied cherries and caramel flavors come through initially with a touch of bready yeast in the finish. Raisins, brown sugar, toasted malt and plums. Really solid flavor.

M- Spritzy carbonation and a gentle warming effect with the alcohol.

D- One of the best dubbels that I've had. A truly great brew.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A dark amber/brown beer, slightly cloudy and well carbonated.
It has a thin foamy head, a good swirl will produce an abundance of surface foam that's pleasing to look at.
A smell a complex malt bill that is sweet with candied sugar.
Drinks with warming alcohol sweet malts and candied plums.
A thin light mouthfeel.
A good beer with lower more acceptable abv's meaning that I can drink a few, no problem.

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St. Bernardus Pater 6 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 1,615 ratings
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