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 tomthumbsblues
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruby color, 2-finger foamy head goes down slowly leaving some lacing. Aromas were vinous and reminiscent of chocolate. Taste at first was peppery which yielded to bittersweet liquid chocolate. Mouthfeel was smooth and tingly, dry and slightly bitter in the aftertaste. Not a bad beer at all.

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Photo of mobyfann
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Paid $13.99 for the 4-piece sampler with 'sniffer' glass...

The beer pours a dark brown color, like a belgain strong dark ale, with a large white head, perfect retention and only a few traces of lacing effects. The aromas are full of malt flavor, a touch of spice and no signs of alcohol.

The taste is full flavor malt at its best. There are nice tones of fruit and spice: tastes like cloves and grapes primarily. It also has a strong sense of sweetness as well making the all around flavor amazing. The ale is moderately heavy in the mouth, smooth on the palette and through the delivery. The drinkability receives top honors, a 6.7% dubbel with no signs of alcohol and would drink two or three of these per session if I were in the mood.

Final Thought: This is an exceptional ale that may be the best of all that are available from this world-famous brewery.

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Photo of Sammy
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich brew, long and dry finish. Refreshingly drinkable. Liked the brown colour, the bubbles in the yeast, the lace; the spicy aroma. Unique smoothness.Two years' later bottle showed great lace, spicy aroma, and good easy drinking. Marvelous brewery.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was probably the least exceptional of all the St. Bernadus products I've tried, but nonetheless a spectacular selection. It was quite a bit lighter than the Prior 8, which is also a dubble, and the malt presence seemed to be more pronounced. The bouquet was not nearly as impressive as all of the other trappist beers I've had, but it still had that tempting fruity quality to it.

The beer poured to a dark hazy brown color with an off-white foam at least 3 inches thick, retaining at least 1 inch throughout the glass. The head became very dimpled and the pour spot had a dark caramel colored ring around it. As I mentioned earlier, the smell wasn't quite as in-your-face as I was expecting, but I still caught hints of orange peel.

The taste was kind of malty, but well balanced. Tasted very similar to the Prior 8 or ABT12, but somewhat watered down in comparison, especially to the latter. I would definately recommend trying one of the above (or the tripel) instead of this, though this is still an excellent brew for those who must have it all.

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Photo of bruachan
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from arrowine

next to other dubbels i've had this is very mellow and subtle, a very nice brew. it was a piece to behold, with a massive, airy, creamy head that left some of itself behind down the glass, yet never really vanished. the nose was of yeasty breadiness and slightly spicy hops

it tastes deliciously nutty and bready with some dark fruit and spice. nothing overpowering, but really great. the finish is of tart dried fruits. mouthfeel is very agreeable and soft

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Photo of clvand0
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle. Pours a brown color with a very tall head and good retention and leaves lots of lacing on the glass. The aroma is very spicy with some fruit notes thrown in there. The flavor is spicy like the nose, but is has some banana, clove, raisin in there. Drinkability is very good and the body is right where I like it.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a fairly plain brown with an enoumoust billowing head that doesn't want to let me at the beer underneath. The nose is very pleasant. The nose is really spiey with a light raisin and caramel in there. I like it. The flavor is very good. Raisins, banana and spices dance across a stage of caramel sweetness. The feel is right at moderate, with a velvety smooth feel. Drinkability is also good on this one. I think this is a solid brew from start to finish.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a proper St. Bernardus glass. Pours a thin muddy brown with a small head that quicky dissolves into a thin cover over the beer.

Aroma is sweet chocolate, raisins, yum! No hops aroma, and no tartness/sourness noticed. Very desserty feel to the aroma.

Flavor is nice malty, bready with a slight alcohol profile- like fruits soaked in brandy. Not as much chocolate in the flavor as in the aroma. Flavor isn't as exciting as the aroma, but it still very nice.

Overall, this isn't as rich and heavy as the St. bernardus 8 or 12, as expected, but to me that's not a bad thing. This is easier to enjoy for me with no guit, because I know I can be mentally functioning during and after enjoying this lovely beer. I have to admit that overall I like the 8 better, but this one has a lot going for it! Highly recommended!

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Photo of skybluewater
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a goblet a charming cherry color with hints of brown. Very nice head. Smells like fresh bread and cherries. Tastes of cherries and chocolate. The mouthfeel's a bit thin, but still nice.

Overall, this is a very nice dubbel, one I'd happily drink again.

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

Murky brown color with a creamy tan head. The aroma is malty, bready, slightly nutty with hints of dark fruits. It is also slightly astringent. The flavor is malty and toasty with hints of dark fruits. It has a nice malty sweetness throughout. Light in body and smooth drinking. A very nice dubbel.

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Photo of BeerManDan
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This trappist poured a medium brown with tight light tan foam and loads of nice tan lace that clinged to the sides of the glass. The smell was of a hop's and malts filled the nose. The taste was of layers of soft malts and hops that made this trappist pleasant to the mouth and palate. The warmer this trappist got, the more intense and complex the flavor!

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Photo of Bighuge
4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An absorbant dark mahogany tone. Don't see much UV getting through. Big fucking crop of white head. Fluffy, pillowy, airy... Damn nice to look at. Lace coats the whole damn glass. Great nose of bubblegum, candy, yeast and wet grass. Quite a sweet taste. Bubblegum is pretty high in the mix. Rock candy. Yeasty doughiness. Subtle malt sweetness. An upper echelon Belgian brew. Mouthfeel is very forgiving. Gentle and soothing. A little airy and lofty. Really nice. Overall, a very impressive dubbel.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
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!

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the chalice deep amber with just an ever so slight haze. The head was white and fell slowly across the surface to only wisps, but lasted to lace the glass.

The aroma was deeply malty with dark fruits, raisins, and a nice belgian yeast spice. Present behind the fruits was a caramel and candy aroma. Also present was a very slight grassy hop aroma.

The flavor was crisp and malty with a bittering component that increases as the beer dries later in the flavor. The bittering was well done and slightly earthy and grassy toward the end of the flavor.

The finish was dry with a lasting caramel/raisin and grassy bittering flavor and a definite alcohol warming. The body was medium and crisp due to the carbonation.

33 cl bottle. A darn nice, complex beer with quite a bit going on. the hop presence was interesting and added to the complexity. For only a 6.7%ABV beer, there was quite an alcoholic warming effect, the alcohol didn't hide in the background.

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Photo of ChrisBowers
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

St. Bernardus is by far my favorite beer line. However I had never had the 6. For some reason very few places carry it. I found a 12 oz bottle at the Whole Foods in Vienna, VA and decided to give it a whirl. First appearance is murky brown with a good two fingers of head that won't quit. Aroma is fruity, woody, and sweet. Taste is very well balanced... creamy, a little fruity with ripe fruits, figs, etc. A touch fizzy in the mouth, but it goes away with a little oxidation. Not as good as the 12, but I like it better than the 8.

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Photo of crookedhalo
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy chestnut with a thick and fluffy tan head when poured into the large St. B chalice. Earthy aromas, tree bark, sweet hay, wet wood. Smells like it could have a slight tartness to it, but it does not. Dulled sweet malt with an earthiness that shines like a Scottish ale. Faint husky astringency. Reasonably thin in the mouthfeel while maintaining a good drinkability. Very nice brew.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.45/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reddish brown pour with a foamy white head that is quite short lived. The lacing is moderate. The nose is malty with a flowery sweetness and a musty earthy yeastiness. Taste is quite delicate and sweet with roasted dark malt, brown sugar, raisins, and bitter to spicy hops, which are supplemented by a dusty dry yeast strain. The alcohol presence is a lot stronger than anticipated for a 6.5% ABV brew. The mouthfeel however is quite watery and hollow. I am coming to a conclusion, that among the Belgian style beers, Dubbles are the least favorite of mine. This is not a knock on this beer. The style just doesn’t light me up.

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Photo of daledeee
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I couldn't walk by another St Bernardus. My favorite beer line. I figured this would be alot like the 8. It is. I like it.

I opened the bottle and did not pour it right away. Foam was coming out of the bottle. Poured this into a glass and had a beautiful thick one inch head and the lace is beautiful. Nose is dark fruit and molasses. Taste is just a tad watery but there is figs, prunes and molasses. A little fizzy and bubbly. Does not have the extended aftertaste that some other good Belgians do. I am somewhat dissappointed because the appearance and nose are exceptional. This is still an excellent beer.

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Photo of Darkale
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of jed
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 33 cl brown bottle with an orange label bearing the famous St. Bernadus smiling monk. Text saying, in French, "Consume before the end of 2003," so I'm a little bit late on this one. Some kind of bottling code at the bottom, with 1, 2, 3, and 4 notched. Poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours an earthy, reddish brown color, accompanied by a fluffy one finger light tan head. Lots of carbonation bubbling up, and a hazy cloud of sediment particles near the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Distinctive St. Bernadus nose of dark fruits — figs, raisins, prunes — paired with spicy alcohol aromas.

Taste: Dark fruits, figs and raisins, coupled with buttery sweet notes. More evident yeasty flavors than the 8 or the 12. Mild pepper spiciness follows the nose, but doesn't balance the sweet flavors. Very, very faint hop bitterness as the beer warms. Finish is a little bit weak, some carob in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: As with any St. Bernadus beer, the mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, and near perfect.

Drinkability: I would go with the 8 over this one as a session beer, but still incredibly drinkable.

Of the St. Bernadus family, I think the 8 strikes the best balance between drinkability and complexity, but the 6 is still incredible. St. Bernadus can't make a bad beer. Seek this one out and enjoy it: the little brother of the family is still a big, big beer.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: The generic St. Bernardus label has the familiar smiley monk on the front. Set against a yellowy-orange background with a reddish border. 11.2 fl.oz (33cl) awaits the imbiber, put first you have to pry off the nice looking crown cap that has an encircled 6 set inside a yellow ring that has the words St. Bernardus Pater brown glass bottle. Says Drink before end of 2004 on the labels side writing, yet the row of numbers, 0-9, on the bottom of the label is nicked at the 1, 3, 4 and 9 mark??!?!? I can’t fathom this method of dating out. So it’s safe to say that is Best Before – erm, sometime long after the published date.

Appearance: The sign of any great beer is when you just sit back and look at it. And look at it. And look at it. Hold it to the light, play with the Glass and Look at it. And then think – this is pretty much perfect! Quite the top draw presentation. A turbid chestnut brown body has a very smooth silky creamy looking light tan head. Comprised of a collection of finely attenuated bubbles, the head has heavenly retention; it never goes anywhere and stays around for the whole experience. Fantastic looks, it sits well in my Westvleteren Glass.

Nose: The last beer of the night, the St. Bernardus family nose comes through. A yeasty bread like body includes raisins, currants, nuts, dark berries, caramel, toffee and chocolate when deeply inhaled.

Taste: Sweet biscuit malts with a light chocolate flash. Bready dough like feel entrances this yeasty drink with some dark forest berries, woody nuts and a twinkling caramel feel that has a grainy toffee feel in the finish. Smooth, very smooth and a sheer luxury.

Mouthfeel: Immaculate feel, it soothes, relaxes, entices and totally covers the oral cavity with a finely attenuated and well carbonated experience.

Drinkability: Silky smooth, it licks the tongue and glides down the gullet like a well oiled throat charmer. Lubricated to perfection, this is soooo easily imbibed as to be ungodly.

Overall: Excellent. It may be the younger Brother (pun intended) of the Sint Bernardus Clan but it is certainly not lacking in any department. Superb and Absolutely Marvelous. A Terrific Abbey Ale that belies its 6.7% ABV.

Highly Recommended.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thick, airy, oatmeal colored head that holds solid. The aroma is fairly tangy, a bit lemony up front, and mellows quickly. The beer is opaque, oak brown in color. Creamy, malty, nutty taste with a mild hop bite in the middle that fades quick resulting in a pretty clean finish. Overall a pretty mild beer, nice combination of aroma and flavor. I would drink it more often if it were more available.

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Photo of ManekiNeko
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

33 cL bottle served at cellarish temps in a St. Bernadus chalice.

Appearance: Hazy reddish brown topped by a positively huge off-white and thick head composed of wee bubbles. The head is pillowy and quite hearty and pretty much remains throughout consumption, though it does shrink a bit. Decent amounts of lacing are left, but nothing impressive.

Smell: Faintly malty aromas with light hints of pepper and clove.

Taste: Toasty caramel malts, very biscuity. Lightly fruity with mild cherry and apple overtones.

Mouthfeel: Lighter shade of medium bodied. Mildly refreshing.

Drinkability: A nice simple, yet tasty, beer. It's eclipsed by its brethren higher up in the clerical foodchain, though. Definitely worth getting for comparison to Abt 12 and Prior 8.

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Photo of hyuga
4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
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!

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Photo of budgood1
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours out a nearly opaque mahogany colour, with a tight tan head and a snow globe amount of huge flakes floating around the glass. i'm guessing this bottle is quite old. there is a huge chunk of sludge stuck at the bottom of the bottle that i worked up later in the tasting. pecan pie aroma...brown sugar and molasses mingle in the nose, also. although the overall smell is subdued, it smells delicious. an aged taste of sugared malts; sweet on the palate...but rather understated, if not sublime fruiten hints and zesty spiciness. alcohol is detectable, but melds well into the overall flavour profile. mouthfeel comes across as full and well rounded without any cloying sweetness...making for an easy drinkability...i almost had to stop myself from gulping this down. it warms in the belly, and is quite satisfying.

i still wonder how old this bottle is adorned with a blue label with a very happy looking monk holding a a schooner of brew. it is labeled "st. sixtus" with a yellow bottle cap labeled "st. bernadus pater 6"

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