St. Bernardus Pater 6 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Belgium
sintbernardus.be

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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1,586
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714
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
9.29%
 
 
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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 ADTaber
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bwbetts
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.
Wonderful.
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 ajdemma
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of logicalparadox
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RBuckley73
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 Mr_Rocca
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

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 Dromines78
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of madelf66
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Foley67
4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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 Wer34truh
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of JPNesker
3.62/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Too boozy. A bit burnt overall.

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

Photo of Scott_McCool
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sherillc
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

St. Bernardus Pater 6 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.09 out of 5 based on 1,586 ratings.
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