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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Photo of MrDell
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


St. Bernardus Pater 6
Dubbel - 6.7% - 330ml Bottle - Bottling date unknown - Best Before 16.12.2016

Appearance: Quite light in colour for a dubbel / dark for an enkel – very light brown, translucent. Lively carbonation upon opening. Very large bubbles stuck to bottom of glass that shoot up to the surface individually and very quickly. Noisy carbonation. Head dissipates very quickly leaving practically nothing.

Aroma: Belgian yeast, bready/toast/dough, port wine, alcohol.

Taste: As aroma - brown bread. Treacle, but not that strong... more like a golden syrup. Hops just about apparent in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Low in body for a Belgian; due to the abv. being just 6.7%.

Overall: Last time I tried this, I tried the Prior 8 straight after and remember thinking at the time that this was the better of the two. I have a since had another proir 8 (see review) and I can honestly say that I now think the opposite. This is a lovely beer and while I am thoroughly enjoying it, it's just not flavoursome as some of its fellow countrymen - Achel bruin, Chimay Red, Rochefort 8 etc. The low abv (for a Belgian) makes it an ideal weeknight tipple though. 7.5 / 10

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: esters, fruit, lighter malt, honey, no hops.
Appearance: Pours hazy light brown under a 2” finely bubbled light tan foam collar that perches up over the rim of the glass. Leaves thick lace.
Flavor: Fruit, honey, light malts, no hops, slight chocolate – not strong, dry finish. Low bitterness, no spices,
Mouthfeel: medium full body, medium high carbonation, alcohol is deceptive.
Overall Impression: Excellent beer.

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Photo of PorterPro125
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 330 mL

A- Opaque Brown with a large off-white head that sticks around a good while before working down to a thick skim. Light lacing on the glass.

S- Dried apricot, plum, toffee, bready malt, and a bit of alcohol are present in the noses.

T- Toffee, toasty malt, dried apricot, raisin, plum, and a little spice.

M- Medium body with light-moderate carbonation. Quite drinkable when compared to other Dubbels I've had.

O- Not my favourite offering from St. Bernardus but it is a great beer. Beautiful malty flavour that is complemented well by an abundance of dried fruit.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.8/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, mahogany color, speckled with a few reddish highlights and a finger of white-colored head that slowly dissolved away into a thick lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic with earthy, rich, complex and inviting notes of bready, toasted malt, imparting aromas of freshly baked French baguettes, candied sugar and a touch of dried stone fruit, such as apricots, currents, raisins and prunes. There is also quite a bit of funky, Belgian yeast, imparting notes of wet blanket, saddle leather, and roasted chestnuts.

Taste: Very nice, and almost exactly like the aroma! There is lots of toasted bready, malt up front, followed by candied sugar and toffee-like sweetness. There is also hints of dried stone fruit, such as apricots, currents, raisins and prunes. The Belgian yeast adds quite a bit of spices, such as cumin, coriander, white pepper, as well as a touch of funky sourness. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and nicely effervescent, as there is quite a bit of carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 6.7%, there is no alcohol on the palate. Hell, for a Belgian beer, it’s a session beer!

Overall: This is an excellent, delicious beer! Earthy, complex, rich, inviting and incredibly enjoyable. This is the second beer I’ve had from St. Bernardus, and so far I’m really impressed with this brewery. So highly recommended!

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Photo of gatorlove
3.51/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

When compared to other great dubbels, this one came out short for me. The smell was very faint and the taste is not as fruity or spicy as others in the category.

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Photo of Dentist666
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip.
Completely murky dark apple jam/chestnut ale with beige bubbly head, retention is not so long. Smell of plum, dark fruits, figs, caramel, toffee (diacetyl). Taste - caramel, spices, yeasts, slight bitterness in the finish. Excellent dubbel, prickly carbonation.

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

March 28, 2015

11.2 oz bottle, tulip

A – Medium to deep copper and clear, very effervescent. Bubbles cascade up to a thick foam head of two inches, off-white to light tan, rocky and craggy. Moderate-high retention, with a centimeter or so remaining as long as there’s beer in the glass.

S – Bready malt, toasty and bread crusty, with some light cherry and dark raisin aroma, and notes of vanilla and oak. Floral hops with earthy tones.

T – Sweet cherries and red raisins, rich but light toffee, vanilla low in the background. Light floral hop notes. A bit of cola and/or licorice on the finish.

M – High carbonation and a medium-full body. Mildly sweet with basically no bitterness. Finish is fairly dry, just a touch of residual sweetness on the end.

O – Very good aroma and flavor, and very mild in all aspects. Mouthfeel is the best part. A solid dubbel.

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Photo of drmeto
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

-Caramel,Banana dominating
-roasty coffee
-faint vanilla
-mildly carbonated
-sweet,fairly thin finish

very good,just wish some flavours came through more

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Photo of TheHammer
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A deep nearly opaque brown doesn't quite hide the steady carbonation this offering produces. Less then what I usually expect from most of this style. A finger of sudsy head came around, retaining well enough and producing minimal lace.

Smell: There is a dry yeast smell to it that reminds me a whole wheat bread with plum and toffee backing it. Warming is definitely required on this one as without it, there is simple no scent to the beer.

Taste: Starts with a sweet malt taste with a hint of lemon that shifts over to a rich toffee malt with notes of plum, coffee and ending with a slightly copper finish as earth hops blend strangely but well with a metallic note that oddly doesn't seem out of place.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation helps out the entire beer, and while there is a bit of a dry note in the aftertaste, the rich, fruity yeast and toffee aftertaste makes it easily excusable. Decent enough transitioning too.

Drinkability: Very light bodied, but that should be expected as this is a fairly low ABV for a beer of this style. It's easy to drink, and refreshing enough with a solid amount of taste to make it a welcome treat.

Final Thoughts: All in all, a solid and well made Dubbel that might have gotten off to a bit of a rocky start, but to me, makes up for it where it counts. For some reason I can't help but think it would go well with fish. Thumbs up.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750mL corked and caged bottle shared during a tasting event. Served in a Innis & Gunn tulip glass.

Appearance: Bright coppery-dark amber. Initial 1/4" thick head on pouring which died back and left a thin rocky head head across the top. Some persistent fine lacing noted.

Smell: Powder yeast, a little bit metallic at first, then it warms up and some nicer caramel, toffee, and candi sugar notes come out.

Taste: Richness of malt typical for a dubbel with caramel and toffee. Some fruity esters and a light bitter finish with just a hint of metallic flavor at the finish (a bit coppery) that works well with all the other flavors.

Mouthfeel: Just right carbonation and just a little bit sticky.

Overall / Drinkability: Very nice and very drinkable - one of the hits of the tasting event that was held and if others hadn't tapped this bottle so quickly, I think I could have finished most of it myself. Full of flavor but not so strong that you'll regret having a whole bottle to yourself. I think this would have paired well with a wide range of food as well. I'll have to pick this up again and savor it some more.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Second to last bottle of the Christmas sampler pack from the LCBO. Just over $3 CDN for the bottle. Served well chilled into an Innis & Gunn glass.

Appearance - 2 fingers of white head are poured on top of the dark hazy mahogany body. Minimal lacing but good retention with the beer.

Smell - Slight earthiness, light floral and some dark fruits. However the aromas are subtle and don't come out too much even when the beer nears room temperature.

Taste - Impossible to decipher. Fruits like plums and pears with a sweet butterscotch and caramel goodness finishing with a tasty and slightly leathery taste. Downright delicious and complex too. Just a bit of booze on the back end and some cherry comes to fruition as it warms.

Mouthfeel - Smooth well carbonated and finishes dry. Complements the taste to near perfection.

Overall - Delicious and a great dubbel, and possibly the best I've had for the style. The Prior 8 by St. Bernardus was very good but to me this is even better.

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Photo of MrIncognito
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Malty and yeasty with candy sugar sweetness, alcohol-soaked dark fruits and an alcohol warmth. Moderate-heavy carbonation makes this on the drier side and keeps the body light enough to not feel syrupy. Earthy chocolate malt

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Photo of Jwale73
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Can't believe I've never tried this. 11.2oz bottle served in a St. Bernardus chalice. 08 12 15 printed on the back label. Pours with a dense, rocky, two inch, cream-colored head pockmarked with tiny craters. Head eventually settles into a solid, quarter inch cap. Delicate webs of lacing are present adhering to the walls of the glass. Color is a deep mahogany brown with a slightly hazy clarity. Great nose - figgy, pruney and bready with a suggestion of Belgian yeast. Taste follows nose, but a bit dull - less fruit and more bread and yeast. There's also a faint metallic quality the presents at the finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with an easy, even carbonation. Overall, a solid representation of the style but the flavor is fairly lackluster. I'll need to revisit with a fresher bottle in the future.

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Photo of Scrapss
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. Bottle into proper ST.Bernardus chalice.

A Pours a thick white head with minimal lacing. Weakly brown body.

S: faint notes of tanned leather, vinuous and spicy bready yeast. White pepper.

T: Follows nose with some tart fruit notes layrered over white pepper doughy, bready tones.

M: medium body with tart, creamy finish.

O: Very good, very typical abbey dubbel.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle from a St. Bernardus sampler picked up at the LCBO; best before Apr 10 2016 and served slightly chilled.

Pours a ruddy copper-amber colour, capped off with an inch of frothy, light beige-coloured head that maintains cohesion for a good, long while. A wide swath of lace is deposited as it recedes at its infinitesimal pace, eventually settling into a creamy, lumpy cap. The aroma is subdued, consisting mostly of light, yeasty esters and a mild, grainy sweetness. Some caramelized sugar comes through, with suggestions of red apple, plum and banana. Straightforward so far, but enticing nonetheless.

The flavour profile seems to follow a similar mantra. This is not an exciting dubbel, but it is a very well-made one, with subtle, balanced flavours. The flavours start off grainy and bready, with sugary caramelized sugar sweetness gradually creeping forward in intensity. Pear, raisin and plum fruitiness are next in line, with ripe banana leading into a reasonably clove-spicy finish that hangs on into the aftertaste, which is somewhat dry. Medium-bodied, with light, airy carbonation that provides a slight crisp bite on the palate, and a surprisingly smooth, creamy mouthfeel as the beer has time to breathe.

Final Grade: 4.4, a superb A-grade. St. Bernardus Pater 6 is an excellent brew that all fans of Trappist-style ales should consider well worth a try. Nothing specific about this beer's flavour profile jumps out at me - instead, everything blends beautifully into a harmonious whole; one that can seem deceptively straightforward at first. However, it opens up as the glass warms, and reveals itself to be the upper-tier dubbel that it most assuredly is. Great stuff; I've never seen this available in single format locally, but it would quickly become a go-to dubbel if that were to change.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased as part of the St Bernardus sampler 6 pack (a great deal btw)

Appearance: pours a dark amber/copper color with copious effervescence and minimal foam.
Smell: yeast, barnyard, malts and some dried fruits (prune/raisin)
Taste: sweet malts up front, dark fruits with a bit of tartness complementing the malty sweetness, hint of cloves as an endnote and a pleasant clean finish.
Mouthfeel: medium body, significant carbonation preventing this malty beer from becoming syrupy
Overall: a very pleasant dubbel, easily enjoyed with mild cheeses and less fatty cuts of meat. A solid beer and one I would enjoy again

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy medium brownish amber in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some faint copper highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy tan head that slowly reduces to a very large patch of thin film and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of dark malts with a light aroma of dark fruits (plum and fig) and distinctive Belgian yeast.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of pale and dark malts with a light to moderate flavor of dark fruit (plum and fig) sweetness. That is followed by a hint of brown sugar and tart cherries. There is also a spicy Belgian yeast flavor in the finish which lingers.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: A very complex flavor profile with a very well hidden alcohol making it easy to drink and it is interesting enough to want to have over and over again.

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Photo of InkedinRi
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Very good beer.. My first time trying this. I was not disappointed.. The feel was the only downfall.. Very carbonated.. Other than that I can't find any fault with this beer! Very nice Belgian taste!

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Photo of FRANKIE65
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My second offering from the St Bernardus mix pack.
Pours beautifully with a substantial head, and, amazing lacing.
Fours across the board in all other categories.
Already wishing I'd purchased more than one of these packs, especially, since it is now unavailable in my immediate area.

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Photo of crob3888
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy chestnut brown color with a fizzy tanned head. Aromas and flavors of dried fruits, raisins, cherry, brown sugar, cola, and hints of yeasty fruit esters as well. Basically a great example of what a dubbel should be, made by a master of Belgian brews.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.71/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased as part of a mixed 6pk for $18.00. Served at 4deg C in a tulip

A- Opens well and pours a nice head that is gone pretty quick though. Nice dark brown.

S- Not a lot here. Must be trapped in the beer!!! LOL

T- Nice blend. Mellow. Nothing overpowering. Just a nice mellow blend.

M- Pretty creamy believe it or not.

O- Very good. Will buy if I see it on tap.

Food Pairing

This nice little beer went well with..... Roasted turkey with mashed potatoes and beans.


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Photo of delta490
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep murky brown with about one finger of off-white head. The head settles down to a thin cap that lasts well into the beer. The aroma is mild, with both sweet malt and spice like a Christmas bread but without the nutmeg or cinnamon. Savory. The taste is similar but a little subdued. The body is lighter and lacking in the unctuousness of others dubbels. This is a good beer but not my favorite for the style.

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Photo of kevinlater
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into snifter. best before "A 10 04 16", consumed on november 14, 2014

a: an opaque, murky deep brown-chestnut-mahogany colour with three fingers of fluffy, frothy, bone-hued head

s: a strong spicy yeast presence and lots of sweet caramel malt. undertones of dates, plums, prunes, and freshly baked bread

t: bready, malty, spicy, and yeasty to begin with. flavours of the aforementioned fruits intermingle with the initial malty sweetness. has a moderate-in-strength drying quality that kicks in early and lingers for quite some time

m: medium mouthfeel, moderate prickly carbonation, sticky

o: an excellent beer. sweet and loaded with flavour, but has an ample amount of bitterness after each sip

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Photo of mick303
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle served medium chilled into a tulip glass. Produced a lovely frothy head which left a good film and lacing. Colour is a medium dark brown with some haze to it and active carbonation.

S - assertive notes of belgian yeast, allspice, raisin, cooked pears, black pepper, caramelization, a hint of brown sugar, cherries and a robust dark fruity character, it has a cigar like character and a really enticing complex dark current/raisin note. Shows nice floral characters as well, just a hint of ethanol. Aroma on this was outstanding and probably exceeded the taste.

T - start has rich fruits, plummy, raisin, dates, and rustic malty notes, bready, then progressively more spicy, as cinnamon, nutmeg? and a yeasty pepperiness come up. Light start with some of the florals and a sweetness of caramel and toffee, before the yeasty character comes in with a wave of complex spice notes leading to a tight, moderately bitter finish with some dry maltiness and pronounced pepper.

M - dominated by the malts, rich belgian malt body, gentle carbonation, initially it is quite effervescent but settles, robust and satisfying with a hint of sweetness, and also a crispness especially on the finish to make it a delightfully sessionable ale.

A very well rounded Dubbel, no shortage of yeasty spice and complexity here, a hefty flavour profile that has a strong malt and caramel profile but also plays well to the yeast. Delightful beer, well balanced and quite approachable, quite a peppery dubbel and one I will look forward to having again.

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look is translucent chestnut brown with a light frothy thumbs worth of head. The head never quite disappears and the lacing left behind is very nice. The smell is typical Belgian yeast, dark fruits, and some sweet treacle. Taste is like the smell, but the treacle isn't as present. Feel is medium and medium carbonation. Overall, this is not the poor brother of the St Bernardus family, it can stand on its own. A nice beer to enjoy with some nice cheese.

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St. Bernardus Pater 6 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.09 out of 5 based on 1,557 ratings.
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