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 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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Photo of nmann08
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a bottle, pours a murky mahogany brown with red hues. Very thin wispy white head that disappears quickly. Very active carbonation with lots of bubbles.

The nose is dark fruit, figs, Belgian yeast, faint caramel malt and honey. The flavor is very fruity, plum skins, raisins, candied brown sugar, with some bread dough mixed in, moderately sweet. The mouthfeel is a little fizzy and over carbonated, like soda.

Overall, a classic good one, just curious if it is always this carbonated and fizzy.

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Photo of curasowa
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Appearance: Clear, deep copper color with a huge, tan head that fades slowly with chunky lacing.

Aroma: Caramel malt, toasted bread, honey, some yeast funk

Taste: Starts a touch thin than builds with lots of bready malt, faint hints of honey, floral hops and a little spice leading to a creamy finish with lingering honey.

The Rest: A nice, solid Dubble; nice complexity in the malt.

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

Best before 16 06 11, so I'm guessing this is still good?

Had it on the counter a while, but it was a gusher. Pours a deep copper, fairly clear, with a luxurious, creamy, dense cream head that lingers. The sediment in the bottle is dense and makes the beer murky.

Raisins, plums, rum-soaked dates, and pear form the initial aroma, with bruised green apple and dark Belgian candi sugar adding complexity.

Flavor follows suit, with a backbone of deeply roasted, caramel corn-like, toffee malt supporting esters of bruised green apple, pear, raisins, and dates. Truly a flavor explosion!

Body is fairly full and incredibly creamy, with minimal carbonation and light alcohol warmth.

Wow. Just a hell of a complex beer, with great esters supported by a complex malt backbone. It's Belgian at its finest.

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Photo of HuskerTornado
4.51/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into St. Bernardus goblet. Aged, with a 18-12-14 best by date. Pours a murky brown color with a lot of sediment. A medium sized head that dissipates to a thin crown with some lacing left behind.

Smell is of caramel malt, clove, and yeasty with dark fruit esters.

Taste is heavy on the malt and dark fruits, mainly plums and figs. A good amount of spice from the yeast and a bit on the sweet side, but not overly, nicely balanced. Mouthfeel is medium-light, smooth and creamy.

Overall, an excellent dubbel. Easy drinking and delicious.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.21/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pater 6 pours a cloudy amber color with no head. There is a very dry and very sweet aroma, with some dry grape almost wine like notes. The taste is dry and very very sweet, with some grape notes, and has a wine like flavor. The flavors are good and strong, but very flat feel. Overall its nice, but very very sweet, and too sweet for me.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 14 03 16 at 50 degrees into snifter
Aroma of fresh bread which gives away to a heavy malt odor
Head average (4.5 cm), off white, frothy, slowly diminishing to 4 mm ring with center island
Lacing poor – a few irregular islands which slide back down to the ring.
Body dark brown, hazy from yeast from the pour
Flavor starts with heavy brown sugar and over-ripe date sweetness which slowly fades to an unpleasant sourness
Palate full, syrupy, lively carbonation

This tasted pretty decadent until the terminal sourness rolled in. After that, it was a literal bad taste in the mouth.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml Bottle from Total Wine Palm Desert CA for $5

Appearance – Brown colour with an above average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell – Malts, caramel, yeast, dark fruits

Taste & Mouth - There is a high amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and a yeasty spiciness. There is also some dark fruits, anise, and some herbal notes.

Overall – Tastes like a lighter version of the ABT 12. A little dry tasting and none of the flavours are very pronounced. Very drinkable though, just a little subdued - which is I'm sure what they're going for here.

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

Poured from small (11.2oz?) bottle into Duvel glass.

Color is reddish-brown, with moderate, fluffy head.

Smell has caramel and lots of brown sugar.

Taste has much of the same, but the body feel relatively light, and it actually ends up with a refreshing and somewhat light beer.

High quality product from St.B.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from a mixed six-pack poured into a goblet. A very dark cloudy cola brown brew with a large beige head comprised of fairly large bubbles, I do get a rather fruity and spicy aroma here, tons of banana and fresh berries along with some clove, chocolate, and toffee notes. Palate follows suit, although I found the proceedings to be more dry and woody than the sweet nose might suggest. Banana and blackberry initially, and then some lemony hops become apparent earlier than expected. Tons of spice, clove, cinnamon, and black pepper, with just a little faint grape candy and molasses to finish. Not particularly sweet. Aggressive phenols carry through right to the end. The alcohol peeks through from time to time and I am feeling that the heavy carbonation might be muting and blending the flavor components together. Somewhere in here there are Scottish-like malts, fruity esters, and leafy hops all trying to rise above. Enjoyable enough for the spice and wonderful aroma. Very different from its stablemate Prior 8, which is smoother, more coconut and chocolate in character, and less boldly spicy.

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

Nice belgian dubbel of a bronze color. You can make a nice and big beige foam with it.
Smell yeasty with a blend of chocolates, specially milky ones. Sometimes reminds me of chocolate sprinkles.
Taste is similar, but a bit spicy - cinnamon and a hoppy hint.
Body is ok and carbonation is really high.
Yeah, it's a great dubbel!

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

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Suffer the dubbel for me.

A real nicely controlled but large rocky, and fluffy thin four finger tall light creamed tan colored head. Thin bubbles with good capping retention. Body has some of that tan rising carbonation as well, with a nice dark mahogany brown, and hints of red and light chestnut brown too. Great looking beer.

Real nice spicy notes on this. Sharp clove, faint hint of dry but not sweet cinnamon. Pretty straight forward and solid. Nothing wildly unique or stunning, just good.

Palate comes a little muted. Big carbonation, but with a strong mineral sense and not too distracting. Not much aftertaste, but a little bit of faint caramel somewhat on the finish. Mid palate fills with a steely sensing fruit quality, somewhat between raising and cherry. Palate gets considerably more creamy as it warms, with more subtle sweetness that was hinted on the nose.

For a Dubbel it drinks surprisingly well, and has a nice subtle quality for easy drinking. Not a big sugar bomb either, quietly stated very nice.

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Photo of Andrew041180
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours a lovely dark, deep-reddish brown. A tall, off-white head recedes rather slowly, but maintains a skimming of bubbles that leaves a smattering of lacing on the glass.

S - All of the deep aromas that one would expect from a dubbel, but I could go for a little more potency. Some caramel sweetness, dark fruit, maybe fig. A little breadiness.

T - Follows the nose. Caramel up front, then dark fruit. Breadiness comes in on the back end. While the flavors are subtle, which I like, they border on too thin with this one. Also, there is a mildly unpleasant aftertaste that clings to my mouth.

M - This is the week spot of the beer for me. This beer started on the light side of medium-bodied and never really swayed from there. Perhaps that is to style, but I would have preferred a bit more. Leaves a bit of stickiness in my mouth.

O - On its own merits this is a very good beer. Unfortunately, I can't help but compare it to the Pater 8, and I would select the 8 10 out of 10 times ahead of this one.

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

A- Pours a murky brown hue with a huge, chunky, 2.5 finger beige head.

S- Slightly yeasty, hints of chocolate

T- Chocolate, sweet pear, cherry, slight hop bitterness.

M- Medium bodied with medium/high carbonation.

D- Very drinkable. The high carbonation detracts a little for me but i'm sure it is good with some age on it.

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Photo of FLima
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brown amber color with a thick beige head with great retention and leaving a wall of laces. Apparent carbonation. It got murky and darker after I poured the residual liquid.
Nice aroma of prunes, caramel malt, brown sugar and cashews.
Fruity flavor with notes of prunes, herbal and earthy hops, spices, candied sugar, yeast, pears, ripped strawberries, cinnamon and creamy chocolate. Dry aftertaste with a mild bitterness.
Medium velvety body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 6.7% abv is completely absent.
Classic example of the style, a really pleasant and balanced Dubbel. It was definitely worth it to keep it in storage for a couple of years.

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St. Bernardus Pater 6 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.09 out of 5 based on 1,581 ratings.
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