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St. Bernardus Pater 6 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus Pater 6St. Bernardus Pater 6

Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-17-2002

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Reviews: 698 | Ratings: 1,546
Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours an ice tea brown with a pancake-like head that leaves some lacing

Smell: Spice cookie dough aroma

Taste: Starts with a slightly sweet bready malt element that has some spice cake elements; after the swallow, the subtle flavors combine with some yeasty and woody flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium body with plenty of carbonation

Drinkability: Perhaps the easiest of the Abts to drink; their is plenty going on but you have to look for it

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Photo of akorsak
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The ale has a muddy brown color with 1 finger of head.

S: The aroma is a fruity, fig/grape scent with a yeasty funky undertone.

T: The taste has alefruity depth that resembles darker fruits like figs and dates. The yeast continues to add a fresh, tart flavor.

M: The depth of flavors is very impressive for a lower (relatively) strength beer. The alefruits are strong and provide a very nice taste.

D: The depth is not as pronounced as 8 or 12, big surprise, but the ale is very good nonetheless.

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Photo of Jaynuze
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice thick creamy head (as all ST. B's) and the beer itself is a deep amber brown. The nose is light, but there are notes of smoke, roasted malts, and fruit. The taste has a malty sweetness with a smooth chocolate and fruit rounding out the flavor with a light coffee finish. The malt and alcohol compete at the end of each sip keeping one's palette guessing. The mouthfeel is full and round ... it really matches the full flavor of this beer. As all of St. B's styles, this one is just as easy to drink. A phenomenal beer worth savoring!

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Photo of peabody
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out into the Watou Chalice a nice dark tan kind of like tea.
Not much head but the suds are white to tan and a small amount of lacing is present.
Smell is wonderful fruit and malt. Raisin and plum with a bready yeast aroma. No alcohol can be detected.
Taste is a little thin but it might be too cold. I am tasting a light carmel taste and mabey just a bit of the yeast.
Mouthfeel is crisp and clean. Not a hint of alcohol here either.
There is a slight warmth at the back of the throat.
All in all, this is a darn good beer and I am glad they put the 6/8/trippel and 12 together in this box with the chalice. Nice box for 16 bucks.!

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

Here’s a deep mahogany colored brew, capped with a dense floating tan foam. Beautiful lace. The aroma is intense with caramel, bread, yeast, raisins, pepper, dark sugar, and malt. It’s a beautiful smell. The taste is rich and malty, with just a slight sweetness and even slighter alcohol quality. Well crafted, with each piece coming together like a perfectly fitted puzzle. I love the way a great beer plays off it’s own qualities. The mouthfeel is full and creamy, with a modest spiciness to prevent it from becoming sticky. The finish lingers, and is a little sweet, with some herbalness. In quantity, the brew could become overly sweet, but in single bottle servings, it’s very pleasant. This is a wonderful brew.

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

The Pater 6 poured into the goblet a lightly yeast hazed garnet brown color. The head was creamy tan foam that was continuously fed by streams of carbonation rising to the surface. The lace was thick and classically Belgian.
The smell was heavy on sweet malts, spicy yeast funk, medicinal phenolics, and the alcohol is faintly detectable. Overall, this was a pleasant mix.
The zippy active carbonation causes the tongue to tingle, medium bodied.
This is a much heralded example of a Dubbel, and deservedly so. Without a doubt this is one the best of the style in the world today. Complexities and depth are among this ones attributes. Very well done!
This is something I could easily drink on a regular basis.

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Photo of BretSikkink
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Less than 7%? Wow, this is complex. My St. Bernardus chalice was loving the Abt's younger brother. If 12 and 8 are too much for you, try this little guy. They can't brew a bad one in Watou. Get that great Abbey taste with less alcohol, the closest thing St. Bernie's comes to a session beer.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear (haven't poured the yeast yet) chestnut brown body with a frothed almond color head. Head is fleeting. What I get most upfront in the nose is a big vinous quality. Lots of grape with a slightly woody hint in the back. Moderate phenols spice it up a bit. The flavors that come out the strongest in front are of toasted malt along with caramel and brown sugar. There is that vinous thing again, but it isn't as overpowering. Light phenols come in, but not enough to disrupt things too much, and the beer finishes out with slight hop bitterness, grassy hop flavor, and a slight tartness. Flavor almost reminds me of an ENglish brew with some buterscotch notes that I pick up. Mouthfeel is moderate with a sugary heft and subtle carbonation that lightly pricks the tongue. I could keep on drinking this in a short session save the slightly sticky sweetness of it.

Quite an interesting one with the combination of grassy hops and faint tartness cleaning up the palate and that hint of butterscotch I pick up. A solid example of one of my favorite styles.

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Photo of sinistermadman
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque light brown with a decent head. Cany sugar sweetness in the nose with rum, fruit, and toffee notes.

Slightly citric fruit profile with a bready body. Very vibrant presence on the palate. Slightly bitters as the drink ends. Quite tasty. I don't think this brewery is capable of producing a bad beer.

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

Another fine fine brew by St. Bernardus. This pours out a beautiful deep dark brown with caramel and ruby hints, with a thick foamy head on top. Carbonation is abundant, as is the lace.

Smells strongly of raisin, cocoa, grape, sugars. Some alcohol even comes into the nose. Intruiguing and inviting aroma.

The flavor is a good mirror of the aroma, with cocoa, cola and alcohol played into the more expected flavors of raisins and malts. Dark fruits are here but thinly masked but a vinous and grassy layer.

Mouthfeel is just great, with that long-lasting head offering a creaminess and abundant effervesence delivering a pleasing zing. There's an unusual and slightly astringent aftertaste, not sure if it's this bottle, or the rice-cheese I nibbled half an hour earlier, so the jury's out on that aspect.

All in all, this proves St. Bernardus to be one of the world's most consistently great breweries. It's easy to be an optimist when you're drinking Pater 6...the goblet is half full. I hate to think of it any other way.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into my St. Bernardus chalice. Pours a deep reddish brown with a nice light tan head. Aroma is yeasty bread, raisens, and dark fruits. My mouth starts watering just from the smell. Taste is malty with a bready dough flavor and some chocolate that finishes with a perfectly integrated hop bitterness. There is also some warming from the alcohol as it goes down. Overall, this is a wonderful beer. I am amazed that they can make a beer so complex with only 6.7% ABV. Another great brew from an absolutely outstanding brewery.

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Photo of hero27
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle.
6.7% abv.
Best before 08/07/09.

Deep mahogany color, rock steady head of off-white foam.
Aroma is extremely rich & complex..a full produce section of fruits, dark chocolates, & superb Belgian yeast flavors to spice it up a bit. The malts balance this out very well, and taste like freshly baked oatmeal cookies..just delicious.
Nice warming alcohol finish and rich afterglow of flavors...outstanding.

A bit too much carbonation for me..that's really the only thing about this beer that isn't stellar. Simply another great Trappist brew.

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Photo of slitherySOB
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted a bit like a brown ale to me. For the higher abv., it's quite refreshing. Pours into the chalice a bubbly brown, with a half finger of thick foam. Smells sweet, with cherries, malts, toast, crackers, figs and plums. Taste was a little lighter than expected, but still good. Starts off sweet, with the fruits dominating. Afterwards, it's a bit dry. Mouthfeel is a little dry and heavy. Not thick, but heavy. Deceptive as well. One could drink this all day, until one tries to stand up.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dull chestnut with a respectable bone-colored head. Aroma is dark fruits, sweet macerated figs or raisins mixed with candy sugar.

Taste is surprisingly dry, lots of bready, musty caramel malt flavors. Some mild dark fruit, maybe some prune juice or cola, finish is very slightly sweet. Classic dubbel flavors, very solid and sessionable.

Mouthfeel is medium, not real heavy, quite drinkable. My impression is of an abbey ale with training wheels -- not to imply it is lesser, by any means -- but without the depth and complexity of its higher-ABV bretheren. I may like it even better this way.

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

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass. The beer poured a deep brown shade with an off white head. The nose of this fine beer gave hints of a toasted malt backbone along with some notes of citrus, raisins and spices. The taste had a nice touch of malty sweetness along with touches of orange and lemon on the tongue. Refreshing. After all these tastes, there was a bit of hop character that rounded everything out. The body of the beer is well carbonated and easy to drink.

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Photo of Fuller
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

cloudy red-brown in color with an off white head that lasted through the last sip. Nice lacing

Smell is strong with toasted malt, fruit (plums, raisins), and a little spice.

Tastes like it smells. Sweet and malty fruit with a little spice and a little hop at the end. Full-bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Overall a very good beer that I will definitely drink again. A little heavy to have more than one or two.

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Photo of nickss
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice. Beautiful cloudy, deep brown with ruby and caramel highlights. Off-white 1” head that gradually fades away to a nice 1/8” cap. Tons of lacing… very pretty.

Yeasty, musty aroma…. Where is the fruit?! Perhaps a bit of light fruit as the brew warms… not like the deep rich fruits of Abt 12… a tinge of kiwi maybe… leaves something to be desired, though.

Slightly sweet, but not cloying…. Lots of yeast and a bit of light fruit. It really starts to fill out as it warms, providing a much greater depth of flavour.

Wonderfully full and thick, but a bit too much carbonation. As it warms, the carbonation becomes a bit less noticeable, but is still a bit high even then.

Nicely drinkable and quite heady…. All around quite a nice beer.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The beer pours a very clear reddish brown color that is a little lighter than I expected. There is a half inch of thick and lasting off white foam that is maintained by a whole bunch of bubbles rising. The bubbles keep rising and keep the head atop the beer until the last sip. Nice!

Aroma: It has a rich and clean malty aroma with some noticeable fruit such as raisin and fig. The background of the beer is a bit yeasty with lots of bread. There is a subtle dry wheat-like edge to the beer deep within the aroma.

Taste: The flavor follows the aroma closely in that the malt is rich and in charge. There is a dark caramel flavor that I didn't really pick up in the nose at first, but is becoming more noticeable as the beer warms some. The flavor is also fruity as the aroma suggested, and there is a mild alcohol noticeable. The beer goes down really smooth with absolutely no aftertaste. As the beers warms further there is a mild floral note becoming noticeable that I am not sure is derived from hops or just fermentation. Regardless it is pleasant.

Opinion: This beer is super nice, and yet another fabulous offering from this brewery. I have never been disappointed in any of their beers, and so I didn't hesitate for a second to pick this one up when I saw it at Central Market in Austin. This particular beer is like a session beer for this brewery, and it is dangerously drinkable and goes down really smooth. I would definitely drink this beer again.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the magnificent Maduro cigar bar here in downtown Madison for a ridiculous $3 during happy hour.

Pours a dark, opaque garnet with a spotty skim of tan head in a beautiful St. Bernie's chalice. Nose is predominately of Belgian yeast, bracketed by an earthy fruitiness - rather subdued for a dubbel. Taste is dominated by a doughy maltiness and a rather pronounced metallic bite, with a spicy apple-cinnamon, plum, and mild vinuous finish. Mouthfeel is medium and lightly carbonated. Quite a drinkable dubbel, light in nose and palate, but the light fruitiness that I enjoy in a good dubbel was muted by the astringent metallic bite.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Definate dark tea color with a smallish tan head that melted very quickly leaving no lacing in it's wake.
Aromas are subdued....bready toasted malts, light cloves, a faint cinnamon with just a little dark, dried fruits (plums? - not quite sweet enough to be raisins).
Flavors of sugar, dried plums or prunes, cloves and finishing with a slight cinnamon in the aftertaste. Also noticing a slight hop bitterness on the tail-end.
Taste is somehow both subdued, yet heavy due to an earthy mustiness.
Mouthfeel is full of tiny carbonation giving it almost a chewy texture.
Warmth of alcohol becomes apparent some time after swallowing but not in the initial taste. Dry feeling comes late.
Best by: 08.08.08 11.2 oz bottle
edited upon my second visit of this brew which I enjoyed more than my first.
Good dubbel...mabe great

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Photo of Beaver13
3.36/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle, best before 8/8/08. Pours a tea color with a large but kind of fizzy off white head that retains well.

The aroma is metallic bananas, bready malt, yeast and a little clove.

The flavor is pretty mild. It's some bready malt and sweet nuttiness with some very subdued spices and a little lightly metallic light bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a little harsh carbonation.

Overall, a little on the bland side, but the more I drank of it, the more I started to enjoy it.

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

11.2 oz. brown bottle with best before end date of 30807.

Pours a cloudy burgandy color with yeast sediment in suspension. The white head laces down the side of my wide mouthed St. Bernardus glass. Rivulets of carbon dioxide bubble up the side of the glass.

Apple like esters, lightly roasted grains, spicy yeast, and plum in the nose. At one point I caught a whiff of cinnamon.

Medium bodied with a lively carbonation. Fruity esters throughout the drink. The yeast and moderate alcohol content add a spiciness in the back. The finish is mostly dry except for a lingering cookie dough like malt taste. As the beer warms a nutty malt center holds court, followed by a touch of acidity.

To start, let me say the best way to enjoy a beer is out the glassware designed by the brewery of the aforementioned beer. Secondly, it's a damn shame I didn't buy more of this because it seems like it would pair with more food than you can shake a stick at. St. B is the shit.

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Photo of haz77
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours cloudy dark brown with a red hue. Two inches of tan head which leaves whisps of lacing behind as it drops to a finger thick. Moderate carbonation.

S - Sweet malt, dark and tropical fruit, spice. I was expecting something more intense.

T - Dark fruits with sweetness that is restrained and well contained. Pepper follow and a smooth buttery finish with a hint of alcohol warmth, which turns slightly smokey.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Carbonation works well as a foil to the creamyness of the beer.

D - Very drinkable indeed.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased the 4-pack with the goblet. Cool. Looks like the Pater 6 is geared to be the first one to try.

Appearance - deep muted red, like the embers of a fire almost. The head is light beige in color, extremely dense and creamy like melted marshmallows on hot chocolate. The lace is a full blanket all the way around the glass.

Aroma - very crackery, slight whiff of sweet grain and yeast.

Taste - some malt and alcohol hit the palate first. The beer is fresh, best before 08/08/08, but I get a light metallic touch also. Light sweetness. A low key hop presence on the swallow and into the aftertaste, understated but surprisingly long lasting.

Mouthfeel - it's impossible to take a sip without getting some of the creamy bubbles from the head with it. That makes for a smoother feel, balanced with some relentless carbonation. Weight is middle of the road.

Drinkability - cost aside, a fine session dubbel at a reasonable abv.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance of the beer was very good, lacing all around the glass and a magnificent dark brown, ruby colour.
Smell was not very abundant, some burned notes, caramel and a bit phenolic.
Taste was full and herbal spicy, sizzling of the carbonation and definite flavours of dark malt and dark fruits, like raisins. I like the drinkability of the beer, which is a prettt big beer for it's 6,7%. Aftertaste is dry and spicy.
This is a decent dubbel, but not the best dubbel around, for that it doesn't have enough 'street credibility', if you catch my drift.

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St. Bernardus Pater 6 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.09 out of 5 based on 1,546 ratings.
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