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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-17-2002

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

11.2 Oz. bottle with a best before date of 08 08 08

Pours a chestnut brown body capped with two fingers of dense, rocky tan foam in a St. Bernardus chalice. Clarity is very good and the aroma is deeply roasted malt with a wonderful Belgian yeast backdrop.

Entry is filled with luxurious small-bubbled carbonation scrubbing the sides of the tongue and cheeks. Midtaste is candied fruit and superb malt layered over the middle and rear of the tongue. The finish leads off with that famous yeast and ends with a ping-pong of sugary carmalized fruit and roasted malt.

While dubbels are seldom my choice of styles...this is a superb offering worthy of many revisits.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast...

Poured a deep burgundy red / brown colour... Slightly off white head poured quite thick and faded to a nice thin layer... some patchy lacing...

Aroma - Toasted biscuity maltiness, caramel / toffee, aniseed notes, spicy dark fruits (raisins, figs), slight nuttiness...

Taste – Spicy fruits (raisins), warming alcohol, toasted malts, light liquorice notes, chocolate hints, light toffee sweetness...

Feel - Quite sharp and dry.. Medium bodied... Pretty drinkable...

Overall - A very good beer.... Recommended...

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Photo of crwills
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm not usually a fan of the dubbel style, but this could change my mind.

Pours a hazy brown with a big off-white head. Aroma is strongly malty: raisings and prunes, candied fruit, licorice, some woodsy notes, and fresh mint.

Flavour is very malty, again with the dark fruits, prunes, figs. Yeasty and bready, and very satisfying. Moderate mouthfeel (could be a bit more robust), and a sugary aftertaste.

This is a very smooth beer, and the only knock to its drinkability is its strength (although if I didn't have to work tomorrow, I could certainly knock back a few).

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a slightly foggy amber with some pale brown highlights. The head was thin and white and lasted all the way until the end.

Smelled of a neat blend of spicy yeast, anis and root beer. There was also a dry green apple and under ripe strawberry in the background.

Tasted of smooth maple syrup sweetness that was stacked on top of a nice musky Belgian spiciness with a slight drying oaky hop. There was also a little banana, red licorice and root beer root beer. The finish was clean and brought with it a slight sting.

The mouth feel was unremarkable: light bodied with a light carbonation.

This was a nice and easy beer but a little dry for a dubbel.

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Photo of gmcfarre
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle in St. B chalice.

A- Cloudly chocolate brown colow with 1 inch tan head. Lots of dregs in this bottle. Head didn't last too long but a nice thin layer and lacing remains.

S- Dark malt with a strong wort smell (due to dregs that stuck in head). As beer warmed and dregs disappered the smell was predominated by a caramelized sweet molasses scent.

T- =Very similar to the smell, with sweetness becoming strong as it warms. Some dark fruits involved (raisin perhaps). Dark malt is of course a fixture. I am not picking up many more complexities to this brew (unlike some of SB's others).

M- Active carbonation that smooths out, becoming dry and almost slightly bitter upon finish.

D- Immensely drinkable for a dubbel. Alcohol was hardly a factor. One to sip, but one I could sip all night.

Another winner from SB. Can they do no wrong?! Compared to Prior 8 (another dubbel from SB), this one seemed sweeter but with less dark fruit taste.

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Photo of Optimat0r
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

appearance - deep amber-brown color. more foam than expected, fairly thick

taste - much like abt12 imo...typical belgian-style taste, sweet, fruity flavors prominent with moderate malt presence. very well-rounded flavor, good complexity and well balanced. st bernardus knows their shit.

drinkability - very good, really similar tasting to their abt 12, but not quite as huge and deep, but with less alcohol presence as well. great mouthfeel. if your into belgians you cant go wrong with this one. an excellent example of its style. those monks make a quality drink for sure.

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St. Bernardus Pater 6 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.09 out of 5 based on 1,536 ratings.
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