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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-17-2002

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.96/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Deep brown with a reddish tint. Two fingers of foamy head that linger for about two minutes and leave scattered branches of lacing on the goblet.

S - Aroma is mild. A bit of malt, faint alcohol, a touch of candied sugars, but mostly an old red grape juice odor.

T - A mild date flavor with very little sweetness and a bitter finish ( one that is rather potent for the style). If you hate sweet Belgian beers, then you might find this a refreshing alternative.

M - Rather harsh, medium viscosity and only a little refreshing.

D - One of the better St Bernardus offerings I have had to date. I don't think I will bother with it in the future though. It is one of the driest, most bitter dubbels I have ever had. It is good with foods, better than most dubbels, but it doesn't stand on its own as well as many of the better dubbels do.

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Photo of Byeast
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance : poured a very dark brown (chestnut) , opaque , with a half inch of lasting , creamy , offwhite foam that left lots of lacing.

Smell: candied fruit sugaryness , some sweet malt , bit of yeast and slight spice.

Taste: Nice full flavor , slightly tangy and sweet fruit flavors , hint of cocoa ,plum , yeast , fairly rich malt , faint nut flavor, bit of spice, decevingly complex.

Mouthfeel: a little creamy , smooth.

Drinkability: A very tasty and complex dubbel. The flavors really come out more as the beer warms( naturally) , so resist the urge to quaff this pleasant drink.

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Photo of joe1510
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz. Bottle

Poured this into it's very own St. Bernardus goblet. The body poured a dirty brown. There were ruby highlights when held to the light but otherwise it's opaque. The head was a random swirling on top and deeper along the sides of the goblet. Looks how some of the better Belgiums look. Somewhere inside of that murky body you just know you are going to get tons of flavor.

The first smell of this had my mouth instantly watering. There is so many different aromas coming from the glass. Dark fruits start it all off. Overripe plum and bing cherries. Something in there brings to mind brandy. There's an underlying mustiness and even some mild cocoa powder.

The flavor is tough to describe.The dark fruits come through nicely along with some candied fruit. The mustiness/earthiness is in the taste as well. Old cracked leather comes to mind but that probably has to do with the earthiness. About mid-palate you get a small heat from the alcohol that by the finish it shows itself perfectly. Very nice!

The mouthfeel is coating and slightly surprisingly a little thinner than I expected making it go down extremely easy. A small tingle on the back of my tongue. Slight alcohol fumes come through at the finish.

Drinability is very high for a beer of this type. There are a number of different flavors but they go together so well it's easy going down. I'm drinking this a little too fast but it's hard not to. The moderate alcohol makes it easier to drink as well.

This is a very well made dubbel. Pick this up if you see it. I got this in their gift pack along with the 8, tripel, and 12. I was looking for a single or 750 of this the other day but didn't see any. I would love to find it in single bottles. An expertly crafted beer.


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Photo of SetarconeX
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice cloudy reddish color, with a head on it that looks like a giant floating marshmallow. Really a lovely brew. Not so much on the scent, slightly metallic, slightly malty, and a hint of alcohol.

Taste is actually a bit thinner than I'd expect from a dubbel. A dash of malt, a dash of citrus, nothing particularly strong about any of it. All of which makes this a remarkably drinkable beer for a Belgian ale, if not the most complicated one.

Probably just about the first dubbel I've ever thought of keeping around on a regular basis, since it's just so drinkable. Tasty stuff.

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

Pouring this beer produces one inch of off-white head in a St. Bernardus chalice. The head is retained nicely in a few lumps on top of the beer. The body is a deep mahogany with bits of red.

The nose of this beer is loaded with caramelized sugars. A yeasty smell presents aromas of vanilla and cloves. Some deep, fruity smells of plums and apricots close before a cinnamon-like spice.

As with the aromas, the majority of the flavors are of sweet, caramelized sugars. Hops are balanced and flavorful providing excellent balance. The finish is tasty and brief with flavors of oak, vanilla and brown sugar.

Mouthfeel is very nicely carbonated and buttery. A slight coating is left in the mouth after each sip.

Drinkability is great. This beer is very flavorful without overloading the palate. A very enjoyable treat that is easily consumed.

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Photo of granger10
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amberish color with crimson highlights. A tight creamy tan head rests atop. Aroma is very nice with lots of dark fruits and sweeter malts. Some Belgian yeasty notes as well. They should sell this in candles. Taste begins malty with figs and plums at the forefront. Yeast and spices come out after. They're a bit too strong and ride out the dark fruits. A raisiny character shows in the back. Finish is lighter in sweetness but almost chocolatey and with a touch of alcohol. Very inviting for another sip. In fact this bottle went too quickly. I could enjoy many of these if not for the price. The creamy body and malty yet not overly sweet flavors makes the mouthfeel excellent. I'd like to try this on tap.

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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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St. Bernardus Pater 6 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.09 out of 5 based on 1,573 ratings.
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