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 DogFood11
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perfect appearance, very inviting huge tan, rocky, mountainous head leaves incredibly chunky lacing. Perfect copper, w// medium carbonation that tends to cling the glass.

Sweet malts, but not the kind that annoy, more the kind that are deep, rich, dark. The richness comes from a dark fruitiness. Mouthfeel comes through with a rising aggressive point towards the end, sharp, somewhat cloying sweetness. Bananna, hop bitterness is mild. For a dubbel it comes across a bit watered. Very tasty.

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Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruby red/brown, small tan head of foam that lasts, forever! Aromas of dark malts, melding with complex spices, nuts, and dark fruits. Taste is heavy considering how light this is in abv and mouthfeel when compared to the other ST. B. offerings. Taste is nutty and complex with malt and fruit overtones, also even a bit of leather, tobacco, and smoke in there as well. Nice and earthy too. Drinkability remains good with the low abv, and amazing character. Certainly good, pushing towards very good with age, and excellent with a lot of time...

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Photo of Erdinger2003
3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out very nice, but leaves a very small head, however the lacing is very strong. It's very dark and ruby red with purple. The smell is nice and flowery at first, but then was coverd by a grainy smell. The taste is a little more balanced and as it warms the balance equals out. The mouthfeel is very smooth.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

St. Bernardus is simply incapable of producing a bad beer, or an average beer, or even a very good beer. Their beers are as flawless as you get. Pater 6 is no exception. It starts off with a serios fruity-sweet, tart, spicy aroma. The thinly viscous pour forms a rocky head with spices floating about. Flavors are everywhere from cherries and banannas to dates and figs. Nuts and musk to peaches and pears. Candied sweetness to berry tartness. Completely enjoyed in the round. Very complex and smooth. Moderately dense texture with increasingly creaminess and smoothness. Finishes dry and sweet. Alcohols intertwine with sweetness for a heat with low inpact. Terrific brew. An instant favorite.

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one terrific "little" beer. I hadn't had the opportunity to try this until Total Wine began stocking it recently. As expected, quite similar to the 8, but this one is probably even better to have with food. Dark, sweet, fruity dubbel - very high drinkability. In a perfect world, this would be what "light beer" would be. A toned down (ABV) version of a great beer!

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Photo of Vancer
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very interesting brew, solid and very enjoyable. Deep mahogany oak pour, especially as I added the bottom yeast sediment – gotta have every last bit here. Massive rocky white head, lacing all the way down the snifter.

Surprisingly weak aroma of nut ale and sweet malts, but numerous flavors dance about as you work down the glass; malty nutmeg, raisons, and hints of anise. Very earthly.

Medium to full bodied, the carbonation stays present throughout, it just can’t escape the clutches of this brew. Even though it’s a 6.7%abv, no alcohol overkill, this is sip-able for the long haul – kinda pricey for 6 or more bottles, but what da heck.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.85/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was drinking Westmalle two days ago and this is much better. I was previously a St. Berny fan. Now I’m a convert.

This is loaded with sweet candied and caramelized sugars, rich spicy malts, toast, prunes, dates, figs, raisons. This is just wonderful.

The amber brown brew has thin tan head with excellent lacing and retention. Much less sediment than the Westmalle I had the other day.

Mouthfeel is fluffy and cookie-doughish. The yeast is fanatical and attacking at the palate. It’s a blast. Just outstanding!

Aromas are super rich and sweet. The most prominent of them are spice, nuts, chocolate, dark fruit, and red wine.

This blows most other dubbels that I’ve tasted away.

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Photo of geexploitation
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from a 35 cL bottle with a substantial head that never quite goes away. Liquid is an appealing caramel brown. The nose on this is wonderful, with clove and candi sugar dominating. The taste, after the nose, is a bit of a disappointment. There's a nice clove character, and some candi sugar, and a bit of baking spices, but that's about it. Relatively little complexity for a dubbel -- no cake flavors, or treacle, or sugary figs... plus there's a bit too much alcohol in the palate, at least for the style. Mouthfeel is good, with a medium bodied viscosity and nice pin-prick carbonation on the tip of the tongue and in the back. Goes down pretty easy.

In spite of my disappointment, this is still a good beer. I just doesn't measure up to, say, Westmalle Dubbel in my opinion. But it's still a tasty treat and true to the style.

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Photo of Mitchel
3.71/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

St. Bernardus Pater 6 pours a murky medium brown with a thick tan head which hold for a very long time. The lacing on this one is good and it has tiny streams of bubble trickling up the side of the glass. It smells like dark fruits and spicy yeast. There is a hint of nuttiness.

It has a very nutty, mallty, mellow flavor to it and finishes like spicy, yeasty chocolate (yeasty chocolate sounds gross). The mouthfeel is pretty middle of the road. By that, I don’t mean that it is average, but instead I mean that it is not to carbonated, not too tick, not too thin. Pretty well balanced.

This is a fairly good beer. It isn’t that complex, but it is a respectable beer for a change of pace. Slightly expensive and not as good as the other offerings from this brewery, but still a first-rate brew.

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Photo of medic25
4.8/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Quite possibly the best Dubbel I've ever tasted. I've always been more of a tripel/quadrupel fan, but this beer could convert me. Pours a rich brown color, with a frothy white head. Nose is soft and sweet. Flavor is amazing; much lighter than most dubbels I've tried, but in no way bland or simple. Actually a fairly sweet, fruity flavor. The beer drinks incredibly easily, with no hint of alcohol. Another winner from Saint Bernardus.

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Photo of Skidz
4.67/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out amber brown and sits crimson mahogany in the glass with a large soapy light tan head, fading to a light skim on the surface with some minor lacings.

Immensly aromatic with active rising dough drifing around a foot away from the glass. Sweet, sweet candy, caramel and dark sugars are everywhere. Hints of tropical fruit, raisins and dates. Two words describe this nose: Boo and Yah.

Tastes mildly sweet up front, firm toasted malts lend a bit of balance to the overall yeasty character which really shines through. Prunes, dates and raisins compose the fruit element while mild, biting, grassy hops balance the scene. Finishes with a light alcoholic warmth and distinct estery residue.

Medium bodied with soft, full and large bubbled carbonation. Easy holding, this is a flavor injector.

Hightly enjoyable, can't think of many beers which set such a good example as this one does. Seek it out and sit on the most comfortable chair you own and you will realize that your mouth is getting the better treatment, not your ass.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The perfect dubbel. Period. Pours out to a hazed brown ruby color with a wonderfully fluffy tan head of foam. Symetrical lines of lace are mesmerizing. Medium level of carbonation. Aromas are nearly indescribeable; a heavenly array of fruits, yeast, bread and the ever so desireable Belgian sweet candy note. Taste is exceptionally enjoyable; dark fruits, sweet pumpernickel bread, mild yeast, roasted malts... amazing. Mouthfeel was very smooth and velvet like. Totally inviting. Great drinkability. This is the best in the St. Bernardus line that i've had so far. This brew is worth it. Highly recommended. World Class.

THE BLOODHOUND FACTOR: Peaches wasn't in the beer mood, but Benji was highly excited by this dark liquid beer treat. I think both him and I have found a new top 5 beer.

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Photo of cubedbee
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle best by 8/8/08 poured into the St. Bernardus chalice, a mammoth 3 fingers of head almost overflowing the glass, a plummish ruby colored body, nice retention, some scattered curtains of lace. Nose is full of yeast, with a slight sweet malt, a fruity plumlike hint, and a slight nuttiness. Taste is a delicious cookie-like malt, hints of almonds, hazelnut, cocoa, all infused with a fresh yeast and clove spice. Very nice tasting. Medium bodied with a fairly light carbonation and a rather smooth feel. This is one hell of a tasty beer, St. Bernardus is making some of the best Belgian beer in the world, and unlike most this has a reasonably low alcohol content and so can be drank in quantity.

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Photo of bennetj17
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown, with a monster of a head that lingers for a long while. Smell is of fruits, citrusy and complex with a wonderful aroma of belgian yeast. Taste is fruity, tart, raisiny, slightly spicy, and phenolic. Good balance of both sweet and sour. Flavor is well rounded, not real bitter though. It has a light to medium thickness, is very smooth with great carbonation/bubbles. I could drink it all night...

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Photo of Higravity
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Into my new chalice with a heavy pour give a perfect beer with great head that last forever and lacing all the way down. A little light brown body with a tan head. The smell was jumping out of the glass and had lots of fruityness and even a touch of hops in the background all surrounded by the malt sweetness. Large fruit taste that reminds me of Gala apples with a slight citrus twang with lots of malt. A little thin in the mouth at times almost watery. Very drinkable and I would have one any time.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.62/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle with best by date of 08 08 08 (somehow that seems a bit cryptic) into my newly acquired St. Bernardus chalice. Sort of a brownish mud color beer insues with a less than spectacular head of about 3/4 finger. Does leave generous lacing as the head does not diminish at all for atleast three to four minutes.

Aroma is very inticing to the nose. Yeasty. Mildly floral, and a little coriander. Candi sugars as well. Wonderfully pleasing.

My first taste is quite peppery. Yeast follows with more coriander. Barely alcoholic. Sweet and fruity. Almost reminds me of one of those rainbow colored, fruity candy canes one receives at Christmas or Easter.

If I had more of these, I would most likely get into some trouble tonight due to the amount I would drink with such ease. Tangy and carbonated mouthfeel with a light to medium body make this very drinkable.

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

12oz bottle dated best-before 08-08-2008.

Poured into the chalice a great-looking slightly hazy ruby-brown with a half inch of off white foam and super sticky lace. Smells of sweet and candied dark fruits with a grainy yeast middle and a spicy alcohol nose. Toasted caramel malts up front, blending into a fruity and yeasty middle that finishes with a touch of cocoa and long quenching dryness. Unexpectedly light and very strongly carbonated in the mouth.

Easy drinking and tasty, though the flavors are slightly restrained compared to the aroma.

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Photo of budsboy
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep, dark amber with a white head that falls back quickly to a thin coating.

Aroma is strong. Raisen, vanilla, coriander. Altogether vinous. Smells like St. Bernardus, a signature scent, if you will.

Taste is understated. Some roasty malts peeking through the sweet fruitiness. Very little alcohol comes through and a hint toward phenols.

Fairly thin, much thinner than most dubbels I've enjoyed. Lots and lots of carbonation in this one.

Very easy to consume. Non-threatening. The half-empty view would be it is weak & wimpy.I'll take the half-full view: An enjoyable, easy to approach dubbel that would be a great introduction for the uninitiated.

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

Small bottle, label says this one will be good till 080808....pours A soft shade of medium chocolaty brown, fairly clar, moderate tan head and so so lacing. Mellow nose of chocolate, light powdered sugar. This is a very soft, subtle, understated Belgian Dubbel. Smooth cookie notes midway and in the finish. Honey, vanilla, smoke, more cookie dough. Never aggressive in its approach, Those crafty monks...

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Photo of beveragecaptain
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce bottle. St. Bernardus 6 pours out a hazy dark brown color with a huge head. Yeasty bread aroma with caramel, fruit, nuts, and spice. Biscuity malt flavor with carmel. Lots of spice flavors, with nutmeg the most pronounced. Interestingly, there is very little sweetness. In fact, this beer is pretty bitter. Sort of a grassy taste in the finish. So smooth and drinkable, this 11.2 ounce bottle is simply not enough. I was sad when I neared the bottom of the glass. I really enjoy the complex flavors in this great beer.

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Photo of TerryW
2.68/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Murky red-brown with a short coarse head that settles to a heavy film and gives up only a bit of lace.

I found this one pretty weak-kneed across the board, unremarkable in character. Nose has a hint of the Belgian and alcohol. Mouthfeet is watery. Taste is undistinguished, some yeast, some malt, a bit of a spritzy bite and some slight lingering bitterness.


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Photo of SurgeonGeneral
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serving temp: 50F Serving Glass: St. Bernardus chalice

Aroma: Restrained Belgian spice blends well with notes of alcohol and a rich, malty sweet smell. Light aromas of dark fruits, berries & a little apple trail off at the end.

Appearance: Cloudy, dark clover honey colored- almost rusty. Creamy tan head that retains fairly well and laces somewhat poorly. Very nice color.

Taste: Fruity, bready, yeasty & balanced superbly with just enough bitterness to finish. This is nectar. Among other things, flavors picked up are reminiscent of apples, caramel, dried berries, doughy breadiness, white pepper, bannanas & divinity. Oh, what's that? Divinity's not a flavor? Oh.. I don't care. This is luxurious.

Mouthfeel: Medium/full bodied & very creamy. I love the rather uncommonly fluffy/creamy texture of this beer along with just enough carbonation to give it a kick & jack up some of the more apparent sour/fruity flavors.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, I wish I had more than this one bottle. Everything turned out nearly perfect with this brew.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dark brown color ale with a huge off-white foamy head. Aroma of sweet raisins with the distinctive Belgian yeast. Taste can also be distinguished by the sweet malt and raisins with a candy like sweetness also present. Body is a bit too thin but carbonation is quite good. Another fine beer from a great brewery.

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

Dark brown with burnt sienna highlights, nice creamy and thick head -- even in an open chalice. Great sheets of complicated lace. Sweet aromas with molasses and pleasant wine-like qualities. Mouthfeel is light with nicely even and lively carbonation. Flavors are very well-composed but not excessively strident, prune and cherry, white chocolate, and bare yeast expression. Lightens and becomes more leafy with an interesting balancing dryness in the second half (unusual for a typical Dubbel). This brew doesn't bowl you over but its exceptionally drinkable with a fruity but not intimidating profile. Airy underpinnings. Its characteristics showing a light astringency are unusual and very nice.

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Photo of Viggo
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange/brown into my Westvleteren chalice, big off white head forms, very sticky lace all over the glass. Smell is very rich and malty, vinous, with some spice, caramel, chocolate and iron notes. Taste is delicious, cherries, chocolate, spice, iron, some alcohol, little coffee and yeast. Mouthfeel is smooth and butter, perfect carbonation, medium bodied. Fantastic beer.

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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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