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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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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown with a big foamy tan head. Even as the beer sits, the head stays at an even skim. Good clingy film of lace.

Brown sugar, sugared dates, dark malt and yeast in the nose.

Some sweet malt up front, with some sweet brown bread. Dries out instantly. Mild bitter brown bread crust and a little earth. Slight alcohol burn at the back. Mild bitter and malt finish.

Medium bodied, decent carbonation.

Very drinkable. Layered flavors that transition. Very good.

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Photo of HookemHoos
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving was ~12 oz bottle poured into a goblet. The pour formed a thin slightly off-white head into a hazy brownish amber color. The smell had notes of raisins, plums and caramel. It had a delicious aroma. The taste followed the smell and had notes of caramel and raisins. It had a very smooth mouth feel. Overall, a solid dubbel.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Best before 07/27/15. Offered a Bornem glass with my bottle at the Sharp Edge.

Somewhat hazy, red-brown color. The head collected about an inch and a half. Retained not so well. Lacing is mediocre, at best.

Dark fruits include plum, bitter apple, and fresh fig with phenols of clove and star anise. Big dry brown breadiness with a mild nutty note. Yeasty, but not huge. Smells great.

Semi-dry with fruity tones. Prune, oxidized apple, clove, raisin, fig, spicy yeast, anise, Irish soda bread (notes of caraway), and roasty malts. Brown bread notes with a softness and roundness. The body is medium with an added airiness from a mild, but coarse, carbonation. Very quaffable for a complex Belgian dark ale.

A very good dubbel, indeed. A good cold weather beer that keeps drinking momentum and doesn't infringe on further imbibing.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.72/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- You should definitely be careful with this one- this is almost a gusher. Pretty good retention as well. The head is a light beige with hints of cinnamon while the body is a dark amber with notes of maroon which appears medium to dark amber in the light. A good amount of lacing has been left behind.

Nose- A good amount of presence from the bottle but not much from the glass. Strong notes of raisins followed by brown sugar, molasses, cinnamon and brown bread from the bottle. The glass offers up a very clean aroma of raisins. Swirling doesn't reveal anymore than this.

Taste- Raisins on the front of the flavor profile with a slight bitterness (almost like prunes) which starts to creep in. Lots of cloves followed by some banana and cinnamon begin to take over. Notes of brown sugar and molasses which I wish would linger more but are actually quite sparse. At the moment this seems a little thin, almost watery. Next taste shows a lot more presence with strong notes of brown sugar and molasses but the cloves really push most aspects aside. A little bit of bandaid, light apple. Very well integrated, lots of balance. Pretty average for a St. Bernardus which is another way of saying that it's pretty good and solid beer. I do prefer my dubbels to be a little meatier and fleshier with tendencies toward chocolate, tobacco, and leather but this is not that kind of dubbel. Light red grape on the finish- almost to the point of grape juice.

Mouthfeel- Between light and medium bodied with a load of carbonation that isn't so overwhelming as to be a distraction. A mostly dry finish.

Drinkability- Very accessible but a little more subtle than I want it to be. 4 bucks is a great price for a Belgian of this caliber.

Overall- Solid beer but not nearly as good as Westmalle Dubbel. Westmalle Dubbel has quickly become the dubbel by which I judge all others. Still, worth a try. A definite must for clove lovers.

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Photo of a0lbudman
4.46/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle
A-brown with a good tan head
S- banana is the smell to begin with, then a malt with some spices
T-carmel, spice with little to no warming, then it had a stong malt aftertaste then it finish with a dry feeling
M- creamy feeling from the carbonation
O- outstanding beer. Enjoyed this beer look forward to the next one

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Photo of Underrower
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle from St Bernardus mixed pack. Served in Goblet.

Looks like caramel. From above it looks like an ice cream float that has just a little ice cream fluid still on the top.

The smoke when opened has a very nice caramel smell with a hint of pepper.

Tastes dark and malty like abbey ale should. There is a little tobacco and maybe a touch of smoke. Subtle hop notes that are slightly lemon, copper but very, very light and not overdone. A little more spicy finish and it would be close to a marzen but with better mouth feel. This has an old taste to it that I like. I wonder if it is the 500 ft deep artesian water used that makes this brewery so special.

Mouth feel is somewhat viscous. Not watery. Fine bubble carbonation. The carbonation puts it in the outstanding dept.

Overall, this is very nice brown ale. Great brewery. If both were equally available, would I take this over a Leffe Bruin, no, but a fine beer all the same.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle was poured into a stemmed goblet.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger off white head that reduced to a thin layer. It is an amber brown color with no clarity and tiny bubbles can be seen coming up through the glass.

Smell: Caramel, spicy, yeasty esters, raisins, plums, bready malts, figs, plums, delicious aromas.

Taste: caramel and bready malts, dark fruits, spicy, and yeasty esters. Very tasty dubbel.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, chewy, low carbonation, medium bodied, and delicious.

Overall: As solid as a dubbel it gets. This brewery can't do anything wrong. Another great beer to add to the lineup.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a chalice.

A: Tawny in color, good clarity as the beer was properly decanted so as to leave the yeast behind. Towering off-white head is very rocky and shows excellent retention. Foamy lacing coats the whole glass.

S: Distinct aroma of bread pudding. Bready, sweet-ish, drizzled caramel, golden raisin, booze-soaked figs. All-spice and pepper.

T: Toffee, treacle, caramel, bread pudding, booze soaked golden raisins. Slight estery push of mandarin orange. Some tea-like hops. Plenty of spicy yeast. Subtle touch of peppery alcohol. Well attenuated. Dry finish with lingering bread and spice.

M: Medium bodied. Creamy and very slightly chewy, small sense of weight. Moderately aggressive scrubbing carbonation.

O: A very good dubbel. Sort of on the lighter side for the style, but full of complexity. Very much a little brother to the famed Abt 12.

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

From the corked caged bottle. I tried it on July 27, 2013.

I understood why the cage was on top of that cork as the cork exploded out of the bottle by itself after I set it down and turned my back. It poured an extremely heady deep amber with reddish hues when held to the light. The head hung in there the whole time.

The aroma was delightfully sweet with the Belgian sugars, caramel malts, Belgian yeast, override dark fruits, and a touch of spice.

The body was medium to full.

The taste was nice and sweet thanks to all those recognizable Belgian characteristics and it finished with a low to moderate bite. Just another fine example of the style.

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Photo of Samp01
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark cloudy brown with a medium tan head, which slowly fades to a razor thin head that lasts through out with some light lacing. Aroma of rich roasted caramel malt, gark fruits, some Belgian yeast with bready notes. Taste same as aroma with some mild bitter notes and light nutty flavor. Palate is a medium body, a balanced sweet nutty bitter smooth mouth feel, with good lively carbonation. Finish is a nice rich roasted nutty caramel malt with some mild bitter notes, yeasty, bready nutty lingering flavor. Overall a very good, flavorful and enjoyable ale

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Photo of keithmurray
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - light brown color with thin film of white head

Smell - cinnamon, nutmeg, malts

Taste - caramel, raisin, cinnamon, nutmeg, red wine, red grape

mouthfeel - smooth, medium bodied, medium carbonation, slight sweetness upfront, winey, slightly astringent finish

Overall - I was concerned as this bottle was well past its best by date, but it is drinking well. Good dubbel. Curious as to what a fresher bottle might taste like

Price Point - $8.39/750ML bottle

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a chalice glass

Appearance- Pours an orange-copper color with a light haze and a small off white head. The head fades rather fast leaving only a light level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma is of heaviest of a dark brown bread smell mixed with plenty of darker fruit aromas of prune, cherry and raisin. Along with these smells comes a light yeasty and caramel aroma as well.

Taste- The taste begins with a bready and darker fruit flavor of raisin and prune. As the flavor advances some banana and yeast mixed with a bit of a caramel sweetness also enter the taste. The banana is joined by some other lighter fruits of apple and citrus as the flavor moves more toward the end lightening the taste slightly. At the end, some bitterness of a earthy hop flavor joins the taste leaving a nice somewhat crisper flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel-The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average side as well. Both are appropriate for the style and act as a nice medium for the fruity and yeasty as well as lightly hoped and bready flavors of the brew.

Overall- This brew is a quite tasty dubbel overall with a very nice flavor profile and a good drinking feel.

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Photo of sfprint
3.46/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Exp November 22, 2013

A: Look like these orange/cola mixes you get in germany, tons of rootbeer like carbonation. Two finger head.
S: Light, slightly plasticy yeast. creamy.
T: A bit watery and sour, leans towards a flemish sour. Better as it warms up, creamy, unsweet rootbeer float. Tangy
M: Nice body, a bit drying.
O: Good, half sour, half dubbel

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Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: poured into a SAt Bernardus Chalice to a deep mahogany with a half ich of off white head that fades to a small mat
S: smells of bready malt, dark fruit, caramel sweetness and a bit of spicy yeast
T: bready malt sweetness, some caramel, spicy yeast, dark fruits, slight candi sugar like sweetness and a tinge of bitterness. swallow brings more bready malt, dark fruits and spice
M: lighter side of medium in the mouth with slightly prickly carbonation and a semi dry finish
O: good complexity, good flavors, solid balance and very enjoyable. very smooth and easy to drink. a fantastic Dubbel

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Photo of hackmann
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: ruddy brown body with a light tan 1-1/2 finger head; spotty lacing

Aroma: dark bread, dark fruit, light overall, builds character as the ale warms

Flavors: dark fruit – raisin like; pumpernickel with a little rye swirl; touch of spice;

Mouthfeel: fizzy carbonation sparkling wine like, mild-moderate body, nice balance between sweet malts and hops, light dark fruits linger on the palate; to me it is fairly simple: raisin, pumpernickel bread with a touch of rye grain spice and a light aftertaste.

To the Point: a nice Pater, pleasing to drink, easy to enjoy, I think I like this better than the Prior 8 which has a cinnamon raisin bread likeness;

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Photo of jeranbrews
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - light auburn with faint beige head. Pretty lacing that glides down the glass gently

S - faint nutty aroma.

T - well balanced malty. Slight abv burn sweet gentle

M - slightly sparkly not to hot stays in your mouth just the right amount of time

D - high not as good as the 8

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Photo of Hopswagger
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

P: A speckled mahogany body with a dollop of off white head that fades to a bubbly wake.

S: A controlled caramel, great Belgian yeast strain, subdued sweet dark fruits, clove, the black bottom part of a banana, pumpernickel bread and spicy hops. Aroma is similar to a musty cardboard fruit container.

T/M: Malty caramel, bready yeast, dark fruits, booze, and spices. Vivacious medium body that finishes dry with green apple tartness and bitter spiced tea tannin.

O: Complex and perfectly balanced. I gotta say I love it and want some more of it. The balance is what really shines here. Not over barring in any way but just nicely married. Cheers!

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Photo of alex_hart
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into St. Bernardus glass.

Appearance is a beautiful milk chocolatey brown with a one finger beige head.

Smells slightly sweet, effervescent belgian yeast, and hints of spices and citrus.

Taste is very much like the smell. Invitingly sweet, but well complemented by a bitterness. its hard for me to put this one down because I can hardly wait for each sip to come. Yet again some hints of spice and citrus. Beautifully balanced.

Mouthfeel is somewhat sticky, yet smooth, and is medium to light bodied. Enjoyable all the way through.

Overall just a plain and simple great beer. Recommend to anyone.

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Photo of themind
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This is a quality brew that I very much enjoyed. The only draw back for me was a high level of carbonation which effected my mouth feel score. Overall I would purchase this again. St. Bernardus scores another knock out with this offering.

Bottom Line: Great beer that I would buy again.

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Photo of Patou
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle 330ml. Pours beautifull brown/deep with creamy beige head. Aroma is of malt, caramel, citrus, sweetness. Taste is of malt, medium sweet, caramel, citrus, hops, belgian yeast and a rather long dry and slightly bitter agreable finish. Palate: Medium body, average carbonation. Overall: Very good, tasty. Interesting body and balance. A serious beer, with a reasonnable abv.

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Photo of jera1350
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Transparent brown body with a dense everlasting head of foam.

Great complex taste from the yeast. Malty, effervescent yeast, cocoa.

Has a nice complexity, but tastes a bit light overall. Light cocoa, malty, wheaty grain, yeasty, hint of spice from the hops, earthy.

Feels thin for the abv. Lots of carbonation with a dry finish.

Drinks easily and has a well masked alcohol content. Complex and well made, but lacks body and the overall flavor is just a bit light to take the score down a bit.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a deep amber pour with 2 fingers of creme colored head.. good head retention. smells of dates, figs, raisins, cinnamon. the flavor is sweet and bready, but not overwhelming. there is a nice presence of all the dark fruits i smelled, plus a nice caramel-like flavor. medium in body with high carbonation and is a bit more refreshing than most belgian dubbels.

not a huge fan of this style, but i appreciate it for what it is. a nice sweet malty profile with a nice spicy finish.

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Photo of Blindpigbiz
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Since I don't discriminate against the color of a beer, I find appearance to be of little importance. By the way, I'm terrible with math and with that being said, I am not sure if my average score I gave the beer is correct or not

Smell: mineral water with hints of sweet cashews and flecks of pralines

Taste: subtle sweet lemon bitterness with cashews, earth, and tinges of sweet malt with a slight bourbon burn

Mouthfeel: dry bitterness with mild effervescence; very crisp

Overall, this is one of the most unique dubbels a person can find. Typical dubbels have the ever-so cloying attributes of intense maltiness and bananas; pater 6 is a pseudo-antithesis to the aforementioned. You don't have to agree with the profile that has been given to this beer, but I have led many beer tastings with this as the dubbel of choice (sometimes) and no one has ever asked for their dos Equis amber ale back.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.43/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From: Whole Foods, Omaha, NE
Date: Best by 03/10/2014
Glass: St. Bernardus Chalice

St. Bernardus' Pater 6 is a mild-smelling and tasting, sweet dubbel. I was surprised at how moderate the beer played itself across my senses, I was certainly expecting heavier scents and tastes along with a greater caramel-like malt influence on the beer, which I did not find. While not unappetizing in any way, I did not find this beer to be particularly exceptional and would probably not purchase it again. As I note in the review itself, this reminded me of a light version of a Belgian Strong Dark ale.

Pours a 1cm tall head of khaki-tan foam, composed of small to medium-sized bubbles, with average retention rates (about a minute). Retention is about average, fading to a thick ring around the glass and a few light, spotty islands of wispy foam atop the body. As the head descends, it leaves modest lacing along the sides of the glass, lines and an occasional odd shape, nothing spectacular. The body itself is a very dark, semi-transparent amber brown, light bringing out brighter brown and burnt red hues. Carbonation is not visible.

Aroma is fairly light, of sweet, amber Belgian candi sugar, slight grape ester, and mild spices as produced by the brewery's yeast strain. This does not seem particularly amazing or complex to me.

The beer is very smooth and sweet, with dominant flavors of amber malts and Belgian candi sugar, grape-like esters, and a noticeable bitterness. Overall, this drinks, to me, like a light version of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Front of palate is sweet and fruity, with grape-like esters, amber Belgian candi sugar, and a bit of amber malt for a very mild toffee-like effect. Mid-palate features moderate bitterness, grape-like esters, and amber Belgian candi sugar sweetness. Back of palate features continued bitterness, Belgian candi sugar influence, and grape-like esters, along with some Belgian yeast or ethanol induced spices (anise? or clove?). Aftertaste is mildly bitter, with very mild grape-like esters and amber malt and candi sugar sweetness.

Beer is medium-light in body, with carbonation of fairly high intensity, resulting in a beer that is fizzy at first, eventually creating a mass of foamy bubbles upon the palate. Closes semi-dry, with moderate stickiness lingering across the palate.

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Photo of rangerred
3.67/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle into a goblet.

Pours a slightly hazy dark brown due to the sediment that got into the glass with a half finger fluffy white head. Really good head retention and decent lacing.

Aroma is a little bit weak but I really can pick out brown sugar and vanilla. There is also a slightly musty odor but it is more complimentary than it is distracting.

The brown sugar is more muted in the flavor allowing the the banana/clove Belgian yeast character to shine through. More vanilla that is subdued but there is a noticeable lack of complexity compared to some other versions of the style. Mouthfeel is on the watery side with a little bit of stickyness left on the finish.

Overall, I am not very impressed by this Dubbel. It really lacks complexity and depth of flavor along with a weak mouthfeel. I feel like this could be a whole lot better with a little bit of work.

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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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