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 laituegonflable
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rude, dark scarlet colour with large beige head of quite sparse bubbles, sinks steadily but with a nice symmetry downwards, and fed from below by a fairly strong bead. No lace. Looks a bit thinner than I'd anticipated. And fizzier. Solid otherwise though.

Nose is predominantly sweet, a good light toffee and caramel aroma with a slight tartness behind, slight sultana character and hints of chocolate and cinnamon as well. Really quite pleasant. Not overpowering or too complex, but very enticing. Just a pleasant aroma, sweet, tart, slightly spicy. Hits all the right buttons.

Taste is fairly sweet for the most part, and lots of nuance and nice complexity throughout. A milky sweetness on the front with pleasant chocolate characters. Hints of pecans and sultanas come through as well as a healthy dose of spice, kind of gingery and then a bit of anise, or carraway maybe, very savoury in character and complemented well by a slightly brash dryness on the feel and a slight kick of boozey warmth. Tastes pleasant and Belgian with a finely nuanced palate and an enjoyable piquancy. Would be great in Winter.

A little bit over-sizzling on the feel is a drawback, it detracts from the fact that it's otherwise velvety smooth.

Overall a great beer. It never demands too much, and doesn't make assumptions, but still manages to leave a great impression. I'd call it a naturally charismatic beer.

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Photo of Martine
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of glid02
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Leon's in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy dark purplish-brown color with ruby highlights. Head is one-finger of off-white foam that settles into a thin pancake on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of sugar-coated dark fruits - mostly plums and raisins - with hints of spices.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Belgian candi sugar shares the spotlight with dark fruit flavors. A light amount of spiciness comes in near the end of the sip.

Mouthfeel is good. It's right in the middle in terms of thickness with soft carbonation that make this go down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. I was outside playing bocci ball while drinking this and it hit the spot.

Overall this is a very nice beer for the style, you really can't go wrong when Bernardus is in the name.

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

Perfectly fills a Chimay chalice with a perfect and patient pour. 1 1/2 fingers of flat white, very barely tan, firm head. Retention is unbelievable. Brew is a nut brown, hazy in the middle, but fairly clear, with red highlights, on the edges. Lots of visible sediment in the light.

Huge nose, even straight from the fridge: first bananas, and a hint of clove; yeast and candi sugar; then, nuts and dark fruits, specifically raisins and/or prunes. A rye kind of earthy spiciness that becomes more apparent as it warms, while the fruit softens.

Great balance: liquid fruit bread with spices. Follows the nose. Not quite as sweet, heavier on the spices. Sweetness more on the mid palate, with a dry and spicy finish. Complex, but it all blends together very smoothly, with perhaps too much emphasis on spice.

Smooth, balanced, and medium feel. Lively with no sting. Dry, but lasting finish, with a slowly building warmth. Slight foaming.

Excellent Dubbel, easily the best I've had in a while. I think I prefer Chimay and Westmalle (likely in that order), but this fits the bill. Beer that drinks like a meal.*

Unsure on the bottle date.

*Riff on Campbell's Chunky. No thievery intended; credit where due.

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

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

Appearance- This beer poured a nice dark brown with huge frothy tan head. Lacing was present throughout the life of the beer. .

Smell- Huge fruit smells such as apples, citrus and dark fruits. A nice sweet biscuity smell with a slight hint of alcohol.

Taste- The wonderful fruit tastes really come through here. Mostly dark fruits but as in the smell I got apples and citrus also. There is an interesting brown sugar taste which is present as well.

Mouthfeel- This beer has a nice medium body with medium carbonation. It's an easy drinking beer.

Overall- Fantastic. Surprisingly my second favorite behind the Abt 12. I really enjoyed this beer a lot.

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

Pours a murky orange brown. Thin head.

The aroma is quite nice. Sort of clean... lager like. Slight fruity notes and bread. Just a hint of spice too. The taste is quite nice. The higher carbonation is perfect! Slightly sweet but balanced quite nicely. A little spice and a nice citrus taste. Fruity as well.

I haven't had a lot of dubbels. But this one is HIGHLY drinkable.

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Photo of Hallertau
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Zaccone
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Hands down, my favorite dubbel. After drinking one I am as happy as the monk on the bottle.

-Not cloyingly sweet like some dubbels. Sweet fruits (plum & raisin) plus dark maltiness balance the alcohol quite nicely.
-A treasure trove of yummy flavors.
-Finishes dry-ish. Maybe this accounts for the sweetness being enjoyable.

Nice and heavy -> not great for sessioning.

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

On tap at World of Beer- Savannah. Poured into a pint glass with a nice deep brown/amber hue and generous beige 2 finger head that hung around a bit. Smell is of dark fruits (figs, raisins) and some carmel and spice. A bit bready as well. Tates is exact to the nose with a nice subtle hop finish. Similar to the 12 with the smooth/balanced finish. The monks are doing it right! Love the fruit/bread on the front end. Exceptional taste. Feel is nice for the style. A good bit of carbonation and silk to it. Overall- A great brew that is very smooth and complex. Nice combination of malts, spices, fruits and hops. A must have-

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

Poured from a bottle into a chalice. Pulled from the refrigerator and allowed to warm.

A-Pours a bloody orange color with medium visibility, a huge 2" stark white head sits upon the brew and dissipates into excellent lacing.

S-Malts, Spiced fruit, classic dubbel smell

T-A bit weaker than I had hoped from one of my favorite breweries, but that may be the intention as it is the 6, but I digress, malts and dark fruits, raisins and maybe a hint of figs are the forefront, with a clean wash of sweetness and slight alcohol finish.

M-Medium body, excellent carbonation, slides right down the throat

D-Easily could go through the whole 4 pack of these, if my wallet/conscious would allow me. An excellent brew from an excellent brewery.

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Photo of wingedeel
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful mahogany color, very nice head, which dissipates quickly.

Excellent earthy smell of fruits and raisons.

Wonderfully complex taste, once again fruity, nutty , and earthy. The subtle flavors improve as the beer warms. Simply fantastic.

A little lighter in the mouthfeel department than most other St Bernardus beers, but who cares.

One of the more drinkable St Bernardus offerings due to its somewhat lower ABV.

A true classic, which holds its own with the 8 and the 12 .

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Photo of praufs01
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Murky brown (almost coffee looking) with a big fluffy off-white head.

Aroma - Grassy and earthy with some faint notes of dark chocolate, raspberry jam, and a wisp of alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Moderate carbonation that scrubs the palate, but not in an offensive way.

Taste - Lots of flavors going on here. Super complex ale with tart green apple, raspberry, and dark chocolate. I'm also detecting a underlying flavor of lemon like citrus.

Overall - A real stunner. Wow! It seams as though the more you drink it the greater the experience. If I had one word to describe this ale it would be 'Superb'.

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Photo of clvand0
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle. Pours a brown color with a very tall head and good retention and leaves lots of lacing on the glass. The aroma is very spicy with some fruit notes thrown in there. The flavor is spicy like the nose, but is has some banana, clove, raisin in there. Drinkability is very good and the body is right where I like it.

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

11.2 oz bottle, poured into a small chalice glass. Cloudy brown color, with a rich tan head. Nice highly fruity, yeasty, malty sweet nose. Flavor is full of phenolic, spicy cloves, vanilla fruitiness, and toasty bread-like malt, with a tart, spicy finish. Crisp, light body.

Very good abbey beer!

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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 Drew966
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

St. Bernardus Pater 6 pours a deep, dark copper with an off white head from a brown 11.2 ounce bottle which was carefully decanted. The aroma is excellent, I get cherries and chocolate as my impression. The yeast really hits me first in the flavor. A sweet maltiness is also noticeable. Some fruity notes and some nutty flavors are also present. Very easy to drink.

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

Best by date of 5/5/2014. Picked this up as part of a holiday gift pack, which conveniently included a St. Bernardus goblet.

Poured a ruby-brownish color with a cloudy consistency. Lots of fluffy cream-colored head initially, which reduced to a thin half-finger in a few minutes. Smells included a variety of fruit; banana and cherry were the most prevelant and there were hints of vanilla as well. Tasted of raisins and dates, along with sweet biscuity malt. There was a subtle dry hoppiness at the end of the taste which pleasantly contrasted the sweetness at the front. Very well balanced! A little bit of natural carbonation gave this beer an easy-drinking medium body.

Overall I really enjoyed Pater 6. This was my first forray into the St. Bernardus family, and I really enjoyed the experience. This was by far the smoothest and most well-balanced dubbel I've ever tasted. Lots of complex taste, but no one aspect overpowered the others. Can't wait to try the others!

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

Served cool from 330ml bottle into tulip glass.

L) Dark brown, opaque, 1cm slightly off-white bubbly head.

S) Subtle (may have cooled it too much) but there is light Belgian yeast, dark malt and hints of coconut.

T) Just a downright smooth slightly sweet malty niceness. Hard to describe, but it just tastes of quality brewing. Weak bitterness, as per the style.

F) Very drinkable and quite fizzy. No aftertastes. Slight warmth in the belly from the alcohol.

O) Loving the Belgians right now and St Bernadus beers are always superb quality, this one included.

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

Pours an odd orangish-brown with some light penetration. Good head, good retention, no lace.
Smell is sweet, malt, citrus, apple, grape. Great balance.
Taste is the same with some hops note and a little oak. Alcohol shows some in aftertaste.
Medium body with light effervescence on the tip of the tongue. A touch tart and dry with a warming all over. I highly recommend this one.

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

A: Poured a hazy reddish, burgundy color with moderate carbonation leaving a dirty white 1/2 head and some minimal lacing

S: Sweet sugar with raisins, red grapes and chocolate some earthiness

T: aImmediate sweetness with red/purple grapes, a few raisins and some candy sugar, subtle bitterness with some eathy notes and a stickyt back end with lingering dark fruits and faded chcolate

M: Creamy, medium bodied, well carbonated with loads of swee and dark fruits coating the palate

O: Very good

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

$2.99 for a 11.2 oz bottle. 6.7% ABV.

Pours out to a semi-cloudy deep amber, forming a large light tan peaking meringue-like head with superior retention and lacing. The aroma is vibrantly rich with a wonderful bready yeastiness unlike any other I've had in a beer before...lots of candied fruits, dark fruits, cloves, rotting bananas, very mild vinegar tartness, candied sugar...just a wonderful smelling brew. The mouthfeel is brisk and zippy with a deceptingly light body. The taste is much an echo of the aroma...the sweetness of the aroma is not as prevelant in taste, as it is balanced by a moderate bitterness. Hop flavor is low, but bitterness is a touch stronger than most Abbey's. The finish is dry, light and airy with bitterness lingering upon the tongue with notes of tobacco and leather.

This is a pretty nice Abbey and has a wonderful aroma, but I wished it had a touch more sweetness to really accentuate the fruits and bring out the aromatic complexities. I'd go for the Abt 12 over this one. Good brew!

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St. Bernardus Pater 6 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.09 out of 5 based on 1,592 ratings.
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