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 GreenWBush
3.41/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Out of the presumably fresh seasonal 4-pack with lettered goblet. Appearance is a dark, plum-y brown. Head kicks up strong but leans to ½” and drops down sheets of tanned patterns.

Nose reminds me of a cross between ground cinnamon and candi sugar with whiffs of near-frankincense hints. As warmth envelops its much more pear-y and plum-y.

The high-carbonation level of this beer transforms this into something better than it would be without it; acts simultaneously weighty, clingy, and spry on the mouth. Its quite angular and beautiful at the same time. Dark fruits and seltzer-y phenols make this addictive and quenching. The Bernardus line is just rock-solid.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.41/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle,

A: Pours brown with a full cap on off-white foam. Head retention is good, lacing is light for a Belgian.

S: Not particularly aromatic, some phenol and alcohol notes, dark malt.

T: Malt and molasses, with some candi sugar notes, very sweet. Light hop character, a bit of mint and wintegreen, black pepper.

M: Mouthfeel is relatively light, carbonation is right on, smooth, yeasty, dry finsh.

D: This is a good beer, to me it's like Prior 8 light. There's nothing wrong with that, I just thought it would be something a little different. Certainly worth a purchase for the Belgian fan if you want an easy drinking lighter beer.

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Photo of mrmanning
3.42/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Murky brown pour topped with a fluffy mocha head. Plums and prunes in the aroma. Roasted malts too, with a mild alcohol waft to back it all up. Wood and prunes in the mouth, roasted malts, with a fruity alcohol aftertaste. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Medium bodied. Pretty good.

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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 kawilliams81
3.44/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a St Bernardus goblet.

A- dark amber/brown, 2" khaki color head, excellent lacing.

S- doughy, yeasty aroma. Sweet malts, dark fruits.

T- lots of dubbel yeast flavors, bread, dark fruits, light candi sugars, slight metallic taste.

M- medium body, high carbonation. Dry aftertaste with that metallic taste, feel stays in your mouth.

O- decent dubbel, abbey ale. Little dry and the higher carbonation is a slight turn off.

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Photo of stcules
3.45/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, ruby edges. A light brown head, a lot, not too compact.
Malty smell, with fruity notes.
Malt in the taste, yeast, and red fruit. Classic for the style, and ok. Bread crust.
Full and round mouthfeel.
Average to light in body.
Again the same notes in the aftertaste, yeast, breadcrust, malty and fruity notes.
All well balanced.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.45/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reddish brown pour with a foamy white head that is quite short lived. The lacing is moderate. The nose is malty with a flowery sweetness and a musty earthy yeastiness. Taste is quite delicate and sweet with roasted dark malt, brown sugar, raisins, and bitter to spicy hops, which are supplemented by a dusty dry yeast strain. The alcohol presence is a lot stronger than anticipated for a 6.5% ABV brew. The mouthfeel however is quite watery and hollow. I am coming to a conclusion, that among the Belgian style beers, Dubbles are the least favorite of mine. This is not a knock on this beer. The style just doesn’t light me up.

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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 TAMU99
3.47/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy dark brown, thick off-white head is thick and stays for the duration, giving off a nice spicy aroma. Notes of corriander, cinnamon and nutmeg. Taste is sweet, wheaty and heavily spiced. The carbonation is high. Though tasty, this isn't a repeatedly drinkable beer. I'd highly recommend one, 'cuz it's good, but I wouldn't drink two in a sitting.

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Photo of marcpal
3.47/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 oz poured into St Berns goblet.

A: Dark nut brown color with pale white head that took up solidly half of the glass. Thich bubbles in the head and retention was strong.

Gusher my friends, we have a gusher.

S: The yeast aroma clearly present as well as caramel malts. The bready biscuity smell was a bit of surprise.

T: Not the biggest fan. The malts were not as present as I was expecting and the fruity, yeasty tastes seemed to take over a bit. The nutmeg and peppery aftertaste was good though.

M: Very high level of carbonation and some lasting sweetness.

D: Not my favorite style or my favorite among the style but wanted to give it a try. Not overly strong, sure Ill try again.

I was looking forward to trying and was a bit let down from expectations. First of their offerings and will give the others a try.
After another go at this one, I still feel the same. Their other styles are so far superior you wouldn't think they came from the same shop.

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Photo of SilentSabre
3.47/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is likely the lightest Belgian Dubbel I have ever had. Lightest in terms of colour, flavour, and mouthfeel. It poured up a reddish-orange-bronze colour, and quite honestly, was a bit lighter than I was anticipating. Smell was traditional Belgian yeast, some roasted cereal, and a bit of fresh fruit (pears and apples?). Taste was good, but not great. Again, toasted cereals and a bit of that metallic taste that is present in so many Belgians. Mouthfeel seemed a bit light for the style. This is certainly a full-bodied beer, but considering the style, I felt it was a bit on the lighter side. Overall, I don't think this is a bad beer; I simply feel that it is on the lighter side of a style that I personally prefer on the heavier side. I think this might make a good introduction beer for someone who is just starting to become interested in brews of this sort. I much prefer Prior 8.

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy brown color with two fingers of off white head.

Scent is malty with some yeast and sugars, pretty weak for a Dubbel.

Taste of sugars, malts, yeast and a hint of gummy candy. A little strange, but it alright.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, lighter than I look for in the style.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours murky caramel brown with a pillowy tan head, and sheets of lacing.

Aroma is musty and yeasty, with a dry sweetness. Hints of dark fruit, alcohol undertones throughout. Spices have a medicinal quality that reminds me of Orval.

Taste is initially malty with a strong biscuit aspect. Dark fruit and an earthy nuttiness. Spices are much more subdued than in the nose. Finish has a mild bitterness with lingering spices.

Mouthfeel is Soft, but leaves a chalky residue.

Overall, this is an unusual beer that is drinkable but may take a bit of getting used to. Worth a try. However, I wouldn’t get too excited about it.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was fully prepared to review this beer with my pal Andy, but he protested vehemently against it. That Andy, always such a Pater Hater.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, dark brown body with a creamy, off-white head.

Smell: Fruity aroma of bananas and other various dark fruits. Full of yeast and sweet-smelling dark sugars. Hints of pepper.

Taste: Cocoa powder, sweet maltiness, and the fruitiness of bananas and such. More pepper. Plenty of spice and doughy yeastiness evident. Finishes dry and fruity.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Soft effervescence.

Drinkability: What's up with that AndoBrew, huh?

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Photo of TastyAdventure
3.49/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - flat brown. 1 1/2 finger head that fades.
S - brown sugar. Caramelized pears. Dried plums.

T - complex but mild flavors. Raisins, strong yeast. Somewhere in the back is faint pears and green apple.

M - a little too thin, but still good. Good carb.

Overall, my 2nd Bernardus brew, I don't care for them. Their yeast profile, probably fermented at higher temps. Whatever it is I dont care for it

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Photo of argock
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 11oz brown bottle into a clear oversized wine glass.

A: Dirty dishwater brown with tall ecru head with fair retention but no lace to speak of.

S: The nose is subdued with some plum, cherry, and spice scents with a fair amount of yeast and noble hops aroma.

T: Plum, date, and raisin flavors play together with clove, strong yeast, and herbal hops notes. The taste overall, however complex, is low-key.

M: The body is surprisingly light and airy. Aftertaste is pleasant with bready yeast and dark fruit.

D: While I enjoyed this beer more or less, I wish I could generate a little more enthusiasm for something. It is unassuming, but to a fault I think.

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Photo of klewis
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Best before 11/16/09

A: Pours a hazy copper with a bubbly head. Little lacing.

S: Raisins, yeasty esters, and a surprising amount of alcohol.

T: Fruity and slightly sweet with flavors of raisins and caramel.

M: Fairly light in body with tons of carbonation. The texture is perhaps appropriate for the style but is prickly, abrasive, and makes the beer difficult to taste.

D: A nice beer, but the texture and mouthfeel make this one a bit difficult to drink for me.

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Photo of Arno
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's not the greatest "dubbel" i had and i didn't like it all the first and second time, but i started to grow on it a little better. It has the same characteristics of the 8 and 12, but weaker and more mellow. It has a better balance then the 8 and lacks the layers of the 12.

It's an ok beer.

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Photo of gatorlove
3.51/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

When compared to other great dubbels, this one came out short for me. The smell was very faint and the taste is not as fruity or spicy as others in the category.

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Photo of BadBadger
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours out of the bottle a somewhat translucent dark color. The head was minimal and did not last long. The smell was a basic malty aroma as was the taste. Not much else going for the taste, at least on my palate. The mouth feel was "wet" and thin. This is a relatively rather unimpressive offering from this fine brewery, with Prior 8 being far superior to Pater 6.

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Photo of mscudder
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Bernardus chalice.

A - Dark chocolate brown with a large deep-ivory head. Fair retention with good lacing.

S - Dark fruits, sugars and yeast. Very far from robust.

T - Dark chocolate, doughy yeast, a few dark fruits, pepper and some raisins. Finishes dry.

M - Soft medium body with average carbonation.

O - A few things going on in here but it takes to much effort for me to fork it all out. Dry finishes such as these are always a turn off. I would be content never having another one.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 330 ml brown bottle, best before on back label stated as 18 01 13. Pours out a hazy nut brown hue, massive tight spongy off-white head.

Nutty, toffee malt in the aroma, along with clean yeast and a dry sherry character.

The flavour is clean as well, with toffee malt and dark dried fruits up front and no transition between to a light grassy hop finish, with a little bit of dry spice lingering in the aftertaste.

Medium-light mouthfeel that picks up some creamy fullness at times, with slightly brisk carbonation on the finish.

A decent straight forward dubbel, not much character to it but it holds its own from technical merit.

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Photo of suretolose
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this from a large bottle into a pint glass. It is a brown color with a hint of amber. It has a full head with a lot of large bubbles not very frothy. The head stays a long time.
It has a light smell not much to it.
It has a roasted hop flavor with hints of chocolate.
I would call this an ok beer.

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Photo of WesWes
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry, raisiny scent that boasts of crystal and roasted malts. There is little yeast fruitiness present. The taste is decent also. It has a very dry, crystal malt flavor. It goes down with a slight fruitiness and finishes extremely dry with some roasted characteristics. The mouthfeel is average. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an above average beer, but not the best effort from this brewery.

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Photo of tronester
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear reddish brown with a creamy thin tan head that does not go away. Nice lacing sticks to the glass. Smell is somewhat tart fruit and some hay. Taste is dark cherries up front, followed by some sour apple in the middle, a little biscuit after that, and a puckering sour finish. Mouthfeel is good, high initial carbonation that fades rather quickly. Drinkability is pretty good, this beer is a bit too tart for my liking. That plus the high price means I probably wont be purchasing it again soon.

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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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