GarrettB (1390) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 24, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2007 The St. Bernardus Pater 6 is the youngest brother in the Bernardus family. It is, like so many younger siblings through European history, a victim of primogeniture. The 12 finds success in inheritance, land and lordship, while the Pater 6 must seek out a life of humility and ascetism in a monastery. But that doesn’t make it any less good. It only makes it more difficult to realize its potential. Besides, monks and clerics are generally more well regarded in history then the lords who, well, lorded over them. The crown of the Pater 6 is very bubbly and porous, with an elderly silver white color that glistens in the light, while the body is the color of dark and dusty oak like an old chest or wardrobe stored in the attic. Save for the vigorous streams of bubbles I might have thought this beer was sitting by itself for many years before I bought it. The aroma is fresh like an outdoor vegetable stall, but with an assertive and semi-sweet creamy quality that lends it an appealing richness. Wood, beef consommé, hops, dust and brown sugar are the most emphatic aroma components, designating the Pater 6 a moderately dry, flavorful and engaging beer. Pink lady apple, candle wax and a mild hint of pear are the finer aromatic etchings, like a rococo detail, essential for the Pater 6’s bouquet but comparatively minute. Before I notice any distinct flavors I’m struck by the Bernardus’ softness. It’s frothy, but thick like a great cushion, impacting with every sip. I feel crude and churlish with every drink as if morphing this malleable treasure were somehow a desecration against art. Yeast and yogurt, no doubt part of the creaminess, barge into the mouth with a welcome tanginess, while wood, dust, apple, pear, cinnamon, spring water and mandarin orange create a sophisticated sweet and cheesy palate. I love this combination, and if I could define as its own category of beer, it would be my favorite style. The Pater 6, concurrent with the toothsome flavors, is soft, light and entirely drinkable. I find it a challenge not to devour it all in a single raise of the glass, but an impetus to savor it restrains me. Indeed, this may be the little brother, cast aside for the big blue, but it has many merits of its own. The Pater 6 knows what Augustine knows – being the marginal blue blood is of no consequence when it comes to greatness.
waolsen (1375) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - JUN 13, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. mahogony pour with off whtie thick frothy head. floral spicy aroma. earthy funky hops, rich malts, dark fruit. a bit fruitier than the prior 8. lighter body, almost a little watery. solid.
patrick767 (3918) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 30, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rating #800 - bottle - This ale pours up a huge head that soon fades to a lingering thin layer of foam that leaves a little lacing. It has a very yeasty aroma with a little spice. The flavor has plenty of malts yeast, and spices that strike a nice balance. Lively carbonation tickles the tongue as one drinks this crisp, medium bodied ale.
Darkover (1534) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 30, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark hazy brown color with a big tan head. Aroma of dark fruits, caramel and candi sugar. Flavor of dark and sour fruits with some caramel, spices and sugar.
acearl (474) - The Ham, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From 24 hours memory but want to add because it was really great as are most of St. Bernardus I have tried. 12oz bottle, brown pour with tan frothy diminishing head, lively carbonation, watery texture contrasts the medium to full body, lightly nutty, bit of a cirtus tang, very nice, almost a session beer, not too complex, I could have put several down.
Avatar (84) - Gliwice, POLAND - MAY 28, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
0,33 bottle. Dark brown. Medium small bubbles pillow head with medium-high carbonation. Flavour is nicely complex - just i little bit watery but sweet, metallic, earthy, just a little bit hoppy and dry, and delicate mix of some not sour fruits. Could be a bit more consist, but anyway - this is very adorable.
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - MAY 24, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
iep (230) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAY 17, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown murky body, dense head, and good lacing. Fruity and spicy aroma with dark fruit, white pepper, bready yeastiness, honey, caramel, and dark sugar. Quite strong esters. Taste was deep and malty, with a typical St. Bernadus yeast edge to it. Very grainy and bready. Good, substantial mouthfeel with low/medium carbonation. Decent.
Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - MAY 10, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ahh, a bottled treat. Clean copper color, average foamy head nice lacing. Heavy sweet malt aroma with notes of honey, caramel and some dark fruit and undertones of bread. Biscuity flavor, malty, medium bodied. Dry puckery finish.
mkofron (155) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 7, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown nice thick head...fruity aroma and taste. Good Belgian Ale. Goes down fast.