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St. Bernardus Prior 8 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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2,033 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,033
Reviews: 986
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 113
Gots: 199 | FT: 2
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Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-27-2002

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4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Binny's, Schaumburg, IL
Date: Best by 08/07/2013
Glass: St. Bernardus chalice

Pours a 2cm tall head of mostly medium-sized, but some small-sized, bubbles, off-white to beige in color. Retention is excellent, lasting more than a few minutes, and the foam leaves substantial washes of lacing as it declines down the glass, settling to a thin cap atop the beer. Body is a dark brown-amber color, with light doing little to change the color. Opaque, with carbonation just visible as it runs up the sides of the glass.

Aroma is of very rich bread, raisins, caramel, light grape ester, and hints of anise.

Front of palate finds rich bread, raisins, light grape ester, and amber Belgian candi sugar. Mid-palate is similar: Belgian candi sugar sweetness, rich brown bread, raisins, dried dates, light grape ester, and even some mild cocoa. Back of palate picks up light grape ester, amber Belgian candi sugar, raisins, dried dates, anise, and spiciness from ethanol. Aftertaste is of lingering candi sugar sweetness, dried dates, and light ethanol.

Beer is medium-heavy in body, with medium to medium-low intensity carbonation that feels slightly fizzy upon the palate. This quickly foams the beer, though, and the beer ends up softly moving across the palate. Closes rather dry, with moderate stickiness lingering across the palate.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep dark opaque amber with a tan ring of head.

S: Caramel, sugars, candi sugar in the nose.

T: Starts off with caramel and malt, followed by some orange, lemon and grass, ending with candi sugar and burnt sugar.

M: Medium bodied and smoothish.

O: Pretty good, definitely not their best or second best, but worth a try (I suggest the small bottles unless you really like the style a lot), recommended.

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3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy brown with a thin beige head. A malty, vanilla-y aroma - smells like a decoction brew.

Taste follows through on the nose - chocolatey, nutty, maltinmess with a definite decoctionlike flavor, hints of banana and vanilla in the background. Very round mouthfeel, with a slight but notable warming surge o' alcohol in the finish. Very nice, very drinkable, but somehow not a "gottahavanotha" brew.

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3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle, New Belgium glass, and what looks like a best by 10/09/13 date.

The central body is opaque, while the beer nearer the edges glows a gem-like garnet when held to the light. The head is very persistent and almost looks like frothed milk on a cappuccino sprinkled with cinnamon, as I poured the yeast.

Sharp lemon and alcohol aromas penetrate a slightly toasted malt and a smell of perfume. The lemon takes the form of lemon rind in Earl Grey. The alcohol only becomes more solvent-like as it warms.

While the malt is strong, it is not sweet. There is toasty biscuit and candy sugar. On the fruitier side there is scotch soaked raisin, that is to say, a blunted and almost woody or smoked red fruit flavor similar to the raisins I recently soaked in scotch. Fleeting clove and noticeable bitter, vodka-like alcohol.

One to roll around on the tongue. Lustrous. A little matte in texture from restrained hop bitterness and candy sugar.

I've only had one Dubbel previously, Chimay Red, and this is impressing me more. Less solvent-like alcohol would make this a great beer, and maybe more age would solve that (haha).

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3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A -
redish brown color mild carb gorgeous foamy head head is off white stays well but laces out

S -
dark fruit yeasty and bold alcohol backbone

T -
i get apples up front along with malt some cherry and hops in the middle and finishes with a dark fruit mild alcohol taste through out

M -
full bodied froathy and smooth

D -
very good very delicious my only problem is a cant stand cheeries in beer and as this beer warms it comes out more and more

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3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a branded goblet. Poured a dark walnut colour, two fingers of clean head. Smells robustly malty. Is lightly carbonated, slightly sweet, not too heavy and sickly. Finishes slightly pruney. A good showing for a Belgium, representative of the style, without the sickly sweetness sometiems present. No strong alcohol overtones.

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3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a goblet.

3.5 A: Murky dark brown color. Two fingers of frothy off-white head with below average lacing and modest lacing. Some yeast clumps at the bottom.

4.0 S: Earthy and yeasty. Some dark fruits including plum and raisin. Good overall, just wish it was more intense.

4.0 T: It's good, but run-of-the-mill in its flavor and depth. Lots of raisin and plum flavor and a touch of tobacco. Caramel malts and brown sugar. Touch of yeastiness to boot.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good bubbly carbonation. Creamy.

4.0 D: Pretty good, not spectacular.

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3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Murky brown with lighter highlights when held to light. Dense khaki head with small bubbles. Fades quickly leaving foamy cap and sparse lacing.

S: This has a nice, sweet smell to it. Has the typical dark fruit that you'd expect, but also has an apple-like aroma that I like a lot. Yeast, bread. Nice smell.

T: Follows the nose, but a bit more bready in the taste than in the smell. Dark fruit, raisins, plums, yeast, apple.

M: Medium, dry and a bit sticky.

O: Solid offering that I wouldn't hesitate to drink again or recommend to someone who is looking for an entry beer into Belgians.

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3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my St. Bernardus goblet. dark brown in color with small yeast particles, two fingers of off white head, not much lacing at all.

The aroma is on the sweet side. The taste of this beer is complex, maybe cherry,plum, dark fruits

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with some carbonation.

Very smooth drinking for 8% ABV...

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3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For me, Dubbel is a style that often dissapoints. I want big rum/raisin flavours, and I want them now. Chimay Red, for example, is a is a bit PG and so are most others. This is my favourite so far, and here's why:

Pours a dark brown, but not black; pretty much opaque nonetheless. A finger or so of head, with lacing coating the better part of the inside of the glass even 20 mins after I'm done.

Big boozy smells out of the glass; Pedro Ximenez sherry, raisins that have been exposed to air a bit too long, (dark) rum, dusty cooking chocolate, dried figs. Sensational.

Likewise, the taste. All of those things alongside cinammon, clove and a bit too much residual sweetness for me to rate it higher. Hop bitterness comes VERY late in the finish and fades VERY quickly.

Mouthfeel is by turns creamy and a little slick as carbonation dies off. Neither here nor there.

Boozy and slightly sour, the latter of which is kind of a shame and hurts drinkability, But this is not the kind of thing you're meant to have a bunch of and you're more fool than me if you try Find me a better dubbel and I'll be pleasantly surprised.

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3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium to dark amber color, with a light tan head. Immediately the head began to diminish, giving way to very delicate lacing. The aroma was of yeasts and dark fruits. The first thing I could taste was dark malt and yeasts, which gave way to more subtle fruits. Although the taste was complex, it was more bitter than I like at first. The bitterness diminished as the beer came to temperature, but finished with a clean, smooth dry taste. Very decent Dubbel overall.

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3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle dated 17/4/13 poured in to a goblet.

Pours dark brown with a thin offwhite head.

Smell is bready and sweet with some fruit creeping out.

Taste is still bready malty with some yeast. The surprise was a faint smell of hops (I think).

Nice full feel and an easy drinking beer that sends some warmth to the head after a few sips. Not my favorite dubbel.

St. Bernardus Prior 8 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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