St. Bernardus Prior 8 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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2.15/5 rDev -48.3%
04 08 10. Poured into a chalice, with a multi-colored head that's stained several shades of Kool-Aid; interestingly, this beer was much much darker in the glass that it was in the bottle. A simple review of the nose and flavor profile would consist of two words: "beer pez." Sickeningly saccharine sweet, with noticable candi sugar priming. This beer has many similar elements evident in the quadruppel, but somehow they come across as flaws here. Carmel malt pez candy is the obvious one. Sugar in the Raw. Mouthfeel is too chalky for the body, another "flaw" I don't mind with the 12. Lots of tiny bubbles. Too much flavor, and not enough of the right flavors. Not for me.
03-07-2007 06:50:15 | More by rayjay
2.75/5 rDev -33.9%
Poured a nice dark red-brown from an 11.2 oz bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet. I was looking forward to this, as I enjoyed a St. Bernardus Pater 6 the night before.
This beer is a one-trick pony. It offers one taste, which is hard to put my finger on. Raisin? Carob? Molasses? I'm not sure, but it's a little too "rustic" for my taste. I'll try this again in a few months - perhaps I had a bad bottle.
12-06-2006 15:59:38 | More by RustythePelican
2.9/5 rDev -30.3%
A - Very dark murky brown with a massive off white bubbly head.
S - Hay, odd malt.
T - Chocolate malt, alcohol, slightly fruity. Honestly prefer the 6.
M - Medium bodies with medium carbonation.
O - Overall, definitely not as good as what I was hoping.
12-20-2012 20:31:45 | More by SometimesIfart
2.93/5 rDev -29.6%
Poured from an 11.2 0z bottle into a chalice, served at cellar temp, so ~ 59f.
Darkish Ochre supports an offwhite to light tan head that leaves decent lacing.
Aroma; subdued maltiness with a touch of sugar.
Mouthfeel: slightly thinnish
Taste: Somewhat sour, very plummy with a thin sugar veneer for balance.
Notes: Sourness plays a big part here. There is a slight bitter 'aspirin' taste and a just a touch of sweetness. Not sure if I would want to drink more.
12-21-2011 19:31:37 | More by fx20736
2.95/5 rDev -29.1%
Dayton, OH AleFest:This beer had a medium sized ivory head that contained fine-small sized bubbles.The body was slghtly hazy with some carbonation noted.The hue of this beer was brown and the nose was that of alcohol and malt.The flavor was malty and hoppy.The mouthfeel of this beer was smooth, tingly, watery, and light-medium bodied.This beer also had average lacing.
08-25-2003 20:02:46 | More by hotstuff
3/5 rDev -27.9%
A - Pours a deep cloudy brown with an off white root beer style head.
S - Strong spices and sweet malts dominate this nose.
T - It almost has a brown sugar taste, but it is dominated by a maple malt flavor that is very sweet
M - Sharp and bitter on the palete. there is a lot of carbination.
D - this is a very good dubbel. With some warmth it could be better.
04-16-2006 18:02:42 | More by quasimoto
3/5 rDev -27.9%
Pours a dark brown with hints of maroon and a slight tinge of purple. Head is two fingers, creamy white, and leaves a distinct ring of lace on top, then not much afterward.
Nose is of ripe banana, figs and berries. Coriander and clove are evident, and the smell is overall more sweet than spicy (not hot, but spice spicy). Some dark malts and booze lingers in the background.
First taste is of intensely spiced sweet fruit. The belgian yeast spiciness is almost overpowering at first. After a couple more sips it gets toned down a little bit, but combined with the bitterness that follows, the start is bordering on unpleasant. Fruits in the taste are pretty much all dark, fleshy fruits like plums and figs, with banana and berries taking a backseat. Booze is strong in the back and provides plenty of warmth. I like it, but I'd prefer it a bit weaker here. Warmth is good, but not to the point where the booze is yucky tasting.
Mouthfeel is creamy and full, with some chalkiness at times and a finish that is awkwardly watery, chalky and slightly bitter at the same time. Drinkability is shoddier than expected, as the yeast is just way too strong at the start and the finish, as just mentioned, is weird. Abv is not utilized in the best way possible (this doesn't mean it has to be hidden, it just means the strength is too much for this beer). After having Abt 12 and Tripel from these guys I expected a lot more, but I guess everything is not going to be to my taste.
03-11-2011 08:15:43 | More by madvermin
St. Bernardus Prior 8 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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