St. Bernardus Prior 8 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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4/5 rDev -3.8%
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a light brown head, good lacing. The aroma moderate to heavy malty, brown sugar, raisin, plum and hoppy. Flavor moderate/heavy sweet and bitter, in good balance. Medium/full body, syrupy, soft carbonated. Moderate in alcohol.
10-09-2012 04:19:40 | More by Serge
4.55/5 rDev +9.4%
Poured into a 14oz tulip glass.
Pours a deep reddish-brown with a moderate head the dissipates slowly.
Smells of alcohol and dried fruit with a moderate amount of phenols and esters.
Tastes of black cherries, raisins and plums. Not much yeast in the flavor. Alcohol is moderately strong.
This is probably the heaviest dubbel I've ever tasted. Malty stickiness dominates, but the champagne-like carbonation balances it out.
This is not a dubbel to drink in the Summer... more of a Fall/Spring beer. Not as easy to drink in succession like the Pater 6.
07-27-2009 19:46:43 | More by JimsArcade
3.7/5 rDev -11.1%
750 bottle. Pours a thick, dark rust color with big large-bubble head that lasted until the last sip. Amazingly complex but subtle aromas of raisins, orange and almonds. Palate was complex with high maltiness but low overall sweetness. Sourness was milder than many abby ales. High yeast content but it stayed in the bottom well and I could pour all but about an ounce. No hint of the alcohol flavor (until I tried to stand up...). Left me wanting another.
10-25-2006 16:03:37 | More by GooberMcNutly
4.3/5 rDev +3.4%
A- a gargantuan light tan head that's slow to reduce. astounding, pillow-like lacing is left behind.
S- alcohol, hint of grapes and dry, medicinal hops make it smell like a dry wine.
T- nutty at first with some herbal flavors from the hops and alcohol follow. the malty aspects kick in big after a brief delay. slight chocolate and vienna malt flavors make it reminiscent of a bock or marzen in the aftertaste. finishes sweet and a little dry.
O- quite a curveball, but not in a bad way. there are multiple layers to this beer, and all of them are fascinating.
03-15-2013 23:53:52 | More by sethcroisant
4.58/5 rDev +10.1%
Poured from a 12oz bottle
A: Pours a hazy brown with restless sediment and very active carbonation. A 3-finger creamy white head held firmly then a 2 to a 1/8" remaining throughout.
S: Alcohol sweetness and malt are up front on the nose.
T: Predominant roasted caramel malt. Little to no bitterness from the hops apparent, but wouldn't expect much from an abbey. Nice alcohol warmth on breath without appearing in the flavor.
M: Thick and smooth with lots of carbonation. The finish for a big beer as this I thought was very smooth.
D: If you're sitting in for the long haul then yes this one is very drinkable. Smooth and malty with little astringent character from the alcohol.
I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. The lovely malt character may not be for some that prefer a little more hop character but for me it was great. Wish I had grabbed a few more!
06-18-2009 22:01:59 | More by BehindtheFinBrew
3.9/5 rDev -6.3%
A beer haiku for you:
"My Belgian Dubbel;
You lack some passion tonight,
Not great, just ok"
For one of the world's best brewers, this one falls a little short of the industry standard [unlike the 12 and the Witbier from the family]. Drinkable, enjoyable--but for me not a passionate pour. Puts many to shame--per usual for St B--but not a world leader.
04-22-2010 23:38:16 | More by johnwarne
4.47/5 rDev +7.5%
Consumed at Brouwzael in Ghent. Appearance: Reddish brown, big head, somewhat cloudy. Aroma: Big malty sweetness, and in addition some roastiness. Flavor: Clearn, refreshing raisin/rum flavo, balanced by a subtle roastiness. Finish: Crisp from roastiness. Very rich.
10-30-2003 03:38:47 | More by saltydog
4.6/5 rDev +10.6%
Off-white head fades, leaving remnants around the glass. The color of the beer resembles Coca-cola.
The nose is clean and a bit bready. Faint hints of spice.
The palate is much bigger than the bouquet suggests. It is delicious and mouthfilling, with plenty of brown sugar and spice. Notes of banana, butter and cloves add interest. The finish is dignified, if not terribly long. Very nicely balanced.
05-15-2005 04:11:59 | More by fingolfin72
3.18/5 rDev -23.6%
appearance: Chestnut brown, hazy. Huge creme foam top that fades quickly. Lovely lacing.
smell: Has a medicinal smell to it combined with caramel, dark fruits and licorice.
taste: A little odd. It has some contradicting flavors somehow. I get caramel, brown sugar with a spicy smokey licorice finish. It's interesting but it doesn't really seem to click somehow. After some lingering i get fig as an after taste. I get a lot of medicinal phenol flavors together with alcohol in the nose, which adds to the slightly weird flavor combo.
mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Quite creamy with a nice carbonation kick breaking through.
overall: It's an interesting beer. I'm not sure if i like it or not. It's not bad and i do enjoy it, but it's just not a "Wow!" moment i had with their Triple. So it's def. not their best.
08-17-2012 22:30:53 | More by Arno
4.03/5 rDev -3.1%
To me, the appearance of this brew is the greatest among many good things about this beer.... As I pour an 11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass, a thick 2-inch head appears atop a unique hazy brew.... A brew with a copper/brown skirting that fades into a deep, dark, and almost opaque center.... The head vanishes quickly, but has good retention, and leaves decent lacing.
I take a whiff and get sweet Belgian yeast with dark fruit like that of raisin or grape.... There's also some caramel malt with breadiness and spice.
The taste mostly consists of dark fruit like pruny plum and grape.... There's also some apple and pear with a bit of spicy Belgian yeast and bread.
This is a medium-bodied brew that is well carbonated.... It has a crisp feel that leaves a bit of an alcohol aftertaste.
Overall, I truly enjoyed this brew.... A complex, but well balanced brew with a delicious taste and aroma.... Though not amongst my favorite Belgians, it's an easy-drinking Belgian.... Unique, indeed.... I love you, Belgium.
12-14-2012 21:09:24 | More by DannyHartman
St. Bernardus Prior 8 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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