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St. Bernardus Prior 8 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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1,761 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,761
Reviews: 965
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 85
Gots: 109 | FT: 6
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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eweneek83

West Virginia

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into the appropriate St. Bernardus chalice.

A: Pours a burgundy brown body that is quite hazy/cloudy; body shows ruby streaks when held up to light, but body stays mostly opaque and cloudy throughout. Pour produces a creamy but thin, off-white colored head.

S: Dark fruits - prune juice, raisins soaked in rum. There are also stale bready notes that peak through the fruity sweetness. A mildly solvent alcohol appears later in the nose.

T: Mild fruity sweetness at the start. Again, dark fruits with prunes the most obvious candidate. The alcohol peaks after the initial wave of sweetness with a warming, peppery spike that is moderated by the arrival of the malt profile which produces a nice, wheaty twang. Finish is drying, similar to a dry wine. Aftertaste is distinctly malty - raw grains, stale biscuit and a buttery, slightly nutty note.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation; a nice crispness that is balanced with a slightly powdery/fluffy mouthfeel.

D: 8% ABV is fairly prominent - in the aroma, the taste and the warming sensation in the pit of my stomach. One more 11.2oz bottle and I would be good to go.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2009 04:38:33 | More by eweneek83
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Buschyfor3

Kentucky

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into the appropriate St. Bernardus chalice.

A: Pours a burgundy brown body that is quite hazy/cloudy; body shows ruby streaks when held up to light, but body stays mostly opaque and cloudy throughout. Pour produces a creamy but thin, off-white colored head.

S: Dark fruits - prune juice, raisins soaked in rum. There are also stale bready notes that peak through the fruity sweetness. A mildly solvent alcohol appears later in the nose.

T: Mild fruity sweetness at the start. Again, dark fruits with prunes the most obvious candidate. The alcohol peaks after the initial wave of sweetness with a warming, peppery spike that is moderated by the arrival of the malt profile which produces a nice, wheaty twang. Finish is drying, similar to a dry wine. Aftertaste is distinctly malty - raw grains, stale biscuit and a buttery, slightly nutty note.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation; a nice crispness that is balanced with a slightly powdery/fluffy mouthfeel.

D: 8% ABV is fairly prominent - in the aroma, the taste and the warming sensation in the pit of my stomach. One more 11.2oz bottle and I would be good to go.

A nice Belgian dubbel. Not sure if I prefer this to the Pater 6, but both are good in their own respects.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2009 01:28:24 | More by Buschyfor3
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Rayek

Colorado

4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my St Bernardus chalice.

A: The deep copper color has a bit of a haze. The active carbonation I've come to expect from Belgian beers is alive and well. The cream tinged cap is swirling and firm. A mild amount of lace is left in the beer's wake.

S: The nose on this beer sets up the joy that is to come nicely. Spices and dark fruits intermingle as the beer teases the nostrils.

T: As much as I hate acronyms, I had OMG written into my notes twice. Complex is an understatement when it comes to describing the flavor of this beer. Where to begin? Well, every dark fruit I can think of is hiding out here. Plums, currants, black grapes and maybe even a touch of raspberry are at work. They're offset brilliantly by a spicy mix of cinnamon, clove, coriander and a touch of anise. An alcohol warmth mixes with the dark fruits to create a vinous quality throughout the experience. Finishes warm, with lingering spice and dark fruit flavors.

M: The medium body belies the beer's strength. It's somewhat slick and has just the right level of carbonation.

D: I must have been in a really good mood last night. To me, this beer was simply amazing. Rich and complex, I found myself thoroughly enjoying every sip. Abt 12 is up next as the last stop on my St Bernardus beer tour. Prior 8 has set the bar pretty high. Here's hoping 12 can match it.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2009 15:27:50 | More by Rayek
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FleeVT

Florida

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml brown bottle with best before date into a Bernardus goblet.

A: Beautiful rich mahogany with a touch of crimson on the edges. Tight cream head that fades quickly to a thin top.

S: Nose is dominated by sweet malts, caramel and cola leading the pack. A very light floral aroma and a hint alcohol. Extremely inviting.

T/M: Lots of malts and fruity goodness. Raisin and plum with a heavy dose of carbonation. A mild medicinal taste in the back from the alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2009 00:56:52 | More by FleeVT
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ToasterChef

Maine

4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in my Uprising Chalice. Appears very dark with a head full of tiny bubbles. The bubbles leave a fine lace all around the glass while I'm drinking. The taste is malty at first with hints toffee at the end. There is a hint of alcohol to the flavor, but not nearly as strong as you would think an 8% ABV beer would taste. There is a bit of noticeable carbonation in the mouthfeel, but it isn't distracting in the least. Overall, a very fine beer. I enjoy a darker Belgian style to a lighter, so I think I actually prefer thins to the St. Bernie 12. As long as I'm not driving, I could have a number of these.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2009 22:10:58 | More by ToasterChef
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

WOW! Poured a cloudy dark brown with a huge tannish head, plenty of carbonation on this brew. Nose is sugar, candied fruits, caramel, dried dark fruits, roastiness and all of this is in the taste too. This was an exceptional Dubbel. Very smooth and rich, easy drinking and probably one of the best Dubbels I have had, ever.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2009 20:03:26 | More by barleywinefiend
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2009 20:10:08 | More by DavoleBomb
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drcarver

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - A muddy brown color and clarity with an off white head. The head is small and slightly lacy

S - The malt aromas are strong with some nut and fruit

T - Very malt and sweet. A strong alcohol flavor. There is hints of nuts (almond?) and fruit with a bit of sweat.

M - Thick and dry

D - It's a sipper.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2009 01:05:57 | More by drcarver
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dborginis

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Oakmont pub, poured into a St. Bernardus chalice. Millimeter or so of head, black but purple-ish color (bar was dark). Smell is of wine and raisins. The taste is of raisin as spices as well as alcohol. Very thick beer. Definitely a sipper. Not what I would have thought as a dubbel.

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2009 01:46:15 | More by dborginis
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theopholis

California

3.35/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Deep, darkamber body with a strong ruby glow. The head is 1-finger high, tan and fades quickly.

Smell - Fairly complex melange of dark fruits (prunes, over-ripe cherries), maybe some currant.

Taste - Again, lots of dark fruits with lots of yeastiness. Quite nixe.

Mouthfeel - Coats the mouth with its full goodness, leaving a nice, lingering aftertaste.

Drinkability- Not great, but worth a whirl.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2009 04:56:40 | More by theopholis
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ofosho

New Hampshire

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter after a long, hard day of... sitting. For an art class. Paired with a dash of Robert Jones blues.

A - Deep, dark cherry body with a ruby glow and edged with orange highlights. Pinkie-width tan head fades quickly.

S - Sour cherries, prunes, coffee (imagine drinking strong coffee, then breathing up into your own nose - that's the smell. Weird, I know, but it's not a direct coffee smell, it's more of a tangy coffee), and a touch of sweet caramel greet the nose in a soft but pleasant blend of aromas.

T - Scrumptious, juicy hit of dried, dark fruits and whole wheat bread with a definite sweetness hit the palate with a bang. Then comes a wave of lighter, more delicate sweet notes of caramel, cedar shavings, and tangy, almost citrusy yeast.

M, D - Coats the mouth with its full goodness, but clears out well and leaves the palate with a brightness that invites the next sip.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 22:05:40 | More by ofosho
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tedpeer

Iowa

4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a chalice.

A - Pours brown, with reddish hints. Huge light tan head that quickly subsided to a ring around. Some lacing.

S - Fruity, spice and malts.

T - Fruity and slightly sweet. Slight warmth from alcohol in finish.

M - Highly carbonated. Creamy. Smooth.

D - Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2009 00:35:44 | More by tedpeer
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dogfishandi

New York

4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from 11.2oz bottle into oversized wine glass at cellar temp. pours a deep dark brown color, almost appear black. lots of floater. delicious looking off white almost tan head with some brown in the middle from the last couple drops. huge head with amazing retention and lots of sticky lacing. looks very good.

the smell is that of sweet malts, spice, clove , belgian yeast, grapes, plums, raisons, solvent like alcohol. lovely.

sweet malts, sweet fruits, grapes, plums, dark fruits cover your whole mouth. clove, phenolic, belgian yeast. finishs with a grape like sweet/sourness with some warmth from the alcohol. hugely complex beer.

amazing heavy mouthfeel that really takes over your palate. very fine carbonation.

would not want to drink more than one in a night, but will definately enjoy again. one of my favorite dubbels. best served at cellar temp, and take your time and allow it to open up and let all sorts of new flavors come out.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2009 02:50:29 | More by dogfishandi
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alcstradamus

Washington

3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A--Very dark brown with a huge 3 finger head that receded lightning quick and left no lacing

S--Banana, dark fruit, flowers, caramel

T--Muted banana/clove taste, sweet fruits, figs, rye bread

M--Too carbonated for my liking, but that is the style so I can't knock it too much

D--Except for the carbonation sting, this is a very easy drinking beer. I will definitely go back to this one in the future with a more thorough review

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2009 06:00:06 | More by alcstradamus
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clayrock81

Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark brown body w/ two-finger head. A husky, thick bitter malt smell with a mix of grainy roasted/toasted malts with coffee and some sweet malts like caramel. A sweet, creamy, sugary malt taste as I pick up caramel, nuts, oat as well as some chocolate. There are some dark fruit/fig tastes for balance and it finishes slightly dry thanks to some roasted malts, but overall this a medium to heavy bodied beer that is sweet. I must add that I noticed some fruit notes on the backend with the dry malt feeling - could be some hop bitterness, although it had a slight grape tinge. This is a great dubbel from St. Bernardus.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2009 17:20:18 | More by clayrock81
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Foxtrot

California

4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice dark brown, cloudy body with a nice ivory foam cap. The head retention on this beer is absolutely amazing, it just keeps going and going and going and going!

Wonderful aromas of Belgian yeast, light plum with hints of spices and touches of cinnamon and sweetness.

Smelling this beer was delightful, but tasting it was a treat! Love the complexity. Moves with a nice fresh and vibrant tone, balanced with some assorted dark fruits, and a nice crisp clean finish. I enjoyed how this beer was sweet, but without being too sweet. The sweet sugary notes are very controlled and don't overpower the other flavors.

Mouthfeel was a nice full medium body.

Drinkability was superb, at no point did I not find myself not enjoying this beer. It was really hard to put my glass down between the tasting and smelling. Brilliant!

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2009 05:58:58 | More by Foxtrot
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a thick, walnut brown color that is impossible to see through. I observed small sentiment floating around the edges before disappearing into the brown abyss, with some residue from the last drops resting on top of the lace hat looks like cinnamon. The head foams up nicely to about 4 cm. Eventually it fades, but some head and loose lacing remain around the beer for the duration of the glass.

Smell: A developed but nuanced smell, the major players are a strong Belgian yeasty malt and some fall spices. Cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg are all noticeable. Dates and raisins round out the aroma.

Taste: Nothing too surprising here, although the dark fruit takes more of the lead. A strong, pleasant, yeasty malt dominates up front. Only a hint of the spices I smelled find their way into the taste. A light, somewhat tart hop flavor comes in at the end of the sip, but it's not quite citrusy. I think it is a light starfruit taste.

Mouthfeel: A medium bodied, smooth feel. A nice level of carbonation, and there is a level of sediment that is nice.

Drinkability: A little different from the norms of the style, and this is a very drinkable beer. The strong, dark flavor and high alcohol content make it a nice sipper.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2009 04:21:32 | More by KickInTheChalice
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chiguy2420

Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Review #5... Poured into St Bernardus Goblet.

A: Pours a dark brown with a good amount of head, 1 to 2 fingers. Minimal lacing. Very Yeasty looking.

S: I find I am usually harder on the smell and this is no different. Didn't really stand out as the ABT 12 although I know its a different beer. I got alot of spice but not much fruit like the other St. Berns. Seemed very earthy in the nose.

T: Good spicy taste. Seems more complex then the triple. Dried fruits really stand out and a coffee taste too.

M: Good carbonation and a good complexity help this beer get stronger as it goes on.

D: I actually blew threw this one pretty quick. I can see this as great beer after dinner. I drank it before dinner and it filled me up.

I found a preference to this over the triple and would drink this one again.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2009 21:27:22 | More by chiguy2420
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Jeffo

Netherlands

4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at the bottle shop down the road.

From a bottle into a St. Bernardus chalice.

APPEARANCE: Pours a medium-thick looking 1 finger off-white head that fades to a film cap relatively quickly. Some carbonation evident, but on the lower end of the spectrum. Colour is dark brown, perhaps a raw umber or auburn, with a good amount of yeast sediment floating around. A thin cap stays to the end but leaves little in the way or lacing down the glass.

SMELL: A yeasty nose with dark fruits as well, such as raisins and dates. A slight roasted quality as well, which was unexpected though well received. Hints of roasted malt and chocolate in the background. Enticing and unique in the dubbel category.

TASTE: Yeast qualities again, with lots of caramel malt and toffee up front. Some dark fruits there as well, raisins and dates like the nose. Some nice roasted flavours and a touch of bitter chocolate as well. Aftertaste is strong and long lasting, including sweet caramel malt and some bitter hop and chocolate to balance it out, with a touch of spicy alcohol at the end. Very enjoyable.

PALATE: Medium-thick body with lower end carbonation. Velvety smooth on the palate, goes down smooth, not bite, and finishes slightly dry on the palate. Alcohol very well hidden for the ABV.

OVERALL: A very enjoyable and super drinkable brew. The beer fled my glass quicker than I'd expected from an 8% beer. Doesn't quite fit the dubbel style very nicely, what with the roasted and smoky qualities, but never-the-less, this is one excellent brew I will be grabbing again the near future. I'd say this is my favorite in the St. Bernardus line; even out does the Abt. 12 for me. Recommended for sure.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2009 16:32:32 | More by Jeffo
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grayburn

South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This beer is exciting to watch, the sediment and the yeast fly around, the head sits huge and furious on top, the light shining through comes out a burnt amber to the eye. The head stays all the way through, it is one of those beers that should be served with a spoon to scoop out the foam at the end.
The smell is yeast. Active fermentation, estery high temperature florals and fruits. Very impressive. The malt takes a seat behind the yeast, I love Belgians.
The taste is again a phenolic cocktail of yeastiness. This beer tastes like a belgian doppelbock, no hoppage to be found, but certainly no lack of balance.
The mouth is nice, a bittersweet symphony of sorts.
I factored the drinkability so low just because this beer is to be sipped, the flavors need be appreciated.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2009 03:01:41 | More by grayburn
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prototypic

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Prior 8 pours a deep brown color with a distinct garnet hue to it. There's loads of sediment swimming about. Active carbonation pushing the yeast around creates quite the motion picture. A caramel colored head that stands two fingers deep sits atop. Retention is excellent. It's sure to outlast the beer lying underneath. Thick sheets of lace line the glass.

Smell: The most striking thing about the nose is the wealth of Belgian yeast. It permeates throughout and smells very good. There's a broad range of spices that features cinnamon, clove, pepper, and surely a few others. There's a light chocolate/cocoa aroma that smells sweet. Dark fruit scents of plum, raisin, and fig are noted. It's a nice smelling beer. The yeast, while it smells very nice, is almost a little too overpowering though.

Taste: It's spicy and sweet up front. Light clove, cinnamon, and pepper spices are noted. There's certainly a few other ancillary varieties that I can't identify. It is sweet and a tad sugary. Light chocolate provides more sweeetness and depth. Dark fruit flavors of plum, fig, and raisin are noted, but play more of a complementary role. Belgian yeast is obviously present, but is not as strong here. It really adds a nice touch to the flavor. Have I ever mentioned that I love Belgian yeast? Alcohol is blended well and goes unnoticed. Finishes sweet, a little spicy, and yeasty.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It features a medium body and is smooth. Carbonation is active and hinders it here a little. But, it is good. Drinkability is very good. I believe it'd be difficult for Brouwerij St. Bernardus to craft a beer that wasn't insanely drinkable. It goes down way too easy.

Prior 8 is a very nice Dubbel. It's every bit as good as Pater 6, though neither materially distinguishes itself from the other. Yes, this one is a little stronger and has a more substantial yeasty flavor. But, I like them equally. They also suffer from the same fault. They don't have that special something that drives them to the next level. I honestly believe it's a stronger spicy flavor. That's just my take. Nonetheless, this is a very good Dubbel that's easily recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2009 01:59:36 | More by prototypic
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BeTheBall

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle in to my St. Bernardus goblet. Poured a reddish brown with a lively huge head. In fact upon opening the bottle, foam began to seep over the top. Smell was of caramel and toffee along with roasted malts and dark fruit. Taste was amazing, subtle fruits along with toffee and caramel, similar (but even better) than the smell. This is very delicious and makes me want to come back for another sip soon. Mouthfeel was good, nice and foamy. Drinkability was high due to the incredible taste and smell. A true gem.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2009 16:30:00 | More by BeTheBall
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Traquairlover

Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

33cl bottle poured into a tulip.

A = An almost milk chocolate brown, maple syrup brown liquid with slight sediment specs from the pour, large frothy bone white head with excellent retention, heavy lacing.

S = Creamy milk chocolate, bananas, guavas, white pepper, cotton candy, this has a really complicated aroma with fruity scents, strong malts. Very good.

T = Hard candies, chocolate, butterscotch, cumin, pepper, as with the smell this is very complex and has a long sweet finish that goes on forever.

M = Heavy body, excellent mouthcoating, slight alcohol sting.

D = Great beer, only issue is the flavors get a little cloying by the end of the glass.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2009 22:36:43 | More by Traquairlover
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

BB 24/04/13, served lightly-chilled in Westmalle's broad-rimmed chalice.

A: pours a lightly murky, dark russet brown hue, coming with a well-lasting thin layer of dark beige frothy head and pretty moderate carbonation as far as my eyes could manage to detect.
S: lovely mildly-aromatic with a metallic twist, backed by plentiful dark malts with dark chocolatey and toasted nutty hints; the estery aroma reveals itself in a rather smooth manner, giving notes of Chinese red-bean paste (but only just), sweet licorice and black sugar, while alc. is certainly very settled and well-hidden. Not demanding or very complex for an 8%abv. Dark Ale, but the integrity is easily detected on the nose.
T: a sweet tinge of black herbal syrup and sour-sweet dark fruity malts come with a soothing texture of salty-sweet estery Chinese red-bean paste - pretty aromatic and soft on the palate... the weight of the dark malts is such that the hop bitterness and mildly floral estery flavour are literally "delayed" to develop at the back of the palate, where a light herbal undertone of licorice+aniseed+sunflower-seed, black-sugar-flavoured toffee, and a sour-sweet edge of caramelised prunes manage to linger. Slightly chewy and dry-ish bitter in the very end.
M&D: rather refreshing with a decent, moderate body and light fizziness, this big brother of "Pater 6" shows a deeper profile of dark malts yet overall lacks a level of complexity that is supposed to be built upon the junior one's virtuosity. That said, I find this an utterly drinkable sample of Dubbel, for its elegant integrity on the flavour and a total absence of alc. feel.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2009 20:10:03 | More by wl0307
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CJthirty7

Arizona

3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark Amber in color; light, thin head.
S: Spicy (nutmeg/all spice), sweetish with hints of dark sugar, some butterscotch and chocolate
T: Sweet chocolate/butterscotch taste; strong and slightly bitter finish.
M: Carbonated, light
D: I could have one or two post-meal.

Good beer. Had it as a sampler from St. Bernardus. Got a cool glass to drink it out of!

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2009 04:22:09 | More by CJthirty7
St. Bernardus Prior 8 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
93 out of 100 based on 1,761 ratings.