St. Bernardus Prior 8 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus Prior 8St. Bernardus Prior 8

Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 09-27-2002

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On tap at the Yard House in Denver. Great beer - what you expect from a Belgian but very smooth and nice to drink.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a deep brown with a finger and a half of dense off white head that slowly fades and leaves moderate lacing
S: smells of dark fruits, spice from the yeast and a bit of candi sugar
T: tastes of spice from the yeast, dark fruits, some alcohol, and some slight sugary sweetness. swallow is a bit more alcohol, some bitterness and a bit more sweetness and dark fruit
M: medium in the mouth with adequate and slightly prickly carbonation, a bit of a dry finish
O: A pretty solid beer with good flavors and good marks for hitting the style. a bit spicier than I expected but not bad.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fruity nose, with touches of malt, quite complex. The entrance is easy on the palate but then quickly becomes exhilarating. A very good body, rich toasted malt and a body far more intoxicating than other Dubbel. One senses in the palace of keys and a coconut flavor to both sparkling and full of flavors, especially fruit. The finish also has the slight spicy fruity. Good beer at once heady, fruity and spicy.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This review is somewhat biased based on the fact that I generally don't like Dubbels. I am reviewing to style, though.

A: Murky brown with the slightest red tinge when held up to a light. The head is on the smaller side, but it is long lasting.

S: Rich aroma, but it doesn't overpower. There is an alcohol warming, Belgian yeast phenols, cloves, earthy, musty prunes and tart grapes.

T: A little more to it than the smell. Dark fruits, brown sugar/molasses, clove spiciness.

M: Light bodied. The finish is cut nicely by the scrubbing power of carbonation.

D: A very nice offering from St. Bernardus.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle best by 05.05.14. No time like the present though...

Pours a hazy, dark brown body with a creamy, off-white head that leaves a nice layer of a foam cap.

Aromas begin with tons of Belgian yeast notes; clove, bananas and other various dark fruits. Full of yeast and sweet-smelling dark caramelized sugars. Dark toasted brown bread asserts itself in the background but take a backseat to the yeast influence.

The tastes begin with light cocoa powder, toasted bread and plenty of sweet maltiness. As it warms the fruitiness of bananas and other yeast flavors assert themselves. Plenty of spice and doughy yeastiness evident. Darker fruits emerge also as it warms.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with ample carbonation; perfect for the style. Finishes toasty dry and fruity.

Overall, after sampling the Pater 6 back to back with this beer I think I prefer the lighter example because the flavors seem more balanced and lean toward the toastier bread compared to this example that is kind of crossed between a Dubbel and a Quad flavor wise (dark fruits are most dominant in the Abt 12). While this is a good beer it not no exponentially better than the lesser ABV example and I would lean toward that one so I can imbibe in more of it. If you want a more "flavorful" darker Belgian beer, opt for the 12 over this 8.

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St. Bernardus Prior 8 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.15 out of 5 based on 2,427 ratings.
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