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St. Bernardus Prior 8 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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4.16/5
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St. Bernardus Prior 8St. Bernardus Prior 8
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Belgium
sintbernardus.be

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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#1,398
Reviews:
1,071
Ratings:
2,463
pDev:
8.41%
Bros Score:
3.95
 
 
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What a beaut!

Pours a lustrous mahogany red, with a luxurious head that settles thin but paints the glass in wide, generous strokes. Vibrant as the sun on closed eyes.

Smell is strong of darkest sugary ethanol. Cherry, rum, cream. An inviting aroma to say the least. 8.00% is clearly meant in Belgian terms.

Mouthfeel: The heart of a successful bräu. Carbonation verging on assault, softened to a cloud by the complexity of its

...Taste... Ah. So good it verges on the masochistic. A long pull of the fruitiest, woodiest fermented sweet. Inseparable from its complementary perfected texture.

Such a mistake in only buying one. Not to be missed!

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This beer is hearty and delicious. Very Belgianesque. Alcohol well hidden.
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12 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, deep, dark mahogany color, with three fingers of white-colored head that slowly dissolved away into a lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic with notes of bready, toasted malt, imparting notes of freshly baked sourdough bread, subtle aromas of candied sugar, toffee, some subtle aromas of dried stone fruit, such as raisins and prunes. There is also quite a bit of Belgian yeast, which imparts aromas of saddle leather, and spices of clove.

Taste: Very nice and very subtle. There are some very nice flavors of bready toasted malt, up front, followed by candied sugar and toffee-like sweetness, and the aforementioned dried stone fruit, such as raisins and prunes. Finally, there is the funky, spicy Belgian yeast, imparting spices of clove, ginger and all-spice, as well as a slight sourness at the finish. What is interesting is that these flavors are softer and more subtle than the flavors of Belgian dubbles that I’ve had. It’s quite unique and original.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied to slightly chewy and nicely effervescent as there is quite a lot of carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 8%, there is just a slight kiss of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is the third beer that I’ve had from St. Bernardus, and so far, the brewery is three, for three! This is an excellent, delicious beer!

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St. Bernardus Prior 8 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 2,463 ratings
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