St. Bernardus Prior 8 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus Prior 8St. Bernardus Prior 8
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St. Bernardus Prior 8St. Bernardus Prior 8

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Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kbub6f on 09-27-2002

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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.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz Bottle

Poured the Prior 8 into it's very own St. Bernardus goblet. Poured a murky deep dark brown/garnet with yeast sediment even after a careful pour. A one finger head off white head sat on top that faded to a thin cap rather quickly. The body is loaded with small sediment. It does look inviting though like there is going to be all kinds of flavors coming through.

The smell has a lot of fruitiness to it. Figs and prunes come to mind first. An earthy mustiness comes through barely noticeable along with an old and slightly leathery quality. The backbone of this beer is a lightly toasted bread aroma. All this goes very nicely together.

The flavor is where it's at. There is a very noticeable sweetness but it's layer upon layer of flavors that casue this sweetness. The dark fruits come through first. Prune and fig just like in the nose sprinkled with some brown sugar. The earthiness comes next with must and a dark old leathery taste. All going very nicely together I must add. As I type this I notice it's the exact same as the aroma but without the toasted bread. It's more along the lines of dough. I even get hints of chocolate as I sip. Finishes with a candy sweetness. Really nicely made.

Mouthfeel is key on this beer as well. It's very creamy and as it slides along my mouth, right before the swallow, it turns almost to froth. Fits very well with all the other aspects. The body is coating.

Drinkability is good. It's an easy one to put away. I can't drink too much of any Belgian but this is an easy one to do so.

Another wonderfully made beer from St. Bernardus. An easy drinker for sure and one I will enjoy over and over.


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St. Bernardus Prior 8 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 2,492 ratings