St. Bernardus Prior 8 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

St. Bernardus Prior 8St. Bernardus Prior 8
2,443 Ratings
St. Bernardus Prior 8St. Bernardus Prior 8

Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky, leather-looking brown color; almost fully opaque with some really tiny bits of off-colored sediment hanging in suspension and revealing the unfiltered nature of the brew. A foamy, dingy, off-white head tops the beer off and lasts for what seems like days as it leaves some gorgeous legging down the sides of the glass.

The initial aroma is sharp, pronounced, and very carbonated; grapes, apple skins, pears, ripe plums, slight earthiness, dirt, faint caramel, brown sugar. Very sweet and lively on the nose. Upon warming, light banana and spices come out. The Belgian yeast certainly doesn't go unnoticed here. Very complex aroma all around.

The taste begins with a nice dose of heavy, sweet grapes and juicy plums. Candied dates, sugar-coated raisins, spices, clove, cinnamon, apple skins, sweet caramel, toffee, light cocoa powder... Do you see all those things I just listed? How the fuck did I identify all of that stuff? I don't know. But it's all there. This beer is seriously complex and really quite amazing.

Phenols are present as they are in many Belgian ales, but they are pretty mild and unobtrusive here. The sweetness from the fruit and malt flavors couple perfectly with the brown and burnt sugar flavors, both of which are kept in check by the Belgian yeast and spices. Hops are far from the forefront, but still can be detected, though remain muddled, musty, and somewhat quiet. But in all honesty, they aren't missed all that much here.

This beer is an unabashed, sweet malty bomb, and an incredibly complex one at that. Some light fruitiness, toffee, and sweet sugar in the aftertaste. Even as this beer warms, it gets sweeter and sweeter without ever becoming cloying. Highly carbonated with a medium body, almost creamy, and slightly frothy. The mouth feel alone could tell you that this is a well-crafted Belgian ale.

Damn, I was definitely impressed with this one. After having the Pater 6, my hopes weren't THAT high for this one (I mean, it's just a stronger version, right?) Wrong. This beer is great, and in my opinion, severely underrated. A super-complex compound of fruit, malt, sugar, musk, hops, spices, and yeast. This is a must have for lovers of the style, and even a good choice to convert people who are hesitant.

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

From: Binny's, Schaumburg, IL
Date: Best by 08/07/2013
Glass: St. Bernardus chalice

Pours a 2cm tall head of mostly medium-sized, but some small-sized, bubbles, off-white to beige in color. Retention is excellent, lasting more than a few minutes, and the foam leaves substantial washes of lacing as it declines down the glass, settling to a thin cap atop the beer. Body is a dark brown-amber color, with light doing little to change the color. Opaque, with carbonation just visible as it runs up the sides of the glass.

Aroma is of very rich bread, raisins, caramel, light grape ester, and hints of anise.

Front of palate finds rich bread, raisins, light grape ester, and amber Belgian candi sugar. Mid-palate is similar: Belgian candi sugar sweetness, rich brown bread, raisins, dried dates, light grape ester, and even some mild cocoa. Back of palate picks up light grape ester, amber Belgian candi sugar, raisins, dried dates, anise, and spiciness from ethanol. Aftertaste is of lingering candi sugar sweetness, dried dates, and light ethanol.

Beer is medium-heavy in body, with medium to medium-low intensity carbonation that feels slightly fizzy upon the palate. This quickly foams the beer, though, and the beer ends up softly moving across the palate. Closes rather dry, with moderate stickiness lingering across the palate.

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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From the corked, caged 750 ml. bottle. Sampled on January 25, 2013.

The pour is a gorgeous looking deep amber-brown with a long lasting, silky beige head and a slight haze. Some decent yeast sediment floating about which is something I really like to see.

The aroma opens up my senses in wonderment trying to define what is there. I get dark malts, dark fruit, yeast, grape, molasses, and Belgian candied sugars. It invites me to drink and enjoy.

The body is full and bold with modest astringency.

The taste is fabulous with an upfront dark malt sweetness, molasses, and a mild pepper note taking up the rear with a smooth, dryish finish.

One of the most gorgeous, aromatic, and tasty beers that I have ever had.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

St. Bernie 8 - 750ml bottle.

Beautiful amber brown with a huge head that stayed for about 2 hours.

Nose is awesome: tons of citrus and floral hints, rounded out by soft ripe fruits. Pears, apricots, bread, and clove/cinnamon spice.

Taste: Out of control good. I love the big, bold esters, the pear/apricot hints, and the silky-smooth caramel/light molasses malt backbone. But a ton of the sour fruit feel, which balances the malts well. Actually, there is a lot more of the sour-Flemish feel to it than I was expecting. Gives it a slight, puckering bite.

Mouthfeel: a little bit lighter than I was expecting. Not thin, but a sessionable Dubbel. Quite (and unexpectedly) dry.

Overall: Ahh, St. Bernie. You done good. Real good. I'd reach for this in almost any situation, place, mood, weather, or company.

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3.82/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours dark brown from the bottle. Nice foam head with average retention.

Smell: Very malty smell, almost no hops aroma.

Taste: Very strong caramel malt taste, a bit stinging on the tongue because of high carbonation.

Mouthfeel: Full body beer, a bit of acidic taste because of the high carbonation.

Overall: Nice beer, probably would sell this beer in my pub.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 330 ml bottle (best before February 7, 2017) into a chalice.

A-A normal pour produces about one and one-half fingers of light tan-colored head. The foam drops to thick cap, and then hangs around while you drink. The brew is a dark, reddish-brown. Mostly opaque.

S-I smell a lot of sweetness, both caramelly, brown-sugary malts and alcohol. Also a touch of banana-scented Belgian yeast.

T-The taste is also pretty sweet with malty molasses and candy sugar flavors. There is also a component of dark fruit, like raisins and prunes on the mid-palate, and a touch of pepper on the finish.

M-The feel was nice and creamy with moderate to lower carbonation that roiled the beer around my mouth. Good balance.

O-This brew lacks the complexity of my favorite dubbels, but it is a nice representation of the old world style with big sweetness and subtle fruit characteristics. The appearance is archetypical and mouthfeel is great. This brew made for a nice sipper on a cold January evening and I will be drinking this again.

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St. Bernardus Prior 8 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 2,443 ratings
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