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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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: Chestnut brown, hazy. Huge creme foam top that fades quickly. Lovely lacing.

smell: Has a medicinal smell to it combined with caramel, dark fruits and licorice.

taste: A little odd. It has some contradicting flavors somehow. I get caramel, brown sugar with a spicy smokey licorice finish. It's interesting but it doesn't really seem to click somehow. After some lingering i get fig as an after taste. I get a lot of medicinal phenol flavors together with alcohol in the nose, which adds to the slightly weird flavor combo.

mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Quite creamy with a nice carbonation kick breaking through.

overall: It's an interesting beer. I'm not sure if i like it or not. It's not bad and i do enjoy it, but it's just not a "Wow!" moment i had with their Triple. So it's def. not their best.

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3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass
Appearance – Served a medium deep reddish-brown color with a light haze and a one finger white head. The head faded over time to give a medium level of lacing.
Smell – The aroma is heaviest of dark fruit aromas of prune, raisin, fig, and some cherry. These sweeter fruit flavors are also complimented by some aromas of a bready malt as well as some molasses. Overall the aroma is sweet and delicious.
Taste – The taste begins more on the maltier side with hints of a roasted malt and brown bread. These flavors quickly sweeten as the dark fruit flavors that were detected in the nose come to the tongue. These tastes are mixed with a caramel and molasses flavor which greatly sweeten the profile. At the end of the taste, some boozy and vanilla flavors meet the tongue and take the taste to the end.
Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is on the slightly higher side with some nice creaminess and has a carbonation level being just below average.
Overall – A tasty brew, but in comparison to its bigger brother 12 it is nothing to really pine for. For the dubbel style it is more towards the top of the line, but not the best out there (at least in my opinion)

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

Poured from a 33 cl bottle into a St. Bernardus branded chalice

Pours a molasses brown with a two finger light beige head. The head remains as long as the beer, significant lacing coats the sides of the glass. The aroma of dark fruit, fig and dates, sweet cream, and a hint of alcohol rises from the chalice. Notes of sweet malt, caramel, spice, bread, and almond can be found thoughout this brew. Medium-bodied, perfect carbonation, creamy velvet on the palate. An exceptional dubbel from a fantastic brewery.

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

A: A nice brown, that is not transparent, a nice beige head at the top the goes away quickly, a little bit of lacing around the glass.

S: Dark fruit is present, especially fig and a slight hint of chocolate.

T: A greatly balanced beer, the dark fruit and chocolate and malts all come together to give a great taste, the alcohol is just a bit present.

M: Creamy, medium bodied and mid carbonation.

O: This brewery never ceases to amaze, this is a great tasting beer, very well balanced and warming.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 07-29-2012
Freshness: Best by 09-08-2012
Packaging: 330 ml brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Chalice
Purchased: Single from Frugal MacDoogal, Nashville

Pours a dark brown color, nearly opaque. The head is about a finger's worth, tan colored and creamy, with good retention and a fair amount of lacing.

Aromas are rich and malt-forward; caramel, dark fruits (such as figs), molasses, vanilla and woodiness come to mind.

The taste is similar to the smells, with sweet malty flavors of brown sugar, molasses and caramel, plus some spicy/peppery characteristics. No bitterness or hop flavors.

The mouthfeel is first about the high amount of carbonation present. Full-bodied, the finish is sweet with some alcohol warming.

Overall a powerfully rich beer -- an excellent slow sipping, nightcap treat.

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St. Bernardus Prior 8 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.15 out of 5 based on 2,428 ratings.
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