St. Bernardus Prior 8 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

St. Bernardus Prior 8St. Bernardus Prior 8
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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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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Sammy, 330ml into a tulip. Best before April 27, 2010. Is this a seven year old bottle?

Dark brown in the pour, some ruby around the edges. Fairly thick tan head, with some dense lacing and somewhat thin retention, but it's persistent. Nose is chockful of rich dark fruit notes, loads of plums and the like. Caramelized and candied with notes of brown sugar and gentle vanilla. Some grapeiness that sits well in the background. Caramel, toffee and more sweet dark fruits. Vanilla is right there again, and dominates the profile for the better part. Finishes sweet and somewhat sticky. Mouthfeel is creamy as can be and the alcohol is invisible, super smooth and as close as can be to perfect for the style. Overall, a fantastic surprise (didn't see the dating when I got this) - one of the best dubbel's I've had in a while, doesn't stand far at all from a Westy 8.

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4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before 29-03-16

A: Pours a hazy mahogany brown in color with a finger tall light beige head. The head on this beer reduces to merely a very thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass in a very short amount of time. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Definitely some dark fruit - I think I detect plum, fig, and black cherry. I also get hints of chocolate and some dark malts, almost like a pumpernickel or brown bread.

T: A very well balanced flavor to this beer, marrying the flavors of the dark fruit (plum, fig, and black cherry) with the rich dark malts, the noble hops, and the Belgian yeast. There is some sweetness from the candi sugar. The alcohol in this beer is very well masked.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Very creamy.

O: Very nice beer, well balanced and with good amounts of complexity. I shouldn't be surprised as I have been impressed with every beer I have had from St. Bernardus. This is a beer that I would get many times and each time I think I appreciate it a little more.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Immortale25
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter. Back label says best before end 10 05 16 which can be taken to mean drink by May 10th 2016.

A- Pours a dark brown with little light showing through and has a two-finger head that retains very well leaving thick wisps of lacing behind.

S- Dark fruit such as plum, black cherry and currants. Also some banana.

T- Balance is the name of the game when it comes to St. Bernardus. Making the yeast, malt and fruit overtones in sync with each other while keeping the alcohol in check. Very simple, yet very effective. The fruits found in the aroma are also detected in the flavor as well as a smidgeon of soapiness and metallic taste.

M- High carbonation that’s felt with every sip. Medium-heavy body.

O- I think all six bottles in my variety pack are going to be a winner. 3 down, 3 to go.

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4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought at Bowery Wholefoods Beer Mart in NYC.

A: Hazy Auburn or redwood with a tan frothy ivory tan head. Creamy with little lacing.

S: Effervescent notes of chocolate, plum, dark cherry and fresh pumpernickel bread.

T: First notes are of grenadine, molasses and belgian candied sugar. Secondary profile has hints of peach, walnut, dark cherry, plum, pear and corriander. Slight hints of bitter noble hops, more than most trappists. Tart fruit and bittersweet chocolate towards the end. Dry creamy finish.

M: Heavenly creamy mouthfeel. Moderate body, with low carbonation. Alcohol warmth towards the finish.

O: Such a beautiful dubbel. It gets better as it warms up, especially in terms of secondary flavor profile, if its been in the cellar for a while. The best part of the beer was its creaminess and its complexity. Absolutely recommend. This beer is so good, its stupid.

I'd pair this with a tuna pate on crackers.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Murky brown with lighter highlights when held to light. Dense khaki head with small bubbles. Fades quickly leaving foamy cap and sparse lacing.

S: This has a nice, sweet smell to it. Has the typical dark fruit that you'd expect, but also has an apple-like aroma that I like a lot. Yeast, bread. Nice smell.

T: Follows the nose, but a bit more bready in the taste than in the smell. Dark fruit, raisins, plums, yeast, apple.

M: Medium, dry and a bit sticky.

O: Solid offering that I wouldn't hesitate to drink again or recommend to someone who is looking for an entry beer into Belgians.

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4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on draft @ Milltown (Carrboro, NC) into a McChouffe goblet.

A: Very unique color - dark brown with hints of orange when held to the light, a khaki head that dissolves within minutes & viscous lingering lacing.

S: Toasted bread, dark fruit, sweet desert bananas, roasted malt. Great nose.

T: Follows the nose - browned bread, plum jam, nuts, alcohol is present but not overwhelming.

M: Initial sharpness from the carbonation fades quickly into a creamy mouthfeel.

O: A very good dubbel from a world class brewery, happy to have found it on draft & look forward to having it again.

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St. Bernardus Prior 8 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 91.5% out of 100 with 2,436 ratings
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