St. Bernardus Prior 8 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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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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Photo of Eisen
3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a goblet: Cloudy brown with medium foamy white head that faded quickly into nothing but a spacey cafe layer. Smells of chocolate and burnt espresso, and dates and plums. Tastes slightly of ginger, nutmeg, banana, date, plum, oak. Mouthfeel slightly watery mixed with booze. There are better doubles, probably. However, a very good beverage that one should enjoy at least once.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of scotorum
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best before date on this antique is 8/7/13. Which may explain the sediments and perhaps affected the taste. Since St. Bernardus has a five year life expectancy, this would be five and a half years old by now which would make it the oldest beer I have ever had.

Poured from the 11.2 oz. bottle into an Innis & Gunn flute.

a: Translucent red/brown with a lot of floaties and sediment. Might have poured this out a bit too vigorously. Finger and a half offwhite head receded to thick even surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Dark malt and fruit. The aroma becomes more luscious as it warms.

t: Nice fruity yeast and malt combo, with some cardboardy undertones which are not at all objectionable. Rather like my ideal Marzen, perhaps even better than the Northampton Brewery's version which is my favorite of that style, because it has more body to it. Dry finish. As it warms the dark fruit tones become more prominent (served this at 48 degrees F, the bottle label recommends a bit warmer would be ideal). Higher ABV is hardly evident.

m: Medium. Very smooth. Good carbonation even to the dregs pour.

o: Very easy drinking Abbey ale, which is my favorite style in Belgians besides Trippels and Quads. Perhaps due to its age it may be maltier than intended, but as it appears to have been bottle conditioned one might expect the yeast to have asserted itself more as well. Only price puts Ommegang's Abbey Ale and Sierra Nevada's Ovila ahead of it the next time I want a good brew of this style.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Roguer
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle overflowed as soon as I took off the cap! Craziness.

Brew is a super-dark brown, with hints of light shining through. Pours a firm, solid off-white head with good retention. Good lacing.

Thick, obvious aroma of figs and raisins, dark nuts, and cherries. A bit like cola.

Smooth dubbel, but a little metallic flavor. Again with cola. Dark fruit, especially prunes or dates, and some Belgian yeast. Complex, but not as good as I was expecting.

Lively but thin (for the style) mouthfeel. Extremely bubbly, which detracts from the overall experience.

I would expect this would be better with some age on it. However, it's a pretty good dubbel. Nothing special, though; pick it up for a try, or go for Chimay or Westmalle for something truly special.

2013 vintage.

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3/5  rDev -27.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of MDDMD
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-hazy brown color with hints of orange, nice off-white head with decent lacing

S-dark fruit, malt, caramel, spices, hint of orange

T-raisins, figs, toasted malt, toffee, spices, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy

O-smooth and great flavor, solid ale

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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St. Bernardus Prior 8 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 2,489 ratings