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

Brewed by:
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

Rusty dark brown body with a huge, creamy, off-white head.

Aromas of rum soaked plums and yeasty spice.

Nutty malt turns to caramel, then toffee, then chocolate. Some dark fruit, lets call it...fig. Spicy clove, tobacco, oak. As it warms, notes of cherry cola begin to appear. Plenty of flavors to investigate here, but it is not an abundantly rich beer, just expertly crafted.

The body smooth with medium carbonation and a sweet, malty finish.

This has to be on the short list of style defining Dubbels. The word quintessential comes to mind. Further proof of the brewing excellence that is St. Bernardus.

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

Opened .33l brown bottle and DAMN its a gusher.
FL 27/02/12

Appearance: Well when i poured it into my chalice it was still gushing. Beautiful, creamy, tan head. About an 1in of head.

Smell: Candy Sugar, raisins, brown sugar, tart apples, vanilla, and dates.

Tastes: Wow, upfront i get this tart fruit, than toasted dark malt,and coffee, and finishes with a sweet bready yeast with the slights alcohol to warm you up.

Mouthfeel: Thick smoothness, nice amount of carbonation. Well considering it was a gusher when i opened it.

Drinkability: I cant believe its 8%abv. This is just an excellent beer, very easy to drink.

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

11.2 oz bottle with date markings of "09 08 12."

A: This looks amazing. Very dark reddish brown, opaque, but not cloudy. Very thick, almost like nitro, head that sustains a 1-finger head.

S: Wow. Raisins, molasses, dark maple syrup, pralines, with some alcohol at the end. This beer is fun to just smell.

T: I'm excited for this... Not as sweet as I expected in the beginning, but some residual sweetness comes through at the end. The carbonation nips my tongue at first followed by some sourness, then a slow progression of different caramelized sugar flavors and those mentioned above under "smell." Some alcohol comes in and warms my throat and stomach. It coats my mouth and the flavors linger in my mouth for quite a while. This is very enjoyable, and one I will stretch over an hour or so, enjoying the different flavors as it warms up.

M: Very pleasant, medium carbonation, medium body, but like a thin syrup.

D: Low, but only because this is so amazing. I want to savor one of these over a long period, and I will only drink this on occasion.

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

From Notes:

This is one complex beer, and while I have had quite a few belgian(and belgian style beers) it is still a little difficult to pick out flavors.
A-Dark hazy brown, lots of bubbles, 1/3 inch off white head that never fully diminished, with random lacing around the glass.
S-Fruity(red fruits, peach, apple, and a bit of spice), with slightly sweet malts, light alcohol, and a clean balanced feel. The belgian yeasty esters are definitely present giving the fruit a slightly lingering feel.
T-Fruity full of cherry, apples, and peach....thick and slightly syrupy. and a finish that has a light hoppy dryness....I guess it could be described as off dry.
M/D-medium bodied, full flavored, very complex(put this one up with a bottle of wine), and moderately clean mouthfeel for a such big beer.

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