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Review by RedHaze on 07/30/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 17 4 9 2010
Pours a dirty brown, with a solid 1 1/2 finger head that settled into a 1/4 cap that never faded away, with pretty nice lacing.

Smells doughy with cloves, dark fruits, and some mild spices that I can't place.

Taste is of bready malts, spices, and candied sugars. There's hardly any hop flavor to this beer and it finished kind of dry.

I prefer the Abt. 12, but I'd get this again. A great Dubbel.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by everetends on 02/16/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 9 18 4 9 2010
Old Review
33 cl bottle I got out of a St. Bernardus Mixed pack. Poured into a goblet that bares the brewery's name.

A: Poured a nice dark brown that has the look of cola when you hold it to the light. Nice, rocky tan head that sticks and patterns the glass all the way down. Beautiful beer, damn near exceptional.

S: Smell is of yeast, dark fruit, spices, herbs, grapes, and a touch of alcohol.

T: Taste is of the yeast and a touch of dark fruit and grapes. A spicy flavor comes across, pepper mostly. Alcohol is there but not too much in your face. Has a great balance.

M: Great again. Creamy, full bodied brew that really coats the mouth and lets you enjoy what this beer wants you to enjoy.

D: This is a great beer but you probably don't want to hit too many. One a night is more than enough. This beer has amazing balance and feel, Can't wait to experience the other brews this brewery has to offer.

Served In: Goblet

Review by joe1510 on 11/24/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 2 9 17 4 9 2009
11.2oz Bottle

Poured the Prior 8 into it's very own St. Bernardus goblet. Poured a murky deep dark brown/garnet with yeast sediment even after a careful pour. A one finger head off white head sat on top that faded to a thin cap rather quickly. The body is loaded with small sediment. It does look inviting though like there is going to be all kinds of flavors coming through.

The smell has a lot of fruitiness to it. Figs and prunes come to mind first. An earthy mustiness comes through barely noticeable along with an old and slightly leathery quality. The backbone of this beer is a lightly toasted bread aroma. All this goes very nicely together.

The flavor is where it's at. There is a very noticeable sweetness but it's layer upon layer of flavors that casue this sweetness. The dark fruits come through first. Prune and fig just like in the nose sprinkled with some brown sugar. The earthiness comes next with must and a dark old leathery taste. All going very nicely together I must add. As I type this I notice it's the exact same as the aroma but without the toasted bread. It's more along the lines of dough. I even get hints of chocolate as I sip. Finishes with a candy sweetness. Really nicely made.

Mouthfeel is key on this beer as well. It's very creamy and as it slides along my mouth, right before the swallow, it turns almost to froth. Fits very well with all the other aspects. The body is coating.

Drinkability is good. It's an easy one to put away. I can't drink too much of any Belgian but this is an easy one to do so.

Another wonderfully made beer from St. Bernardus. An easy drinker for sure and one I will enjoy over and over.

Reviewed: 1/8/07

Served In: Goblet

Review by Oxymoron on 09/25/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 9 17 4 9 2009
If only I could drink St. Bernardus Prior 8 all weekend, I would call it Weekend at Bernies.

Bernie may be dead, but he’s still the life of the party! Just ask Andrew McCarthy and Jonathan Silverman. Pours clean and smooth leaving a obnoxious lace and also laces to the glass. I also noted that there was some sediment on the bottoms like the monk of old (you know, back in the 80's). The dark rich amber/brown color which only the dead could see through is nice too.

Wouldn’t the number to St Bernies Prior 8 be 7? Maybe their padres aren’t so good with numbers. What they are good at is making beer. The smell for St. Bernies Prior 8 (7+1) hints of malt sweetness and a presence of alcohol. I picked up some sweet flavor of honey (maybe) but very little hops.

Although I couldn’t tell you what other movies McCarthy & Silverman have been in, what I can tell you is St. Bernies Prior 8 has a strong alcohol bit to it. Reading the description of a Belgian Dubbel, this is common. Also so is the strong presence of malt. What is interesting is there is a variety of malt flavors that blends well and is very enjoyable.

Luckily they only made two Weekend at Bernies, but St Bernardus Prior 8 hits the spot for something new: Belgian Dubbel. The 8% ABV and strong phenol/alcohol flavor really limits what can be consumed. Other than that, enjoy a great weekend even if your boss just happens to die.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by tavernjef on 12/23/07  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
92 3 10 18 5 10 0
Deep dark cherrywood with a tall sturdy crown that starts as foam but resonates down to healthy head of a 8th inch bubbly/frothy whipped light tan topping. Leaves tons of lacing coating the glass.

Aroma is dry of light earthyness along with some yeasty esters of flowers and light spice.with a strong fruity sense of figs, raisins, and dark cherries keeping a lush and full sweet edge over the top.

Flavors ensue a pleasurable display of fruits displayed from the aroma with dry little spices. Firm, steardy, and steady with a full taste brigade from start to finish. Sweet and chewy finish late with bits of candied fruits and a light textured nuttyness. A great taster.

Feel is creamy and nearly full with some light drying effects floating around and finishes terrific with a super yummy and smooth exhibition of chewy fruits and earthly delights. Another fine drinker by St. Bernardnus - which I've mentioned in other reviews of their first-class brews is that the drinkability is amazingly easy to handle. All that I've imbibed by these jolly monks has been top notch good stuff!

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by KingG on 11/22/07  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 10 19 4 9 0
11.2oz bottle served at room temp and poured into my Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance is exceptional. Dirty, murky, dark brown colored brew with a massive soapy and clumpy tan head. Sticky lacing webs the inside of the glass.

Smell is very good. Heavy aromas of candied dark fruit, caramelized brown sugar, nutty Belgian yeast, banana, and pineapple. Subtle yet sneaky spices in the background along with a hint of alcohol.

Taste is very good. Very similar to the nose but with a large banana-nut bread and plum presence. Spices are there yet give way to the sweet fruity malt flavors. Nothing overly aggressive, everything working in great harmony. Crafted almost perfectly.

Mouthfeel is very good. Soft and delicate on the palate with a creamy texture. Easy, smooth finish.

Drinkability is very good. Very easy to drink; almost too easy. Finishing a few of these wouldn't be a problem.

Overall:
An amazing Belgian brew from St. Bernardus who know a thing or two when it comes to making them. An absolute joy to drink. Highly recommended.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Kegergator on 11/21/07  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 10 17 4 8 0
Wow, another solid brew. Looks almost perfect. Dark murky amber, with a nice tan head. Smooth drinker, and full bodied.

Served In: Pint Glass

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