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St. Bernardus Prior 8 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Belgium | website

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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Reviews: 1,033 | Ratings: 2,323
Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Taste: spiced, bold earthy, with notes of clove and wild yeast. Complex candi sugar and bread nose.
Brown/amber color, unfiltered with refine bubbled head. Alcohol finish liquid breads that sustained the monks.

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Photo of RickS95
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

An opaque, medium brown pour with a finger of contrasting off white head. The beer is only clear enough to show some particles in suspension. The head retains pretty well; comes back to life with each swirl; and leaves more and more lace as the beer warms.

My beer is still a little on the cool side so I'm struggling to pick up the full bouquet but I am getting some caramel malt, traditional dark fruit, and a bit of the Belgian yeast in the way of pepper.

Everything comes together nicely in the taste. The caramel blends well with the peppery yeast for balance. The hops provide for an earthy taste, particularly from mid-sip on.

At only 8% ABV, it gives an almost light bodied feel, though it's the first beer I've had in a while below 9 or 10 percent so it could just be me. The malts start the party with a gentle sweetness and the hops finish things with a crisp bitterness and slightly sour feel.

I'm not a big fan of Abt 10 though I love their Christmas Ale, however, this is a really nice beer that kind of splits the difference between the two.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle into a goblet.

Pours a viscous brown and produces a bursting, frothy head. Surprised as generally when I use this particular goblet, it has some magical effect that kills foam. Liquid in the glass is brown with a bright amber color. Lace remains as a ring on the perimeter of the glass.

The smell and flavor remind me a lot of a rye bread kind of sweet and kind of spicy, and there's a yeasty note injecting some flowery and earthy notes. The finish lingers with touches of brown sugar. Some of the flavors approach a raisiny fruitiness, but in general this is way more bread-heavy.

I guess I touched on it but I'll repeat that this has that bready malt sort of sweetness, a prominent yeasty feel and a lingering finish like when you taste a rich, fresh loaf of dark bread.

I like this beer but generally find that dubbels don't deliver for me in the way that a quad does.

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Photo of Dzu
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Very dark-brown with a foam head.
S: Dark bread, weak sweety.
T: Dark fuits, berries , bread and some magical ingredient :- )
F: Fantastic smooth. Perfect alcohol hiding.
O: Another great ale from St. Bernardus! Love it!

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Photo of tlema1
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L; brown and red, with a long lasting tight white head
S: it smells Belgian
T: some sweetness, dark fruits
F: coats the tongue, very carbonated
O: a good example of this style, but it's not a style I'm crazy about

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, pours a hazey brown colour with a small tan head that disapates to a thin layer. Aroma caramel, dark fruits, clove, spices. Taste sweet, dark fruits, malty, spices.

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Photo of SirLoopsAlot
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely delicious Belgian Dubbel. Bready with notes of honey, caramel, cola, and raisin. Overall taste is balanced but fairly sweet with no bitterness. Incredibly smooth and drinkable. Will definitely get this again.

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Photo of Zet
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hazy dark amber with a full head of foam that retains very well. A full nose of liquorice, toffee and chocolate, but the smell gets weaker quite fast. The taste is rich with flavours like caramel, toffee, milk chocolate, resin and yeast. Some raisin flavour as well, but this dubbel doesn't have the dark fruit prominence many other dubbels have. There seem to be more german doppelbock flavours actually. Mouth feel is very smooth due to the yeast, especially near the end.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the bottle, it pours a hazy brown with a nice head, remaining thick for a while. Lacing. Sweetish raisins (?) in the nose, pleasantly slightly sweet malt in the mouth. Yum!

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Photo of SFNC
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured cold into tulip.
Look; Cloudy amber to brown with a tight, fluffy head, The head has some real staying power, plus some major lacing.
Smell; Sweet, metallic, spicy, especially the clove. A tad boozy as well. The smell is strong, but seems slightly harsh.
Taste; Rich malts, sweet, some fruit like depth. The yeast is present and the alcohol as well. You can luxuriate in each sip.
Feel; Very carbonated, so much so that it gives a bit of a bite. Smoother on the back end.
Overall; A very good Dubbel, quite enjoyable, a drink to savor. A tip of the hat to the smiling Monks!

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Photo of drmeto
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-pours a cloudy brown with orange tinges and a big,foamy,offwhite head
-caramel,toffee,spicy,chocolate,brown bread,slight plums,slight raisins
-caramel,toffee,toasty,brown sugar,spicy,brown bread,raisins
-medium body,
-medium to carbonation
-alcohol noticeable on the finish
A fine Dubbel

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Photo of kalosjakar
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Brown with an off white head which formed even with the slowest of pours.

Smelling raisins and plums galore. A bit of alcohol as well.

Very sweet taste. Again raisins and plums. Maltiness. Theres definitely more but I have trouble isolating smells/tastes in Belgians.

Medium carbonation and mouthfeel on the palate.

Great beer.

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.93/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Two and a half finger white head speckled with brown dead yeast, milk chocolate hazy body.

Smell: Dark fruits, spices, banana, wheat, and notes of chocolate and honey.

Taste: See above.

Feel: Medium body, Medium-high carbonation, semi-dry, and a small alcohol burn.

Other: Strangely has a slight dunkelweizen aspect to the flavor and aroma.

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Photo of barczar
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best by 2013, so score set to current average.

Aroma is rich with dark candi sugar, molasses, dates, raisins, figs, apple, pear, and a touch of clove. Very complex.

Flavor is certainly on the sweet side, though the fruity esters counter nicely, adding a bit of sharpness. Extremely smooth and drinkable.

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Photo of Ninjakillzu
4.96/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

L: Poured into a Chimay chalice. Body is a hazy chocolate brown with plenty of sediment, head is 1/3 finger width and creamy tan.

S: Spiced dark fruits and cake, sweet caramel, and bready toasted malt.

T: Same as the nose. Also contains vanilla.

F: Surprisingly light bodied with medium carbonation. Warming when swallowed.

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Photo of mjurney
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark mahogany color, murky with lots of particles floating. Thick, light tan head.

Dark fruit, vanilla, cloves, caramel.

Deep creamy malts, caramel, brown sugar, semi dark roast. Dark fruit, prunes and dates. Vanilla beans, some cloves. Nice bitterness towards the end. Finish is tart and clean. Full bodied, chewy, very smooth, a bit boozy.

It's an outstanding Belgian Abbey Ale.

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Photo of puck1225
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pour a nice dark golden brown into a chalice. Great slightly sweet floral smell with a nice head and good lacing. Great taste! Raisin bread, cherries. Richer taste as it warms.

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Photo of Brew_Darrymore
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Just opened a 330ml bottle. Served at 10°C. Nice, white head, great long-lasting lacing. I find it a little dry and lighter in flavour compared to other dubbels.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From elcervecero. In La Trappe chalice. After dinner. Not bad but after taking the Rochefort 8 yesterday this seems too soft in all aspects. However, pretty good for a dubbel

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Photo of OlaB
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Nice brown color , the foams disapear kind of quick.Look is great
S: great smell of malt, fruits and caramel
T: the taste was great ,with a malty taste and a hint of caramel and brown sugar.Gives that warm feeling at the end
F: First mouthfull was great , with a fresh feeling
O. A great dubbel that impressed me,it was very tasty , and i am exited to try the abt 12 this weekend

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Photo of tone77
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a hazy, dark brown color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of bready malts, dark fruits, brown sugar. Taste is dark fruits, spices, malts, some alcohol. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a tasty and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L-A deep brown amber with a half centimeter eggshell head. Reduces to a thin film of bubbles with spotty lacing.
S-malty with alcohol presence.
T- sweet bready malts are the first presence noted followed by smooth alcohol warmth. Not harsh in the slightest.
F-light prickly carbonation leading to a soft medium mouthfeel. It coats the tongue and the flavor lingers as a result.
O-If you are looking for a smooth easy drinking Dubbel than this is your beer. Personally I find many american Dubbels are just as good and easier on the wallet. Still I'd drink this beer anytime it was offered as it is not doubt tasty.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle, best before 25 09 18, served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Despite a slow pour, some sediment came along, but I was able to keep most of it it in the bottle. Dark coppery brown, some cloudiness and floaters when held up to the light. Light tan persistent head with some thick strands of lacing.

Smell: Malty, fruity esters, caramel.

Taste: Caramel, Belgian candi sugar, berry notes/fruity esters, just a hint of metallic flavor with the bitterness at the finish. Some mild noble hop bitterness at the finish. Definitely a malty / sweet beer, but not cloying.

Mouthfeel: Nicely thick with lively carbonation but not fizzy. A tiny bit sticky on the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: A very fine Dubbel, and I would not mind having another one. I will definitely have to look out for the 750 mL bottle next time.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy, dark red-brown with a huge, three finger high, beige, head.

Nose: Caramel malt, butter, vanilla, orange, red fruit, oak, brown sugar, toffee, whipped cream, raisin and hops.
Taste: Yeast, spice, caramel malt, brown sugar, raisin, biscuit, dark fruit and vanilla.
Body: Medium body. High carbonation.

It's just a GREAT Belgian beer! Love it!

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Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours deep dark brown, almost purple. Tan head gives way to a thin cap of foam. Wonderful aromas of brown sugar, oak, vanilla, dried dark fruit, and a hint of tobacco. Taste is of dates and raisins up front an fades to steely/grassy noble hops character with a lingering bitterness. Somewhat thin and fizzy mouthfeel. The beer looked smelled great, but I was a bit dissappointed with the taste, I would have liked a bit less hops.

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St. Bernardus Prior 8 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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