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St. Bernardus Prior 8 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus Prior 8St. Bernardus Prior 8

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,830 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 1,830
Reviews: 966
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 99
Gots: 130 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-27-2002)
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Reviews by SmashPants:
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SmashPants

Australia

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Bottle: standard brown bottle, pretty ordinary Belgian label. They just can't seem to do decent labels.

Appearance: first poured this into a standard glass and the head literally exploded up the sides. Figured this was a snifter beer, so poured into that instead. A much better result - deep copper-brown with floaties through the profile, with a solid one-finger or so off-white head. Lacing around the entire glass. Looks good.

Aroma: I didn't pick up that much on the nose, and that was after waiting over half an hour for the beer to lose its chill from the fridge. What is there appears to be sweet fruits, some spice and plenty of good Belgian yeasts.

Taste: back on form - a distinct malt- and yeast-driven intensity separates it from some other Dubbels. Treacle, liquorice and again those yeasts that one expects from Belgian beers.

Aftertaste: quite a sweet aftertaste - almost to the point of being a bit saccharin. A touch of warming alcohol too.

Mouth feel: a fairly heavy body with moderate fine carbonation. Pretty much spot on - can't fault it.

Overall: a top notch Dubbel from a top notch brewery - so far I've had the triple and the Pierre Celis Witbier, and between the 3 they are all over 8/10. This one tends toward sweetness rather than bitterness, but still the Belgian yeasts manage to just even out the odds. definitely a slow-drinking beer - I wouldn't want to power through these, particularly as it is 8% and over AU$130 a case (2013).

07-30-2013 11:34:58 | More by SmashPants
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oberon

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%

Pours a deep murky brown with a awesome big fluffy head that settles into a nice creamy top leaving sheets of lace behind,brown sugar and orange marmalade dominate the aromas with some underlying sweet biscuit dough.The taste is much drier than expected,some clovey spicinessis very prevelant along with some unsweetened chocolate along with some toffee finishing pretty rather dry and abrupt.A very nice dubbel complex and not overly sweet a very good beer one to savor.

04-24-2005 22:12:54 | More by oberon
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davemarc87

Indiana

4/5  rDev -3.8%

04-06-2014 13:25:50 | More by davemarc87
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

Appearance – The body came out solid dark with a nice, tan head.

Smell – The roasted malt aroma mixed well with the dark brown, raw, and cane sugars. There’s also some dark, ripe fruitiness to this one, predominantly apricots and bananas.

Taste – The sugars really come out at the tongue. They are evenly balanced though by the strong, dark malt flavor that resembles chocolate bread and the noticeable alcohol notes.

Mouthfeel – Very creamy and carbonated. This AT is medium-bodied (on the heavy side) and chewy.

Drinkability – This was a wonderful ale that went down nicely and was a joy to consume.

11-09-2003 03:33:08 | More by RoyalT
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

Appearance: The bottle let off a wonderful whoosh of carbonation upon opening. This was a good start. The prior 8 poured a cloudy, true brown. The lacing is perfect and lasts the entire life of the beer. Very aggressive carbonation makes this beer a real pleasure to drink.

Smell: Creamy scents of butter, bread, chicory, and hardwoods. Not particularly astonishing but decent enough.

Taste: Rich twangs of grains and dark malts pound the tounge. Somewhat nutty, light on the hops but decent enough.

Mouthfeel: As I mentioned earlier, the carbonation is just wonderful and perfectly balanced in this beer. The beer is quite sweet but the alcohol adds a necessary tang at the end followed by plenty of warming in the belly.

Drinkability: Very easy on the mind, lips, and belly. I could happily polish off a couple more little bottles like this one but will probably stick to the Strong Darks, which I prefer more then Dubbels in general.

Notes: This beer perfectly compliments a nice cheese and fruit spread.

10-22-2005 00:22:00 | More by DaPeculierDane
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beerhunter13

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

01-15-2012 15:40:41 | More by beerhunter13
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%

Pours a murky, leather-looking brown color; almost fully opaque with some really tiny bits of off-colored sediment hanging in suspension and revealing the unfiltered nature of the brew. A foamy, dingy, off-white head tops the beer off and lasts for what seems like days as it leaves some gorgeous legging down the sides of the glass.

The initial aroma is sharp, pronounced, and very carbonated; grapes, apple skins, pears, ripe plums, slight earthiness, dirt, faint caramel, brown sugar. Very sweet and lively on the nose. Upon warming, light banana and spices come out. The Belgian yeast certainly doesn't go unnoticed here. Very complex aroma all around.

The taste begins with a nice dose of heavy, sweet grapes and juicy plums. Candied dates, sugar-coated raisins, spices, clove, cinnamon, apple skins, sweet caramel, toffee, light cocoa powder... Do you see all those things I just listed? How the fuck did I identify all of that stuff? I don't know. But it's all there. This beer is seriously complex and really quite amazing.

Phenols are present as they are in many Belgian ales, but they are pretty mild and unobtrusive here. The sweetness from the fruit and malt flavors couple perfectly with the brown and burnt sugar flavors, both of which are kept in check by the Belgian yeast and spices. Hops are far from the forefront, but still can be detected, though remain muddled, musty, and somewhat quiet. But in all honesty, they aren't missed all that much here.

This beer is an unabashed, sweet malty bomb, and an incredibly complex one at that. Some light fruitiness, toffee, and sweet sugar in the aftertaste. Even as this beer warms, it gets sweeter and sweeter without ever becoming cloying. Highly carbonated with a medium body, almost creamy, and slightly frothy. The mouth feel alone could tell you that this is a well-crafted Belgian ale.

Damn, I was definitely impressed with this one. After having the Pater 6, my hopes weren't THAT high for this one (I mean, it's just a stronger version, right?) Wrong. This beer is great, and in my opinion, severely underrated. A super-complex compound of fruit, malt, sugar, musk, hops, spices, and yeast. This is a must have for lovers of the style, and even a good choice to convert people who are hesitant.

02-05-2013 05:14:43 | More by tectactoe
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TCHopCraver

Michigan

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%

Reviewed from notes taken on 4-23-11.

Prior 8 appears a deep, mahogany-brown color with a pillowy, puffy, three-finger head when poured into a large snifter. The bottle was an immediate gusher. The color of the head is khaki-cream, and the scale of the lacing it leaves behind is huge- gobby, sticky, and phat.

The smell is straight sweet, bready goodness. I smell lots of candied fruit aromas- apple, raisin, plum, date, and dried cherry. The fruitiness melds with brown sugar and a light caramel influence. Some clove and pepper scents lend a spicy element, and doughy, sweet, almost cinnamon roll aromas also arise from the beer. The spicier smells really come through when the beer is agitated.

This is a very good, balanced flavor. The brown sugar taste blends seamlessly with the dark, sweet fruits and the spicy notes. There is an ever-so-slight phenolic flavor which adds an interesting twang to the overall taste. The finish is spicy, earthy, and decently drying.

Prior 8 has a solid, medium-full mouthfeel with a good creamy body in the middle of each quaff. I get a tangy feel on the tip of my tongue at the beginning and end of each sip, with a nice dryness on the sides of my tongue at the end of the sip.

This is a very good Dubbel. If anything, it might be a tad sweet and tangy, but overall I found it very tasty and satisfying.

01-31-2012 22:58:12 | More by TCHopCraver
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kaimcm

California

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

750 bottle poured into a St. Berny goblet

A: deep, deep brown body, creamy clean white head with lots of lacing. agitation brings back the froth with little to no effort. a grand site in a grand St. Berny goblet.

S: fresh and baked green fruit, apples, malt, sugar, dark candied fruit and sugar, rum, on and on, a hint of alcohol.

T: first wave is velvety malt, a splash of sugar, then the dark fruits pull through, raisons, dates, followed by the green nose, apples, some nuts, maybe licorice. molasses and some dark sugars reminiscent of rum. finish just lingers and lingers, drying quite a bit while cold but as the beer warms finishes a touch sweeter. coats the whole mouth and keeps evolving.

M: Luscious, creamy, velvety, with a nice prick of the tongue and just enough chew. If it were a hint better it would be a 5.

Just awesome, a complex and delicious brew. Right on for this nectar.

02-05-2006 02:13:16 | More by kaimcm
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hopsleeroy

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -6.7%

Light head after pour. Foamed up nicely, but came down quickly. Amber/reddish color a little like cream soda. Initial smell is sweet fruit and a touch of alcohol

Taste is malty with a bit of bread on it. Some citrus on the back end and a little bit of hops. Well balanced with alcohol content. The beer is fairly fizzy like a warm soda-it foams just a little bit in the mouth. Not as smooth as it could be because of carbonation. I let it warm just a little bit and the carbonation dies down and a smoother flavor develops with a little sour apple with the alcohol on the finish.

Overall very enjoyable beer but I don't see myself drinking more than 2 in one evening.

10-23-2007 02:39:43 | More by hopsleeroy
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JacobMutberg

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.8%

10-10-2012 23:23:05 | More by JacobMutberg
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skybluewater

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

Pours into a goblet a nice cherry color, with quite a nice head. Smells very malty, with a hint of cherry. Taste is quite the same, highly malty, with dark fruits and cherry coming through. This actually tastes a bit like cough syrup (I mean that in a good way!), including the mouthfeel.

Contrary to others, I happen to like this one more than Pater 6. Very tasty stuff here.

12-07-2004 05:12:43 | More by skybluewater
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blitz134

California

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%

Light brown when poured from the bottled, but quite dark when in the glass. Nice red hues when held to the light. Voluptuous light tan head that settled down to a quarter inch and eventually a thin while leaving nice lacing behind.

Nice dark fruit flavors, some cherry, but I get a bit more raisin and fig characters. Slight phenols and alcohol notes play well with the fruity esters, a touch of leather notes too.

Flavor is again dark fruits, raisiny with a finish leaning towards a touch of prunes. Also a light roasted character at the end. Alcohol is noticable but smooth. Yeast phenolics throughout. "Brew Like a Monk" states that St. B water is high in salt, and I think that it definately has a brine edge to it.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slighty sweet in the finish but dries up towards the end. A bit of prickly carbonation on the tongue.

Overally a very nice beer, as was expected from St. B. Pretty easy to drink, fairly complex, everything a Belgian should be really.

02-23-2008 22:14:51 | More by blitz134
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sabitu

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

10-07-2012 00:09:22 | More by sabitu
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bulldogg915

Wyoming

4/5  rDev -3.8%

03-06-2014 03:09:46 | More by bulldogg915
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chOAKbarrell

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Poured from a 25oz bottle into a wine glass.

Lovely head filled with bubbles. Frothy and off-white. Reddish-brown body.

Spicy, lively nose. Belgian yeasts and malts abound.

A very malty, nutty taste. The alcohol is pretty noticeable, but not in an offensive, or off-putting way. It just makes its presence known, and then clears the way for you to savor the bouquet of flavors abundant in this beer. Hearty and almost chewy. A very filling and satisfying beer. The mouthfeel leaves you smacking your lips and wanting more.

I'd love to have more! Supposedly a local store will be stocking St. Bernardus soon.

02-12-2006 03:13:30 | More by chOAKbarrell
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

Wonderful beer. Served in a goblet, it was a dark brown with a thick, sticky head. It had a caramel, dark fruit, and roasted grain aroma. It tasted as it smelled, nice caramel flavor, a little fruity, some hops. Smooth, good mouthfeel. 8% ABV means I could drink more than one at a time.

10-18-2006 20:02:11 | More by lordofthewiens
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warnerry

Michigan

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

Best by 28 October 2015

A - Pours a semi-murky dark brown with hints of prange. One finger of light tan head has excellent retention and leaves some decent lacing.

S - Lots of fruit up front, with a strong white grape aroma. Also some brown bread and a light spiciness.

T - Spice presence is more pronounced in the taste, which also has a strong fruit presence. earthy brown bread comes in midway and last through the finish. Flavors are good throughout, if a bit on the light side.

M - Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium. Slight earthy bitterness. Finished semi-dry.

O - Definitely a high quality dubbel, but didn't blow me away. I would have it again though.

09-22-2012 19:09:14 | More by warnerry
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sponberg

New York

3.98/5  rDev -4.3%

Cloudy brown with a thin beige head. A malty, vanilla-y aroma - smells like a decoction brew.

Taste follows through on the nose - chocolatey, nutty, maltinmess with a definite decoctionlike flavor, hints of banana and vanilla in the background. Very round mouthfeel, with a slight but notable warming surge o' alcohol in the finish. Very nice, very drinkable, but somehow not a "gottahavanotha" brew.

12-06-2002 12:56:39 | More by sponberg
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SunDevilBeer

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

05-30-2014 19:48:08 | More by SunDevilBeer
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dieBlume

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

09-11-2013 22:52:00 | More by dieBlume
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.4/5  rDev -18.3%

11.2 oz bottle, best before 3/2/10. Pours a reddish brown with a large fizzy head that quickly goes to a thin film.

The aroma is sweet woody malts, some dough, some cream, and a little pepper.

The flavor is sweet bready malts, dark fruits, and yeast with a slight bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium-full and a little harsh on the carbonation.

Overall, it is rather similar to the Pater 6. I liked that one better though.

05-24-2006 05:33:18 | More by Beaver13
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generallee

New York

4.4/5  rDev +5.8%

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 11.2oz bottle into a chalice. The bottle has a best before date of 28 06 12 and it was consumed on 6-23-09.

Appearance: The body has a dark burgundy color with lighter reddish high lights. On top the head was about one finger thick and hangs on well but slowly fades to a ring of foam around the edge of the glass. It is light tan in color and makes some spotty and slippery lacing.

Smell: Dark fruity and estery notes mix with a mild sweet alcohol presence.

Taste/Mouth: Its flavor has a pleasant sweet and malty complexity. There are hints of dates and figs sweetened by Belgian sugar, warmed by a mellow brandy like alcohol presence and tempered by some mild bitterness of hops. The palate has a smooth but lively texture with active carbonation.

Notes: This beer is another solid brew from St. Bernardus.

09-14-2009 22:49:11 | More by generallee
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TimoP

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

03-14-2012 02:44:11 | More by TimoP
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Fcip78

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +20.2%

02-24-2014 02:20:06 | More by Fcip78
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St. Bernardus Prior 8 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
93 out of 100 based on 1,830 ratings.