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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

1,985 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 1,985
Reviews: 976
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 108
Gots: 172 | FT: 2
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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Photo of philbe311
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Just shy of two fingers worth of densely packed crisp slightly creamy and lush light khaki colored head with a bit of an audible fizziness... Excellent retention... The color is a slightly murky medium brown color with a faint cranberry hue... Some small bubbled moderate paced carbonation can be seen climbing along the sides of the glass towards the top... A bit of lacing clings to the glass... A very nice looking offering...

S - Bursting with dark fruits... Fig... Plums... Raisins... Black berries... A hint of brown sugar... A very subtle Belgian yeast component... Spot on the for the style and rather satisfying...

T - Near identical to the aroma where the dark fruit dominates, but with the addition of tobacco leaves... A slight bit of toffee as well...

M - On the fuller side of medium bodied... Sturdy... A bit chewy... Slightly lush... Each sip goes down easily... Light yet sharp carbonation...

D - Lives up to high standards of other St. Bernardus offerings... A rock solid Dubbel... Just a notch down from my favorites in the style category... Easy drinking and highly enjoyable... I can recommend without hesitation and would gladly drink again myself in the future...

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a St. Bernardus chalice. 8% ABV, 50-54 F, Best before end 08 07 13.

A - The dormant beer still pours sediment-heavy with lots of cloudiness giving the brown color a dirty pond water appearance. The height of the pour gives it a dense one-finger head that's fairly effervescent. Good clumpy lace clung to the edges after the descent.

S - Light alcohol comes out in the nose slightly but gives way to a bold toasted malt aroma. Somewhat on the funky side, its deep and mellow. Dark fruits; raisins, plum, can be smelled along with a hint of candi sugar sweetness.

T - Lots of toasted malts give this beer a robust malt flavor full of intricacies. Again, dark fruits come out along with candi sugar and raw honey. A kiss of alcohol on the finish subtly lets you know what it's loaded with.

M - Like the Pater 6 before it, this beer seems too overcarbonated but not as heavily as it's younger brother. Still a bit fizzy in the mouth, I think it removes a bit too much from flavor and what a smooth, round dubble should be. Crisp to the finish with a lingering sweetness.

D - A good dubble that's nice all around and nicely drinkabile as a deep sipper. The alcohol is buried well making it a silent killer too.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 330 ml brown bottle, best before date listed as 08 12 14. Pours out a deep cloudy brown, tight spongy off-white head that eventually dissipates.

Sweet and nutty malt on the nose, some caramelized notes and prunes, vinuous background.

Flavour contains some toffee malt, some nut, dark dried fruit, green apple and pear, with a sherry-like dryness on the finish, vinuous character lingers in the aftertaste.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, somewhat sticky texture, with a fairly assertive carbonation for the style.

This Dubbel delivers, offering enough complexity to keep you coming back, and enough juxtaposition to keep you guessing. Enjoyable, yet I managed to lose interest near the end.

Photo of jwhawkins81
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma - Sweet dark fruits

Appearance - Creamy off-white head that thins to a film and collar. The beer itself is a dark amber red.

Taste - Surprisingly not sweet. Like a unsweet Belgian really. Not too complex either, and surprisingly not a lot of flavor either.

Notes - Very good mouthfeel due to the expected high level of carbonation.

Photo of alcstradamus
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A--Very dark brown with a huge 3 finger head that receded lightning quick and left no lacing

S--Banana, dark fruit, flowers, caramel

T--Muted banana/clove taste, sweet fruits, figs, rye bread

M--Too carbonated for my liking, but that is the style so I can't knock it too much

D--Except for the carbonation sting, this is a very easy drinking beer. I will definitely go back to this one in the future with a more thorough review

Photo of mdagnew
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml Bottle bought from the belgianshop.com

Poured a dark red / orange colour... Head was creamy tan - pours quite big but disappears to leave a nice thin layer....

Aroma - Dark fruits, dark chocolate, slight aniseed, brown sugar, slight cinnamon notes...

Taste – Lots of dark fruits, nice maltiness, burnt caramel, hints of cough mixture, quite noticable alcohol...

Feel - Very sharp, quite dry in the mouth...

Overall - A excellent dubbel, although i thought there was something missing from this. The bottle i had could probably have done with ageing for a couple of years.... Certainly recommended though....

Photo of CJthirty7
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark Amber in color; light, thin head.
S: Spicy (nutmeg/all spice), sweetish with hints of dark sugar, some butterscotch and chocolate
T: Sweet chocolate/butterscotch taste; strong and slightly bitter finish.
M: Carbonated, light
D: I could have one or two post-meal.

Good beer. Had it as a sampler from St. Bernardus. Got a cool glass to drink it out of!

Photo of Maracuja
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy dark crimson hue. Creamy, thick beige head. Loose lace. Soft, yeasty aroma w/ subtle notes of fig and cinnamon. Hints of chocolate and raisiny sweetness. Mellow dark caramel and banana esters as well in aroma. Bourbon laced sweetness upfront, followed by nutty malt and hints of toffee. Dark, ripe figs and prunes add a dark fruity overlay. Well calculated light bitterness leaves a pleasant residual sweetness. Moderate in body and mearly perfectly smooth in mouthfeel. Understated banana esters and clove. Finishes w/ a hint of buttery malt and fading yeast must. Prior 8 is quite a tasty brew. It's not overly complex, but rather soft and tremendously balanced. Akin to a milder version of Rochefort 8. Most worthy of a 750 ml portion-- 11.2 oz teases the palate.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Deep walnut color, opaque, with khaki head.

Smell - Raisins, assorted dark fruit, faint whiff of alcohol.

Taste - Oh my. Raisin, grape, spicy hops, clove, sweet and roasty malt. Lots of tannic red wine character. Sweet, but not as much s the Pater 6. Nice dry finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, lots of prickly carbonation, mild warming sensation from the alcohol.

Drinkability - Very nice, very much like the Pater 6 only more nuanced and flavorful. At the end of the day, I'm still don't care for the high carbonation.

Photo of JMforman
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- An opaque redish brown, with an exceptional creamy head. 10 minutes after the pour, the head is going strong.

S- Plum, raisin, must, muted hops, an old musty Belgian monk.

T- Dark fruit, spice (clove, nutmeg), some banana, some alcohol

M- Very nice medium mouthfeel

D- Very smooth, very drinkable, very nice.

Photo of delta490
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep and murky brown with a thin tan head that dissipated quite quickly. The smell is mild but with some light dark fruit and some spices. The taste is a little more robust and with a nice light sweetness on the finish. There is a little bit of carbonation on the finish but the body has a nice weight and feel to it.

Photo of pentathlete
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my St. B goblet a dark brown with translucent edges. Tan foam dissipated rather quickly, some stickiness. Smell is pretty tame too. Some malty notes, slight spice, and faint banana? Maybe? Taste picks up for it though...a champagne-like bubbly combination of candi-ed fruit, allspice, and cola nut. Not nearly as complex as other examples of the style. Mouthfeel is a tad thin, especially in the roof of the mouth. Oh so easy to drink. Nothing is particularly fantastic about the brew, but it is a nice plain dubbel that should not go untasted.

Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Popped the cap on this brew and the bubbles started coming right up the neck of the bottle and magically stopped right at the top of the bottle. Poured this one slowly into a wine glass, it came out as a muddy brown color with a light tan colored head on top. The lacing was pretty good down the glass and sticks around for a while. The smell of the beer is soft, earthy and had a light spice note in there too. The taste of the beer was smooth with some subtle dark fruit flavors and brown sugar. The other flavors of some yeast come through also. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a light carbonation to it and was very easy to drink. Overall it's a brew that everyone should try.

Photo of MsRif
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at The Farmhouse in Emmaus, PA. Poured a dark brown color with a decent white head that retained well. Beautiful lacing! Had an aroma of dark fruits, yeast and sweet malts. Yep, definitely a Belgian. Tasted of dark fruits (plums, cherries, figs), yeast and brown sugar. Not very complex, but well-balanced and enjoyable.

Medium-bodied with good carbonation. Smooth with a bit of a dry finish.

Overall, a good brew that was a good representation of the style. Recommended.

Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - 2" pillowy cloud of foam. Bright, clear light brown in color. Good visible carbonation. Great head retention and nice lace.

S - More hops here than I have smelled in a dubbel. Yeast. Ton of sweet fruit (pear, grape?)

T - Toffee. Spice. Banana. Brown sugar. Lots of fruit.

M - Thin to medium bodied. High carbonation. Crisp.

D - Very enjoyable and easy to drink. Not as spicy as some dubbels that I have had.

Photo of rarevos
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Chimay goblet. Served at 55 degrees.

A: Dark cola-brown with fluffy tan head.

S: Sweet malt, toffee, hint of fruit, like figs, dates, cherries.

T/M: Creamy and sweet at first, with hints of chocolate, caramel, and butterscotch. Middle is sweet and fruity (cherries, figs), and the finish is malty and long with more creamy sweetness and a very light bitterness. Nicely warming.

D: It's a bit on the strong side for a Dubbel, but it's very rich, smooth, and tasty. A nice sipping beer, currently being enjoyed during a chilly rainstorm.

Photo of ahq514
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into st bernardus chalice.

Pours a deep brown color. Has a solid one finger head that eventually diminishes to a fluff atop the beer. Seems to have low carbonation. Nice spots of lacing.

Has a strong malt presence in the nose. Sweet dark fruits are dominant in the nose. The main difference between this and the 6 seems to be that this one has a sweeter and stronger malt presence. The yeast characteristics really come through more in the nose as well, getting more belgian spiciness.

Tastes just like it smells. Strong sweet malt right up front, followed by strong dark fruits. A nice dose of spiciness from the yeast. Matches the aroma very well. Touch of alcohol on the finish.

Moderate carbonation and a medium body. Good drinkability.

Overall a good beer and similar to the 6, but it seemed to impress me slightly less. Still, a really good belgian beer. Would enjoy it again without question.

Photo of Pencible
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured an opaque brown with light tan head. It smelled like creamy sweet yeast and caramel malt and grassy hops. It tasted like rich malty caramel and creamy yeast, with orange and lime hops. The yeast became more pronounced as it warmed. It was watery with some carbonation, and had a bittersweet aftertaste. Overall this had very nice flavor that was fairly simple but very clean and enjoyable. Texture was good too, and alcohol was well hidden, making this easy to rink. Very nice dubbel.

Photo of Maakun
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before date 4,5 years in the future, so I guess it's half a year old.

Color is brown with some red, slightly cloudy but I poured a bit of yeast in the glass. Lots of bubbles, but the head disappears quickly and leaves some small islands of remarkably large bubbles. This looks really nice.

Smell is quite sweet, some caramel, chocolate milk and raisins. There's not that much there, but it might also be my Orval glass.

Taste is quite light at first. Some dried fruits, coffee, brown sugar. Then some bitterness and a light acidity, fresh apples. Later on the (yeasty) bitterness comes though more. Aftertase is again slightly acidic, I wish there was more sweetness here to balance it more.

Mouth is medium thick , creamy and a lof of carbonation that overpowers the taste a bit. But it also feels fresh somehow.

Overall this is a beer I quite like, though I expected a bit more of the taste and it could be a bit more balanced, especially in the aftertaste and the mouthfeel.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The second beer in my St Bernardus evening, a brown 330ml bottle best before 5th Apr 2012, drank on 1st March 2008.

Poured into my Westmalle bowl glass it looks a lovely ruby red, deep and clean appearance. The beige head stayed for the whole experience, which I always like to see.

Plum pudding and christmas cake mix come to mind in the aroma, but it isn't strong and takes some finding. Burnt malts also in there somewhere.

The taste knocks spots off the 6.7% Pater 6 which is what I had prior to this (see how I did that?). This beer tastes like its aroma, plums, dried fruits (like found in a Christmas cake), malty, toasty and roasted.

Feels good, nicely balanced beer, the flavours stay and the beer is obviously well crafted.

As I stated earlier, I like a beer who's head stays throughout the drink, this beer has that trait. It is also a dam good tasting beer.

Photo of petemorris
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Begins with a very strong and pleasant aroma, sweet and alcoholic with raisin notes dominating and, upon further reflection, a hint of lemon (?) tartness. While appropriately dark for a dubbel, I'm just not that into the coca-cola brown yielded by dark candi sugar--as opposed to the roasted malts of a porter or stout. Moreover, unlike the thick contrasting color that can make a dark pint of Guiness so attractive, the head was very thin, although persistent.

The strong aroma and dark color leads one to expect a full-bodied, malty sweet meal in a glass. But this beer is instead very dry and subdued on the palate--too subdued for my taste. Still, a very clean and balanced beer that, in true Belgian style, is extremely drinkable despite its powerful punch.

Photo of Zorro
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear reddish brown brew with a pillowy tan head.

Smell is banana bread, pears, melon, and cucumber? A bit of tart tang. There is a little spice in this but it is rather subdued in scent.

Taste is semi dry and the first thing that hits you is banana, not strongly this is a milder Dubbel than most. Very mild mannered the flavor of cake is all ways present. Mild flavors of brown sugar and melon are present but this isn't a strongly flavored beer.

Mouthfeel is good and thick.

Drinkability is excellent. I expected more in the flavor department but this is a mild mannered easy drinker.

Photo of berley31
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured this beer directly after finishing the Pater 6, and it looked virtually identical, with a large, off-white head that slowly diminished to 1/2-finger size, and a dark brown, cloudy body. Some light lacing.

S: Smells very similar to the 6, but for some reason it actually seemed a bit milder to me... the breadiness is there, but this time I can detect a slight alcohol scent.

T: Very nice flavor, with a bit of buttery diacetyl coming through, as well as the alcohol warmth at the back of the throat. Not quite as sweet as the 6.

M: Medium-bodied and creamy texture, with very lively carbonation.

D: Very drinkable, especially for its alcohol content at 8%, but I think in the end I actually have to give the edge to the St. Bernardus 6.

Photo of Zimbo
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance and mouthfeel of this beer lets this down. Head retention is minimul, thereby not allowing its brown with reddish colour to fully shine. Although the taste conjures morish dark fruits the overly carbonic body adds a limp unsupportive fizziness.
Not really as unique or as interesting as I had expected. Surely not bad but this should really be firing on all cylinders.

Photo of haz77
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours dark brown with a red hue. Creamy light tan head diminishes leaving some lacing and retains well. Low carbonation.

S - Creamy, some dark fruit, sherry.

T - Ultra creamy and big malts upfront. Slightly spicy. Restained sweetness in the finish and alcohol warmth comes through in the aftertaste.

M - Smooth and creamy. Crisp carbonation.

D - Tasty and drinkable enough. Just feel that there is something missing when comparing it to others in the style.

St. Bernardus Prior 8 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
93 out of 100 based on 1,985 ratings.