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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

1,780 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,780
Reviews: 965
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 90
Gots: 111 | 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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ke1

Alberta (Canada)

1/5  rDev -76%

12-24-2011 22:22:19 | More by ke1
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rayjay

Hawaii

2.15/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

04 08 10. Poured into a chalice, with a multi-colored head that's stained several shades of Kool-Aid; interestingly, this beer was much much darker in the glass that it was in the bottle. A simple review of the nose and flavor profile would consist of two words: "beer pez." Sickeningly saccharine sweet, with noticable candi sugar priming. This beer has many similar elements evident in the quadruppel, but somehow they come across as flaws here. Carmel malt pez candy is the obvious one. Sugar in the Raw. Mouthfeel is too chalky for the body, another "flaw" I don't mind with the 12. Lots of tiny bubbles. Too much flavor, and not enough of the right flavors. Not for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2007 06:50:15 | More by rayjay
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cornpone

New York

2.5/5  rDev -39.9%

01-13-2013 22:13:25 | More by cornpone
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RustythePelican

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured a nice dark red-brown from an 11.2 oz bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet. I was looking forward to this, as I enjoyed a St. Bernardus Pater 6 the night before.

This beer is a one-trick pony. It offers one taste, which is hard to put my finger on. Raisin? Carob? Molasses? I'm not sure, but it's a little too "rustic" for my taste. I'll try this again in a few months - perhaps I had a bad bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2006 15:59:38 | More by RustythePelican
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SometimesIfart

Michigan

2.9/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Very dark murky brown with a massive off white bubbly head.

S - Hay, odd malt.

T - Chocolate malt, alcohol, slightly fruity. Honestly prefer the 6.

M - Medium bodies with medium carbonation.

O - Overall, definitely not as good as what I was hoping.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 20:31:45 | More by SometimesIfart
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fx20736

New York

2.93/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from an 11.2 0z bottle into a chalice, served at cellar temp, so ~ 59f.

Darkish Ochre supports an offwhite to light tan head that leaves decent lacing.

Aroma; subdued maltiness with a touch of sugar.

Mouthfeel: slightly thinnish

Taste: Somewhat sour, very plummy with a thin sugar veneer for balance.

Notes: Sourness plays a big part here. There is a slight bitter 'aspirin' taste and a just a touch of sweetness. Not sure if I would want to drink more.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 19:31:37 | More by fx20736
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hotstuff

Indiana

2.95/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Dayton, OH AleFest:This beer had a medium sized ivory head that contained fine-small sized bubbles.The body was slghtly hazy with some carbonation noted.The hue of this beer was brown and the nose was that of alcohol and malt.The flavor was malty and hoppy.The mouthfeel of this beer was smooth, tingly, watery, and light-medium bodied.This beer also had average lacing.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2003 20:02:46 | More by hotstuff
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beergorrilla

Michigan

3/5  rDev -27.9%

06-15-2014 23:46:44 | More by beergorrilla
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crosenkrantz

Switzerland

3/5  rDev -27.9%

05-05-2013 12:29:19 | More by crosenkrantz
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thegrimone

Virginia

3/5  rDev -27.9%

04-28-2014 10:31:43 | More by thegrimone
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Rusty_Pabst

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -27.9%

03-10-2013 06:22:17 | More by Rusty_Pabst
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TR0219

Florida

3/5  rDev -27.9%

10-08-2013 15:30:45 | More by TR0219
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aanth

California

3/5  rDev -27.9%

11-18-2011 03:50:44 | More by aanth
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FarmerTed

Colorado

3/5  rDev -27.9%

12-15-2011 03:11:45 | More by FarmerTed
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jmathis

Florida

3/5  rDev -27.9%

12-27-2012 22:11:46 | More by jmathis
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CraftBeerGuild

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -27.9%

12-22-2013 14:37:13 | More by CraftBeerGuild
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mhbarber

Virginia

3/5  rDev -27.9%

02-27-2013 00:37:32 | More by mhbarber
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quasimoto

Ohio

3/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a deep cloudy brown with an off white root beer style head.

S - Strong spices and sweet malts dominate this nose.

T - It almost has a brown sugar taste, but it is dominated by a maple malt flavor that is very sweet

M - Sharp and bitter on the palete. there is a lot of carbination.

D - this is a very good dubbel. With some warmth it could be better.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2006 18:02:42 | More by quasimoto
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TimH


3/5  rDev -27.9%

05-19-2012 19:18:00 | More by TimH
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jkball01

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -27.9%

01-13-2013 03:24:49 | More by jkball01
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biercycle

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -27.9%

04-08-2012 22:32:18 | More by biercycle
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Joaco

Mexico

3/5  rDev -27.9%

02-02-2012 03:51:32 | More by Joaco
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madvermin

California

3/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a dark brown with hints of maroon and a slight tinge of purple. Head is two fingers, creamy white, and leaves a distinct ring of lace on top, then not much afterward.

Nose is of ripe banana, figs and berries. Coriander and clove are evident, and the smell is overall more sweet than spicy (not hot, but spice spicy). Some dark malts and booze lingers in the background.

First taste is of intensely spiced sweet fruit. The belgian yeast spiciness is almost overpowering at first. After a couple more sips it gets toned down a little bit, but combined with the bitterness that follows, the start is bordering on unpleasant. Fruits in the taste are pretty much all dark, fleshy fruits like plums and figs, with banana and berries taking a backseat. Booze is strong in the back and provides plenty of warmth. I like it, but I'd prefer it a bit weaker here. Warmth is good, but not to the point where the booze is yucky tasting.

Mouthfeel is creamy and full, with some chalkiness at times and a finish that is awkwardly watery, chalky and slightly bitter at the same time. Drinkability is shoddier than expected, as the yeast is just way too strong at the start and the finish, as just mentioned, is weird. Abv is not utilized in the best way possible (this doesn't mean it has to be hidden, it just means the strength is too much for this beer). After having Abt 12 and Tripel from these guys I expected a lot more, but I guess everything is not going to be to my taste.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 08:15:43 | More by madvermin
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CBFanWish

New York

3.03/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a caramel colour with a super huge frothy head. Way too much carbonation. Yeasties floating around. Just hanging out. Drinking this particular beer is a lot like biting into a chunk of bread. There isn't much else to say about it. It's just not my thing. That's okay, though. I'm aging one. we'll see how it does with 10 years on it.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2004 12:37:57 | More by CBFanWish
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bobhits

Kentucky

3.09/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.75

Much like the 12 this one pours a murky brown color, nearly turning black. I think the st. Bernardus glass does a good job making this appear darker than perhaps it would be given a less bulbous vessel. This one still ours a nice 2 inch head filling the glass, though it doesn't last long and the lacing could be better.

Slight candy sugars, brown sugar, clove, some mild fruit esters, but nothing jumps out.

Dark fruits (no rot or fermenting going on here) with a lot of sugary sweetness mixed with perhaps a bit of cinnamon. I am really at a loss to explain this. The sugars are subdued by the spices and they really come off a bit off. There's still a good bit of hop flavor here and unlike the 12 hops do NOT work with this so some age would be nice.

The carbonation on this beer is over the top. It makes drinking it almost unpleasant. Each sip is followed by exploding bubbles that fill my mouth. The finish isn't clean like the 12, instead the sugary hoppy finish lingers on way too long.

I really was hoping to like this beer given how good the 12 was, but instead I am beyond unimpressed. This being only 4 months old could be a factor in my score, perhaps at 6-12 months this might work out the kinks and become a good bit better. Sadly, a review is just a snap shot in time for the bottle being opened. I won't go as far as to say avoid this beer as this isn't a style I seek out normally, but I wouldn't go in with high expectations.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 11:54:32 | More by bobhits
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St. Bernardus Prior 8 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
93 out of 100 based on 1,780 ratings.