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St. Bernardus Prior 8 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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2,061 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,061
Reviews: 988
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 116
Gots: 208 | FT: 4
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Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-27-2002

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Photo of Drinkerofales
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with hints of red and gold. A large light tan head forms and quickly dissipates to leave some lacing.

Smell is of roast malt, light spice and dark fruit.

Taste is roasted malt, almost chocolate. Some dark raisin fruitiness and a light spice compliment.

The medium full bodied beer is well carbonated and almost easy to drink.

Definitely a better dubbel than the Pater 6. Much more flavor, texture, and smell. I liked this beer very much.


Photo of Beerzebub
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle, poured in a big wine glass at 57 F/ 14 C.

Deep amber color, thick lumpy beige head, thick fine lace.

Smells like fresh plum, white grape, toasty grain/bread, caramelized sugar, roast nuts, and warm spice. Slightly exotic. Quite pleasant.

Tastes like fruit, spice, bread, nuts, and black tea. Some mild tealike astringency. Medium sweet, quite well balanced. Lingering dark fruit and tea. Cohesive and very tasty.

Soft supple texture due to fine carbonation, with a touch of oiliness. Refreshing light astringency contributes to high drinkability.

Great characterful beer.

Photo of NEhophead
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

25.4 fl oz brown bottle; corked & caged.
Served in a goblet.

Pours a hazy, murky caramel with a dull, garnet hue. Creamy, tanned head with plenty of active carbonation; however, good retention as a delicate sheet. Thin and spotted lacing with impressive strength.

Semi-sweet caramel and toffee. Notes of vinous fruit: red apple, grape, fig. Slightly musty; notes of cognac. Pepper, corriander, cinnamon, and vanilla spices.

Rich and creamy caramel and soft, milk chocolate. Flavorful hazlenut and vanilla. Fig, raisin, and date flavors that are rounded. Very active carbonation with notes of banana and clove at mid-sip. Rich, but not heavy with a nutty aftertaste.

Medium bodied; soft, creamy, and slightly dry. Lots of carbonation which is expected; but otherwise, well rounded.

A full flavored, balanced Dubbel. Probably the most flavorful, authentic version of the style I've had to date. Tough to find flaws.

Photo of ChrisKayler
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glass: Bell's Belgian style snifter.

Appearance: Beautiful. Dark ruby-crown in color, hazy with lots of small sediment uniformly floating throughout. Two fingers of khaki colored head resulted from a moderate pour which stuck around long after the pour.

Smell: A bit of funkiness, some banana, wheat, dark fruits, Candi sugar. Almost smells like a dark witbier or hefeweizen, without as much banana. Mmm!

Taste: This one is much less sweet than the Rochefort 8, and I like that as far as drinkability is concerned. Initial taste is kind of funky and maybe even a bit metallic ... similar to a witbier like Allagash White. However, things quickly change from there with bananas coming through as well as a little bit of dark fruit and candi sugar. My favorite part is after the taste has worn off and you exhale. Only then, does a strong taste of vanilla come through.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with high carbonation (a little too much, for me). Pretty refreshing. Dry finish, though a little sticky.

Overall: Like a dark hefeweizen with great sweet Belgian candi sugar, spices, and vanilla thrown in. A great beer that is not necessarily the easiest to drink, nor something that I would want to have all the time. However, I will definitely revisit this one in the future.

Photo of gonzo46and2
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a medium cloudy brown. Pours a big fluffy head.

Smell: Dark breads, Roasted nuts, brown sugar, and dark fruits.

Taste: Hearty spiced bread but a bit boozy. Very satisfying.

Mouthfeel: Medium with an active carbonation.

Drinkability: Very high.

Photo of Cycle69
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Longhorn22
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - it has a medium sized soft white head, that is nice and frothy. The color is a dark brown, and it is a bit cloudy. The head dissipates after a few minutes and leaves an above average amount of lacing

S - You get a bit of bite from the alcohol, but it has some sweet aromas as well.

T - There is lots of flavor going on with this one. Sugar, and raisins are the dominant flavors. There is a bi of bitter hop flavor, but the sweet flavors are nice and subtle. I wouldn't want it to be any sweeter than it is.

M/D - This is the greatest part of this beer. This beer feels nice and smooth in your mouth. It is extremely easy to drink, especially considering how much alcohol is in it. Great Drinkability.

Bottom Line: Very easy to drink beer, with some nice flavors, and a great overall beer experience. I drank a whole 750 mL of this stuff, and it left me wanting more. St. Bernardus beers are great, and this one is no exception. Only drawback, it is a bit pricey.


Photo of PapaEugene
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured it into my Urthel glass. A huge light brown head and a nice brown/amber color.

S: Malts, citrus, caramel and a hint of strawberry.

T: Roasted malts, sweet dough, red fruits, plums and a little bitter.

M; High carbonation and a medium body.

D: Very good, like the other Bernardus beers. Different from the 6 and 8 and not just by alcohol percentage.

Photo of GolgiIPAratus
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled: 11.29.05

A full, dense inch of off-white foam with big bubbles rested on a reddish brown brew. Decent lacing left clinging as the beer disappeared.

The aroma was of dark malts, both fruity & nutty. Not too complex, but it gives a very nice idea of what you’re about to partake in.

The taste was at first similar to a doppelbock, heavy malts, sweet and full. The tang of dark fruits with a nuttiness breaks through giving it a distinct difference. Some molasses is in the flavor as well. Delicious. The beer is light in the mouth, and it’s mid carb level gives it a great feel.

Highly drinkable. It’s stature as a beer should be savored, but man, I could do some damage with a number of these.

Photo of Converge
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

330ml bottle poured into a 14.9oz goblet.

A - One finger of bubbly, light-beige head off the pour. Deep, almost opaque, amber-burgundy color. The head recedes to a thin, soapy cap, and leaves behind a bit of lacing.

S - Surprisingly strong malt presence, with a lot of bread and biscuit like malt. Belgian yeast and candi sugar, as well as dark fruits, spices, and a light nutty undertone. Figs, licorice, and blackberries.

T - Full flavor right off the bat. First sip begins with tons of dark fruit, candi sugar, and bready malt. Finishes with a lot of spices, a hint of dark chocolate and a dry yeastiness. Aftertaste is warming alcohol. Almonds, black cherries, figs, plums, currants, and brown sugar are all identifiable in this dubbel. Not quite as well crafted as the Pater 6, but still a thoroughly enjoyable flavor profile. Alcohol is masked well under the mixture of fruits and spices.

M - The body on this one is fantastic. Smooth, perfect viscosity, and fair carbonation. Well done.

D - Another home run by St. Bernardus. As I mentioned, a slight step below the Pater 6, but a fantastic and flavorful dubbel nonetheless. If it wasn't for the 8.0% ABV, I could drink a ton of these.

Photo of Coronaeus
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of divineaudio
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap @ the the trappist in san francisco.
served in a silver rimmed st. bernardus goblet.

a - a perfect pour by the bartender yields a hazy, reddish brown liquid with a finger of creamy, tan head. head eventually calms to a thin film with thick swaths of sticky lace in the glass.

s - clove, caramel, freshly baked bread, cinnamon, candi sugar.

t - starts off spicy with clove notes and moves quickly into sweet, sugary malt. more spice rolls in than fades into a bittersweet finish. well balanced but definitely malt forward.

m - heavier side of medium, feels prickly on the tongue due to the yeast/spicy characters in the flavor. medium carbonation.

o - a damn fine beer. thoroughly enjoyable and recommended.

Photo of LVituri
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Uma boa cerveja, mas um tanto distante da abt 12. Mas mesmo assim ela cerveja interessante. Longe de ser uma das to of mind do estilo, mas um bom rótulo para compor o time da St. Bernardus, que com certeza é uma das mais respeitadas cervejarias da Bélgica.

Photo of JeffSK
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cubedbee
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice from an 11.2 oz bottle with a 01/01/07 consumption date on the bottle. Pouts a dark murky red with a solid cap of off-white head and a small amount of lace. Smell is bananas, cherries, bready malts, and some spices--very sweet and appealing. Taste is wonderful--everything on the nose comes through, in addition to some plums, raisins, butter, nuts, and cloves---all beautifully blended together in malty goodness. Body is medium/full with low carbonation and a creamy smooth mouthfeel. This is another delicious beer from St. Bernardus, and the only reason I can't drink these every day is the alcohol content.

Photo of eric5bellies
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drankd from my Duvel Tulip.

A - Pours a dark red mahoghany colour with a large tanned head that reduces slowly but does lace.

S - Heavy cherry aroma from the bottle, a few more malty aromas once poured, but still prdominatly cherry.

T - Pleanty of spice, dark fruits, figs, bread and you guessed it... cherries.

M - Nice medium body and balanced carbonation.

D - The fisrt time I darnk this beer I didn't rate it. I muct have had a bad one becasue this is the best Dubbel that I have had. It's richness and fuller body sets it apart.

Photo of soupyman10
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one at a beer tasting at a friend's house. He claimed to not be a Belgian ale fan, which I don't get, but to each his own. This one was excellent: poured a cloudy amber color with a nice bit of fluffy head on top. Nose was lots of dried fruit, raisins in particular, and that cookie scent common to a lot of Belgian dark beers. Flavor is similar. Lots of cookies, a dose of chocolate, honey, butter, deliciousness. A touch of warming alcohol in there. Body was full and creamy, appropriately carbonated. I really liked this one; not quite at the level of the 12, but a very tasty dubbel.

Photo of granger10
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another gem from the non-Monks of Belgium. Pours a dark murky plum color with a mountainous creamy dark tan head. The head reduces though, rather quickly, to a small layer above the liquid.

Aroma is filled with dark fruits and doughy notes. Spices come out more as it warms along with some trace notes of alcohol.

Taste begins with a rich malty combination of raisins and figs. It moves to more of a rich cream like flavor the further I go along with some chocolate notes. Cinnamon, anise, and other spices hit my sense here and there. A drying sensation comes in the middle along with some very light alcohol notes. The finish is a bit sweeter with some intense dark fruits and caramel which coats the mouth.

This is another offering worthy of its praise. So complex and enjoyable. Nice rich body and so many flavors, this is a sipper for sure but the alcohol does not detract whatsoever. Highly recommended.

Photo of saltydog
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed at Brouwzael in Ghent. Appearance: Reddish brown, big head, somewhat cloudy. Aroma: Big malty sweetness, and in addition some roastiness. Flavor: Clearn, refreshing raisin/rum flavo, balanced by a subtle roastiness. Finish: Crisp from roastiness. Very rich.

Photo of JayQue
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked 750 ml bottle. This beer has a clear, opaque brown color with reddish highlights. The white head is bubbly, big and hangs in there for a while. Good lacing. The aromas is present as soon as you pop the cork. Astringent, dark fruits and candy.

Taste is very smooth. Astringent, dark fruits and candy sugar, blended very nicely and not overpowering. This is a beer to be sipped over time. The alcohol taste is very subdued, not at all overpowering. Mouthfeel is rich and luxurious.

Drinkability is good, considering the high abv. The taste is strong enough to take notice but not overpowering or so sweet that it becomes annoying after a while. Not an everyday beer but very enjoyable.

Photo of Nuke77
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a muddy cloudy light brown with a tan head. The scent is of dark fruits and spice and makes up for the less than beautiful appearance. The taste is much fuller than I expected and follows the scent. This brew was nicely carbonated and quite viscious at the same time. I would not hestitate to buy this one again. Tasty!

Photo of cpetrone84
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-thin bubbly light tan head. fizzles away not too quickly and leaves no lace.

S-toasted malt up front. belgium yeast comes in next with hints of cloviness. notes of sour apple with dark fruits accompanying, dark cherries and plum finish.

T/M-smooth and creamy, highly carbonated. very crisp finish. some yeast and clove up front with a nice dark fruit backing and toasted malt base. sweet cherries and plum like the nose.

D-very sweet and easy drinking. a hint of alcohol burn in the finish but the sweet dark fruits and high carbonation hide it well.

Photo of tomthumbsblues
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pouring of this beer produces an off-white head about one finger thick. This head goes down to form a nice layer of foam on top of the opaque garnet beer. Smell is a mixture of cranberry nut bread with strong hints of chocolate. The taste followed the same with a light cherry and cocoa palate. Mouthfeel is dry. I felt there was a bit much carbonation. A good beer and one I'd drink again.

Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the great dubbels, maybe only behind Westy 8. Being that I can't get Westy these days, St. Bernardus and Westmalle are my best options. 750ml; deep amber color, large foamy head with good retention. Paired with beef, great match. Not as sweet as many other dubbels tend to be. Terrific balance, top notch all the way!

Photo of kbnooshay
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dubbel. Not one of my favorite styles(unless its an Ommegang Abbey!). They tend to be one dimension but the complex ones thrill me. Just gimme a quad.

This poured a dark amber/chestnut color with a creamy off white head. This smells like mincemeat pie and fig newtons. In terms of flavor this is one of the most raisiny sweet belgians i have ever had. REALLY raisiny. I love the slightest hint of cherries! Sweet maltiness and brown sugar all ova da place. Moderate creamy mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation prickle. I am halfway and getting lots warmth from this one.

Of course its good. Its St. Bernadus!!!!

St. Bernardus Prior 8 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
93 out of 100 based on 2,061 ratings.