St. Bernardus Prior 8 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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1,998 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,998
Reviews: 977
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 108
Gots: 179 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website

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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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice dark amber brown with, Huge lively carbonation and streams of bubbles ripped through the glass, this looks like it has teeth!

The smell was very spicey at first, tingled the nose. Hints of dark fruit, pears, apples, cinnamon, figs, I could go on. A kind of candy sweetness almost to it as well. Spices and fruits are all over the spectrum and I don't even know where to begin. Pears, figs, cinnamon again are all over this. Cherry maybe, definatly apple.

awesome beer, truly a hallmark of the style, simply impeccable.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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

Taken from notes after a night of drinking and brewing at a buddies house...

Poured from a Belgian corked bottle into a wine glass.

This beer is dark and beautiful with a small light colored head. The nose is very similar to its older brother the Abt 12. The aroma's difference is that it seems a bit fruitier and almost like a Sangria.

Taste is definitely lighter. But the Tannins and Yeast flavors are much the same as the 12. Shares many characteristics. Subsequently its a great beer. In fact, it almost tastes like a light Abt 12.

Carbonation is lighter. Mouth feel is lighter. But its flavor is strong. Not a whole lot different from the 12 which is not a bad thing. This beer is just as great but dont expect a huge difference.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance - Dark brown color, very nice head that suck around.

smell - Lot os sweet smells, caramel, toffee here.

taste - Nice sweet malts here, hints of vailla present here.

mouthfeel - has a creamy present here.

drinkability - Dummy me, i opened it after it said it can be stored for 10 years. I saw a lot of sediment on the bottom and I have a record of keeping beers around too long in the cellar. Why didn't I buy this before?!

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Pours a deep rich brown with a bit of copper/amber at the edges. Good fluffy off-white head, Good head retention and excellent lacing.

Defintie malt smell, as well as some spice

Taste is malt forward. Slight dark fruit notes, but not as noticeable. Slight spiciness on the finish. Things like mulling spices, especially allspice.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy, but light enough to be very enjoyablke.

Very good beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle by the waiter into a chalice. Got this at the Brickskellar in Washington, DC.

This was the first Belgian beer I'd ever had and I'm officially obsessed now.

Poured a dark brown/purple with a huge, foamy head that was sticky and just would not disappear. Beautiful lacing.

Smell of dark fruit and some burnt hops.

Taste is heavenly. Smooth and I definitely taste the dark fuit like plums and maybe some dates. Slightly sweet. Mild to high carbonation. Mellows as it sits.

Mouthfeel is creamy.

This is a fantastic beer. I love the taste of dark fruits and so I'm probably impartial to this beer. I would love to try all the other St. Bernardus beers.

This is a must try! Gotta love the dubbels.

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St. Bernardus Prior 8 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
93 out of 100 based on 1,998 ratings.