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St. Bernardus Prior 8 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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2,085 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,085
Reviews: 992
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 121
Gots: 216 | FT: 5
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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 sureshot08
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into a snifter. Pours a medium brown with a mild off-white head that quickly dissipates. Some visible sediment.

Smell: Lots of caramel, sweet, some dark fruit.

Taste: Caramel, butterscotch, raisin, prune, faint rum notes.

Mouthfeel: On the thinner side with moderately high carbonation.

Overall: I get a lot of caramel, but well in balance. Not much alcohol or hop character. Very drinkable.

Photo of BricksandPorter
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I simply cannot cellar a good beer. Bought a deuce-deuce cold and poured it after ten minutes in the freezer. Shared half with my wife in two snifters. she enjoyed hers with a slice of orange and I have to admit it did change the character nicely, if not minimally.

Pour - creamy, thick pour - take your time with this, it is a trappist after all. Color is a maroon brown with hues of plum and orange. Head is two fingers, pillowy and thick. Reduces down to a beautiful lacing with resonating strings of carbonation throughout.

Nose - sweet jesus! A beautiful cocophony of fruit sweet esters and earthy organics. bananas come to mind.

Taste - Wild cherries, carmel malts and a tangy wheat slam the tastebuds. Notes of bananas, cherries and plums swirl with an almost sour, limy aftertaste. Very little hoppiness noteable but what it lacks in hops is more than made up for in the yeasty flavors that are the trademark of great abbey beers. More like port wine, champagne or even scotch as far as character and body goes.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, crisp and complete. Body is full and seems to live and move. Very distinct flavors are completely apparent throughout the entire glass - no wavering or wondering. Carbonation is heavy but it enhances the flavor like icing on a cake. A true work of art!

Drinkability - i actually enjoyed my wife's idea of an orange and tried it as well. I couldn't make this a session beer only because of how special it is. This is to be enjoyed on an occasional basis, to celebrate something. Apparently this is what the monks drink for dinner in Watou - lucky bastards. I have to invest in a cellaring project - this would be a prime candidate.

Photo of TenHornsProud
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a muddy purple/brown with a small off-white head that fades quickly.

Smells of dark cherry, plum, sugar, slightly floral. Nice aroma...subtle.

Up front sweetness, fig, raisin, plum notes that fades into slightly boozy carbonation and finishes with the smallest bitterness, roasty note, and alcohol. Fantastic really. One of the better tasting beers in this style I've had.

Medium body that is made highly quafable by the big carbonation and dry finish. Some residual sweetness.

This is a really great beer...almost like a more drinkable apt 12, though, the two have distincly different tastes. Great dubble either way that is hard to beat with the lack of Rochefort around these parts.

Photo of Greggy
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Very dark fruit, heavy sediment. Head recedes to a thin cap.

S- Nice spiciness, dark fruit, cherry, cocoa, light pepper, green apple.

T- Big alcohol, nice spiciness, big pepper, dry hopiness.

M- light carb lets the beer's maltiness do the talking.

D- A nice dubbel. I really enjoyed the immense pepper.

Photo of Stoneman78
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a brand new Sam Adams 'Sensory' glass
A- Pours a cloudy brown hue that lightens to dirty orange near the bottom, head is off-white soapy suds that dissipates to a thin layer, clingy lacing
S- Nose is sweet malts and dark fruits, yeasts, belgian sugar, caramel and molasses,slight banana
T- Very smooth and balanced dubbel, initial taste is dark fruits and caramel sweetness, bread malts and yeast, finishes with fading banana
M- Medium-bodied, creamy texture, optimal carbonation
D- Another stellar offering from Bernardus is not surprising, well-balanced and complex with a smooth and creamy profile, flavors open upon warming and the alcohol is well-masked

Photo of stephendr
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

slightly murky amber color, slight spicy, with some nutmeg, crisp and clean nose, light earthy with good malty taste , with a sharp bubbly refreshing body, aftertaste bitter and sweet very nice slightly murky amber color, slight spicy, with some nutmeg, crisp and clean nose, light earthy with good malty taste , with a sharp bubbly refreshing body, aftertaste bitter and sweet very nice

Photo of oggg
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled in a red wine glass 5/04

This beer pours a cloudy brown color. The head cannot be coaxed and quickly fades to spotty lace over the beer.

Aroma is intensely chocolatey with a wine like smell.

The initial taste is smooth and intensely malty with dark fruit and sugar. It comes to a dry finish.

Full bodied. High alcohol is noticeable

Every Dubbel makes me like the style more and more.

Photo of russpowell
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent ruby red/brown with 2+ fingers of tan head. Very good lacing & super head retention

S: Fruittyness (cherry, raspberry, appleskins, figs & plums)& vanilla once warm.

T: Fruittyness (plum & cherry), chocolate, oaky dryness up front. Vanilla, a bit of earthy & leafy hops, chocolate, raisins, & jammy fruits, plus some boozey warmth as this warms. Finishes with figs, dryness & a bit of raspberry & cherry. Almost gave this a 5 for taste, that close!

MF: A little watery with a bit too much carbonation up front. Dryness & malt assert themselves once pretty warm with just a bit of booze warmth at the end

Drinks too easy, I'd guess this at a bout 6.5 abv if I didn't know. Easily one of my favorite dubbels, now that I've tasted it!

Photo of DougT
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a St. Bernardus glass. Unfortunately my favorite is 12 and it's very hard not to compair. As a double I should not expect the strength of a quad, but there it is. Take comments with the proper grain of salt.

A: deep, clear brown. 1+ finger medium brown head that dissipates to a light layer of foam across the whole challis that sticks slightly to the sides. very light lacing.

S: Bread yeast hit my nose hard at first. That subsided and then figs. Other dark fruits. Somewhat subtle, but very pleasant.

T: Not too sweet, smooth, very light hopps but some come out late to lend a little bitter flavor in the aftertaste, a little alcohol. Delicious.

M: Fizzy! Fairly light. Not too strong, I think I could drink this all night.

O: A very good beer. Light enough to enjoy on a warm evening. Not as powerful or as much of a sensory overload as 12. Sort of like 12 light. Not quite as much flavor and not as full bodied, but the flavor and fizzy character matches. You can tell it's St Bernardus!

Photo of mJJJJJJJ
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Grunewald
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - poured from a 330ml bottle into a goblet. It pours hazy burnt orange color. The thick creamy head settles into a thin spotty film.

S - sweet malt, raisin, prune and leather

T - sweet malt, nutty wood flavor, caramel with spice on the finish

M - medium carbonation, very smooth and milky. The finish is dry and warms the mouth.

D - taste is great and the mouthfeel is exceptional

Photo of benmiliron
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one in the St. Bernardus gift pack.

Yet another wonderful concoction from the happy friar. Kind of dark burnt brown color, a hint of red. Not much head, but good lace. Smells divine, caramel, sugar, cinnamon/nutmeg. Clean bubble, sharp. Alcohol noticeable, but accompanies, doesn't overwhelm. Taste is like a cold glass of eggnog - thick, sticky, spicy. Good sweet malt. Maybe a touch too sweet.

Photo of Gusler
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an opaque brown color, the head mountainous and light tan that is also semi-creamy in texture with the lace forming a silk like curtain to conceal the glass. Sweet malted grains, bubble gum and hints of yeast, maybe even an over ripe banana, at any rate a first class nose to be sure. Start is rich in malt, lightly sweet; the top feels full and rich. Finish has a suitable acidity and the hops are unobjectionable in their spicy bite, very dry somewhat vinous aftertaste, and the 8 percent ABV does warm the tummy, a most pleasing beer to end the day.

Photo of MellowDia
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jeffo
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at the bottle shop down the road.

From a bottle into a St. Bernardus chalice.

APPEARANCE: Pours a medium-thick looking 1 finger off-white head that fades to a film cap relatively quickly. Some carbonation evident, but on the lower end of the spectrum. Colour is dark brown, perhaps a raw umber or auburn, with a good amount of yeast sediment floating around. A thin cap stays to the end but leaves little in the way or lacing down the glass.

SMELL: A yeasty nose with dark fruits as well, such as raisins and dates. A slight roasted quality as well, which was unexpected though well received. Hints of roasted malt and chocolate in the background. Enticing and unique in the dubbel category.

TASTE: Yeast qualities again, with lots of caramel malt and toffee up front. Some dark fruits there as well, raisins and dates like the nose. Some nice roasted flavours and a touch of bitter chocolate as well. Aftertaste is strong and long lasting, including sweet caramel malt and some bitter hop and chocolate to balance it out, with a touch of spicy alcohol at the end. Very enjoyable.

PALATE: Medium-thick body with lower end carbonation. Velvety smooth on the palate, goes down smooth, not bite, and finishes slightly dry on the palate. Alcohol very well hidden for the ABV.

OVERALL: A very enjoyable and super drinkable brew. The beer fled my glass quicker than I'd expected from an 8% beer. Doesn't quite fit the dubbel style very nicely, what with the roasted and smoky qualities, but never-the-less, this is one excellent brew I will be grabbing again the near future. I'd say this is my favorite in the St. Bernardus line; even out does the Abt. 12 for me. Recommended for sure.

Photo of Or80rowley
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Outstanding Dubble!

A. Pours a cloudy amber, nice fluffy light tan three finger head

S. Delightful fresh bread, yeast, sweet dark fruit, malt

T. Bread, sweet, but not too sweet. Raisin, plum, grain aftertaste

M. Refreshing, smooth, medium body, slightly creamy

O. I like drinking this one @ my band practice, it's a fun social beer

Photo of Lucular
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite dubbels. It pops open just like a belgian should, no weak ass apologetic pop like some. Pours dark brown and at first reminds me of chimay red. however it is a little nuttier and not as plain. bread and spice on the nose. Good dark fruit, raisin or fig on the initial taste and lighter fruits on the finish abv is well hidden, smooth and very drinkable.

Photo of BeTheBall
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle in to my St. Bernardus goblet. Poured a reddish brown with a lively huge head. In fact upon opening the bottle, foam began to seep over the top. Smell was of caramel and toffee along with roasted malts and dark fruit. Taste was amazing, subtle fruits along with toffee and caramel, similar (but even better) than the smell. This is very delicious and makes me want to come back for another sip soon. Mouthfeel was good, nice and foamy. Drinkability was high due to the incredible taste and smell. A true gem.

Photo of bunnyhustle
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Go St. Bernardus! Another great beer. Pours deep mahogany in color with some sediment, big creamy head. Great retention and lacing. Smell is of sweet dark fruit, pear, and white grape. Overall very sweet. Taste is very similar. Some sweet bicuit malt with apple, pear, and other sweet fruit. Some earthiness and grass. Mouthfeel is very light. Almost champagne like on the first sip due to the higher carbonation. Dry, sweet aftertaste. Overall a great beer and easy drinker. The ABV is well hidden and this is a great slow sipper at warmer temps.

Photo of Drinkerofales
4.45/5  rDev +7%
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%
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%
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%
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%
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.

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