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St. Bernardus Prior 8 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,790 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 1,790
Reviews: 965
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 94
Gots: 114 | FT: 5
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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.

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bnes09

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep caramel color, thick and murky looking. Lots of bubbles. Big head on the pour with lots of lacing.

Brilliant aroma of hot caramel, brown sugar, figs and dates. Mild ginger herb. Overall sweet, dark, luscious and inviting.

Dark fruit flavors are prominent complimenting the aroma. Lots of brown sugar sweetness. Hops add a subtle spice. Black pepper and spinach leaves. Hint of Belgian yeast rounds out the flavors in a satisfying finish.

Medium bodied with plenty of malt and yeast textures. Just the right amount of carbonation to bring the complexities to my palate.

Overall a superb example of a dubbel. Highly complex and very well rounded.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2012 01:05:04 | More by bnes09
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KingG

California

4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle served at room temp and poured into my Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance is exceptional. Dirty, murky, dark brown colored brew with a massive soapy and clumpy tan head. Sticky lacing webs the inside of the glass.

Smell is very good. Heavy aromas of candied dark fruit, caramelized brown sugar, nutty Belgian yeast, banana, and pineapple. Subtle yet sneaky spices in the background along with a hint of alcohol.

Taste is very good. Very similar to the nose but with a large banana-nut bread and plum presence. Spices are there yet give way to the sweet fruity malt flavors. Nothing overly aggressive, everything working in great harmony. Crafted almost perfectly.

Mouthfeel is very good. Soft and delicate on the palate with a creamy texture. Easy, smooth finish.

Drinkability is very good. Very easy to drink; almost too easy. Finishing a few of these wouldn't be a problem.

Overall:
An amazing Belgian brew from St. Bernardus who know a thing or two when it comes to making them. An absolute joy to drink. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2007 05:34:54 | More by KingG
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Foxtrot

California

4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice dark brown, cloudy body with a nice ivory foam cap. The head retention on this beer is absolutely amazing, it just keeps going and going and going and going!

Wonderful aromas of Belgian yeast, light plum with hints of spices and touches of cinnamon and sweetness.

Smelling this beer was delightful, but tasting it was a treat! Love the complexity. Moves with a nice fresh and vibrant tone, balanced with some assorted dark fruits, and a nice crisp clean finish. I enjoyed how this beer was sweet, but without being too sweet. The sweet sugary notes are very controlled and don't overpower the other flavors.

Mouthfeel was a nice full medium body.

Drinkability was superb, at no point did I not find myself not enjoying this beer. It was really hard to put my glass down between the tasting and smelling. Brilliant!

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2009 05:58:58 | More by Foxtrot
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argock

Virginia

4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11oz brown bottle into a clear oversized wine glass.

A: Chestnut brown with thick 1-2 finger light tan head with good retention and spittles of lace occasionally on the glass.

S: Raisins, vanilla, brown sugar, and phenols with a dash of herbal hops deliver a aromatic treat.

T: Dark fruits dominate this satisfying dubbel with many other flavor notes including brown and candy sugar, vanilla, and nutty, woody notes with a lightly drying earthy hops finish. This is my favorite St. Bernardus offering.

M: Full-bodied and with even carbonation to leave a lush mouthfeel. Aftertaste is of brown sugar and herbal hops.

D: An exceptional dubbel with classic earthiness and a perfect mouthfeel that makes it hard to beat.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2008 04:58:10 | More by argock
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acoatley

Texas

4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearence: dark amber with a bright ruby where the center of the light passes through a little cloudy, I may have pored too hard.

Aroma: mmmm caramel choclate covered cherries. Maybe even chocolate bananas just a hind of alcohol.

Flavor: Light alcohol, dark fruit, malty sweetness, and a true to style dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Moderate warmth from th alcohol, medium body.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2005 00:49:38 | More by acoatley
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arizcards

Arizona

4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 11.2 oz bottle in late October from AJ's for $3.99. Best before 04 08 10.

Beer decanted perfectly into my Duvel glass. It poured a ruby brown color, with yeast sediment visible, with a perfect long lasting off white head. Nose is splendid, of bananas, sweet malts, and dark fruits. Taste is pretty much the same as the nose with a drying hop finish. The alcohol is ever so slightly warming. Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, fairly full, and very smooth. Drinkability is near perfect. This is a pretty darn good representation of the Dubbel style!

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2007 22:55:53 | More by arizcards
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Thrasher

Oregon

4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

It's been a long time since I had an authentic Belgian ale, and even longer since I reviewed one. This is a very pleasing one that has tons of delicious flavor but not quite as much complexity as I was anticipating. It is a very dark sepia color with flashes of orange at the edges. The head isn't super-charged, but ample and permanent. Not really any lacing. Small grains of sediment, or perhaps they are sunken bubbles, rest on the slope of the glass. The nose is vibrant, toffeeish and fruity. The flavor is primarily sweet, with lots of lush graininess and peppery spice. A lactic funk provokes thoughts of fine farmhouse cheese, and a note of numbing alcohol marries perfectly with the brew. Mouthfeel soft and yielding, velvelty smooth on the tongue. Despite its darkness and robust character, the beer manages to be refreshing. The light cleansing grass twinge at the end makes this a particularly drinkable beer. My oh my, this is delicious, and it's aching to be accompanied by food, either a robust but milky cheese, or a lightly tangy dark meat. To be bought and enjoyed by me again, in the very near future, I hope!

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2004 04:29:31 | More by Thrasher
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ADR

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Small 33 cl bottle...reddish brown and dark, lightly hazy with some chunks. Medium but rising head, light tan and settling as a flat surface with good embedded tight carbonation. and long-lasting properties. Plenty of lace, lots of small details on the sides of a Trois Pistoles chalice. Aroma is deep, candied cherry and molasses with cinnamon bread maltiness with yeast smells. Mouthfeel is medium to full with the carbonation prickly enough to make it mouth filling. Lots of interesting flavors, candies of chocolate and caramel, slight toffee roundness -- but what's most interesting is the fruit undertones, varied and ranging as deep as red wine-soaked prunes to bright berries with an estery leavening. Finishes with minimal apparent hops but slightly more dry than some Dubbels. I'm a big fan of this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2004 17:12:40 | More by ADR
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Trentonator

Kansas

4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge head which sticks around and will not be denied. Sipping the beer with a moustache will leave some foam on the 'ole "flavor saver" for later. Particles of brownish specks in the head, rather unusual. Delicate and sticky lacing, the color of the beer is a dark red, almost mahogany. Smell is surprisingly light with no real "waves" of florals or fruits like other Belgians I have tried. What it lacks in smell it more than makes up for in taste. This beer is world class in the taste department. Fig, maybe some light butterscotch, I also get some otherworldy flavors I am not sure I can even describe with words. Truly amazing.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2004 23:47:04 | More by Trentonator
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bowersdm

Ohio

4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle poured into a St. Bernardus goblet. I did not note the best before date but it was from a christmas mix pack released at the end of last year.

A - dark brown, ruby when held to the light. It looks like chunky apple cider. there was a 1cm head, but it dissipated quickly into a thin film.

S - yeast, fruit, spices, lemon, grass, or lemongrass, hay, bread, earth.

T - grass, lemon, apples, yeast, bread, sweet malty flavor, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, slight earthy hop bitterness and a dry finish, but not as dry as pater 6.

M - a little too carbonated.

D - very tasty beer. I prefer this one to the pater 6 because its finish isn't quite as dry.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2009 00:31:04 | More by bowersdm
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twelvsies

Maine

4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I've recently re-discovered these beers. I've always appreciated this brewery, but my interests changed a bit and I wasn't into Belgians as much. Had a St. Bernardus triple the other night which made me remember how good these beers really are... So I'm trying the whole line again. Let's see how the Prior 8 stacks up. Dark brown, cloudy (I poured in the sediment), and as usual for St. Bernardus, the head on this beer is outrageous, and indestructable. Another quality found in all beers by this brewery is the amazing cup-cake like smell and taste... so subtle, so fruity. Nice and malty as well, with a slick raisiny feel. A nice spicy hop background balances. A little kick of alcohol in the finish, but gentle. The mouthfeel is a pillow. So good. Don't know how they do it... Cheers, to the merry monks of Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2005 04:09:47 | More by twelvsies
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guitarmage

Oregon

4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark ruby highlights, semi-cloudy, deep mahogany.

Smell: Very fragrant, notes of cider, chocolate and apricot.

Taste: Rich and fruity, sweet chocolate undertones, apricot, warming alcohol throughout. Finishes dry with a light bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium-full bodied, light smooth carbonation.

Drinkability: Delicious dubbel, easy drinking, not too alcoholic or overwhelming. Good Winter warmer beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2008 18:08:18 | More by guitarmage
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Maltoftheearth

Ohio

4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Almost reminds you of a dark chocolate milk. Good thick head.

S: Fantastic. Tons of sweet smells roll off. Nice nutty malts. Like being in a bakery.

T: Very sweet but balanced overall. Sweet at first but then there is a range of malt / yeast flavors that come into play. You will get fruit notes but the Belgian yeast as prominent as it should be. Nice alcohol at the end. Smooth finish.

F/D: This is a mouthful, but savor it! Love this beer and quickly becoming a huge fan of St. Bernardus. This is the closest think I've found to what I drank a lot of in Italy a couple years ago. They were big on this style in the pubs... Not Perroni.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2010 01:20:08 | More by Maltoftheearth
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip nov18 2010

A murky deep amber/light brown with just enough clarity to see heaps of bubbles feeding a large beige head that has good retention slowly falling to a 1/4in film that just sits there until the bottom of the glass leaving plenty of lace

S spicy yeast with some brown sugar and just a little bruised banana and fig

T still a fair bit going on with everything I smell except bruised banana and now I get a hint of licorice I didn't smell and it has even more spice in the mouth. I get just a hint of booze but for 8% it's pretty well concealed

M medium to full bodied with less carbonation then I expected but that still leaves plenty of bubbles to make it feel fairly creamy and the flavors linger for quite a while

D this beers just so well rounded and near perfect in so many areas it's only fair to drop a 5 here. I found myself going for another sip before my glass even hit the table from the one before it.

this is one mellow brew, very complex and one to ponder. I wasn't sure what to expect but this is just another world class beer from a world class brewery

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2010 06:27:06 | More by wordemupg
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JimsArcade

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 14oz tulip glass.

Pours a deep reddish-brown with a moderate head the dissipates slowly.

Smells of alcohol and dried fruit with a moderate amount of phenols and esters.

Tastes of black cherries, raisins and plums. Not much yeast in the flavor. Alcohol is moderately strong.

This is probably the heaviest dubbel I've ever tasted. Malty stickiness dominates, but the champagne-like carbonation balances it out.

This is not a dubbel to drink in the Summer... more of a Fall/Spring beer. Not as easy to drink in succession like the Pater 6.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2009 19:46:43 | More by JimsArcade
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Shultzerdugen

Missouri

4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. brown bottle, poured into my St. B glass.

Clear dark brown with red tints topped by a large biege head of irregular shape. Nice lacing.

Bread like malts in the nose, followed by complex fruity esters of a ripe cherry vibe and hints of yeast.

Medium-full body with mild carbonation and a groovy roundness. This beer is has a great grain flavor and tons of depth coming in all over the map. A taste like fresh cherries settles on the mouth in the finish. At times molasses or brown sugar come to mind. That cherry flavor in the back is awsome.

St. B is the shit! It's amazing they can get all of those flavors from just malt, hops, water, yeast, and maybe a bit of sugar. The quad, the tripel, and even the dubbel are kick ass. Bow down to this bad MF. Did I mention St. B is the shit?

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2005 02:31:07 | More by Shultzerdugen
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Vancer

Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very good – easy pour produced a clear amber brown vessel with a ivory tan head. Aroma was rich with dough, fruit and malts, which also came through in the tastes – along with lite spices, cinnamon. That little butter pop in the finish ends the quaff nicely. Perfect full bodied and lightly carbonated to boot. I could sip this one all night long.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2005 12:25:16 | More by Vancer
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deep dark cherrywood with a tall sturdy crown that starts as foam but resonates down to healthy head of a 8th inch bubbly/frothy whipped light tan topping. Leaves tons of lacing coating the glass.

Aroma is dry of light earthyness along with some yeasty esters of flowers and light spice.with a strong fruity sense of figs, raisins, and dark cherries keeping a lush and full sweet edge over the top.

Flavors ensue a pleasurable display of fruits displayed from the aroma with dry little spices. Firm, steardy, and steady with a full taste brigade from start to finish. Sweet and chewy finish late with bits of candied fruits and a light textured nuttyness. A great taster.

Feel is creamy and nearly full with some light drying effects floating around and finishes terrific with a super yummy and smooth exhibition of chewy fruits and earthly delights. Another fine drinker by St. Bernardnus - which I've mentioned in other reviews of their first-class brews is that the drinkability is amazingly easy to handle. All that I've imbibed by these jolly monks has been top notch good stuff! Recommended to try any and all by Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2004 01:30:00 | More by tavernjef
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jlandis

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a murky auburn with thin tan head. The nose is full of red grapes, apples, raisins and dates. A well crafted dubbel like this often reminds me of a nice red wine. The flavor is a little unexpected but fantastic. I picked up green apples, dark fruits (grapes, more apples, dates). Those green apples provide a nice tart kick. There is also a great sweet malt flavor. The flavor is dry on the tongue with solid carbonation.

This is a fantastic dubble! I love all of the flavors that mingle so perfectly together, and that dry finish is fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2010 19:46:24 | More by jlandis
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Boto

Connecticut

4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle: This one pours a very hazy mahogany color. There was a good bit of a tan head that dropped away rather quickly. Definite dark fruits to the nose. Also some breadiness, yeastiness and some caramel/toffee notes. The taste is quite good, I get the caramel, raisins, breadiness, as well as a plethora of other things mixed together in there. A slightly spicy aftertaste, as well as a full body. Quite nice.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2005 20:01:35 | More by Boto
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jamie2dope

Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Decided to get a bottle of this to celebrate the arrival of the BA September magazine on my doorstep (and their profile of this style). Poured in to a large red wine glass a brownish red color, with a beautiful white head that lasts throughout. Lots of tiny air bubbles make their way towards the top of the glass. Aroma has traces of buttery sweet bread, brownies and dark fruits such as plum and date. Taste reveals tons of fruit, dates and figs being the most pronounced of the bunch. Sweet honey can be tasted in the middle, followed by the sweet bready character at the end. Mouthfeel is creamy and medium in body. Seems like an easy beer to drink but I have a feeling that the ABV might catch up to me after this glass is finished. A lovely Dubbel, and one of the best I have tried in a long time. Would pair well with any hearty meal I am sure.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2007 00:23:54 | More by jamie2dope
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is strongly malty and yeasty with hints of banana and fruity sweetness. Color is dark brown, rather chocolaty, with a fairly persistent head. Flavor is rich and malty with a hint of sweet and some fruity and smoky undertones. Finish is smooth and lively, and has a ribbon of hop bitterness. Overall a very satisfying ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2007 03:12:34 | More by Cyberkedi
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BehindtheFinBrew

Iowa

4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle

A: Pours a hazy brown with restless sediment and very active carbonation. A 3-finger creamy white head held firmly then a 2 to a 1/8" remaining throughout.

S: Alcohol sweetness and malt are up front on the nose.

T: Predominant roasted caramel malt. Little to no bitterness from the hops apparent, but wouldn't expect much from an abbey. Nice alcohol warmth on breath without appearing in the flavor.

M: Thick and smooth with lots of carbonation. The finish for a big beer as this I thought was very smooth.

D: If you're sitting in for the long haul then yes this one is very drinkable. Smooth and malty with little astringent character from the alcohol.

I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. The lovely malt character may not be for some that prefer a little more hop character but for me it was great. Wish I had grabbed a few more!

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2009 22:01:59 | More by BehindtheFinBrew
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ktrillionaire

Florida

4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by: 11.08.14

G – St. Bernardus goblet

A – Chestnut brown, not quite translucent, not much head, a bit of lacing.

S – Cherries and currants and pumpernickel bread (without caraway) with a bit of pleasantly musty alcohol. Quite pungent and nice.

T – Fig and date and assorted dried dark fruit, then alcohol, then back to the fruit again, this time more like apple, cherry and currant. All flavors are very understated and are accompanied by a Champagne-like dryness, making this beer among the most sophisticated, refined (in palate) and delicious of the Dubbel style.

M – Great sparkling crispness totally enhances the flavor palate.

D – As good as the Abt 12? It is so close…

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 04:43:03 | More by ktrillionaire
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a dark brown color with a dinosuaric white head. The aroma is fantastic. Dark fruits, spices, cloves. The first thing noticable about the taste is how refreshing it is. After that it is sweet, fruity, slitghly nutty. The mouthfeel is meduim-full bodied with tons of carbonation. Overalll, this is a very, very good brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2005 03:36:57 | More by KarlHungus
St. Bernardus Prior 8 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
93 out of 100 based on 1,790 ratings.