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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

1,836 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,836
Reviews: 967
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 99
Gots: 133 | 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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Underrower

Georgia

3.39/5  rDev -18.5%

12 oz bottle out of the mixed pack. Served in goblet.

Brown good bit of foam and it lingers for a Belgian. Opened and foam slowly lifted itself above rim of bottle.

Smells like raisens.

Great double taste and then bubble gum and after it goes into a dustly slightly sour like funk that lingers for quite a while and thenn there is a strong drying effect . The after taste reminds me a little of one of the flavors in the Watou tripel. Strange aftertaste; so different than the great up front taste. Makes the beer taste really old and usually I like that but this one has it in spades and it comes on ver strong.

Mouthfeel is really nice. Good carbonation that is not too strong.

Overall a little sour at the end and I prefer sweet big and boozy. Nice old feel to the taste but just a little stong with that combined with the slightly sour taste robs this of a great rating.

10-05-2013 00:26:30 | More by Underrower
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.4/5  rDev -18.3%

11.2 oz bottle, best before 3/2/10. Pours a reddish brown with a large fizzy head that quickly goes to a thin film.

The aroma is sweet woody malts, some dough, some cream, and a little pepper.

The flavor is sweet bready malts, dark fruits, and yeast with a slight bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium-full and a little harsh on the carbonation.

Overall, it is rather similar to the Pater 6. I liked that one better though.

05-24-2006 05:33:18 | More by Beaver13
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Mesquita


3.4/5  rDev -18.3%

08-21-2014 15:42:30 | More by Mesquita
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cjgiant

District of Columbia

3.41/5  rDev -18%

Cloudy brown pour in a St Bernardus wine-glass. The head was ok, but the lacing was good as I took a few sips of this import.

The initial smell and taste don't belie each other. The smell is a bit more raisin-like, while the taste adds in a little more prune (sourness). The malty fruitiness fades into an ever-so-slightly alcohol tinged yeasty flavor.

The taste does not linger too long. When I first got this beer and took a whiff of this it reminded me of DFH R'aison D'être. I'd like to try the two side-by-side now to see if there's a difference.

08-30-2013 22:02:56 | More by cjgiant
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -17.5%

St. Bernardus Prior 8

Appearance- dark maple brown with a thin sticky head.
Smell- woodsy hops with slight hints of spice.
Taste- cinnimon and vanilla mixed with dry leaves and cherries.
Mouthfeel- quite smooth with a nice bite. No acidity or bitterness.

Overall- another solid beer from St. Bernardus.

01-02-2006 13:51:35 | More by NJpadreFan
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -17.5%

In a word: underwhelming. Although a good beer, I found nothing to brag about. It looks like a nice monk brew, brown with generous head. Smell didn't do much for me. Some fruit and caramel, but it was faint. Similarly with tastes, there were some nice subtle complexities, but nothing grand and tasty. It was a mix of tart, sour berries, with bitter candy. I had a hard time tasting much because the beer was over carbonated. Really took a while for that to settle down. Still a very smooth drink, but not one I'd drop good money on any time soon. I'll stick to the Abt 12.

12-09-2006 17:55:55 | More by tempest
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DCon

Missouri

3.43/5  rDev -17.5%

Bought a 33cl bottle from the International Tap House in Soulard (St. Louis), MO for $6. Poured from the orange labeled bottle & St. Bernardus Monk on the front into a 16oz iTap Pint Glass. Has a best before date of 06 01 16 on the back of the glass.

Aroma- Tons of honey and a bit of spice in his one. Has a strong noble hop aroma also but not quite the normal Dubbel aroma...

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger head that has an average retention time. Has a dark copper body that has good depth. Leaves small sudsy lacing but sticks well.

Flavor- Very strong maltiness at the beginning and then very sweet with only a touch of honey. Very light hops and the bitterness level is as low as it can go, 1/10. More complexity could be better in this one.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Smooth, and then just sweetness and palate lingering after the drink.

Overall Impression- I'm a huge fan of all other St. Bernardus brews, but this one falls short for me. Should have more body, carbonation, complexity, richness, and many more attributes. Nonetheless, enjoyed but would push you to get an Abt 12 or Pater 6 before this one.

11-20-2011 15:24:04 | More by DCon
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -17.5%

Good, but not nearly as good as their 6 or 12.

I wonder if they use the second runnings from the 12, like they use to when they contract-brewed the Westvleteren.

I feel that I have been spoiled by their other dark beers.

A: Dark ruby-brown, with a little off-white head. Some retention & lacing.

S: Not as much aroma as their other brews. Sweet caramel, figs and brown sugar.

T: Only slightly on the sweet side. Caramelized sugar, raisins, slightly spicy. As it warms up, the alcohol taste becomes quite assertive. I think it's more well-rounded when it's chilled.

M: Moderate body is a little syrupy, plenty of carbonation.

D: Quite drinkable.

11-06-2005 22:28:54 | More by Derek
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Philousa

California

3.43/5  rDev -17.5%

A dark, hazy brown sits in the goblet with a thin, constant layer of head. I get raisin, dates, some chocolate in the nose with similar flavors, but a little alcohol flavor at the end of each sip. The texture is creamy but not too bubbly.

This was the first time I encountered the Prior 8, and I had the fortune to have it on tap at The Trappist in Oakland. This has lots of complexity without as much alcohol, which is applaudable. Will definitely get it again when given the chance.

Update: Tried in a bottle with more notes.
This is a leathery, chocolatey brown that has a swirly, whispy tan head. Clear, unless you pour the yeast in. Sweet date is prominent on the nose along with brown sugar and maple syrup. Sweet to start the taste. Dark stone fruit, mostly plum, sit in the back of the throat and become metallic, which is kind of annoying. A tart taste sticks around and mingles with the CO2, it's slightly unpleasant. The good nearly outweighs the bad.

It's been established in other reviews that I'm highly sensitive to candied sugar, and this one does it to me. I guess I like this more on tap than in a bottle. Good to know.

10-17-2011 03:41:36 | More by Philousa
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ChuckR343

Florida

3.45/5  rDev -17.1%

A- Golden to dark brown, with tan head.

S- Smells of dried fruit and yeast.

T- Strong malty front with great hoppy finish. I don't really taste any of the fruit, but it is a little sweet.

M- Highly carbonated. I do not notice the alcohol.

D- I couldn't drink more than 1 or 2 due to the carbonation, but definitely not a boring beer.

02-04-2009 00:26:04 | More by ChuckR343
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mulder1010

Australia

3.45/5  rDev -17.1%

750 ML poured into a Tulip glass

A-- Big puff of white cloud upon uncorking this. Poured a very hazy cherry brown color. Some sediment in the pour. One finger off white brown head that dissipated pretty quickly but on swirling the head retention was very good. No lacing but very visible alcohol legs and small beads of carbonation.

S-- Really reminds me of a spiced cake. Something like that. Bready yeast, plumbs, cherry's, raisin's, Cinnamon, and some lemon and orange.

T-- A lot of plumb, raisin, lemon and orange. A little bit of alcohol mixed in on this.

M-- More it sat in my mouth the more the lemon came out and the raisins and plumbs felt to be soaked in rum. Has a citrus like feel to the carbonation and a little more than medium body and carbonation to this.

D-- I really like Dubbel's but this is one I am not real found of. Prefer Chimay over this and the La Trappe as well. A little too carbonated for me and left me bloated. Lemon taste was a hindrance in this for me. I will stick to their Triple and ABT 12.

08-10-2010 12:03:47 | More by mulder1010
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jujubeast6000

Texas

3.45/5  rDev -17.1%

Reviewed 2/11/2006 (750mL bottle):

Pours a very dark brown colored body, with a very slightly off-white head, big and lasting, smooth. Has an aroma of citrus, lavender, and spices. A slightly bitter, slightly sweet taste. Some molasses, warming, with a good mouthfeel, somewhat alcoholy.

12-13-2008 05:41:29 | More by jujubeast6000
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msnow34

South Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -17.1%

Pours mahagony with a decent head, into a chimay chalice. Initial smell and taste sour, and cidery. Thinking i'm going to drain pour after i finish the chalice, but I give it a chance and allow it to warm, maybe served a little too cold. Smell, plums and raisins(disclaimer i have a bad sense of smell) Tastes very sweet, perfect level of carbonation. mouthfeel light and smooth, head retention is minimal. Overall not a bad beer, but most likely wouldn't try this one again, if I did i would allow it to warm to correct temperature first.

06-08-2011 03:24:55 | More by msnow34
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champ103

Texas

3.48/5  rDev -16.3%

A: Pours a dark amber red with a two finger beige head that forms. The head recedes pretty fast with light lace.
S: A dry burnt wood aroma. Malty with some brown sugar. Not much here.
T: Malty of course. Lots of raisins and brown sugar. A large burnt wood flavor that follows the nose.
M/D: A medium body that is creamy and rich. The alcohol show a bit, but an easy and smooth beer to sip on for the most part.

Not a bad Dubbel, but I have had much better. Not very complex. Though a pleasant enough example of the style. I always like to support Abbey and Trappist Ales as well.

11-22-2008 20:05:11 | More by champ103
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ruckus232

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -16.3%

11.2 ounce brown bottle poured into a goblet

Appearance: Brown cloudy color with some sediment and a decent tan head

Smell: Not a very strong smell but it is malty sweet with a slight toasted scent

Taste: The taste is more pronounce in the malted sweetness but there is also a slight bitterness which is more alcohol then anything

01-09-2010 02:05:00 | More by ruckus232
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match1112

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -16.3%

my second one out of the gift pack. pours a dirty brown color with a small tan head that leaves minimal lacing. smell is of raisins, prunes, roasted malt and spice. taste is right on with the nose except that the spice is more present in the flavor. has a some what creamy mouthfeel to it with a dry spicy finish. not liking this one as much as i did the pater 6.

12-20-2011 17:52:06 | More by match1112
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nicetry

New York

3.48/5  rDev -16.3%

750ml bottle poured into a goblet.

Murky brown color with a beautiful amber hue when held up to light. Tan, relatively thin .5 inch head that quickly slides into a top foam. Lovely delicate lacing hinting at the carbonation to come.

Smell is very nice; subdued or dark fruit esters and stings of spice - a high pitch nose of nectarines and anise with low notes of cherry and fig. As it warms it gets more complex, adding in a toasty fermentation smell that, and this may be strange, makes me think of certain jenevers.

Taste surprises: a bouquet of ester-y carbonation forms around the edges of the low notes hinted in the nose; a chalky, malty spine hangs around to yield alcohol and a bitter finish. Decent and different.

Mouthfeel is delicate and unique for a dubbel, and while the finish is interesting, it doesn't convert into the malty saccharin finish characteristic of it's type. Unique and very good for a single bottle.

06-27-2010 03:04:10 | More by nicetry
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dizknee24

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -16.3%

Cork and Caged of course

A - Medium reddish and very cloudy and almost a nonexistent head retention. very carbonated.

S - Nothing special Could not pick out anything specific. very bland IMO

T- Taste was nothing spectacular as well. Maybe a bit fruity but i got a bit of resiny which i wouldn't normal expect from a beer of this style(dubbel)

M - thick. bubbly.

D - umm not really seeing the big draw to this one. Its good but its nothing special. It does not compare to ABT 12 or really anything i have had from them. Maybe i just dont like dubbels are much as tripels and quads? idk but not the best and not the worst. Right in the middle.

03-10-2011 13:25:15 | More by dizknee24
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innominat

Ireland

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

06-07-2013 14:46:53 | More by innominat
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jbphoto88

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Deep reddish brown color with an alarming amount of bits suspended in it. This beer looks like the first runoff of a brew kettle before any vorlauf. The head is a tan white, quick to rise and just as fast to fade to a thin sheet of suds. After the Pater 6 i am slightly disappointed with this one.

Nose continues the disappointment with a just slightly above average scent. It is heavy on the caramel and candied side of things. It smells over sweet and a touch boozy with mild toasted grains.

Taste is better then the nose but only slightly. The caramel and candied flavors are there and really aren't bad, the problem i have is the lack of complexity. Once you get past the slight grain and sugar toasted sweetness there isn't much else. It tastes good but a little simple. Frankly I expected a little more.

Mouthfeel is nice with a firm carbonation and a smooth coating feeling. It's almost chewy with a warm finish that stays in your mouth for some time after. This isn't a bad beer but a solid average one. Simple and well made but not much for big flavors and complexity. Worth a try but probably not one I'd come back to. I find the 6 to be much more satisfying.

01-22-2011 00:49:16 | More by jbphoto88
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Fr0stb1te

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

02-15-2013 01:24:08 | More by Fr0stb1te
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oso

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

11-22-2012 23:17:32 | More by oso
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pat_usher

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

07-08-2014 22:43:42 | More by pat_usher
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VeganUndead

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

06-30-2014 04:43:10 | More by VeganUndead
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TerryB

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

11-09-2013 04:15:01 | More by TerryB
St. Bernardus Prior 8 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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