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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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1,789 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,789
Reviews: 965
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 92
Gots: 114 | FT: 5
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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Photo of Blindpigbiz


3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Style/abv: dubbel/8%

Smell: chocolate and peanut butter with slight smokiness

Taste: very clean with subtle milk chocolate notes, nuts, peanut butter, and mild effervescence; it also has a minute malty character throughout

Pairs well with dark meat sandwiches and smoked sausages--and bacon, lots of bacon

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2013 21:49:05 | More by Blindpigbiz
Photo of Trentonator


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
Photo of Mreyes69


4/5  rDev -3.8%

12-12-2011 00:08:29 | More by Mreyes69
Photo of seanballs


4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

02-12-2012 04:13:23 | More by seanballs
Photo of bamberger603


4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

11-15-2013 21:34:20 | More by bamberger603
Photo of ClearDog


4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Medium reddish amber with a thick, fluffy, white head. The head is huge and takes a while to dissipate. Watery lacing.

Smell -- Really strong yeast. It reminds me of driving past the Red Star Yeast Plant in Milwaukee. I can also smell hints of fruit, but the yeast is far stronger.

Taste -- Subtle hints of fruit and very dry. Yeast. Just a slight touch of warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel -- Medium to light and very creamy. No carbonation.

Drinkability -- One of two will probably be enough for me. This is a nice one for a cold fall evening. It has a nice warming effect.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2005 02:00:20 | More by ClearDog
Photo of loving44


4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured from 11.2 Fl Oz bottle into St. Bernardus glass. Pours deep red brown with a foamy white head that fades to about half it's thickness. Lots of sediment suspended throughout the beer which settles slowly to the bottom of the glass. Looks delicious en every way.

Smell: Slightly doughy aroma followed by biscuit-like malt, raison, fig, chocolate, awesome!!!! Just smelling this brew is a treat!

Taste: Starts off very sweet with ripe plum. prune, and raisin flavor dominating and then fades into a rich malty flavor. Finishes with dry alcohol and a slight twinge of citrus.

Mouthfeel is light and airy with fine carbonation, very drinkable!

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2007 05:06:23 | More by loving44
Photo of Nowhereman529


3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a very appealing dark amber color with a good fluffy two finger head. A very nice looking pour

Smell is pretty decent, a good bit of malt with fruit overtones, perhaps apples, and a little clove.

Taste was a little underwhelming though still pretty good. Some good maltiness with raisin, apples, clove and a nice hint of hoppy bitterness at the end.

I think this was perhaps a little too carbonated for dubbel. It's not a deal breaker by any means, but could be improved upon

It's a quality beer, perhaps a little overhyped. Definitely worth a try, maybe two or three.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2008 02:57:20 | More by Nowhereman529
Photo of KiltedCulinarian


3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a branded goblet. Poured a dark walnut colour, two fingers of clean head. Smells robustly malty. Is lightly carbonated, slightly sweet, not too heavy and sickly. Finishes slightly pruney. A good showing for a Belgium, representative of the style, without the sickly sweetness sometiems present. No strong alcohol overtones.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2012 23:15:25 | More by KiltedCulinarian
Photo of mrk829


4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

11-28-2013 00:33:28 | More by mrk829
Photo of Maakun


3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before date 4,5 years in the future, so I guess it's half a year old.

Color is brown with some red, slightly cloudy but I poured a bit of yeast in the glass. Lots of bubbles, but the head disappears quickly and leaves some small islands of remarkably large bubbles. This looks really nice.

Smell is quite sweet, some caramel, chocolate milk and raisins. There's not that much there, but it might also be my Orval glass.

Taste is quite light at first. Some dried fruits, coffee, brown sugar. Then some bitterness and a light acidity, fresh apples. Later on the (yeasty) bitterness comes though more. Aftertase is again slightly acidic, I wish there was more sweetness here to balance it more.

Mouth is medium thick , creamy and a lof of carbonation that overpowers the taste a bit. But it also feels fresh somehow.

Overall this is a beer I quite like, though I expected a bit more of the taste and it could be a bit more balanced, especially in the aftertaste and the mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2012 20:07:16 | More by Maakun
Photo of dalecooper

4/5  rDev -3.8%

02-27-2012 14:33:49 | More by dalecooper
Photo of futurecode


4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

04-12-2012 18:57:53 | More by futurecode
Photo of k75


4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Prior 8 pours dee dark brown witha hint of amber, nice consistent small bead head and hits the nose with big malt.

dark over ripe plum and raisin notes - port wine as well

medium to full mouthfeel and body, fresh and lively carbonation.

far too easy to drink, strenghth kicks in without taking over.

just what I look for in a dubbel, hard to beat.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2006 07:12:12 | More by k75
Photo of pmel90


4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

09-06-2013 03:47:00 | More by pmel90
Photo of lifeboyq


4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tonight's tulip from a 25 oz. corked bomber a creamy off white head with moderate retention and lacing (not up to par with the abt 12 here).

I love the peculiar bready malty fruity sugary smell only found in the St Bernardus 6 8 and 12. It's a beautiful thing. This is a really intriguing warming beer on the nose which presents similarly in the nose and in taste. It lingers on the back of the tongue as well as any beer on the planet. The only flaw to this beer and the other St. Bernardus beers is sometimes you get a slightly oxidized metallic taste. This is from too much oxygen touching the beer post fermentation.

This beer is highly carbonated which is standard for the style which gives it a tingle on the tongue that lingers behind the mouthfeel of a thick liquid just balanced enough to not be cloying but bold enough to stand up to any beer in the world.

This is the best mass produced widely available dubbel in the world and still underrated as the complexities in this beer rival its big brother, the Abt 12 which is THE most underrated beer in the world. The only thing that can compete for the best dubbel in the world is the Westy and this really has more complexities than half of the beers in the top 50.

If you want something that has many levels of complexity, this is a must have but I dont visit it often given it's big brother is my favorite. I had the peche mortel earlier which is a beautiful beer, but even it doesnt touch this beer in complexity. For this reason, Belgian quads are the most interesting beers in the world. The Abt 12's little brother wont let you down though

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2010 05:37:29 | More by lifeboyq
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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

11-24-2012 15:03:57 | More by ErwinGS
Photo of clemsonbrewer

South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Milk chocolate brown liquid with an egg white head that doesn't go away until you're done drinking. Hazy sediment appearance. Malty grain smell. Tastes of yeast, alcohol, bread, and fruity undertones. This beer has ample carbonation in the feel and leaves a pleasant bready malt taste on the palate. It warms the whole way down. :) A wonderful sipping beer to have with a few friends.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2007 04:00:29 | More by clemsonbrewer
Photo of JMforman


3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- An opaque redish brown, with an exceptional creamy head. 10 minutes after the pour, the head is going strong.

S- Plum, raisin, must, muted hops, an old musty Belgian monk.

T- Dark fruit, spice (clove, nutmeg), some banana, some alcohol

M- Very nice medium mouthfeel

D- Very smooth, very drinkable, very nice.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 02:41:27 | More by JMforman
Photo of FarmerTed


3/5  rDev -27.9%

12-15-2011 03:11:45 | More by FarmerTed
Photo of eweneek83

West Virginia

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into the appropriate St. Bernardus chalice.

A: Pours a burgundy brown body that is quite hazy/cloudy; body shows ruby streaks when held up to light, but body stays mostly opaque and cloudy throughout. Pour produces a creamy but thin, off-white colored head.

S: Dark fruits - prune juice, raisins soaked in rum. There are also stale bready notes that peak through the fruity sweetness. A mildly solvent alcohol appears later in the nose.

T: Mild fruity sweetness at the start. Again, dark fruits with prunes the most obvious candidate. The alcohol peaks after the initial wave of sweetness with a warming, peppery spike that is moderated by the arrival of the malt profile which produces a nice, wheaty twang. Finish is drying, similar to a dry wine. Aftertaste is distinctly malty - raw grains, stale biscuit and a buttery, slightly nutty note.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation; a nice crispness that is balanced with a slightly powdery/fluffy mouthfeel.

D: 8% ABV is fairly prominent - in the aroma, the taste and the warming sensation in the pit of my stomach. One more 11.2oz bottle and I would be good to go.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2009 04:38:33 | More by eweneek83
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United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

12-28-2012 18:16:47 | More by Paulkasykes30
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North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first experience with this style and particualr beer was very good. Aroma was nutty, yet clean. Taste was of walnuts and slightly buttery. Very drinkable for a 8% beer. I can normally taste the alcolhol of any beer over 6%, but Prior 8 was different. Great head and head retention. Great lace on the glass. Overall, very enjoyable and I will definitely have more in the future.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2006 13:27:06 | More by JBStith
Photo of dizknee24

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 13:25:15 | More by dizknee24
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

01-04-2013 03:54:32 | More by tastybeerinmybelly
St. Bernardus Prior 8 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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