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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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1,944 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,944
Reviews: 974
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 104
Gots: 161 | 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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Photo of bjoyce12
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Quick review: It's very much like a Bernardus 12, just without as much alcohol.

Purchased a 4-pack at Marty's in Newton, MA. They also have the Bernardus trippel and the 12(of course). Pricey at $18 for a 4 pack, but quality costs.

This is an excellent option when you don't want the 10.5% ABV of the 12. Tastes nearly as good, not as heavy, and while 8% ABV is still up there, it's not the knockout of the 12.

Rather than go through each attibute, I'll assume you've tried the 12. If you take the 12, reduce the alcohol, lighten up the taste but keep the same undercurrents of chocolate, cashew, caramel, molasses, and currant, just not as pronounced or prevalent, lighten up the mouthfeel, and take away some of the body but give it more drinkability, you'll end up with the 8.

A superb choice in a Belgian. The 12 is still superior overall, but this is a worthy alternative.

bjoyce12, Mar 29, 2007
Photo of SmokinSmyth
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy dark color, which surprised me since I was expecting a lighter color following the Abt 12 I had earlier in the evening, which was dark also (although much darker).

The smell is sweeter than the Abt 12, closer to candy than to fruits, although raisins and grapes are evident.

Taste is good, but not as good as the Abt 12, probably unfair I had that earlier, but also keeps a good frame of reference.

Feels good in the mouth, easily drinkable.

SmokinSmyth, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of mortarit
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Ok I am guilty, my local store was having sale on Belgium beer at 20% off. So I stocked up on this one and glad I did.

I like dubble because their smoother than the others.

Actually I think I like the algash dubbel better. I need to get one to compare ones more.

Thick head at first but goes quickly.
Lacing not really active here.

It's worth a try.

This is my third one.

The label is different now.

mortarit, Aug 13, 2007
Photo of Chetti
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Chetti, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of JMartin
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

JMartin, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of QuamLaetus
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

QuamLaetus, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of BillyBoysPie
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a bottle into a pilsener style glass at Aufsturtz, Berlin, Germany. Apparently they were out of other glassware...

Dark brown with golden notes. Pale tan head, eighth-inch, lacing.

Smells of cinnamon and dried apples with a touch of chocolate, alcohol, and other indistinguishable spices.

Very, very sweet. A bit too sweet for me, almost slaps my mouth shut and leaves a syrupy feel behind. Brown sugar and dried apples dominate with a heavy alcohol feel. It's not bad at all - it's good - but it could be much better.

More carbonation would help this beer, but it's fine the way it is. Very heavy in the mouth. The flavor causes more problems than the mouthfeel.

It's a good beer, but there are better examples of this style. No reason not to drink this though.

BillyBoysPie, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of WKole81
4/5  rDev -3.6%

WKole81, May 25, 2013
Photo of Brewfan
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured at a bit colder than room temp into my Trappist Rochefort chalace purchased for $3 at BCTC.
Very thick tight off white head that lasted long into the beer. Lots of thick lace that clung like superglue to the side of the glass. After 10 minutes, the head is finally starting to break up.
Murky dark brown/mahogany color.
Nose of candied fruits and biscuits, dates and yeasty banana bread with walnuts. Hint of alcohol towards the end. Gorgeous.
Initial lace is still clinging to the side of the glass from my first sip 10 minutes ago.
Malt and biscuits caramelized sugarplums upon tasting this beer. Home-made sugar cookies with not too much carbonation. Slight bitterness towards the middle of the glass. Velvety smooth mouthfeel, begs to be drank. So me being the gentleman that I am, I happily oblige.
A very well crafted beer. The 8% ABV is hidden well. One I will definately keep on hand for special moments, or just when I want a kick ass dubble.

Brewfan, Oct 08, 2005
Photo of Nathan_Snyder
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Nathan_Snyder, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of surfer4life
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet from a 11.2oz bottle

A - Dark and Cloudy, much sediment. Thick creamy head that recedes to a thin layer. Much lacing.

S - Caramel malt sweetness, figs, apricot and some citrus. Quite a pungent one.

T - Chocolate, very bready, 8% alcohol but I can't taste the esthers in it at all. dates and the caramel malt are the biggest taste, slight hop bitterness towards the finish, but the very end is chocolate sweetness.

M - Carbonation is high, but as it should be with this style. Crisp and clean.

D - Very drinkable.

surfer4life, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of akukucka
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

akukucka, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of Whiskeyjack
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Whiskeyjack, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of PaF
4/5  rDev -3.6%

PaF, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of Mlkluther
4/5  rDev -3.6%

On tap at the Yard House in Denver. Great beer - what you expect from a Belgian but very smooth and nice to drink.

Mlkluther, Sunday at 04:30 AM
Photo of whiplash3825
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into the included St. B. chalice a beautiful chocolate brown with a tan one-finger head which quickly collapses into a lasting cap. Ample lacing.

Smells of sweet malts with a yeasty sourness. Very delicate... very sublime!

Taste is primarily toasted malt sweetness, ripe fruit with some sourness from the yeast as a balance. Alcohol is noticable but not at all overpowering.

Great mouthfeel... neither too thin or too chewy, with about a perfect level of carbonation.

This caps off a memorable evening of beerdrinking, starting with the St. B. Abt 12, then the Tripel, and now the Prior 8. I expected the first to be best and then down in scale for the others, but it's almost the reverse. These St. Bernardus brews are incredible... all of them!

whiplash3825, Dec 06, 2007
Photo of arkansastroy
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

arkansastroy, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of WhatsNewinBooze
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy medium brown with a tan foamy head. Aromas of banana, nuts and orange zest leave you wanting more. The palate was medium bodied, malty but not over the top with notes of orange, toffee, and nuts lead into a malty sweet finish that really likes to linger.

WhatsNewinBooze, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of lostandwandering
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

lostandwandering, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of jnolan
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

jnolan, May 26, 2012
Photo of Danielbt
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Danielbt, May 08, 2012
Photo of 420drinker
4/5  rDev -3.6%

420drinker, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of markman
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

St. Bernardus Prior 8: 750mL

Damn straight expectations are high. Big rocky head on an easy deep burgundy-brown pour looks like it might hang around a while…nice of it to come along for the ride. Nose is malty, yeasty, and fruity…grapes and a touch of plum. Taste is beautimus…the creamy mouthfeel lets the malty semi-nutty sweetness linger on the palate long after the subtle spice gently bites the throat on the way down. Very nice dubbel…puts me in the mind of Allagash Dubbel Reserve, but with a bigger body and a little more brash. It seems to me that this is what a dubbel is all about. Big and malty, but restrained, elegant, and incessantly drinkable…8% be damned.


markman, Apr 08, 2005
Photo of chileman
4/5  rDev -3.6%

chileman, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of wardough
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my St. Berny goblet.
A: Pours a murky brown, like if someone were to pour the Kansas River into my glass. The head hangs on, but only a few mm thick.
S: Get some high citrus notes and some spiciness.
T: Sweet throughout the pull. Malts, spicy hops, maybe some coriander.
M: Great mouthfeel, as the carbonation coats the way.
D: This is definitely one that I could drink day-after-day.
This is a great beer, and a good Dubbel. Recommended.

wardough, Jan 11, 2008
St. Bernardus Prior 8 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
93 out of 100 based on 1,944 ratings.