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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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2,086 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,086
Reviews: 992
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 122
Gots: 218 | FT: 5
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Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-27-2002

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Ratings: 2,086 | Reviews: 992
Photo of barknee
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

P8 pours serious deep brown amber with a very chunky and generous head. Nose of moderately roasted malts, molasses, marshmallow and rum soaked raisons predominate the wonderful aromatics of this brew. Flavors of roasted chicory and malts take precedence on the tongue. Velvety smooth and slightly sweet, the malts form a delicious coating and aftertaste in the mouth making a nicely made, perhaps slightly attenuated dubbel brown ale. This brew is presented in a pure, unadulterated and authentic format.
Prior 8 is very enjoyable and surprisingly quite drinkable.

Photo of MisterGrizz
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Sirre
3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of miguellunarusso
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SirBrandonofMaltANDHops
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite trappiste ales that is as good as the best quads. Substantial flavor profile & character.

Photo of Asgeirr
3.64/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A: Hazy russet colour and a beige crown of decent stature. Leaves plenty of lacing alongside the glass.

S: Mainly sweet maltiness with a side order of yeastiness, as many a dubbels. Dark fruits as raisins, figs and some caramel alongside the dry smell of yeast.

T: Raisins, grape juice, caramel, nuts some yeast

M: Round, smooth and moderately carbonated.

O: Stable and solid, albeit a wee bit on the anonymous side. It doesn't really stand out.

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

A -
redish brown color mild carb gorgeous foamy head head is off white stays well but laces out

S -
dark fruit yeasty and bold alcohol backbone

T -
i get apples up front along with malt some cherry and hops in the middle and finishes with a dark fruit mild alcohol taste through out

M -
full bodied froathy and smooth

D -
very good very delicious my only problem is a cant stand cheeries in beer and as this beer warms it comes out more and more

Photo of gyllstromk
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark chocolate with a good frothy head. Begins with a beautiful clovey nose and a bit of caramelized banana, bubblegum, brandy, and rum. Flavor is more burnt banana, with a nice clove finish. A thick feel with the right level of carbonation makes for an appealing drink. Probably the closest to Westvleteren as you can get; a real delight!

Photo of Zadok
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle.

Appearance was a deep apple cinnamon cider brown with the small (very small) floaters to boot. Had a 2 finger head of the rocky/frothy type with average lacing.

Smells of yeast and banana with light coriander. Maybe a some malts with light toffee.

Great balance of a real mild malt and coffee bean and has a slight light fruit sense with a tinge of an alcoholic presence.

Medium body with mild carbonation.

Once again an excellent brew from St. Bernardus. Would serve this up any day of the week but be careful cause the moderate ABV can jump up and grab ya.

Photo of Parrotshake
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For me, Dubbel is a style that often dissapoints. I want big rum/raisin flavours, and I want them now. Chimay Red, for example, is a is a bit PG and so are most others. This is my favourite so far, and here's why:

Pours a dark brown, but not black; pretty much opaque nonetheless. A finger or so of head, with lacing coating the better part of the inside of the glass even 20 mins after I'm done.

Big boozy smells out of the glass; Pedro Ximenez sherry, raisins that have been exposed to air a bit too long, (dark) rum, dusty cooking chocolate, dried figs. Sensational.

Likewise, the taste. All of those things alongside cinammon, clove and a bit too much residual sweetness for me to rate it higher. Hop bitterness comes VERY late in the finish and fades VERY quickly.

Mouthfeel is by turns creamy and a little slick as carbonation dies off. Neither here nor there.

Boozy and slightly sour, the latter of which is kind of a shame and hurts drinkability, But this is not the kind of thing you're meant to have a bunch of and you're more fool than me if you try Find me a better dubbel and I'll be pleasantly surprised.

Photo of NeoClassicist
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of augustwest
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of rec
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The pour presents deep opaque brown with a foamy off-cream coloured head which laces well and has great retention. A gorgeous looking beer indeed!

The smell is fantastic, dominated by malt and dark fruits. It'll make your mouth water before taking your first sip.

The taste is also rich in dark fruits, plum and raisin, and is balanced well with strong malt and a hint of citrus.

It's very drinkable, although despite all the brilliant traits of this fine brew, it does feel a little over-carbonated for my liking.

Photo of BrendanDouglas
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of FleeVT
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml brown bottle with best before date into a Bernardus goblet.

A: Beautiful rich mahogany with a touch of crimson on the edges. Tight cream head that fades quickly to a thin top.

S: Nose is dominated by sweet malts, caramel and cola leading the pack. A very light floral aroma and a hint alcohol. Extremely inviting.

T/M: Lots of malts and fruity goodness. Raisin and plum with a heavy dose of carbonation. A mild medicinal taste in the back from the alcohol.

Photo of jumbopanda
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of wroywel
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Rickus
3.4/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of Elemental
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dark amber brown color with a huge head that exploded out of the bottle before I could pour it. Good smell that is sweet and malty but with a slight sour smell to it. Hints of a raison and spice aroma. The taste is sweet and malty with a slight spiciness. Flavors include raisons, fruits, and spices typical for abbey's. Overall a good beer. Could be a little heavy or thick - kind of a thin begining taste but that ok cause it finishes nicely.

Photo of beer64nut
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of pointone
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of bowersdm
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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

A: Poured it into my Urthel glass. A huge light brown head and a nice brown/amber color.

S: Malts, citrus, caramel and a hint of strawberry.

T: Roasted malts, sweet dough, red fruits, plums and a little bitter.

M; High carbonation and a medium body.

D: Very good, like the other Bernardus beers. Different from the 6 and 8 and not just by alcohol percentage.

Photo of Gregvg
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of DrinkMoreBigBeers
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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