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St. Bernardus Prior 8 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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1,853 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,853
Reviews: 967
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 99
Gots: 135 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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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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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

GeePee, Jul 20, 2014
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3.96/5  rDev -4.8%

FreddieMercuryHayes, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of bgramer
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%

The bottle poured a light brown liquid into my Westy chalet resulting in a head about 2 fingers thick and a thick dark liquid.

It was very dark fruity - mainly raisins and plums and a thin dry finish towards the end - I want to say it's salty but I can't be sure.
The carbonation mellowed out and as I drank it, left nice lacing on the glass.

An easy Belgian to drink.

bgramer, Mar 07, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

jcoulighan, Feb 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

BierMeJohn, Apr 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

voodoo, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of BeerLover729
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%

A: Small one finger head tops this dark brown beverage.

S: The nose is full of dark fruit esters along with some bruised banana and a peppery finish.

T: A slight roastyness is detectable among the sea of caramel malty flavors that swish around in this bottle. There is a light but sharp astringent crispness in the finish.

M: Light medium body with a medium to sharp carbonation and a light syrupy consistency.

D: Relatively slow sipping beer with a mild cloyingness in the finish.

Notes: Decent dubbel.

BeerLover729, Apr 13, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

sunsjammer, May 04, 2014
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4.47/5  rDev +7.5%

Sampled: 11.29.05

A full, dense inch of off-white foam with big bubbles rested on a reddish brown brew. Decent lacing left clinging as the beer disappeared.

The aroma was of dark malts, both fruity & nutty. Not too complex, but it gives a very nice idea of what you’re about to partake in.

The taste was at first similar to a doppelbock, heavy malts, sweet and full. The tang of dark fruits with a nuttiness breaks through giving it a distinct difference. Some molasses is in the flavor as well. Delicious. The beer is light in the mouth, and it’s mid carb level gives it a great feel.

Highly drinkable. It’s stature as a beer should be savored, but man, I could do some damage with a number of these.

GolgiIPAratus, Dec 06, 2005
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4.65/5  rDev +11.8%

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle, served at the suggested temperature.

Appearance: Pours a dark mahogany brown with a huge foamy tan head. The yeast is kicked up in the pour and nicely clouds the brew.

Smell: The aroma is of a strong malt character with ripe plum and grape notes. The second time around cinnamon and brown sugar/brown bread aromas appear to be present owing largely to the yeast.

Taste: Sweet. Upfront is brown sugar and toasted malt, following is a sweet/sour hint of red grapes, and finishing is a hint of alcohol. A sticky/sweet note of honey hangs around afterward.

Mouthfeel: A dense, sticky body with light-medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It's a serious brew. With a decent ABV and a thick body, it makes a nice dessert beer or something with which to end the evening. Anyone can approach this dubbel; it's only mildly bitter (if at all) and has plenty of familiar aromas..

turnstile, Jan 25, 2010
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4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a wide-mouth glass. Deep amber color with ruby/garnet highlights around the edge of the glass. One to two finger off-white head fell down to a layer of foam on the surface of the brew.

Aroma of dark fruits - figs, raisins - sweet malt and a hint of floral hops, bready yeast. Rich, complex flavors. Sweet, malty, fruit, some spiciness, maybe a hint of licorice? A little alcohol warmth at the end. Medium body, lively carbonation on the tongue, finishes more sweet than dry.

Overall, a very nice beer. The alcohol starts to show a bit as the beer warms, so can't see having too many of these in one night, but definitely one to have if available.

kevinglin, Jul 23, 2009
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4.38/5  rDev +5.3%

Served from the 11.2 oz botle. I've had trouble getting a real noticible smell out of St. Bernardus' before in traditional Belgian-style chalices, so I used my tulip instead.

A musky red brown with nice off-white head and good retention. Not much lace. Moderate standing carbonation, but it really goes when agitated.

The smell is subtle but pleasant. I really had to agitate it to get it to pop. Smells a spicy citrus and oak with a very aromatic quality. A subtle orange-chocolate aroma with a wheat breadyness. Reminds me of a Fruit 'n Nut Cadbury candy bar.

Tastes great. A defintie candyness; the orange and chocolate are still here, along with caramel and toffee. Malty with a slight hop to it but very well rounded. Not very much alcohol taste at all, pleasant and drinkable. Good body. A solid Dubbel.

uberabr, Oct 08, 2006
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Poured dark brown into a Belgian beer glass with big frothy head, minimal lacing.

Aroma of sweet malt figs,raisins Belgian yeast stirs my senses. Not syrupy with plenty of ever essence and carbonation. Can smell that Belgian candied sugar.

Huge malt taste, smooth and creamy mouth feel, aftertaste of malt with hint of slight hint of hops.

Wonderful example of Belgian dubbel without the ass kicking ABV. If you have a taste for something Belgian on a lower scale, grab one of these. Getting more for those occasions.

Durtdiggler, Nov 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Guess I've been gone for a while... first new spring review, and hopefully a few more this season... on to the brew.

This only my third foray into Dubbel territory, with the first two not being especially memorable... on to the brew...

St. Bernardus pours cola brown into an Orval goblet. Foam starts to ride the walls of the glass up to the surface, reminding of me an ocean wave coming into shore. In the end we form a billowy, creamy head. Quite frankly a thing of beauty.
The first scent brings a hint of alcohol reminiscent of a dopplebock, but this isn't quite as sweet, and bringsgints of chocolate and dried fruit. Pleasing, but nothing over the top.
Mouthfeels feels a bit thinner than I expected, but it's still nice and creamy. Y'know, it's probably ideal for this brew. I take that last comment back.
This is a surprisingly pleasant brew, given that the others werent so hot. Initial flavor is a slight bitterness, like unsweetened chocolate, quite nice in it's own right. Moderate alcohol flavor comes through as expected, finishing with a woody, smokey flavor. Very nice. Finishes a little on the thin side though. Minor grievance.
Very balanced and drinkable. St. Bernardus wins again!

Onceeven, Apr 07, 2006
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4.53/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

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.

KingG, Oct 05, 2007
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

scninmer08, Jul 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Chirpie, Jan 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

donzilake, Apr 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

edwardprung, May 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a light brown head, good lacing. The aroma moderate to heavy malty, brown sugar, raisin, plum and hoppy. Flavor moderate/heavy sweet and bitter, in good balance. Medium/full body, syrupy, soft carbonated. Moderate in alcohol.

Serge, Oct 09, 2012
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4.55/5  rDev +9.4%

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.

JimsArcade, Jul 27, 2009
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

dieBlume, Sep 11, 2013
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

doctorjack, Jun 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Tinfang, Dec 31, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

gfx, May 25, 2013
St. Bernardus Prior 8 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
93 out of 100 based on 1,853 ratings.