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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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2,059 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,059
Reviews: 988
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 115
Gots: 206 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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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Photo of bunbury
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of pointone
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of bowersdm
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
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 +7.2%
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 miguellunarusso
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fnord
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Very dark brown with some floaties suspended. Dense, lasting head.

Smell - Chocolate, licorice, yeast, and alcohol. Perhaps a bit of hazlenut?

Taste - As above, plus vanilla and raisin, with a pleasant oaky aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Thick with medium carbonation.

Drinkability - This isn't made to be drinkable, it's meant to be savored slowly.

Notes - An outstanding dubbel, one of the best. I can't believe I waited this long to try it.

Photo of Gregvg
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Spiderpig
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of tomthumbsblues
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pouring of this beer produces an off-white head about one finger thick. This head goes down to form a nice layer of foam on top of the opaque garnet beer. Smell is a mixture of cranberry nut bread with strong hints of chocolate. The taste followed the same with a light cherry and cocoa palate. Mouthfeel is dry. I felt there was a bit much carbonation. A good beer and one I'd drink again.

Photo of guitarmage
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark ruby highlights, semi-cloudy, deep mahogany.

Smell: Very fragrant, notes of cider, chocolate and apricot.

Taste: Rich and fruity, sweet chocolate undertones, apricot, warming alcohol throughout. Finishes dry with a light bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium-full bodied, light smooth carbonation.

Drinkability: Delicious dubbel, easy drinking, not too alcoholic or overwhelming. Good Winter warmer beer.

Photo of Riverared
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of DARIVA
3.74/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown slightly cloudy beer with a small head.

S: The smell of sweet gum, lime and anise.

T: Slightly bitter taste, slightly sweet, slightly anise and mint.

M: Strong carbonation and a fairly foam feel.

O: Not easily drinkable, with a nice aftertaste.

Photo of DrinkMoreBigBeers
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of bonSreeB
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of BeTheBall
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle in to my St. Bernardus goblet. Poured a reddish brown with a lively huge head. In fact upon opening the bottle, foam began to seep over the top. Smell was of caramel and toffee along with roasted malts and dark fruit. Taste was amazing, subtle fruits along with toffee and caramel, similar (but even better) than the smell. This is very delicious and makes me want to come back for another sip soon. Mouthfeel was good, nice and foamy. Drinkability was high due to the incredible taste and smell. A true gem.

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

Poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours with a one finger off-white brownish head. Lacing is full and frothy. Body is a deep shade of brown with red and amber highlights. This is an "ancient" looking brew if I've ever seen one, the color of boot leather and with a head that reminds one of old wood-decked European dives.

Smell: Belgian yeast on the front end with a variety of dark fruits lying under the surface. Plum, fig, grape, baked apples. Really one of the finer showcasings of dark fruit esters I've come across. There's no banana or green apple apparent in this one.

Taste: It really opens up in the mouth. Dark cherries, vinousity, some dark grape, plum, a slight bit of something like kumquat. Really deep, rich dark fruits overall, but tempered a bit. A slight alcohol can be found upon some searching, but it's noticeably subtle, and is a very balanced ale.

Mouthfeel: Fairly astringent, but bubbly and lively. Not very thick, but not too thin. Pretty much just right.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Masks its alcohol superbly.

Photo of mrunseen
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Stingray5
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle pours a brilliant vermillion with a massive bubble-bath-in-my-brew almond head that lasted forever. an almost solid wall of lace is left on the glass. Lots of yeasties floating around, and a substantial amount of gunk was left behind in the bottle. Aromas of spice and tropical fruit. Taste is more fruit and spices, with sticky malt and warming alcohol. Good yeast presence - there but not too much. High carbonation but not too imposing. Slightly dry, malt finish. Quite drinkable and enjoyable. I think this bier has taken me to the 'other side'. Definitely worth a visit every now and again.

Photo of AndyH
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of jmann40
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of Hagbard
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance is a striking dark ruby color with a fairly thin creamy head. When the light strikes it from certain angles, it appears almost impenetrable and murky; from other angles it is a beautiful clear ruby color. The aroma is an intense mixture of yeast and fruit. My novice nose is not trained enough to pick out the fruits, but needless to say they are varied and intense. The aroma leads into an intense flavor delivered on the wings of a rush of carbonation. Again, I can't pick out individual flavors, but an assortment of dark fruits dominate. I do detect a blast of cherry in the middle. It finishes surprisingly dry with an acidic tartness that I imagine is the lambic trademark (haven't gotten that far yet). Overall, it's a very tasty brew. I didn't enjoy it quite as much as the Abt 12, but that doesn't take away from the fact that this is a wonderful beer.

Photo of jtmcgraw
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Contra
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My local beer distributor, Half-Time, had a 25% off sale on a St. Bernardus gift pack (comes with free goblet). Always wanted to try these beers, but now, it's a lot more justifiable.

The beer pours into a deep amber color with little head. The aroma is fairly inviting, with many of the charactoristics you'd expect from a Belgium beer. Taste is rather strong, and initially disappointing. Given a few sips, I warmed up to it. Still, the alcohol is not well hidden, which takes away from the mouthfeel a bit.

I'll certainly have to try it again, and as good as it was, it was not quite as good as I was expecting.

Photo of Rickus
3.4/5  rDev -18.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

St. Bernardus Prior 8 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
93 out of 100 based on 2,059 ratings.