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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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1,985 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,985
Reviews: 976
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 108
Gots: 172 | 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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4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle served into a St. Bernardus goblet. Raisiny-brown color with a nice fluffy head and a nice bit of carbonation. Smell is reminiscent of its more potent sibling, but a little more restrained. Dead-on for the style. Plenty of spice in the body, a bit of a banana-bread feel with a nice alcohol backbone. Flavors not as developed as the Abt 12, but that's exactly what I expected.Smooth mouthfeel, almost velvety. Eminently drinkable, a worthly little brother to the 12. Hats off again to the smiling monk..

Photo of Guinness4me
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Smoooth dubbel that is too easy to drink! It poured a light brown opaque with a slight tan head with bubbles so small they were hard to distinguish as bubbles.

The smell was like rumraisin coffee cake and made my mouth water. Sweet caramel and yeast rounded out the smell.

Wow...for 8% alcohol, it's smooth and mellow and oh-so drinkable. Slightly metallic at first, the raisin and plums soon gave way to a sweet yet slightly tart whisper of natural hops. The taste made a slow exit and left no bitterness at all. The alcohol was well hidden in this brew and only noticed when I felt the slight burn well after I had swallowed.

As I said in my opening statement, this is a very smooth, drinkable dubbel. I'm ready to curl up with another and let this beer do it's magic.

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4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really nice dark brown color and very thick head. Very nice looking beer. Really nutty flavor, it starts strongly then gives way to a delicate hop bitterness and woody undertones. This is one of the best birthday presents I've ever recieved! Thanks Joe.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a cloudy, dark brown with light tan head

S-brown sugar, pecan, raisins, very light citrus

T-very similar flavors with a sweet, yet dry finish

M-very smooth feel with dry finish; almost creamy, velvety feel; mild carbonation

O-a really solid offering from St. Bernardus, as expected, but doesn't have the flavor as the 12. I know it shouldn't compare, but its simply a lesser version of the 12

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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

A - poured from a 330ml bottle into a goblet. It pours hazy burnt orange color. The thick creamy head settles into a thin spotty film.

S - sweet malt, raisin, prune and leather

T - sweet malt, nutty wood flavor, caramel with spice on the finish

M - medium carbonation, very smooth and milky. The finish is dry and warms the mouth.

D - taste is great and the mouthfeel is exceptional

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

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Pater Lieven goblet.
Cage corked bottle, with 2009 on the cork. Assume best before date.
Cheesy looking monk on the bottle.
About a half inch of sediment on the bottom of the bottle.

Awesome looking brew. Medium brown color, with copper and amber highlights. Sweet looking cream colored head, about two fingers deep on the intial pour. Very clumpy. About one finger on refil pours. Fantastic head retention, that leaves some brilliant, very delicate looking lacing. Not as aromatic, as I expected. Mostly a bready, yeasty, with hints of fruits and alcohol. Fruity tastes up front, maybe green apples, malts, and spices. More flavors show themselves as the beer warms. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel. I mean very smooth, leaves you wanting more. Even with a 8% abv, this is so easy too drink and an absolute pleasure. My second offering from St. Bernadus and a definite winner!!!

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3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving 750ml bottle

A large churning column of course carbonation rises up through a translucent ruddy brown body towards a finger thick cap of beige froth. Perhaps the head is sticking around for the beer party but this ever persistent dense, frothy head just won't quit, it's damn impressive even for a dubbel.

Are there chocolate tootsie rolls and carob flavored sugar drop cookies in this beer? Molasses chews, brown sugars, crystalline sugars, dates, solvents, yeast, spicy honey bread and bitter hop aromas slowly diffuse from the glass.

This beer slinks onto the palate presenting flavors of sweet carob, molasses, solvents and a bit of spicy brown bread meld into brown sugary bready malts, some solvents and chocolate sugar drop cookies flavors on a bittersweet, chewy mid palate. Dates, creamy chocolate and molasses chews make a welcome addition to a restrained dry and bitter finish lending to a moderately long aftertaste of caramel, hops and bitter carob. Damn, this is one sweet dubbel.

Flavors could be a bit more concentrated with less dryness on the finish which would push mouthflavor toward the exceptional rage. Bitters are a bit much on the finish and aftertaste to keep me drinking more than one bottle and afterawhile the flavors begin to meld into one rather than a group of complex and well delineated flavors.

Overall, this is one sweet and tasty dubbel. This proves a belgian beer doesn't need the trappist logo on the label to be an exceptional belgian beer.


St. Bernardus Prior 8 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
93 out of 100 based on 1,985 ratings.