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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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1,757 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,757
Reviews: 965
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 85
Gots: 109 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-27-2002)
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Photo of Blakaeris


4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours chestnut brown with a thick creamy head. Decent lacing.

Aroma is very dry and yeasty. Caramel malt and only a hint of alcohol.

Taste is candy-like sweetness. Caramel malt, and a strong fruit character (apple, plum and pear). Finish contains mellow spices. Finish has lingering yeasty spices and a pleasant warming alcohol sensation.

Mouthfeel is full, smooth, and quite creamy.

This is a decent brew. Very drinkable, high ABV is almost unnoticeable. Flavor is balanced and smooth.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2007 23:26:16 | More by Blakaeris
Photo of bashiba


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

Poured a creamy brown with a light fluffy tan head, good lacing.

The nose is very mild with a lightly sweet bready odor.

Flavor has a nice sweet malt backbone with some mild yeast flavors and a touch of brown sugar. Some decent woody hops even it out nicely. With just a touch of mint in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy with some nice abv tongue tingling.

Easy to drink and good, will be drinking this again.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2007 23:23:09 | More by bashiba
Photo of Gouldsby


4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured out of a .33L bottle into a dogfish head snifter at room temperature.

A: dark leather maple syrup brown with light sand (color of the inside of an almond) two finger head that leaves strong lace high on the glass. held to the light a bit of ruby glows in the edge.

S: the aroma is forceful - sweet butter nougat, hazelnut and almond liquor, amaretto, fig, sweet nuts, dark cherry, vanilla...almost an amaretto stench.

T: tangy up front, highly carbonic, muted sweetness much as in the nose, delicate but rich nuts, light molasses, vanilla, all warm soft and lightly sweet, nuanced, dynamic, but flavor light. finishes with slight herbal bitterness and subtle spice fading to bread and disappearing with warmth.

M: immediately struck by high carbonation, medium-light density which ends dry.

D: i feel like the prior 8 is all nose, little bite (besides carbonic). a delicious dubbel, but with such rich aromatics, the flavor in the mouth leaves more to be desired.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2007 10:25:18 | More by Gouldsby
Photo of AKBelgianBeast


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

This is one of my favorite dubbels. It pops open just like a belgian should, no weak ass apologetic pop like some. Pours dark brown and at first reminds me of chimay red. however it is a little nuttier and not as plain. bread and spice on the nose. Good dark fruit, raisin or fig on the initial taste and lighter fruits on the finish abv is well hidden, smooth and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2007 04:08:48 | More by AKBelgianBeast
Photo of saintwarrick

South Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours a nice brown or very dark red with a big thick head and it has a big malty aroma with some chocolate and faint fruit. Taste is a tad thin, some dark fruits, black cherries, prunes and clove. Fairly sweet with only a hint of bitterness at the end. A good beer that I would never run down, but the other choices from St. Bernardus stand out a bit better for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2007 05:41:17 | More by saintwarrick
Photo of Stoneman78


4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a brand new Sam Adams 'Sensory' glass
A- Pours a cloudy brown hue that lightens to dirty orange near the bottom, head is off-white soapy suds that dissipates to a thin layer, clingy lacing
S- Nose is sweet malts and dark fruits, yeasts, belgian sugar, caramel and molasses,slight banana
T- Very smooth and balanced dubbel, initial taste is dark fruits and caramel sweetness, bread malts and yeast, finishes with fading banana
M- Medium-bodied, creamy texture, optimal carbonation
D- Another stellar offering from Bernardus is not surprising, well-balanced and complex with a smooth and creamy profile, flavors open upon warming and the alcohol is well-masked

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2007 05:42:15 | More by Stoneman78
Photo of MMAJYK


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

A- This one pours a perfect milk chocolate color with 2 fingers of super fluffy tan to off white head after a conservative pour. The beer is totally non-transparent.

S- The aromas are typical of most of the Belgians of this and similar styles. I smell Belgian candy sugar, vanilla, cherries, cotton candy and citrusy fruits.

T- The tastes are very similar to the nose: Dark fruits, caramel apples, molasses, candy sugar, and a somewhat familar taste that reminds me something of a roasted (almost burnt) marshmallow on the fire. This taste is very deep in the experience of the swallow. The alcohol is very well hidden but hits you in the chest after passing through the mouth.

M- The mouthfeel is a mid-high carbonation. Just like the other St. B's, the fluff is very soft on the lips initally, but not as soft as the Abt. 12, possibly from the conservative pour. Carb stings the middle and back of the tongue.

D- Very drinkable to me. Easy to drink in every aspect.

This one is not as good to me as the Abt. 12 but is a great representation of the style. I wasn't sure what to expect when I opened the bottle, and I am very pleased. Just another A+ from these guys.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2007 01:44:50 | More by MMAJYK
Photo of whiplash3825


4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2007 00:31:41 | More by whiplash3825
Photo of bluemoonswoon


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

11.2 oz bottle poured into my brand new St. Bernardus chalice, cool!

A: Pours a black (and brown near the top) with a thin and loosely bubbled sandy head

S: Very delicate and very sweet smelling with a good kick of grainy yeast and toasted cane sugar

T/MF: Goes after the sides of the tongue first and releases a very smooth and tightly bubbled sensation in the mouth. The taste like the smell is also very delicate, get bits of grassy lemon but with a much larger grainy and slightly less nutty contingent to the beer. Very active carbonation, but overall I'm not really blow away by this one like the ABT 12.

D: To be fair this is only the second dubbel Ive tried and it puts the alagash to shame, that is for sure. So quite a drinkable beer in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2007 05:42:11 | More by bluemoonswoon
Photo of Cyberkedi


4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is strongly malty and yeasty with hints of banana and fruity sweetness. Color is dark brown, rather chocolaty, with a fairly persistent head. Flavor is rich and malty with a hint of sweet and some fruity and smoky undertones. Finish is smooth and lively, and has a ribbon of hop bitterness. Overall a very satisfying ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2007 03:12:34 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of bort11


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

330 ml bottle poured into my St Bernardus chalice. Tight khaki tan head that stops right at the edge of the glass. The head never fully recedes away, a thin cap covers the surface right to the end. Color is a murky reddish brown.

Smell is malty sweet with a pleasent yeast twang. There are some fruit esters, bananas, dry cocoa powder. Taste is a malty treat with a chocolate orange combination. A bit of a coppery metalic taste is in the finish.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and slightly doughy. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2007 05:00:56 | More by bort11
Photo of clemsonbrewer

South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Milk chocolate brown liquid with an egg white head that doesn't go away until you're done drinking. Hazy sediment appearance. Malty grain smell. Tastes of yeast, alcohol, bread, and fruity undertones. This beer has ample carbonation in the feel and leaves a pleasant bready malt taste on the palate. It warms the whole way down. :) A wonderful sipping beer to have with a few friends.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2007 04:00:29 | More by clemsonbrewer
Photo of Monkeyknife


4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle a dark ruby brown with a moderate mocha colored head.

Aroma of ripe fruit, bananas, bread, and bubblegum.

Tastes is ripe fruits, yeast, banana, and light malt.

Medium mouthfeel, dry, and moderate carbonation.

This is a great Dubbel but I actually prefer from the tap over the bottle. It seemed to have more depth.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2007 01:06:36 | More by Monkeyknife
Photo of weeare138


4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An '06 11.2 oz bottle...
Appears a hazy deep burgendy toned mahogany with a 2 finger head of tan fluff. Retention is nice as is slowly fades into a pillowy cap. Scattered chunks of hearty lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of liquid raisin bread with notes of caramel, figs, plums, and brown sugar. Heaven in a glass.
Taste is of doughy yeast with smooth caramel, light spice, and raisin bread flavors that make this an addictive beer. I need to buy a case of this asap.
Mouthfeel is silky smooth, mildly warming, chewy with doughy, raisiny flavors lingering.
This small bottle version is much, much better than the 25 ouncer, IMO.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2007 17:11:06 | More by weeare138
Photo of John_M


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

Had this over at Max's the other day.

The beer pours a dark brown color with very good head retention and excellent lacing. The beer smells sweet and malty, but with some underlying Belgium spice. The nose is not super complex, but it does smell quite appealing. On the palate this beer is just delicious. There is milk chocolate and cherry, but also with a touch of licorise in the finish. The beer is just decadently rich and would be the ideal dessert beer after some mussels and frites. There is just a touch of bitterness as well, which helps keep it from coming across as tiring or cloying. The beer is medium bodied and is not the least bit heavy.

This beer is completely different from the St. B. 12, and I don't know if I don't like it better. Today I like it very much. Quite impressive.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2007 16:34:53 | More by John_M
Photo of Atron67


4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- poured a cloudy/ with lots alittle particulates, looked light brown as it poured but was pretty dark as it filled the glass, a huge fluffy offwhite head head of tiny bubbles filled up another 2 inches on the glass, They head lasted a long time leaving only a little lace.

S- malty and spicy, lots of yeast flavors, very dark fruity, little raisins noted, maybe a little plum, more too it but hard to distinguish, but enjoyable

T- Dark fruity flavors hit you first, maltiness throughout, a little yeast flavor but less than expected from the smell, very smooth and delicious

M- full body, smooth medium carbonation.

D- a solid dubbel, very enjoyable,

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2007 23:22:50 | More by Atron67
Photo of graywalker


4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Lovely chestnut brown with a creamy, dense, off white head. The aroma is sublime, with dark fruits, roasted malts, yeast, and a hint of the alcohol. Taste is much like the aroma, with notes of chocolate, raisins, and spices. The mouthfeel is perfect, with well balanced carbonation. This is the best dubbel I have had, from what may be my favorite brewery. This was part of a Saint Bernardus variety case which was pricey, but worth it. Treat yourself!

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2007 23:41:32 | More by graywalker
Photo of Jmamay22

New York

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This dubbel pours a chestnut brown with hues of ruby red. There is a significant two finger off white head that holds well. Spotty lacing left on my empty snifter.

Smells of Belgian yeast and candy sugars. Also sports a fruity bouquet of boozy vanilla cherries.

Very sweet, but missing some of the vanilla and cherries of the nose. Begins sweet with candy sugar and progresses to Belgian yeast. Finishes with a very slight hint of cherry and dry with warming alcohol.

Almost too thin of a mouthfeel, but the strong Belgian carbonation helps create an unreal smoothness. Very drinkable, but I don't think I could manage much beyond the twelve oz. I've consumed. I admit I'm rarely wowed by any dubbel, but this is a great job from an amazing brewery.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2007 01:18:02 | More by Jmamay22
Photo of IPAcraig


4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into my De Garre snifter from an 11.2 bottle

Pours a unique looking greyish brown, slightly opaque, with a nice two finger eggshell head. Great lacing.

A big aroma of cream, like I dove into a bottle of half and half. This is a bit of fruit esters, but it is very light and not overdone.

The cream is back again, but it seems chocolate is the biggest flavor. As the beer warms the fruits come out a bit. It has the characteristic Belgian flavor of dark fruit and dried figs. A faint bitterness emerges near the end as well.

The carbonation is fairly high yet not prickly. The beer still seems very full bodied.

A very nice beer. It manages to be extremely full flavored yet very smooth. I will have to try Westy 8 again, but as I recall I like this beer much better.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2007 01:29:00 | More by IPAcraig
Photo of thierrynantes


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

Beer bottle (33cl.), tasted in 1999.

Appearance: dark mahogany-brown color, cloudy, little saturated, with tan foam head rather stable.
Smell : alcohol and toffee, subtly spicy.
Taste and mouthfeel : full flavor, caramel taste just peppery, good bitterness (yeast and hops).
Drinkability: another good Trappist beer (not to be confused with the St Sixtus)

Review translated from french 10-26-2008.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2007 19:19:09 | More by thierrynantes
Photo of hopsleeroy

North Carolina

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

Light head after pour. Foamed up nicely, but came down quickly. Amber/reddish color a little like cream soda. Initial smell is sweet fruit and a touch of alcohol

Taste is malty with a bit of bread on it. Some citrus on the back end and a little bit of hops. Well balanced with alcohol content. The beer is fairly fizzy like a warm soda-it foams just a little bit in the mouth. Not as smooth as it could be because of carbonation. I let it warm just a little bit and the carbonation dies down and a smoother flavor develops with a little sour apple with the alcohol on the finish.

Overall very enjoyable beer but I don't see myself drinking more than 2 in one evening.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2007 02:39:43 | More by hopsleeroy
Photo of neobassman


4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A medium dark golden brown with reddish highlights. Moderately cloudy and produces a very big, persistent, somewhat sticky head. Carbonation is significant, somewhat fizzy like a weisbier but found it pleasant. Smell is yeasty and balanced. Taste and mouthfeel: slightly caramel, yeasty, moderately creamy, with a slightly pepperish tang to the sides of the tongue. Alcoholic dimension is noticable but not unpleasant. Taste continues to evolve for several moments - this beer makes a big impression. Coating of yeast on bottom at the end.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2007 22:55:29 | More by neobassman
Photo of callmemickey


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

A: Dark brown body with a health tan head that creeps down the glass sides

S: Sweet roasted malts, hints of banana and spice as well as belgian yeast

T: The roasted malts come through big and give a nice nutty, banana, yeast blend which are accented by subtle spices.

M: Medium bodied with a smooth, velvety feel and good amounts of carbonation...

O: Much like the Pater 6, this beer is a joy to drink and goes down easy!

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2007 03:41:42 | More by callmemickey
Photo of DavidEddie


3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle 04 08 11 printed on the back label.
The color is of a ruby brown. Lots of lacing in on the sides of my Brigand Chalice.
I can smell some yeast, plums, light booze, and some sweet floral aromas.
Tastes are sweet dark fruits, (tropical fruits maybe?), mild cloves in the background, carmel malts, and pears. The first initial sip, there was a slight metallic taste on the sides of my tongue. It seemed to disappear as this beer warmed.
The mouth feel is wonderful. Very creamy and carbonated. Clean finish with a slight tart apple aftertaste.
The drink ability I found was easy. The 8% alcohol was hidden enough to make this serving go down kind of quick. I'm glad I tried it. I enjoyed this brew but I liked the Abt 12 much more. The 12 I thought was more exciting and had more flavors going on.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2007 04:41:32 | More by DavidEddie
Photo of belgbeerdrinker


3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: thick brown color, tan frothy head that quickly settles to nice finger-thick layer, carbonated streams up the sides, heavy lacing
s: heavy yeast with a nice banana bread aroma
t: lots of malts coupled with sweet plum flavor, finishes with bits of warming alcohol
m: very creamy body with a carbonated punch on the back, smooth
d: enjoyed this one - no surprise given their other beers. balance was very good and was easy to drink

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2007 05:20:48 | More by belgbeerdrinker
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