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St. Bernardus Prior 8 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,855 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,855
Reviews: 967
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 100
Gots: 136 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website
Belgium

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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Photo of Pencible
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured an opaque brown with light tan head. It smelled like creamy sweet yeast and caramel malt and grassy hops. It tasted like rich malty caramel and creamy yeast, with orange and lime hops. The yeast became more pronounced as it warmed. It was watery with some carbonation, and had a bittersweet aftertaste. Overall this had very nice flavor that was fairly simple but very clean and enjoyable. Texture was good too, and alcohol was well hidden, making this easy to rink. Very nice dubbel.

Pencible, Nov 02, 2008
Photo of GilGarp
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by date 28 06 12.

Pours from a 330ml bottle into a globe glass. It appears to have a dark brown color but, when held up to the light, it actually displayed a beautiful red hue. There's a huge mountain of head on it and it sticks around quite well. Small yeast floaties nothing to fear.

Aroma is spectacular in its rich complexity. Spicy, fruity, and that distinct Belgian yeast. I must have smelled it half a dozen times before my first sip.

Flavor is equally great with lots of fruit (oranges and bananas), vegetables? (pumpkin and squash), and spices (corriander, cardamom, clove). There's even some bread-like characteristics either from the malt or the yeast, or both. Complex and delicious as only the Belgians have perfected.

Mouthfeel is higher in carbonation than I prefer but common in abbey ales. Medium body with a slight alcohol burn.

Drinkability is good but it's special enough to just savor the one small serving for an entire evening.

GilGarp, Oct 23, 2008
Photo of Goliath
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, fairly opaque, with amber hued edges. A one inch light brown head forms on the pour and doesn't linger long. Relatively poor retention and no lacing.

The aroma is decent. Very grainy, cereal like. It kind of reminds me more of German Doppelbock than a Dubbel. I'm not sure what else to say, grain, cereal, bread, and hay.

The taste is decent. Certainly a grainy malt profile dominates. Notes of cereal and bread as well as hay. Behind the malting is a touch of fruit and a slight yeast spice. It's really interesting, and I think I'll really dig it as it warms a bit more.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with plenty of fine bubbled lively carbonation.

Drinkability is relatively high. It's a nice tasting beer, and a nice experience. I prefer the 12 and tripel, but would certainly buy this one again.

Goliath, Oct 22, 2008
Photo of claytri
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured a cloudy brown with a light tan head. The aroma is a spicy crystal malt. The taste is sweet malt, an almost peppery set of spices, and a wonderful alcohol burn. The feel is heavy and wet. I liked this one, just a nice smooth spicy beer with a good bit of alcohol in the beer and apparent in the taste. Definately one I'll need to sample again in the future.

claytri, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of aubuc1
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle dated 17/4/13 poured in to a goblet.

Pours dark brown with a thin offwhite head.

Smell is bready and sweet with some fruit creeping out.

Taste is still bready malty with some yeast. The surprise was a faint smell of hops (I think).

Nice full feel and an easy drinking beer that sends some warmth to the head after a few sips. Not my favorite dubbel.

aubuc1, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of bbothen
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky caramel brown color with wonderful looking thock off white 2 finger deep head. This head doesn't go anywhere. Lots of sticky lacing on glass. Pretty nice looking beer here.

Sugary sweet, caramel, nutty, yeasty, some fruitiness, plum, fig. Great.

Malty, sweet fruit, raisin, bready, spicy, clove, some bitterness near the end. Tastes great.

Rich, smooth, zesty, tangy, medium bodied & medium carbonation.

Drinkability is great. The 8% is not dominate.

This is a winner for me. Very tasty & satisfying. Recommended Belgian Dubbel.

bbothen, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of jeffmonarch
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle in a goblet.

A - Dark brown with an orange tint. Thick off white head that stays for a long time.

S - Sweet malty ale smell. Very simple but good.

T - Bold and crisp. It has a slight tartness mixed in with the bitterness. I think there is a little fig flavor.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation.

D - Good beer but for the price there are a lot of better beers.

jeffmonarch, Sep 25, 2008
Photo of JohnfromDublin
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tasted this bottle on 19.09.2008 (BB 21 09 12). I used a Chimay goblet. It poured a darkish brown liquid with a light tan-coloured head. Light lacing. A dark brown yeast deposit poured leaving it to resemble a capaccino with brown chocolate powder sprinkled on the top.

An immediate rich malty aroma wafted from it.
The taste was not overly complex, but a nice balanced combination of malt and hops. The mouthfeel was super smooth giving the beer a great finish.

JohnfromDublin, Sep 22, 2008
Photo of IgotsHops
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice deep copper red with a nice light tan head. Plenty of lacing in the snifter during drinking.
Smelled of some yeast, some fig and dark fruit, and brown sugar.
Taste was similar to the smell, a little more fig and cinnamon and nutmeg in the flavor. Some good phenols and warming alcohol.
Mouthfeel was smooth but refreshing and left great alcohol flavors and esters on the palate.
Overall a very drinkable dubbel, but I prefer some others I have tried.

IgotsHops, Sep 19, 2008
Photo of DoubleJ
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle poured into a chalice, on to the beer:

Pours caramel/orange. this beer is ruby brown when sitting in my chalice, the head soapy yet holding up. Lots of sediment floating in the body. Big notes of green apple/cider, some plum, bit of grain, and dark fruits. This beer is medium bodied with a pinch of alcohol. Chalky tasting at first, out comes a bit of unsweetened cocoa. Dried dates and squaw bread round off the taste.

The flavors are too mild and powdery compared to other Belgian dubbels in the land. Worth a taste.

DoubleJ, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of Patrick999
3.33/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is my 200th review!

A - Poured a roasty-looking brown into a Duvel tulip. Head was not all that active, though it appeared well-carbonated.

S - Smelled tasty. Chocolate and raisins, some vinous port aromas.

T - Complicated. At times sweet, at times drying. Alcohol is pretty assertive at times, contributing a spiciness. More notes of chocolate and raisin. I also pick up on an odd note of diacetyl I wasn't really expecting, and wasn't too fond of. I've had the Abt 12 several times, and never noted this.

F - Full-bodied, it's nice and creamy.

D - I don't find this the most drinkable Dubbel in the world. That I found it somewhat buttery like an English Brown didn't help. I find Chimay Red a much drier, more elegant example.

Patrick999, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of stumac
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours up a nice dark brown color with maroon edges when held to the light. fantastic frothy off-white head with great retentive lacing. the nose has wonderful spices, candy sugar (my girl suggests candy red apple), slight alcohol scent, subtle caramel, dark fruits for sure, strawberries, slight dry vanilla as it warms up, smells like a very festive beer! The taste is subtle cocoa, darker malts, subtle sweet malts, darker fruits, plums, very carbonated, dry finish, medium to full bodied, syrupy taste left behind in my mouth. Nice complex brew....thats why I love St. Bernardus..I wonder if its the same beer as St. Sixtus?

stumac, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Beware explosive head. (Almost) made a fool of myself with a fairly quick pour, but was able to prevent spillage by sucking down the mushroom-clouding foam. Moving on: bubbly head dissipates pretty fast leaving no lacing that I can see. Color is murky auburn with loads of sediment suspended throughout.

Smell: Figs, banana, raisins, alcohol, and chunky malt. Slightly sour - me likey.

Taste: Figs, molasses, chocolate and banana with a big malt base. Alcohol comes through in the aftertaste but is not unpleasant (<- is that a double-negative?). Not overly complex, but definitely tasty.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and chunky. My mouth feels warm and tingly. Yummy.

Drinkability: What's the ABV on this puppy? ...eight percent. Flavor is pretty strong and body is heavy. Lump that together with a fairly big ABV and what do you get? Lower drinkability. Good beer, but I'm fine with just one.

ThreeWiseMen, Aug 29, 2008
Photo of changeup45
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another selection from a St. Bernardus mixed 6 pack I recently purchased. This one pours a hazy dark brown color (similar to the last one the Pater 6). Nice foamy head that does taper off a bit. Aroma is slightly malty and grainy but it's faint, there's just not much there. There is however quite a bit of flavor. It seems relatively full-bodied too. The taste is malty, quite sweet, brown sugar, with some fruit and caramel. It all blends in nicely, but it's not the type of beer I would drink several of at one seating. Good thing too as it's not cheap.

changeup45, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best Before: 28 06 12.

Appearance: Pours a clear, chestnut brown body with a frothy, foamy, off-white head.

Smell: Sweet, malty nose smelling of dark candi sugar, cocoa-caramel, ripe plums, and a glass of meritage wine.

Taste: Dark maltiness tasting of dark caramel and cocoa powder with a full, resounding sweetness. Plum fruitiness followed by a sip of fruity, yet robust red wine with some warming alcohol qualities to it. Light trace of roastiness throughout, even a bit of nuttiness. Hint of caraway seed-packed rye bread. Malty, sweet, fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Well carbonated, which keeps the maltiness from ever becoming heavy, instead keeping things light and airy.

Drinkability: Paired very well with some Pinback mp3's. A delightful dubbel, to be sure, I'll see how it compares to the Abt 12 which is up next.

ChainGangGuy, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of Zadok
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Zadok, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of slitherySOB
4.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was simply amazing. I had high expectations for it, and it surpassed them. Pours a deep, acorn colour with a nice, slightly brown head that reminded me of cinnamon baked goods. Plenty of chunky yeasts. I did not decant. I like the yeast. The scent was beautiful. Plenty of baked bread, yeast, malts, vanilla, grapes, apples, pears... It was like a nice farmer's market on a Sunday. Oh God, the taste. Exquisite. Not overly complex, but a blend of different flavours, all getting an equal share. Plenty of fruits, caramel, bit of honey, breads... Even a bit of a flavour I can't quite put my finger on. A woody flavour. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth and a bit carbonated. Drinkable? Yes. I could sip a glass all day and not tire of it.

slitherySOB, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2-ounce bottle poured into a chalice yields a clear chestnut body with a fair amount of sediment in suspension, capped with a finger of ecru foam that quickly recedes to a creamy sheet that leaves random swatches of lacing on the glass.

The aroma of the drink is fruity with plums, red apple peels, prunes, and dark raisins. A tangy zing of yeast and spice makes my mouth water.

The flavor of the drink is mildly sweet and malty up front with toasty caramel laced with plums. A soft feel of banana manifests itself as a flavor as the drink warms a bit, and there is a whiff of oaky woodiness and plenty of peppery spice in a long, dry finish. Alcohol produces a tingle on the tip of the tongue, and a mineral note grows to prominence late in the drink.

Prior 8 is super-smooth and fullish in body with vivid carbonation that aids this drink into unmitigated quaffability.

cvstrickland, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of Haybeerman
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep chestnut with some suspended sediments. Ample light chestnut colored head that held to half an inch when settled. Generous lacing all the way down. I like the way this beer looked a lot if not for the suspended solids.

S: Dark fruits, bread and yeast. Very complex,; lots of flavors and variations of fruit and malt.

T: Dark fruits, spices and molasses mellow to brown sugar and dark malts. Warming and pleasing.

M: Medium body. Carbonation brings into nice balance. Finishes smooth.

D: Very drinkable for a doppel. Great taste really enjoyable. Gonnan try the Pater and Abbot for sure.

Haybeerman, Aug 10, 2008
Photo of Nowhereman529
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a very appealing dark amber color with a good fluffy two finger head. A very nice looking pour

Smell is pretty decent, a good bit of malt with fruit overtones, perhaps apples, and a little clove.

Taste was a little underwhelming though still pretty good. Some good maltiness with raisin, apples, clove and a nice hint of hoppy bitterness at the end.

I think this was perhaps a little too carbonated for dubbel. It's not a deal breaker by any means, but could be improved upon

It's a quality beer, perhaps a little overhyped. Definitely worth a try, maybe two or three.

Nowhereman529, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of DrDogbeer
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Ebenezer's. Poured into a goblet. Pours a dirty brown with a light tan head. Tons of carbonation.
Nice aromas of dark fruits and spices.
Taste is pretty complex. Very rich and warming. Flavors of ripened fruits, sweet spices- some cinamon and nutmeg and alcohol.
Nicely put together. I really like dubbels in the winter for they seem to warm me up as this one did. Could not resist trying it on tap, though. Fairly drinkable, but one is enough.

DrDogbeer, Aug 01, 2008
Photo of dmamiano
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

dark copper with ruby hues showing through on the edges. Tan, one finger head with carbonation "rushing " up from the bottom of the glass.
Nose is awesome..ripened fruits, bubble gum come to mind. Yeasty, full.
Mouthfeel is immediate and huge. Slick and full.
Taste is very smooth with spicey notes and fruitiness prevailing.
Very nice beer....I am really high on the Belgian styles.

dmamiano, Jul 30, 2008
Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: nice head, very good lacing. Body is a cloudy dark brown.

S: Good dark fruit smell, some alcohol and spice; its pretty amazing.

T: Crazy flavor, really great complex yeasty fruitiness.

M: Carbonation is a little coarse, but otherwise the mouthfeel is silky smooth and delicious.

D: I would love to drink this all night, but the abv is a bit high.

Overall this is a great dubbel, and deserves the praise.

51mmz0rz, Jul 25, 2008
Photo of everetends
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

33 cl bottle I got out of a St. Bernardus Mixed pack. Poured into a goblet that bares the brewery's name.

A: Poured a nice dark brown that has the look of cola when you hold it to the light. Nice, rocky tan head that sticks and patterns the glass all the way down. Beautiful beer, damn near exceptional.

S: Smell is of yeast, dark fruit, spices, herbs, grapes, and a touch of alcohol.

T: Taste is of the yeast and a touch of dark fruit and grapes. A spicy flavor comes across, pepper mostly. Alcohol is there but not too much in your face. Has a great balance.

M: Great again. Creamy, full bodied brew that really coats the mouth and lets you enjoy what this beer wants you to enjoy.

D: This is a great beer but you probably don't want to hit too many. One a night is more than enough. This beer has amazing balance and feel, Can't wait to experience the other brews this brewery has to offer.

everetends, Jul 20, 2008
Photo of cbros
3.13/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving type- Bottle with best on date printed on back of bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a dark purple with a white lace throughout. No activity present in the beer.

S- Smells strong of concord grapes mixed with alcohol.

T- Tastes of grapes and other fruit mixed with alcohol that is prevalent at the end.

I picked this up after trying other Belgium styles and have not been impressed. To me this really tastes like a grape soda that has been infused with alcohol. It was too sweet for me but I can see this beer appealing to those who don't have alot of experience with many Belgium styles.

cbros, Jul 16, 2008
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