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St. Bernardus Prior 8 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,984 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,984
Reviews: 976
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 108
Gots: 172 | FT: 2
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 MuenchenerKindl
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 11.2 oz bottle to a snifter, the liquid is a hazy brown with ok carbonation. The head is small, tan and leaves little lace.

The smell is nice, sweet caramel, dark sugars, over the yeasty back drop.

The taste is good, a nice mellow brew, dark sugar, slightly toasted caramel, and a chocolate note mixed over a base of dark fruits.

The mouthfeel is good, this is a lighter based brew with ok carbonation.

The drinkability is very good, the complex flavors are very nice, nothing disagreeable, a very easy and enjoyable brew to drink.

Prosit, MK

Photo of Gmann
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Out of a 750ml corked and caged bottle. Pours a cloudy mud puddle brown color with a nice khaki colored head that left some spotty lacing all over the glass. The smell is of brown sugar, fig, and raisins; sweet and a tad funky. The taste is of raisins/prunes, candi sugar sweetness and a light bready malt. The feel is moderate with prickly carbonation and finishes sweet but not slick. A very nice sweet dubbel which is very drinkable. I would prefer a bit more of a malty presence in my dubbel to distinguish it from a BSDA and to balance out the sweetness.

Photo of Douglas14
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich brown color with a nice white, thick, fluffy head. The head resides after sometime and leaves a thick lace film down the sides of the glass. It smells of caramel and bread...with a bit earthiness to it. The taste is of sweet malts, fruits, biscuits, yeast, and a dash of hoppiness towards the end. It has a medium body and finishes incredibly. Overall, extremly well executed beer...very well done.

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

Pours an effervescent ruby red/brown with 2+ fingers of tan head. Very good lacing & super head retention

S: Fruittyness (cherry, raspberry, appleskins, figs & plums)& vanilla once warm.

T: Fruittyness (plum & cherry), chocolate, oaky dryness up front. Vanilla, a bit of earthy & leafy hops, chocolate, raisins, & jammy fruits, plus some boozey warmth as this warms. Finishes with figs, dryness & a bit of raspberry & cherry. Almost gave this a 5 for taste, that close!

MF: A little watery with a bit too much carbonation up front. Dryness & malt assert themselves once pretty warm with just a bit of booze warmth at the end

Drinks too easy, I'd guess this at a bout 6.5 abv if I didn't know. Easily one of my favorite dubbels, now that I've tasted it!

Photo of BMan1113VR
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice, but nothing special when placed next to other St. Bernardus selections. Nice aroma with pine, caramel malts and apples. Appearence is a muddy brown with smallish off-white head. Lacing as always excellent from St. Bernardus. Flavor is sweet throughout with a nutty, yeasty finish.

Photo of MrIncognito
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle by the waiter into a chalice. Got this at the Brickskellar in Washington, DC.

This was the first Belgian beer I'd ever had and I'm officially obsessed now.

Poured a dark brown/purple with a huge, foamy head that was sticky and just would not disappear. Beautiful lacing.

Smell of dark fruit and some burnt hops.

Taste is heavenly. Smooth and I definitely taste the dark fuit like plums and maybe some dates. Slightly sweet. Mild to high carbonation. Mellows as it sits.

Mouthfeel is creamy.

This is a fantastic beer. I love the taste of dark fruits and so I'm probably impartial to this beer. I would love to try all the other St. Bernardus beers.

This is a must try! Gotta love the dubbels.

Photo of AMo
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

St. Bernardus Prior 8 pours a reddish brown with a short cream colored head. It gives off a mild smell that is a bit yeasty. The taste is mellow, with hints of fruit and a slight yeast aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth, but also highly carbonated. This is definitely a good beer to drink, but the high carbonation and yeasty aftertaste hinders this brews drinkability a bit for me.

Photo of guitarmage
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
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 mnj21655
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 fl oz. bottle poured into a wine glass. Best before 28 04 09.

Pours a dark reddish-brown with about a finger of tan head that exhibited decent retention. Aroma is quite good, malts and dark fruits. Taste is good as well. Sweet caramel malts, a touch of chocolate, and huge fruity esters. Some fig and dark cherries with tons of raisins interplay quite nicely with just a touch of spiceyness and a bit of alcohol. Overall very complex and enjoyable. Mouthfeel is good, medium-full body with medium carbonation, quite smooth. Drinkability is quite good. This is a complex and interesting brew that is a pleasure to sip and enjoy.

Photo of JBogan
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a murky medium brown with ruby tint. Bubbly one finger head which stayed all the way through and left minimal lacing in my glass.

Smelled of fruits, malt and alcohol. A little cocoa as well.

Tasted as it smelled, except the alcohol became more prevalent as it warmed.

Mouthfeel was good, with a medium body and lots of carbonation fizz.

A good beer to try at least once but not one I'll seek out again. Nothing really special for a beer of it's type, bot not bad either.

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

33 cl bottle

Pours about the color of a pecan shell, head stays as a thick foam on top that laces for the entirety of the beer.

Smells of sweet malt and light citrus hops, very light.

Sweet malty taste with a dextrose like aftertaste, sweet and sugary. It has a bready, yeasty quality mid palate that i really like.

Not too coating for being such a sweet beer. it clears that palate nicely.

I could drink these all night. the more belgian beer i sample the more i fall in love!

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

750ml bottle into a goblet.

Pours a slightly hazy dark brown. Has a huge pillowy cream colored head that leaves good chunks of lace.

Smell is slightly medicinal. Has hints of chocoalte as well.

Taste is a bit of cherries at first followed by a touch of brown sugar. Finishes just slightly dry.

Overall, this is a very tasty brew. I like the 12 a bit better, but this is certainly recommended.

Photo of Proteus93
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Had this along with the Pater 6 today. Like the lighter sibling, it's a deep ruby - murky brown, though deeper and heavier. Less light visible through the brew. The head didn't seem as big on this one, but still a nice pour.

S: A warm, sweet smell. Again, similar to the Pater 6, but a little richer. Candy sugars, hints of caramel, some mild fruits come through that I did not notice in the other.

T: Not overly sickly sweet, but a candy sugar taste. A little touch of molasses type malts, a spicy warmth - some of which would be attributed to alcohol - that comes out through the mouth and becomes more pronounced on the finish. Some deep hints of citrus, but it is rather short lived.

M + D: A similar, lively carbonation that comes across as a just a touch harsh on the tongue, as with the Pater. This seems perhaps a little wetter, and so it is a offers some rather nice gulps from the goblet. In terms of drinkability, I would lean towards the lighter 6, simply to avoid being overwhelmed with another.

Photo of czfreeman
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to a small mug because the bar had no proper Belgian glasses, oh well. Foamy head, pretty good retention. Lots of yeasty, hay,floral, sweet candy smells coming through. Taste is very sweet, bready, feel a little alcohol bite at the end. Very sticky mouthfeel. This one is a sipper, almost a little too sweet for my taste, but I could definatley enjoy this very much as dessert.

Photo of srandycarter
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Into the tulip.

A - Aggressive pour caused bad results! Once calmed, nice head, chunky, persistent lace. Deep brown red body.

S - Candy and fruit. Comforting Belgian feel.

T - Strong malt, molasses and dark cooked fruit. Some breadiness.

M - Super carbed, as to be expected for this type, but not too much. Coats well, medium to full body.

D - Each sip begs for another. Nice.

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

Red, slightly cloudy body with thick head and sparse lace. Warm leather, slightly sour smell with a little alcohol and spice. Malty IF with sweet, alcoholic aftertaste. Medium bodied with active carbonation and alcoholic finish. Good overall, but I felt that the alcohol came through a little strong.

Photo of jar2574
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Inch deep head, that fades only slowly, leaving nice lacing on the sides. Pours a caramel color, and settles as a deep brown, nice looking beer.

Exceptional smell, full of fruit and caramel sweetness. Really nice. Can really sit and enjoy the scent before drinking.

Very nice taste. You've got dark fruit, cherries, and maltiness. A touch of coffee. A tad too acidic, like fruit that had been sitting out for a little too long. But that's a minor complaint, because overall, the taste is great.

Due to that acidity, the aftertaste is not as enjoyable as the up-front sensations, though. So I wouldn't say this is the most drinkable beer. Better in small doses.

Very nice, though.

Photo of avalon07
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'll admit up front that St. Bernardus is one of my favorite breweries. The Prior 8 is no exception, though I admit I like Abt 12 a little more. It has a somewhat darker appearance, common to dubbels. It has a fruity, subtle smell to it. The taste is excellent, though the alcohol does creep through a little in its taste. Like other St. Bernardus brews, it has a fantastic mouthfeel: lively and highly carbonated. This is an incredibly drinkable beer, one with more personality than most.

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

Poured into my St. Berny goblet.
A: Pours a murky brown, like if someone were to pour the Kansas River into my glass. The head hangs on, but only a few mm thick.
S: Get some high citrus notes and some spiciness.
T: Sweet throughout the pull. Malts, spicy hops, maybe some coriander.
M: Great mouthfeel, as the carbonation coats the way.
D: This is definitely one that I could drink day-after-day.
This is a great beer, and a good Dubbel. Recommended.

Photo of reginaldo
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this off the tap at Dive Bar in Worcester, MA. Served in a goblet.

Appearance: Poured a dark brown with a healthy head. Head retention was very good, with it lasting through almost the whole time.

Smell: Had a definite sweet smell with a slight fruitiness as well.

Taste: Had a strong malt character with a slight alcohol taste at the very end. Hint of molasses and some fruits. Well balanced with light hopping to go with the malts. Overall one of the best dubbels I've had.

Mouthfeel: High level of carbonation, but not overdone. The tang at the end of a sip from the alcohol wasn't overpowering at all.

Drinkability: Had no problem going back to this brew. Great beer to sip on and really appreciate the complex flavors.

Photo of cswhitehorse
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Saint Bernardus Prior 8 poured into the appropriate glass with a nice finger foam head that kept some nice retention. It left solid pane lacing on the side of the glass.

The aroma was spicy and a little on the citrus side.

The flavor was strong on the malt with a bread taste in the front. It was sweet all through out. The mouthfeel gives you a well rounded carbonation with a real bready taste left all over the mouth. Overall one of the better Dubbel's I have tried.

Photo of dsa7783
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From an 11.2 oz bottle copped singly from Total Wine and More in Union, this Belgian staple pours a gorgeous ruby-red, mahogany brown color with a huge frothy head that displays good staying power... smell is very malty and sweet, strong aroma with a rich, thick, and full flavor to match... taste is extremely malty with a distinct sweetness pulling through, present with a fig and prune taste filled with caramel and dark notes... a really good example of the style... awesome brew... slight alcohol presence, but hard to detect behind a great conglomeration of flavors... top-notch sample that was worth the price... first brew from St. Bernardus, and am eager to experience their other well-known styles... Recommended..

Photo of auxiliary
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance - Dark brown color, very nice head that suck around.

smell - Lot os sweet smells, caramel, toffee here.

taste - Nice sweet malts here, hints of vailla present here.

mouthfeel - has a creamy present here.

drinkability - Dummy me, i opened it after it said it can be stored for 10 years. I saw a lot of sediment on the bottom and I have a record of keeping beers around too long in the cellar. Why didn't I buy this before?!

Photo of Nipitato
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at Julio’s in Westborough, MA.

A: Weak head for a dubbel. Dark, nearly brown amber color. Opaque.

S: Perfumy rose like phenol aroma adds to an overall complex character. Brown sugar malt provides base. Dark fruit esters that smell like booze soaked cherries is also noticeable.

T: Malt sweet brown sugar flavored malt. Perfumy rose phenols found in nose disappear in taste. Ester flavors are raisin and dark fruits – sweet. Alcohol flavor is obvious. Just a touch of bitterness.

MF: Finished dry and clean. Medium body with low carbonation.

D: I am not a particular fan of dubbels but this one is very good. Drinkable and complex. Not overly sweet.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a murky red brown. Nose is like an over ripe peach that if you waited to eat it until tomorrow, it would be rotten. Hint of molasses. Flavor is perfectly balanced. A touch of cherry on the tongue. Slight alcohol presence noticeable. Strong sweetness like a brown sugar. Feel is very bubbly and very smooth. Excellent drinkability. So perfectly balanced.

This was the middle beer on a night of tasting that started with Damnation by RR and ended with the St. Bernardus Abt 12. This beer was my favorite, and the person I drank with felt the same way.

I wish I could buy this in New Mexico. If I could, it’d probably be a regular.

St. Bernardus Prior 8 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
93 out of 100 based on 1,984 ratings.