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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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1,784 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,784
Reviews: 965
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 92
Gots: 111 | FT: 5
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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Photo of JohnnyDuvel


4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the great dubbels, maybe only behind Westy 8. Being that I can't get Westy these days, St. Bernardus and Westmalle are my best options. 750ml; deep amber color, large foamy head with good retention. Paired with beef, great match. Not as sweet as many other dubbels tend to be. Terrific balance, top notch all the way!

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2006 15:00:08 | More by JohnnyDuvel


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

A - 2" pillowy cloud of foam. Bright, clear light brown in color. Good visible carbonation. Great head retention and nice lace.

S - More hops here than I have smelled in a dubbel. Yeast. Ton of sweet fruit (pear, grape?)

T - Toffee. Spice. Banana. Brown sugar. Lots of fruit.

M - Thin to medium bodied. High carbonation. Crisp.

D - Very enjoyable and easy to drink. Not as spicy as some dubbels that I have had.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2006 19:54:52 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
Photo of Byeast


3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a murky , dark , reddish-brown , with a large foamy head that never left. Lots of carbonation rising. Left a creamy lacing. Nose is very sweet-creamy , with fruit and some alcohol. Taste is also fairly sweet,rich, and malty. As it warmed , more fruity flavors(pear etc.) arose. Also a bit of a medicinal taste and spice in the finish with just a slight bit of hops. Full and nicely carbonated mouthfeel. This is indeed a very tasty and rich Dubbel and i enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2006 21:28:08 | More by Byeast
Photo of charlesw

New York

3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown yet clear (not so much so that you can see through it). Medium height, light-brown head that is very dense.
Can't really smell much going on in there. Maybe just a teeny tiny hint of a caramel malt.
Ah. But it has a great big mouth of caramel. Thick and chewy and rich and sweet. No off flavors. A hint of caramel in the aftertaste.
Thick enough in the body and plenty enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2006 22:23:51 | More by charlesw
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finger-thick foam, bubbles taking their time, gauzy deep brown color with shades of burgundy and copper. Abundant Rorschach patches of lace...

Smells of strong malts, raisins, pervasive alcohol and faint milk-chocolate.

Excellent flavors: black licorice, peppery spice, caramel as it warms, all giving way to a serious dryness near the end of the sip. Would be a '5' if the alcohol weren't so out front, it dominates the flavors just a bit much.

Thinner mouthfeel than many other abbey doubles, still lively and pleasant.

Despite the very present alcohol in smell & taste, this goes down smooth enough. Having two or three in a row would never be out of the question. Because of the high presence of alcohol, it has a warming sensation as it goes down, making for great winter sipping.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2006 22:48:51 | More by Metalmonk
Photo of chOAKbarrell


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

Poured from a 25oz bottle into a wine glass.

Lovely head filled with bubbles. Frothy and off-white. Reddish-brown body.

Spicy, lively nose. Belgian yeasts and malts abound.

A very malty, nutty taste. The alcohol is pretty noticeable, but not in an offensive, or off-putting way. It just makes its presence known, and then clears the way for you to savor the bouquet of flavors abundant in this beer. Hearty and almost chewy. A very filling and satisfying beer. The mouthfeel leaves you smacking your lips and wanting more.

I'd love to have more! Supposedly a local store will be stocking St. Bernardus soon.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2006 03:13:30 | More by chOAKbarrell
Photo of DarkerTheBetter


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

This beer looks initially dirty brown and boring, but when held to the light, some beautiful apricot and raspberry colors shine through. The head poured exceptionally tall and is a yellowish white and very frothy that left some clumpy lace. Smells like home made root beer, apple cider, some ginger and spicy Belgian yeast. Tastes of home made root beer as well with some green grass, plumb and over ripe apple. Finishes with a dry spicy character that materializes out of the original flavor. The mouth feel is light to medium bodied and clean with a medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2006 23:43:28 | More by DarkerTheBetter
Photo of kaimcm


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

750 bottle poured into a St. Berny goblet

A: deep, deep brown body, creamy clean white head with lots of lacing. agitation brings back the froth with little to no effort. a grand site in a grand St. Berny goblet.

S: fresh and baked green fruit, apples, malt, sugar, dark candied fruit and sugar, rum, on and on, a hint of alcohol.

T: first wave is velvety malt, a splash of sugar, then the dark fruits pull through, raisons, dates, followed by the green nose, apples, some nuts, maybe licorice. molasses and some dark sugars reminiscent of rum. finish just lingers and lingers, drying quite a bit while cold but as the beer warms finishes a touch sweeter. coats the whole mouth and keeps evolving.

M: Luscious, creamy, velvety, with a nice prick of the tongue and just enough chew. If it were a hint better it would be a 5.

Just awesome, a complex and delicious brew. Right on for this nectar.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2006 02:13:16 | More by kaimcm
Photo of Frozensoul327


5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My God in heaven, my luck with beer over the last two days has been amazing. This brew poured out to a dark brown color with a great 1/2 inch head of tan foam. Medium high level of carbonation. Aromas of yeast, cashews, bread, plumbs and mature malt fills the nose. Flavors of roasted nuts, heavy and full malts, a marked brown sugar element and yeasty bread notes keep the palate occupied and happy. Mouthfeel is smooth and almost creamy, with a tamed level of carbonation keeping the flavors vibrant. Great drinkability. This is another amazing, world class beer. Highly Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2006 01:18:10 | More by Frozensoul327
Photo of SupaCelt


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

Appearance: dark cranberry mahogany coloured with a creamy light tan head. good resilience. plentiful carbonation. foamy lace.
Smell: vinous and yeasty. sweet but not overbearing. estery. reminiscent of black cherry. pleasant;
Taste: dark fruit and yeast. somewhat of an acidic sourness. vague bitterness. black cherry again comes to mind. maybe some plum. rind like qualities. the aftertaste lingers on leaving the succulent flavour fading out slowly. very delicious. provocative. juicy.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied. close to perfect.
Drinkability: this is a fabulous brew. worthy of praise and an absolute pleasure to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2006 01:25:13 | More by SupaCelt
Photo of BEERchitect


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

A uniquely flavored Belgian beer, brewed the St. Bernardus way. From the bottle, aromas of Belgian candy sugars and spices jump out. Rich, well aged malts blend into the sweetness for genuine complexity even to the nose. Alcohols swirl into the aroma and flavor. Looks rich and sweet. Clings to the glass to promise richness. Dehydrated fruits are distinguished and flavored with mild spiciness. Alcohols edge into a fusal flavor that dominated the flavor midway through. Sweet and full on the palate, leaving a dry and alcoholic sweetness. A goood dubbel, but the alcohols dominate too much.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2006 12:25:25 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of BeerNutta


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

St Bernardus Prior 8

A = Pours a dark brown with a thin foam head that dissapates quickly. When held in the light, it has a very murky, muddy water appearance.

S = Smelt of stewed fruits like plums and dates.

T = Initial caramel taste that slowly mellows into a slightly bitter dark chocolate finish. Sounds slightly harsh, but in reality very smooth.

M = Is good but it just feels a little watery.

D = Good. But I'd rather drink St Bernardus abt 12.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2006 14:00:47 | More by BeerNutta
Photo of dgallina


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

12oz bottle dated best-before March 10th 2010.

Pours deep ruby brown with big creamy and pillowy tan head and thick lace. Strong carbonation with some haze caused by yeast in the pour. Big citrus and dark fruits on sweet grains, moderate hops, and sugary alcohol in the nose. Prickly up front, developing a chewy grainy middle. Builds a very satisfying powdered chocolate and sour cherry dryness in the finish. Rounded and slightly sticky medium-heavy body with big carbonation. The flavors are a bit weak at first, but the finish is excellent and leaves you wanting more.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2006 04:18:34 | More by dgallina
Photo of SkeeterHawk


4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: What we have here is another fabulously presented St Bernardus beer! Man, these things are great! The beer pours a rich deep garnet that is really clear when you can find a spot that doesn't have a bunch of bubbles rising from it. There is over an inch head after a mild pour, and the head looks like it is going to be around forever maintained by a whole bunch of bubbles rising. There is some attractive lacing on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: Through the head, you can pick out some rich ripe fruit. There is also a lot of other fruit that is hard to identify through the foam of this very cold beer. A sweet toastiness is becoming more apparent as the beer warms a bit.

Taste: This beer is yummy! There is a good bit of sweetness to greet you at first, but this doesn't last long as the carbonation takes over and washes your palate clean to get ready for the finish. The finish is difficult to describe. There is a little bit of roast along with an entire fruit basket. The fruit is dabbed with caramel and a hint of pepper.

Opinion: I seriously think that this is my favorite Dubbel...period. There are some others that have more facets to the flavor, but this beer just plain delivers. It is clean and refreshing with a reserved fruitiness and balanced well enough that you can put away half the bottle before you realize it after standing up. I am so impressed with this beer, that it makes me shy away from making Dubbels because I don't know how I could come close to this. It is a great beer, and one I highly recommend (in case you hadn't noticed).

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2006 06:12:23 | More by SkeeterHawk
Photo of bennetj17


3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a great one inch foam cap. Very dark brown, I tried to leave the yeast/sediment behind but this thing is loaded with it as plenty of particles can be seen floating around. The head dissipates only slowly as the foam clings to the sides of glass. Aromas of rasins, spices, sweet malt and a bit of cinnamon are present. It smells almost like a fresh cinnamon roll. The taste seems a bit lackluster after expecting such good things from the aroma. It's only subtly sweet, although I detect notes of raisins, coffee and a hint of chocolate. Not real bitter. It has a rich and foamy mouthfeel, semi-thick and very smooth. Overall I prefer the St. Bernardus Pater 6 over this one. This brew smelled wonderful to begin with, and the flavors were there, but they just didn't come out with enough strength and complexity.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2006 18:50:28 | More by bennetj17
Photo of waughbrew


4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Even after pouring out of the awesome orange-labeled bottle, it still looks exceptionally beautiful. A dark ruby body with a big head that stays forever, clings to the glass, and has different shaded mountains of tan that float on the beer. The nose greets me with a dry yeast presence and a hint of phenolics that are not the usual peppery note, but instead just a sharpness like in a good cheddar. A bit of air-flavored cotton candy. The milk chocolate start to the flavor is not sweet and quickly gives way to a slicker mixture of strawberries and raspberries, light in its acidity. Alcohol presence is just there, barely. Smooth as get-out. A little cidery character. The malt in the finish is a little bland weak chocolate.

Overall a hell-yeah beer that I would be happy to have very often. The price is a bit high, but not out of reason for a beer of this caliber. The best dubbel that we can get without pissing off monks.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2006 00:40:54 | More by waughbrew
Photo of SaCkErZ9


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

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a St Berny chalice. Cloudy, brownish maroon beverage is released. A fairly decent head forms as well and then dissipates into a nice film on top of the beer.

Yeasty aroma with sweetness and spicy pepper, phenolic.

Taste is sweet and slightly alcoholic. Nice balance between malts and the small amount of hops in the taste as well.

Nice, clean and crisp mouthfeel. Carbonation is a plus in this one. Medium bodied and extremely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2006 22:06:19 | More by SaCkErZ9
Photo of sabrills70

North Carolina

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

Pours a cloudy mahogony brown with a huge creamy head, great longevity and equally great lace. Aromas of rich malt with candy, brown sugar, fruit and vanilla. The best word for the falvor of this is luscious. Rich and creamy malt mixed with brown sugar, vanilla, raisin, plum followed by a roasted bitterness. Nicely balanced as Dubbels go. Highly drinkable. One of the better beers I have had. A bit costly, but very nice.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2006 00:32:59 | More by sabrills70
Photo of jaluria


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

Pours a medium brown color with loads of foam that just sits there and leaves intricate lacing behind in my goblet. Aromas of plums, raisins, alcohol, and dark berries seem to come out. The taste closely resembles the aromas with the addition of an astringent flavor in the finish that draws out the fruity sweetness and imparts a rough and rather powerful aftertaste. The texture in my mouth starts off rich, but turns into a slightly bready and stickly texture. The drinkability takes a hit because of the texture and the finish, but otherwise an enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2006 14:12:13 | More by jaluria
Photo of Higravity


4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A hard pour into the St. Bernardus chalice gave me a picture perfect head. Lovely dark brown liquid with a nice tan head that never really went away and gave lacing all the way down the glass. Smell of a little alcohol but is covered in fruity esters and lovely sweet malt. The taste is chock full of flavor every taste is a whole world of flavor and the complexity is lovely. Absolutley great body nice and fluffy full of carbonation that gives the sensation of melting in your mouth. Very drinkable and a endless supply would be great.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2006 18:35:28 | More by Higravity
Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS


4.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer is off the charts. Consumed during an evening of highbrow beers, this one stood above the rest. Earthy smell, with a root beer like head, nice fizz that tickles the nose. Tremendous balanced in the taste department. Only slight hoppy with a cinnamon, cherry body.

This beer came caged and corked in a wonderfully decorated bottle. I know this beer is made for sipping...it wasn't sipped!

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2006 16:22:23 | More by FLAbeergutinMASS
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

St. Bernardus Prior 8

Appearance- dark maple brown with a thin sticky head.
Smell- woodsy hops with slight hints of spice.
Taste- cinnimon and vanilla mixed with dry leaves and cherries.
Mouthfeel- quite smooth with a nice bite. No acidity or bitterness.

Overall- another solid beer from St. Bernardus.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2006 13:51:35 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of blitheringidiot


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

Caged & corked bottle opens with a "Thwip!" Pours into a Duvel chalice with a hazy russet brown hue loaded with suspended yeast chunkers topped with a dollop of solid khaki spumescent cratered head cap that fills up the glass.

Signature St. Bernardus yeast scent of spicy cake brownie like aroma. Lots of cookie dough aromas.

First swigs: Spice wafer and sugary. Cookie dough. A bit of chocolate notes and fruitty fig. Tons of fruity mixes here of ripe banana apple and fig. Complex and smooth.

Full bodied and creamy texture. Light soft carbonation.

Last swigs: Cocoa and doughy.

Beer is good. Happy dubbel beering.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2005 03:50:31 | More by blitheringidiot
Photo of Prufrock


3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a wine glass.

murky medium brown with an inch of foamy, tan head. leaves excellent lacing.

aroma of bready malts, bananas, and caramel. touch of butter as well.

bready maltiness with a nice sweet aftertaste. medium mouthfeel with a nice prickly carbonation.

nice clean finish for excellent drinkability. 8% isn't noticeable.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2005 16:47:32 | More by Prufrock
Photo of benmiliron


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

Got this one in the St. Bernardus gift pack.

Yet another wonderful concoction from the happy friar. Kind of dark burnt brown color, a hint of red. Not much head, but good lace. Smells divine, caramel, sugar, cinnamon/nutmeg. Clean bubble, sharp. Alcohol noticeable, but accompanies, doesn't overwhelm. Taste is like a cold glass of eggnog - thick, sticky, spicy. Good sweet malt. Maybe a touch too sweet.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2005 21:51:46 | More by benmiliron
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