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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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2,067 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,067
Reviews: 989
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 117
Gots: 210 | FT: 4
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Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-27-2002

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Photo of changeup45
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of Zadok
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of slitherySOB
4.77/5  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.

Photo of cvstrickland
4.15/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of Haybeerman
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of Nowhereman529
3.65/5  rDev -12%
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.

Photo of DrDogbeer
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Photo of dmamiano
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Photo of everetends
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of cbros
3.15/5  rDev -24.1%
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.

Photo of gonzo46and2
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a medium cloudy brown. Pours a big fluffy head.

Smell: Dark breads, Roasted nuts, brown sugar, and dark fruits.

Taste: Hearty spiced bread but a bit boozy. Very satisfying.

Mouthfeel: Medium with an active carbonation.

Drinkability: Very high.

Photo of PhxHorn
3.59/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with a fluffy white head with some little speckles in it. Smells of dried fruit and malt, and tastes very mildly of figs, blackberries and some other assorted spices. Lots of little hints of flavors, but jsut not much overall quantity of flavor. I got bored before finishing the glass; just not that interesting overall.

Photo of gpogo
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Extremely dark brown with large creamy off-white head that dissipates.

A- Sweet malty dark fruits aroma. Not as heavy of a belgian yeast as I have experienced in other dubbels.

T- Sweet rich malty flavor. Slight peppery spiciness. Finishes dry with slight alcohol flavor.

M- Medium-full body with high carbonation. Very slight alcohol warmth.

D- Not as flavorful and complex as I expected, but a very enjoyable dubbel.

Photo of Greggy
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Very dark fruit, heavy sediment. Head recedes to a thin cap.

S- Nice spiciness, dark fruit, cherry, cocoa, light pepper, green apple.

T- Big alcohol, nice spiciness, big pepper, dry hopiness.

M- light carb lets the beer's maltiness do the talking.

D- A nice dubbel. I really enjoyed the immense pepper.

Photo of PiecefulToker
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle with date markings of "09 08 12."

A: This looks amazing. Very dark reddish brown, opaque, but not cloudy. Very thick, almost like nitro, head that sustains a 1-finger head.

S: Wow. Raisins, molasses, dark maple syrup, pralines, with some alcohol at the end. This beer is fun to just smell.

T: I'm excited for this... Not as sweet as I expected in the beginning, but some residual sweetness comes through at the end. The carbonation nips my tongue at first followed by some sourness, then a slow progression of different caramelized sugar flavors and those mentioned above under "smell." Some alcohol comes in and warms my throat and stomach. It coats my mouth and the flavors linger in my mouth for quite a while. This is very enjoyable, and one I will stretch over an hour or so, enjoying the different flavors as it warms up.

M: Very pleasant, medium carbonation, medium body, but like a thin syrup.

D: Low, but only because this is so amazing. I want to savor one of these over a long period, and I will only drink this on occasion.

Photo of deanhead
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep rich brown color. Rich with bubbles

Taste of Carmel and & toffee, nice rummy overtones, sweet and slighlty winer taste, hint of currants

Aroma- scent of Carmel & sweet toffee. Some raisin like notes as well

Mouthfeel is thin and light bodied & extremely carbonated

highly quaffable beer. Highly recommended

Photo of BleedBlueUSAF
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I busted out the 750 of this tonight in celebration of the new 12 hour shifts my shop is working!

I worked the cork out and the pop it made scared the shit out of me, this stuff has a solid carbonated base to it and I immediately smelled belgian yeast, malts, alcohol, caramel, fruits (even a bit of coffee!) I definately love the smell of this one.

It pours out a beautiful opaque mahogany with a thin layer of beautiful tan head that swirls around the Chimay Chalice I poured it into like a beautiful galaxy of... beer. This is a gorgeous copper caramel beauty.

The taste!

This beer is complex. There's a definate alcohol bite that keeps reminding me it's there. Caramel, figs, hazelnut, dates... it's well balanced medium bodied and wonderful. Definatley a good brew!!

Drinkability is high, but I don't know if I could drink this all night. It'd be a waste, if nothing else.

Top notch brew, highly recommended!

Photo of BeerLover729
3.66/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Small one finger head tops this dark brown beverage.

S: The nose is full of dark fruit esters along with some bruised banana and a peppery finish.

T: A slight roastyness is detectable among the sea of caramel malty flavors that swish around in this bottle. There is a light but sharp astringent crispness in the finish.

M: Light medium body with a medium to sharp carbonation and a light syrupy consistency.

D: Relatively slow sipping beer with a mild cloyingness in the finish.

Notes: Decent dubbel.

Photo of Slynger
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The ocho pours an orange-ruby brown, with a big, fuzzy, light sand colored head.

Smells of Belgian yeast firstly. Sweet dark fruits are balanced out by some tart fruitiness. Brown sugar sweetness mingles with some black pepper spice. An excellent nose.

The taste trails slightly behind the awesome smell. It full and lushly carbonated with a light and prickly sharpness of dark fruits and bready malts. Some tart apples and pears round out the flavor along with some peppery spice in the finish.

Ah the ocho. A very fine dubbel.

Photo of mwilbur
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into chalice.
A: Very dark brown with very thick tan head that slowly dissipates leaving nice lacing behind.
S: Raisin, malt, bready yeast, and clove. Similar to 6, but stronger aroma.
T: Quite representative of smell...similar dark fruit (raisin), malt, doughy bread, clove, and cinnamon. Not as full nor as complex as I was hoping for.
M: Medium body, but light on the tongue. With higher ABV, taste lingers a little which is nice.
D: Good drinkability and better than the 6, but still not a great dubbel.

Photo of Matty1918
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Chimay chalice.

Poured a hazy, caramel with a small head. lots of carbonation.

Aroma was of nut, slight caramel....very malty aroma

Very malty ale. A slight spice with hints of caramel, nut...lots of malt. A tad sweet aftertaste.

A very good tasting ale. This one can creep up on ya...glad I bought a 4 pack. I'll have more tonight but keep the other 2 for later.

Photo of armock
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a ruby brownish color with a huge off white head that leaves lacing

S - This has a strong malt backbone with dark fruit scents

T - The dark fruits come out first then the malt comes through

M - This is a medium bodied beer with a lot of carbonation

D - This was pretty easy to drink it has a good taste I'd get this for someone new to Belgians worth a try

Photo of hwwty4
3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this 11.2oz bad boy into my Val-Dieu goblet. Pours a cherry brown with mahogany tones when held up to the light. Poured a huge, creamy-tan head that stuck around the entire length of the beer and left really sticky lacing down the length of the glass. This is a really pretty beer. Smell was a bit of a let down. There are definite notes of figs and raisins and just a hit of cinnamon. Not much else. This has a very straightforward aroma. Taste is interesting. There are the definite notes of a normal Dubbel but there is an after taste that I can't quite place my tongue on. The only thing I can say is that it tastes like the flavors I sometimes see in my homebrews. Not a bad taste, not even necessarily off. Mouthfeel is medium bodied that finishes dry. Nothing would prevent me from buying this beer again.

St. Bernardus Prior 8 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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