St. Bernardus Prior 8 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Ratings: 2,000
Reviews: 979
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 108
Gots: 182 | FT: 2
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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 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!

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.

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.

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.

Photo of clemsonbrewer
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.

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.

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.

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.

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,

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!

Photo of Jmamay22
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.

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.

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.

Photo of hopsleeroy
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.

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.

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!

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.

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

Photo of hellcatsjg
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Looks like a thick cola. Cloudy brown with a big 2+ finger head that takes it's time receding.

Smell: Good yeasty smell with hints of bananna, brown sugar, and some spicy black pepper scents.

Taste: Dark fruity flavor at first, turns to a spicy pepper taste and finishes with a bit of sweetness mixed in with the spices.

Mouthfeel: Good thickness, taste coats the mouth well. Nice head sticks around and adds some creaminess to each sip.

Drinkability: Good beer. Not spectacular, but very good. The rating here would be a bit higher if the taste was a bit more powerful. Definitely worth a try though.

Photo of BeerTruth
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into my Chimay chalice.

Pours a dark ruby with a nice two finger off-white head that stays forever. Stickiness, well the head is enormous and stays that way and leaves its mark on the sides. Smell is complex: yeasty goodness, dark fruits, banana, brown sugar, molasses, and fresh honey. Very rich and full on the nose. I know I couldn't get all the smells because there are so many, but hey, I tried. Taste starts off a bit metallic which I didn't enjoy that much. Once that goes away, some sweet caramel sweetness takes over. Some nut bread flavors blend well with the fig and raisins. Good taste, but the Westy has the edge in taste in my opinion. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a creamy carbonation. Not as pillowy as the Westy 8, but still pretty good. I'm drinking a 750 mL bottle and I don't see a probelm finishing it at all. Good Dubbel, pick it up if you see it on the shelves.

Photo of KingG
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle served at room temp and poured into my Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance is exceptional. Dirty, murky, dark brown colored brew with a massive soapy and clumpy tan head. Sticky lacing webs the inside of the glass.

Smell is very good. Heavy aromas of candied dark fruit, caramelized brown sugar, nutty Belgian yeast, banana, and pineapple. Subtle yet sneaky spices in the background along with a hint of alcohol.

Taste is very good. Very similar to the nose but with a large banana-nut bread and plum presence. Spices are there yet give way to the sweet fruity malt flavors. Nothing overly aggressive, everything working in great harmony. Crafted almost perfectly.

Mouthfeel is very good. Soft and delicate on the palate with a creamy texture. Easy, smooth finish.

Drinkability is very good. Very easy to drink; almost too easy. Finishing a few of these wouldn't be a problem.

An amazing Belgian brew from St. Bernardus who know a thing or two when it comes to making them. An absolute joy to drink. Highly recommended.

Photo of Beerbuddha
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my St. Bernardus chalice:

Appearance- Poured a nice murky brown color with a nice huge off white head. Beautiful lacing.

Smell- Cloves, spices, figs and a nice malty breadiness as well.

Taste- Wonderful balance of hops and malts. Hints of caramel and also cloves and other spices. Yeastiness present.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall- Great beer. Not as good as the Abt 12 but still a solid brew.

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

Just started getting into belgians, and have found out that they can be quite tasty.

Appearance on this beer is a real nice dark and slightly cloudy mahogany color with nice tan head after the pour. Aromas coming from this brew were of caramel with spices also. Nice tasty brew with dark malty taste. Some spices and a hint of fruit in the backround. The carbonation was good and it was a medium/heavy mouthful. Drinkability was good, slightly filling.

I would definetely try this beer again.

Photo of soupyman10
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one at a beer tasting at a friend's house. He claimed to not be a Belgian ale fan, which I don't get, but to each his own. This one was excellent: poured a cloudy amber color with a nice bit of fluffy head on top. Nose was lots of dried fruit, raisins in particular, and that cookie scent common to a lot of Belgian dark beers. Flavor is similar. Lots of cookies, a dose of chocolate, honey, butter, deliciousness. A touch of warming alcohol in there. Body was full and creamy, appropriately carbonated. I really liked this one; not quite at the level of the 12, but a very tasty dubbel.

Photo of jamie2dope
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Decided to get a bottle of this to celebrate the arrival of the BA September magazine on my doorstep (and their profile of this style). Poured in to a large red wine glass a brownish red color, with a beautiful white head that lasts throughout. Lots of tiny air bubbles make their way towards the top of the glass. Aroma has traces of buttery sweet bread, brownies and dark fruits such as plum and date. Taste reveals tons of fruit, dates and figs being the most pronounced of the bunch. Sweet honey can be tasted in the middle, followed by the sweet bready character at the end. Mouthfeel is creamy and medium in body. Seems like an easy beer to drink but I have a feeling that the ABV might catch up to me after this glass is finished. A lovely Dubbel, and one of the best I have tried in a long time. Would pair well with any hearty meal I am sure.

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