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St. Bernardus Prior 8 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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1,894 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,894
Reviews: 971
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 103
Gots: 146 | FT: 2
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Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-27-2002)
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Photo of aforbes10
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark, reddish. thick head. fruity odors, almost like strawberries. whoo! very strong. lots of fruity, peaty flavor. alcohol is very evident, which makes me think we should have held onto the bottle a bit longer (i had this problem with the Abt 12 too). A bit too harsh for me in its current state. nice full mouthfeel. good, but too much would knock me flat.

aforbes10, Mar 28, 2006
Photo of hanco005
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The last in my St. Bernardus sampler pack, 11.2 oz bottle dated 27 05 09, poured into the glass that came with the pack

A—pours brownish, orange that is much lighter at the top than the bottom, the head looked promising at first, but fizzled down to a thin sheet in a matter of minutes, big chunks of sediment, probably the biggest I’ve ever seen, rushed out of the bottle and are now content on the bottom of the glass, web like lacing is produced as I drink

S—ripe fruit and alcohol is dominate, mixed in with plum, raison, sweet candy aroma,

T—as with the smell, ripe fruit and alcohol is dominate at first, then a hint of espresso and wood, grainy, spicy and peppery…there are a lot of flavors in this one…and they tend to jump out separately.

M—medium bodied with better than average carbonation, a little gritty, but still feels very good in the mouth

D---as with the other St. Bernardus offerings, this one is a sipper, an excellent nightcap, which is how I am enjoying this one. It really warms the body as I sip it. One is plenty, but the one is very drinkable.

hanco005, Mar 28, 2006
Photo of ghostwalker
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 fl. oz. bottle with a date code stamped on the back, FL 030210.

Dark brown body with reddish highlights, thick frothy off-white head.

Sweet nose with a large malt component.

Flavor is even richer and sweeter than the Pater 6 I previously reviewed. Sugary and spicy all at once, with a solid caramelly malt backbone. It's really a greatly complex brew. Spice cake comes to mind, it had that kind of cinnamony/gingery zip to it. Really, really good.

Mouthfeel is medium with a real spicy zip to the palate.

Drinkability is damn good, I can't stop sipping it!

ghostwalker, Mar 24, 2006
Photo of gmcfarre
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled imprinted on back as "27 05 09"
Poured into St. Bernardus Chalice.

A- Dark woody chocolate color with sand colored, satisfying head that leaves dense but not long-lasting lacing. A few yeasties at the end of the pour.

S- Mooo-lasses with a touch of malty vibes. Yeast is somewhat prevalent as well. No scent of my friend alcohol.

T- Carmalized sugar, dark roasted malt and a bit fruity (dark of course). Taste hits a more sour note than smell (not a bad thing, a great thing actually). A very sweet dark brew. Alcohol well hidden.

M- Well carbonated, solid mouthfeel. Hints at that oily feeling but its not as dense as you might think.

D- mmm tasty. Alcohol is present, but not in killer quantities.

Another winner from St. Bernardus! Can't wait to hit up that "6" in the fridge.

gmcfarre, Mar 24, 2006
Photo of Tupperwolf
3.18/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On St. Paddy's day, I poured myself a big wineglass full of this and myself and a girlfriend passed it back and forth between us for about a half an hour, debating back and forth over what it smelled like. We barely even drank any, we wer trying so hard to come up with names for the scents. Of course, we were somewhat drunk at the time, so perhaps a more sober try will give me better results.

Pours a nice dark reddish brown with a thin, spotty yellow-white head; It's hazy with gentle particles of yeast, despite a careful decanting, and no rising carbonation is visible.

Alcohol and apple skin, both green and red, are dominant, though the alcohol isn't unpleasant, merely part of the scent; The yeast is distinct, tart fruit and wet dog.

Alcohol is very present in the mouth as well - its heat precludes the dark, spicy flavors. The taste is hard to describe, dry and very peppery.

Very dry mouthfeel - light carbonation, and then everything goes dry. That's the only way I can put it!

I noticed recently that my ratings on Belgians have gone steadily downward in the past couple of months - Some have been amazing, others have been a little disappointing. This one's unique in the way it presents itself to the senses.

Tupperwolf, Mar 22, 2006
Photo of DogFood11
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a dark ruby red, perfect clarity, Huge loose head that laces repeatadly. Lots of yeast chunks linger.

Much darker and deep than the 6 version. this has a metallic twinge that is annoying but overall the dark fruity brew comes across sweet and tasty. I loved this offering but I just couldn't score it outstanding, considering the sweet , syrupy finish, it just ended up a bit short of perfection...thats not a bad thing at all.

DogFood11, Mar 20, 2006
Photo of Erdinger2003
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle
Label is orange with a monk holding a beer goblet that says Prior 8

I poured this slow and harsh. I have found out that the more gases released in the pour the more flavors are released.

Pours a nice head that falls into a thin bubbly head with a very strong lacing.

Smell is strong of flowery hops and sweet aromas

Taste is not strong, but light and aromatic. Strong pepper taste are very apparent

Mouthfeel is ok, nothing great.

I am glad to have this, but will wait for a great conditioned one next time

Erdinger2003, Mar 15, 2006
Photo of soulgrowl
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Wow, this is possibly the best head on a beer I've ever seen. It's big, beige in color with the texture of meringue, and it lasts FOREVER! Seriously, I'm about halfway down the chalice at this point and the head is almost as big as it was when I poured, about a half an inch. The body is a rich chocolate brown, nearly opaque, with orange along the edges. Great lacing, too.

Smell: Yeast is the dominant odor, somewhere between bananas, caramalized peaches, and bread dough. Sweet malts. Arboreal hops.

Taste: Earthy, well-balanced, a tad spicy. Woody hops, sour yeast, chocolate and caramel malts, and, as in most stronger Belgian ales, there's something I can't quite put my finger on, something kind of like grape juice. Finish has a piquant pucker that mellows into a sublte cocoa powder flavor.

Mouthfeel: Not bad, but not great either. Fairly sticky.

Drinkability: The high ABV and sticky texture make this less than exceptionally drinkable, but it certainly holds my interest!

soulgrowl, Mar 15, 2006
Photo of doubleipa
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Moderately sweet, yeasty, bread aroma. SOme fruit, as well. Appearance was perfect. Poured a nice, creamy head with excellent lacing. No yeast particles. Initial and finish flavor were moderately sweet. It has a decent wheat flovor component. Overall, another great beer from St Bernardus.

doubleipa, Mar 13, 2006
Photo of beerphilosopher
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at Cicero's in the Loop in St. Louis ... my favorite St. louis beer stop. Presented as a murky brown color with lively tan head and serious lacing. Nose is of sweet malt, yeast, and over-ripe fruit. Slightly spicy as well. Taste is very malty upfront, with yeast and spices following closely. Medium to full bodied, and not heavily carbonated. This is a good dubbel from St. Bernardus, makers of one of my very favorite ales in the world, Abt 12. Easily drinkable and good, solid flavor. Give it a try ...

beerphilosopher, Mar 06, 2006
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!

JohnnyDuvel, Mar 04, 2006
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.

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.

Byeast, Feb 21, 2006
Photo of charlesw
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.

charlesw, Feb 13, 2006
Photo of Metalmonk
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.

Metalmonk, Feb 12, 2006
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.

chOAKbarrell, Feb 12, 2006
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.

DarkerTheBetter, Feb 11, 2006
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.

kaimcm, Feb 05, 2006
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.

Frozensoul327, Jan 27, 2006
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.

SupaCelt, Jan 26, 2006
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.

BEERchitect, Jan 25, 2006
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.

BeerNutta, Jan 23, 2006
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.

dgallina, Jan 23, 2006
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).

SkeeterHawk, Jan 22, 2006
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.

bennetj17, Jan 20, 2006
St. Bernardus Prior 8 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
93 out of 100 based on 1,894 ratings.