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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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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,067 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 2,067
Reviews: 989
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 116
Gots: 210 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-27-2002

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Photo of AlexAfonin
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of searsclone
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BigMike
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Scrapss
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into st. Bernardus chalice.

A: pours a fantastic deep figgy brown with an off white, leaning to tan, head. Ample lacing with nice retention and legs.

S: Leather, figs, raisins, dark cherries and clove with spicy white pepper undercurrent. Crackery hit on uptake leads to bready finishing swallow.

m: creamy, medium~full body and finish. Explosive cherry foam if agitated at finishing swallow.

O: holy shnoikies this is good. So much interesting stuff going on.

Photo of majorlance
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LarryMyers
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kelvarnsen
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of thehyperduck
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

330 mL bottle from a St. Bernardus sampler picked up at the LCBO; best before July 10 2018 and served slightly chilled.

Pours a murky, brownish-amber colour, with tinges of crimson red underneath the light. Seated atop the liquid is nearly one inch of loose, frothy, light beige-coloured head, which soon settles into a dense, creamy, one finger cap that remains in place for much of the glass. Modest amounts of lace. The aroma is heavily malty and fruity, with bready malts, caramel and molasses dominating alongside big notes of raisin and fig. Hints of banana, prune, cherry and dark chocolate are much less intense, but provide the bouquet with additional layers of depth.

Classic dubbel flavour profile; lots of bready malt sweetness, some toffee/caramel, and plenty of fruity, yeasty flavours. Ripe banana is quite noticeable, along with a range of dark fruits most strongly represented by raisin and fig - but also including minor hints of cherry, red apple and dates. Some clove and peppery spice tie things up nicely with a yeasty, malty finish that is outlived by a lingering sugary plum sweetness in the aftertaste. On the lighter side of full-bodied, with a smooth, creamy mouthfeel and a very light, crisp bite provided by the restrained carbonation.

Final Grade: 4.49, a remarkable A grade. Dubbels have never been one of my favourite abbey styles, but this right here? This is a good one. St. Bernardus Prior 8 is probably the more 'traditional' of the two dubbels included in this pack, with a more malt-forward, fruity flavour that includes more residual sweetness and yeasty spice then can be found in the Pater 6. They're both outstanding beers that all Trappist beer fans should consider must-tries, and even though I consider this one to be (objectively) the better of the two, the Pater 6 is still more tailored toward my tastes, and probably my favourite.

Photo of brewskifan55
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter.

A: An opaque tawney brown. A tan one finger head that dissipates to foam. Light lacing.

S: Malts, Belgian yeast, dark fruit (raisins, dates, figs).

T: Follows nose with thick, passionate mouthfeel. Yum.

M: Medium to heavy with medium, chewy carbonation.

O: A taste between a Prior 6 and an abt 12. And there's nothing wrong with that.

Photo of glinnebur
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KLReed
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dansmcd
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tine802
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bustersuess
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mick303
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12 oz bottle, colour is a dark ruby caramel, with a really great cap of soapy head with great retention.

S- dark plummy and date aromas, peanut, caramel toffee, bready and spicy, some yeasty spice notes mixing with a nice stewed fruit character.

T - rich fruity notes predominate, dates, plums, some caramel, and butterscotch, the yeast adds some orange citrus and baking spice, a desserty stewed fruit flavour with a dry and bready finish. Satisfying and complex.

M- semisweet with a moderate body and carbonation. Has some bitterness and warmth to it to dry it out. Well balanced with a nice spice to it.

This is a nice and crafted dubbel, good spice and fruity notes, doesn't blow me away though, good incorporation of the alcohol. A good spicy dubbel that drinks well.

Photo of Chris7482
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of InkedinRi
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an outstanding beer.. It's a go to beer! Feel is nice and smooth!! Smells so nice.. Taste is great banana, candy fruits.. It's got it all!

Photo of leantom
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Well, I'm certainly trying a lot of beers on this fine Christmas. Here goes:

A: Good. Pours a large head that leaves a lot of lacing. However, the color is a rather light brown - not exactly appealing. I can tell that this is a well-made beer, but it doesn't look as appealing as I thought it would.

S: Bready Belgian yeast. Lots of clove and peppery flavors from the yeast. There also appears to be a plumy, raisiny smell, however - lots of dark fruit in this one.

T: Follows the nose. Bready Belgian yeast complemented by lots of dark fruit. However, there also appears to be a mild toffee/caramel backbone from the malt. Overall, the flavors are good; however, I should note that they're not as robust as in other dubbels; Ommegang Abbey Ale is far better. I do like the flavors, but they're not nearly as robust as I thought they were going to be.

M: Nice and bready, but the pepperiness makes the beer appear more like a tripel than a dubbel.

O: Good beer with some drawbacks. Would have if it was offered to me.

Photo of ArmyATCBrewer
3.72/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of ThomasKoren
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of webb534
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Imacopyouidiot
4.99/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of AlexFields
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kevinlater
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle into oversized wine glass. 8% abv. best before "A 10 07 18", consumed on december 24, 2014

a: i poured all the yeast in, so this thing is ultra opaque. the beer has a lovely deep caramel/toffee hue with subdued ruby tones near the edges of the glass. just over a finger of fluffy light tan head. really beautiful

s: sweet, fruity, and mildly spicy. i pick up on the overripe banana and caramel notes first. under that is a fruity vinous quality -- raisins and figs mainly. below that is a really pleasant vanilla scent, mixed with very soft clove notes

t: sweet malty sugary caramel-y fresh dark bread up front. under that are the banana, raisin, and fig tastes. there is also a somewhat prominent cooked apple presence that is absolutely delicious. not a lot of spice notes, as expected from the nose. i'm getting a shy flash of that vanilla note from the aroma, and maybe even slight chocolate. the beer closes off with a moderately bitter back-palate, with lingering notes of caramel, bread, and apple

m: medium mouthfeel, active but soft and never offensive carbonation, slightly sticky

o: a superb dubbel that is full of tasty flavours

St. Bernardus Prior 8 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
93 out of 100 based on 2,067 ratings.