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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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1,864 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,864
Reviews: 968
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 100
Gots: 138 | FT: 3
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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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Amp, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark red-brown in color, Prior 8 reminds me more of cherry wood than anything. A spritzy-looking but solid head sits about a finger tall and leaves alternating spotty and patchy lacing in its wake.
The smell and flavor are big and complex, with lots of candi sugars, spices and dark fruits in particular accompanied by other Belgian yeast notes of gentle earth barely detectable in all the richness and sweetness. Spiciness is both nipping pepper and a mix of connamon and clove in likeness. This is heavy and rich, definitely a sipper. Alcohol adds a fusel note and makes sipping even more of a necessity.
The mouthfeel leans toward lush in a rich carbonation flowing through a big, malty backbone, but carbonation is so heavy it becomes extremely filling. Both smooth and crisp, I understand the love of so many for the mouthfeel, but if the carbonation could be moderated it would make for easier drinking.

Brenden, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of KiltedCulinarian
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a branded goblet. Poured a dark walnut colour, two fingers of clean head. Smells robustly malty. Is lightly carbonated, slightly sweet, not too heavy and sickly. Finishes slightly pruney. A good showing for a Belgium, representative of the style, without the sickly sweetness sometiems present. No strong alcohol overtones.

KiltedCulinarian, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of jrenihan
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BB 20/07/16

Beer is a dark chestnut brown with a fairly small and fizzy tan head that dissipates very quickly. No lacing.

Smell consists of bready malt and some dark fruit, like fig.

Taste is mildly sweet. Bready malt, some fruit flavours such as banana and fig and prune. A bit similar to banana bread, save for the fig and prune elements. A bit of booze is detectable, but not much.

Highly carbonated and medium bodied. Carbonation is too much and the beer is too light- really interferes with the flavour. A bit of a syrupy feel.

Overall, a real disappointment. Not sure if this is an off bottle or just a really young bottle. but I expected much more. I am a big fan of the other St. Bernadus beers I have had (12, 6, Tripel and Wit), so I am surprised by this. Will definitely try it again to see if I have a different reaction next time.

jrenihan, Mar 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

tenacioustomato, Mar 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

javahead71, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of jmich24
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

jmich24, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of stampfler07
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy brown-amber with a substantial brown foamy head, leaves quite a bit of lacing

S- Strong alcohol and sweet malt, dark fruit, plums and raisins

T- Sweet caramel malt, dried dark fruit like cherry, minimal bitterness, full fruity aftertaste

M- Very smooth and thick, light carbonation

O- Nice combination of full, dark flavors paired with a good mouthfeel and beautiful appearance makes this a great brew

stampfler07, Mar 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

jtmcgraw, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of cheefdaddy1
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

cheefdaddy1, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of PaulMc
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

PaulMc, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of TimoP
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

TimoP, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of liamt07
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Sammy, 330ml into a tulip. Best before April 27, 2010. Is this a seven year old bottle?

Dark brown in the pour, some ruby around the edges. Fairly thick tan head, with some dense lacing and somewhat thin retention, but it's persistent. Nose is chockful of rich dark fruit notes, loads of plums and the like. Caramelized and candied with notes of brown sugar and gentle vanilla. Some grapeiness that sits well in the background. Caramel, toffee and more sweet dark fruits. Vanilla is right there again, and dominates the profile for the better part. Finishes sweet and somewhat sticky. Mouthfeel is creamy as can be and the alcohol is invisible, super smooth and as close as can be to perfect for the style. Overall, a fantastic surprise (didn't see the dating when I got this) - one of the best dubbel's I've had in a while, doesn't stand far at all from a Westy 8.

liamt07, Mar 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

martja, Mar 12, 2012
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

devonnaire, Mar 11, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

HoistinBrews, Mar 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Hanzo, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before 29-03-16

A: Pours a hazy mahogany brown in color with a finger tall light beige head. The head on this beer reduces to merely a very thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass in a very short amount of time. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Definitely some dark fruit - I think I detect plum, fig, and black cherry. I also get hints of chocolate and some dark malts, almost like a pumpernickel or brown bread.

T: A very well balanced flavor to this beer, marrying the flavors of the dark fruit (plum, fig, and black cherry) with the rich dark malts, the noble hops, and the Belgian yeast. There is some sweetness from the candi sugar. The alcohol in this beer is very well masked.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Very creamy.

O: Very nice beer, well balanced and with good amounts of complexity. I shouldn't be surprised as I have been impressed with every beer I have had from St. Bernardus. This is a beer that I would get many times and each time I think I appreciate it a little more.

dbrauneis, Mar 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Whiskeyjack, Mar 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

jeanphony, Mar 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

sukwonee, Feb 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

dalecooper, Feb 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Andlemc, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of Immortale25
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter. Back label says best before end 10 05 16 which can be taken to mean drink by May 10th 2016.

A- Pours a dark brown with little light showing through and has a two-finger head that retains very well leaving thick wisps of lacing behind.

S- Dark fruit such as plum, black cherry and currants. Also some banana.

T- Balance is the name of the game when it comes to St. Bernardus. Making the yeast, malt and fruit overtones in sync with each other while keeping the alcohol in check. Very simple, yet very effective. The fruits found in the aroma are also detected in the flavor as well as a smidgeon of soapiness and metallic taste.

M- High carbonation that’s felt with every sip. Medium-heavy body.

O- I think all six bottles in my variety pack are going to be a winner. 3 down, 3 to go.

Immortale25, Feb 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

mechanicalprints, Feb 21, 2012
St. Bernardus Prior 8 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
93 out of 100 based on 1,864 ratings.