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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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1,855 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,855
Reviews: 967
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 100
Gots: 136 | FT: 4
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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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
Photo of martja
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

martja, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of devonnaire
5/5  rDev +20.2%

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

HoistinBrews, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of Hanzo
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
Photo of Whiskeyjack
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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

jeanphony, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of sukwonee
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
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

Campodog, Feb 19, 2012
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

MikeD1687, Feb 19, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

ng85, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of rodney45
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought at Bowery Wholefoods Beer Mart in NYC.

A: Hazy Auburn or redwood with a tan frothy ivory tan head. Creamy with little lacing.

S: Effervescent notes of chocolate, plum, dark cherry and fresh pumpernickel bread.

T: First notes are of grenadine, molasses and belgian candied sugar. Secondary profile has hints of peach, walnut, dark cherry, plum, pear and corriander. Slight hints of bitter noble hops, more than most trappists. Tart fruit and bittersweet chocolate towards the end. Dry creamy finish.

M: Heavenly creamy mouthfeel. Moderate body, with low carbonation. Alcohol warmth towards the finish.

O: Such a beautiful dubbel. It gets better as it warms up, especially in terms of secondary flavor profile, if its been in the cellar for a while. The best part of the beer was its creaminess and its complexity. Absolutely recommend. This beer is so good, its stupid.

I'd pair this with a tuna pate on crackers.

rodney45, Feb 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

kayrex, Feb 18, 2012
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3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Murky brown with lighter highlights when held to light. Dense khaki head with small bubbles. Fades quickly leaving foamy cap and sparse lacing.

S: This has a nice, sweet smell to it. Has the typical dark fruit that you'd expect, but also has an apple-like aroma that I like a lot. Yeast, bread. Nice smell.

T: Follows the nose, but a bit more bready in the taste than in the smell. Dark fruit, raisins, plums, yeast, apple.

M: Medium, dry and a bit sticky.

O: Solid offering that I wouldn't hesitate to drink again or recommend to someone who is looking for an entry beer into Belgians.

titosupertramp, Feb 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

oldseacaptain, Feb 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

sharpski, Feb 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

nmann08, Feb 15, 2012
St. Bernardus Prior 8 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
93 out of 100 based on 1,855 ratings.