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St. Bernardus Prior 8 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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1,853 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,853
Reviews: 967
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 99
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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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%

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%

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
Photo of titosupertramp
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%

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
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

jfcaa193, Feb 14, 2012
Photo of Mantooth
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%

Poured on draft @ Milltown (Carrboro, NC) into a McChouffe goblet.

A: Very unique color - dark brown with hints of orange when held to the light, a khaki head that dissolves within minutes & viscous lingering lacing.

S: Toasted bread, dark fruit, sweet desert bananas, roasted malt. Great nose.

T: Follows the nose - browned bread, plum jam, nuts, alcohol is present but not overwhelming.

M: Initial sharpness from the carbonation fades quickly into a creamy mouthfeel.

O: A very good dubbel from a world class brewery, happy to have found it on draft & look forward to having it again.

Mantooth, Feb 13, 2012
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3.18/5  rDev -23.6%

poured from bottle into stella chalice

A-dark burnt orange, very cloudy. nice fluffy white head.

S-definitely belgium yeast. a bit of burnt/roasted malt. maybe some alcohol.

T-some toasted malt, yeast, and a hint of alcohol.

Mf-medium bodied. some carbonation.

O-pretty good. not the best of the style. above average but nothing special.

Swim424, Feb 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

seanballs, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of Nuke77
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%

Pours a muddy cloudy light brown with a tan head. The scent is of dark fruits and spice and makes up for the less than beautiful appearance. The taste is much fuller than I expected and follows the scent. This brew was nicely carbonated and quite viscious at the same time. I would not hestitate to buy this one again. Tasty!

Nuke77, Feb 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Bottle, poured into a St. Bernardus snifter.

A - Hazy orange, good looking Dubbel.

S - Bready, dark fruits, malty, clean.

T - Fruity and bready. Very nice sipper, easy to drink, refreshing hints of banana or apricot? Classic belgian taste.

M - Surprisingly lighter than the average dubbel, in my experiences. Not too much carbonation, a good amount. Doesn't take away from the flavor.

O - A good beer from a great brewery. Not my favorite from them (nor should it be), but a good beer nonetheless. Seek it out if you enjoyed the Abt 12, but didn't enjoy the price.

Trifecta1, Feb 11, 2012
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4.45/5  rDev +7%

Pours a dark brown with hints of red and gold. A large light tan head forms and quickly dissipates to leave some lacing.

Smell is of roast malt, light spice and dark fruit.

Taste is roasted malt, almost chocolate. Some dark raisin fruitiness and a light spice compliment.

The medium full bodied beer is well carbonated and almost easy to drink.

Definitely a better dubbel than the Pater 6. Much more flavor, texture, and smell. I liked this beer very much.


Drinkerofales, Feb 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

tobelerone, Feb 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Riverared, Feb 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

bkaj21, Feb 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

mpdrago, Feb 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

disemgrowler, Feb 06, 2012
St. Bernardus Prior 8 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
93 out of 100 based on 1,853 ratings.