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St. Bernardus Prior 8 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,084 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 2,084
Reviews: 992
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 121
Gots: 217 | FT: 5
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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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of mscudder
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a chalice.

A - Beautiful deep brown with a nice finger of fluffy ivory head. Petite bubbles throughout. Retention was average with little lacing.

S -Dark fruits and Belgian yeasts. Nice subtle warmth from the booze.

T - Lots of yummy fruits to mention here (in no particular order): cherry, pear, apple, and figs. The warmth near the end reminds me of a red wine. Malty sweetness is present throughout, giving the other flavors a canvas to leap from.

M - Creamy medium body with a good amount of carbonation.

O - Highly drinkable and packs a lot of diverse flavor without losing balance. I would recommend this one to most anyone.

Photo of PeterIngemi
3.55/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a tulip.

A: pours a dark brown, even after a gentle pour there is a rather obnoxious three finger slightly browned head that takes a good while to dissapte, and also despite the gentle pour and leaving a bit in the bottom of the bottle there is still a good deal of sediment to be seen floating about in the glass.... Excellent lacing.

S: bready yeast with a him if nuttyness. Also a bit perfumy with some darkfruit sweetness.

T: sweet dark fruit notes balanced with a bready yeastyness, again a bit of floral/herby as well. Brown sugar, raisin. Grainy nuttyness.

M: creamy heavy medium mouthfeel with medium lightly crisp creamy carbonation.

O: a decent beer, but honestly I am a bit underwhelmed here, deffiantly would take a rochefort 8 over this one.

Photo of BeerDocT
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chilled St. Bernardus glass.

Appearance 4.0: Interesting color: a deep, golden brown and translucent. Nice 1/4" head that stuck around for a bit before dissolving into deep swirls on top.

-Smell 4.0: Nice bouquet. Deep, rasiny scents and dark brown sugars. So pleasant.

-Taste 4.5: Very light and mid-level sweetness in the front. Middle is slightly malty, but dry. Finish is almost umami-like in its taste, with light notes of dried fruits and dark caramel. Aftertaste is long, malty and almost I almost think I taste the telltale hint of adjuncts in it. Nonetheless, the brew is balanced and delicious.

-Mouthfeel 4.0: Mouthfeel is full of front-of-the-mouth bubbles, which make this beer very refreshing and delightful.

-Overall 4.0: Very good to excellent beer. This is an easy-drinking dubble (double) and would be fantastic as a "heavy session" beer for those nights when you do not have to work the next day. Not the best dubble in the world, but definitely not one to refuse.

Photo of stakem
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a matching St. Bernardus goblet. The brew appears a clear mahogany with an orange to copper look about it when held to the light. Despite a careful pour, some big flakes of yeast make their way into the glass keeping this from otherwise being a perfectly polished looking brew. A tan cap sits atop and fades to a thin lace supported by constantly rising bubbles of carbonation. As the cap fades, it leaves some stringy webs of lace sticking to the glass.

The nose on this is very similar to the 6, but stepped up with a bit more focus on belgian candy sugar. A hint of citrus and dark fruit blend in with the candy aspect along with toffee and molasses. There is a touch of earthen inclusion to the backend of the nose that brings out a mild focus on yeast.

The taste is herbal and earthy with a bit of a medicinal feel to it. Residual sweetness of toffee and molasses give way to a bit of prune or raisins. There is a mild touch of something along the lines of oxidation present that flirts with having an almost cardboard or wet paper flavor but the herbal and fruity aspects really drown that out.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Overall, this is a pretty solid dubbel with an interesting mix of flavors. In comparison to the other St. Bernardus products, I give the nose on this one a slight edge over the 6 but the flavor of the 6 is a little better than this one. Still worth a try if you get the chance.

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of DylanK
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 cL bottle poured in a chalice.

Appearance: This dubbel is an exceedingly dark brown with a decent white head, though perhaps not as much as some other reviewers experienced. Perhaps I just lent a bit too gentle of a pour.

Smell: Not particulary pungeant, hops are apparent but not pervasive.

Taste: Crisp, moderate hops. The alcohol taste isn't overpowering and has a nice finish. The flavor is enjoyable though not particularly complex.

Mouthfeel: Smooth. I would have liked a bit more carbonation, but perhaps I just got an flatter bottle.

Overall, I enjoyed this brew. It came in a four-pack sampler from St. Bernardus and we'll see how it compares to its abbey brethren.

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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of pkalix
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured a lighter shade of deep murky brown with a small amount of froth swimming on top. lots of small carbonation.
smells like a burgundy with a light side of fruit; more of an ale aroma than some of the other, fruitier, belgians.
taste has some cherry up front and a deep satisfying malty quench. some fig and a smoothness of the balance. very nice.
mouthfeel is heavier and full. very satisfying.
the entire experience is pleasurable. not too fruity, not too sweet (the belgians were beginning to wear on me with their richness). just the right amount of quaffness and quenching in this. i definitely need to get back to the belgian pub and have a few of these on tap again.

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of SometimesIfart
2.88/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Very dark murky brown with a massive off white bubbly head.

S - Hay, odd malt.

T - Chocolate malt, alcohol, slightly fruity. Honestly prefer the 6.

M - Medium bodies with medium carbonation.

O - Overall, definitely not as good as what I was hoping.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of bnes09
4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep caramel color, thick and murky looking. Lots of bubbles. Big head on the pour with lots of lacing.

Brilliant aroma of hot caramel, brown sugar, figs and dates. Mild ginger herb. Overall sweet, dark, luscious and inviting.

Dark fruit flavors are prominent complimenting the aroma. Lots of brown sugar sweetness. Hops add a subtle spice. Black pepper and spinach leaves. Hint of Belgian yeast rounds out the flavors in a satisfying finish.

Medium bodied with plenty of malt and yeast textures. Just the right amount of carbonation to bring the complexities to my palate.

Overall a superb example of a dubbel. Highly complex and very well rounded.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of scottyb88
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a cloudy, dark brown with light tan head

S-brown sugar, pecan, raisins, very light citrus

T-very similar flavors with a sweet, yet dry finish

M-very smooth feel with dry finish; almost creamy, velvety feel; mild carbonation

O-a really solid offering from St. Bernardus, as expected, but doesn't have the flavor as the 12. I know it shouldn't compare, but its simply a lesser version of the 12

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of DannyHartman
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To me, the appearance of this brew is the greatest among many good things about this beer.... As I pour an 11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass, a thick 2-inch head appears atop a unique hazy brew.... A brew with a copper/brown skirting that fades into a deep, dark, and almost opaque center.... The head vanishes quickly, but has good retention, and leaves decent lacing.

I take a whiff and get sweet Belgian yeast with dark fruit like that of raisin or grape.... There's also some caramel malt with breadiness and spice.

The taste mostly consists of dark fruit like pruny plum and grape.... There's also some apple and pear with a bit of spicy Belgian yeast and bread.

This is a medium-bodied brew that is well carbonated.... It has a crisp feel that leaves a bit of an alcohol aftertaste.

Overall, I truly enjoyed this brew.... A complex, but well balanced brew with a delicious taste and aroma.... Though not amongst my favorite Belgians, it's an easy-drinking Belgian.... Unique, indeed.... I love you, Belgium.

Photo of JamesMN
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark brown and opaque. Two finger foamy off-white head that is retaining well.

Aroma: Bready malt and a hint of yeast. A bit of sweetness on the back end like pear/apple juice.

Taste: An interesting mix of some bready malt flavor with a bit of dark malt. Flavors of plum, fig, pear, and some light spice notes dominate the overall taste. Some nice creaminess from the head with each sip that helps balance out the effervescent punch to the palate. Don't taste any of the 8% ABV. A bit of a spicy finish with lingering clove.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated as expected and medium in body. Average drinkability. The cloves get a tad cloying.

Final Thoughts: This is a Dubbel done right. Those who enjoy the style should really appreciate this one. Would I drink it again? It's probably my favorite of the style I've tried.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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St. Bernardus Prior 8 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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