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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

1,791 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,791
Reviews: 965
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 94
Gots: 114 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website
Belgium

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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sym3tri

California

5/5  rDev +20.2%

12-30-2011 07:13:19 | More by sym3tri
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SpillyBeers

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

12-29-2011 22:48:55 | More by SpillyBeers
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jcone17

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

12-29-2011 19:31:12 | More by jcone17
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cdwil

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

12-28-2011 17:39:39 | More by cdwil
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kawilliams81

Illinois

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

Served in a St Bernardus goblet.

A- chestnut color, 2 finger off-white head and almost no lacing.

S- dark fruits (mainly plums), sweet malts, candi sugar, yeast.

T- sweet amber malts, dark fruits, toffee

M- medium body, a little thin. Leaves you with a slight dry mouth ay finish.

O- good beer, but a little thin. Fairly easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 05:06:10 | More by kawilliams81
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justinm4bama

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

12-28-2011 00:33:18 | More by justinm4bama
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claspada

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle best by 05.05.14. No time like the present though...

Pours a hazy, dark brown body with a creamy, off-white head that leaves a nice layer of a foam cap.

Aromas begin with tons of Belgian yeast notes; clove, bananas and other various dark fruits. Full of yeast and sweet-smelling dark caramelized sugars. Dark toasted brown bread asserts itself in the background but take a backseat to the yeast influence.

The tastes begin with light cocoa powder, toasted bread and plenty of sweet maltiness. As it warms the fruitiness of bananas and other yeast flavors assert themselves. Plenty of spice and doughy yeastiness evident. Darker fruits emerge also as it warms.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with ample carbonation; perfect for the style. Finishes toasty dry and fruity.

Overall, after sampling the Pater 6 back to back with this beer I think I prefer the lighter example because the flavors seem more balanced and lean toward the toastier bread compared to this example that is kind of crossed between a Dubbel and a Quad flavor wise (dark fruits are most dominant in the Abt 12). While this is a good beer it not no exponentially better than the lesser ABV example and I would lean toward that one so I can imbibe in more of it. If you want a more "flavorful" darker Belgian beer, opt for the 12 over this 8.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 19:03:04 | More by claspada
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kmwilson76

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

12-27-2011 15:13:46 | More by kmwilson76
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arkansastroy

Arkansas

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

12-27-2011 15:00:36 | More by arkansastroy
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ke1

Alberta (Canada)

1/5  rDev -76%

12-24-2011 22:22:19 | More by ke1
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TheBishopco

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -3.8%

12-22-2011 06:06:52 | More by TheBishopco
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fx20736

New York

2.93/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from an 11.2 0z bottle into a chalice, served at cellar temp, so ~ 59f.

Darkish Ochre supports an offwhite to light tan head that leaves decent lacing.

Aroma; subdued maltiness with a touch of sugar.

Mouthfeel: slightly thinnish

Taste: Somewhat sour, very plummy with a thin sugar veneer for balance.

Notes: Sourness plays a big part here. There is a slight bitter 'aspirin' taste and a just a touch of sweetness. Not sure if I would want to drink more.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 19:31:37 | More by fx20736
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CelticAleMan

California

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

12-21-2011 06:16:59 | More by CelticAleMan
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match1112

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

my second one out of the gift pack. pours a dirty brown color with a small tan head that leaves minimal lacing. smell is of raisins, prunes, roasted malt and spice. taste is right on with the nose except that the spice is more present in the flavor. has a some what creamy mouthfeel to it with a dry spicy finish. not liking this one as much as i did the pater 6.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 17:52:06 | More by match1112
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boudreaux

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

12-19-2011 01:05:46 | More by boudreaux
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trojankeg

Texas

4/5  rDev -3.8%

12-17-2011 03:09:47 | More by trojankeg
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ThirstyHerf

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev -3.8%

12-16-2011 04:42:46 | More by ThirstyHerf
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kbnooshay

New York

4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dubbel. Not one of my favorite styles(unless its an Ommegang Abbey!). They tend to be one dimension but the complex ones thrill me. Just gimme a quad.

Anywho...
This poured a dark amber/chestnut color with a creamy off white head. This smells like mincemeat pie and fig newtons. In terms of flavor this is one of the most raisiny sweet belgians i have ever had. REALLY raisiny. I love the slightest hint of cherries! Sweet maltiness and brown sugar all ova da place. Moderate creamy mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation prickle. I am halfway and getting lots warmth from this one.

Of course its good. Its St. Bernadus!!!!

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 01:15:13 | More by kbnooshay
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stevoj

Germany

5/5  rDev +20.2%

12-15-2011 19:38:52 | More by stevoj
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throwback

Ohio

5/5  rDev +20.2%

12-15-2011 17:15:29 | More by throwback
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FarmerTed

Colorado

3/5  rDev -27.9%

12-15-2011 03:11:45 | More by FarmerTed
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AARomanov

California

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

A - Pours a dark mahogany with a very light tan head. The head disappeared quite quickly.

Ar - I have a cold.

T - There is a subtle sweetness to this beer. Malt forward with a dry, crisp and almost fruity finish. As the beer warms up, a little bit of the alcohol heat can be felt in the middle and the light hop bitterness comes through at the end.

D - A good beer to sip on while working. I'm not a particular fan of dubbles but I would never turn this down. Though multiple would be tough for those are more accustomed to lighter beers.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 00:33:27 | More by AARomanov
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TrappistJohnMD

Mississippi

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

Poured from bottle into a St. Bernardus chalice. Dark mahogany color with one finger light tan head. Fair lacing.

Malty smell with some ripe fruit.

Sweet tasting. Prunes and toasted malt. Can't taste any alcohol. Very mild bitterness.

Good carbonation. Moderate body. Very smooth and easy to drink.

Overall it is a nice beer. Not too heavy.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 00:10:13 | More by TrappistJohnMD
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DeutschesBier

Maryland

4/5  rDev -3.8%

12-13-2011 19:52:58 | More by DeutschesBier
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Theitos

Louisiana

5/5  rDev +20.2%

12-13-2011 00:16:09 | More by Theitos
St. Bernardus Prior 8 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
93 out of 100 based on 1,791 ratings.