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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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2,063 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,063
Reviews: 988
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 116
Gots: 208 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-27-2002

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Serge
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a light brown head, good lacing. The aroma moderate to heavy malty, brown sugar, raisin, plum and hoppy. Flavor moderate/heavy sweet and bitter, in good balance. Medium/full body, syrupy, soft carbonated. Moderate in alcohol.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of warnerry
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 28 October 2015

A - Pours a semi-murky dark brown with hints of prange. One finger of light tan head has excellent retention and leaves some decent lacing.

S - Lots of fruit up front, with a strong white grape aroma. Also some brown bread and a light spiciness.

T - Spice presence is more pronounced in the taste, which also has a strong fruit presence. earthy brown bread comes in midway and last through the finish. Flavors are good throughout, if a bit on the light side.

M - Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium. Slight earthy bitterness. Finished semi-dry.

O - Definitely a high quality dubbel, but didn't blow me away. I would have it again though.

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4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark, somewhat opaque brownish red with a good strong tan head and moderate lacing.

S: That distinctive Belgian yeast aroma complemented by fruit and a good amount of spice. Very mild and well-balanced.

T/M: Really well-balanced beer with some fruit flavors up front, but not over the top as in some Belgian beers. Instead, the fruit is balanced by a hint of bitterness, an undercurrent of yeast, and some nice spicy accents. It's all followed up by a warming sensation from the alcohol.

O: A really great Belgian that's exceptionally balanced between spiciness, alcoholic bite, sweet fruity flavor and that distinctive yeasty foundation. It's flavorful and strong without being totally overpowering.

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of garymuchow
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Working my way through the top dubbels to see what I can glean in my vain attempt, so far, to make a satisfactory one on my own.
750 ml bottle poured with two pourings into my SN tulip. Best By Date of 29.06.16 - so a relatively fresh bottle I presume.
Darker malt and darker fruit on the first take of aroma. A little vinous too. Yeast qualities are subdued, comparatively. Kinda' musty with soft light fruit and spice that appears a little later. Bottle note "delicate bouquet" and I would concur, yet really complex too.
Clear dark amber of reds/copper with huge full tan head.
How do you get so much richness without actually being excessively rich and not too dry either. Nice soft rich malt flavors with a shot of sweetness up front, esp. when it's cold. Also caramel and nuttiness. Very complex malt presentation. No emphasis on fruit with this one. Bitterness seems largely in the foam. Soft spicing. All well balanced flavors. Even the alcohol is flavorful and soft - just enough warm the gut and just zing to touch the flavor. Oh, there the fruit is - it makes a showing too - sorta' medium, not dark or light. A little doughiness to the malt. Just enough hops to show a flavor presence. Delicate and just enough to add to the complexity.
Moderate feel. Quite smooth. Carbonation not to excess even with the huge head.
An overall very well crafted, complex and interesting beer. I've had dubbel's with more striking flavors. This one is more about balance and drinkability.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of BMMillsy
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

What a great dubbel. Pours slightly darker than the 6 with a thicker mouthfeel, small off white head. Heavy prune notes and carbonation is just right, a little chocolate, more dark fruits and plums. Just a hint of yeast. Medium mouthfeel with still plenty of carbonation. More good stuff by St. Bernardus.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

St. Bernardus Prior 8 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
93 out of 100 based on 2,063 ratings.