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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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1,892 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,892
Reviews: 971
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 103
Gots: 146 | FT: 2
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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Photo of sharpski
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%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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
Photo of Swim424
3.18/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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
Photo of seanballs
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

seanballs, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of Nuke77
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
Photo of Trifecta1
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
Photo of Drinkerofales
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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
Photo of disemgrowler
4/5  rDev -3.8%

disemgrowler, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of Reaper16
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz. bottle served into a St. Bernardus glass.

Pours an opaque Dubbel color. Dubbels are always this murky light brown color. Pretty much nothing else is this color, to the point that I propose that Crayola make a crayon of this color and name that crayon "Dubbel Brown." Not much head on this pour, but it leaves lots of spindly, stretchy arms of pale offwhite head (almost grey, oddly).

Some Dubbels have restrained aromas. Not Prior 8. Raisins and brown bread scream up out the glass. There's a not-insignificant tart cherry character here... it reminds me of a lighter version of Boulevard Bourbon Barrel Quad, actually. There's booze here too, make no mistake. It smells far more alcoholic than the ABV of 8%.

This is a brash Dubbel, perhaps the brashest I've ever tasted. The yeast has put in WORK here. Jammy flavors of plum and cherry all over the place. A spicy midpalate full of green cardamom helps to balance the fruit. It's too fruity if I'm being honest... if this were a wine I'd be calling it "overextracted." But it is undeniably tasty.

I'd characterize this as a medium-bodied beer, but it is also pretty damn creamy. Not harsh with carbonation at all, but there's also enough scrubbing bubbles action to work well as a beer to pair with food.

Overall, this is a very good Dubbel. One of my favorites in the style, I think. It's a bit too much at times, too strong, but it's very tasty just the same.

Reaper16, Feb 05, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

brutalist, Feb 04, 2012
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3/5  rDev -27.9%

Joaco, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of donkeyrunner
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Caramel color pour sits a beautiful mohagany in my glass. Retention is pretty meh.

Spicy, steely toffee, dark bread and bruised MacIntosh apple. Smells like what I think of when I think of the ideal dubbel.

The flavors are all over the place yet blend together seemlessly. There's a lot in there and I'm sure I'm just scratching the surface: spicy esters, steely toffee, toasted brown bread, plump and juicy raisin and lighter, golden raisin. Creamy, tongue caressing mouthfeel once the initial sharp carbonation fizzes out.

A humdinger.

donkeyrunner, Feb 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

ales4baldo, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of TCHopCraver
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes taken on 4-23-11.

Prior 8 appears a deep, mahogany-brown color with a pillowy, puffy, three-finger head when poured into a large snifter. The bottle was an immediate gusher. The color of the head is khaki-cream, and the scale of the lacing it leaves behind is huge- gobby, sticky, and phat.

The smell is straight sweet, bready goodness. I smell lots of candied fruit aromas- apple, raisin, plum, date, and dried cherry. The fruitiness melds with brown sugar and a light caramel influence. Some clove and pepper scents lend a spicy element, and doughy, sweet, almost cinnamon roll aromas also arise from the beer. The spicier smells really come through when the beer is agitated.

This is a very good, balanced flavor. The brown sugar taste blends seamlessly with the dark, sweet fruits and the spicy notes. There is an ever-so-slight phenolic flavor which adds an interesting twang to the overall taste. The finish is spicy, earthy, and decently drying.

Prior 8 has a solid, medium-full mouthfeel with a good creamy body in the middle of each quaff. I get a tangy feel on the tip of my tongue at the beginning and end of each sip, with a nice dryness on the sides of my tongue at the end of the sip.

This is a very good Dubbel. If anything, it might be a tad sweet and tangy, but overall I found it very tasty and satisfying.

TCHopCraver, Jan 31, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

slimntubbs, Jan 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Archemedies, Jan 31, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Brianito, Jan 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

kew, Jan 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

dandmc24, Jan 27, 2012
St. Bernardus Prior 8 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
93 out of 100 based on 1,892 ratings.