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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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1,947 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,947
Reviews: 974
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 105
Gots: 162 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

aminobutyricacid, Apr 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

aztraz, Apr 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Neog, Apr 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

JimGlonke, Apr 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

TongoRad, Apr 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

cardern, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of WesM63
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz sampler poured into a St. Bernaruds Chalice

A: Pours a deep reddish brown with a rocky 2finger light brown-white head. Minimal lacing.

S: Smells of malty bread and dark fruits.

T: Well balanced, malty with a hint of fig, some sweetness and a tad bit of booze on the tail end.

M: Medium body, heavy carbonation.

O: Decent Dubbel. It's been a while since I've had a dubbel but a good representation of the style. It's well balanced and dangerously drinkable, as well as easily obtainable. Worth trying if you haven't.

WesM63, Apr 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Zaphog, Apr 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Snellgg5, Apr 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

twowheelssoar, Apr 23, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

MacStinson, Apr 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

whatname, Apr 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

jumbopanda, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of superspak
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into signature chalice, no bottle dating. Pours cloudy dark reddish brown color with a fairly dense 2 finger off white head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some slight spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big apple, grape, raisin, prune, dark candi sugar, molasses, pepper, toasted biscuit, and yeast spices. Fantastic and standard dubbel aromas with great complexity and strength. Taste of big raisin, prune, caramel, molasses, biscuit, clove, pepper, dark candi sugar, light chocolate, roasted nut, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of dark fruit, molasses, apple, candi sugar, clove, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic flavor balance and complexity; with no cloying sweetness. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fantastic fairly creamy and slick mouthfeel. Very smooth to drink but is still a sipper. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely mind blowing Dubbel. Fantastic flavor complexity, balance, and super smooth drinking. Hands down the best Dubbel I have ever had.

superspak, Apr 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

futurecode, Apr 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

macrosmatic, Apr 10, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

sleuthdog, Apr 09, 2012
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3/5  rDev -27.9%

biercycle, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of Bakerwine
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bbd = 07/15/13
served from 11.2 oz bottle, sourced from gift pack, into quality, all-purpose wine glass w/wider bowl to med-taper (same glass I'll always use for drinking beer - the big, thick glasses are fun and look cool, but I like the thin wine stems with a % of crystal - beers give more in these stems!)

-what a great color! deep ruby/orange w/streaks of purple and garnet. Tons of life - multiple streams of fine bubbles - I'd see more streams but the fantastic cloudy haze prevents it. - The milky deep cream head isn't going anywhere

-The nose is amazing - fruits range from lemon and honey-tangerine to bergamot orange to banana to wild raspberry - with red and yellow florals. Potpourri and baking spices are intense, with clove, peppercorns and bitter cocoa. The malty flavors are next with caramel, filberts and honey (lavender) - Organic earth notes of mushroom and hay and barnyard are here (but clean!)

-Palate is tighter than nose - temperature is a bit cool - but citrus and spices show themselves. The beer is lively and fresh and youthful - just a hint of bitter (very nicely balanced) with malty richness and nuanced power. The beer finishes long and with high complexity. This is far superior to the Pater 6 I had from the same gift set. Great beer.

Bakerwine, Apr 08, 2012
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4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bought this in the gift pack, put that glass to good use.

Nice color. Ruby hazel nut body, shiny. Not 100% white head, foamy across the top. Good lacing.

Aroma is a bit subdued. It's a dubbel for sure, though. Sweet apple and faint nutmeg. Cinnamon perhaps. Sweet caramel, sweet bread.

I would call this a semi-sweet flavor. Orchard apples, sweet caramel, sweet bread, nuts, and hints of orange peel. Westy 8 is a bit sweeter and a touch more complex, but this is darn good. Easy drinking.
The feel is just about perfect; I'm not sure what else it could do.

Great beer

Mebuzzard, Apr 06, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Estery, orange and banana. Clove and black pepper. Mild hops, citrus if anything. Lots of malt character. Lots of pilsner, pale, and maybe even Munich malt. Lots of yeast character, mostly spicy.

Appearance: Pale gold, cloudy. Lots of small particles in suspension. Pours a moderate white head, which dissipates fairly quickly leaving some white foam around the rim and spotty in the center of the glass.

Taste: Thick bold flavor right from the start. Lots of orange and spicy yeast. Bitter malt. Delightful flavor. Lots of phenols and just a touch of lemon at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Creamy yet bubbly. Moderate carbonation. A bit gritty, yet not very drying.

Overall: Wasn't expecting much from the aroma, but this is a great Tripel. Much better than their Abt 12, although that's a different style of course. Delicious, savory, smooth, perfectly balanced. Missing hope, but if that's my only complaint we're good here.

Notes: Fresh by 4/12/2013, drank 2/8/2012.

soulfly1492, Apr 06, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

wilfonzo, Apr 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

elec, Apr 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Amp, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark red-brown in color, Prior 8 reminds me more of cherry wood than anything. A spritzy-looking but solid head sits about a finger tall and leaves alternating spotty and patchy lacing in its wake.
The smell and flavor are big and complex, with lots of candi sugars, spices and dark fruits in particular accompanied by other Belgian yeast notes of gentle earth barely detectable in all the richness and sweetness. Spiciness is both nipping pepper and a mix of connamon and clove in likeness. This is heavy and rich, definitely a sipper. Alcohol adds a fusel note and makes sipping even more of a necessity.
The mouthfeel leans toward lush in a rich carbonation flowing through a big, malty backbone, but carbonation is so heavy it becomes extremely filling. Both smooth and crisp, I understand the love of so many for the mouthfeel, but if the carbonation could be moderated it would make for easier drinking.

Brenden, Mar 29, 2012
St. Bernardus Prior 8 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
93 out of 100 based on 1,947 ratings.