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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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1,853 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,853
Reviews: 967
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 99
Gots: 136 | FT: 4
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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4/5  rDev -3.8%

supermeniscus, Jan 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

imperialking, Jan 09, 2012
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4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

A: amber color with a thick off white head that gives way to fine lacing. Looks sticky.

S: complex smell involves fruity esters, malt, sweetness, and the yeast/spice.

T: taste is much the same, with some buttery notes and is not as pronounced as the 6.

M: smooth, but medium carbonation and medium body. Fine carbonation as it should be.

O: well done, could be my favorite of the style.

Holland, Jan 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Dope, Jan 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

MadTownDrinker, Jan 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

tclapper, Jan 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

MordorMongo, Jan 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

truthcontortion, Jan 02, 2012
4/5  rDev -3.8%

VEGAVEGA, Jan 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

johnnybelgians, Jan 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

GrabMeAnAbbey, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of burnstar
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Pours a dark clear brown with a medium sized head. Lacing on the surface. Smell is strong dark fruit. Plums. Raisins. Brown sugar. Taste is complex with fruit notes- apples. Caramel. Bitterness in the finish. Full bodied and well carbonated. Pretty easily drinkable for a beer of this strength. Overall this is a great dubbel.

burnstar, Dec 31, 2011
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

sym3tri, Dec 30, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

SpillyBeers, Dec 29, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

jcone17, Dec 29, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

cdwil, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of kawilliams81
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%

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.

kawilliams81, Dec 28, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

justinm4bama, Dec 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

claspada, Dec 27, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

kmwilson76, Dec 27, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

arkansastroy, Dec 27, 2011
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1/5  rDev -76%

ke1, Dec 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

TheBishopco, Dec 22, 2011
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2.93/5  rDev -29.6%

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.

fx20736, Dec 21, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

CelticAleMan, Dec 21, 2011
St. Bernardus Prior 8 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
93 out of 100 based on 1,853 ratings.