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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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1,864 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,864
Reviews: 968
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 100
Gots: 138 | FT: 3
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 wknight167
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Apearance - Pours a cloudy mohagany with a dense 2 finger off white to tan head that has great staying power and leaves strong lacing.

Nose- Yeasty spiciness, banana, caramel, citrus bread, dark fruit and a hint at the alcohol comes through. A lot going on.

Palate- Sweet banana with caramel, clove and dark fruits. Very malt driven. Very warming, but not hot.

Mouthfeel- Slightly thinner than expected, high carbonation levels.

wknight167, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of Bighuge
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep and somewhat murky looking burgandy. Big and hefty pillowy light beige head. Retention is stupendous. Aroma is yeast sediment, must, candy, raisin, rum and bread. This beer is pretty delicate in its flavor profile. The first impressions I get are rumcake and bread pudding. Then some dark fruits enter the picture. Black cherry. Plum. Eventually some alcohol soaked raisins and sweet candy/ bubblegum esters seep into the picture. This beer feels like velvet in the mouth. Low carbonation and about medium body. Nice little beverage here.

Bighuge, Nov 12, 2003
Photo of cswhitehorse
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Saint Bernardus Prior 8 poured into the appropriate glass with a nice finger foam head that kept some nice retention. It left solid pane lacing on the side of the glass.

The aroma was spicy and a little on the citrus side.

The flavor was strong on the malt with a bread taste in the front. It was sweet all through out. The mouthfeel gives you a well rounded carbonation with a real bready taste left all over the mouth. Overall one of the better Dubbel's I have tried.

cswhitehorse, Jan 06, 2008
Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: minimal to no head over cloudy brown liquid.

S: Bananas, pears, figs and candy sugar.

T: Pears, bananas, figs, white grapes, candy sugar and a touch of earthy and grassy hops.

M: Medium viscosity and a high level of fine carbonation.

O: Maybe I have been spoiled by the other dubbels I have had, but this one doesn't particularly stand out.

DaftCaskBC, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a St. Bernardus goblet.

The beer is chestnut brown with a half inch of tan head that leaves ample lacing in its wake. The aroma brings brown bread, yeast, brown sugar (though the aroma is not sweet, per se), light spice. The flavor is light and easy. Minimal alcohol presence. Bread, yeast, malt, light spice. A stellar example of a dubbel.

Huhzubendah, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

33cL bottle from A-1 To-Go in Gardiner. Dark brown body with less than a quarter inch of off-white head and feint ruby-red highlights. Smells peaty and kind of nutty. Aroma is not that prominent. Roasty chocolate and date notes dominate the flavor with hints of nut. On the upper side of medium bodied with a fair bit of carbonation. Very drinkable despite the thickness of it. Fantastic. Better than all I've tried from them except Abt.

MrHurmateeowish, Dec 28, 2006
Photo of mynie
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very pretty chocolate brown with an incredible 2 finger head. Tight bubles and murky foam. Really nice.

Rich odors of fruits and malts. Apricots and dark grapes. There's a strange, zippy alcohol smell in there, too.

The solvent alcohol is intense and quite present. This beer zips and zaps your tongue. The harsh fruits come in towards the back, hardily intensified by the alcohol, along with some nuts and a hint of buttery diacetyl.

After grow more accustom to the zip, I'm upping the drinkability to 4.0. Like any good Dubble, it keeps getting better as the bottle gets lower.

There's alot going on here, but not all of it's good. This beer just doesn't have the same cohesive *bang* of a better-balanced dubble. It's still pretty darn good, though.

mynie, Jan 08, 2005
Photo of bambam2517
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - A translucent nutty brown body with an incredible amount of meringue-like foam that lasts long and leaves a solid lace all the way down the glass. One of the prettiest beers I've ever had.

S - Upfront toasty malts, with an undercurrent of date, plum, biscuit and a faint herbal note. I feel like there's more here to identify, and I just can't pin it down. Very good.

T - Not as complex as I expected from the smell. It's actually sweet and somewhat fruity, with the malt threading in nicely throughout. This makes for a very drinkable offering, never overpowers or surprises but you know you are drinking a very high quality beer throughout.

M - Nice and warming up front, with a tangy quality mid palate and an even, clean finish. Aftertaste reminiscent of sun tea.

O - I love it! I could drink great quantities of this if I kept it on hand. If I were in Belgium, that may make for more of a quandary. As it is, it is too dear and expensive to keep around as an everyday drinker. But who knows, maybe I will enter the Brotherhood midlife and enjoy the finest ales the Abbeys have to offer on a more regular basis...

bambam2517, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of AdamNowek
4.16/5  rDev 0%

AdamNowek, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of oberon
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep murky brown with a awesome big fluffy head that settles into a nice creamy top leaving sheets of lace behind,brown sugar and orange marmalade dominate the aromas with some underlying sweet biscuit dough.The taste is much drier than expected,some clovey spicinessis very prevelant along with some unsweetened chocolate along with some toffee finishing pretty rather dry and abrupt.A very nice dubbel complex and not overly sweet a very good beer one to savor.

oberon, Apr 24, 2005
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 eweneek83
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into the appropriate St. Bernardus chalice.

A: Pours a burgundy brown body that is quite hazy/cloudy; body shows ruby streaks when held up to light, but body stays mostly opaque and cloudy throughout. Pour produces a creamy but thin, off-white colored head.

S: Dark fruits - prune juice, raisins soaked in rum. There are also stale bready notes that peak through the fruity sweetness. A mildly solvent alcohol appears later in the nose.

T: Mild fruity sweetness at the start. Again, dark fruits with prunes the most obvious candidate. The alcohol peaks after the initial wave of sweetness with a warming, peppery spike that is moderated by the arrival of the malt profile which produces a nice, wheaty twang. Finish is drying, similar to a dry wine. Aftertaste is distinctly malty - raw grains, stale biscuit and a buttery, slightly nutty note.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation; a nice crispness that is balanced with a slightly powdery/fluffy mouthfeel.

D: 8% ABV is fairly prominent - in the aroma, the taste and the warming sensation in the pit of my stomach. One more 11.2oz bottle and I would be good to go.

eweneek83, May 27, 2009
Photo of BoitSansSoif
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Slightly hazy dark reddish brown w/thick off-white head, nice retention and lacing. BB date Nov 17, 2014. 33cL bottle. Drunk from snifter.

S-Light grape and raisiny dough...faint caramel and spice, sour cherry, apple.

T-Fruity...apple, cherry, grape, raisin. Soft roasted malt, slightly sweet but balanced by dry finish.

M-Well carbonated w/medium body, good balance, slightly dry finish, and a dry aftertaste w/some heat.

D-Tasty beer...yes, it's less complex and not on the same level as the Abt 12, but it's close.

BoitSansSoif, May 01, 2010
Photo of generalnotsew
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pour yields foamy 1 finger tan head and very very sticky lacing. Dark Coca-Cola coloring. Not quite black but close. Smell is sticky sweet candied plum and burnt cane sugar. Taste is brown sugar coated fig. Has a touch of plum and raisin and a taint of hoppiness. And perhaps a bit of tobacco. Carbonation is toned down as it should be with a beer like this. Only complaint is that it is a bit hot on the throat. Otherwise a stellar Belgian.

generalnotsew, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of Paddez
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Everytime I see a St. Bernardus bottle I can't hepl thinking that they have to have one of the worst labels ever. ANyway; this beer is dark, muddy, brown in appearance. A hard pour produced a medium sized head.
The smell is sweet and malty with dark, plummy fruits and banana.
Lots of dark fruits in the taste too, but definitely not as sweet as the aroma would make you think. Then there are some notes of black coffee and alcohol. The alcohol warms the throat somewhat.
Good carbonation; quite fizzy actually and good drinkability, especially considering it's an 8%'er.

Rather strong stuff for a double, but a good beer by any means. Worth seeking out!

Paddez, Dec 22, 2004
Photo of FreshHawk
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Murky chestnut brown to a dark, murky tawny color. Slight reddish tint. Large, foamy, bubbly, and off-white with a slight beige hue. A bit below average retention and some spotty lacing left.

S - Strong dark and citrus fruit smell along with some dark malt aroma in the background. Well spiced with cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, coriander, and a bit of pepper. Also strong Belgian yeast smell and some dark candi sugar. Nice complex aroma, with typical Dubbel aroma with a bit more spice.

T - Follows the nose pretty well. Initially there is a lot of malt and dark candi sugar. Then the dark fruit starts to come out more. Then, bam, a load of spices (same as the nose) comes through. The finish is a nice mix of rum soaked dark fruit and spices with a nice background of malt and dark sugar. Belgian yeast flavors is also fairly present throughout the sip.

M - Slightly more than medium body with a bit more than average carbonation. Quite smooth with a tingly and warming finish.

D - Good drinkability. Complex flavors that don't kill your palate. The spice might be a little strong, but it isn't bad for drinkability.

Notes: Another good offering from a good brewery. Solid Dubbel that is well spiced. Well balanced and complex flavors that interplay with each other nicely. Definitely worth a try.

FreshHawk, Apr 29, 2010
Photo of bluegrassbrew
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a goblet.

Pours a slightly hazy dark brown. Has a huge pillowy cream colored head that leaves good chunks of lace.

Smell is slightly medicinal. Has hints of chocoalte as well.

Taste is a bit of cherries at first followed by a touch of brown sugar. Finishes just slightly dry.

Overall, this is a very tasty brew. I like the 12 a bit better, but this is certainly recommended.

bluegrassbrew, Jan 21, 2008
Photo of mirish72
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Chimay goblet, beer #3 of the mixed sixer.

Pours a dark mahogeny, reddish black. Visible yeast throughout. Beer has big carbonation, 2 finger head with nice lacing and retention.

Fruity aroma, lots of raisins, prunes and other good stuff. Tastes sweet with a nice dry finish, slightly bitter but very balanced and very drinkable.

Overall a very good dubbel and one that I would pick up again.

mirish72, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of Hefe
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on tap at R.F.D. on 12/22/04.

Appearance: Dark brown with edges of orange and red. The head is thick and tan

Smell: Plummy and malty with spicy esters, brown sugar and black cherry.

Taste: Dark fruits, and spices with a base of sweet malt. Nice clean flavor though lacking a touch of complexity.

Mouthfeel: Excellent creamy carbonation, with a rich, full body.

Drinkability: Great Drink! (Though I expect this is even better in the bottle)

Hefe, Jan 05, 2005
Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with some chestnut coloring and a nice tan head with some good legs as it goes down my tulip. Smell is dark fruits with a good amount of caramel and some dark candied sugars. Taste is not quite as refined, with yeast character really beginning to dominate. Mouthfeel is nice and rich without too much heat. Quite creamy. Drinkability is quite good. Did this as part of the entire St. Bernardus lineup, and this was one of my favorites; though, to be fair, I suppose all of them were quite good.

Thorpe429, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of Monkeyknife
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle a dark ruby brown with a moderate mocha colored head.

Aroma of ripe fruit, bananas, bread, and bubblegum.

Tastes is ripe fruits, yeast, banana, and light malt.

Medium mouthfeel, dry, and moderate carbonation.

This is a great Dubbel but I actually prefer from the tap over the bottle. It seemed to have more depth.

Monkeyknife, Nov 26, 2007
Photo of cvstrickland
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2-ounce bottle poured into a chalice yields a clear chestnut body with a fair amount of sediment in suspension, capped with a finger of ecru foam that quickly recedes to a creamy sheet that leaves random swatches of lacing on the glass.

The aroma of the drink is fruity with plums, red apple peels, prunes, and dark raisins. A tangy zing of yeast and spice makes my mouth water.

The flavor of the drink is mildly sweet and malty up front with toasty caramel laced with plums. A soft feel of banana manifests itself as a flavor as the drink warms a bit, and there is a whiff of oaky woodiness and plenty of peppery spice in a long, dry finish. Alcohol produces a tingle on the tip of the tongue, and a mineral note grows to prominence late in the drink.

Prior 8 is super-smooth and fullish in body with vivid carbonation that aids this drink into unmitigated quaffability.

cvstrickland, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of DavidST
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a goblet. This pours a hazy yeast filled tea color with a small white head which quickly dissipates. The smells are of grapes and dark ripe fruit. The feel is medium with high carbonation. The taste is of grape, fruit, malts with a dry finish and a little alcohol burn. Overall pretty good but the 10 is better.

DavidST, Oct 19, 2011
Photo of thedoubler55
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A nice brown, that is not transparent, a nice beige head at the top the goes away quickly, a little bit of lacing around the glass.

S: Dark fruit is present, especially fig and a slight hint of chocolate.

T: A greatly balanced beer, the dark fruit and chocolate and malts all come together to give a great taste, the alcohol is just a bit present.

M: Creamy, medium bodied and mid carbonation.

O: This brewery never ceases to amaze, this is a great tasting beer, very well balanced and warming.

thedoubler55, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of wardough
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my St. Berny goblet.
A: Pours a murky brown, like if someone were to pour the Kansas River into my glass. The head hangs on, but only a few mm thick.
S: Get some high citrus notes and some spiciness.
T: Sweet throughout the pull. Malts, spicy hops, maybe some coriander.
M: Great mouthfeel, as the carbonation coats the way.
D: This is definitely one that I could drink day-after-day.
This is a great beer, and a good Dubbel. Recommended.

wardough, Jan 11, 2008
St. Bernardus Prior 8 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
93 out of 100 based on 1,864 ratings.