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St. Bernardus Prior 8 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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2,085 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,085
Reviews: 992
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 121
Gots: 216 | FT: 5
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Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-27-2002

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Photo of BlazerT
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark amber, reddish, clear with big white, dense, medium-lasting head, medium lacing.

S: Malty sweetness, moderate and noticable fruity esters esp. fresh apple esters, than dark fruits - plums, raisins.

T: medium malty sweetness, low bitterness, some yeasty and earthy notes, fruity and fresh - apple and dark fruits esters, some alcohol noticable.

M: medium body, high carbonation, very low alcohol warmth.

O: Refreshing and fruity dubbel. Highly drinkable.

Photo of bovinecrusader
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap poured into St. Bernardus chalice. [Thanks to Robyn at Daily Pint!]

Poured a brassy, dark maple, with hints of ruby edges. Two finger off-white head dissipating to a thin viscous head with great lacing. Nose was quite vinous, revealing bing cherry and fig. LONG silky mouthfeel and finish. Brown sugar, mild esters, dates, boysenberry syrup, and chewing tobacco on the palate, leaving a sticky, slightly dry/tannic finish.

Gorgeous beer. Can't go wrong with this one.

Photo of derekrick420
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of gr0g
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle, "best before end 22 11 17".
Pours a cloudy dark brown. An off-white head of 2+ fingers shows solid retention. Complex aroma with several components coming through: sweet, ripe fruits, chalky yeast undertones, slight note of clove.

Interplay of raisin-like fruit, candi sugar, caramel malt, all held in check from becoming overbearing by a light hop bitterness. Dry on the finish. Fizzy carbonation settles down after a bit. While it doesn't become smooth or silky, the initial harshness fades to a relative gentleness.

St. Bernardus hits the mark with their Dubbel: fruity, malty, only slightly sweet. This is one of the benchmarks for the style.

Photo of Flounder57
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle was poured into a stemmed chalice.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger off white head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a murky reddish brown color with slight visibility and bubbles seen coming up the side of the glass.

Smell: Spicy yeast, caramel and bready malts, a little booze, apples, pears, grapes, and dried candy oranges.

Taste: Pretty tasty brew. Malty, spicy, fruity, a little booze, chewy, and delicious

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth, spicy, medium bodied, low to medium carbonation, a little chewy, and a little boozy.

Overall: Pretty solid dubbel and one of the originals that has stood the test of time. Delicious.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finger-thick foam, bubbles taking their time, gauzy deep brown color with shades of burgundy and copper. Abundant Rorschach patches of lace...

Smells of strong malts, raisins, pervasive alcohol and faint milk-chocolate.

Excellent flavors: black licorice, peppery spice, caramel as it warms, all giving way to a serious dryness near the end of the sip. Would be a '5' if the alcohol weren't so out front, it dominates the flavors just a bit much.

Thinner mouthfeel than many other abbey doubles, still lively and pleasant.

Despite the very present alcohol in smell & taste, this goes down smooth enough. Having two or three in a row would never be out of the question. Because of the high presence of alcohol, it has a warming sensation as it goes down, making for great winter sipping.

Photo of Amalak
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. This has a deep brown color to the point that it's almost black. Opaque. It has a huge foamy slightly-tan head and some lacing.

S. It has a nutty malt scent.

T. Similar to the scent, it has a nice smooth malt taste that has a nutty undertone. There's a slight bitter hoppy taste. A hint of metallic flavor and lemon.

M. It's a think, carbonated brew.

O. Call me crazy, but this has a very similar taste to the Abt 12.

Photo of timotao
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HeyItsChili
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a goblet. Pours dark garnet with a foamy, medium ecru head.

S - Brown sugar, dark fruits clashing with some mild roasted malt.

T - Candied fruit, roasted malt, raisins, a bit of yeast. I think I taste a tiny bit of dark chocolate mixed in with the alcohol finish.

M - Creamy with a bit of carbonation bite on the edge of the tongue. Pleasant.

Notes - I know why the monk on the bottle is so happy, he gets to bottle this nectar of the Gods for a living.

Photo of John_M
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this over at Max's the other day.

The beer pours a dark brown color with very good head retention and excellent lacing. The beer smells sweet and malty, but with some underlying Belgium spice. The nose is not super complex, but it does smell quite appealing. On the palate this beer is just delicious. There is milk chocolate and cherry, but also with a touch of licorise in the finish. The beer is just decadently rich and would be the ideal dessert beer after some mussels and frites. There is just a touch of bitterness as well, which helps keep it from coming across as tiring or cloying. The beer is medium bodied and is not the least bit heavy.

This beer is completely different from the St. B. 12, and I don't know if I don't like it better. Today I like it very much. Quite impressive.

Photo of Freshie
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks pretty similar to it's older brother the Abt. 12. Dark cloudy amber colour, with thick frothy head, and immaculate lacing.

Smells of some dark fruits, and some nice Belgian maltiness.

The taste is malty, spicy, and fruity. Active carbonation lends to the spicy phenolic tastes, with fruits, like currants, and raisin. Maltiness is bready.

Warming alcohol, lends to the smooth character of the taste.

A nice ale, though a bit more bland than some of its other family members.

Photo of JTuomi
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

33cl bottle (30 03 18) into a goblet. Amber brown with one finger tan head with good retention and lacing. Smell and taste have moderately sweet roasted caramel malts with spice and raisins. Roasted malts and raisins on the semi dry aftertaste. Became sweeter as it warmed up. Creamy mouthfeel, medium body and medium-high carbonation. Very drinkable with well hidden alcohol. Quite a lot of yeast in the bottle. A really nice dubbel that's not too sweet.

Photo of garymuchow
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of Matthew
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out of the bottle a ruby brown with a huge frothy white head that peaks out of the goblet with rolling waves. Looks good enough to take a picture of. The lacing covers the entire glass as it is drank.
Aroma is of creamy maltiness with only small hints of fruity esters and sugary sweetness.
Bready yeasty malt with faint spiciness in the background. There is some typical abbey ale ester there as well but is overwhelmed by the malt character. Very creamy and smooth with very little alcohol percievability.
Mouthfeel is more full than expected with mild carbonation.
This beer is very drinkable at 8%abv, alcohol is in great balance with the beers flavors.

Photo of riversider76
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy brown with an orange hue in the light. Churning carbionation,frothy head,with excellent retention and lacing. Smell is sweet and bready. Dark sweet fruit, and nut are also there. Body is on the thick side,and carbionated. Taste is of brown sugar,and fruit. With a nice slightly bitter finish. A lot going on with this excellent beer!

Photo of callmemickey
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown body with a health tan head that creeps down the glass sides

S: Sweet roasted malts, hints of banana and spice as well as belgian yeast

T: The roasted malts come through big and give a nice nutty, banana, yeast blend which are accented by subtle spices.

M: Medium bodied with a smooth, velvety feel and good amounts of carbonation...

O: Much like the Pater 6, this beer is a joy to drink and goes down easy!

Photo of thierrynantes
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33cl.), tasted in 1999.

Appearance: dark mahogany-brown color, cloudy, little saturated, with tan foam head rather stable.
Smell : alcohol and toffee, subtly spicy.
Taste and mouthfeel : full flavor, caramel taste just peppery, good bitterness (yeast and hops).
Drinkability: another good Trappist beer (not to be confused with the St Sixtus)

Review translated from french 10-26-2008.

Photo of grayburn
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This beer is exciting to watch, the sediment and the yeast fly around, the head sits huge and furious on top, the light shining through comes out a burnt amber to the eye. The head stays all the way through, it is one of those beers that should be served with a spoon to scoop out the foam at the end.
The smell is yeast. Active fermentation, estery high temperature florals and fruits. Very impressive. The malt takes a seat behind the yeast, I love Belgians.
The taste is again a phenolic cocktail of yeastiness. This beer tastes like a belgian doppelbock, no hoppage to be found, but certainly no lack of balance.
The mouth is nice, a bittersweet symphony of sorts.
I factored the drinkability so low just because this beer is to be sipped, the flavors need be appreciated.

Photo of mickeymac
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Typical 11.2 oz Beglian bottle with an orange label and a jolly old fellow that reminds me a bit of my dear-departed grandfather. It pours dark brown with a fat off-white head with amazing retention. The head sticks to everything it touches and looks like a sand-blaster will be necessary to remove it. In other words, it's a damn fine-looking beer. The smell is nice dark fruit but a bit more alcohol than expected for an 8% abv beer. Raisins, ripe plum, and a hint of cherry are backed with a twinge of tartness. Although the flavor is on the tame side compared to others of its style, it's a very classy/classic tasting beer. Very nice for a cool winter afternoon.

Photo of xodin
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A deep oak brown brew with a slight reddish hue. Considerable head standing firm after the pour. Sediment evident throughout, which is typical of the style. Not much in the way of aroma, but what is there has a biscuit and caramel tinge. Moderately full bodied flavor, with caramel, molasses, some fruits such as apricot and pear. Very well balanced, smooth through the swallow and finishing slightly dry. No rough edges. Mouthfeel is equal to or slightly better than the 12, but has a letter less complex character. May vary based on batch, storage, and age characteristics. Another great brew from St. Bernardus.

Photo of wagenvolks
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a rich mahogany, brown color in the goblet. Golden, rosy red when held up to the light with a minimal amount of cream head (light lacing). The aroma is robust, to say the least. Cranberries and apple notes here, with a slight waft of alcohol which compliments the aroma.

Taste is of vanilla, nuts, malt, with a slight hoppiness to it. The fruit is not as noticable as the smell would suggest, yet citrus and apricot pull through as it warms. Very little aftertaste to an exceedingly smooth brew with a slight hint of carbonation (just right!). Very enjoyable at the end of a long day, good drinkability.

Photo of RenoZymurgist
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle with a smiling belgian monk on the front. Aroma was strong in alcohol and fruity esters. For some reason there were dark flakes on top od the head which was very thick and refused to die down. This ale poured a dark murky brown which swallowed any light which tried to pass through. The taste was remarkable in that it was rich in dark sweet malt flavors and some dark fruit flavors as well. The mouthfeel has that Belgian qualitiy in that it is effervescent but not rough on the tongue. The carbonation seems like champagne but the body of the ale lets you know malt is involved.

Photo of FanofHefe
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 fl oz. bottle, best by 07 09 15, poured into a Chimay chalice. Deep, murky brown body with a big, fluffy, two-finger tan head. The head settles into a nice creamy cap and leaves some nice lacing along the glass.

The aroma is surprisingly understated, even as it warms. Just a bit of dark fruit and some bready malt notes.

Thankfully, the flavor steps it up a notch. Tasty blend of dark fruit, sweet malt, spicy yeast notes, plum, apricot, and just a hint of walnut. Complex and tasty.

Medium and smooth in the mouthfeel. High level of carbonation that works well. Excellent brew.

Photo of santoslhalper
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearence: Pours a dark ruby with a frothy, well sustaining bubbly-beige head.

Smell: I can't put a finger on what it is I'm smelling, but the aroma of this beer is incredible!! Some sweet and bready malt notes, combined with a nice alcohol presence:

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is a rich dark bread flavor initially, followed by a smooth, well-rounded alcohol taste that finishes juicy and full of flavor. The sweet notes are the most accented, and are apporiate for a Dubbel. The mouthfeel is full and smooth.

Drinkability and Overall: Another classic beer from St. Bernardus. A rich, full Dubbel that is full of complexity. The drinkability is brought down by the incredibly spicy alcohol presence that is left in the throat and belly. This is definitly one to try.

Photo of metter98
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy brownish amber in color and poured with a thin off white head that eventually completely faded away, leaving only a thin ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass.
S: There are sweet aromas of candi sugars in the nose along with some hints of dark fruits.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is sweet (but not cloying) and has flavors of candi sugars and hints of fruit.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a light amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink, especially as it warms up, because no traces of alcohol are detectable. This is a very good representation of the style.

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