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St. Bernardus Prior 8 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus Prior 8St. Bernardus Prior 8
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Belgium | website

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 09-27-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,037
Ratings:
2,336
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
12.77%
 
 
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Photo of drcarver
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - A muddy brown color and clarity with an off white head. The head is small and slightly lacy

S - The malt aromas are strong with some nut and fruit

T - Very malt and sweet. A strong alcohol flavor. There is hints of nuts (almond?) and fruit with a bit of sweat.

M - Thick and dry

D - It's a sipper.

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Photo of OldSchoolGamer
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the Pater 6 just recently and found it very enjoyable. This one is a bit higher in alcohol. Here is my review:

A: Pours a murky brown with a nice tan head. It leaves nice lacing on the glass. There is also a lot of sediment floating around in the beer.

S: Lots of spice and fruit on the nose. Maybe some cinnamon apple. Malt isn't as prominent as the Pater 6. Smells pretty good.

T: Lots more spice and fruit than the Pater 6. Less on the toffee and caramel notes. I get grape, plum and apple notes. Then the heavy spice character takes over in the finish. Malt comes through, but feel it could have had a stronger presence. I think I liked Pater 6 better.

M: Medium bodied and creamy. Somewhat fizzy. Good overall.

D: This one drinks pretty easily. Good flavor and mouthfeel, but I would take their White Beer or Pater 6 over this one.

So far, I would say that I am pretty impressed with the St. Bernardus beers. I still need to try their Tripel and Quad, but this one is probably my least favorite of the ones I have had. Pretty enjoyable brew for someone who doesn't like Belgian ales all that much. Recommended.

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Photo of DylanK
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 cL bottle poured in a chalice.

Appearance: This dubbel is an exceedingly dark brown with a decent white head, though perhaps not as much as some other reviewers experienced. Perhaps I just lent a bit too gentle of a pour.

Smell: Not particulary pungeant, hops are apparent but not pervasive.

Taste: Crisp, moderate hops. The alcohol taste isn't overpowering and has a nice finish. The flavor is enjoyable though not particularly complex.

Mouthfeel: Smooth. I would have liked a bit more carbonation, but perhaps I just got an flatter bottle.

Overall, I enjoyed this brew. It came in a four-pack sampler from St. Bernardus and we'll see how it compares to its abbey brethren.

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Photo of kegger22
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium brown with a generous head that displayed good retention. The aroma was a musty smell to me. The taste was the sour/sweet of dark cherries. The feed was medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. Drinkability was OK, no problems with 750 ml bottle.

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Photo of DavidEddie
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle 04 08 11 printed on the back label.
The color is of a ruby brown. Lots of lacing in on the sides of my Brigand Chalice.
I can smell some yeast, plums, light booze, and some sweet floral aromas.
Tastes are sweet dark fruits, (tropical fruits maybe?), mild cloves in the background, carmel malts, and pears. The first initial sip, there was a slight metallic taste on the sides of my tongue. It seemed to disappear as this beer warmed.
The mouth feel is wonderful. Very creamy and carbonated. Clean finish with a slight tart apple aftertaste.
The drink ability I found was easy. The 8% alcohol was hidden enough to make this serving go down kind of quick. I'm glad I tried it. I enjoyed this brew but I liked the Abt 12 much more. The 12 I thought was more exciting and had more flavors going on.
Cheers!

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Photo of rajendra82
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The quality of the beer is immediately apparent in the reddish brown insanely carbonated body, and the towering tan head. The aroma is complex, with chocolate, honey, and musk on the nose. The taste has a warm and spicy alcohol bite, with a banana nut bread taste, and some dusty yeast lurking in the back. The mouthfeel is creamy and a bit on the light side. This is technically a Dubbel, but comes in Tripel strength of 8% ABV. A welcome newcomer to Georgia shelves.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.67/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle poured into a chalice, on to the beer:

Pours caramel/orange. this beer is ruby brown when sitting in my chalice, the head soapy yet holding up. Lots of sediment floating in the body. Big notes of green apple/cider, some plum, bit of grain, and dark fruits. This beer is medium bodied with a pinch of alcohol. Chalky tasting at first, out comes a bit of unsweetened cocoa. Dried dates and squaw bread round off the taste.

The flavors are too mild and powdery compared to other Belgian dubbels in the land. Worth a taste.

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Photo of diomz88
3.67/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

aroma: nutty, bread, caramel with belgian yeast. maybe some raisin and vanilla. appearance: red brown in color, hazy to clear, tan head taste: medium sweetness, light bitter, with raisins and figs but lightly palate: med to full bodied, average carbonation, good finish. drinkable beer, but more of a sipper.

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Photo of BeerLover729
3.66/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Small one finger head tops this dark brown beverage.

S: The nose is full of dark fruit esters along with some bruised banana and a peppery finish.

T: A slight roastyness is detectable among the sea of caramel malty flavors that swish around in this bottle. There is a light but sharp astringent crispness in the finish.

M: Light medium body with a medium to sharp carbonation and a light syrupy consistency.

D: Relatively slow sipping beer with a mild cloyingness in the finish.

Notes: Decent dubbel.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
3.66/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle, poured into an oversized wine glass at ~50 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours a deep red-brown like burnished mahogany, and forms a thick head of just barely off-white, which lingers a bit ere dwindling to a cap and ring. Lacing is nonexistent.

Smell: Redolent with a variety of fruits, from raisin and plum to cherry and fig, with hints of currant as well. Belgian candi sweetness underlies the fruit aromas, like a mattress of cotton candy buoying the orchard upwards.

Taste: In contrast to the fruity nose, the taste opens with a serious wallop of dark bread, which is accompanied by both a rush of alcohol heat and a slurry of faint, mingled stone fruits. This persists through the middle, and at the finish, the alcohol falls away to reveal a beautiful caramel-toffee bread soaked in raisin and currant preserves and served up on a plate of leather. At times, a metallic tinge swims through the beer, coppery and harsh.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly fizzy and prickly, this somehow remains full and sticky. There's enough carbonation to lend a sharpness to the entire tasting process.

Overall: I actually get far more noticeable alcohol heat out of the Prior 8 than the Abt 12, likely due to the reduced punch of the malt and yeast profiles. This is not even in my top 3 beers from St. Bernardus.

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Photo of mrmanning
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to HYDE for hooking this up for me! Deep brown body, topped with a fluffy beige cloud. Molasses, prunes, spices, and malt all fill the nose. Sweet and spicy. Lots of huge and heavy malt flavours, accompanied with molasses, honey, brown sugar, and spices. Warming alcohol. Very smooth muothfeel. Thanks derek!

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Photo of jifigz
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass.

This beer is a tad colder than it should be for the optimal enjoyment. I am going to attempt to drink it slow and allow it to warm a bit.

The beer pours a dark brown with a huge head that disappeared quickly. The head left no lacing on the glass. The aroma is sweet with dried fruits like raisins and prunes. The initial flavor is very sweet like the fruit flavors. The middle rounds out a bit with a molasses like sweetness an the end is a somewhat spiced dryness. The alcohol is only mildly present in the taste.

The mouthfeel is a tad thin and watery and not quite what I was expecting. The carbonation level is also a bit high, which I feel is also the case with their Pater 6.

This is a nice beer but just like their Pater 6 is doesn't stack up at all to their ABT 12.

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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: thick brown color, tan frothy head that quickly settles to nice finger-thick layer, carbonated streams up the sides, heavy lacing
s: heavy yeast with a nice banana bread aroma
t: lots of malts coupled with sweet plum flavor, finishes with bits of warming alcohol
m: very creamy body with a carbonated punch on the back, smooth
d: enjoyed this one - no surprise given their other beers. balance was very good and was easy to drink

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Photo of Doderlein_Bacillus
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy aroma. Sweetish malty spicy flavor with hints of dark fruit. Has a sweetish malty spicy dark fruit finish.

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Photo of meatyard
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark, hazy, cola color with a 1-finger, short lived head that retreats to a small cap in the middle without lacing.

The smell is caramel malt driven with candy sugar.

The taste is, at first, a bit of alcohol, then a noticeable spicy flavor (especially cloves) & caramelized malt. There are some fruit flavors in here as well, particularly figs.

Mouthfeel is full leaning, slightly yo medium with spare carbonation.

Overall: I expected a bit more though it's still a very good beer, The clove taste is more evident than I would like. This and the Pater 6, while very different beers, don't compare with the quality of the Abt 12. Look for the 12.

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Photo of Nowhereman529
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a very appealing dark amber color with a good fluffy two finger head. A very nice looking pour

Smell is pretty decent, a good bit of malt with fruit overtones, perhaps apples, and a little clove.

Taste was a little underwhelming though still pretty good. Some good maltiness with raisin, apples, clove and a nice hint of hoppy bitterness at the end.

I think this was perhaps a little too carbonated for dubbel. It's not a deal breaker by any means, but could be improved upon

It's a quality beer, perhaps a little overhyped. Definitely worth a try, maybe two or three.

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Photo of magine
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chalice.

Pours a root beer brown color. Cream colored head that fades quickly to a lace island top. Minimal lacing.

This brew smells of yeasts, and some spices. Has a dark fruit smell.

Has a big alcohol presence initially. The brew tastes peppery, and has a very carbonated spicy mouthfeel. It is smoother as it warms, the brew is strong. Has a nice blend of the spice and the fruits.

This brew is good, although not really anything you can session (or at least not me). It is a nice take on the style. But the alcohol taste is too apparent.

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Photo of Asgeirr
3.64/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A: Hazy russet colour and a beige crown of decent stature. Leaves plenty of lacing alongside the glass.

S: Mainly sweet maltiness with a side order of yeastiness, as many a dubbels. Dark fruits as raisins, figs and some caramel alongside the dry smell of yeast.

T: Raisins, grape juice, caramel, nuts some yeast

M: Round, smooth and moderately carbonated.

O: Stable and solid, albeit a wee bit on the anonymous side. It doesn't really stand out.

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Photo of JackStraw22
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly hazy amber body. A good amount of yeasties floating around. Great big cream colored head that stuck around.

Smell: Alcohol hits the nose, though it's warm, not solventy. Lots of raisin aroma, some orange too. Nice smell, but pretty average.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Huge hit of malt! After the initial malt jolt, a nice balanced sweet taste lingers. Can't really taste the alcohol, it's well hidden. Very slight bitterness, just a tease, and it seems to work. Full bodied, though slightly overcarbonated for my taste. It's a nice taste, but a little too dominated by the sweetness.

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Photo of iheartIPA
3.62/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky autumn brown. The 3-4 finger head disappears almost as fast as it arrived. There is a fair amount of dredge floating and settling to the bottom. No lacing to speak of. All in all, not the prettiest Dubbel I've seen.

I'm digging the aroma. It takes a couple of good swirls and some big inhalations, but it is pleasing. Caramel apples, cherries, fig. There is a "dryness" in the aroma, reminiscent of a red wine. A hint of booze.

The taste is surprisingly sour. Not overly sour; I just wasn't expecting it. I'm reminded of purple grapes picked too soon. The tartness is balanced fairly well with the aforementioned sweetness of the fruit and caramel. Unfortunately, this brew doesn't finish well for me. Dark fruit sweetness gives way to an unpleasant bitterness and dryness (not unlike a cheap Merlot) remains

Average mouthfeel. Slick at first (hop oils?). Seemed to get thinner with every sip.

I'm not crazy about this Dubbel. I wouldn't turn one down, but I don't imagine I'll be buying another in the near future.

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Photo of Damian
3.61/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Drank on-tap at Redbones, Somerville, MA

Poured a deep, ruby brown/black with a medium, pillowy, light tan head that faded to swirls of froth. Lots of beautiful, cascading lacing.

Aroma was hardly noticeable at first but became more apparent as the beer warmed. Yeasty, bready and woody with intense malts, brown sugar, ripe fruits and some alcohol.

Taste was similar yet more pronounced. Initially, sweet malts, dried fruits and a general oakiness were discernable, yet they were quickly overshadowed by the overwhelming alcohol punch. Finish was quite hoppy and dry for a dubbel.

Rich, heavy, creamy mouthfeel and perfect carbonation. The beer felt like a pillow on my tongue.

Overall, a good beer, but I wish the alcohol flavor could have been masked more effectively.

As a side note, I have tried this beer both on-tap and in a bottle and the bottled version seems to exhibit much richer and smoother flavors, as well as a reduced hop and alcohol profile.

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Photo of steve8robin
3.61/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another whim beer...

A: iced tea brown with a thick off white head that quickly fades. Good.

S: very faint hints of sweet bready malts. Not much else. Ok.

T: piney oak with a kind of metallic bitter backend. Kind of reminds me of autumn. Bready apples with some alcohol taste. Decent.

M: medium body with a great carbonation. Very good.

D: goes down very easy once you get past the metallic taste. Good.

All in all, this was an ok brew. Kind of overrated IMO. Good to try if u like belgians. I have not gotten in to them myself.

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Photo of tlema1
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L; brown and red, with a long lasting tight white head
S: it smells Belgian
T: some sweetness, dark fruits
F: coats the tongue, very carbonated
O: a good example of this style, but it's not a style I'm crazy about

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brown color with 2 fingers of light tan head.

Scent of sugars, raisins, and some roasted malts. Pretty good scent, but nothing really stands out but the malts, it falls a little short.

Taste of candi sugar and malts, with some fruit coming in as it warms. Not overbearing, but still falling a bit flat.

Mouthfeel is smooth, but slightly watery.

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Photo of PhxHorn
3.59/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with a fluffy white head with some little speckles in it. Smells of dried fruit and malt, and tastes very mildly of figs, blackberries and some other assorted spices. Lots of little hints of flavors, but jsut not much overall quantity of flavor. I got bored before finishing the glass; just not that interesting overall.

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St. Bernardus Prior 8 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
93 out of 100 based on 1,037 ratings.