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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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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,941 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 1,941
Reviews: 974
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 105
Gots: 160 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website
Belgium

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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4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

BeccaH, Oct 18, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

DrinkSlurm, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of mobyfann
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Paid $13.99 for the 4-piece sampler with 'sniffer' glass...

The beer pours a nice brownish cherry color with very large tannish-white head exceptional retention and exceptional lacing effects, a perfect appearance. The aroma is bold, one of extreme malts and a few spicy and fruit tones too.

The taste is heavy malts, light apples, touch of alcohol in the end, very solid. The moutfeel is very nice, light on the palette and extremely smooth going down, very impressive. The drinkability is also high, with the fact that's it's this smooth and a 8% abv, this is very drinkable, a 3 beers at a session will push you back 10 bucks.

Final Thought: This is quite a remarkable beer.

mobyfann, Dec 29, 2004
Photo of tedpeer
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a chalice.

A - Pours brown, with reddish hints. Huge light tan head that quickly subsided to a ring around. Some lacing.

S - Fruity, spice and malts.

T - Fruity and slightly sweet. Slight warmth from alcohol in finish.

M - Highly carbonated. Creamy. Smooth.

D - Very drinkable.

tedpeer, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Decanted carefully into a Corsendonk Christmas Ale glass from a bomber.

Appears golden brown with a huge light khaki head and some lace. Excellent retention.

Taste starts out with some unripe black cherries with a decent level of acidity on the forefront, backed by a bready sweet robust malt body. Very slight roasted grain effect. Levels of apple sweetness, lush vegetal fruits. Liquid bread.

Mouthfeel is bubbly and smooth, well carbonated.

Drinkability moderate. Strong and a sipper for sure.

Stinkypuss, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of BeefTongue
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Creamy one finger head on the pour that left heavy lace upon swirling. The beer appeared a dark red-amber when held to light and was a bit clouded due to the yeast sediment remaining from the bottle conditioning process. The aroma was lightly fruity and sweet- the distinct tart odor of the Belgian yeast came through and offered a complex and appealing twist to the blend of scents present. The carbonation is high, but feels good to the inside of the mouth, tingling all over, and the overall mouthfeel is smooth and substantial, but not so thick as to linger long on the tongue after swallowing. The flavor is nice, true to the name of a dubbel; very good and well balanced. The finish is there but dissipates quickly, although the remaining flavors of clove and malt are very pleasant while they last. Would definitely drink again, but not every day.

BeefTongue, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of Mosstrooper
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into 330mL St. Bernardus goblet.

Appearance: Pours a very, very dark reddish-brown color (almost black) that is opaque. Has a medium-sized tan-ish head that dissipates quickly and leaves behind thin lace.

Smell: Heavy on dark fruits and phenol, with a red wine hint and some yeast notes.

Taste: Begins with a red wine flavor and some apple and plum notes, finishing with some fuity, bittersweet alcohol and bready yeast.

Mouthfeel: Heavy body with natural carbonation and a warming finish that dries out some.

Drinkability: A solid all-round Belgian brew, though not the best. Still, a beer I would love to have again and something I would recommend.

Mosstrooper, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of ericj551
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Prior 8 pours a deep ruby red with a thick and tall off white head that lingers for quite a while. Smell is herbal and sweet, with a slight sour tang. Taste is rich and slightly fruity. Sweet malts upfront, with a dry chalky yeast flavor towards the end. There is a slight raisiny aftertaste, with a lingering sweetness. The alcohol is completely masked. Although between the two I like the 12 better, this is a delicious beer, well worth the $8 a 750.

ericj551, Feb 05, 2007
Photo of Snamnoum
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - dubbels aren't really known for their beautiful appearance but this one is pretty good looking. Murky brown with lots of sediment. Pour produced a prodigious head of bubbly tan froth which died rather quickly. Fairly good lacing but not great.

Smell - tons of bready yeast and malt. Alcohol is very present, some light phenols and maybe the slightest whiff of some buttery diacetyl.

Taste/mouthfeel - this is where this beer truly shines. It is without a doubt my favorite dubbel. Rich and malty with some notes of dried fruit, mostly raisins. Very sweet from the dark malt. Back end is very warming with a brandy like alcohol finish. Taste pairs perfectly with some rather high carbonation. Overall feel is rather bready of that makes any sense. A little chewy, like you're just bitten off a piece of dark rye bread. Rather creamy head.

Drinkability - This is a rather heavy beer but one could probably have three in a night although you would be quite full as a result. As I said before this is my favorite dubbel, very well balanced not overly malty or punishingly alcoholic. With out a doubt worth trying and enjoying.

Snamnoum, Jul 29, 2010
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4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured in a Chimay chalice.

A: Pours a dark amber to chestnut cloudy color. Forms a medium, fluffy and beige head. Medium retention and only few lacings left

S: Sweet caramel. Strong on Belgium yeasts and grains. Bit of vanilla. Dark fruits (mainly raisins). Alcohol

T: Sweet upfront. Strong on candy sugar. Caramel malts, dark fruits (plums and raisins), brown bread, roasted malts. Metallic. The classic Belgium yeasts. Bitter-sweet belgian style. Mild earthy bitter end

M: Light to medium body. Medium carbonation. Bit molasses. Alcohol. Sweet in the beginning and a little bit bitter in the end

O: Good drinkability. Great Beer. St. Bernardus quality

eduardolinhalis, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of cvfish
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer poured a reddish brown color with a good bit of sediment which produced a ligth tan head that had great retention and laced the side of the glass nicely

S - The aromas produced by this beer had a bunch of sweetness on the nose, some dark fruits, and yeast

T - The taste of this beer had a nice sweet, caramel maltiness, and good bit of dark fruits, and nice finish of yeasty funk

M - This beer had a medium body with a light amount of carbonation

D - This was a very good example of a Dubbel, not as awe inspiring as my favorite the Abt 12, but a wonderful beer with a great amount of complexity

cvfish, Aug 02, 2009
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4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into goblet

A- Pours a murky brown (think cola) with red flashes. Think creamy head forms immediately and stays around.

S- Dark Fruits more than anything which is a surprise. Also has a sweetness in the nose with light malty flavor also.

T- Get more of the malts in the taste but still have the wonderful dark fruit taste. Not as sweet in taste as it is in smell.

M- Creamy just like the head. Goes down very smooth. Hides the alcohol well.

XxNitExX, Feb 12, 2013
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4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

GACalvin, Oct 12, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

morebeergood, Nov 03, 2014
Photo of TCHopCraver
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes taken on 4-23-11.

Prior 8 appears a deep, mahogany-brown color with a pillowy, puffy, three-finger head when poured into a large snifter. The bottle was an immediate gusher. The color of the head is khaki-cream, and the scale of the lacing it leaves behind is huge- gobby, sticky, and phat.

The smell is straight sweet, bready goodness. I smell lots of candied fruit aromas- apple, raisin, plum, date, and dried cherry. The fruitiness melds with brown sugar and a light caramel influence. Some clove and pepper scents lend a spicy element, and doughy, sweet, almost cinnamon roll aromas also arise from the beer. The spicier smells really come through when the beer is agitated.

This is a very good, balanced flavor. The brown sugar taste blends seamlessly with the dark, sweet fruits and the spicy notes. There is an ever-so-slight phenolic flavor which adds an interesting twang to the overall taste. The finish is spicy, earthy, and decently drying.

Prior 8 has a solid, medium-full mouthfeel with a good creamy body in the middle of each quaff. I get a tangy feel on the tip of my tongue at the beginning and end of each sip, with a nice dryness on the sides of my tongue at the end of the sip.

This is a very good Dubbel. If anything, it might be a tad sweet and tangy, but overall I found it very tasty and satisfying.

TCHopCraver, Jan 31, 2012
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4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours a slighlty hazy dark ruby color with a one-finger light tan cap. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of sugar-coated figs and overripe plums with hints of bready malt. Also present are very mild amounts of cocoa powder.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Fruit flavors are front and center - sweet plums and figs with hints of dry raisins - and are augmented by hints of brown sugar and clove. Pulling everything together are bready malt flavors that carry through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with grainy and soft carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass very quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this is a very good dubbel without any real flaws. I prefer a (perhaps Americanized) version with more malt influence but regardless, this is definitely worth a shot.

glid02, Feb 17, 2010
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4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pouring to dark brown, this beer has plenty of carbonation. The big head died down but never went away entirely, and is leaving some nice lace.

Alcohol comes through in the smell but not the taste. What the taste does reveal is plenty of malt and esters. The mouthfeel is a bit sharp for the style, while drinkability is good.

watermelonman, Nov 17, 2005
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4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brownish tea color with tons of carbonation...nice single finger head that melts to thick, sticky lacy which lasts the entire drink.
Aroma is predominately alcohol,but rich dried fruits (prunes, raisens) and a toasted malt sweetness makes itself known as well as begium yeast.
The taste is a full assault of the dried fruits and bready yeast with toasted malts adding a slight bitter chocolate to the mouth. Mostly it's all about the sweet dark fruits being followed by the alcohol taste and burn.
The mouthfeel is rich and creamy due to the tremendous amount of tiny carbonation. Definate lingering sweetness in the mouth and alcohol warmth speading thoughout your body after you swallow.
A major improvement over it's little brother, Pater 6

IntriqKen, Jun 05, 2006
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4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. 21-09-16

A: Pours a light/moderate brown color with some foamy head that implodes on itself to settle on the rim. I don't know why but I had to stop pouring about an ounce short of emptying the bottle - the yeast just kept coming. Even with my early stop, I have about 1cm of yeast at the bottom of my glass???

S: Malt, figs, plum, and anise. To a lesser extent molasses (candi sugar) and yeasty spice.

T: Early malt, with some plum and dark fruit, builds into the candi sugar and finishes s with some burnt sugar. The yeast is incredibly complex, spicy phenols provide some light burn to the late palate and into the after taste.

M: A little watery and fizzy, its sort of ecelectic and unsure of itself. The moderate/high carbonation does help release the most interesting characters on the palate.

O: Did I pour it wrong, did I get the bottom of the barrel - what is with all this yeast? Like whoa. Otherwise this is an excellent dubbel with a subdued character that hits all the right notes. I was impressed by the spiciness provided by the yeast - that said I apparently got an ounce of yeast in my 330mL.

Copernicandream, Mar 08, 2014
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4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

santoslhalper, Feb 28, 2005
Photo of angrybabboon
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review adapted from notes taken 2/5/11

Appearance: Dark ruby/amber brown, with a thick, foamy head, great lacing

Smell: Sweet malts, candi sugar, dark fruits, Belgian yeast - some interesting spices, too - smells like a dubbel should

Taste: Sweet bread, dark fruits such as figs, some toasted malts, some spices - some nice Belgian yeast - slightly tart - a great example of the style, but not as exciting as some other dubbels

Mouthfeel: Super smooth, bubbly carbonation - kind of dry despite the sweetness, which is interesting

Overall: A borderline excellent dubbel

When I first had this beer, I thought it was truly excellent. Upon a re-review, I found it to be less than perfect. It's less complex than some others. Tasty, nonetheless.

angrybabboon, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of NiceGuyMike
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark hazy color with good head that holds it's own.
Smells of molassas. Tastes of sweet spices with distinctive belgian flavor.
Smooth full bodied with nice carbonation, but it doesn't stand out. Alcohol adds to overall experience.

This is the kinds of dubbel I enjoy.

NiceGuyMike, Aug 06, 2005
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4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my St. Bernardus goblet.

Appearance: Pours a dark, bloudy mahogany, with some hints of red. A finger and a half of white head that subsided reasonably quickly to a thin layer. Not much lacing.

Smell: Bananas, apples, and clove, but backed by a nice bready scent. A slight tang in there as well. Reminds me a lot of gingerbread. Very nice.

Taste: A nice tangy fruit taste right away, which fades into bready malt that lingers for a long time in the aftertaste. Some chocolatey notes in there as well. The best way I can think to describe it is a Belgian-bock. Enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Nice and creamy, and very highly carbonated.

Drinkability: A sipper, but a very enjoyable one. The way the flavors blend together remind me of Christmas - the gingerbread, and the fruits. I liked this a lot. This would be great to enjoy by a fire on a cold winter day (too bad I'm drinking it in July...).

StarlightSeraph, Jul 13, 2009
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4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sometimes the Toad still amazes me. What a rare find on tap! And they served it in a St. Bernardus stemmed balloon glass. Sweet ass! It appeared an opaque, dark brown with some streaks of red here and there towards the bottom of the glass and when you looked at it over top. Had a nice tanish head that receded into the slick you see, but had a great lacing. Smelled of currents, raisins, slight estery notes and a good showing of caramelized sugar tinted with a nice smokiness. The taste was sweet and dry with the dried fruits taking over and morphing towards the end into a nice licorice finish. Stickiness stuck to my lips. There was a good aggressive carbonation to this beer without going overboard and it complemented the beer quite well.

GreatPondBrewer, Feb 21, 2004
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4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Brown in color with a a hazy appearance. I lively head formed upon the initial pour. The tan head resolved into a nice head that remained a good quarter-inch on top.

Smell - Rich malty aroma, with a candy presence as well. Hints of cane sugar and a bit of a phenol/alcohol body as well.

Taste - Bready twang with a big malt body. A good smooth alcohol taste with a grain finish.

Mouthfeel - Nice body, very full with a medium carbonation that doesn't overpower.

Drinkability - A nice sipping beer that is very enjoyable. There is a strong alcohol presence that can sneak up on you due to the malty sweetness. Good stuff.

Nesued, Aug 12, 2007
St. Bernardus Prior 8 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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