St. Bernardus Prior 8 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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4.16/5
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St. Bernardus Prior 8St. Bernardus Prior 8
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Belgium
sintbernardus.be

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kbub6f on 09-27-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,439
Reviews:
1,077
Ratings:
2,483
pDev:
8.65%
Bros Score:
3.95
 
 
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Photo of cd34
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wer34truh
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DrunkenMonk
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Iwanttheonewithhops
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ajm5108
4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Deep brown color with a voluminous soapy head. Aroma is surprisingly sweet - lots of grape must, black currants, blackberry, wet fig - tremendous fruity esters tempered by some dry yeast & loam.

Taste is a little huskier, and certainly dials-in on those classic dark fruit phenols - raisin, date, etc. It is well-balanced with some chewy amber malt & more of that drier yeast / hay flavor underneath. Everything as you'd expect but it is the balance that makes it a classic - lots of dubbels just crank up those phenols, the expression of the yeast / malt on this beer is the real treat. A little boney on the finish but that is a nitpick.

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Photo of Silke_Neryn
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MeIquiades
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Manthon
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerAndFilm
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Heeenrik
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Glorithm
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Typhoues
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NeverSettle
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zbooks
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cheers2u2
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy copper ,cola color. Effervescent,above average carbonation and a nice heavy feel. Aroma is more mild than most in this style but it was still dried fruit,a little bit of banana,malt and yeast. Taste was identical but not as sweet as some others and with a prickly bite to it. The finish was an uncommon dry bitter hop taste that lingered a while. This is definitely subdued comparatively but still very flavorful and an excellent version of the style

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3/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of goodsuds
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is an exceptional beer. Poured from a bottle labeled best by 04-07-19 into a tulip glass, color is a cloudy brown with a one finger fluffy white head. Smell is dark fruits and molasses. Nothing too complex in the nose but it is very pleasant. It doesn't have any of the banana or clove flavors most Abbey ales have. It tastes a lot like a fruitier (from the ale yeast) doppelbock. There is a decent bitterness in the finish to balance things out. The mouthfeel is full bodied and well carbonated.

I would say this is probably one of the best Abbey ales I've ever had. Despite not having any of the clove or banana you might expect it is still very, very good and well worth the money.

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4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11.3 ounce bottle poured into a St. Bernardus goblet

A: Pours a hazy mahogany color with an off white full creamy head, lots of head retention and carbonation, good amount of lacing, nice appearance.

A: Sweet aromas of dark fruits like figs, plums, raisins, dates, brown sugar, toasted bready malts, clove, spice, and banana, lots of depth and complexity and it's very aromatic, no alcohol on the nose.

T: Follows the nose with dark fruits, brown sugar, banana, clove and spice, Belgian yeast comes through pretty strong and lingers in the finish, alcohol is well hidden, nice taste.

M: Very smooth with lots of carbonation that rolls over the palate, finish is dry, and it's medium bodied.

O: An excellent dubbel, great balance of flavors, as the beer warms the alcohol does come through a bit more, lots of Belgian yeast notes and a great mouthfeel with lots of carbonation that smoothly rolls over the palate.

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4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of vinicole
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Deep clear auburn. Dense light tan head. Some deposit at the bottom of the glass.
Mild spicy aroma. Light mixed peel.
Sweet. Caramelised syrup and dry pipped fruit. Some bitterness to finish.
Medium body. Quite soft.
Not as good as expected.

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4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of 104401
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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St. Bernardus Prior 8 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 2,483 ratings