St. Bernardus Prior 8 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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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

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#1,526
Reviews:
1,084
Ratings:
2,503
pDev:
8.65%
Bros Score:
3.95
 
 
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Photo of quadmad
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle from mix pack at lcbo in Nov 2017. Nice off-white head faded to 1/8 inch and stayed.Smooth on the tongue with a bit of spice on swallowing. Don't notice the alcohol. Easy to drink more than one. Glad their is another in the basement

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of WunderLlama
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into snifter

Light taupe , soft, pillowy tow finger foam cap over dark brown liquid

Aroma of raisins, dark fruits, figs

Taste of dark fruits, figs

Low sudsing

Good beer

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Photo of tbryan5
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of flyingpig
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle from the Dagwinkel night-shop in Bruges, Belgium (€3.50):
This one was a very nice dubbel from St. Bernardus & one that went down very well thanks to the smooth & lively body as well as the good balanced & the fact that the alcohol content was quite well hidden too. It was dark with some nice caramel sweetness & plenty of malts, the banana in the taste was a nice touch though & worked well with the dark fruits; the dates & figs coming through strongest; a great beer & one I'll look out for again.

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

Photo of Michelleroo
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I started with an unfair (subconscious) comparison to Abt 12, so the first drink was iffy for me. As I drank it, though, I liked it more and more! It’s a delicious beer, beautiful shade of nutty brown with foam for miles. A lovely party in my mouth. :)

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Photo of chitoryu12
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: So foamy it actually started overflowing foam as soon as the bottle was open! I had to wrap it in a paper towel to take it to my desk. The ensuing beer is dark, dark brown and the tan head remains huge on the pour.

Smell: A little raisin smell or other dried fruit, bread, and a sweetness.

Taste: "Raisin bread" is the best way to describe it. Everything in the nose returns to create something absolutely delicious that barely even tastes like beer. This is the best beer I've ever tasted.

Mouthfeel: Thick and with just enough carbonation to provide a bite.

Overall: This is my new favorite beer, without a doubt. As famous as Westvleteren 12 is, it doesn't hold a candle in my opinion.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - really dark hazy brown big white head
Smell - candied plum raisins
Taste - sweet dark fruit, raisins and plum mainly
Feel - medium body really light carbonation
Overall - really good sweet dubbel

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Photo of jhlosito75
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

11.2oz bottle best by 14.01.20. Pours a dark brown with a finger of off-white head. Smells of dried fruit, malt, and molasses. Medium feel with plenty of carbonation. Tastes of dark fruit with a little bit of spice and some floral hops. Very good.

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Photo of Skabiski
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MonkeyPilates
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Vandelay1863
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of fossage78
3/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mcbridec6
3.56/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Goofster
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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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St. Bernardus Prior 8 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 2,503 ratings