Prior 8
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Style:
Belgian Dubbel
Ranked #7
ABV:
8%
Score:
93
Ranked #2,027
Avg:
4.17 | pDev: 8.63%
Reviews:
1,112
Ratings:
2,580
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Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
 
Belgium
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
93
Outstanding
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Photo of mothman
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2018 vintage. Feb 15. Bottle.

Large tan head. Lace. Dark bark brown.

Belgian candied sugar, raisins, molasses, caramel, red apple skins, toffee. Very quad like but less abv. Smooth and warming. Belgian spice and Belgian yeast all around. Light banana and clove.

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Photo of LifesAnesthesia
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - Brown with lighter hues along with a large frothy tan head that sticks around leaving a tan cap and some lacing.
S - Rich caramel dominates along with sweet bready Belgian yeast, spices, and dark fruits.
T - Follows the nose - rich caramel and sweet bready, Belgian yeast dominate throughout along with notes of dark fruits (raisins, figs, dates, and some berries as well), molasses, brown sugar, spices
F - Medium bodied with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O - Such a nice Belgian Dubbel

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Photo of Alexc11
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep brown color with foamy head that recedes fairly quickly. Looks like root beer. Fairly carbonated and low bitterness. Not spicy, but more sweet with malt and caramel flavour. I detect an added fig/prune aroma. Great session in my opinion.

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Photo of Viaduck
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown, slightly reddish with an attractive head. Pleasant aroma but hard to identify: hints of caramel, yeast, raisins & dark fruit. Slightly salty, flavors are the same as implied by its aroma. It’s 8% is well hidden. Medium body, lots of carbonation. Overall, excellent but slightly less than really great

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Photo of Maxpower086
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

nice muddy brown colour, 2 fingers of foam but it vanishes quite quickly. smell is fresh, berries, strawberries, subtle caramel, raisins and grapes. taste is like the nose, dark berries, sweet water, prune, subtle molasses, brown sugar. i personally really like this beer.

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Photo of octortus
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL Bottle. ABV 8%.
Appearance: Dark brown, Over a finger of thick and foamy light beige head, Good retention, Medium carbonation, Broken cap remains.
Aroma: Dried dark fruit (raisin, plum), Slight molasses, Biscuity malt, Light caramel malt, Brown sugar, Slight pear, Belgian yeast, Complex.
Mouthfeel: Above medium body, Smooth, Slightly creamy, Prickly carbonation, Tolerably boozy.
Flavour: Dried dark fruits (prune, raisin, dates, plum), Belgian yeast, Biscuity malt, Very nicely balanced.
Overall: Definitely let it warm up a bit, really nice!

Review: 115

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Photo of Anacross
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark brown and hazy, long lasting foam on top with a very well disguised 8% alcohol content.
Smells and tastes fruity and malty, toffee, cocoa and molasses. Finishes like a good dream.
Everything is so perfect and well balanced, I wish this glass I'm drinking would just last forever.
The brewery that never disappoints made yet another outstanding beer.

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

A - Hazy raisin color with a thick three fingered head of creamy foam that looks like it's cemented to the glass.

S - Bready yeast, dark fruit, light spice, brown sugar, and a slight hit of alcohol on the nose.

T - Dark fruit, bread crust, dates, and prune. Finishes on the sweet side with a light lingering caramel malt and dark fruit on the palate.

M - Thick and chewy. Dry on the back of the tongue and wet around the rest of the mouth.

O - Total world class, not sure why it took me so long to finally try this one?

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Photo of MNAle
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

"Date stamped 11 07 22.

Aroma very similar to the Pater 6. Dark fruit, spice, slightly sweet.

Look is murky coffee brown with a 1/2 inch thick off-white head. Head retention is a bit longer than the Pater 6, but still ends with a fairly thick cap.

Body is moderate, with less carbonation feel that the Pater 6. Creamy.

Taste is rich, dark fruits, starting slightly sweet, with some bitterness in the middle which fades by the finish. The taste has a nice interplay between the fruits, the spiciness, and the underlying malt sweetness. The finish and aftertaste are semi-dry. The flavors have a lot going on: cherry, perhaps fall apples, sweet bread, and more. Very nice and complex.

Overall, this is a much better beer than the Pater 6. More complex, more flavorful. Very, very good."

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Photo of sjrider
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle -pours a cola color with beige head leaving minimal lacing. Nose is mild dark stone fruit and bready malt. Taste follows with more dried fruit, brown sugar and a bit of spice. Really tasty with a smooth slightly dry finish.

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Photo of JonnoWillsteed
3.81/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L- Ultra deep chestnut mahogany. 5mm fine bubble pale tan head (holds very well).
S- Puddingy, wafts of molasses.
T- Caramel, toffee-apples, but the hops are relatively light.
F- Doesn't come over as 8%, is this good or 'dangerous'? Deep, rich, would work well in winter.
O- It's nice, I'm just a bit disappointed that from an 8% foundation and being a Trappist beer it isn't bringing more to the table
330ml bottle. BB: 03/04/23

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Photo of Beersnake1
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from tap at Moeder Lambic. Dark brown with nice light brown head. Nose is toffee, raisin, chocolate, dark fruit. Taste is super nice - dark cherries, raisin, toffee, maple, slight oak bitterness. Mouthfeel is robust and creamy. Overall an amazing dubbel.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark brown with massive foamy head and thick lacing.
N: Dates, malt, brown sugar, plums, bread, and dried fruit.
T: Follows the nose, very bright and rich flavors of plum, bread, dates, raisin, apricot, and some brown sugar.
M: Creamy with a light bitterness, very clean.
O: Loved this beer, such a depth of flavor.

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Photo of Herbabee
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This overall rating could be placed decimally higher, maybe this really is a straight 5 in the grand scheme of beer things. I don't know squat. but I do know a privilege when I get to nestle it

Naturally the reputation of any St B product precedes it, and to that I too can surely attest. but, my personal delight in residing with this particular one (bottled est 2018) is found in … the head! -from the introduction by a vigorous pour as a soapy, frothy, ear-popping, soda fizz, thusly settling down into this devilishly lingering surface-thin film, resolutely informing its admirer that it is yet alive and bubbling, well after the drink slows and reflection sets in.

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Photo of officerbill
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A dark brew with a medium wheat colored head. Moderate carbonation with a full feeling in your mouth and in your tongue.
There's a lot going on here. Flavors of malt, cherry, coffee, cocoa, with a hint of dry cola (think RC not Pepsi).
A delicious ale that fills you up.

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Photo of Sarah_Bearah
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Sweet but not cloying, roasty without straying into bitterness, Prior 8 is a study in balance. Rich molasses notes of freshly baking gingerbread rise from the tap, the cherry spotlight already centered. The tightrope — On one side, dry notes of crusty pumpernickel. On the other, the saccharine essence of cola syrup. On light-brew coffee feet that never miss a step, the chasm is breached harmoniously. The crackling applause of chestnuts over a hot flame finish off this truly daring performance.

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Photo of spectru
3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very dark, cola colored, with a big frothy tan head; A rich inviting aroma; The mouthfeel is tangy, sparkly; The flavor is mild, dry, more subdued than the smell would suggest, but good. This is a good beer, but rather expensive, at $18 for four.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
3.13/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The beer is a light brown with haze. It has a nice head and visible carbonation. It has a tart smell to it as well as cloves. The are minor hints of cherry, raisin, and banana. The beer is still tart and sweet but the other flavors are very minor. You do get the typical dark fruits, banana, and clove type flavors but they are not very strong. The beer is a littler watery.

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Photo of Retroman40
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours opaque brown with tan head the settles to a persistent thin film of foam. Smells of sweet malt and the taste follows on with the same. Very little bitterness throughout and a long sweet malty finish. There is absolutely no hint of the 8% ABV. The mouth feel is very complex with tanginess and rich creaminess. The carbonation level is perfect. This beer just feels good in your mouth. I've now tried several beers from Brouwerij St. Bernardus and have come to the conclusion that these people really know what they're doing!

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Photo of biiru_ojisan
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a creamy tan head. Color is dark brown, almost black.

Nose is dried cherries, mollases, dark bread, and some spicyness is hiding in there as well.

Taste is cherry, spicy, phenolic, bitter, sweet and finishes dry. There is a minerality to the finish as well. Alcohol is not really tasted.

The mouthfeel is smooth with a medium-high carbonation. Alcohol heat it present, but not overwelming.

Overall, this is another solid beer from St. Bernardus. It comes across quite different from Pater 6, their other Dubbel offering. The malt character is similar, but the carbonation, bitterness, and hop bitterness seperate it from its brother. It also has a much less noticable alcohol presence, despite being 1.3% stronger. This is an easier beer to recomend that Pater 6, but only slightly.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 750 ml bottle in a snifter. This fine dubbel pours a deep and
dark lightly cloudy mahogany brown with a thick fluffy head of tan foam
and excellent lacing. Nose of brown sugars, subtle yeast dark breaded malts,
and light phenol notes with subtle Belgian spicy notes. Flavors excel
at nailing the style with a dark breaded malt backbone dashed with
brown sugar with light cherry and subtle coriander notes with a hint of
herbal hops and subtle nutty malt flavors. Excellent mouth feel;
medium fluffy body, medium high carbonation, and a lightly sweet
finish that is subtly dry.

Overall, a SOLID brew worthy of enjoying any time of year, but
exceedingly welcome during Christmas!

Cheers!

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Chestnut brown in color with a fingernail of beige covering a third of the top. I smell caramel and bready malt. I’m tasting chestnuts and marzipan. The mouth is moderately carbonated and lightly sticky.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Decanted from an 11.2 oz (330 ml) bottle into a snifter; best by 10/11/2021.
A: Pours a clear, chestnut brown with bronze highlights. Robust, wheat colored head formation with a two finger head, good retention, but little prolonged lacing.
S: Tart/tangy nose. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, and strawberry pounce, evolving to more of a caramel, banana, and cloves as it warms.
T: Sweet and tart, but neither is overpowering. Banana, cloves, and caramel definitely predominate, but complex enough that I can perceive raisin, molasses, and plum. Bitterness very well balanced.
M: Medium bodied with robust carbonation, sufficient to cause tingling on the tongue throughout.
O: A delicious Dubbel. Complex, subtle, fun: hardly more than I could expect. Had read about it and glad I got to try it.

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Photo of bark
3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The colour is deep brown; the liquid clear. The three fingers head is beige and compact. It sinks slowly down to a thick lid leaving some lacing on the glass.

The smell is sweet with ripe fruits, brown sugar and some alcohol. Brown biscuits, figs, tree sap, overripe bananas and a touch of butterscotch.

The smell reflects the taste quite well: Ripe fruits, brown bread, raw sugar, caramel and red apples. Medium to full body. The aftertaste brings growing hot alcohol, banana cake, caramelized apples, chocolate cookies and old-fashioned fruit drops. The long finish got less alcohol, matured cheddar, red berries and prunes.

The carbonation is strong, the many mid-sized bubbles are fresh and short-lived. The liquid is quite light, almost dry.

A well-crafted and focused dubbel, perhaps a bit strong for my taste.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle bb 4/7/19 (4.5 years old) poured into a St. Bernardus goblet at fridge temp 8% ABV. The beer pours bright medium brown with blonde highlights and light khaki head. The head recedes to a skim coating and thin ring. The aroma is mild alcohol, red grapes, and brown sugar. The taste is semisweet cherry bread layered in brown sugar and raisins. The mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied, highly carbonated and dry in the finish. There is no bitterness, per say, only a little poking through to ensure the sweetness is checked. There is a little alcohol is the taste as it warms but it's pleasant. Overall, outstanding. I was a little worried about age but this is a good one. (Original review from 9/10/18)

Short notes on a second bottle bb 3/3/21 sampled 4/15/19 (about 3 years old). I'm not getting the range of flavors on this one and the bitterness is more like low to medium, but definitely there. Very nice feel as some dubbels recently have punished my tongue with huge carbonation. I would say this beer would develop nicely if properly stored to it's bb date.

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