Prior 8
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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4.17 | pDev: 8.63%
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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HoppyBastard from Nebraska

4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2 ounce bottle into a tulip glass, there is no date on the bottle that I can find.

APPEARANCE: pours a dense, brown color with two-finger tan head, good retention, the head slowly dissipated until a thin, unbroken layer of small bubbles remained, there is moderate lacing on the glass, medium carbonation.

SMELL: bread, caramel then a burst of dark fruit like raisins and figs.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially bread and caramel then dark fruits like raisins and figs, the 8% alcohol is well disguised and barely perceptible.

PALATE: full body and medium carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a very good beer, I like the Dubbel style but it's hard to find, this is fruitier than the other Dubble I tried (Chimay), I would buy this again and would recommend to anyone who enjoys the style.

Oct 22, 2020
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SimplySinister from Florida

4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - Restrained pour into a Chimay Chalice producing a cloudy, deep caramel colored brew with a 1 finger head. Moderate carbonation. Some lacing.

S - Malt and caramel notes are at the forefront.

T - Raisins, dark fruit, malt, and caramel. There are fig and date notes present. This brew is very balanced and extremely complex. No artificial flavors whatsoever.

M - Velvet mouthfeel, non-lingering.

D - This is an excellent beer by any standard. It's amazing how easy drinking this brew is for 8% ABV. It's also very amazing how clean and pure offerings from this brewer are. There are no artificial flavors present anywhere in this brew. This beer is a must try.

Oct 14, 2020
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liberty-and-beer from Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Dark mahogany beer with a very thick, tan head. Sweet fruit and oak smell, and a deep malt and molasses flavor. Medium body, and a bit more carbonated that I care for- but still a wonderful beer.

Oct 03, 2020
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penguinsgoboom from California

3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy purple burgundy. Head is very soapy, not sure why that is.

S: Smells of dried fruit cake. Cranberry, plums, raisins. A good bit of alcohol comes through. Smells like a Christmas dessert.

T: Dried fruit is cut with some spicy malt carbonation.

O: Tastes like a fruit cake. The mouthfeel and appearance are both a bit off. Maybe this was not a good bottle.

Aug 18, 2020
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mothman from Minnesota

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.

May 13, 2020
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LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

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

May 02, 2020
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Alexc11 from Canada

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.

Mar 12, 2020
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Viaduck from California

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

Feb 22, 2020
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Maxpower086 from Canada

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.

Feb 11, 2020
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octortus from Canada

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

Jan 15, 2020
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Anacross from Washington

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.

Dec 31, 2019
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

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?

Dec 24, 2019
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MNAle from Minnesota

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."

Dec 17, 2019
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sjrider from California

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.

Nov 22, 2019
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JonnoWillsteed from England

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

Nov 19, 2019
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Beersnake1 from California

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.

Aug 28, 2019
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AZBeerDude72 from Arizona

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.

Aug 05, 2019
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Herbabee from Pennsylvania

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.

May 04, 2019
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officerbill from New York

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.

Mar 12, 2019
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Sarah_Bearah from California

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.

Feb 13, 2019
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spectru from Florida

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.

Jan 21, 2019
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the_awesometeer from California

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.

Jan 04, 2019
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Retroman40 from Florida

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!

Jan 03, 2019
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biiru_ojisan from Japan

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.

Dec 30, 2018
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

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!


Dec 25, 2018
Prior 8 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 2594 ratings