Prior 8 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian 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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#3,006
Reviews:
1,088
Ratings:
2,517
pDev:
8.67%
 
 
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Photo of Shantzak
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VoxRationis
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
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 Jotora
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sound_Explorer
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bark
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
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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Photo of BlueSpader
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MKrauss
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jeschaefer
3.09/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JosephY8s
3.3/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jkblr
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of Davedrinkinbeer
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz Beer poured into a St. Bernadus chalice. Look is almost identical to Pater 6 but is darker brown. Smell is not as strong as Pater 6, but all the similar fruit, yeast, malty scents. Taste is nicely blended, with all the fruits present in 6 but it seems that the dark fruits are absent. Mouthful is even, start to finish, and has a nice clean finish to it. Prior 8 is well carbonated and does not have the bitter aftertaste that is present in 6.

Prior 8 is stronger than Pater 6, and to me is better tasting, the spices seem to come out more with the absence of the darker fruit tastes. Beer is very drinkable for 8%, and makes this a very good dubbel. I enjoyed this beer overall.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BayAreaJoe
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of COBEERHUNTER
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of quadmad
4.19/5  rDev +1%
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 +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Calraven
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WunderLlama
4.15/5  rDev 0%
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 +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of flyingpig
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
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 +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Michelleroo
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
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 +12.8%
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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