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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#3,143
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2,528
pDev:
8.67%
 
 
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Photo of spectru
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
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 ian_graf
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of the_awesometeer
3.13/5  rDev -24.6%
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 -4.1%
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 CycleHops
3.23/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of biiru_ojisan
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
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 +1%
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 +1%
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 Eltrandos
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beertodaygonetomorrow1
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of jbehlar
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

From notes 2/23/12: Pours a dark, murky orange tinged brown with 1.5 inch, moderately lasting, foamy, tan head that leaves behind thin webby lace. Aroma is Belgian yeast banana, cloves, dark malts with dried figs, molasses with a hint of floral hops. Taste is banana toffee, yeast, pepper and spice backed up by dark malts with hints of ginger, vanilla and cloves. Hops mostly hidden but detectable in the finish and aftertaste. Peppery prickle throughout. Nice. Complex.

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

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Prior 8 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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