Prior 8
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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4.17 | pDev: 8.63%
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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elnachooo from Spain

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

De color marrón con una buena espuma de retención media. Cuerpo medio y baja carbonatación. Aroma a malta tostada y frutos secos. En boca tiene un equilibrio entre amargor y dulzor.

Aug 21, 2021
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RaulMondesi from California

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I don’r think so. No sir. This one is rated like Mike Tyson, but it’s all flyweight. Not that’s it’s terrible, but it can’t throw a haymaker. It’s an ok jab.

I’m out.

Aug 15, 2021
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2.74/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

7/11/2021 1:16am EST
Fort Myers Beach, FL

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle (FL 15 02 23) into a 15cl St. Bernardus tasting glass.

Look: A collaboration of deep garnet and medium tawny, SRM 37. A finely and consistently bubbled foam for this very excitable beer, yet poor retention.

Smell: A weaker showing from the black fruits than the 6, but lead by a deeper caramel malt flavor. The sweet expression has been bullied out by the aggression of the enhanced malt, perhaps regrettably so.

Taste: Attractive yet monochromatic. It is a beer in its own right, but it must be compared to the 6, and when it is it is impossible to ignore the fact that the delicate fruit flavors have conceded too much ground to the tangled and embattled malt. The previously bright, yet appropriate, sweetness has been subdued.

Feel: A boozy warmth conquers the experience and makes its will known after the last sip. The bubbles fail to lace the tongue leaving expectations but not fulfillment.

Overall: There is nothing to explore here. This beer is a secret door to an empty room. A more prescriptive yet bland version of the 6. The greater warmth fails to compensate for the forgone complexity.

Jul 11, 2021
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zac16125 from South Carolina

4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750mL bottle into a large tulip
no bottling dates which is strange as I thought St. B bottle dated

A: Pours opaque, dark mahogany, massive tan head that dissipates down moderately slow. Almost no lacing. 4.25

S: Aromas of sweet malts up front, predominately caramel; phenolic spice on the back end is strong and balances the sweetness in a nice way. More subtle dark fruits and a hint of unsweetened cocoa. Fairly straightforward forwarded but very nice and hits all the notes for the style. 4.5

T: Taste follows, sweet malts up front with spice next, and a some Nobel hop bitterness on the finish. 4

M/D: Lighter mouthfeel, the carbonation is massive, distractingly so. ABV completely masked, drinkability is somewhat limited due to the aforementioned carbonation pop. 3.75

O: Good beer, but a bit of a let down. I would have liked more of malty and sweet characters to come out in the taste, as it’s kind of a spice bomb and thus lacks the depths of some of the best in the style. Certainly worthy of an occasional visit though. 4

Jul 10, 2021
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

4.46/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Deep, reddish brown appearance with a large tan head and good lacing. Complex aroma full of soft fruits, sweet malts and yeast. Medium-to-full bodied, nicely carbonated mouthfeel. Taste is well balanced, modestly hopped, with a mix of ripe fruit and caramel malts along with earthy, vinous qualities. Even a little bit of coconut trickles in. Pleasant, long lasting, fruity, moderately sweet finish.

Jul 04, 2021
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.69/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

St. Bernardus Prior 8 has a translucent brown appearance, with some red highlights and a bit of lacing. The aroma is of faint brown bread crust and cream. The flavor is similar, with a touch of bitterness. St. Bernardus Prior 8 has a medium body and a drying finish.


May 04, 2021
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barnzy78 from Illinois

4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle
stamped 12 07 24
L: brown colored ale with a fluffy beige head
S: spicy Belgian yeast, dark candi, grain, bread crust, earthy hops
T: grain, caramel, toffee, spicy yeast, dark fruit, bread crust, candi sugar, earthy hops
F: fuller body, so smooth, ample carbonation, balanced & semi-dry finish with just a bit of residual sweetness
O: I’m revisiting some classics this year, and St. Bernardus is one I don’t come back to often enough. World-class and never a disappointment!

Apr 12, 2021
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IBU_Hunter from California

4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very well made Dubbel. Easily drinkable. Full bodied yet smooth, balanced carbonation. Awesome finish for a 8% abv. Another great beer from the legendary Belgian brewery. Any beer from St Bernadus is worthy of a top mention! Solid “A” for this St Bernadus 8 Dubbel!!!

Apr 09, 2021
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Somehow don't have a review for this
Pours a large frothy rocky 2 finger head with greatv retention, soapy lacing, dark cloudy mahogany to molasses brown color

Nose sweet candy and dark fruits, dark Belgian candy sugar and caramelized sugars, sticky toffee, into fig, date, raisin, quite figgy,

Taste brings more of the same but a nice biscuity toasted grain, toffee, more candi sugar and caramelized molasses sugars, a little nutty, very fruity, again big fig, some date and a lot of plum, touch of phenol spice and smooth alcohol, sticky sweet finish, but if bitterness, lingering fruit and caramelized sugar

Mouth is med to fuller bod, a touch syrupy, high foamy effervescent carb (a little too much) but soft bottle fermented carb

Overall solid, just like I expected, maybe a bit too fruity but I really enjoyed that Belgian malt up front

Mar 26, 2021
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BalancingBrooms from Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky brown, with half finger off white to tan head. Aroma is of fresh red grapes, brown sugar, and honey. Taste follows the nose. Opens with fresh red grapes, plum, brown sugar, and a clean hint of pepper? Body is light to medium with higher carbonation for a full feeing. Ends with lingering plum flesh. Overall a nice double, really classic and well balanced but nothing explosive.

Mar 26, 2021
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rawbraves from Colorado

4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a small format bottle, poured into a Westvleteten glass I “borrowed” from the breweries tasting house in Belgium. Figured I’d let the monks fight it out. Nice color and a little bit of lacing after a few sips. I can tell it’s a true Trappist Dubel by the dark and raisiny flavors as well as the estery bite. That’s really my only “complaint” is the bite with the first few sips. However, after a few more it mellows out and becomes completely enjoyable. Pairs very well with a mild dark chocolate.

Feb 18, 2021
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krunchie from Sweden

3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Gusher! Good thing I had a glass nearby...Thin soda-like off-white to beige head, disappears quickly in glass. Cloudy deep reddish mahogany brown to maroon colored liquid,

S: Sweet red fruits and berries. Raspberry, red currant and cranberries. Some red apple and red grapes. A bit tart. No hop aroma.

T: Very fruity and estery. Less berry than aroma, and way sweeter than the nose. More stonefruit, cherry, lychee. Balancing hop bitterness, no discernable hop flavor.

M/D: Fairly light body, medium-high carbonation. Good sweet/dry balance. Surprisingly easy drinking, considering the abv.

O: Loads of red berries and fruits.

Feb 06, 2021
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WoodBrew from Ohio

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got a bottle of this beer out of a mixed 4pck that I bought at my local meijer store. It poured a dark amber with off white head that is not leaving much lace. The scent had Belgian malt notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with Belgian sweet malt base and dark fruit highlights. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with fizzy carbonation. Overall it is a great beer.

Jan 15, 2021
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Rug from Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 7/12/24

And we've arrived at the last new to me beer in the St Bernardus gift pack. Another dubbel here, this one with slightly higher ratings than the smaller Pater 6, which I still liked quite a bit

Pours a muddy amber brown with a finger of light brown head that slowly fades to a thin cap and leaves minimal lacing

The nose is very sweet, but offers a nice balance. I pick up on notes of golden raisin, brown sugar, white pepper, plum, aged hops, caramel malt, and a touch of fusel alcohol

The taste is a similar explosion of flavors as the aroma, but very smooth. It starts off the sip with notes of brown sugar, molasses, plum, and tingly alcohol. The swallow is a bit more intense, bringing a quick flash of mildly bitter hops and lingering notes of toasted dark bread and sweet malt

Definitely a full bodied brew, this pairs with rather aggressive carbonation that helps it go down easily while still being very filling, drinking even a bit above the abv. Finishes a bit sticky and sweet

This was pretty good, though I think it's a bit too heavy for what it is. I far prefer Pater 6 because it is so damn drinkable. Still, this is a beer I was very happy to try

Jan 06, 2021
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Alieniloquium from Florida

4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brewhouse Gallery. Deep brown. Big khaki head. Smells of brown bread and dark fruits. Tastes very fruity. Dark fruits, Belgian yeast, with brown bread. Slightly boozy, or maybe that's just the nature of the yeast. Medium heavy. Well carbonated. Excellent.

Dec 28, 2020
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BeerBaronBear from New York

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

Best by date: 12/7/2024, tasted 12/24/20. Had in a small format bottle, part of a mixed 6-pack from St. Bernardus. I liked this a touch more than Pater 6, although the two were very similar. This one had a little more depth to it. Like Pater 6, it pours dark brown with a good amount of tan/light brown foam. It has a dried fruit character to it, but it's kept balanced to avoid tasting like cough syrup. As I enjoyed this, I thought that this was a beer I could drink a lot of without too much trouble. It goes down smooth and hides the alcohol well. Very yummy and worth trying.

Dec 25, 2020
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RobertB412 from Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2 oz. bottle into a 33 cl. chalice (that came with the variety 4 pack). Pours a slightly hazy dark brown with a tan head and minimal lacing. Smells of malt, dark fruit and yeast. The taste follows the aroma, slightly sweet malt, caramel, dried dark fruit, bread and minimal hops. Medium body with good carbonation. Overall, a little sweeter than the Pater 6 and easy drinking for 8% beer. A very good Belgian dubbel.

Dec 24, 2020
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had my eye on the 4-pack that included a chalice for some time & during today's visit to the Friendly Greek Bottle Shop (FGBS), I decided to pull the trigger, even if it was all Bottles (aaahhh!).

From the Bottle (yee!): "Prior 8 Abbey Ale"; "12[-]07[-]24".

I am getting a sense of their aging/shelf life from this indulgence, at least. Next came my Pop!ping of the cap, followed by a slow. gentle C-Line pour into the awaiting chalice. It quickly formed a one-finger cap of dense, foamy. light-tan head with fantastic retention. Color was not only Dark Brown to Very Dark Brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) like Pater 6, but it was MUCH closer to 34 & also with NE-quality clarity. Nose asserted its presence right from the pour. It had (kind of) the same dried dark fruitiness, but here, the alcohol was more pronounced and accompanied by notes of caramel, bread dough & a woody oakiness. 8=O Mouthfeel was medium. The taste opened with a blast of fusel alcohol heat, begging the argument in favor of aging. (Disclaimer: I fully intend to also buy the mixed-pack & age those which I have previously reviewed.) Subsiding, I got banana esters joining the fruity caramel of the nose. I also did not taste the flavors as intensely as I had on the nose. Finish was in that Twilight Zone between semi-sweet & semi-dry. This was great, on the road to outstanding, but I really think that this is one that will definitely benefit from aging. YMMV.

Dec 14, 2020
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Junior from Michigan

4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Dark cola color with a frothy light brown head.
S - Dried fruit, roasted malt, caramel, and yeasty esters.
T - Dried dark fruit, sweet roasted malt.
F - Highly carbonated and relatively clean finish.
O - Wonderfully balanced and easy to drink. Very well crafted.

Dec 01, 2020
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Wattie83 from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into chalice. Looks deep, rich brown with a tan head. Head poured thick and then fell to a lasting cap. Smell is caramel, candied dark fruit. Taste is malty, sweet on the sip, but this gets balanced by a dose of hop bitterness. There's a nice hop spiciness (almost a black pepper) to the taste. Finish is pretty clean. Medium bodied with active carbonation throughout the drink. The alcohol is not perceptible. Overall, this is a great beer that is nice to sip with dinner or relaxing in the evening.

Nov 22, 2020
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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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