Prior 8
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Ranked #8
Ranked #4,361
4.15 | pDev: 8.67%
Jan 16, 2022
Sep 27, 2002
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Ratings by jjamadorphd:
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3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by jjamadorphd from Florida

I am definitely a believer with this brewer, another great offering...

...except for the scent put out by this brew. Everything else was top-notch - the look was a hazy copper color with decent lacing. In just the right light, you can see the yeast particles floating in abundance - eerie and satisfying, all-in-one. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied and very crisp with a taste that included hints of cardamon, light hops, and grassy to my tongue - a very earthy beer IMHO. And then there was the smell - a true anomaly, but there nonetheless - it was this metallic tang that I could not find anything even distantly hiding behind the scenes. On the smell alone I was thinking "Drain pour", but was glad to take a sip and realize this was something good indeed.

Oct 29, 2017
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5 by doctorgary from New York on Jan 16, 2022
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4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by Dinglehacker from Wisconsin

Poured into snifter. Dark opaque brown with a big light khaki head.

Dark fruit nose, especially plum, A note of citrus sweet.

Taste follows with dark chocolate and malt. A boozy tail.

Crazy smooth.

Very smooth and creamy dubbel. Easy to forget

Jan 04, 2022
4.09 by Gemini6 from Michigan on Jan 04, 2022
4.26 by SonOfKyuss from Virginia on Jan 02, 2022
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4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by nelsonracite from New Jersey

Looks very dark with a light brown foam head. Smells very deep with malts. Taste strong with malt and coffee. Overall its a nice beer.

Dec 25, 2021
3.25 by NorbertB1974 from Germany on Dec 24, 2021
4.46 by irishevans from California on Dec 14, 2021
4.18 by VolatileAgent7744 from Kentucky on Dec 07, 2021
4.5 by Shenk87 from Pennsylvania on Dec 04, 2021
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4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Tony787 from Canada (ON)

I bought a mixed pack at the LCBO in Ontario 6 bottles 330ml .
Every Christmas time I see these Belgium beers come in .
Prior 8 330ml bottle at 8%.
Dark color almost looks like a coca Cola poured a 2finger head leaving a lace as you drink it.
Looks like an expiration date on my bottle 04/06/25 wow good for 4years .
Smooth and creamy just sipping on it at 8% strong .
Very pleasant beer to drink . Sweet dark fruits dark chocolate or roasted Caramel but well balanced and smooth.
alcohol is hidden at times when drinking it .
I find that amazing in these Belgium beers .
Overall pleasant and very enjoyable to drink.
I love most of these Belgium beers look forward to them every Christmas time
Cheers .

Nov 29, 2021
4 by Hophazzard from California on Nov 25, 2021
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4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
by ATL6245 from Georgia

Appearance: Saddle brown, thick frothy tan head with great retention.

Aroma: Dark malt aromas, dark fruit, grainy. Alcohol not noticeable.

Flavor & Aftertaste: Slightly warming from alcohol presence. Restrained bitterness.

Mouth-feel: Medium bodied. Effervescent & vibrant.

Overall: Another well crafted, Belgian Double. Mild fruity esters and malt aromas and flavors.

Nov 03, 2021
4 by Scott17Taylor from Iowa on Oct 07, 2021
3.5 by Dovers from Wisconsin on Oct 04, 2021
3.97 by marcrech from Brazil on Oct 02, 2021
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by elnachooo from Spain

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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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by RaulMondesi from California

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
3.8 by Catalinmunteanu from Romania on Jul 31, 2021
3 by XmnwildX12 from Minnesota on Jul 24, 2021
4.06 by Rhetion from Florida on Jul 18, 2021
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2.74/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
by hank_and_als_beer_reviews

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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4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by zac16125 from South Carolina

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
4.35 by CJRubes from Massachusetts on Jul 07, 2021
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4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

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
4 by edthehead from New York on May 30, 2021
4.08 by SadMachine from New Jersey on May 15, 2021
4.17 by Burg from New Hampshire on May 05, 2021
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4.69/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

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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4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by barnzy78 from Illinois

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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4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by IBU_Hunter from California

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
4.25 by D-Duvelicious from Illinois on Apr 04, 2021
4.07 by MercInc from Wisconsin on Mar 29, 2021
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4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by jlindros from Massachusetts

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
4.38 by _Adam_ from Maryland on Mar 26, 2021
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4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BalancingBrooms from Illinois

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
4.5 by carolinabeerguy from North Carolina on Mar 21, 2021
4.26 by DucksFan16 from Tennessee on Mar 02, 2021
Prior 8 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 2648 ratings