St. Bernardus Prior 8 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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92
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2,422 Ratings
St. Bernardus Prior 8St. Bernardus Prior 8
BEER INFO

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

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 09-27-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,422
Reviews:
1,059
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
8.43%
 
 
Wants:
159
Gots:
373
For Trade:
3
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Photo of iCabaLLero
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mkyer
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BixbyW
3.84/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JacobusFavier23
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First St. Bernardus beer. Very excited.

L-Dark amberish-brown. Woody color with a thin head.
S- Bready-slightly yeasty aroma. Roasty, biscuity aroma. Very wine like as well. I get notes of dark fruit like plum and grape. Almost get a biscuity-tabbaco aroma as well, like the scent of a cigar.
T- Wine-like, nutty and malty. Caramel and sweet cream as well. Very thorough and distinct flavor. Slightly sour.
F- Smooth, smooth, smooth! Wonderfully carbonated.
O- A mighty fine beer. Cant wait to try more from St. Bernardus!

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pajfuwen
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beaulabauve
3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Yoann
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a tulip (sorry)
A - A lively brown with a heavy foam and black deposit both on top and at the bottom
S - Complex herbal hops
T - Not very expressive but perfectly balanced
M - Correctly carbonated
O - A perfectly mastered Abbaye ale!

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Photo of jbertsch
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MaltyPythonsHopCircus
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Spicy, yeasty nose. Plum and raisin on the palate blended with some yeasty phenols. A slight thinness but broad flavour profile masks it well. Lovely beer.

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Photo of SGT_Cookie
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of edward_boumil
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L: Great looking beer, chesnut colored with slightly ruby highlights. Originally pours a pretty big head but it fades quick. Easy coaxed back by swirling. No lace
S: Good aroma. Slightly wine-like, grapes are prominent. Beside grape is a sweet syrupy aroma. Molasses, toffee, think caramelized sugar.
T: Great flavor and especially great balance. Not nearly as robust as other dubbels I've enjoyed, but flavors are balanced quite well. Very prominent nutty flavors up front. However this beer finishes more sweet with dark fruit flavors. Raisin and plum notes are quite noticeable. Alcohol is almost undetectable. Overall a great tasting beer, complex yet simple enough to appreciate everything.
F: Bit of a sipper. I'm more into drinkable beers, so score is reflective of that. Heavy, can definitely weigh you down., but not ludicrous like a robust boozy stout. Well-carbonated. Not overtly refreshing. However it is quite smooth.
O: Great dubbel. Alcohol content is deceptive in this one, despite being on the "higher" end of beers it drinks quite nice. Not something to pummel through, but something to sit back and appreciate. Definitely a great intro to dark Belgians, and something I will certainly revisit.

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Photo of Duff27
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of duvel1979
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Czequershuus
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a clear brown with a large head. The aroma features dates, raisins, pecans, walnuts, chocolate, and banana bread. The flavor leads with dates and plums, as well as walnuts, almonds, figs, bubblegum, and cola. The mouthfeel is quite rich and thick. Overall this a complex beer that is still quite gulpable - it is both fruity and nutty, with a great depth of flavor.

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

Look: Murky brown ale with a resilient head. You may want to pour slowly and at an angle to avoid yeast floaters in this ale, but that has never bothered me so I went with the vigorous pour. Some tracing.

Smell: Subtle...candi sugar the Belgian ales are known for, along with raisin, plum, other fruity notes.

Taste: Subtle as the aroma. Fruits on top of coffee with back notes of alcoholic heat. The aftertaste has elements of smoke and bread. Very mild and pleasing.

Feel: Smooth on the tongue, the light carbonation makes it go down easy.

Overall: A very fine Dubbel!

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

Photo of logicalparadox
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: chestnut body; big frothy off-white head, long lasting when poured into tulip glass

Smell: faint smell of Belgian yeast and date sugar on first whiff, then nothing; have to swirl it to get a nose

Taste: not a bad flavor, but nothing really jumps out at me; kind of bland

Mouthfeel: very thin overall, but not in a fully attenuated way; a bit disappointing

Remarks: drinkable, but not memorable

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This is the most drinkable, complex, and delicious dubbel I have had to date. Aromas of concord grape, textured fruity Belgian yeast, rich candy sugar and caramel. The flavor is textured, layered, and warming. This is good fresh and I bet a few years would be nice, but it probably shouldn't go longer then 1-2 years as it doesn't need much mellowing fresh. Excellent!

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Photo of timothybarney
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of madelf66
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of CPAles
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dromines78
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of yaron73
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

St. Bernardus Prior 8 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.15 out of 5 based on 2,422 ratings.
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