St. Bernardus Prior 8 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus Prior 8St. Bernardus Prior 8
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St. Bernardus Prior 8St. Bernardus Prior 8

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Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

Style: 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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Photo of tayner
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33 cl bottle

Pours about the color of a pecan shell, head stays as a thick foam on top that laces for the entirety of the beer.

Smells of sweet malt and light citrus hops, very light.

Sweet malty taste with a dextrose like aftertaste, sweet and sugary. It has a bready, yeasty quality mid palate that i really like.

Not too coating for being such a sweet beer. it clears that palate nicely.

I could drink these all night. the more belgian beer i sample the more i fall in love!

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Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: nice head, very good lacing. Body is a cloudy dark brown.

S: Good dark fruit smell, some alcohol and spice; its pretty amazing.

T: Crazy flavor, really great complex yeasty fruitiness.

M: Carbonation is a little coarse, but otherwise the mouthfeel is silky smooth and delicious.

D: I would love to drink this all night, but the abv is a bit high.

Overall this is a great dubbel, and deserves the praise.

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Photo of KevT
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of edward_boumil
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
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 rkhaze
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a walnut brown with a medium sized dense creamy beige head.
Smells of sweet malt, red berries, banana and spice. Almost a bubblegum aroma. Lemony yeast presence at the end.
Tastes of bready malt, overripe fruit and baking spices. Finishes with a brown sugar sweetness, tangy yeast, a bit of hops and a brandy nuance. Had an earthy aftertaste.
Full bodied with a rich, creamy mouthfeel and tongue tingling carbonation.
Quite the rich complex offering. Almost a bit cloying and definitly a belly warmer. Good dessert beer.

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Photo of cheefdaddy1
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of haazer
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my St. Bernardus Watou goblet.

A- Beer pours an apricot color, with brown and ruby highlights. Frothy, cream colored head, but dissapates quickly.

S- Fruity. Raisins, plums, berries, caramel malts. Aroma's become stronger as the beer warms.

T- Cocoa, caramel, cherries. The malt is also evident. Interestingly I note in this dubbel the distinct taste of Mary Jane candy. Noticed this in the Maredsous dubbel also.

M- Medium bodied dubbel. Tickling in the mouth, a sign of good carbonation, not too much, just about right.

D- As with all quality beers, St. Bernardus is right up there with the best of them at masking abv. In none of their beers I've tried can you taste the alcohol. It is slightly warming, but no taste of it whatsoever. A good dubbel.

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Photo of tux_alin
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Moheban
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of lhwjanssen
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Shatter
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of DrDogbeer
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Ebenezer's. Poured into a goblet. Pours a dirty brown with a light tan head. Tons of carbonation.
Nice aromas of dark fruits and spices.
Taste is pretty complex. Very rich and warming. Flavors of ripened fruits, sweet spices- some cinamon and nutmeg and alcohol.
Nicely put together. I really like dubbels in the winter for they seem to warm me up as this one did. Could not resist trying it on tap, though. Fairly drinkable, but one is enough.

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Photo of benfons
3.84/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: nice thick head, mud brown colour, you can't see anything through it not really appealing to be honest

S: chocolate, blackberries and raspberries, plums

T: malts, roastiness, a hint of clove, bittersweet finish

M: medium body, right amount of carbonation, enough alcohol

O: Not bad but not something I get excited over

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Photo of caddybuyer
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip glass

A-Hazy raisin brown with some ruddy copper showing through when held to light. Thick light tan head

S-Yeasty and spicy with dark sweet malts and candied dark fruits present.

T-Rum soaked raisins hit the palate first as the sweet malts carry across the tongue. Vanilla and some almond present as well. Spicy peppery finish. This seemed very boozy for its ABV on the initial sip, but it levels off to a nice warming note.

M-Slighly creamy with a somewhat heavier than medium body. Overcarbonated.

D-Very drinkable and enjoyable brew. Will look for again.

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Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a St. Bernardus chalice. Dark mahogany color with one finger light tan head. Fair lacing.

Malty smell with some ripe fruit.

Sweet tasting. Prunes and toasted malt. Can't taste any alcohol. Very mild bitterness.

Good carbonation. Moderate body. Very smooth and easy to drink.

Overall it is a nice beer. Not too heavy.

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Photo of markasparov
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of tree777
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of dsl72701
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DerBayer
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a nice cloudy chestnut with surpisingly light head.

This is a Belgian Dubbel through and through - the smell of rast malt and some bitter hops but sweet notes of caramel dark fruits and faint chocolate dominate.

The mouthfeel is medium to full body with decent carbonation

Noch eins bitte!

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Photo of RoyFokker
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of gmcfarre
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled imprinted on back as "27 05 09"
Poured into St. Bernardus Chalice.

A- Dark woody chocolate color with sand colored, satisfying head that leaves dense but not long-lasting lacing. A few yeasties at the end of the pour.

S- Mooo-lasses with a touch of malty vibes. Yeast is somewhat prevalent as well. No scent of my friend alcohol.

T- Carmalized sugar, dark roasted malt and a bit fruity (dark of course). Taste hits a more sour note than smell (not a bad thing, a great thing actually). A very sweet dark brew. Alcohol well hidden.

M- Well carbonated, solid mouthfeel. Hints at that oily feeling but its not as dense as you might think.

D- mmm tasty. Alcohol is present, but not in killer quantities.

Another winner from St. Bernardus! Can't wait to hit up that "6" in the fridge.

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Photo of BoRaeCho
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of barbellsNbeers
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of r0nyn
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my Chimay goblet.

Pours a cloudy caramel colored brown with a three quarters inch tall head that quickly dissipates, leaving some loose lacing. There's a ton of tiny yeast particles suspended in the mixture. Typical Belgian ale, but still looks great. Smell is very sweet and malty, with tons of dried fruits. Tiny bit of yeasty breadiness at the end. Very nice!

Sweet maltiness and yeast breadiness right from the get go. Not quite as substantial as in the nose, which is a bit unfortunate, given the great smell of this brew. As it is, the taste is still quite sweet, with quite a bit of dried fruit nuance at the end, including some faint banana and clove. Bitterness and hops are non-existent. Finishes with some mild caramel and just a hint of alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel is pretty crisp, with some substantial carbonation, which is surprising for a Belgian brew, but is by no means a drawback.

Drinkability is great. The delicious smell draws you in and the taste delivers, though not as well as it could have. The alcohol that shows up towards the end doesn't really impair the drinking experience, though sipping is recommended to fully enjoy the flavor experience of this quality Belgian brew.

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Photo of jessealmlie
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

St. Bernardus Prior 8 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 2,494 ratings