St. Bernardus Prior 8 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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2,416 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:
2,416
Reviews:
1,058
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
8.43%
 
 
Wants:
158
Gots:
371
For Trade:
3
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Photo of cyber_phoenix
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of The_Bujon
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The Prior 8 pours a lovely deep hazy brown, with a nice looking head, which unfortunately does not stick.

Really overripe fruit aroma is very seductive. Definitely a combination of figs and ripe banana with a touch of spiced apple going on. This smells good enough to be spread on your toast, let's put it that way.

The taste is a slight let down, good but not sublime, you do get those fruits but not quite as potent as expected.

The brew goes down quite well, and no hint of the 8% abv at all.
After taste is solid and leaves you licking lips for more.

Overall I think this is a very good beer, just can't quite put my finger on why it's not epic.

Worth a boof or two, absoboofley!!

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Photo of Estria
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bgold86
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StJamesGate
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at P Macs, Dublin.
Webby ivory over cherry wood. 4.25
Clove, plum, pepper and cherry stone. 4
Maraschino, graham cracker, rum, fig, black cherry, earthy yeast, and slight herbal linger. 4
Lingering spicy sting.
Light+, crisp, some chew. 4

Looks great, smells on point. Does a lot of things right: orchard more than dried fruit, phenols clean up any sugar, and the Christmas plum opens into Band-Aid nose and caramel + raisins in the body. Gets around the need to lighten the sweetness with fizz by being neither sweet nor fizzy. Simple + light on the palate, though. Sturdy, if not the most exciting dubbel. 3.75

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Photo of MaxOhle
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wizzle32
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hozersr
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: It pours brilliant brown under a 1" cream to light tan foam cap with good retention.

S: The beer smells like a luscious, rich fruit tart with fruit, stone fruit, some earthiness, apricot, faint pie crust and a suggestion of nuts.

T: The big, malty palate features fruit, peach, apricot, leather and a moderately bitter finish over a rich biscuit to pie crust malty backbone. The beer is yeast driven and the resulting fruit flavors are divine.

F: The body is medium and the carbonation is medium high.

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Photo of SGR1220
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ahommell
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of obninsk23
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Toasted caramel, good mouth feel, at the end has a little too sweet of an aftertaste.

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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

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St. Bernardus Prior 8 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.15 out of 5 based on 2,416 ratings.
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