St. Bernardus Prior 8 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus Prior 8St. Bernardus Prior 8

Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 09-27-2002

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Photo of FBarber
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a somewhat opaque orangish brown with a two finger tan head that dissipated slowly leaving a thin head on the beer.

Smell has aromas of brown sugar, toffee, apricots, ripe grapes, and some yeasty spice notes. Very fruity aroma that pops as the beer warms. There is a it of an aluminum smell as well, but subtle, albeit not all that pleasant.

Taste has notes of apricots, dates, and ripe grapes - almost a white wine grape-esque note. Bit of brown sugar comes through with a pleasant spicy finish from the yeast. There is a very noticeable aluminum flavor on the finish that lingers and is pretty unpleasant. If that wasn't there this would be an top notch dubbel, but I just can't get past that aluminum taste.

Feel is excellent - plenty of carbonation, smooth, and drinkable with a nice dry finish.

Overall this was a really good beer. Great flavors for a dubbel, nice spicy finish from the yeast, it was all there, but that mild aluminum smell and flavor was just too distracting. I'll have to revisit this one again to see if that was just from the bottle I had, or if its a character of the beer itself.

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Photo of teromous
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the back label: "A 07 05 19"

Appearance: The body of the beer is a dark brown color allowing no light through. The head is a very thick flat-topped creamy cloud with a light khaki appearance. Outstanding head formation and retention.

Aroma: I am getting a bit of an herbal hop aroma with some spicy peppery scents. After pouring the entire bottle I noticed a bit of a metallic aroma.

Taste: It starts out with this malty flavor that isn't too sweet or toasted but has a rather earthy quality to it. That deep earthy quality blends towards a bit of a prune flavor and mixes with what kind-of tastes like copper. The end is this woody flavor. At times while drinking the beer I got small bits of cherry-like flavor with some tobacco character.

Mouthfeel: It has a sharp carbonation and a nice bitter edge at the end of drinking each sip of beer. It isn't a beer I would really drink "straight through" but rather somewhere between a sipper and an easy drinker. The mouthfeel is medium and the finish has this effervescence that cleans the palate with the exception of a slight bitter woody tinge that lingers.

Overall: It's a good beer and I would recommend it. It was very enjoyable and it had a lot of character that I feel is unique to this beer alone. For that reason (uniqueness) I would further recommend the beer. It has this deep dark woody and earthy character that works well. I would drink it again.

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Photo of cd_beer_disapear
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of Foley67
4.71/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Squire123
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of evanwoertz
4.82/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of corbs
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Mnteti
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hartsells01
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Taste: spiced, bold earthy, with notes of clove and wild yeast. Complex candi sugar and bread nose.
Brown/amber color, unfiltered with refine bubbled head. Alcohol finish liquid breads that sustained the monks.

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Photo of JordanlikesAles
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Incredible dubbel that stands up to any quad. Dark fruit, caramel, and deep malts shine and the ABV keeps this highly drinkable. Complex and deep!

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Photo of windowside
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of PUbeer
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beginner2
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed in Roger Protz' "300 More Beers To Try Before You Die", a sequel to his CAMRA classic.

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Photo of SpaethJam
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TitoLounge
3.84/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of RickS95
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

An opaque, medium brown pour with a finger of contrasting off white head. The beer is only clear enough to show some particles in suspension. The head retains pretty well; comes back to life with each swirl; and leaves more and more lace as the beer warms.

My beer is still a little on the cool side so I'm struggling to pick up the full bouquet but I am getting some caramel malt, traditional dark fruit, and a bit of the Belgian yeast in the way of pepper.

Everything comes together nicely in the taste. The caramel blends well with the peppery yeast for balance. The hops provide for an earthy taste, particularly from mid-sip on.

At only 8% ABV, it gives an almost light bodied feel, though it's the first beer I've had in a while below 9 or 10 percent so it could just be me. The malts start the party with a gentle sweetness and the hops finish things with a crisp bitterness and slightly sour feel.

I'm not a big fan of Abt 10 though I love their Christmas Ale, however, this is a really nice beer that kind of splits the difference between the two.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle into a goblet.

Pours a viscous brown and produces a bursting, frothy head. Surprised as generally when I use this particular goblet, it has some magical effect that kills foam. Liquid in the glass is brown with a bright amber color. Lace remains as a ring on the perimeter of the glass.

The smell and flavor remind me a lot of a rye bread kind of sweet and kind of spicy, and there's a yeasty note injecting some flowery and earthy notes. The finish lingers with touches of brown sugar. Some of the flavors approach a raisiny fruitiness, but in general this is way more bread-heavy.

I guess I touched on it but I'll repeat that this has that bready malt sort of sweetness, a prominent yeasty feel and a lingering finish like when you taste a rich, fresh loaf of dark bread.

I like this beer but generally find that dubbels don't deliver for me in the way that a quad does.

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Photo of Dzu
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Very dark-brown with a foam head.
S: Dark bread, weak sweety.
T: Dark fuits, berries , bread and some magical ingredient :- )
F: Fantastic smooth. Perfect alcohol hiding.
O: Another great ale from St. Bernardus! Love it!

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Photo of tlema1
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L; brown and red, with a long lasting tight white head
S: it smells Belgian
T: some sweetness, dark fruits
F: coats the tongue, very carbonated
O: a good example of this style, but it's not a style I'm crazy about

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Photo of direwolf00
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Andrewharemza
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, pours a hazey brown colour with a small tan head that disapates to a thin layer. Aroma caramel, dark fruits, clove, spices. Taste sweet, dark fruits, malty, spices.

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St. Bernardus Prior 8 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.15 out of 5 based on 2,427 ratings.
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