St. Bernardus Prior 8 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

St. Bernardus Prior 8St. Bernardus Prior 8
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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

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Added by kbub6f on 09-27-2002

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Chestnut colored body, very little transparency, somewhat cloudy looking. Big frothy beige head that leaves a ton of lacing.

S- Lots of dark dried fruits, caramel malt, yeasty bread aromas.

T- Huge dried fruit flavors, bready malts, sweet bread, caramel. Big on flavor.

M- Medium-high carbonation, medium bodied, slight carbonation burn, coats the tougue nicely.

O- Very good beer. Much more flavor than the 6, very good example of the style.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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3/5  rDev -27.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of bobhits
3.07/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.75

Much like the 12 this one pours a murky brown color, nearly turning black. I think the st. Bernardus glass does a good job making this appear darker than perhaps it would be given a less bulbous vessel. This one still ours a nice 2 inch head filling the glass, though it doesn't last long and the lacing could be better.

Slight candy sugars, brown sugar, clove, some mild fruit esters, but nothing jumps out.

Dark fruits (no rot or fermenting going on here) with a lot of sugary sweetness mixed with perhaps a bit of cinnamon. I am really at a loss to explain this. The sugars are subdued by the spices and they really come off a bit off. There's still a good bit of hop flavor here and unlike the 12 hops do NOT work with this so some age would be nice.

The carbonation on this beer is over the top. It makes drinking it almost unpleasant. Each sip is followed by exploding bubbles that fill my mouth. The finish isn't clean like the 12, instead the sugary hoppy finish lingers on way too long.

I really was hoping to like this beer given how good the 12 was, but instead I am beyond unimpressed. This being only 4 months old could be a factor in my score, perhaps at 6-12 months this might work out the kinks and become a good bit better. Sadly, a review is just a snap shot in time for the bottle being opened. I won't go as far as to say avoid this beer as this isn't a style I seek out normally, but I wouldn't go in with high expectations.

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Photo of Quackershnoc
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: a nice dark ruby color; thick off-white head that lingers for a pretty good while
Aroma: malt; caramel; fruit-fig, raisin, plum, apple, pear, cherry; yeast and bread; hint of tartness in it
Taste: sweet and smooth throughout; starts with a little apple tartness, with pear and cherry; moves into some nice caramel, malt, yeast flavors-big time sweetness here, and lots of flavor; ends on some very nice dark fruit notes from the nose and nice spiciness; aftertaste of fruit, spice and a little caramel and is just excellent
Mouthfeel: this is fairly robust; kind of on the chewy side (if that makes any sense); some bright carbonation
Overall Impression: this is a very nice beer; it’s packed with flavors that meld together very nicely; it’s sweet and smooth and the aftertaste is absolutely delightful; I really think I could drink this all night; I love me some St. Bernardus!

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Photo of justintcoons
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of mooseo
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle into goblet.

A - Muddy amber-brown with a creamy light tan head.

S - Sweet dark fruit, molasses, brown sugar, bread, and Belgian yeast.

T - A delicious blend of plum, raisin, molasses, and toasted bready malts. Belgian yeast is present throughout and adds a nice spicy character to the beer. The finish brings in some earthy hops and light fruit (apple & pear).

M - Medium body. Insanely smooth and creamy. Crisp carbonation with a dry finish.

O - Wow this is an awesome dubbel. Complex, flavorful, and very drinkable all at the same time.

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Photo of jmann40
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A hazy deep copper brown topped with a finger of foamy tan head, this beer looks warm in the glass, like a winter ale packed full of spices.

S: The first notable smell is a smooth vanilla, with toffee and brown sugar. The smooth sweet flavours are followed by dark fruits of raisins and plums. Notably the smell is smooth, sweet and fruity.

T: Sweet dark fruits with honey up front followed by darker and richer flavours, hints of dark roast coffee and coco. At the end alcohol esters are present with just a slight heat.

M: Medium bodied with a smooth creamy overall feel. Prickles of carbonation are present and lend to the creamy feel, offering a slight foaminess on the palette.

O: This is a sure hit, sweet and deeply toasted malts in both the scent and flavour with plenty of creaminess with a solid foundation of deep dark copper in the glass. Get some and enjoy.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of DelMontiac
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle dated best before 20 07 12 poured into a Chimay chalice.

Nice cloudy bronze color exhibits ruby highlights. Two fingers of crackling khaki bubbles very in size and leave behind a 3D rocky web of lace. Very sticky.

Fills the nose with apple, pear, and cherry fruits backed by biscuit and vanilla. Slightly sour to the nose as well.

Flavors of grape, apple, cherry, and pear fruit are abound. Fairly dry with slight alcohol esters and doughy vanilla aftertaste. Nothing overpowers.

Feel is pretty prickly due the large amount of carbonation. Medium/full body and sticky on the lips and tongue.

Very solid brew overall. Maybe not as impressive as St. Bernardus's higher gravity brews, but still a great beer. Will visit this again.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet glass. Best by date of 24-08-17.

Appearance: Pours a deep and dark brownish amber with a little bit of floating sediment. Moderate amount of bubbles and a solid three fingers of off white head that slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a good amount of clingy lacing on the glass.

Smell: A deep juicy aroma with a nice amount of spicing. Funky Belgian yeast along with some clove, pepper and a little cinnamon spice. Candied Belgian sugars. Some esters of banana, pear, and apple. Toasted malts with hints of bready biscuit, caramel, toffee, and nuts. Big scents of dark fruits that include dark grape juice, raisins, prune, fig, dark cherry, plum, and dates. Light hints of grassy and herbal hops linger in the background. Very solid aroma.

Taste: Like the smell indicates, a good mix of spice, funk. and fruity flavors. Belgian yeast with a good dose of funk and spices including cloves, pepper, and a tad of cinnamon. Burnt Belgian candied sugars. Fruity esters of banana, pear, and apple. Sweet bready toasted malts with notes of baked biscuit, caramel, toffee, and some nuts. Big juicy notes of dark fruits including dark grapes, raisin, fig, prune, plum, dark cherries, and dates. A kind of earthy taste with some subtle grassy hops. A very good and balanced Dubbel taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, juicy, and fairly spicy and prickly. Alcohol heat is there but masked pretty well.

Overall: A really great Belgian Dubbel. One of the best in the style. Great mix of yeast, spices, and complex fruit esters.

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St. Bernardus Prior 8 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 91.5% out of 100 with 2,434 ratings
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