St. Bernardus Prior 8 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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92
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2,417 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:
2,417
Reviews:
1,058
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
8.43%
 
 
Wants:
158
Gots:
371
For Trade:
3
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of bnes09
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep caramel color, thick and murky looking. Lots of bubbles. Big head on the pour with lots of lacing.

Brilliant aroma of hot caramel, brown sugar, figs and dates. Mild ginger herb. Overall sweet, dark, luscious and inviting.

Dark fruit flavors are prominent complimenting the aroma. Lots of brown sugar sweetness. Hops add a subtle spice. Black pepper and spinach leaves. Hint of Belgian yeast rounds out the flavors in a satisfying finish.

Medium bodied with plenty of malt and yeast textures. Just the right amount of carbonation to bring the complexities to my palate.

Overall a superb example of a dubbel. Highly complex and very well rounded.

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Photo of mfgreene
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of scottyb88
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a cloudy, dark brown with light tan head

S-brown sugar, pecan, raisins, very light citrus

T-very similar flavors with a sweet, yet dry finish

M-very smooth feel with dry finish; almost creamy, velvety feel; mild carbonation

O-a really solid offering from St. Bernardus, as expected, but doesn't have the flavor as the 12. I know it shouldn't compare, but its simply a lesser version of the 12

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of DannyHartman
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To me, the appearance of this brew is the greatest among many good things about this beer.... As I pour an 11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass, a thick 2-inch head appears atop a unique hazy brew.... A brew with a copper/brown skirting that fades into a deep, dark, and almost opaque center.... The head vanishes quickly, but has good retention, and leaves decent lacing.

I take a whiff and get sweet Belgian yeast with dark fruit like that of raisin or grape.... There's also some caramel malt with breadiness and spice.

The taste mostly consists of dark fruit like pruny plum and grape.... There's also some apple and pear with a bit of spicy Belgian yeast and bread.

This is a medium-bodied brew that is well carbonated.... It has a crisp feel that leaves a bit of an alcohol aftertaste.

Overall, I truly enjoyed this brew.... A complex, but well balanced brew with a delicious taste and aroma.... Though not amongst my favorite Belgians, it's an easy-drinking Belgian.... Unique, indeed.... I love you, Belgium.

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

Appearance: Dark brown and opaque. Two finger foamy off-white head that is retaining well.

Aroma: Bready malt and a hint of yeast. A bit of sweetness on the back end like pear/apple juice.

Taste: An interesting mix of some bready malt flavor with a bit of dark malt. Flavors of plum, fig, pear, and some light spice notes dominate the overall taste. Some nice creaminess from the head with each sip that helps balance out the effervescent punch to the palate. Don't taste any of the 8% ABV. A bit of a spicy finish with lingering clove.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated as expected and medium in body. Average drinkability. The cloves get a tad cloying.

Final Thoughts: This is a Dubbel done right. Those who enjoy the style should really appreciate this one. Would I drink it again? It's probably my favorite of the style I've tried.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Light beige head, good retention on a hazy, amber body. Soapy, suddsy, sticky lacing. Aroma is vanilla, raisin, biscotti, fig, feint chocolate. Taste closely follows the aromas. Alcohol is very well hidden, this beer is extremely easy to drink for 8%. Delicious in every way, shape and form.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

St. Bernardus Prior 8 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.15 out of 5 based on 2,417 ratings.
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