St. Bernardus Prior 8 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

2,417 Ratings
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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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of garymuchow
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Working my way through the top dubbels to see what I can glean in my vain attempt, so far, to make a satisfactory one on my own.
750 ml bottle poured with two pourings into my SN tulip. Best By Date of 29.06.16 - so a relatively fresh bottle I presume.
Darker malt and darker fruit on the first take of aroma. A little vinous too. Yeast qualities are subdued, comparatively. Kinda' musty with soft light fruit and spice that appears a little later. Bottle note "delicate bouquet" and I would concur, yet really complex too.
Clear dark amber of reds/copper with huge full tan head.
How do you get so much richness without actually being excessively rich and not too dry either. Nice soft rich malt flavors with a shot of sweetness up front, esp. when it's cold. Also caramel and nuttiness. Very complex malt presentation. No emphasis on fruit with this one. Bitterness seems largely in the foam. Soft spicing. All well balanced flavors. Even the alcohol is flavorful and soft - just enough warm the gut and just zing to touch the flavor. Oh, there the fruit is - it makes a showing too - sorta' medium, not dark or light. A little doughiness to the malt. Just enough hops to show a flavor presence. Delicate and just enough to add to the complexity.
Moderate feel. Quite smooth. Carbonation not to excess even with the huge head.
An overall very well crafted, complex and interesting beer. I've had dubbel's with more striking flavors. This one is more about balance and drinkability.

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Photo of brez8791
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of BMMillsy
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

What a great dubbel. Pours slightly darker than the 6 with a thicker mouthfeel, small off white head. Heavy prune notes and carbonation is just right, a little chocolate, more dark fruits and plums. Just a hint of yeast. Medium mouthfeel with still plenty of carbonation. More good stuff by St. Bernardus.

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Photo of jmtpi
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of KMitch
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of CEDAMA
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of TBoneJones
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thick brown pour into the chalice. Nice head that faded to a minimal.
Herbal chocolatey smell, maybe molasses too.
Malty, nutty, dark fruit taste, and blends very well I might add.
Creamy delicious.
For some reason, as I sipped this I couldnt help but think that some aspect of it reminded me of an imperial, souped-up version of Celebrator Doppelbock. Maybe its the chocolate or candy aspects of the brew. And that's not a bad thing at all.  

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Photo of DioS
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of thegrifter
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: minimal to no head over cloudy brown liquid.

S: Bananas, pears, figs and candy sugar.

T: Pears, bananas, figs, white grapes, candy sugar and a touch of earthy and grassy hops.

M: Medium viscosity and a high level of fine carbonation.

O: Maybe I have been spoiled by the other dubbels I have had, but this one doesn't particularly stand out.

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Photo of beerpadawan
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of scottiethebody
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of cindyloopeeples
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of CommonRider
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of slowdaddy
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of mmarv74
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Arno
3.18/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: Chestnut brown, hazy. Huge creme foam top that fades quickly. Lovely lacing.

smell: Has a medicinal smell to it combined with caramel, dark fruits and licorice.

taste: A little odd. It has some contradicting flavors somehow. I get caramel, brown sugar with a spicy smokey licorice finish. It's interesting but it doesn't really seem to click somehow. After some lingering i get fig as an after taste. I get a lot of medicinal phenol flavors together with alcohol in the nose, which adds to the slightly weird flavor combo.

mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Quite creamy with a nice carbonation kick breaking through.

overall: It's an interesting beer. I'm not sure if i like it or not. It's not bad and i do enjoy it, but it's just not a "Wow!" moment i had with their Triple. So it's def. not their best.

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Photo of 4ster
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of BrazilianAussie
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of jhhollier
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass
Appearance – Served a medium deep reddish-brown color with a light haze and a one finger white head. The head faded over time to give a medium level of lacing.
Smell – The aroma is heaviest of dark fruit aromas of prune, raisin, fig, and some cherry. These sweeter fruit flavors are also complimented by some aromas of a bready malt as well as some molasses. Overall the aroma is sweet and delicious.
Taste – The taste begins more on the maltier side with hints of a roasted malt and brown bread. These flavors quickly sweeten as the dark fruit flavors that were detected in the nose come to the tongue. These tastes are mixed with a caramel and molasses flavor which greatly sweeten the profile. At the end of the taste, some boozy and vanilla flavors meet the tongue and take the taste to the end.
Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is on the slightly higher side with some nice creaminess and has a carbonation level being just below average.
Overall – A tasty brew, but in comparison to its bigger brother 12 it is nothing to really pine for. For the dubbel style it is more towards the top of the line, but not the best out there (at least in my opinion)

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of flyers1980
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of 6string
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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