St. Bernardus Prior 8 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

2,422 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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Photo of Mlawrence
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of gbrill
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of BuccoFan
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour -- Into a tulip glass. Pours a thin reddish brown. Brownish white head forms at the top, thick but thin, eventually forming a nice layer of cream that stays throughout the entire tasting.

Aroma -- Nice malty smell, but not too strong. A subtle scent, not its strong point.

Mouthfeel -- carbonation is there, but low-to-medium. It's pretty smooth.

Taste -- Its absolute strongest point. I sipped on this over the course of a half hour, and savored every drop of it. I like to start these out a little colder than recommended, and let the taste gradually enhance as it goes on, and this, even cold, had a very nice flavor. I had one of these the same weekend I had a Rochefort 8, and while this is the minority opinion, I found the Prior 8 exceedingly more tasteful. I've had the St. B quad, but this was my first time with their dubbel, and this is now my favorite dubbel, hands down.

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Photo of Marius
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Cafe de la Gare. Dark brown with a fine beige head. Dried fruit, caramel, cocoa, figs, raisins, cola. Medium bodied with soft carbonation and a sticky sweet aftertaste.

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Photo of theminutemen
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of DougT
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a St. Bernardus glass. Unfortunately my favorite is 12 and it's very hard not to compair. As a double I should not expect the strength of a quad, but there it is. Take comments with the proper grain of salt.

A: deep, clear brown. 1+ finger medium brown head that dissipates to a light layer of foam across the whole challis that sticks slightly to the sides. very light lacing.

S: Bread yeast hit my nose hard at first. That subsided and then figs. Other dark fruits. Somewhat subtle, but very pleasant.

T: Not too sweet, smooth, very light hopps but some come out late to lend a little bitter flavor in the aftertaste, a little alcohol. Delicious.

M: Fizzy! Fairly light. Not too strong, I think I could drink this all night.

O: A very good beer. Light enough to enjoy on a warm evening. Not as powerful or as much of a sensory overload as 12. Sort of like 12 light. Not quite as much flavor and not as full bodied, but the flavor and fizzy character matches. You can tell it's St Bernardus!

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Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of CarolinaKev
4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of bhir
4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of mechamifune
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark cola brown. Slight tan head that fades out in a couple minutes. Very evident cardonation.

Smell is slightly sweet with hints of dark fruits and then a bit of apple. No real hop presence.

Taste is in line with the smell. Slightly sweet with a bit of an alcoholic aftertaste. Subtle fruit notes with toffee throughout. A wonderful, complex taste, and about as good as you can expect from this style, in my experience anyway.

Mouthfeel is full, load of carbonation but right for the style. A slow sipper for sure, but very befitting the complex and enjoyable taste profile.

Overall, this is as fine a dubbel as I've had and one worth seeking out. I probably enjoyed it more than any of the other St. Bernardus offerings, though they are all worthy.

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Photo of gk4984
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of ccozzi
4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of brureview
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a chalice. The beer appears to have a cola color with
a one finger head. There is carbonation from the bottom of the glass going upwards towards the head.

The smell from the head is complex: some fruit presence. The smell lasts throughout the tasting.

The mouth feel is too overpowering- very tingly, but it mellows with warming.

The finish is also highly complex. At first, there is a strong molasses finish, and later I discover hints of caramel which become more accentuated with warming. I also tasted apple in the finish with even more warming, as the taste mellows.

Warming brings out wonderful qualities of this beer: it's a sipper, that needs to be savored slowly. The mouth feel mellows with warmth and the Dubbel becomes very balanced. There is a strong alcoholic aftertaste which remains throughout- it's not overpowering and fits well into the general drinking of the beer.

Overall, a great beer at the right temp. Warmth brings out the finish and mellows the mouth feel. Will drink again.

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of RyanGoodman
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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

Pours an excellent rich, copper-colored body with a great thick and sticky, bone-white head. Great lacing.

Rich, grainy aroma with dark fruits and some orange scents mixed in. Caramel, toffee, toasted bread...

Sweet caramel malt taste, buttressed with a slight phenol and alcohol taste that lasts through the finish.

Rich mouthfeel, heavy bodied, sticky yet smooth from the carbonation.

Damn tasty! Rich, complex, and quite enjoyable overall. Highly recommended...

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Wamba
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

St. Bernardus Prior 8 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.15 out of 5 based on 2,422 ratings.
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