St. Bernardus Prior 8 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

St. Bernardus Prior 8St. Bernardus Prior 8
Liked This Beer
4.16 w/ 2,436 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:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 09-27-2002

View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,436 |  Reviews: 1,061
Photo of twowheelssoar
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of MacStinson
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of whatname
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of jumbopanda
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of superspak
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into signature chalice, no bottle dating. Pours cloudy dark reddish brown color with a fairly dense 2 finger off white head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some slight spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big apple, grape, raisin, prune, dark candi sugar, molasses, pepper, toasted biscuit, and yeast spices. Fantastic and standard dubbel aromas with great complexity and strength. Taste of big raisin, prune, caramel, molasses, biscuit, clove, pepper, dark candi sugar, light chocolate, roasted nut, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of dark fruit, molasses, apple, candi sugar, clove, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic flavor balance and complexity; with no cloying sweetness. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fantastic fairly creamy and slick mouthfeel. Very smooth to drink but is still a sipper. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely mind blowing Dubbel. Fantastic flavor complexity, balance, and super smooth drinking. Hands down the best Dubbel I have ever had.

 1,122 characters

Photo of MassiveBeerReviews
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of macrosmatic
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of sleuthdog
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of biercycle
3/5  rDev -27.9%

Photo of Bakerwine
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bbd = 07/15/13
served from 11.2 oz bottle, sourced from gift pack, into quality, all-purpose wine glass w/wider bowl to med-taper (same glass I'll always use for drinking beer - the big, thick glasses are fun and look cool, but I like the thin wine stems with a % of crystal - beers give more in these stems!)

-what a great color! deep ruby/orange w/streaks of purple and garnet. Tons of life - multiple streams of fine bubbles - I'd see more streams but the fantastic cloudy haze prevents it. - The milky deep cream head isn't going anywhere

-The nose is amazing - fruits range from lemon and honey-tangerine to bergamot orange to banana to wild raspberry - with red and yellow florals. Potpourri and baking spices are intense, with clove, peppercorns and bitter cocoa. The malty flavors are next with caramel, filberts and honey (lavender) - Organic earth notes of mushroom and hay and barnyard are here (but clean!)

-Palate is tighter than nose - temperature is a bit cool - but citrus and spices show themselves. The beer is lively and fresh and youthful - just a hint of bitter (very nicely balanced) with malty richness and nuanced power. The beer finishes long and with high complexity. This is far superior to the Pater 6 I had from the same gift set. Great beer.

 1,274 characters

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bought this in the gift pack, put that glass to good use.

Nice color. Ruby hazel nut body, shiny. Not 100% white head, foamy across the top. Good lacing.

Aroma is a bit subdued. It's a dubbel for sure, though. Sweet apple and faint nutmeg. Cinnamon perhaps. Sweet caramel, sweet bread.

I would call this a semi-sweet flavor. Orchard apples, sweet caramel, sweet bread, nuts, and hints of orange peel. Westy 8 is a bit sweeter and a touch more complex, but this is darn good. Easy drinking.
The feel is just about perfect; I'm not sure what else it could do.

Great beer

 575 characters

Photo of soulfly1492
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Estery, orange and banana. Clove and black pepper. Mild hops, citrus if anything. Lots of malt character. Lots of pilsner, pale, and maybe even Munich malt. Lots of yeast character, mostly spicy.

Appearance: Pale gold, cloudy. Lots of small particles in suspension. Pours a moderate white head, which dissipates fairly quickly leaving some white foam around the rim and spotty in the center of the glass.

Taste: Thick bold flavor right from the start. Lots of orange and spicy yeast. Bitter malt. Delightful flavor. Lots of phenols and just a touch of lemon at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Creamy yet bubbly. Moderate carbonation. A bit gritty, yet not very drying.

Overall: Wasn't expecting much from the aroma, but this is a great Tripel. Much better than their Abt 12, although that's a different style of course. Delicious, savory, smooth, perfectly balanced. Missing hope, but if that's my only complaint we're good here.

Notes: Fresh by 4/12/2013, drank 2/8/2012.

 988 characters

Photo of wilfonzo
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of elec
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Amp
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark red-brown in color, Prior 8 reminds me more of cherry wood than anything. A spritzy-looking but solid head sits about a finger tall and leaves alternating spotty and patchy lacing in its wake.
The smell and flavor are big and complex, with lots of candi sugars, spices and dark fruits in particular accompanied by other Belgian yeast notes of gentle earth barely detectable in all the richness and sweetness. Spiciness is both nipping pepper and a mix of connamon and clove in likeness. This is heavy and rich, definitely a sipper. Alcohol adds a fusel note and makes sipping even more of a necessity.
The mouthfeel leans toward lush in a rich carbonation flowing through a big, malty backbone, but carbonation is so heavy it becomes extremely filling. Both smooth and crisp, I understand the love of so many for the mouthfeel, but if the carbonation could be moderated it would make for easier drinking.

 911 characters

Photo of KiltedCulinarian
3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a branded goblet. Poured a dark walnut colour, two fingers of clean head. Smells robustly malty. Is lightly carbonated, slightly sweet, not too heavy and sickly. Finishes slightly pruney. A good showing for a Belgium, representative of the style, without the sickly sweetness sometiems present. No strong alcohol overtones.

 333 characters

Photo of jrenihan
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BB 20/07/16

Beer is a dark chestnut brown with a fairly small and fizzy tan head that dissipates very quickly. No lacing.

Smell consists of bready malt and some dark fruit, like fig.

Taste is mildly sweet. Bready malt, some fruit flavours such as banana and fig and prune. A bit similar to banana bread, save for the fig and prune elements. A bit of booze is detectable, but not much.

Highly carbonated and medium bodied. Carbonation is too much and the beer is too light- really interferes with the flavour. A bit of a syrupy feel.

Overall, a real disappointment. Not sure if this is an off bottle or just a really young bottle. but I expected much more. I am a big fan of the other St. Bernadus beers I have had (12, 6, Tripel and Wit), so I am surprised by this. Will definitely try it again to see if I have a different reaction next time.

 850 characters

Photo of tenacioustomato
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of javahead71
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of jmich24
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of stampfler07
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy brown-amber with a substantial brown foamy head, leaves quite a bit of lacing

S- Strong alcohol and sweet malt, dark fruit, plums and raisins

T- Sweet caramel malt, dried dark fruit like cherry, minimal bitterness, full fruity aftertaste

M- Very smooth and thick, light carbonation

O- Nice combination of full, dark flavors paired with a good mouthfeel and beautiful appearance makes this a great brew

 413 characters

Photo of jtmcgraw
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of cheefdaddy1
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of PaulMc
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

St. Bernardus Prior 8 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 91.5% out of 100 with 2,436 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.