St. Bernardus Prior 8 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

2,428 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 DCon
3.41/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 33cl bottle from the International Tap House in Soulard (St. Louis), MO for $6. Poured from the orange labeled bottle & St. Bernardus Monk on the front into a 16oz iTap Pint Glass. Has a best before date of 06 01 16 on the back of the glass.

Aroma- Tons of honey and a bit of spice in his one. Has a strong noble hop aroma also but not quite the normal Dubbel aroma...

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger head that has an average retention time. Has a dark copper body that has good depth. Leaves small sudsy lacing but sticks well.

Flavor- Very strong maltiness at the beginning and then very sweet with only a touch of honey. Very light hops and the bitterness level is as low as it can go, 1/10. More complexity could be better in this one.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Smooth, and then just sweetness and palate lingering after the drink.

Overall Impression- I'm a huge fan of all other St. Bernardus brews, but this one falls short for me. Should have more body, carbonation, complexity, richness, and many more attributes. Nonetheless, enjoyed but would push you to get an Abt 12 or Pater 6 before this one.

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Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at the Farmhouse, Emmaus, PA

I don't think I can count how many times I've seen this beer around, but I never got around to trying it, always opting for it's bigger brother 12, if I'm in the mood for a St. Bernardus. Clear, chestnut brown color with a frothy off-white head that retained and laced well. Aroma of sweet malts and sugars, with notes of dried fruits. Taste was pretty much what I'd expect from a dubbel: candi sugar and caramel, lightly toasted bread, tones of dried plums and raisins, and a touch of vanilla. A bit of noticeable booze. Medium mouthfeel, and pleasantly drinkable.

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Photo of MsRif
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at The Farmhouse in Emmaus, PA. Poured a dark brown color with a decent white head that retained well. Beautiful lacing! Had an aroma of dark fruits, yeast and sweet malts. Yep, definitely a Belgian. Tasted of dark fruits (plums, cherries, figs), yeast and brown sugar. Not very complex, but well-balanced and enjoyable.

Medium-bodied with good carbonation. Smooth with a bit of a dry finish.

Overall, a good brew that was a good representation of the style. Recommended.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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3/5  rDev -27.7%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of vandemonian
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

St. Bernardus Prior 8 is a delicious and beautifully crafted dubbel. So good.

A: Dark brown colour and a huge 2 cm head that lasts indefinitely. Amazing looking beer. 5

S: Yeast with a touch of sourness. 3.5

T: Malty with some spice flavours into some roastier flavours. There is a bit of alcohol kick at the end. 4

M: So foamy. 4.5

O: 4.5

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle

A: Pours deep mahogany/brown color with an impressive foamy head on top, about 1.5 fingers in height, just off-white in color. Really nice retention, this thing is not going anywhere. Nice lacing all around the glass.

S: Some fig and raisin as well as a bit of bready malt. The yeast shines through a little, but overall rather simple.

T: Nice flavor, full of dark fruits, mostly raisins, plum, and a little bit of fig. Some candied sugar and a little bit of bready malt.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinks very smooth.

O: A really good beer, easy drinking and smooth. Solid flavor profile, spot on.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of bushbeer75
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz brown bottle with best before date of 13 07 15 – consumed in a St. Bernardus chalice at approximately 50 F.

St. Bernardus Prior 8 poured hazy dark amber that produced a fizzy and bubbly 1-finger tan head that surprisingly dissipated very quickly. The nose is dominated by dark fruits [figs, plums, dates] followed by sweet caramel and brown sugar. The taste matched the nosed with black cherries noted and some nuttiness. The mouth feel is pleasantly creamy with a light fizzy/zesty carbonation.

Prior 8 is another stellar ale from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

St. Bernardus Prior 8 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.15 out of 5 based on 2,428 ratings.
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