St. Bernardus Prior 8 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus Prior 8St. Bernardus Prior 8

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Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kbub6f on 09-27-2002

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of vandemonian
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
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 -4.1%
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 -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of bushbeer75
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
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 -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.72/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance - Offwhite head. Black body. One finger head with decent retention.

Smell - Coffee. Yeast. Dark fruit. Some sweetness.

Taste - Alcohol. Yeast. Some dark fruit. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel - Frothy. Light to medium bodied.

Overall Drinkability - Flavorful, balanced, but a little bland.

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brownish amber with 1/2" of dense, bubbly head that has good retention. The nose has notes of caramel, yeast, spices and fruit. The taste is caramel, faint spice, apple, faint grapes, phenols, and yeast. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated.

If you pay attention there are a lot of subtle flavors that come together in this one. It's well balanced and very drinkable.

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Photo of DavidST
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a goblet. This pours a hazy yeast filled tea color with a small white head which quickly dissipates. The smells are of grapes and dark ripe fruit. The feel is medium with high carbonation. The taste is of grape, fruit, malts with a dry finish and a little alcohol burn. Overall pretty good but the 10 is better.

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3.47/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A dark, hazy brown sits in the goblet with a thin, constant layer of head. I get raisin, dates, some chocolate in the nose with similar flavors, but a little alcohol flavor at the end of each sip. The texture is creamy but not too bubbly.

This was the first time I encountered the Prior 8, and I had the fortune to have it on tap at The Trappist in Oakland. This has lots of complexity without as much alcohol, which is applaudable. Will definitely get it again when given the chance.

Update: Tried in a bottle with more notes.
This is a leathery, chocolatey brown that has a swirly, whispy tan head. Clear, unless you pour the yeast in. Sweet date is prominent on the nose along with brown sugar and maple syrup. Sweet to start the taste. Dark stone fruit, mostly plum, sit in the back of the throat and become metallic, which is kind of annoying. A tart taste sticks around and mingles with the CO2, it's slightly unpleasant. The good nearly outweighs the bad.

It's been established in other reviews that I'm highly sensitive to candied sugar, and this one does it to me. I guess I like this more on tap than in a bottle. Good to know.

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

A-a dark hazy brown, no highlights seen in backlight, with a fingers worth of creamy head

S-rich malts, dark fruits, caramel, and yeast

T-bread like malts give way to hop bitterness, dark juicy fruits, caramel, and a warming sensation as the beer warms

M-medium body, smooth, light to moderate carbonation

Overall a really nice tasting beer, complex, smooth, creamy, excellent example of a dubbel

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4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One bottle purchased from 2Be, Brugge, Belgium.

.33L bottle served in a chalice

A- Cloudy, dark Amber color; thick course head that dissipated relatively quickly. Mild lacing.

S- Yeasty, earthy tones and a hint of dried fruits; fig, raisin.

T- Sweet malt; heavy yeast and touch of dried fruits and mellow tones of sour berries. Slight bitter aftertaste.

M- Full bodied, medium carbonation; very creamy on the palate.

O- This is a great beer. Has the same qualities as the Trappist ales without the noticeable alcohol despite the 8% ABV.

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3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter bottle for review

A - Color is of dark muddy brown and clear from what I could tell, with it being so dark. Poured an off-white foamy head that lasted a decent amount of time. The lace lasted all throughout the tasting
S - First smell is of malts, dark fruit, hint of spice, subtle alcohol esters, and at the end of the smell picking up a doughy type of smell
T - Taste the malts and yeast flavors right away. Slight nutty taste, with a hint of a floral type taste.
M - Medium carbonation feel in mouth, when swallowed brings up a carbonated tingly feeling.
O - Thought it was a great beer, easy to drink and enjoy. Nothing was overpowering, things just seemed to mesh together well in this beer.

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4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a muddy purple/brown with a small off-white head that fades quickly.

Smells of dark cherry, plum, sugar, slightly floral. Nice aroma...subtle.

Up front sweetness, fig, raisin, plum notes that fades into slightly boozy carbonation and finishes with the smallest bitterness, roasty note, and alcohol. Fantastic really. One of the better tasting beers in this style I've had.

Medium body that is made highly quafable by the big carbonation and dry finish. Some residual sweetness.

This is a really great beer...almost like a more drinkable apt 12, though, the two have distincly different tastes. Great dubble either way that is hard to beat with the lack of Rochefort around these parts.

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3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Popped the cap on this brew and the bubbles started coming right up the neck of the bottle and magically stopped right at the top of the bottle. Poured this one slowly into a wine glass, it came out as a muddy brown color with a light tan colored head on top. The lacing was pretty good down the glass and sticks around for a while. The smell of the beer is soft, earthy and had a light spice note in there too. The taste of the beer was smooth with some subtle dark fruit flavors and brown sugar. The other flavors of some yeast come through also. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a light carbonation to it and was very easy to drink. Overall it's a brew that everyone should try.

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4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Good looking, dark red color, intense medium body, good head with small bubbles in a light brown color, well carbonated for a good top layer that remains all the time, the dissipation of the head happens slowly leaving lots of traces on the glass.

S: Some alcohol is sensed at first, also some malts and dark fruits but not to intense.

T: Here the dark fruit as prunes are somehow clear, also little sugar that should be caramelized or toasted, the malts are also present such as barley a little toasted and very little hops.

M: Easy to drink at the beginning turns a little difficult at the end because of the bitterness that remains a long time making a good ending, some alcohol remains on the mouth but not disgusting.

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4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: a crisp layer of supple, yet petite suds drift atop this cacao-amber colored ale.

S: invisible particles of deep forest soil waft into the back of the throat whilst a glint of elderberry flirts with the nose.

T: this drink speaks softly but carries a large stick. Simultaneously packing both a light peppery punch and silky nectary sweetness, it makes its presence felt with a subtle nod and the tip of hat.

M: there almost seems to be a soft skin to every sip, like the kind that forms over grandma's tapioca pudding. This, however, instantly melts away into a ripple of spritz that winks at your palette.

O: This beer is clearly quality. If I have one qualm with it, it is that it is almost too unassuming. The flavors are developed and sophisticated, yet sometimes are so delicate and understated that they border on anti-climactic. The Prior 8 consistently dazzles you, but never quite delivers that knock out blow.

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4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

330ml bottle poured into a 14.9oz goblet.

A - One finger of bubbly, light-beige head off the pour. Deep, almost opaque, amber-burgundy color. The head recedes to a thin, soapy cap, and leaves behind a bit of lacing.

S - Surprisingly strong malt presence, with a lot of bread and biscuit like malt. Belgian yeast and candi sugar, as well as dark fruits, spices, and a light nutty undertone. Figs, licorice, and blackberries.

T - Full flavor right off the bat. First sip begins with tons of dark fruit, candi sugar, and bready malt. Finishes with a lot of spices, a hint of dark chocolate and a dry yeastiness. Aftertaste is warming alcohol. Almonds, black cherries, figs, plums, currants, and brown sugar are all identifiable in this dubbel. Not quite as well crafted as the Pater 6, but still a thoroughly enjoyable flavor profile. Alcohol is masked well under the mixture of fruits and spices.

M - The body on this one is fantastic. Smooth, perfect viscosity, and fair carbonation. Well done.

D - Another home run by St. Bernardus. As I mentioned, a slight step below the Pater 6, but a fantastic and flavorful dubbel nonetheless. If it wasn't for the 8.0% ABV, I could drink a ton of these.

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

Poured a hazy, nutty brown into a tulip with two fingers of light khaki yeast-flecked head. Mild biscuit/cookie aroma with gentle nutmeg and clove.

Slightly high carbonation and great mouthfeel -- full, creamy, and dry on the finish. Nutty biscuit up front followed by subtle banana, clove, and a slight tartness on the finish.

Nicely balanced, full-flavored, and completely easy-drinking. Very tasty and not too sweet.

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St. Bernardus Prior 8 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 2,489 ratings