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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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%

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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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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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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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St. Bernardus Prior 8 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 2,494 ratings