St. Bernardus Prior 8 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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4.16/5
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St. Bernardus Prior 8St. Bernardus Prior 8
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Belgium
sintbernardus.be

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kbub6f on 09-27-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,490
Reviews:
1,080
Ratings:
2,494
pDev:
8.65%
Bros Score:
3.95
 
 
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164
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Photo of zbooks
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cheers2u2
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy copper ,cola color. Effervescent,above average carbonation and a nice heavy feel. Aroma is more mild than most in this style but it was still dried fruit,a little bit of banana,malt and yeast. Taste was identical but not as sweet as some others and with a prickly bite to it. The finish was an uncommon dry bitter hop taste that lingered a while. This is definitely subdued comparatively but still very flavorful and an excellent version of the style

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Photo of ThisSeasonsWaifu
3/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of goodsuds
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is an exceptional beer. Poured from a bottle labeled best by 04-07-19 into a tulip glass, color is a cloudy brown with a one finger fluffy white head. Smell is dark fruits and molasses. Nothing too complex in the nose but it is very pleasant. It doesn't have any of the banana or clove flavors most Abbey ales have. It tastes a lot like a fruitier (from the ale yeast) doppelbock. There is a decent bitterness in the finish to balance things out. The mouthfeel is full bodied and well carbonated.

I would say this is probably one of the best Abbey ales I've ever had. Despite not having any of the clove or banana you might expect it is still very, very good and well worth the money.

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Photo of Brolo75
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11.3 ounce bottle poured into a St. Bernardus goblet

A: Pours a hazy mahogany color with an off white full creamy head, lots of head retention and carbonation, good amount of lacing, nice appearance.

A: Sweet aromas of dark fruits like figs, plums, raisins, dates, brown sugar, toasted bready malts, clove, spice, and banana, lots of depth and complexity and it's very aromatic, no alcohol on the nose.

T: Follows the nose with dark fruits, brown sugar, banana, clove and spice, Belgian yeast comes through pretty strong and lingers in the finish, alcohol is well hidden, nice taste.

M: Very smooth with lots of carbonation that rolls over the palate, finish is dry, and it's medium bodied.

O: An excellent dubbel, great balance of flavors, as the beer warms the alcohol does come through a bit more, lots of Belgian yeast notes and a great mouthfeel with lots of carbonation that smoothly rolls over the palate.

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Photo of BeerGlassesCollector
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of vinicole
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Deep clear auburn. Dense light tan head. Some deposit at the bottom of the glass.
Mild spicy aroma. Light mixed peel.
Sweet. Caramelised syrup and dry pipped fruit. Some bitterness to finish.
Medium body. Quite soft.
Not as good as expected.

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Photo of StormAles
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of 104401
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EmperorBevis
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

bottled
pours a brown sugar body with good tobacco stained headinking but solid body

aroma it golden syrup and cloves
that's there in the flavour with a nutty dryness and easy dr

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Photo of PolishHurricane
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tellsplatte
4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I started my Belgian beer obsession with the Chimay Red. I like beers that are in the 7% to 8% abv range. After some time, I moved on up to St. Bernardus Prior 8. I tried the Abt 12, but it was just a bit too strong/alcohol-tasting for me. St. Bern isn't as widely distributed as Chimay, so I often have to settle on Chimay, but each time I drink Chimay, I can taste the inferior quality of it compared to St. Bern. Sorry to say, but I keep feeling that Chimay has sold its soul to the devil in exchange for corporate profits and made their beer nothing more special than any American domestics. Folks, if you like Belgian ales, buy a Chimay Red, a St. Bern Prior 8 and taste them. There is a big difference for me.

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Photo of REDAMI
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into Chimay goblet.

L - Medium brown pour with a thickish tan head which lasted quite a while.

S - Toasted grains, brown bread, malts, funky yeast.

T- Buttered brown bread, toasted grains, caramel malts, buttery brittle candy.

F - Creamy, mouth coating buttery slickness, with fine, unobtrusive carbonation.

A moderately flavorful beer. Well crafted, with an excellent mouth feel.

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Photo of jonb5
3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle, poured into La Chouffe tulip.

A: Almost jet black, large tanned head which faded quickly without leaving much lacing.

S: Yeast and molasses.

T: Phenolic yeasty molasses, some raspberry. Started sweet, but seemed get slightly bitter.

M: Thick texture, low carbonation, slight burn from the booze.

O: Fairly standard Abbey Dubbel, nothing really stood out in a good or bad way.

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Photo of Uniobrew31
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BenHoppy
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mberishere
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gianluca88
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Urk1127
2.54/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Photo of sbuck
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of eberesford
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from the LCBO - Pours opaque deep brown with a thick (3cm) parchment coloured creamy head that leaves abundant lacing, Aroma, spicy (nutmeg, cinnamon) and wonderfully rich malt sweetness (candy, toffee, vanilla). Flavour: As in the aroma plus hints of prune and a gentle hop bitterness. Rich but medium bodied with gentle carbonation and a good length. A beer to savour on a cold night by a warm fire.

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Photo of rulisekmartin
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jjamadorphd
3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I am definitely a believer with this brewer, another great offering...

...except for the scent put out by this brew. Everything else was top-notch - the look was a hazy copper color with decent lacing. In just the right light, you can see the yeast particles floating in abundance - eerie and satisfying, all-in-one. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied and very crisp with a taste that included hints of cardamon, light hops, and grassy to my tongue - a very earthy beer IMHO. And then there was the smell - a true anomaly, but there nonetheless - it was this metallic tang that I could not find anything even distantly hiding behind the scenes. On the smell alone I was thinking "Drain pour", but was glad to take a sip and realize this was something good indeed.

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