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St. Bernardus Prior 8 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus Prior 8St. Bernardus Prior 8
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4.16/5
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2,464 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 09-27-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,403
Reviews:
1,072
Ratings:
2,464
pDev:
8.41%
Bros Score:
3.95
 
 
Wants:
161
Gots:
396
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Photo of PprBurke
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The_Bujon
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The Prior 8 pours a lovely deep hazy brown, with a nice looking head, which unfortunately does not stick.

Really overripe fruit aroma is very seductive. Definitely a combination of figs and ripe banana with a touch of spiced apple going on. This smells good enough to be spread on your toast, let's put it that way.

The taste is a slight let down, good but not sublime, you do get those fruits but not quite as potent as expected.

The brew goes down quite well, and no hint of the 8% abv at all.
After taste is solid and leaves you licking lips for more.

Overall I think this is a very good beer, just can't quite put my finger on why it's not epic.

Worth a boof or two, absoboofley!!

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

Photo of bgold86
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StJamesGate
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at P Macs, Dublin.
Webby ivory over cherry wood. 4.25
Clove, plum, pepper and cherry stone. 4
Maraschino, graham cracker, rum, fig, black cherry, earthy yeast, and slight herbal linger. 4
Lingering spicy sting.
Light+, crisp, some chew. 4

Looks great, smells on point. Does a lot of things right: orchard more than dried fruit, phenols clean up any sugar, and the Christmas plum opens into Band-Aid nose and caramel + raisins in the body. Gets around the need to lighten the sweetness with fizz by being neither sweet nor fizzy. Simple + light on the palate, though. Sturdy, if not the most exciting dubbel. 3.75

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Photo of MaxOhle
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wizzle32
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hozersr
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: It pours brilliant brown under a 1" cream to light tan foam cap with good retention.

S: The beer smells like a luscious, rich fruit tart with fruit, stone fruit, some earthiness, apricot, faint pie crust and a suggestion of nuts.

T: The big, malty palate features fruit, peach, apricot, leather and a moderately bitter finish over a rich biscuit to pie crust malty backbone. The beer is yeast driven and the resulting fruit flavors are divine.

F: The body is medium and the carbonation is medium high.

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Photo of SGR1220
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of obninsk23
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Toasted caramel, good mouth feel, at the end has a little too sweet of an aftertaste.

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Photo of iCabaLLero
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mkyer
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BixbyW
3.84/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JacobusFavier23
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First St. Bernardus beer. Very excited.

L-Dark amberish-brown. Woody color with a thin head.
S- Bready-slightly yeasty aroma. Roasty, biscuity aroma. Very wine like as well. I get notes of dark fruit like plum and grape. Almost get a biscuity-tabbaco aroma as well, like the scent of a cigar.
T- Wine-like, nutty and malty. Caramel and sweet cream as well. Very thorough and distinct flavor. Slightly sour.
F- Smooth, smooth, smooth! Wonderfully carbonated.
O- A mighty fine beer. Cant wait to try more from St. Bernardus!

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pajfuwen
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beaulabauve
3.55/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Yoann
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a tulip (sorry)
A - A lively brown with a heavy foam and black deposit both on top and at the bottom
S - Complex herbal hops
T - Not very expressive but perfectly balanced
M - Correctly carbonated
O - A perfectly mastered Abbaye ale!

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Photo of jbertsch
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Spicy, yeasty nose. Plum and raisin on the palate blended with some yeasty phenols. A slight thinness but broad flavour profile masks it well. Lovely beer.

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

Photo of edward_boumil
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L: Great looking beer, chesnut colored with slightly ruby highlights. Originally pours a pretty big head but it fades quick. Easy coaxed back by swirling. No lace
S: Good aroma. Slightly wine-like, grapes are prominent. Beside grape is a sweet syrupy aroma. Molasses, toffee, think caramelized sugar.
T: Great flavor and especially great balance. Not nearly as robust as other dubbels I've enjoyed, but flavors are balanced quite well. Very prominent nutty flavors up front. However this beer finishes more sweet with dark fruit flavors. Raisin and plum notes are quite noticeable. Alcohol is almost undetectable. Overall a great tasting beer, complex yet simple enough to appreciate everything.
F: Bit of a sipper. I'm more into drinkable beers, so score is reflective of that. Heavy, can definitely weigh you down., but not ludicrous like a robust boozy stout. Well-carbonated. Not overtly refreshing. However it is quite smooth.
O: Great dubbel. Alcohol content is deceptive in this one, despite being on the "higher" end of beers it drinks quite nice. Not something to pummel through, but something to sit back and appreciate. Definitely a great intro to dark Belgians, and something I will certainly revisit.

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Photo of Duff27
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

St. Bernardus Prior 8 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 2,464 ratings
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