St. Bernardus Prior 8 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

2,423 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 Captain68
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of EMV
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

L: Pours a dark mahogany brown... hints of crimson at the edges at I hold it up to the light. 2 fingers of tannish head.. spectacular lacing.

S: Dark fruits and darker sugars... molasses.. raisins and plums... yeasty bread.

T/F: Rich and complex... just like the nose, the dark fruits and sugars dominate. Strong yeast esters... lots going on, and the flavors merge very nicely. Slightly warming. Silky smooth and creamy. Good carbonation... tingles on the tip of my tongue after the swallow.

O: Possibly my favorite Dubbel.... just a great beer and they nailed the style.

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Photo of rarigney
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of costanzo_mike
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wpreynolds
3/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Spyderglx
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OldSwampy
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Dark rich chestnut ale, slightly translucent, with a cream head. Head is solid but not too foamy unless poured aggressively. Nose yeasty, spicy, creamy, and caramel in a nice balance. Taste develops slowly, with a flavor arc that grows and fades like only the best beers (or wines). Dark fruits like figs and dates. Caramel candy. Dark spices. Aftertaste is more of a warm glow than anything. Mouthfeel just right for the style: smooth and creamy but not at all loose or flabby, with a clean ending. Fabulous beer.

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Photo of SassaDog
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of thatsmyspot
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Griphon
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Loveyourbeer
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Element1290
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kevintaraross
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of thoglund
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of soccercoachjames
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of davidperez
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best before 08/07/18

Served in a St. Bernardus chalice, it pours a deep, murky, dark brown with an orange hue, with plenty of sediments floating. It looks similar to a tamarind infusion.
It forms a two-finger head, light brown, sudsy and foamy with good retention.
The head never fully dissipates. It leaves a persistent thin layer of foam, yet thick enough to look as a head and not as remnant foam.
Beautiful lacing.

Appealing bouquet.
Lots of malts in the form of caramel and biscuit. Toffee and brown sugar add complexity to such sweetness. Butter and a good amount of cherry, dark fruits as in prune, raisins and dates. Subdued spicy yeast, a faint booze note.
After swirling a metallic note appears, as well as some earthy hoppiness. The metallic note disappeared after a while.

What an explosive carbonation.
Right after, a surprise: a semi-dry beer. The bouquet really set a trap with its mild sweetness.
A thrust of an assertive flavor, predominantly bitter and perhaps even slightly acidic, with a touch of sweetness. The bitterness has a touch of earthiness, and it dries your mouth. The acidic note does remind you of wine, and the sweetness delivers some notes. Dark fruits, cherry, spiciness, toffee. Phenols and metallic taste are a constant underlying note for this beer's flavor.
The aftertaste is more expressive sweetness-wise, but it develops into a bitterness that coats and dries your palate.
Medium to full body, smooth.

Complex, interesting and excellent beer.

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Photo of CayseyW
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of larryarms847
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a rusty orange hued brown with a bit of particulate and a cola like bubbly head of carbonation that dissipates rapidly.

Peach, apricot, spicy yeast phenols, herbal, white grapes, and slight plum notes.

Caramel and almost baker's spices like character right off the bat accompanied by a sweet peach and apricot fruitiness.

Medium-bodied, high carbonation, bubbly, dry finish.

Overall, not my favorite offering from the brewery, but nonetheless a damn good beer.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Novare

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Photo of Lance_Hathorn
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FBarber
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a somewhat opaque orangish brown with a two finger tan head that dissipated slowly leaving a thin head on the beer.

Smell has aromas of brown sugar, toffee, apricots, ripe grapes, and some yeasty spice notes. Very fruity aroma that pops as the beer warms. There is a it of an aluminum smell as well, but subtle, albeit not all that pleasant.

Taste has notes of apricots, dates, and ripe grapes - almost a white wine grape-esque note. Bit of brown sugar comes through with a pleasant spicy finish from the yeast. There is a very noticeable aluminum flavor on the finish that lingers and is pretty unpleasant. If that wasn't there this would be an top notch dubbel, but I just can't get past that aluminum taste.

Feel is excellent - plenty of carbonation, smooth, and drinkable with a nice dry finish.

Overall this was a really good beer. Great flavors for a dubbel, nice spicy finish from the yeast, it was all there, but that mild aluminum smell and flavor was just too distracting. I'll have to revisit this one again to see if that was just from the bottle I had, or if its a character of the beer itself.

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Photo of teromous
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the back label: "A 07 05 19"

Appearance: The body of the beer is a dark brown color allowing no light through. The head is a very thick flat-topped creamy cloud with a light khaki appearance. Outstanding head formation and retention.

Aroma: I am getting a bit of an herbal hop aroma with some spicy peppery scents. After pouring the entire bottle I noticed a bit of a metallic aroma.

Taste: It starts out with this malty flavor that isn't too sweet or toasted but has a rather earthy quality to it. That deep earthy quality blends towards a bit of a prune flavor and mixes with what kind-of tastes like copper. The end is this woody flavor. At times while drinking the beer I got small bits of cherry-like flavor with some tobacco character.

Mouthfeel: It has a sharp carbonation and a nice bitter edge at the end of drinking each sip of beer. It isn't a beer I would really drink "straight through" but rather somewhere between a sipper and an easy drinker. The mouthfeel is medium and the finish has this effervescence that cleans the palate with the exception of a slight bitter woody tinge that lingers.

Overall: It's a good beer and I would recommend it. It was very enjoyable and it had a lot of character that I feel is unique to this beer alone. For that reason (uniqueness) I would further recommend the beer. It has this deep dark woody and earthy character that works well. I would drink it again.

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Photo of cd_beer_disapear
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of parpalapelix
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

St. Bernardus Prior 8 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.15 out of 5 based on 2,423 ratings.
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