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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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St. Bernardus Prior 8St. Bernardus Prior 8

Brewed by:
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 duvel1979
3.25/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

This beer pours a clear brown with a large head. The aroma features dates, raisins, pecans, walnuts, chocolate, and banana bread. The flavor leads with dates and plums, as well as walnuts, almonds, figs, bubblegum, and cola. The mouthfeel is quite rich and thick. Overall this a complex beer that is still quite gulpable - it is both fruity and nutty, with a great depth of flavor.

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

Look: Murky brown ale with a resilient head. You may want to pour slowly and at an angle to avoid yeast floaters in this ale, but that has never bothered me so I went with the vigorous pour. Some tracing.

Smell: Subtle...candi sugar the Belgian ales are known for, along with raisin, plum, other fruity notes.

Taste: Subtle as the aroma. Fruits on top of coffee with back notes of alcoholic heat. The aftertaste has elements of smoke and bread. Very mild and pleasing.

Feel: Smooth on the tongue, the light carbonation makes it go down easy.

Overall: A very fine Dubbel!

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

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

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: chestnut body; big frothy off-white head, long lasting when poured into tulip glass

Smell: faint smell of Belgian yeast and date sugar on first whiff, then nothing; have to swirl it to get a nose

Taste: not a bad flavor, but nothing really jumps out at me; kind of bland

Mouthfeel: very thin overall, but not in a fully attenuated way; a bit disappointing

Remarks: drinkable, but not memorable

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This is the most drinkable, complex, and delicious dubbel I have had to date. Aromas of concord grape, textured fruity Belgian yeast, rich candy sugar and caramel. The flavor is textured, layered, and warming. This is good fresh and I bet a few years would be nice, but it probably shouldn't go longer then 1-2 years as it doesn't need much mellowing fresh. Excellent!

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Photo of timothybarney
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of madelf66
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Dromines78
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of yaron73
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Curt3
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of akk14
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JackRWatkins
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

old review removed, the following is from a (mini) vertical tasting of a 2015 and a 2017

A: much more reddish than 2017, head is the almost the same (slightly less), creamy 1 finger decent lacing
S: very sugary and rich immediately (similar to a fresh aventinus), some reminiscence of baking spices and brown sugar/cinnamon, very subtle cheesy quality (not offensive), a warm bready quality manifests as the beer sits, the vinous aromas come out in this one as the beer sits but with more of a tannic and sour grape quality
T: immediate cherry and smooth malt background, not overly sweet, a tad tart and a subtle metallic taste, some tinges of nuttiness and a warm alcohol presence, some subtle vinegar tartness (almost like an old bruin or flanders red) comes out a bit. It really begins to get this way in the way that it treats the malt nuttiness with its tart edge, there is still a nice and pleasant (though not overbearing) sweetness here
M: silky but sharp (same)
O: it’s interesting how much the quality of the malt flavor has changed over two years, the nutty quality has faded into the vinous and tart quality, it really shows you where it is going
A: much darker than 2015, head is the almost the same (slightly more), creamy 1 finger decent lacing
S: very malty with a touch of bitterness, some of the baking spices and bite of ginger comes out a bit as the beer sits, some dark fruity as well, some plum-esque and generally wonderful fruit aromas come out as well in addition to a nuttiness, aroma is generally much more rich and nutty and has the vinous quality but nowhere near to the same degree
T: very malty up front and with a clean bitterness, some dark fruit comes out but no real cherry like with the 2015, there’s a very vinous character that comes out with this one as it sits
M: silky but sharp (same)
O: it’s interesting and telling that the vinous quality seems to be on the opposite end of the nutty quality, they are like two extremes that I would have never thought were related
OO: these are both excellent in their own way, neither is better than the other and each would be great in distinct situations. Wonderful beer all the way through, I will say though if you plan to age, seal off the cap of the one you age extra well, or there might be some trouble on the horizon

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

This example of the style just missed the mark on many levels. Although it is complex on a respectable level and seemed to have layered more as it warmed. For me it just seemed average and had nothing to boast about. Good feel comes after the average aromas and flavors.

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Photo of YvesB
3.03/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of JPNesker
3.72/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75


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Photo of hman43
4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: It pours a deer amber with ruby highlights. It has a large tannish head that is quite creamy.

Smell: It has aromas of dried cherries, perfume notes, slight chocolate, toast, and apple

Taste: It has a complex mixture of flavors which features dried cherries, toast, apple, plums, hints of chocolate, hints of rose petals, and slight pepper.

Feel: It has moderate body with moderately high carbonation and a dry finish. There is some alcohol warming as well.

Overall, this is a deeply complex beer with an abundance of flavors from the matls to the fruity esters.

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Photo of Korbynlehr
4.74/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of iridius
2.45/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I must not be sophisticated enough. It tastes like it coats my tongue with metal and just makes me want to burp it has so many bubbles. Maybe it's like IPAs and I will just grow into it. But honestly for the price it is not worth it at all. I have recapped it for after my other beers when I'm scrounging around looking for scraps.

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Photo of Rukeli76
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle with a solid year of age on it. Served in a tulip at cellar temperature.

Slightly hazy mahogany colour. Classic four inches of persistent foamy head. Tons and tons of lacing.

Nice juicy ripe fruit aroma. A little vanilla. Slightly tannic. Almost like red wine.

Nice sweet and earthy malt flavour, almost like brown sugar or a hint of blackstrap molasses. Bread dough. Lots of varied spicy yeast esters. Maybe gingerbread is the comparison I'm looking for here. Whatever it is I'm loving it.

Nice mouthfeel. Active yeast. Just a little boozy warmth on the finish.

This is right up there with Chimay and Westmalle. A world-class dubbel for sure.

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

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