St. Bernardus Prior 8 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

2,422 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 pajfuwen
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beaulabauve
3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Yoann
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
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 +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MaltyPythonsHopCircus
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
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 +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of edward_boumil
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
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%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of duvel1979
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Czequershuus
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
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 +3.6%
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 +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
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 +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 +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of madelf66
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of CPAles
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dromines78
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of yaron73
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Curt3
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of akk14
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JackRWatkins
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
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 -9.2%
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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

St. Bernardus Prior 8 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.15 out of 5 based on 2,422 ratings.
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