Brewed by St. Bernardus Brouwerij
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Watou, Belgium


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RATINGS: 1970   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Deep hazy-brown colour, big body, malt palate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fatty (363) - Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2005
Rich, thick creamy brown body with a large active caramel lacing head. Sweet candied caramel malt flavor with a smooth palate. Nice lasting aftertaste that makes me want more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAY 14, 2005
750 ML best before 04/2009. Pours medium brown with a fantastic bubbly head that bubbled over when the cork popped. Much lace on the glass on the way down. Black specks dot the head letting you know this is a living brew. Taste is very fruity. Plum, fig, maybe even a touch of cherry. And yet a touch of spice. Very complex on the palate. Light and airy yet creamy and delicious. And oh that wonderful afterburn of the alcohol. What a fantastic brew!! This was great!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25083) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 14, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2006 (Bottle 33 cl) Medium brown with a decent off-white head. Typical dark brown malty flavour + perhaps a touch of ...licorice? Body is only medium in spite of the strong alcohol making this rather easy to drink. More dry than bitter, although with a pronounced touch of hops. 051093

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2005
Pours a rich, dark auburn with a dense frothy tan head. Lots of fine lace. Smells spicy, like spiced apples. Sweet rich malt. Taste is fruity and yeasty. Spicy. the spiced apple flavor is there again. Winey tasting (vinuous, I guess?). Letís break the fruitiness down: apples, cherries, plum and sour berry. A light alcohol burn and a lightly metallic finish. Full-bodied but velvet smooth. Exceptionally easy to drink for the style. A really excellent beer and I am not a big fan of dubbels. Bravo!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (20930) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAY 1, 2005
Bottled. Hazy nut brown colour, big foamy beige head. Alcohol and malt in aroma. Strong alcohol and a bit breadish malt in flavour. A bit bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6155) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 27, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2007 Rerate: Gosh is this beer underrated and far better than itís larger sibling, smooth and malty with a spicy finish...yummy!

Muddled brown hue with a big frothy off-white head and very good lace. The aroma has notes of candi and brown sugar, caramel malt, earthy yeast, sublime caradmom and pipe tobacco. The taste starts sugary sweet with a mighty malt backbone. Follows with a hint of dark fruits, moderate peppery spices, wild grains and hints of whisky. The finish has some dryness and subdued bitters. The feel is sharp and moderately lush with some alcohol presence. A well crafted brew and has some good taste. Beer geek worthy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 23, 2005
Dark cola brown with a nice frothy white head, taste is reminiscent of the abt 12 but with a ighter malt brown sugar and sweetness. Good stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TBone (12999) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 19, 2005
Bottled (BB 11/2009)
Good beer to enjoy just the after election of new Pope :)
hazy nut brown, decent foamy off-white head. Much lighter nose than in Abt 12, licorice and anise dominates the aroma. Flavor is quite similar to Abt 12 but lacking the alcoholic burn: licore, raisins, alcohol picks up in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jercraigs (8070) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 16, 2005
Dark brown body, big creamy off white head. Sweetly alcoholic, brown sugar and malt in the aroma. Flavour is likewise, more malt and brown sugar, lingering sweetness. Alcohol is apparent but subtle in announcing itself, much better hidden than in the 6. Smooth medium bodied palate. Very nice beer. A pleasant surprise.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - APR 13, 2005
Thick head and long-lasting lacing as expected of any artisan brew. Clean, bready aroma. Flavor is fundamentally vivid yet shows little depth -- the basic yeasty malty forefront is there with maybe a touch of unripe strawberry, toffee-mint and nutmeg. Alcohol prevalent in the mouth which tickles the tongue sort of like a sloe gin. Just a tad of hops come through in the flavor but even more so in the finish, sort of a change of pace having drunk more tripels than dubbels in the past. In addition, finish is like raisin pie. Nice bubbles in the mouth but slightly thin; still, Prior 8 has that liquid bread fillingness in the gut that has kept many a monk on "Cloud 9" during fasting time. This may not be one of the better batches but overall itís a good dubbel with potential.

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