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


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RATINGS: 2196   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Deep hazy-brown colour, big body, malt palate.

squidknuckle's rating

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
squidknuckle (22) - New Haven, Connecticut, USA - DEC 15, 2013
It is superfluous for me to add anything to the litany of praise for this beer, but superfluous I must be. 750ml cork-finished bottle six months past date (no problem for a beer of this giant caliber, I’ve been cellaring it just to see how great these become with time’s inscrutable passage). As wonderful as all the yuletide beer releases are, there’s really no reason to look further than Prior 8, if you want to taste Noel in a bottle. A nose packed with stewed fragrances ranging from fruity through spicy and bready to things like the pleasant body odor one might find on a love interest. The taste reflects, with great balance, depth, and persistence, the nose. What I’d most like to convey is the drunk-vs-drinkability factor which is off the charts. Pop a 750ml, drink it in 45 minutes, and crash around your chosen scene in a state of warm jolliness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Satyroneto (273) - BRAZIL - MAY 3, 2016
Cor âmbar com tonalidade caramelo, turva e sem brilho; espuma bege de alta formação e persistência de uma fina camada sem lacing. Aroma de uvas-passas, nozes e pão; álcool em segundo plano bem inserido. Sabor maltado seguindo o aroma com picância intensa até o final; leve amargor num final seco e alcoólico equilibrado. Retrogosto seco, de nozes e álcool. Corpo médio e alta carbonatação.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
djoeye (3078) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAY 3, 2016
Look; beige good head, red brown misty body. Aroma; hops, yeast, creamy caramel, slightly roasted brown malts, grapes, berries, floral meadow. Taste; hops, fruity leaves, brown juicy malts, caramel, malted candies, finishes malty, yeasty, juicy, fruity. Palate; good, a bit fizzy carbonation. Overall; belgobrownaleish. Tasty. [33cl btl 8%abv, BB040220 B@Vinmonopolet]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gespuccian (70) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 2, 2016
Opaque amber brown pour with a finger or two of creamy, lush head. Aroma of dried fruit, raisins. Taste is full - caramel malt, more dried fruit, dates. Has a slightly bitter hoppiness cooled by a candied sugar sweetness. Palate is full, creamy yet crisp, and absolutely delicious. Great beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
comperchris (52) - - MAY 1, 2016
Lively out the bottle, a deep dark mahogany with a tan lingering head. Smells of roasted treacle and malt. Has a thick oily texture which coats your mouth and lasts well. Taste of sweet malt and loveliness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RickFifty (942) - Fredrikstad, NORWAY - APR 29, 2016
Mahogany brown color, beige creamy head. Marzipan nose, Belgian yeast, candi sugar, raisins, hint of anise. Belgian yeast taste, candi sugar, caramel malt, hint of alcohol and dried fruit. Full to medium body, average to soft carbonation.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AaronTDubs (231) - - APR 19, 2016
Brown color. Lots of carbonation. Metalic, yeasty (like the bottom of barreling bucket after primary fermentation), some caramel deep in there, some nuttiness, has a funky lactobacillus smell, but no sourness in flavor. Actually not that pleasant smelling to be truthful, but opens up as it sits in the glass a bit. Rich, caramel flavor, clear clove notes. Vanilla. A roasted and phenolic bitter finish. Leaves mouth numb. A good dubbel, but #1 of the style? Not in my opinion.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
huineman (519) - Madrid, SPAIN - APR 19, 2016
Pours dark liver, with tan head. Aroma is chocolate, caramel, blackberry, tobacco. Powerful, oily, mouth-covering. Nice umami and sour mouthfeel, almost no bitterness. Medium-persistence finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bartlebier (3191) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - APR 12, 2016
Recent and less recent samples, mainly 33cl bottles, here bb08/2019 (BL1). Aromatic 2-day old, leavened currant brown bread/rozijnenbrood smeared with sirop de Liège boldly hop-bittered for balance with fennel, mustard seed - pours like half a Westflemish dish in a glass, attenuated to older fruit caramel dryness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PapaVillum (814) - Valby, DENMARK - APR 11, 2016
Mahognifarvet Kloster Ale/Abbey Dubbel med større offwhite skumtop på 4-5 cm. Svinder til snelandskaber og lander på et par mm. Rolig og ufiltreret. Sød aroma af tørret frugt er det første næsen møder. Dernæst gærnoter. Ganske rig smag, som indeholder pæn stor bitterhed. Og ligeledes en anseelig sødme. Dejligt balanceret. En anelse beskhed i slutningen. Fyldig krop og solidt karboneret. Olieret konsistens og bittersød afslutning. Overall: Velsmagende, lidt humlet, Dubbel i yderst god balance. Værdig lillebror til Abt 12'eren. 33 cl, flaske, 8.0 % ABV, BB: 06/10/19, købt i Den Belgiske Ølbutik i Vanløse. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grisza77 (441) - Poznań, POLAND - APR 10, 2016
Brunatne w refleksach rubinowe piwo o dość obfitej pianie, która powoli redukuje się do zera. Aromat intensywny, rodzynki, ciemne winogrona. W smaku lekko kwaskowe od ciemnych słodów i owocowe, bardzo smaczne, typowo belgijskie. Goryczka konkretna, ziołowa. Ogólnie klasyka Belgii w najlepszym wydaniu, piwo bardzo ułożone, wszystko w nim gra.

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