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


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RATINGS: 2244   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Deep hazy-brown colour, big body, malt palate.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - AUG 28, 2006
Pours burnt orange w/ full semi creamy froth. Aroma of red licorice and rock candy. Medium to full nectar w/ ample residual effers. Flavors are slightly sweet w/ stewed apricot, peach, raisons, brown sugar, angstura bitters, anise, ginger root, cinnamon, and chewing tobacco. The finish has a nice dry bittering. This is one complex specimen. Well balanced, not too sweet, alcohol is well hidden. Connoiseurs choice! Highly recommended. I have to say this again. I love this brewery. Everything they do is amazing.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Juhani (4) - Montreal, Quebec, USA - AUG 8, 2007 does not count
This is by far my favorite of all the St. Bernardus beers, and quite simply the best dubbel (if that’s what it is) that I have ever tasted. The ABT 12 is almost perfect but just a bit too sweet, the tripel is great but several tripels are greater (say, Westmalle). The Prior 8 in contrast has no bad qualities I have been able to discern and no other beer has it beat in any respect. It is a very substantial, vinous beer. In fact, I have never tasted a beer that was so similar to a wine before. We have here the aroma of prunes, raisins, various fruit, and yeast. Caramel is very pronounced, but what’s remarkable about the Prior 8 is that it manages to be caramel-y without being sweet (here the ABT 12 falls short). We have here plenty of carbonation and appropriate hop bitterness--the hops are definitely more pronounced than in most Belgian dark ales of this strength, and yet the beer is not bitter; it’s just very well balanced. "Dry" is the word, not "bitter". Another respect in which the 8 is superior to any comparable beer I can think of is that it manages to be quite dark and caramel-like without even a hint of roasty/burnt flavor (what some people call "coffee" or "chocolate"). In this respect I find it preferable to the comparable Rochefort (viz. 8, or 10 for that matter).

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
dreamflower (781) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 4, 2012
Bottle shared with northropfrye. Sweet satisfying, tastes just as good as it smells. Rich chestnut colour. Excellent frothy head. I really loved this beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
la1965 (36) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 19, 2014
Perfect example. Pours brown tan head. Some what yeasty but in an enjoyable way. Nice plum fruity nose. Great great great aroma. Malty flavor, raisin somewhat vinous. Slight alcohol heat, again in a most enjoyable way. Fantastic.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
LeMat (19) - FRANCE - FEB 24, 2014
Divine bière brune. A goûter absolument. La Prior 8 est une bière délicieuse d’un brun foncé qui présente une saveur ample avec une agréable touche de malt et fruit. Elle est coiffée d’une mousse crémeuse avec un arrière-goût en bouche qui accorde subtilement la douceur et l’amertume. (8% vol.alc.)

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
tsd08460 (841) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - OCT 20, 2016
Bottle from Whole Foods Market Fair Lakes (Virginia) Aroma: caramel, bread, woody, raisin, Appearance: clear amber with a tan head Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, Palate: full body, creamy, soft carbonation, long finish, Excellent

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
LordCrabapple (109) - Merseyside, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2006
This is a very enjoyable drink, but rather difficult for me to come by. I look forward to drinking more of it.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
kitemax (1) - BELGIUM - FEB 11, 2008 does not count
One of the top Belgian strong Ales - no sugar taste - complex aroma’s and hints of spices - a good balance and to be true a beer of 8 % alc brewed to perfection - hard to find in Belgium regular pubs due the brewery is too small for field marketing - but they invest in quality ingriedients - cheers

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Watou (23) - Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2011
Pours a hazy brown with 1 inch head. Deserving little brother to the ABT 12. Pleasant, aromatic, feels great on the tongue. Would be the number one beer in any other brewery’s line of beers.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (1434) - BELGIUM - APR 8, 2012
Première question : cette bière est-elle une dubbel ? Par la couleur dans le verre, oui. Mais rien ne le dit sur l’étiquette, elle est juste présentée comme une bière d’abbaye. Donc bière d’abbaye faite par un brasseur de la "belgian family brewers" et qui s’appelle Prior. La première peut être une double, mais c’est un long débat qui nous entraînerait trop loin... Couleur brun sombre roux, dans le style d’un Porto tawny. Clarté pure (si on met la levure à part, comme toujours) Pétillant : bien, sans excès (et la mienne est à date au 8/4/2015). Arômes de prune, poire mûre, figue, mûre et une pointe de myrtille. Première bouche superbe sur les fruits susdits et les céréales. Légère nuance d’un porto de classe. Deuxième nez d’un grand brassin, sur les raisins et les dattes. Deuxième bouche de très beaux pruneaux d’Agen. Troisième nez riche et capiteux. Troisième bouche avec des nuances variées, mais de grande classe, avec des pointes d’armagnac de Ténarèze et de cognac fins bois. Longueur avec un bel équilibre des saveurs, et une pointe d’amertume. Levure de bonne facture, soyeuse et un rien vineuse. Alcool bien dosé, sans prise excessive. Finale dans la grande aventure d’une bière de catégorie supérieure. Beaucoup de classe, du caractère, peu de sucre, des nuances qui se précisent à la suite l’une de l’autre, et en arrière bouche. Du style, de la brillance et pourquoi pas une maîtrise qui appartient souvent à d’autres domaines de la gastronomie, pour ne pas nommer le vin, qui s’y croit souvent un peu trop, et ferait bien de regarder sa petite soeur la bière.... Nous, chez Ratebeer, nous savons de quoi nous parlons.

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