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

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RATINGS: 2284   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
St. Bernardus Prior 8 is a traditional Abbey Ale brewed in the classic "Dubbel" style of Belgium’s Best Abbey Ales. It has a ruby to purple color, smooth, creamy richness of texture that is almost oily, and a malt-fruit complexity reminiscent of coconut. It finds the perfect balance between sweet, bitter and malty tastes. One of the original recipes from the days of license-brewing for the Trappist monks of Westvleteren.

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3.8
satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2008
11.2oz from chalice. pours very similiar color to pater 6, perhaps with a touch of cola thrown in. nose has more booze to it then the pater did, palate reveals some unexpected spice. very clean finish, even mouthfeel disappears almost immediately. this provides its own unique characteristics, provisions and advantages to pater 6, very well put together.

3.9
Beershine (5224) - VANCOUVER, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 28, 2008
Bottle, pours muddy brown. Nose offers a splendid bouquet of honey, dates, figs, raisins, hint of brown sugar thrown in. Smooth palate, quaffable. Clean, exceptionally smooth. Spice and peppery, dry finish. Exceptional.

3.5
Tranquillity (2435) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 25, 2008
Bottled. Very fine, perfumy, chocolatey aroma with both spicyness and alcohol. Not too strong in taste initially, tastes prunes. Quite alcoholic and surprisingly sour.

4
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - MAR 23, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2009 (Sample from August 25, 2006 Beer Club Meeting; On draft at Draught House on March 23, 2008) Served in St Bernardus trappist glass for full effect. Short but very frothy head that diminished quickly. Nice lacing. A beautiful dark and murky brown-ruby body. Smells of molasses and caramel, light hops. Thick and smooth... malty sweet and yummy. Flavor hangs out with some alcohol on your tongue for a while. No need to rush a drink like this. The Belgians really know how to brew a good beer. Sarah’s take: "It’s goood."

3.6
mgoy (344) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2008
St. Bernardus Prior 8 is a very sweet almost champagne like strong ale. The aroma is very sweet and the color is a beautiful deep amber with a very nice cream colored head. The flavor is sweet and fruity with a nice notable trace of alcohol at the end.

3.8
FatPhil (16392) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 21, 2008
330ml bottle (Belgianshop)
Slightly hazy dark brown, tiny head. Raspberry and other dark berries aroma. Slightly alcoholic, but only in a good way that helps lift the aromas up the nose. Pleasant carbonation, quite lively, but still soft. A few swirls mellows it down nicely. Soft full malty body, richly roasted malt. Sweet dark fruits too. Decent malty finish, but as a very late finish there’s also a glorious nuttiness. Superb beer. Belgian ale at it’s finest.

3.5
CaptBier (323) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - MAR 8, 2008
Bottle. The aroma is sweet, fruity with notes of plums - a pretty complex aroma. The color is a deep red and it has a small beige head though fast disappearing. The flavor is sweet and rich in fruit; plums, raisins, and prunes. The alcohol tickles the tongue which combines with the bitterness into a dry end. It has a good palate which in combination with the alcohol makes it rather vinous.

3.8
southamptonsam (116) - New York, USA - MAR 8, 2008
Since St. Bernardus calls this a dubbel, that’s what my head is comparing it to. I’ve never been overwhelmed by any dubbels but this is at the top of its class. Complex flavor, just the right carbonation. I want more and that’s the bottom line. Perhaps I’ll try the Westmalle Dubbel in my fridge just to be sure.

4
Speedle (266) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 5, 2008
sweet malt aroma ... molasses, figs, fruit, yeast, raisin bread ... tingly carbonation ... clean finish with a hint of alcohol .... found another one

4.5
dankman (257) - Somewhere in, Ohio, USA - MAR 5, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2009 Pours a muddy brown with a small head. Sweet malt on the nose with a bit of fruit. Taste is fantastic with malt, fruit and, carmel; something you’d expect in a heavier beer but the body is light for the style. Finishes fruity and dry. Very nice beer, better than I expected.


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