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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2307   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Deep hazy-brown colour, big body, malt palate.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bchlala (42) - DENMARK - FEB 16, 2008
I tasted this beer before I got my account with ratebeer, so I cant really remember all the flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cykyc (28) - USA - FEB 15, 2008
Aroma: strong smell of cherries before the glass was near my nose. Slight hop fragrance hiding in the back. The pour filled the St. Bernardus glass I have. The head was dense and about a good inch high, with small bubbles. The color was a reddish brown. It would be clear but a lot of the bottle sediment clouded it up. I couldnt escape the cherry smell when I tasted it. I came away with a sweet, candy taste. I got the usual nose clearing that my boyfriend eloquently describes as rubbing alcohol. That nose clearing is my lower bar for a good Belgium :-) The palate was just slightly syrupy on the tongue, but still bubbly on the tip of my tongue.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BritAlesRule (216) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - FEB 14, 2008
The short and sweet of this is that although Im not comparing them side-by-side, the Prior 8 is the Westmalle Dubbel with the addition of a candied sugar background. This however doesnt help me to understand how even though the bottle says Dubbel right on it, Ratebeer has it in the Belgian Strong Ale category. Anyway, I do enjoy the balance of the Westmalle more, while this is very close to an abt with a saner alcohol content, and if I wanted a bigger beer, Id go with this. Another terrific brew from St Bernardus. By the way, just noticed, the Westmalle and the Prior have the same overall rating... weird.

   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 aromas 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dyetube (1378) - Hurst, Texas, USA - FEB 11, 2008
This beer pours a deep brown almost black color with a thin tan head. The aroma is licorice, raisins and nuts. The flavors are the same with maybe a little less nuttiness. This is a very lively beer with lots of carbonation and a well crafted beer! Cheers!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CelticBrew (912) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2008
Pours a dark, ruby reddish brown that formed a nice thin foam layer. Aroma strong of semi burnt prunes, figs, malts and apple glaze sauce. Flavour is full bodied, yet light. Figs, sugar candy, prunes, spices and such come through. A bit heavier than than other beers Ive had from this brewer, but yet the light, some eggwhite fluffyness comes through. Extremely good beer, bottom line. Truly a work of art, this beer is awesome. We are so lucky here in the States to get this lovely ale, thankyou friends in Belgium, once again youve done it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 7, 2008
Hazy cola color with a huge foamy head. nice lacing. Smell is candy sugar yeasty, spicy. Super smooth mouthfeel. Taste is sweet spices, caramel malts and black pepper. Nice alcohol bite to finish. 61806

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JFGrind (2035) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2008
Top notch aroma, big fluffy head, and brown, muddy body. With 8% alcohol, Prior 8 has all the markings of a well done Belgian Strong Ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
johndavidj99 (125) - Dallas, Maine, USA - FEB 4, 2008
Pours a dark reddish brown. Aroma of banana, apple, and cookie...interesting! Too carbonated for my tastes. It has a nice body to it if you can get past the fizz. A little too sweet for me...Ill stick to the 12.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
loeffler (16) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 3, 2008
The aroma of this beer is amazing. Strong flavorful aromas of banana, apple, and cookie with a little earthy undertone of aged wood. The appearance was very good as well with a creamy/frothy white head and a fair amount of lacing. Large particles were apparent in this pour and the color was amber and orange. Unfortunately, the flavor didnt live up to the aroma and was heavily acidic with a lightly sweet finish. Texture was dry with an astringent and heavily alcoholic finish. I let this beer warm for a bit hoping more of the aroma would come out in the flavor. The carbonation leveled out somewhat as expected and more creaminess did come out in the flavor but overall was still very astringent and bland. I wish this beer tasted as great as it smelled!

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