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

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RATINGS: 2312   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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3.7
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!

4
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 you’ve done it again.

3.5
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

3.9
JFGrind (2042) - 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.

3.8
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...I’ll stick to the 12.

4.2
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 didn’t 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!

4.2
Goodgrief (2020) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - FEB 3, 2008
July 2006 - Beautiful dark brown, huge head, nice lacing. Spicy aroma. Creamy fruity flavor…like a dark fruit creamsicle. Thick mouthfeel and PERFECT level of carbonation. Really nice. The monk is STILL smiling! =)

3.9
decaturstevo (6240) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - FEB 3, 2008
Bottle. A very brown pour with an al ost white head. A very brown sugar aroma that even smells sweet. A flavor of burnt molasses and a hint of a very pleasant bitter. Mouthfeel is solid carbonation is about what you would expect. Maybe just a hint of fizz to it. Solid beer without surprises.

3.6
jasonp (1581) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - JAN 30, 2008
Bottle. Cloudy brown with a foamy off-white head and floaties (yes!). Subtle pear, touch of light raisin and light bread/toffee in the nose. Flavor has notes of cola, brown sugar, raisin, plum, chocolate, pear/apple, sweet caramel, herbal/earthy hops. Pleasant sweetness, just enough hops for balancing purposes. Medium, airy (very drinkable) body with lively, yet very soft small-bubble carbonation. Good.

4.6
illidurit (2327) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 26, 2008
Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. The glass gives this beer’s exemplary and ample head plenty of room to stretch out to an impressive three fluffy fingers. The fine carbonation leaves lacing that cakes the glass as the head rescinds itself. The beer is an opaque dark brown that could be used to paint a UPS van. The smell erupts with sweet doughy malts and dark fruits, classic dubbel aroma, very enticing. Breadiness juxtaposed with fig, raisin, and plum esters caresses the tongue. A hint of spiciness, caramel, and candi sugar make this a sweet beer while a pinch of hop flavor and alcohol warmth fight for balance. The mouthfeel is creamy, smooth, and medium-bodied, and the carbonation is perfect. Excellent drinkability.


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