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

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RATINGS: 2310   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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4.1
EHopper (620) - Minnesota, USA - APR 19, 2008
Bottle immediately frothed out of bottle when open. Beautiful dark red carmel brown color with light tan head. Wonderful chocolate, carmel and malt aroma. My first thought at first taste is perfect. Like that first taste of home made dark bread that makes you glad to be alive. Sweet and yeasty, dark grains and dark fruit, stone hearth and roaring fire, friends and family. Slight alcohol aftertaste just enough to say beer.

3.9
Suttree (6505) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 13, 2008
So Mention that I was 2 away from havig rated 100 Belgian Stron Ales, and Springslicker takes it a personal challenge to make sure I reach that milestone. Firt, he brings out a Victory V10, then this ("I can’t believe you’ve not had this..."). So this one pours brown with a biege headReally nice mix of aromas and flavors, a lot of rich dark bread mixed with fruit like rasin and prune. Never overbreaing or harsh. Thanks!

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AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - APR 12, 2008
Surprisingly high carbonation pops the cap when opened and creates a huge, frothy off white head that will not go away! The color of this brew is simply beautiful. Like a rootbeer hard candy. Yeast sediment swirls aroud the tulip glass. The nose is rich and complex, with dried figs, raisins, maple, summer fruits and sugars. The flavor is equally complex, and equally enjoyable. It starts with a slight sugary caramel flavor and fades to the dried fruit influence. Ever evolving beer that finishes with a clean earthy taste. Great brew.

3.9
agl108 (1306) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 12, 2008
11.2 oz. bottle at Flat Rock Saloon. Tasted several times in the past but finally rating. Poured dark brown with lovely off-white head. Very complex with notes of sweet sugar, plums, and figs. Love those fucking monks.

3.9
emacgee (4705) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 11, 2008
Pours a ruddy murky brown with a one finger creamy tan head. The aroma is fruity, raisins, Belgian, sweet, very nice aroma. Nice flavor, fruity, Belgian, light alcohol, not very standoutish, very solid though. The mouthfeel is incredible, an explosion of carbonation that fills the mouth with bubbles. Feels creamy. Nice Belgian, needs to be a bit more upfront in the taste and aroma.

3.9
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 11, 2008
The color was cloudy brassy amber with floating sediment. The head was creamy, thin, and off-white. The aroma was dark fruit, alcohol, and sweet. The flavor was sweet, alcohol, dark fruit, and spice. The palate was lively and medium-bodied. The finish was warm.

4.1
Chapel (468) - Levittown, New York, USA - APR 10, 2008
Pours a dark ruby with a medium heady. Aroma and flavor of dark cherry, grapes and plumbs. Alcohol is present, but not in the foreground.

3.7
mugabe (258) - SWEDEN - APR 9, 2008
Bottle. Dark ruby, thick head. Dark fruits aroma. Heavy flavour of dark cherries and burnt sugar. Sweeet finish, full-bodied. Faint alcohol sting.

4.2
heavy (2904) - Split, CROATIA - APR 8, 2008
05/04 0.33 l bottle at Hopdevil, Zagreb. Wonderful dark gothic reddish brown bodied with medium darker head. Yeasty banana with malty caramel, sugar and chocolate nose. Flavor is nice as well, malty, dominated mostly by caramel, dark fruits like blueberry and dry plums, while yeast wasn’t forgotten, too. Alcohol is perfectly hidden within its full body, finishing long, smoothly and very pleasantly sweet. By far the best thing I’ve had in months!

3.9
changeup45 (1731) - Lake Mary, Florida, USA - APR 7, 2008
Another selection from a St. Bernardus mixed 6 pack I recently purchased. This one pours a hazy dark brown color (similar to the last one the Pater 6). Nice foamy head that does taper off a bit. Aroma is slightly malty and grainy but it’s faint, there’s just not much there. There is however quite a bit of flavor. It seems relatively full bodied too. The taste is malty, quite sweet, sort of like brown sugar with some fruit and caramel characteristics. It all blends in nicely, but it’s not the type of beer I would drink several of at one seating. Good thing too as it’s not cheap.


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