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

bottled
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2282   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
eyesandsmiles (179) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - FEB 18, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2007 not as deep tastings as the abt but still agreeable. this is still a damn good beer.

3.9
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2007
11.2 oz. bottle. Pours a slightly hazy ruddy orange-brown color. Produces a beautiful huge, fluffy and rocky tan head which maintains a 1/4" thickness throughout the glass. Quite intense and pleasant aromas of fresh baked wheat rolls, yeast, ripe pears/apples, caramel candies, toffee along with faint hints of buckwheat honey, spices, charred oak and alcohol. Palate is full and round combining a nice spritzy carbonation with an enjoyable chewy texture. Flavor profile seems a bit more reserved compared to the aroma, but still quite good. Notes of sweet Belgian crystal malts, light brown sugar, caramel, toffee, spices, fresh dark wheat bread and ripe light fruits are savored. Finish shows just a quick hit of hops and alcohol, but unfortunately tends to fade out fast leaning toward some thiness in the end. All in all a well done Belgain Dubble and would certainly visit this again.

3.7
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2007
Thanks to secret Santa for this one. 12oz bottle. Hazy, murky, chunky, caramel colored brew. The aroma is heavy with dates, raison bread and sweet malt. The flavor is similar with bread, dates, yeasty malt, light fruit and perhaps hints of sherry. Chewy body. A solid brew. Glad I’m having this one at my tasting next month.

3.8
jonnabrix (137) - Newberrytown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2007
Malty, with some sour notes in the aroma. The flavor was most noticeably of malts, with raisin, yeast, a little spice. Undoubtedly good, but not the best of the Belgians.

3.5
cbrixius (136) - Newberrytown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2007
Bottle. First impression was a good slightly hazy amberish pour with the typical foamy head. The aroma seemed a bit sour and dry, not the sweet maltiness I am accustomed to. At first the taste was a bit more sour than others, maybe a bit prunish or raiseny. Definitely not as good as the 12, but good nonetheless.

3.6
GiladA (13) - ISRAEL - FEB 7, 2007
Aroma: I felt somthing strange and I can’t say what it is Appearance: brown, hazy, small head (not minimal) Flavor: sweet (chocolate?) Palate: full body, creamy, lively, long finish!!! Overall: interesting

4
drfabulous (8088) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - FEB 3, 2007
Rich. Malty. Have had on tap and in the bottle. While not the original recipe, still a Belgian favorite.

3.9
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - FEB 3, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2009 Strong thick malty aroma. Tan frothy head with thick brown body, very impressive thickness to the head. Strong malty flavor as well. Well carbonated. Light bitter dried fruit accents. Good malt heavy beer with a decent duration.

3.9
BrandonB (86) - Denton, Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2007
Bottle. Pours a hazy brown with a large fluffy off white head with nice lacing. A nice big of flavor and aroma of malt, dark fruits, yeast some faint hints of chocolate. A nice finish that is somewhat thick on the tongue.

3.8
Cliff (355) - The Land of Milk and Honey, Ohio, USA - JAN 29, 2007
Bottle, poures a hazy dark brown with a thick head. Nice aromas of malts, yeast, fruits, brown sugar. Very similar to the Pater 6. I wonder if they do the same as Rochefort and just make 3 strengths of the same beer? Either way, nice flavor, spicy yeast that marries with the rich maltiness and flavors of dried fruits. Wonderful mouthfeel and a lingering finish. Very nice beer.


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