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

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RATINGS: 2314   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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4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
squidknuckle (22) - New Haven, Connecticut, USA - DEC 15, 2013
It is superfluous for me to add anything to the litany of praise for this beer, but superfluous I must be. 750ml cork-finished bottle six months past date (no problem for a beer of this giant caliber, I’ve been cellaring it just to see how great these become with time’s inscrutable passage). As wonderful as all the yuletide beer releases are, there’s really no reason to look further than Prior 8, if you want to taste Noel in a bottle. A nose packed with stewed fragrances ranging from fruity through spicy and bready to things like the pleasant body odor one might find on a love interest. The taste reflects, with great balance, depth, and persistence, the nose. What I’d most like to convey is the drunk-vs-drinkability factor which is off the charts. Pop a 750ml, drink it in 45 minutes, and crash around your chosen scene in a state of warm jolliness.


3.5
OminouSC2 (649) - Mora, SWEDEN - JUN 24, 2017
Mahogany color, medium sized beige head. Aromas of yeast, caramel, dried fruits, raisins and peaches. Taste of raisins, fudge, caramel, yeast and butter with a creamy finish. 7-4-7-3-14.

3.2
ha1ag (900) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - JUN 24, 2017
Bottled, tnx team ! Brown color, frothy head, looks great. Liquirice nose. Aroma has plum, caramel, and lots of brown sugar. Flavour is sweet, alcholic stingy, aromatic. Dry alcoholic finish.

4
rdixon77 (2763) - Georgia, USA - JUN 20, 2017
Wonderful Belgian. Richer version of the 6. Dark fruits, caramel, brown sugar. Surprising lively carbonation. Dessert aspect of creamy sweetness, but with a dry finish. Excellent stuff.

4.3
GoufCustom (1980) - HONG KONG - MAY 27, 2017
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2017

330ml bottle bought at ICBeer in Kwun Tong.

Looks: Clear ruby brown colour with a thin ring of dirt-like yeast sediments; Two and a quarter finger head with crumpety creamy off-white foam which lasts for 4 minutes; Beautiful sticky lacing with fizzy small carbonation.

Aroma: Very fragrant and sweet dark malt, with strong caramel, strong sticky toffee, strong plums, dark fruits, strong banana, vanilla, cinnamon, floral, candi sugar, cloves, spices, bread, strong Bel yeast and grass. Big and beautiful!

Taste: Medium sweet dark malt, with strong metallic, strong caramel, strong toffee, plums, Cola, floral, strong molasses, spices, strong herbs, light bread, strong Bel yeast, lemon, mid to strong bitter hops and grass.

Body: Full body. Very slick and creamy palate.

Mouth Feel: Solid dark maltyness in a thick background. Very smooth and creamy! Metallic but not nagging, full of rich caramel, toffee and Cola, followed by strong plums and spices. Quite flowery with strong candi sweetness. Very Bel yeasty with expressive herbal bitter hops and ended with strong lemon. Excellent!

Hoppiness: Cinnamon, floral, spices and grass in nose. Floral, spices, strong herbs, lemon, and grass in taste; Bitterness is quite strong for a lasting, high astringent sweet-bitter lean dark malty finish.

After Taste: Fairly dry. Herbal hoppy and bitter to mouth.

Comments: This is definitely a step up from the already nice Prior 6, with thick body, good looks, big Bel yeasty fruity spicy aroma and a perfectly balanced sweetness and herbal hoppiness. Unlike Westvleteren 8 which is more booze-forwarded, this is all about malty hearty characters, like a little brother of Abt 12. Highly enjoyable!

4.5
saintbase (719) - Bydgoszcz, POLAND - MAY 22, 2017
Greetings from Bydgoszcz, Poland to all Beer Geeks and Hopheads around the world!

3.5
BeerRenter76 (1007) - Texas, USA - MAY 9, 2017
Originally rated on 12/24/08. For me this one wasnt very exciting. The aroma and flavors were faint, and not very assertive. Overall i think my expectations were too high, not that this is a bad beer, in fact it was fairly decent but i probably wouldnt try it again.

3.6
SVD (1955) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 7, 2017
Shared bottle, Dark brown beer, small head. Aroma is malt, caramel, red fruit. Taste is the same, sweet and some bitterness. Nice one.

4.3
beton (604) - Tarnobrzeg, POLAND - MAY 6, 2017
Piwo skonsumowane. Ocena na podstawie retrospekcji w celu uzupełnienia profilu.

3.5
collaper (27) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAY 5, 2017
Muy sabrosa. Color oscuro y espuma blanquecina. Una apuesta segura si quieres probar una cerveza de abadía.

3.4
djcampbell (149) - Moravany, CZECH REPUBLIC - APR 28, 2017
Má to sice vysoké hodnocení, ale asi to není úplně můj šálek kávy. Nicméně poměrně pro mě dobré pivo, sice až moc sladké ale s příjemnou vůní..


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