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


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RATINGS: 2313   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
St. Bernardus Prior 8 is a traditional Abbey Ale brewed in the classic "Dubbel" style of Belgiums 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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cooplander (543) - Florida, USA - NOV 28, 2012
dark brown color, aroma of spices, caramel, dark fruits, bready yeast, brown sugar, flavors are the same, little booze on the finish, med body, easy drinking for the avb

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GoufCustom (1949) - HONG KONG - MAY 27, 2017

330ml bottle bought at ICBeer in Kwun Tong.

Looks: Clear ruby brown colour with a thin ring of dirt-like yeast particles; 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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
saintbase (680) - Bydgoszcz, POLAND - MAY 22, 2017
Greetings from Bydgoszcz, Poland to all Beer Geeks and Hopheads around the world!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerRenter76 (1002) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SVD (1885) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beton (588) - Tarnobrzeg, POLAND - MAY 6, 2017
Piwo skonsumowane. Ocena na podstawie retrospekcji w celu uzupełnienia profilu.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
collaper (24) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAY 5, 2017
Muy sabrosa. Color oscuro y espuma blanquecina. Una apuesta segura si quieres probar una cerveza de abada.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
djcampbell (99) - Moravany, CZECH REPUBLIC - APR 28, 2017
M to sice vysok hodnocen, ale asi to nen plně můj lek kvy. Nicmně poměrně pro mě dobr pivo, sice a moc sladk ale s přjemnou vůn..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
victorsampson96 (78) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 24, 2017
(From the keg) Slightly hazy ruby-maroon beer, with a small tan head. Slow, fine carbonation. Bready malts hit the nose first, then tart wild strawberry, hints of hop bitterness, rich honeycomb, fresh oak, and vanilla. On the palate, the beer is spicy at first, with a touch of clove, but balanced by the sweetness of the malt, which comes through as fresh bread and crme brle. The finish is clean and dry, with a lingering aftertaste of minerals and beeswax. A smooth medium mouthfeel, which coats the teeth. This is a well-balanced, complex, and pleasant beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
alvaro78 (462) - Sevilla, SPAIN - APR 21, 2017
Aromas a leva y a caramelo tostado Buen aspecto cristalino con buen encaje de Bruselas. En boca cuerpo ligero y ligeramente maltosa, caramelo y almendra

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tgrtnr (125) - Augsburg, GERMANY - APR 19, 2017
330 ml bottle served in Trappist glass. Dark brown with full white head. Roasted malt, raisin, brown sugar, cocoa, apricot. Bitter and malty. A bit alcoholic. Full body, creamy texture, soft carbonated.

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