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

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RATINGS: 2282   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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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GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - AUG 28, 2006
Pours burnt orange w/ full semi creamy froth. Aroma of red licorice and rock candy. Medium to full nectar w/ ample residual effers. Flavors are slightly sweet w/ stewed apricot, peach, raisons, brown sugar, angstura bitters, anise, ginger root, cinnamon, and chewing tobacco. The finish has a nice dry bittering. This is one complex specimen. Well balanced, not too sweet, alcohol is well hidden. Connoiseurs choice! Highly recommended. I have to say this again. I love this brewery. Everything they do is amazing.

5
Juhani (4) - Montreal, Quebec, USA - AUG 8, 2007 does not count
This is by far my favorite of all the St. Bernardus beers, and quite simply the best dubbel (if that’s what it is) that I have ever tasted. The ABT 12 is almost perfect but just a bit too sweet, the tripel is great but several tripels are greater (say, Westmalle). The Prior 8 in contrast has no bad qualities I have been able to discern and no other beer has it beat in any respect. It is a very substantial, vinous beer. In fact, I have never tasted a beer that was so similar to a wine before. We have here the aroma of prunes, raisins, various fruit, and yeast. Caramel is very pronounced, but what’s remarkable about the Prior 8 is that it manages to be caramel-y without being sweet (here the ABT 12 falls short). We have here plenty of carbonation and appropriate hop bitterness--the hops are definitely more pronounced than in most Belgian dark ales of this strength, and yet the beer is not bitter; it’s just very well balanced. "Dry" is the word, not "bitter". Another respect in which the 8 is superior to any comparable beer I can think of is that it manages to be quite dark and caramel-like without even a hint of roasty/burnt flavor (what some people call "coffee" or "chocolate"). In this respect I find it preferable to the comparable Rochefort (viz. 8, or 10 for that matter).

5
dreamflower (791) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 4, 2012
Bottle shared with northropfrye. Sweet satisfying, tastes just as good as it smells. Rich chestnut colour. Excellent frothy head. I really loved this beer.

5
la1965 (36) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 19, 2014
Perfect example. Pours brown tan head. Some what yeasty but in an enjoyable way. Nice plum fruity nose. Great great great aroma. Malty flavor, raisin somewhat vinous. Slight alcohol heat, again in a most enjoyable way. Fantastic.

5
LeMat (19) - FRANCE - FEB 24, 2014
Divine bière brune. A goûter absolument. La Prior 8 est une bière délicieuse d’un brun foncé qui présente une saveur ample avec une agréable touche de malt et fruit. Elle est coiffée d’une mousse crémeuse avec un arrière-goût en bouche qui accorde subtilement la douceur et l’amertume. (8% vol.alc.)

5
tsd08460 (1191) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - OCT 20, 2016
Bottle from Whole Foods Market Fair Lakes (Virginia) Aroma: caramel, bread, woody, raisin, Appearance: clear amber with a tan head Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, Palate: full body, creamy, soft carbonation, long finish, Excellent

5
MeadProfessor8 (4) - arborea, ITALY - NOV 30, 2016 does not count
colore marrone scuro equilibrio tra sapore di malto, fruttato (banana) e dolcezza, arricchita da un finale lungo e piacevole. Birra creata con mano ferma ed artistica, classe assoluta.

4.9
LordCrabapple (109) - Merseyside, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2006
This is a very enjoyable drink, but rather difficult for me to come by. I look forward to drinking more of it.

4.9
kitemax (1) - BELGIUM - FEB 11, 2008 does not count
One of the top Belgian strong Ales - no sugar taste - complex aroma’s and hints of spices - a good balance and to be true a beer of 8 % alc brewed to perfection - hard to find in Belgium regular pubs due the brewery is too small for field marketing - but they invest in quality ingriedients - cheers


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