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


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RATINGS: 2312   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 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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Cryotek (206) - Pawtucket, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 4, 2008
Smells like a spicey plum. Nice dark dirty brown color. The plum scent tastes more like a spicey licorice stick or rasin with a little bitterness. ABV is very well hidden, good beer.

rdixon77 (2761) - 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.

GoufCustom (1977) - 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!

saintbase (708) - Bydgoszcz, POLAND - MAY 22, 2017
Greetings from Bydgoszcz, Poland to all Beer Geeks and Hopheads around the world!

BeerRenter76 (1004) - 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.

SVD (1951) - 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.

beton (592) - Tarnobrzeg, POLAND - MAY 6, 2017
Piwo skonsumowane. Ocena na podstawie retrospekcji w celu uzupełnienia profilu.

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

djcampbell (147) - 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..

victorsampson96 (91) - 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 crčme brűlée. 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.

alvaro78 (477) - 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

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