Beverage Testing Institute: 88
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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." —brewer
"Appearance: Good foaming action from a very active carbonation at the start. The lace stays as long as the beer is there with some clinging activity.
"Smell: Creamy aroma of a cream soda, very faint buttery diacetyl, solvent alcohol and some dark fruit to mix things up.
"Taste: Big and flexing malt presence, a real mellow twang and bready grain ride upfront. Carob and chicory come from the dark malts, residual dextrin trickle down the taste buds with a nutty almond like flavour. Light on the hops but a rounded phenolic flavour helps to balance. Slightly sweet finish with a growth of alcohol warmth in the end.
"Mouthfeel: Plush smoothness rolls around in the mouth and the perfect level of carbonation rushes through.
"Drinkability & Notes: A tasty little brown brew that has more punch than it shows. Well worth the try and if you like sweet dark brews, this is a must." —Jason Alström, BeerAdvocate
"Copper mahogany color. Woody toasted nut, wet clay, and light toffee aromas. A round, frothy entry leads to dryish, chewy medium-to full-bodied palate with raisin compote, nut, and toffee flavors. Finishes with a chocolate and mild, earthy hop fade." —Beverage Testing Institute
Silver, 2006 World Beer Championships