St Bernardus Prior 8 is brewed in a small village called Watou, in a remote corner in the West of Flanders where so many great beers are made. Even though the brewery is located on "Trappistenweg" (translated as "Trappist Road"), the St Bernardus ABT 8 is not a trappist beer. The bottle is characterised by a red label and has the a smiling monk holding a glass of beer.
St Bernardus Prior 8 is a delicious dark brown and ruby coloured beer of high fermentation with a malty - fruity taste. It's a "dubbel" beer and available in 33cl and 75cl bottles. The Prior 8 has a full body with a beautiful thick head. Similar to the Abt 12, the St Bernardus Prior 8 carries the perfect balance between sweet and bitter. It packs an alcohol content of 8% ABV.
Carbonisation is relatively high in the St Bernardus Prior 8. Like its bigger brother, this one also shares its recipe with and is closely related to the Westvleteren beers. The water used for brewing the St Bernardus Prior 8 and indeed all beers from this brewery is pumped up from a depth of 150meters, from a location at the brewery. It is rain water that dates back from the 1400s.
This beer can have a musty aromas with hints of dark fruits. The aftertaste can be spicy and the alcohol content is well hidden. St Bernardus Prior 8 is one of the better Belgian Dubbel beers and is nicely compared to the Westvleteren 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. (8% alc. vol.) 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.