Notes added 08/07/21:
Best Before 04/10/21. Dubbels are what they are for me. Considering the notes below, these days I get a lot less alcohol from Prior 8 than I apparently used to. The bread malt of course is still the dominant feature, and the beer still has an infinitely more attractive head than body.
More fruit than I remember in recent years, and additional sweetness than I’ve recorded in the past. Finishes smooth.
A better beer than I generally give it credit for, but I’ve know that for going on 25 years, and that’s a function of all Dubbels for me.
Picture is associated with these 2021 notes.
Original notes 11/08/04:
Again, typically, not especially attractive brown, cloudy pour, but a lovely head and the promise of taste and quality from the lacing.
This beer certainly has a bread aroma, but I get lots of creamy raisins too. It’s complicated and complex, but I also get an awful lot of alcohol which is not particularly well masked. It’s not unpleasant, but it is quite strong – a whiskey warming type of alcohol that reached down low in the stomach and warms the throat.
It’s full of taste, with some serious mouthfeel, but a little too much in places. I enjoyed it, but I’m not going to be consuming a lot of this in one session. Nevertheless, another nice beer from this stable.