St. Bernardus Prior 8 is a delicious Belgian. I’d almost expected it to just be a slightly milder version of Abt 12, but it isn't. It has a similar warm, brown color and splotchy head. The aroma is similar; there are dates and rasins and allspice, nutmeg, etc. All of that is there in the flavor, too. But there is a bigger tingle and burn from hops than I’d expected, and some nice caramel in the finish. I enjoyed this very much for it’s own sake and I’ll buy it again.