St. Bernardus Prior 8 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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4.25/5 rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Bottle: standard brown bottle, pretty ordinary Belgian label. They just can't seem to do decent labels.
Appearance: first poured this into a standard glass and the head literally exploded up the sides. Figured this was a snifter beer, so poured into that instead. A much better result - deep copper-brown with floaties through the profile, with a solid one-finger or so off-white head. Lacing around the entire glass. Looks good.
Aroma: I didn't pick up that much on the nose, and that was after waiting over half an hour for the beer to lose its chill from the fridge. What is there appears to be sweet fruits, some spice and plenty of good Belgian yeasts.
Taste: back on form - a distinct malt- and yeast-driven intensity separates it from some other Dubbels. Treacle, liquorice and again those yeasts that one expects from Belgian beers.
Aftertaste: quite a sweet aftertaste - almost to the point of being a bit saccharin. A touch of warming alcohol too.
Mouth feel: a fairly heavy body with moderate fine carbonation. Pretty much spot on - can't fault it.
Overall: a top notch Dubbel from a top notch brewery - so far I've had the triple and the Pierre Celis Witbier, and between the 3 they are all over 8/10. This one tends toward sweetness rather than bitterness, but still the Belgian yeasts manage to just even out the odds. definitely a slow-drinking beer - I wouldn't want to power through these, particularly as it is 8% and over AU$130 a case (2013).
Serving type: bottle
07-30-2013 11:34:58 | More by SmashPants
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