St. Bernardus Prior 8 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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Reviews by garymuchow:
4.25/5 rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Working my way through the top dubbels to see what I can glean in my vain attempt, so far, to make a satisfactory one on my own.
750 ml bottle poured with two pourings into my SN tulip. Best By Date of 29.06.16 - so a relatively fresh bottle I presume.
Darker malt and darker fruit on the first take of aroma. A little vinous too. Yeast qualities are subdued, comparatively. Kinda' musty with soft light fruit and spice that appears a little later. Bottle note "delicate bouquet" and I would concur, yet really complex too.
Clear dark amber of reds/copper with huge full tan head.
How do you get so much richness without actually being excessively rich and not too dry either. Nice soft rich malt flavors with a shot of sweetness up front, esp. when it's cold. Also caramel and nuttiness. Very complex malt presentation. No emphasis on fruit with this one. Bitterness seems largely in the foam. Soft spicing. All well balanced flavors. Even the alcohol is flavorful and soft - just enough warm the gut and just zing to touch the flavor. Oh, there the fruit is - it makes a showing too - sorta' medium, not dark or light. A little doughiness to the malt. Just enough hops to show a flavor presence. Delicate and just enough to add to the complexity.
Moderate feel. Quite smooth. Carbonation not to excess even with the huge head.
An overall very well crafted, complex and interesting beer. I've had dubbel's with more striking flavors. This one is more about balance and drinkability.
Serving type: bottle
09-11-2012 01:46:02 | More by garymuchow
More User Reviews:
4.23/5 rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
33cl bottle (30 03 18) into a goblet. Amber brown with one finger tan head with good retention and lacing. Smell and taste have moderately sweet roasted caramel malts with spice and raisins. Roasted malts and raisins on the semi dry aftertaste. Became sweeter as it warmed up. Creamy mouthfeel, medium body and medium-high carbonation. Very drinkable with well hidden alcohol. Quite a lot of yeast in the bottle. A really nice dubbel that's not too sweet.
Serving type: bottle
04-05-2014 19:31:22 | More by JTuomi
St. Bernardus Prior 8 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
93 out of 100 based on 1,660 ratings.