St. Bernardus Prior 8 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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4.6/5 rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured into tonight's tulip from a 25 oz. corked bomber a creamy off white head with moderate retention and lacing (not up to par with the abt 12 here).
I love the peculiar bready malty fruity sugary smell only found in the St Bernardus 6 8 and 12. It's a beautiful thing. This is a really intriguing warming beer on the nose which presents similarly in the nose and in taste. It lingers on the back of the tongue as well as any beer on the planet. The only flaw to this beer and the other St. Bernardus beers is sometimes you get a slightly oxidized metallic taste. This is from too much oxygen touching the beer post fermentation.
This beer is highly carbonated which is standard for the style which gives it a tingle on the tongue that lingers behind the mouthfeel of a thick liquid just balanced enough to not be cloying but bold enough to stand up to any beer in the world.
This is the best mass produced widely available dubbel in the world and still underrated as the complexities in this beer rival its big brother, the Abt 12 which is THE most underrated beer in the world. The only thing that can compete for the best dubbel in the world is the Westy and this really has more complexities than half of the beers in the top 50.
If you want something that has many levels of complexity, this is a must have but I dont visit it often given it's big brother is my favorite. I had the peche mortel earlier which is a beautiful beer, but even it doesnt touch this beer in complexity. For this reason, Belgian quads are the most interesting beers in the world. The Abt 12's little brother wont let you down though
Serving type: bottle
03-27-2010 05:37:29 | More by lifeboyq
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