St. Bernardus Prior 8 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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4.08/5 rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Poured into its own chalice. Best before 03/12/15.
Looks a dirty red-brown. Pretty much mahogany with lots of murk. A creamy off-white head formed and remained as a thick layer, even after almost ten minutes of letting this beer warm up.
Recognizable St. Bernardus yeast strain with creamy tones and fleshy nuttiness. Dark fruits pervade the scope of the aroma. Rhubarb, plum, fresh fig, raisin, and rosy alcohol. Super yeasty and super mellow, except for some alcohol.
Fruity notes of cherry, prune, fig, and raisin carry-over with pronounced yeast nuttiness. Savory brine notes with a hint of salinity that I find in each St. Bernardus beer I've tried. It's sliced in half by a feverous booze note; feverous, at least, for a dubbel. Drinks in heaping spoonfuls. Lots of complexity. Savory and sweet and salty and bitter, although hardly very bitter. Light spiciness in a strange form, reminiscent of stone-ground mustard. It just keeps getting better.
Soppy, like a dubbel should be, but with that pronounced booze note. Not that it's overwhelming, it's just a swift kick at times. Body could be thicker, but it drinks smooth. Carbonation is happily busy and right where it should be, bringing spice to the rear.
Good stuff. I forgot which one was more revered, this one or the tripel; both beers that I've never had before. Went with this one. Needless to say, I gotta go back and get that tripel. Singles are the way to go, as I don't need the gift pack because I already have the glass.
Serving type: bottle
01-16-2013 04:57:59 | More by thecheapies
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