St. Bernardus Prior 8 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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4.5/5 rDev +8.2%
Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a glass tulip goblet.
Appearance - Dark murky brown with a slight reddish hue. The head slightly tan/gray and very thick. It has excellent lace and stickiness as it goes down.
Smell - Very fruity and slightly sweet. I smell ripe dark fruits, some medium-crisp/lemony hops in the far-off background. Slight alcohol aroma at the end of the smell.
Taste - What is with St. Bernardus and making superbly flavored beer? This is excellent. Slightly sweet/fruity flavor right when it enters your mouth. The middle allows some of the alcohol to come through, along with some more crisp/lemony hops way in the back. It finishes with a slight flavor of coffee/caramel malt and the alcohol comes out nicely at this part of the taste. Superb flavor! Perfect!
Mouthfeel - Perfect carbonation, medium-body, velvety. It's not too dry...excellent.
Drinkability - This stuff goes down so easy, tastes so good, and smells like a bit of heaven.
Overall: You must have this beer!
08-08-2006 23:47:51 | More by dblinkhorn
4.5/5 rDev +8.2%
Enjoyed on tap at the excellent Crane Alley in Urbana. Rich ruby body with a finger of slightly tan froth topping it; ample lacing and quality duration exemplify a terrific appearance. Beefy malty aromas--caramel, berry, and maraschino cherry--greet the nose.
The taste is sweet with the aforementioned aromas, but also with a tinge of milk chocolate and hazelnut; just delicious. Ideal mouthfeel--smooth, easy texture, very effervescent--nailed the texture. This is just what Dubbel should be--sweet, smooth, and complex. An outstanding beer.
It had been too long before I tried Prior 8. It won't take this long again; tremendous.
02-09-2010 02:22:01 | More by Gehrig
4.5/5 rDev +8.2%
Murky caramel brown with infusions of apricot orange and carmine red. A large amount of yeast and abundant carbonation can be seen when the beer is backlit with sunshine. The golden beige colored crown is soft and airy. It's also less than sticky and leaves a modest amount of sudsy lace on the sides of the glass. Second and third pours look even better and contribute tons of tacky residue.
The nose is everything that I'd hoped it would be. It's redolent of medium-dark fruit and has more yeasty spiciness than most versions of the style. Boldness is almost always a positive when it comes to big beer.
St. Bernardus Prior 8 is delicious and drinkable, as I was pretty sure it would be. If anyone out there wants to know what a quintessential Belgian dubbel tastes like, this would be as a good a place to start as any. It isn't as mindblowing as Westvleteren 8 (which I think is better than 12), but then that's one of the best beers on planet Earth.
Two words keep coming to mind as the ounces flow by: 'complex' and 'refined'. There are simply no chinks in the armor where flavor is concerned. Specifics include toasted brown bread with a thin layer of fig jam, a hint of cocoa, earthy tobacco leaves and generous dashes of clove and cinnamon. Talk about a world-class yeast strain.
Warming makes every one of the flavors deeper, richer and more well-defined. Bitter and spicy are slightly more prominent than sweet... which is slightly more prominent than tart. The ultimate drinkability score is a serious consideration because this stuff is disappearing in a major hurry. $8.49 for 750 ml is a steal!
When foam started oozing up the bottle neck immediately following cork extraction, I was afraid that excessive carbonation would be an issue. It isn't. The bubbles add exactly the right amount of lift and a perfect amount of energy. This isn't viscous beer, but then the best Belgian ales never are.
Not that I think about it much, but Brouwerij St. Bernardus is one of my favorite Belgian breweries. Top-5 at least and maybe even top-3. Prior 8 is the second best dubbel to have ever entered my glass and is an easy recommendation to... pretty much everyone. This is outstanding ale from top to bottom and from side to side.
10-09-2009 20:40:31 | More by BuckeyeNation
St. Bernardus Prior 8 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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