St. Bernardus Prior 8 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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4.05/5 rDev -2.6%
11.2oz. bottle served into a St. Bernardus glass.
Pours an opaque Dubbel color. Dubbels are always this murky light brown color. Pretty much nothing else is this color, to the point that I propose that Crayola make a crayon of this color and name that crayon "Dubbel Brown." Not much head on this pour, but it leaves lots of spindly, stretchy arms of pale offwhite head (almost grey, oddly).
Some Dubbels have restrained aromas. Not Prior 8. Raisins and brown bread scream up out the glass. There's a not-insignificant tart cherry character here... it reminds me of a lighter version of Boulevard Bourbon Barrel Quad, actually. There's booze here too, make no mistake. It smells far more alcoholic than the ABV of 8%.
This is a brash Dubbel, perhaps the brashest I've ever tasted. The yeast has put in WORK here. Jammy flavors of plum and cherry all over the place. A spicy midpalate full of green cardamom helps to balance the fruit. It's too fruity if I'm being honest... if this were a wine I'd be calling it "overextracted." But it is undeniably tasty.
I'd characterize this as a medium-bodied beer, but it is also pretty damn creamy. Not harsh with carbonation at all, but there's also enough scrubbing bubbles action to work well as a beer to pair with food.
Overall, this is a very good Dubbel. One of my favorites in the style, I think. It's a bit too much at times, too strong, but it's very tasty just the same.
02-05-2012 22:47:18 | More by Reaper16
4.43/5 rDev +6.5%
Caramel color pour sits a beautiful mohagany in my glass. Retention is pretty meh.
Spicy, steely toffee, dark bread and bruised MacIntosh apple. Smells like what I think of when I think of the ideal dubbel.
The flavors are all over the place yet blend together seemlessly. There's a lot in there and I'm sure I'm just scratching the surface: spicy esters, steely toffee, toasted brown bread, plump and juicy raisin and lighter, golden raisin. Creamy, tongue caressing mouthfeel once the initial sharp carbonation fizzes out.
02-01-2012 21:21:39 | More by donkeyrunner
4.18/5 rDev +0.5%
Reviewed from notes taken on 4-23-11.
Prior 8 appears a deep, mahogany-brown color with a pillowy, puffy, three-finger head when poured into a large snifter. The bottle was an immediate gusher. The color of the head is khaki-cream, and the scale of the lacing it leaves behind is huge- gobby, sticky, and phat.
The smell is straight sweet, bready goodness. I smell lots of candied fruit aromas- apple, raisin, plum, date, and dried cherry. The fruitiness melds with brown sugar and a light caramel influence. Some clove and pepper scents lend a spicy element, and doughy, sweet, almost cinnamon roll aromas also arise from the beer. The spicier smells really come through when the beer is agitated.
This is a very good, balanced flavor. The brown sugar taste blends seamlessly with the dark, sweet fruits and the spicy notes. There is an ever-so-slight phenolic flavor which adds an interesting twang to the overall taste. The finish is spicy, earthy, and decently drying.
Prior 8 has a solid, medium-full mouthfeel with a good creamy body in the middle of each quaff. I get a tangy feel on the tip of my tongue at the beginning and end of each sip, with a nice dryness on the sides of my tongue at the end of the sip.
This is a very good Dubbel. If anything, it might be a tad sweet and tangy, but overall I found it very tasty and satisfying.
01-31-2012 22:58:12 | More by TCHopCraver
St. Bernardus Prior 8 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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