16 January 2009

Beer Review, St. Bernardus Prior 8

St. Bernadus Prior 8
Watou, Belgium
8.0% ABV

Appearance: Dark brown body that edges into black. Completely opaque, no light shines through. Has a very thick foamy head that leaves significant lacing. Head is foamy with heterogenously-sized bubbles. Excellent. 5.0/5

Smell: Tart alcohol up front, with dark roasty nuttiness underneath. Sweet, hints of nutmeg. Inviting, very much to-style for a dubbel. Slightly astringent. 4.5/5

Taste: As per-style, a strongly alcohol-tinged nuttiness is primary. There's a hint of Belgian funk, with a sweet and yeasty aftertaste. The alcohol is a touch overdone and overall the beer lacks complexity, but it's good and I'll definitely finish the bottle. 4.0/5

Mouthfeel: Thick, somewhat chewy. 4.0/5

Drinkability: Not quite as good as this brewery's other offerings, but a nice dubbel. I have friends who would probably like this a lot better than I do. 4.0/5

Overall: 4.3/5

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