St. Bernardus Prior 8

Notes added 08/07/21:

Best Before 04/10/21.

Dubbels are what they are for me. Considering the notes below, these days I get a lot less alcohol from Prior 8 than I apparently used to. The bread malt of course is still the dominant feature, and the beer still has an infinitely more attractive head than body.

More fruit than I remember in recent years, and additional sweetness than I’ve recorded in the past. Finishes smooth.

A better beer than I generally give it credit for, but I’ve know that for going on 25 years, and that’s a function of all Dubbels for me.

Picture is associated with these 2021 notes.


Original notes:

Again, typically, not especially attractive brown, cloudy pour, but a lovely head and the promise of taste and quality from the lacing.

This beer certainly has a bread aroma, but I get lots of creamy raisins too. It’s complicated and complex, but I also get an awful lot of alcohol which is not particularly well masked. It’s not unpleasant, but it is quite strong – a whiskey warming type of alcohol that reached down low in the stomach and warms the throat.

It’s full of taste, with some serious mouthfeel, but a little too much in places. I enjoyed it, but I’m not going to be consuming a lot of this in one session. Nevertheless, another nice beer from this stable.

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11/08/2004
Style:
Dubbel
Format:
bottle
ABV: 8.00 %
Appearance: 3.5
Taste: 4
Mouthfeel: 4.5
Smell: 4
Overall: 3.5
Total: 3.93
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