St. Bernardus week - part 2 of 5. The Prior 8 is one of two dubbels made by this abbey (the other being the Pater 6). This is the stronger of the two.
3.7AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Drank an 11.2oz bottle.
Appearance: typical Belgian dark beer: rusty brown color with huge yeast chunks. Huge, frothy, tan head which stuck around to the end - nice.
Aroma: similar to a red wine, but not as strong. Surprisingly mild. Fruity. Touch of alcohol in the nose.
Taste: This beer started out strong with a robust and complex palate of dark fruit (cherry, plum, fig) and even a bittersweet chocolate which was an pleasant surprise. Creamy texture, too. However, as it warmed it seemed to thin out and become watery and bland. That’s the opposite I’d expect from a Belgian bottle-condition beer.
Mouthfeel: not very intense, but much more mild than a Belgian should be. Seems to thin out the more I drink.
Drinkability: rather low. This beer is so effervescent it’s hard not to burp every 2 seconds.
Overall: Started out loving this beer, but it just couldn’t go the whole nine yards. I’ll split the difference and call it good.