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Review by joe1510 on 11/24/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 2 9 17 4 9 2009
11.2oz Bottle

Poured the Prior 8 into it's very own St. Bernardus goblet. Poured a murky deep dark brown/garnet with yeast sediment even after a careful pour. A one finger head off white head sat on top that faded to a thin cap rather quickly. The body is loaded with small sediment. It does look inviting though like there is going to be all kinds of flavors coming through.

The smell has a lot of fruitiness to it. Figs and prunes come to mind first. An earthy mustiness comes through barely noticeable along with an old and slightly leathery quality. The backbone of this beer is a lightly toasted bread aroma. All this goes very nicely together.

The flavor is where it's at. There is a very noticeable sweetness but it's layer upon layer of flavors that casue this sweetness. The dark fruits come through first. Prune and fig just like in the nose sprinkled with some brown sugar. The earthiness comes next with must and a dark old leathery taste. All going very nicely together I must add. As I type this I notice it's the exact same as the aroma but without the toasted bread. It's more along the lines of dough. I even get hints of chocolate as I sip. Finishes with a candy sweetness. Really nicely made.

Mouthfeel is key on this beer as well. It's very creamy and as it slides along my mouth, right before the swallow, it turns almost to froth. Fits very well with all the other aspects. The body is coating.

Drinkability is good. It's an easy one to put away. I can't drink too much of any Belgian but this is an easy one to do so.

Another wonderfully made beer from St. Bernardus. An easy drinker for sure and one I will enjoy over and over.

Reviewed: 1/8/07

Served In: Goblet