Beer Review: St. Bernardus Prior 8
Drink if you like: Cinnamon raisin bread, fig newtons, fresh homemade sourdough bread, dark jams and heads of religious orders.
Definition of Prior: The head of a religious order; in an abbey the prior is next below the abbot.
This beer is named after a big shot for a reason; it’s smart, complex, entertaining, and wonderful. It’s consonantly in the top 5 beers of its style in the world, beating out countless other religious men’s beer and world renowned breweries. So what makes this dubbel so darn doubly delicious? Magic! Well, not abracadabra magic, but rather, the kind of magic you get out of hard work and experience. The folks at St. Bernardus know how to make a darn fine crafted beer. You can also consider the ingredients some of the best in the world, such as the Alexis and Prisma malts, which have been cultivated in the surrounding Belgian regions for hundreds of years. It’s that old school hard work magic you get with Prior 8 – something that makes you sit back and appreciate the effort put into a quality beer, as opposed to chugging another mass produced Biff Light.
Time to indulge in this beer:
Prior 8 walks into the room and folks pay attention, and you can see this in the initial pour. The Belgians are known for their amazing heads, and this beer is a classic example. The nose greets you with wonderful complexity: ripe orchard and dark fruits, spicy yeast, cinnamon, figs, almonds and something that reminds you of sweet wines. The taste is even more complex and refined; nothing dominates and everything works together in a subtle way. You will pick up some toasted rye bread, clove, cinnamon, earthy tobacco, pears, brown sugar, vanilla, and something that reminded us of fig newtons – yum! The lively carbonation keeps the malts from becoming cloying or heavy, and is extremely well suited for this beer.
You can find this beer at the following religiously beer loving establishments:
Colonial Wines & Spirits – Little Rock
The Bottle – Fayetteville
Springhill Wine & Spirits – North Little Rock
The Bottle – Fayetteville (mix pack)
Springhill Wine & Spirits – North Little Rock (mix pack)
Liquor Mart – Fort Smith (mix pack)
Shamrock Liquor Warehouse – Fort Smith (mix pack)
In Good Spirits – Fort Smith (mix pack)
County Line Liquor – Springdale (mix pack)
We gave this beer 4.5 Diamonds