Whelk (123) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2007
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330ml bottle. Pours a dark reddish brown with a very creamy off-white head. Sweet and dark fruit in the nose with some alcohol. Full-bodied dark fruit and malt flavors, with some vinous characters. Light spice as well.
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 11, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
draft. Chocolatey aroma, hints of roasted malts, caramel and dark fruits. Pours dark brown with a fluffy off white head. Smooth and rich malts, caramel and chocolate, creamy mouthfeel. Easy drinking for 8%.
Embrouille (2835) - SWITZERLAND - AUG 11, 2007
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled 33cl. It pours a dark brown beer with a rather big light beige head which remains nicely - Nice and fluffy too... This ale leaves a nice lacing. The aroma is dissapointing: Rather metallic with some sour apples, seawater and cane sugar. The taste is cloying with hints of licorice. Lots of cane sugar, plums, butterscotch, apples, plums and butter. Somewhat a bit stylish. The taste reveals some surprises. Not overly complex though. Some well hidden alcohol. Full bodied and malty. A whiff of very enjoyable elements just before the finish. (Plums, Christmas pudding). Then, a wonderfully grassy and buttery finish follows. This beer has a very low bitterness, not all that well balanced, yet decently enjoyable.
Juhani (4) - Montreal, Quebec, USA - AUG 8, 2007 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is by far my favorite of all the St. Bernardus beers, and quite simply the best dubbel (if thatís what it is) that I have ever tasted. The ABT 12 is almost perfect but just a bit too sweet, the tripel is great but several tripels are greater (say, Westmalle). The Prior 8 in contrast has no bad qualities I have been able to discern and no other beer has it beat in any respect. It is a very substantial, vinous beer. In fact, I have never tasted a beer that was so similar to a wine before. We have here the aroma of prunes, raisins, various fruit, and yeast. Caramel is very pronounced, but whatís remarkable about the Prior 8 is that it manages to be caramel-y without being sweet (here the ABT 12 falls short). We have here plenty of carbonation and appropriate hop bitterness--the hops are definitely more pronounced than in most Belgian dark ales of this strength, and yet the beer is not bitter; itís just very well balanced. "Dry" is the word, not "bitter". Another respect in which the 8 is superior to any comparable beer I can think of is that it manages to be quite dark and caramel-like without even a hint of roasty/burnt flavor (what some people call "coffee" or "chocolate"). In this respect I find it preferable to the comparable Rochefort (viz. 8, or 10 for that matter).
viciousg42 (46) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 6, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
good, a bit more on the bitter side than the abt 12. similar dark pleasant color, high density effervescence, id prefer the abt 12 or the trippel over it.
TheKegergator (241) - California, USA - AUG 6, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow, another solid brew. Looks almost perfect. Dark murky amber, with a nice tan head. Smooth drinker, and full bodied.
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - AUG 5, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Finally entering all my "Better Know a Style: Belgian Strong Ale" tasting 07 results. Very yeasty, dark fruit aroma with some nuttiness as well. Looked very nice as well with a dark brown color and large off-white head. Flavor was moderate malt sweet with some spice and dark fruit, also some biscuit in there as well. A nice med body with some carb.
Bosskie (722) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 31, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2013 33cl 8% bought in Belgium.
Heavy, very dark, opaque beer, dark-brown red when held to the light. Bubbly with a creamy head.
A bitter yeasty, leathery, woody smell with hints of lemon and an alcoholic background.
Bitter-sweet taste, with the sweet dominating, with a burnt hop, caramel, chocolate palate. Well balanced, quietly fizzy with a nice warm, round aftertaste. Good quality in the Rochefort tradition. A little bit too alcoholic on the smell.
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 30, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy mahogany with a small off-white head. Malt, dark fruits, vanilla, and musty spice in the aroma. Heavy malt backbone with spun sugar, corriander, raisins, and a sherry-like alcohol flavor. Dense, sticky mouthfeel. A little too thick and sweet for me.
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 29, 2007
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an amber/brown, with a thick sweet palate and a tatse, that while not as complex and favoursome as the 12, still has enough rich dark fruits and sweet malts to be a very good example of the style.