St. Bernardus Prior 8

Last night we attended a networking event in Cambridge. I knew we were going to a small(ish) restaurant and wasn’t sure what the beer selection would be like. Thus, I did not bring a camera or prepare to be “on-duty”. Mega fail! They had a small handful of craft bottled beer: Dogfish Head, Great Divide, and St. Bernardus were the ones I recall.

I saw the St. Bernardus Abt 12 and got uber excited. I haven’t tried it before, but heard good things. The cashier rummaged through the fridge and came up with a bottle of Prior 8 asking “is the orange one the same as the blue one?”. A potential beer douche moment if there ever was one. I very politely said no and asked him if he could find a bottle of “the blue one”. No luck..the last 4 bottles of the “blue one” were still on display, warm. So, “the orange one” would have to do.

The Prior 8 is 8% ABV dubbel style beer. If there is one word I could use to describe it, it would be: spicy! Yeasty characteristics as well. It did NOT, however, have any of that banana type flavor I sometimes pick up in these kinds of beer.

I will admit that I forgot to grab a glass and drank the beer out of the bottle. Even still, it was great and full-flavored. I’m sure I would have gotten more flavor had I used a glass….a good excuse to try it again!

I’m vowing to now carry my DSLR anytime I go out; you just don’t know when a craft beer moment will happen!

Author: Joshua Dion

I write about beer in an un-intimidating way, welcoming beer lovers of all experience levels.