The First Pour: St. Bernardus Prior 8
Cicero’s understands that when it come to beer, most people’s favorite is the latest and greatest new beer. Very few beer lovers drink the same beer over and over again. Sure, you might go back to an old standard, but you always try the latest beer first. For that reason, and others, Cicero’s changes their menu every week. When kegs kick, we change them up, unless we decide to keep it tapped for a while longer because it kicked so fast. With that in mind, we strive to keep you, our customers informed on our weekly changes. The “First Pour” series of blog posts will highlight and review the newest beers we have on draft for you. Again, we have a happy couple writing these posts for us. If you see them around, make sure and thank them for their hard work.
By Alaina Kantner and Mike Vecchio
St (Sint) Bernardus is a Belgian abbey brewery with a tumultuousness history as a former Trappist Monastery brewery and a cheese manufacturer in both France and Belgium. But all that matters now is that the brewery has been cranking out some fantastic beers that are worth seeking out. Today we’re looking at St. Bernardus Prior 8, which is a Belgian Dubbel.
Prior 8 pours out a deep reddish brown with a thin amount of lacing on top with little head retention. The smell is both creamy-buttery and fruity (Alaina swears it’s like trail mix – but I think we grew up eating very different trail mix…) all while the malts flirt around in the background of the aroma. The taste is a little sour up front, but it gives way to a fruity and slightly sweet drink. There’s a slight amount of hop oil that lingers on the tongue after the sip along with a warming alcohol sensation. The drink of this beer is very enjoyable and not overpowering in flavor for a Belgian abbey. Rounding out this brief on the beer is that it won a Silver Medal in the 2003 World Beer Championship. Overall, well worth popping over to Cicero’s for a glass.
About the Authors – Alaina and Mike moved to St Louis from Ohio in 2008 and quickly jumped into the craft beer scene. Alaina has gone from drinking light lagers almost exclusively to enjoying maltier beers – most notably porters and stouts – and hefeweizens. In her free time Alaina enjoys reading, running, and attempting to teach their dog tricks. Mike has evolved from drinking highly hopped IPAs to enjoying a wider range of pale ales and traditional hefeweizens. Mike enjoys trying to teach his dog not to bark at anything that moves, reading about crime and gangs, and home brewing with his co-workers. Both Alaina and Mike have been attending Cicero’s Beer School for a year and credit it to helping them expand their knowledge of craft brew and assisting them to take the plunge into home brewing with their friends. Hopefully, they will bring in some of their home-brew one day.