St. Bernardus Abt 12 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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4.75/5 rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Figured earning my 'Empty Mug' Karma status deserved a proper beer in celebration.
This is the first Quadrupel I've had, which gives me reservations about making a review -- but I have had plenty of good dubbels, tripels, BSDA and BSPA before, so that helps.
Had this on tap, served into a St. Bernardus Chalice.
And wow, does it look good. Color is a deep, hazy cherry mahogany mixed lightly with plum, with a lightly toasted colored cap on top. The only demerit this faces is that I expected better head retention and lacing.
Smell doesn't disappoint in the least. Candied plums, raisins, a hint of blackberry(?), all mixed beautifully with the heavenly malt smell.
I'm just going to clump the rest of the categories into one grand paragraph.
Tastes literally like sugar-plum fairies (thank you Tchaikovsky) are dancing on my tongue. Carbonation is of superfine bubbles which tingle and only enhance the experience. Alcohol is certainly present, but remains tucked behind the rest of the symphony. The fruit-laced malt flavors are out of this world. A dash of bitterness sneaks in towards the end, and dissipates before the sweet and malty finish.
[Taste is wonderful, but I won't give this a 5 until I've had Westvleteren 12.]
Serving type: on-tap
04-16-2010 18:31:22 | More by AmberMan22
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St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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