St. Bernardus Abt 12 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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4.43/5 rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
What a wonderful treat to enjoy on a damp evening in NYC. Found this on tap at Essex Ale House in the lower east side. Oh boy!
Poured into a traditionally wide brimmed chalice with St. Bernardus branding on it. Thick, fluffy off white head sits upon a beautiful dark purple-ish red brew. Looks like frothy, carbonated prune juice. A few highlights are peeking through on the edges of the glass.
The aroma is full of herbal, spicy, fruity yeast on top of a strong malty sweetness. Dark fruits come to mind...such as prunes, figs and raisins. Alcohol is present throughout which gives it a sort of an elixir character. This could possibly cure some of your ailments!
What I noticed first was the body and mouthfeel. Oh so very smooth and creamy with an acute, prickly carbonation. A full, sweet, but non-overwhelming caramel malt flavor glides across the palate in a wonderful, almost what seems choreographed, manner. Strong clove presence mixed again with dark fruits, but also what I might describe as a Belgian candied apple (read candi sugar). The elixir character is enhanced with faint appearances of spice flavors that remind me of nutmeg and allspice. Slight alcohol presence, but deceptively hidden.
No question that this is one of a kind and an exemplary specimen of its style. No beer geek should die before having one of these.
Serving type: on-tap
03-03-2007 19:34:12 | More by BeerHonky
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St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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