St. Bernardus Abt 12 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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4.18/5 rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
330 ml bottle poured into a goblet. Initial pour yielded a massive amount of creamy beige foam, which will eventually settle into a murky yeasty light cola brown colored liquid with a rich buttery aroma of dried dark fruits (dates, figs, raisins), cocoa powder, faint red berries, toffee, and an earthy tobacco-like note that also shows up on the palate. This is another fairly legendary Belgian and certainly the taste stands up well to intense scrutiny. Rich, dark, sweet, and a little roasty, with a warming but not overpowering alcohol presence and tons of dark fruit and woody, earthy notes yet quite drinkable just the same. Dark chocolate cake and dates yield to some medicinal licorice or anise notes at the back end, along with some spicier potpourri-style cinnamon and nutmeg. Moderate body (not super thick) and a similar mid-range degree of carbonation do not surprise me, although the finish is VERY interesting ... Almost a barrel-aged coconut/sulfur note that lingers and lingers along with faint gooseberry-like hops. The candy bar sweetness becomes more pronounced as the roasted bitterness subsides and I am digging the evolving complexity after the initial blast of chocolate, yeast, and booze. Supposedly this is the same basic recipe as Westvleteren 12 and I am eager to do the comparison (soon). In the meantime, the last few drops are going down and I am feeling little pain. I might go on record and say that I prefer Rochefort 10 but that's no real insult. This manages to sustain a solid runner-up position.
Serving type: bottle
05-15-2014 01:47:54 | More by CalgaryFMC
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4.5/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a glass into a Belgian Ale stemmed glass.
A: Dark, cloudy brown with tinges of deep red and orange. Thick head, some sediment (in bottle) can sneak out in an aggressive pour.
S: Big roasted malt body with strong notes of caramel, honey, molasses and peat. Some spicy and hoppy finish.
T: Primarily dark roasted malt body with spice and sweet on top. Big caramel notes and hints of clove and candy. Some cherry nose and a somewhat hoppy finish. Fairly boozy but very balanced considering its ABV and OG.
M: Smooth and silky, somewhat carbonated, not overly sweet or bitter. No unfortunate aftertastes. Very balanced and enjoyable to drink.
O: Another fine Belgian. Not quite as good as the Trappistes beers, specifically the Rochefort 10, but nonetheless an excellent beer. I enjoyed the malty body and tinges of cherry candy in the finish. Nice color, a bit more sediment than I was expecting (got a little in my glass, oops!).
Serving type: bottle
07-29-2014 22:58:57 | More by jsausley
St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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