St. Bernardus Abt 12 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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4.45/5 rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle (i think) into my duvel tulip.
A - A dark, rusty opaque burgundy with an airy, off-white pillow of head that leaves broad swaths of loose lacing. The carbonation looks suspended in the beer. Awesome. Only slightly disappointed that the head retention isn't perfect. Scratch that; the head triumphantly returns with a little swirl from the glass.
S - Lots of full bodied dried fruit and dark belgian sugar with a twinge of boozy character and caramel sweetness. Like smelling homemade candy. Also slightly bourbon-esque.
T - The delicate yet dark, full sweetness gives good balance to the robust malt, with raisins and prunes complimenting the lovely palate experience.
M - The carbonation is more lively than I thought it would be, but I liked how it contrasted the thickness of the brew, the head adding a dimension of creaminess as I sipped.
D - The alcohol is tempered well, but at 10.5%, this is definitely a sipper, which is the only way to do justice to this excellent brew.
Overall - This is at least one of the gold standards for big beers; the kind you relax with at the end of the day, sipping away and enjoying every flavorful nuance while sitting in an easy chair with a velvet robe, acting snooty. Or you could do what I just did and say 'This beer rocks!' before belching loudly. Heavenly nectar, indeed.
Serving type: bottle
07-01-2009 00:26:40 | More by DannyS
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