St. Bernardus Abt 12 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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4.43/5 rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
A: Oh man, what have I gotten myself into here? Dark hazy brown with a huge head, tons of lacing. Very impressive appearance and an extremely impressive head.
S: Strong smell with malty and carameley elements...my roommate complimented me from across the table and said, "I can smell that from here!"
T: Wow, I had this one week after trying St. Bernardus's Tripel and if that's a triple, this seems more like a quintuple to me. Believe me when I say this is a BIG beer, much bigger than I could have possibly anticipated. The first time I tried this, this beer reminded me of Stone's "Double Bastard" Ale, where it's just an absolute bomb. This beer is more refined, however, with a complexity and level of fine balance only the Belgians have! This beer does have a strong bias towards malt (expected) and has a high alcohol content, but there are plenty of other fantastic subtleties and my gosh, this beer is just soooo smooth and pleasant. Frankly, you're not going to get any better in this pricerange.
M: Medium-high carbonation (lower than typical Belgians), high alcohol, but still very smooth on the palate. I was very surprised at this particular aspect of the beer.
D: I'm sorry, but I just can't rate any high alcohol beer perfectly on drinkability...I had to take an extended break after drinking this.
Exceptional brew from an underrated brewery. Higher quality than the tripel and prior 8.
Serving type: bottle
02-28-2010 06:21:18 | More by JohnL9013
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St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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