St. Bernardus Abt 12 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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Reviews by KBomb:
4.51/5 rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
A delight to the eyes. Murky brown body is nice and has depth and complexity, but the lacing and carbonation is unparalleled. A little tilt to the glass reveals cascading effervescence that leaves thick lacing that looks like thousands of tiny diamonds, retreating back into the beer like a receding tide at the beach.
Fresh fruits dominate the aromas: green apple peel, plum, & grape. Behind it are sweet bready malts and anticipated belgian yeast. A note of peppery clove sneaks around the aromas as well.
The taste is actually a little less sweet than other quads that look this dark and smell this fruity. There's that bready sweetness for sure, but without much of that candied sugar taste you expect from similarly "big" quads. The flavor has an earthiness to it that makes it distinct. Finish has a touch of sour and a touch of spiciness.
That carbonation that delighted the eyes first brings happiness to the tongue as well. Manages to feel creamy but dry. An admirable feat for a high gravity beer.
Worthy of its esteem in the pantheon of world class beers.
Serving type: bottle
05-06-2013 02:58:34 | More by KBomb
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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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