St. Bernardus Abt 12 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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Reviews by MattChaos:
4.55/5 rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Appearance: The Abt. 12 is traditionally poured in a goblet or snifter-style glass. This allows its thick and rich head to make itself known, and not without good cause. The dark-to-light coloring of the pour is absolutely brilliant for a Belgian, and impressive to anyone familiar with the style.
Smell: Tough to get past the froth, but pleasant and suggestive. The smell is specific, and omits several key ingredients to the beer, leaving the aroma to be slightly misleading, but encouraging nevertheless.
Taste: A credit to its style. This 10% beer drinks almost like a 7%. Smooth, but pungent. A "sipper". Roasty and malty. Perfect trappist.
Mouthfeel: Sweet front-end, boasty back-end.
Drinkability: Be careful with this one! It's soothing taste and attractive appearance has been known to tempt one too many beer-geek into a quick intoxication. This is a quality beer, and should be enjoyed as such. It's a social beer, but one could easily spend an evening drinking nothing but the Abt. 12, and enjoying every last drop!
Serving type: on-tap
08-18-2008 08:00:00 | More by MattChaos
More User Reviews:
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
99 out of 100 based on 7,019 ratings.