St. Bernardus Abt 12 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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Reviews by MattNidiffer:
4.81/5 rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Poured from a bottle into a flared, oversized Tulip with a full two-finger head. (As a footnote, I would recommend this beer to be enjoyed at a bit warmer than standard refrigerator temps; it tastes way better once it's settled and slightly chilled.)
Appearance - Very dark, almost ebony with deep ruby highlights. Not very much light. Creamy beige head is fluffy, foamy, and lingering. Lacing is consistently thick throughout.
Smell - Fruity and spicy esters are very prevalent up front. Very slight caramel and toasted nut aromas near the finish, with a sweet overtone.
Taste - Surprisingly sweet. Banana and clove esters right up front, with an almost syrupy aftertaste. If left in the mouth for a moment, and then swallowed, the banana flavour is far more prevalent. Minor toasty and caramelly hints throughout. Surprisingly low alcohol taste, considering its high ABV; almost as if it is masked by the fruity spiciness.
Mouthfeel - Almost seems to expand on the palate; perfect amount of carbonation. Very smooth drinking, and almost leaves the mouth with a mildly oily feeling after swallowing. Leaves the lips feeling almost syrupy.
Overall - This beer is one of the best beers I've had the pleasure of reviewing. From the full and fluffy head, all the way down to the last drop, the Abt 12 is astounding. This beer has more than earned it's place on BA's Top Beers on Planet Earth list, and it has definitely earned it's place on my shelves. Very highly recommended paired with food, friends, or even just to sip on.
Serving type: bottle
04-10-2014 21:10:33 | More by MattNidiffer
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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
99 out of 100 based on 7,026 ratings.