St. Bernardus Abt 12 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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Reviews by Pahn:
4.75/5 rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
1 pt 9.4 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.
Appearance: Careful pour yields a fizzy 1 inch head that dissipates slowly. Color is a deep reddish brown. Bits of yeast sediment present. Spotty lacing.
Smell: Full-bodied smell of Belgian yeast, clove, grass, leather, raisin, some phenol. More going on than I can get in one whiff, and stays strong throughout. The smell says: you're about to taste a strong Belgian ale.
Taste: Even bigger than the smell. Starts smooth and creamy with mild esters and grassiness, then explodes into a spicy, hoppy assault of flavor. All the elements present in the aroma and more (banana, caramel, various other spices and fruits) make themselves known as the flavor intensifies then transitions into a long, alcohol warm finish that lasts a good 60 seconds or more. This beer is clearly meant to be sipped and savored. Despite the spice and complexity, the beer retains a pleasant sweetness from start to finish. The flavor doesn't stop; this is a perfected quad.
Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy with prickly carbonation and drawn out alcohol warmth.
Drinkability: This isn't a beer to pound, obviously, but I could sip it indefinitely.
Why did I wait so long to try this renowned quad? Everything about this beer is beautiful. I like Trappistes Rochefort 10 a bit better... mainly due to some differences in the taste and mouthfeel, but really both are perfection. There is nothing about this beer that disappoints. It's the kind of beer where, if you don't like it, you need to ask yourself what you were doing drinking a quadrupel in the first place. It is an exemplary quad.
Final note: not that I need to say this (as it's written on the bottle), but this beer is *begging* to be aged. Huge complexity right off the shelf plus strong carbonation plus high ABV plus a bigger hoppiness than most Belgian strong ales equals this beer couldn't be anything but amazing with a few years of age on it.
Serving type: bottle
12-22-2009 05:48:15 | More by Pahn
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4.55/5 rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Cork poured into my Schneider Weisse weizen glass.
A: HUGE head, dark brown opaque caramel color, medium carbonation slanted towards the bottom, THICK lacing throughout.
S: Dominant scent is salty pretzels, malty and bready with some spice.
T: Bready, biscuity, malty with spice, caramel at times.
M: Medium-full body, very creamy, high carbonation, alcohol is very well hidden.
O: Great mouthfeel with bready taste. Reminds me of Sam Adams Double Bock, but slightly less desirable taste and less visible carbonation.
Serving type: bottle
03-09-2014 22:14:52 | More by BoulderBarrovecchio
St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
99 out of 100 based on 6,149 ratings.