St. Bernardus Abt 12 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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Reviews by PatYoda:
4.15/5 rDev -7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Pours a nice murky brown with lots of yeast. Ridiculously long lasting head coats your entire glass before you're done. Appearance is perfect for a quad. A bit too much alcohol in the smell, but nice otherwise. There's a lot of clove in there and definitely some spiced rum. The taste is much more complex, however. I sense clove (strongly - it could be a bit less spicy, but this, and the too strong alcohol flavor are my only complaints), doughty yeastiness, alcohol, cherry, and vinous flavors. Some cookie dough is also there. It's not as much of a malt bomb as Westvleteren 12. Note that despite other reviewers saying so, this is definitely not the same recipe as that beer. At one time it was after the brewery stopped contract brewing for St. Sixtus (1992) but since then the recipes have diverged greatly.
The winey aftertaste lingers for a few seconds then is gone. Mouthfeel is nothing special - medium bodied for the style, very carbonated, dry. Very drinkable. A bit overrated in my opinion, but a good beer nonetheless.
Serving type: bottle
01-05-2006 03:34:44 | More by PatYoda
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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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