St. Bernardus Abt 12 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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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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St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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