St. Bernardus Abt 12 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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Reviews by PirateUlf73:
4.95/5 rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
750 ml bottle, poured into a chalice.
A: Hazy dark-brown color with a decent off-white head, which had amazing staying power.
S: Wonderfully complex nose of sweet caramel, dark fruits (plums, dates and figs), spices (clove, coriander and nutmeg), and some yeasty goodness. So much going on.
T: All the olfactory components merge into the flavors, and then some. It's almost like drinking a fine red wine. Everything comes together so perfectly. My favorite part is the strong malty backbone which ties everything together. Absolutely magnificent!
M: The feel is very smooth and creamy. My only knock against this beer is that there is perhaps just a bit too much carbonation for my liking. However, it bothered me less as I made my way through the bottle.
D: This one should be enjoyed slowly, so as to expose and contemplate all the flavors.
This beer is damn near perfect... period. At the time of this writing, it is my favorite Belgian, and while I do enjoy others, they pale in comparison, at least in terms of sheer complexity and grace. Mandatory drinking. You MUST try this at least once.
Serving type: bottle
06-27-2009 06:40:10 | More by PirateUlf73
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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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