St. Bernardus Abt 12 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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4.78/5 rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
Man, can the monks make good beer!!!!
This amazing beverage pours a nice deep brown with red & orange highlights. The pour produces a big, fluffy, creamy tan head that has extremely great retention and pretty nice lacing. Noticed some of the "waterfall effect" in the initial pour, a la Guinness, et al.
Smell is sweet, fruit (raisin, cherry, grape and plum), malt, oak, spice (clove), fine Belgian dark chocolate and some alcohol. Amazing complexity and great balance.
Taste is every bit of what is promised to the nose without the noticeable, and expected, alcohol. For a brew this potent I am very surprised that the ABV is so well hidden. A whiskey note is there as well.
Mouthfeel is rich and smooth, warming the throat. A light effervescence all over the tongue, as well. Medium-full bodied. The only downside I found was a bit of roughness in the aftertaste, kind of a bitter cherry/oak flavor. That being said, this is an absolute "cream of the crop" beer. Few, if any better in the style. Few better in any style, in my not so humble opinion.
Serving type: bottle
08-03-2010 03:07:47 | More by PorterLambic
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