St. Bernardus Abt 12 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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Reviews by TechTriumph:
4.65/5 rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
From notes on 03/25/12:
Best by: 03/22/2016; Poured in a snifter.
A - Over an inch of off-white carbonated head with decent retention; Very dark mahogany brown in color with a slight maroon hue; Though barely noticeable, there's lots of floating sediment within the glass; Very minimal lacing left behind
S - A light aroma overall, but well crafted with notes of tart dark fruits, grapes, sugar, caramel, cherries, clove, and light toast; Very faint alcohol presence here
T - Very enjoyable taste with lots of tart, crisp grapes up front accompanied by figs and dark rum-like fruits with a bit of buttered toast and caramel; There is some alcohol and warmth present, but they mesh with the other flavors very well; Peppery and lightly spicy flavors come after the initial wave of tart grapes
M - Carbonation is very zesty, providing a good bit of sting on the tongue in combination with the alcohol warmth; Goes down smooth, but the stinging is relentless on the tongue - a bit over-the-top at first, but I really start to enjoy it as the beer warms; Between medium and full bodied
O - I truly enjoyed having this Trappist ale as much as the monk depicted on the bottle. Along with Rochefort 10 and Westvleteren 12 (though I haven't yet had it), this brew easily fits in the top tier of Quads and does not disappoint at all with it's superb flavor and addictive mouthfeel. Sometimes, it's nice to just relax and sip on a complex beer to take the taste buds for an awesome ride. St. Bernardus Abt 12 is an excellent choice for such an occasion.
Serving type: bottle
04-28-2012 15:17:43 | More by TechTriumph
More User Reviews:
4.14/5 rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
A: Clear tree bark brown, soapy head (this bottle is literally overflowing just upon its opening). Some large debris is visible. Bonus points for the ridiculous head (it won't stop!), but I am a little worried about what happened to cause that/how long it's been on the shelf.
S: Pungent, several inches above my glass I'm still getting strong aromas of plum, mild malt, a touch of sweetness. Very clean.
T: Same as above, hints of caramel in addition. Initial taste is dry, mild sweetness on the finish. No alcohol trace, impressive.
M: Silky, soft, padded, but nowhere near flat. Somewhat astringent. Honestly one of the most impressive mouthfeels I've ever tasted.
O: A classic example of a quad. Not overly complex, but with plenty of depth. Standard-setting.
Serving type: bottle
07-10-2014 05:15:51 | More by 1000lbgrizzly
St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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