St. Bernardus Abt 12 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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Reviews by TheBrewo:
4.25/5 rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This was served from the bottle at The Old Toad in Rochester, NY. Poured into a St. Bernardus goblet, it shown a rich chocolate brown color. It held a whitish two finger head of thick, chunk bubbles that receded at a medium pace. This left little lacing. Carbonation appeared medium, and thick, chunky yeast floated about the drink. The beer was served at cellar temperatures. The aroma was bright with fruity sweetness, from fig and strawberry. This was souring and tart, but nice and strong. There was an additional sweetness from honey and fermented apples. The malts were strong and quintessentially Belgian, with caramel and toasty darkness. The yeast was also strong in the nose, with lighter banana esters. Phenols were also present, in the form of vanilla, cinnamon, and clove. As we sipped, cherry fruit sweetness sitting amongst evenly sweet caramel malts presents up front. The malts quickly took center stage, and a huge wet grain pulled us into the middle. The middle peaked with sweeter and lighter malts, steely and clean yeast, and a complex depth of sugars, afforded by those fermented fruits from the nose. The end was light, but robust in flavor, with strong banana esters and more mixing fruit from the beginning. The aftertaste breathed of huge fusel alcohols, clove, citric rind (not of hops), and a thick yeast. This was all contained within a nest of old strawberries and clean caramel malts. The body was medium to full and the carbonation was high. The booze dried the mouth slightly, but otherwise the mouth had bi slurp and gulp, and a nice finish dry smack. The beer was quite warming thanks to the abv, and it drinks as a sipper.
Overall, what the enjoyed most about this brew was the taste. The fruity and estery inclusion helped maintain a lightness of flavoring. This also helped calm the huge malt framework of the beer. The complexity was there, and everything was expertly blended together, working in harmony. The aroma and feel also delivered as expected, in a very Belgian way. This beer is damn near perfect for a cold winter day.
Serving type: bottle
01-14-2012 23:06:06 | More by TheBrewo
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4.55/5 rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Cork poured into my Schneider Weisse weizen glass.
A: HUGE head, dark brown opaque caramel color, medium carbonation slanted towards the bottom, THICK lacing throughout.
S: Dominant scent is salty pretzels, malty and bready with some spice.
T: Bready, biscuity, malty with spice, caramel at times.
M: Medium-full body, very creamy, high carbonation, alcohol is very well hidden.
O: Great mouthfeel with bready taste. Reminds me of Sam Adams Double Bock, but slightly less desirable taste and less visible carbonation.
Serving type: bottle
03-09-2014 22:14:52 | More by BoulderBarrovecchio
St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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