St. Bernardus Abt 12 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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3.48/5 rDev -22.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Pours a medium amber with a tall meringue-like head with a lot of staying power. Nose is sweet malt, candy sugar and mild yeast. The very definition of Belgian lace covers the sides of the chalice.
Taste is sweet, roasty malt. Brown sugar, bready, heavily yeasted, lending some characteristic fruity, estery flavors. Some indeterminate spices, raisins, some smoky musty element that is not altogether welcome. The alcohol flavors are masked well but still detectable. Improves as it warms but almost, almost one-dimensional, especially for a Belgian ale.
Mouthfeel is smooth, full-bodied, near syrupy. Borderline cloying, which definitely hurts its drinkability. Is this a good Belgian ale? Yes. Is this a Westvleteren 12 clone, as popularly believed? Hardly. Is this deserving of such a high ranking here? I don't think so.
Serving type: bottle
02-06-2006 01:07:06 | More by assurbanipaul
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St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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