St. Bernardus Abt 12 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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Reviews by augustgarage:
4.43/5 rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Best before November 26, 2013 (making this an '08 vintage I think). Poured from a caged-and-corked 750mL bottle into my Westvleteren goblet. Served lightly chilled.
Something of a slow-gusher, requiring frequent re-fills (not that I'm complaining). The liquid is a rosewood/carmine body with crimson highlights, suffused by dark tiny particles of sediment and capped by a thin persistent beige head. Superior retention; ornate delicate arcs of lacing swim in a sea of viscous tears.
Delicate but complex and lovely aroma reveals some oxidation with pleasing notes of port, demerara sugar, leather, tobacco, and deep bready malt and yeast elements. Very low floral notes (roses, violets), treacle, and toast.
Time has married all the flavors into something greater than the sum of their parts, but teasing apart the different tastes is difficult. Perfect integration of stewed fruits, leaf litter, biscuit dough, breakfast tea, fresh cream, and on and on. Alcohol is toned down and contributes additional body and flavor, but the heat is completely tamed now. Medium-finish with enough dryness to draw you back for another sip. Pretty close to perfection.
Creamy, soft, slighly oily mouth-feel. Still fully carbonated...you could probably cellar this for a decade without it going completely flat.
A superb ale; while not my very favorite quad per-se, it is more widely available than the very few examples I might prefer.
Serving type: bottle
12-02-2012 21:44:37 | More by augustgarage
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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