St. Bernardus Abt 12 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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Reviews by bohemiandonut:
5/5 rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Although I've yet to engage in a true Trappist/Abbey style horizontal, there's something about St. B. that to me seems more substantive than the rest.
As soon as you pop the cap, and those early wafting moments wrap around your brain as if a wax-dip of aroma, and the final drips of yeasty dreg-discoloration land gracefully on the spore-like blanket of one's mind... you know you're about to lose your head. (But you don't.)
I could obviously smell on this all night- if I had the self-restraint. Layer after layer of delights wait in this glass, and if I had the nose to peel them apart for you I would, but I hesitate to use the obvious descriptors here (dark fruit, medicinals, merlot), because what stands out most are not the flavors of this beer but THE flavor, the majestic accomplishment that is the balance of Abt. 12.
I'm afraid this beer will leave me for a richer, more exciting man. But I console myself: He will never love her like I loved her!
Serving type: bottle
01-24-2011 04:21:22 | More by bohemiandonut
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4.5/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a glass into a Belgian Ale stemmed glass.
A: Dark, cloudy brown with tinges of deep red and orange. Thick head, some sediment (in bottle) can sneak out in an aggressive pour.
S: Big roasted malt body with strong notes of caramel, honey, molasses and peat. Some spicy and hoppy finish.
T: Primarily dark roasted malt body with spice and sweet on top. Big caramel notes and hints of clove and candy. Some cherry nose and a somewhat hoppy finish. Fairly boozy but very balanced considering its ABV and OG.
M: Smooth and silky, somewhat carbonated, not overly sweet or bitter. No unfortunate aftertastes. Very balanced and enjoyable to drink.
O: Another fine Belgian. Not quite as good as the Trappistes beers, specifically the Rochefort 10, but nonetheless an excellent beer. I enjoyed the malty body and tinges of cherry candy in the finish. Nice color, a bit more sediment than I was expecting (got a little in my glass, oops!).
Serving type: bottle
07-29-2014 22:58:57 | More by jsausley
St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
99 out of 100 based on 7,021 ratings.