St. Bernardus Abt 12 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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Reviews by cxr1037:
4.95/5 rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
I had this lovely quad a few nights back and took some notes:
APPEARANCE: Dark, almost black body that demonstrates a reddish hue when held up to light. Strong, thick head. Sediment floating around inside the bottle.
AROMA: The aroma is fantastic on this beer. There's dark fruits, like plum, raisin, fig. Sweet, caramel malts. I also detected brown sugar and a little bit of cinnamon. There's also a whiff of alcohol in there - at 10% it was expected.
TASTE: What a great, complex taste, with just about all elements of the nose showing strong. The malts offer a sweet caramel breadiness that's well complemented by the plum, raisin, and fig, as well as a little bit of banana. Brown sugar is also noticeable, with a trace amount of chocolate mixed in as well.
MOUTHFEEL: No surprises. Thick and heavy, with alcoholic warming. Also somewhat creamy. Where I think this beer shines is that despite the sweetness, it's never syrupy or sickly.
OVERALL: People who've had both tell me that Westvleteren XII is marginally better than Abt 12. I haven't had Westy, so for now, Abt 12 is my favorite quad. I feel like I should have more quads before giving this a 100, but I think it's the perfect example of the style.
Serving type: bottle
02-05-2014 01:36:40 | More by cxr1037
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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
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