St. Bernardus Abt 12 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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4.72/5 rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
with lagers and pale ales being my beers of choice in muggy japan, and with my recent trip to seattle where i consumed as much local beer as possible, it's been a long time since i've had a belgian dark. or a dubbel, or a quad, although i had one imperial stout, (my first) and i thought it reminded me of a quad in some ways. anyway, as i pour this beer into a chalice i am reminded of the awesomeness of a good dark belgian ale, and i change the favorite beer in my profile to quadrupel.
i got this 750 of st. bernardus abt 12 at bottleworks in seattle for $11. this is my first time buying this beer, which is basically tied with rochefort 10 as the top quad on BA. i've had the rochefort once, and i remember it clearly... what an experience. so i have high hopes for this one. looks a very dark brown, nearly black, but a little brown on the edges when held to the light. the head is thick, creamy and tan. it never goes anywhere, just stays there, leaves a solid wall of lacing as i sip. a beautiful brew, only missing the perfect 5 because personally i like to look at beers with a little color.
whoa, what a bouquet. it took my nose a little while to adjust, to remember what belgian ales smell like. because at first all i got was that big belgian bready yeast smell. but now, it's been out of the fridge for a while, it's opened up and i'm getting a lot of good smells. dark fruits, prunes, dates, caramel and malt, alcohol. this is strong, and although you don't smell it at first, there is an obvious booziness. overall, it smells like some incredible desserts, raspberry mousse a la mode deluxe with coffee. yum.
alright, after .92 years on BA, i can have an opinion on the debate of which is the top quad. the answer is, whichever one is in my chalice. seriously, it's hard to pick one over the other, that's probably why their overall scores are so close. enough about that though, about the taste of this beer, this one is a party in my mouth. tasty, complex, full-bodied, smooth, big boozy and fruity, bitter finish. it doesn't really taste like a 10% abv, but i am feeling the effects after nearly finishing the bottle. it's not the kind of beer that makes me want another right away, and as i sometimes interpret drinkability as the desire to drink more, the grade suffers a bit. i couldn't handle another one of these right now. but i will get it again some day, and i recommend it to anyone who likes belgian beers or wants to try something new and different. yum.
Serving type: bottle
08-20-2006 14:27:17 | More by davidchollar
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