St. Bernardus Abt 12 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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Reviews by djbow:
4.83/5 rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A: Dark hazy brown like strong sweet tea. Quickly forming head of tight tan that form a rich two finger head. After the head dissipates beautiful lacing and alcohol legs take the stage.
S: Ripe dark fruit, dates, rasins, cherries and rich honey / malt sweetness balanced by a slight aroma of alcohol.
T: Just like its smell suggests, ripe dark fruit, dates, rasins, cherries and rich honey / malt sweetness balanced balanced a very slight alcohol taste. This beer tast is quite complex and I think if I try it agan (and I will) there will be more flavors that become apparent. Like most beers of this style, as it warms the taste becomes more pronounced.
M: Crisp, Champagne like feel that cleanses the pallet with each swallow. This is accomplished by the medium-high carbonation combined with a silky soft medium - heavy body.
O: This is truly a World-Class Belgian Quad. There are other more expensive and lauded Belgian Quads, but in my opinion St. Bernardus Abt 12 is on a nearly equal plane. Also, St. Bernardus is affordable and readily available. Finally, is important to not that this beer gets better with age and can be aged up to four years before consumption. Strap in, try this beer and get ready for a wonderful taste journey.
Glass = Chalice.
Temp = 51F.
Serving type: bottle
02-16-2012 02:37:35 | More by djbow
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4.44/5 rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
750 mL bottle from the LCBO, served at cellar temperature. I shared a bottle of this a few months ago and really enjoyed it, so I went out of my way to pick up a second bottle for reviewing purposes.
Pours a murky copper-brown colour, topped at first with a lofty three fingers of frothy, pillowy off-white head. The foam recedes slowly over a period of five minutes or so, leaving behind a nice swath of sticky lacing as it shrinks down to a modest cap. I absolutely love the aroma on this one - it's quite fruity and yeasty as one might hope, with elements of raisin, fig, toffee and molasses, as well as some spicy clove notes. Quite yeasty, and a little boozy, but at 10% I'd be shocked if it weren't.
This is a rich-tasting, fulfilling Belgian-style dark ale that is a pleasure to sip. Dark cherry, plum, raisin and fig fruitiness come through initially, with sweeter notes of brown sugar and treacle following after. It becomes yeastier and increasingly spicy toward the finish, offering a bit of an almond-nut vibe that is soon overtaken by clove and a faint touch of licorice/anise. The aftertaste includes a pleasant mixture of candi sugar, spice and just the right amount of ethanol warmth. On the heftier side of medium-bodied, with surprisingly restrained carbonation (for a trappist-style ale), giving this brew an exceptionally smooth mouthfeel.
Final Grade: 4.44, a superb A grade. St. Bernardus Abt 12 is a true classic - a full-flavoured, satisfying quadrupel with no serious flaws for me to gripe about. I haven't had nearly enough quads to suggest where this one might rank on a relative scale, but I can't deny that this is one of the best Belgian-style dark ales I've ever had the opportunity to try. A great deal at its ON price-point - I'm hoping that this one will become a regular listing, but just in case it doesn't I'll probably snag another bottle for the cellar. A must-try.
Serving type: bottle
03-17-2014 04:20:53 | More by thehyperduck
4.75/5 rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
A- dark brown, Carmel color with nice white head.
S- got some spices, fruit, nut malts.
T- so good, like the nose got some spices, raisins, plum, blueberry, buttery Carmel, nuts, some nice sweetness and bitterness to balance it out.
M- good creamy full-bodied, with high carbonation
O- this brew got better and better each time I took a sip, let it warm up some and it is one damn tasty beer. I'll definitely be drinking more of this.
Serving type: bottle
03-16-2014 14:12:54 | More by gangstafaceclay
St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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