St. Bernardus Abt 12 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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Reviews by pmcadamis:
4.97/5 rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Had this at Crane Alley in Urbana IL, served in an orval chalice. This one pours a murky dirty brown with absolutely no trace of a head. Although I like the drunk monk on the bottle, this really isn't an appealing beer. One of the girls in my party even went so far as to say it looks like sewage water....but I think that's a little harsh. Maybe more like river water.
The smell is rife with ethanol, and I smell nice clean malts and a firm hop presence. A bit weedy, outdoorsy, and fresh smelling, but warmly malted also. I smell ripe dark fruits...maybe plum and sweet grapes.
There is something very grapey and vinous about this one. I love the rich warmth provided by the full malts and alcohol heat, and the nice dose of hops was unexpected but welcomed. This is really a slow sipper, and gets much more flavorfull as it warms. With time, malty caramel and brown sugar come out to play, and eventually become the dominant flavor (the hops are more evident at first when the brew was still cold. This came to me pretty damn chilly from behind the bar, but I would like to see this served at room temp.
Mouthfeel is excellent and the nice finish left me clucking my tongue to get avery last bit of flavor. This really is an excellent brew, and the big alcohol warmth is a pleasant quality...like drinking brandy from a snifter. One of my all time favorites so far.
Serving type: bottle
09-30-2006 13:08:41 | More by pmcadamis
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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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