St. Bernardus Abt 12 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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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
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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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