St. Bernardus Abt 12 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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Reviews by thekevlarkid:
4.63/5 rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Out of a bottle purchased at the Hop Heads bar this beer was a cloudy, dark chestnut color with a towering head of foam. The retention was impressive and the lacing in fine bands with fishnets in between. The aroma was complex and appealing. I detected bready malt, caramel malt, Belgian yeast, dark fruits, some bananas and spices. The flavors were equally complex and yet complimentary. All the same notes from the nose were apparent in the taste with a perfect core of caramel and chocolate malt. Spicy and punchy without being hot, I thought it was an excellent example of balance and finesse. Dried fruits and plums became more pronounced as it warmed up and the hops presence was just enough to counterbalance the malts. The mouthfeel was creamy, the body medium/full and the carbonation perfect. An excellent beer in every way and one of the finest Belgians I’ve had.
Serving type: bottle
02-20-2012 14:41:29 | More by thekevlarkid
More User Reviews:
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
99 out of 100 based on 7,019 ratings.