St. Bernardus Abt 12 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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4.18/5 rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
I finally tried one of these. I'm still getting a handle on Belgian ales, and this is a pretty hefty style to get into (quad) but I tried it from a 11.2oz bottle into a goblet.
A - Looks really dark, reddish, like cherry juice or something. Had a decent head to it.
S - Smelled like various fruit juices combined with wine, and some figs or something
T - Carbonation was very present. At first it reminded me of a port or sherry because of its bubbly nature and overall fruit flavor, but as time went on it subdued a bit and I could taste all of the flavors. Sort of like chocolate covered bing cherries, or prunes or really thick dark caramel. It was sweet but not overly. Really tasted like a dessert wine, if you ask me.
M - Felt good in the mouth, definitely a sipper (like I said, dessert wine) but I loved the bubbly nature of it after awhile.
D - Went down smoothly and easily, due to its sweetness and light nature, but fruity taste. Would be great to have a couple of these but not for the head - very alcoholic! Perfect thing to bust out for dessert when others are having port or something.
I'd get this again, but it would definitely have to be for a special occasion or something. A nice after-dinner drink to celebrate a promotion or something. I like session beers, but this is a nice treat.
Serving type: bottle
01-11-2011 23:53:08 | More by wrb357
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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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