St. Bernardus Abt 12 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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Ratings: 7,258 | Reviews: 2,486 | Display Reviews Only:
4.4/5 rDev -1.6%
You can read a lot about what the “Abt” means, most of it wrong, not that it really matters. This is a beer that warms the cockles of the heart. Maybe, as Denis Leary suggests, below the cockles, maybe in the sub-cockle area. Maybe in the liver (10% ABV, yes please). Maybe in the kidneys (eh). Maybe even in the colon (let’s hope not), we don’t know.
STYLE: Belgian Quad
LOOK: Woody brown, with a creamy, stately head that looks like someone whipped up some cinnamon crema and dolloped it right on top. Above average lacing, but the retention is softer than expected. Massive, three-finger head. Maybe a product of the glassware? It quickly overwhelmed my pink-elephant tulip hybrid, suggesting that I should have gone with a more traditional, wide-mouth goblet.
NOSE: Baby powder, tart fruit, woody herbs. Definitely bark.
MOUTH: Apple cider, dry caramel, rose water, faint cotton candy. The starchy component seals the deal. Toast and rum cake, world class.
BA Rating: 98
Hayward Abbey Rating: 97
05-27-2012 04:17:36 | More by viverlee
4.45/5 rDev -0.4%
Nose: Plum and cinnamon and clove. A hint of red grapes. Slight roasty dark malts.
Appearance: Super deep, hazy brown. A little white head floats on the top.
Taste: Very fruity. Plum is predominent. Slightly spicy, a little bready. Gently bitter with supremely subdued alcohol. Almost desserty.
Overall: Just fantastic. Bold and flavorful, but very well balanced.
05-26-2012 00:12:24 | More by sjverla
4.53/5 rDev +1.3%
330ml bottle. Oversized glass. Enjoyed on may´12 & at least once a month. Pours brownish copper in color. Chill haze. Off-white, medium bubbled, slowly dissipated head. Nice lacing collars. Sweet toasted malts, spices, cinnamon & sugar to the nose. Esters are ripe fruit-like both in flavor & aroma. Full body with medium-high, no puckering, carbonation. Smooth warming ABV. Creamy sweet spiced mouthfeel. Harmonious malty body dances with alcohol. What can be said about a, probably, one of the best spots of the Belgian ABT/Quad style!
05-24-2012 16:02:56 | More by GONZALOYANNA
St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
99 out of 100 based on 7,258 ratings.