St. Bernardus Abt 12 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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4.51/5 rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
A delight to the eyes. Murky brown body is nice and has depth and complexity, but the lacing and carbonation is unparalleled. A little tilt to the glass reveals cascading effervescence that leaves thick lacing that looks like thousands of tiny diamonds, retreating back into the beer like a receding tide at the beach.
Fresh fruits dominate the aromas: green apple peel, plum, & grape. Behind it are sweet bready malts and anticipated belgian yeast. A note of peppery clove sneaks around the aromas as well.
The taste is actually a little less sweet than other quads that look this dark and smell this fruity. There's that bready sweetness for sure, but without much of that candied sugar taste you expect from similarly "big" quads. The flavor has an earthiness to it that makes it distinct. Finish has a touch of sour and a touch of spiciness.
That carbonation that delighted the eyes first brings happiness to the tongue as well. Manages to feel creamy but dry. An admirable feat for a high gravity beer.
Worthy of its esteem in the pantheon of world class beers.
Serving type: bottle
05-06-2013 02:58:34 | More by KBomb
5/5 rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
This is a world class beer! It is not cheap but for a treated myself for my birthday. You can get this pretty easy in my area too.
Appearance: It was a dark brown look to it,. The haed was 1 1/2 inch with thick lacing.
Smells" It is sweet spiced fruits, apple, some banana (with cloves), An aswesome smell to it
Taste. Tremendous ! It has some tartness but not overbearing. I get sweet fruit at first. It has a very comlex taste for a beer. I never taste nothing like it in the world. Roasted malts come through with a great after taste.
Mouthfeel: It is great with good carbonation. Excellent balance. It is full, and yet so slick on my tongue.
Overall,:jThe best beer in the world. If you have never tried you are mssing out on one of the greatest beer in the world!
Serving type: bottle
05-05-2013 15:39:47 | More by bbluemzbeer
St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
99 out of 100 based on 7,012 ratings.