St. Bernardus Abt 12 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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4.4/5 rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured into tulip glass with an enjoy by date of 9/27/16
A: This pours a murky brown mahogany like color with a great three fingers size of fluffy off white head. There are tight, small bubbles at the bottom of the head and larger bubbles in the middle and a wonderful rocky top surface. This head dissipates rather slowly and leaves gorgeous lacing on the glass.
S: Just how I expect a Quad to smell. Bready and biscuit like with yeast characteristics. There is wonderful sweet caramel and toffee aromas. I also pick out dark fruit like plum and raisin. I am having a hard time trying to get any alcohol on the nose and thats a surprise at 10% ABV. This smells outstanding and very inviting...can't wait to taste it. The smell just invites a sip.
T: Holy hell this is huge in flavor and complexity. I Get an initial sweetness and yeasty bready flavor followed by some caramel malt. Mid sip I pick up on the dark fruits of figs, raisins and plums. On the back end I sense a slight bitterness that is appealing and helps even out the sweetness. Fantastic tasting Quad!
M: Very, very smooth! This was the first thing that jumped out at me. I can't say just how smooth this is, unbelievably smooth! Little carbonation to speak of with medium mouthfeel. I do feel this coat my throat temporarily but it doesn't stick around too long. Great mouthfeel!
O: Just an overall outstanding Quad. Perfect in every aspect for this style and the drink ability is off the charts for a big beer like this! I love this beer!
Serving type: bottle
05-03-2012 01:01:31 | More by sleuthdog
St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
99 out of 100 based on 7,000 ratings.