St. Bernardus Abt 12 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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4.53/5 rDev +1.3%
An opaque brown from the bottle becomes a deep murky brown once in the glass. Held up to the light shows a deep reddish mahogany coloring that is beautiful. And incredibly frothy, four-finger head takes it's sweet time dissipating. Lacing is prevalent and thick.
Wow. Figs, raisins, cherries hit on the very tip of the nose but quickly becomes a strong rum soaked scent. There's a sweet bread character lurking in the background. Very sweet overall and almost wine like. Phenols are blossoming left and right. Extremely complex and heavy on the nose.
The sweet raisin and fig notes carry well on the front of the tongue and they dominate the top of the palate. The a strong sweet bread character on the center of the tongue that starts to blossom in warming alcohol at the end. The sugar shines on the center but doesn't carry to powerfully to not let the bread character shine. I'm impressed by the alcohol lightness.
Very, very carbonated and I think that helps the flavors move better than the would otherwise. Things could be quite strong without the powerful carbonation and it makes sense here.
A wonderful example of the Quad as a style and a new favorite. The complex flavors here are wonderful and this is something I could sip on many nights.
06-13-2012 02:16:07 | More by mtlasley
4.33/5 rDev -3.1%
11.2 oz poured very slowly into a standard Chimay goblet. Before pouring the beer fizzled up to a solid 1/2" cone above the bottle. 09 11 16 dating.
A: Reddish copper in body with a dense 1 finger creamish white head. Tons of carbonation is visible sprinting to the surface. Head lasts the entire glass leaving a coating of lace.
S: First I get some a sweet raisin or fig, some mild apple. Carmel and roasted malt
T: Quite complex, this beer has a hint of brown sugar sweetness, a great belgian yeast, a great roasted malt body and a nice reminder it has some alcohol.
M: Great creamy mouthfeel. Full bodied with a pleasant carbonation that makes it easy to drink. Very warming.
Overall I am impressed with it, I went in with some doubts but the richness and complexity is great. Everyone needs to have this beer at least once.
06-07-2012 22:43:30 | More by CloudStrife
St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
99 out of 100 based on 7,240 ratings.