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
750 mL bottle, served in a Portsmouth tulip. Reviewed from notes.
Pours a deep, dark shade of plum, bordering on a murky brown. A one-finger white head with fantastic retention leaves waves of lace around the glass.
Loads and loads of dark fruits in the nose. Plums, raisins, dates and prunes are all there. There's also a pretty strong toffee, caramel presence that stands out amidst the fruit. Virtually no alcohol in the aroma at all, which never ceases to amaze me.
The taste is quite similar to the aroma, with the added addition of bready malt. A very strong biscuit, pumpernickel flavor. Lots of toffee and caramel, with a very strong element of plums. This beer is in wonderful balance, as the malt sweetness never seems overdone or cloying. Again, the minimal alcohol is very impressive.
Mouthfeel is fantastic, thick and rich with a perfect level of carbonation that really lets the flavors sing. Too drinkable for its own good.
This, for me, is the standard bearer of the style. A classic that I've returned to many times.
Serving type: bottle
11-21-2011 00:12:10 | More by amphion1065
St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
99 out of 100 based on 6,854 ratings.