St. Bernardus Abt 12 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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4.08/5 rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
330ml bottle poured into a 16oz goblet. The bottle foamed madly as I tried to open it.
A - Little over a finger of head; bubbly, frothy, and tan. Murky garnet-brown hue. The head thins out and leaves bits of lacing around the glass.
S - Aroma is ripe and sweet upfront. Nice, ripe plums, bananas, green apples. Not as much dark fruit as expected. Obligatory Belgian candi sugar creates a strong sweetness in the scent as well. A little fig with fresh bread and yeast in the finish.
T - The fruit flavors are quite subdued initially. Sort of a medicinal mixture of candi sugar and alcohol. The yeast is done fairly well, not too much and not too little. I'm sitting here sort of perplexed at the lack of complexity in beer. The typical flavors are all present for the most part, but I guess it hasn't really delivered the punch I expected from such a renowned beer. The flavor never really culminates to form anything too impressive, allowing the alcohol to take center stage in the flavor profile. Spices in the finish don't do anything to subdue the warm alcohol flavor already present.
M - Smooth, bubbly carbonation. Medium bodied feel with a pretty sticky feel on my lips. Sort of slick/oily.
D - Still a solid quad, but at 10% ABV this beer just doesn't offer enough in the flavor department. Despite all these complaints, this beer was still very good and in fact really easy to drink. This one is certainly going down as something to re-review down the road.
Serving type: bottle
12-03-2011 07:26:46 | More by Converge
4.3/5 rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
13 01 06 on the label, meaning it's from 01/13/11. 330 ml bottle into a chimay goblet. Allowed to warm up a bit.
A - Dark brown body, fairly cloudy and bubbly. Splotchy off white/light khaki head. Decent lacing and retention.
S - Caramelized and candied dates, figs, and raisins. This is followed by light spice and Belgian yeast. I'm drinking this after a westy 12, and the aromas are quite similar.
T - Similar to the nose. Starts off with the candied dark fruits, and is followed by some light spices. The finish is bready and yeasty. Alcohol presence is ever so slight. Mouth feel is medium and creamy with perfect carbonation.
O - This is a damn good quad. I enjoyed it much more than rochefort 10, and I think the taste, aroma, mouth feel follow close behind the infamous westy 12.
Serving type: bottle
12-02-2011 04:51:19 | More by davey101
St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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