St. Bernardus Abt 12 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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British Columbia (Canada)
4.97/5 rDev +11.2%
This may be the first beer to intimate me before conducting a well-deserved review. St. Bernardus: One of only seven remaining Trappist Monasteries in the world still preparing beer to this day. Made by hand, by monks in Belgium. Wow. What else could you possibly ask for...
**NOTE: It is very important to enjoy this beer closer to room temperature. I believe this beer has not scored as high as it should, given that most people may be drinking it too cold. Like other quality Belgian ales, try serving anywhere between 12-16°C.
Appearance - This a highly compressed quad. Fantastic ivory head. Extremely creamy in appearance. The body is rather dark and far from opaque. A very deep brown, almost black, cradled in my official Watou glass.
Smell - Heavily malted. Lots of dark berries, fig, bread, biscuit, raisin, with faint, clean aromas of yeast. Very strong sugars coming through.
Taste - Insanely complex. Even more insane is how hidden the 10% abv is. This is not easy to do and somehow these talented Trappist monks have managed to disguise the alcohol exceptionally well. There are so many ingredients to this quad that it is staggering. Bread, fig, dark cherries, plum, light herbs and spices, prunes, dates, etc. Plenty of dark fruits. Lightly dry hopped. A very, very faint 'smokey' aftertaste (perhaps induced by the hops). Also, flavors of biscuit are noticeable.
Mouthfeel - Spreading across the tongue, this quad does the work for you. It immediately surpasses most beers in the way it disperses within the mouth and stimulates almost every area. Again, very balanced.
Overall - Phenomenal. As a quad, it arguably does not get any better than this. With so many taste notes and so many hidden subtleties, it is hard not to think so highly of this Monastic beer. Remarkably balanced with both sweet and dry flavors, it is virtually perfect in every way possible. I have enjoyed this beer countless times in the past and it always manages to leave me breathless. One of my all-time favorite brews, hands-down!
12-16-2011 08:28:30 | More by Agent1
4.9/5 rDev +9.6%
I've had this in bottle and on tap and both ways it was very good. A smooth taste that doesn't lean to far towards bitter or sweet, and keeps the malt and hops tastes in balance. I would have rated the small at 5.0 also, but I couldn't make myself rate this a "perfect beer" even though it's pretty damn close to that.
12-16-2011 01:15:12 | More by skatterbrainz
St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
99 out of 100 based on 7,176 ratings.