St. Bernardus Abt 12 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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4.13/5 rDev -7.6%
poured from a bottle to a large snifter. The liquid is a Carmel light brown with excellent carbonation. The head is a big 3 finger white and billows cloud like, it leave little lace.
The smell is a yeasty caramel washed in alcohol.
the taste follows, add a nice Carmel malt. this beer is quite elegant. I like is very much and I'm not a big Belgian beer drinker.
The mouthfeel is nice, good body and an all around great feel.
The drinkability is high, the beer is very good indeed. Prosit, MK
02-14-2007 05:29:41 | More by MuenchenerKindl
4.53/5 rDev +1.3%
Slender 33 cL bottle, best by 8/26/2010 - served in a tulip. It pours a dark, sedimented rusty brown with some floaties and medium carbonation leading up to a three finger, fluffy, light tan head. Initially I smell red wine, but it quickly evolves, with notes of apples, pear, coffeecake, and spiced rum, with doughy and almost oaky notes; very nice, but it is not quite as aromatic as I'd like. It is insanely complex on the palate, with cherry, red wine, rum, chocolate, molasses?, carob, caramel, apple, pear, melon rind?, banana?, orange?, currant, blackberry, anise (and maybe other spices). In addition, there are green/leafy, almost piney hops, a mild to medium bitterness, yeast, and an alcohol kick. The medium body is quite carbonated, lightly numbing and drying, with a medium to long finish. Overall a very complex and warming ale with a bit too much yeast due to insufficient decanting, but one well worth sampling again and again
02-13-2007 00:55:02 | More by mmmbeer
4.22/5 rDev -5.6%
With just a decent pour I got an amazing half beer, half head effect. Body is deep brownish black with only hints of light around the edges. Head is a nice staying tan, leaving slight lace as it fades. Nose is a vibrant sense awakening, fruity and floral while being strong and spicey bold. Amazingly silky as it first hits the tongue. Vanilla honey like smooth up front on the tongue with developing spicey wheat notes as the palate lengthens. The finish is a little darker and less balanced then the body pre-emps to. Alchol is well hidden but does warm the belly well. Avery classic brew.
02-11-2007 17:23:15 | More by SPLITGRIN
4.18/5 rDev -6.5%
Abt 12 pours to produce a beautiful thick khaki colored head, which sticks around for a while, and eventually forms into clumps the rest of the way through. The body of this brew is a dark caramel color with slight reddish hues.
This gives off aromas of molasses and slight floral fragrances. The taste is astounding. It has a maple and bubble gum characteristic and feels slightly acidy, but not over powering.
02-10-2007 16:45:01 | More by TheSarge
4.85/5 rDev +8.5%
This is the 2nd time I've tried this beer. The first, about a year and a half ago, took me by suprise(due to an immature palate).
However, the second time around is very pleasant and relaxing.
I poored this beer into a new St. Bernardus chalice just shipped in from Merchant du Vin.
The appearance was of dark, thick color. Almost "muddy".
The smell, especially toward the end was mostly carmel.
Taste was exceptional, quite a bit more smooth than what I remembered. For me, its hard to describe further, but I could enjoy it just about everyday if my budget would allow.
Overall, one of my favorites. I'm pretty new the the whole "beer connisuer" thing(sorry if misspelled), but hopefully it will remain toward the top of my list.
02-09-2007 03:54:01 | More by chrhowe
4.65/5 rDev +4%
330ml bottle poured into a chalice. Thanks to fisherman34 for this one, I can't get it anywhere around here.
Pours thick and dark, nearly black with a lilac tinge when held to the light. Lots of sediment in there. 1/2 inch head that subsides to a lovely lacing that's just a bit more than average. Intense aromas of ripe dark fruits and strong red wine. There's a healthy malt backbone here that provides a nice caramel sweetness to the deal. Fresh baked banana-walnut bread with melted butter, and so many spices! Coriander, cloves, anise, vanilla bean, and nutmeg to name a few.
Taste is just as gorgeous as the nose, extremely rich and very sippable. The fruit is complimented by all that bready yeast and one can only describe this as drinking liquid dessert, but a dessert that is never too sweet. There is a definite light tartness in the finish to balance things off. Caramel, spices, raisins and other dried fruits all appear, and as this one warms the complexity just grows. This is a superb brew that demands respect in every sip, and I give it that. Thick with malt in the mouth with a carbonation that rather seizes the tongue. This one is extremely sippable, but not chuggable that's forsure. Warms your core on a cold night. Exceptional brew that would only get better if I had one more to cellar.
02-08-2007 03:08:02 | More by trevorwideman
4.15/5 rDev -7.2%
Great color and look, the nose is pleasant, high carbonation, not overrun with sugars or alcohol. Paired well with bittersweet chocolate and cheese.
Although quadrupel is not my favorite Belgian style this one is solid. It's like a really good vanilla ice-cream; it may not wow you yet you love it.
02-06-2007 04:14:20 | More by paleoplant
3.85/5 rDev -13.9%
had this one again at the beer bistro and had high hope for it due to all the praise it gets.
A: Large 3 finger head very nice; thick dark caramel in colour, Dark opaque body looks very appetizing. Plenty of lace to go round as well.
B: Bananas, fresh toffee, cinnamon, and most prevalent of all the alcohol.
T: Strong alcoholic taste is what hit me off the bat followed by slightly burnt caramel, light maltiness with a surprisingly prevalent hoppy bitterness. The alcoholic taste mellows out as you drink on, phased out by more of the burnt caramel flavour with hints of allspice. Candied sugar with a bit of peppery spice finish this one off.
M: It is very smooth but the taste of the alcohol makes for a few rough patches here and there.
D: Overall it didn't quite live up to the hype for me but still quite a good beer, I'm willing to give it another go. But don't be put off it is definitely very tasty I just wish there wasnt such a strong alcoholic presence.
02-05-2007 22:58:14 | More by Reinheitsgebot71
4.78/5 rDev +6.9%
I should come clean at the outset and disclose that this is one of my favorite beers. I poured it from an 11.2 oz bottle into a 33cl Westmalle chalice. The bottle spent 24 hours in the fridge, and then 45 minutes at room temperature before I poured it.
A. Pours a very dark ruby, almost brown. Translucent; not quite opaque. Farily large, pillowy head, with large-ish bubbles. The head laces down the chalice as the beer is consumed.
S. The nose is surprisingly restrained, even a bit muted. Light bread and burnt sugar notes. None of the usual phenolic qualities from a Belgian yeast strain. Appropriately for the style, no hops on the nose whatsoever.
T. Carmelized sugar predominates, with a slight boozy warmth. It is definitely a malt-forward beer, but not at all imbalanced. A slight prickle picks up mid way through and yields to a dry finish. Truly outstanding.
M. One might expect a heavy, even viscous beer. Surprise! This is light to medium-light on the tongue.
D. Dangerously drinkable. I feel like I could have several, but that would be quite intemperate given its 10% abv.
Overall. If you have never had a quad, this is the one to try.
02-04-2007 21:31:38 | More by MCDuhamel
4.6/5 rDev +2.9%
330cl bottle, freshness date: Oct. 4, 2010.
Pours a deep chestnut with ruby highlights and a medium tan fluffy head that doesn't budge.
Wonderful, estery aroma of dark fruit -- raisins, plums, dark cherry, and a touch of alcohol spice. Port-like. Man, I can't stop sticking my nose into the balloon-like St. Bernardus goblet. And that had hasn't diminished one bit!
ooo-eeee. Delicious! Ripe dark fruit rolls across the tongue. Vinous. Moderate bitterness in a medium dry finish. Nice alcohol warming. Medium to medium-full body with a velvety smoothness.
Wow. Had this beer many times in all its incarnations and always really enjoyed it. But until reviewing it, I hadn't given it much "love" in awhile. Man, this is a great beer. One of my absolute favs. How does it compare to Westy 12, well, I'll save that for another day
02-03-2007 20:54:20 | More by petemoss14
3.38/5 rDev -24.4%
This beer is better than the Triple but not as good as the 8 in my opinion. The beer is a deep mahogany with a fair head. The smell is of prunes and cherries. The taste is a little sharp for me. There is a alcohol presence in the mouthfeel. The drinkanbility is fair, but not as good as the 8. I will re-try this one in the future but I think the 8 is the brewers best.
02-03-2007 19:52:04 | More by Enola
4.25/5 rDev -4.9%
This is a beer worthy of its lofty reputation, even if it's not one I have fallen in love with.
It poured deep mahogany into my goblet, with a one-finger head that mushroomed over the rim. It left beautiful sheets of lace on the sides. The aroma was a little more one-dimensionally alcoholic than I anticipated, though there were hints of yeast, sugar and dried fruit.
The subtleties absent in the smell emerged in the taste: brown sugar, semi-sweet cocoa, rum, blackcurrants and raisins. It ended dry and roasty with a medium body and creamy mouthfeel.
It may be crass to compare, but I prefer Rochefort 10 and consider it more complex than this beer.
02-02-2007 18:25:24 | More by vanrassel
3.95/5 rDev -11.6%
A slow pour from the 750 mL bottle into my St. Bernardus chalice yields an opaque brown body with amber hints on the edges. The head is thumb width and looks a bubbly biege laced with a white halo on top, it's pretty damn cool.
It's mostly a pleasant yeast aroma, with subtle hints of fruit and raisons if you smell hard enough.
Smooth malts at first, followed quickly by a sweet rasiny flavor which is quickly envolped by a spicy finish, with some sugary sweetness lingering.
If you're a fan of Belgian ales, as I am, you'll really dig this brew. Smooth at first, spicy on the finish, it's a winner. I'm certainly glad I have a big bottle to finish.
01-28-2007 20:09:00 | More by joeskirkie
4.45/5 rDev -0.4%
Pours a dark rich amber with an off white head that lingers and clings to the side of the glass as the beer is consumed. It has hints of molasses and raisins and the smooth consistency is spiked with chunks of yeast. The aroma is a bold roasted malty sweetness that pleases without being overpowering. It is lightly carbonated giving it a crispness that dissipates after the beer settles giving the beer a smooth finish.
01-28-2007 06:31:12 | More by dnichols
4.6/5 rDev +2.9%
Incredibly delicious. Quite sweet, not hoppy at all.
The alcohol is completely hidden at out-of-the-fridge temperatures, so can easily get ripped on this one. Even as the beer warmed, I hardly noticed the alcohol.
If you don't want to finish a 750ml bottle at one sitting, don't worry -- the carbonation lasts at least 3 days if you stick a cork back in the bottle.
It took a lot of will power for me to stop after a moderate amount. It is so tasty and goes down so easily that I could have easily drunk myself to a brutal hangover.
Run, don't walk, to try this beer today.
01-23-2007 19:44:37 | More by wanker
4.3/5 rDev -3.8%
A- a great brown hue with hints of amber, small bubble tan colored head forming a full 2 inch head on top, leave a sticky residue to the glass
B- a faintly fruity (cherry? hard to tell), raisins and maple present, a strong yeasty smell, enjoyable but wishing for a stronger more intense experience. (intensity has also varied a bit from one bottle to another)
T- a great quadrupel style. full bodied complex, starts and ends very smooth, tastes great very small hint of 10% ABV, warms very well
M- Good strong body, carbonation prominent
D- very good, one of the best, one you savor, multiple things to savor in every sip, warms exceptionally leaves a great lingering taste.
definiitely a top notch beer, the high alcohol content appears as it warms, but adds to the enjoyment of the taste
01-22-2007 00:37:59 | More by Atron67
4.53/5 rDev +1.3%
Appearance: Amazing dark crimson color when held up to the light. Bubbly off white head sticks to the glass, leaves thick lacing. Spectacular.
Smell: Sweet rotten fruit, apple cider vinegar, faint grains and a pleasant yeasty smell. Wild flowers.
Taste: Sweet big malt, maple, apple cider, alcohol warmth is pleasant and cleans up the finish. Prunes.
Mouthfeel: Creamy and full bodied, lightly carbonated, dry.
Drinkability: Delicious, complex and clean, Belgian, leaves you feeling like you had a complete meal. Would've been delicious with some smoked meats, lamb, brisket.
01-16-2007 05:47:43 | More by guitarmage
4.43/5 rDev -0.9%
St. Bernardus Abt 12 pours a dark, opaque brown with an off white head from a brown 11.2 ounce bottle. The aroma is fruity at first and bready toward the back. Brown sugar seems very noticeable at first. There is definitely some dark fruits and the alcohol gives a good kick at the end. An icon of the style and readily available, anyone wishing to learn about quads should sample this.
01-16-2007 03:41:46 | More by Drew966
4.5/5 rDev +0.7%
A - Murky dark copper with a full finger light tan head that fades slowly. Small bubbles; nice draping lace once agitated.
S - Smells of an earthy Belgian with hits of figs, citrus and the alcohol.
T - Mild, well balanced and warm, but I'm not overwhelmed by the 10% ABV.
M - Creamy medium bodied. D - Wonderful, very drinkable.
I'd recommend it.
01-15-2007 01:06:36 | More by jjayjaye
4.25/5 rDev -4.9%
Pours a cloudy, brown color with slight orange hues. Great, creamy head. Almost thick-looking and a light tan color. Great retention that lasts the whole glass. Appears to have pretty good carbonation.
Aroma is fruity and a little peppery. Malty with nice Belgian fruitiness.
Taste is a nice, complex fruit and Belgian yeast flavor with a bit of alcohol pepperiness. Slight hint of hops in the finish. Very tasty.
Medium-bodied and slightly syrupy. Smooth drinking and something I'd like a lot of.
01-14-2007 23:19:51 | More by AaronHomoya
4.7/5 rDev +5.1%
One of the big hitters from Belgium, been looking forward to this and from the pour of things, I wont be disappointed.
This dark oak liquid of the Gods has a foamy pillow-top of head to spare. Laces everywhere. Superb.
Bourbon cherry malt in the aroma and quaff but much more deep and intense than most Belgium ales. A big blast of candied fruits just add to the enjoyment. Just a smidgen, a tiny smidge hot with alcohol.
I sip on this critter, but find my hand quickly returns for another. At $3.50 for the 33cl, not overpriced either.
01-13-2007 21:27:38 | More by Vancer
4.7/5 rDev +5.1%
A: Pours a cloudy brown with burgundy hues, nearly three fingers of head with good retention. An appealing sight to behold.
S: Smells of Belgian candy sugar, a light floral presence underneath, and enticing malty notes with a hint of some sort of fruit, spice.
T: Enters with a malt sweetness across the palate (delicious!) segueing into a slight bitterness, then to a dry finish that lingers ever so delicately. A spicy tinge in the middle makes for an array of great tastes.
M: Excellent carbonation, flavor presence, and finish. A crispness is present that makes it absolutely delightful.
D: Great complexity and balance. The mouthfeel is near perfect, and it also speaks for the satisfying start to the smooth finish of this beer. Watch the well-masked abv, this stuff owns.
01-10-2007 01:39:05 | More by CharlieMopps
4.5/5 rDev +0.7%
On-tap 1/7/07 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a goblet.
A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of yeast, roasted malt, chocolate and a touch of dark fruits.
T: Taste is very-well balanced with flavors of yeast, chocolate, caramelized malt and dark fruits. No one flavor takes dominance. There is a slight hops bitterness in the background. The high ABV is extremely well-hidden.
M: Very smooth, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is clean.
D: Very tasty, goes down ridiculously easy which will make the ABV catch up to you in a hurry. This is a very good beer. At the time that I am writing this review, the beer is #15 on the Best of BA. Believe the hype.
01-08-2007 20:22:27 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.1/5 rDev -8.3%
Pours a dark cherry, but with a minimal head, Smell is great, a combination of cherry, molasses and hops. Taste is not as great, but still way above average...cherreis, molasses and a wine-like quality are present. Mouthfeel is smooth, yet with a dry finish. Drinkabilty is likewise smooth, with a medium body.
01-07-2007 23:52:55 | More by edchicma
4.7/5 rDev +5.1%
Used a snifter glass for this one. Poured a smokey looking amber with an overall rust tinge. Big head, rocky, foams up past the rim but doesn't drop over. Very nice looking.
Smell of soft fruit; over ripe banana, raisin, plum and touch of passion fruit. The malts give a sweetness to the nose, a bit sticky. I love it.
Taste; mostly earthy flavors. Dark plum, soft wood and leather. As strange as that sounds, it is wonderful. The alcohol is nicely hidden.
Very good feel to it, makes drinking it very easy. Perhaps a bit rich to power down two of these (bombers), but one is a treat.
01-06-2007 05:05:22 | More by Mebuzzard
St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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