St. Bernardus Abt 12 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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4.25/5 rDev -4.9%
Brown with a finger of big bubbly head.
Smells like Belgium yeast, dirty chocolate, a bit sour and acidic.
Taste is very rich, smokey, fig, earthy, bitter, creamy, chocolate.
It’s pretty well carbonated and very balanced, very rich and very big.
Re-review: part of a blind tasting with Westy, Rochfort, and Achel.
Pours dark brown, small off white head, good lacing and retention.
Smell prune and plum, red fruit notes, richest of the four smells.
Taste is balanced fig, earthy, no alcohol, mellow, lighter flavors come out as it warms, clove/gum, Belgium Yeast and Candi Sugar, almost a hint of pepper, fuller taste later on, but still very drinkable. Best of the four.
07-14-2013 22:55:07 | More by Smurf2055
4.39/5 rDev -1.8%
Had on-tap at One-Eyed Betty's in Ferndale, Michigan as part of a paddle.
Appearance: Basically perfect. The 10% ABV seems impossible given the nice little head this beer showed off, and the wall of lace that this left through my whole sample glass. Wow. Abt 12 has a deep brown/red color, and doesn't seem to have much (any?) haze. Marvelous to look at.
Smell: I've never had a quadrupel... that's my disclaimer here. I didn't know what to expect going in, other than that this is one of the very best beers in the world, according to a lot of people. I got a lot of doughy bread and dark fruits. The cracker aromas sort of came through in the initial whiff, and the fruits were in the "after smell". Very good smelling stuff.
Taste: 10%? Really? Initially I didn't think I really loved this beer all that much, but then I noticed that I was sipping it more often than the other beers I had in my sampler. There's just a lot going on with this beer. The cracker/dough flavors are there in a pretty big way, then the non-descript "dark fruits" come in a little bit, and then there's just an alcohol warmth and it's all gone. All the while, Abt 12 is never bitter and never really sweet (and therefore cloying) at all.
I got this beer for a few reasons. First, I've heard insanely good things about it. Second, I had never tasted a quad (to my knowledge) before. Third, and most college-boy esque of me, it had a pretty high ABV and I didn't think it would hurt to get a little buzz going on. Turns out, this may've been my favorite beer from the night. I don't tend to drink imported beer (local jobs, yadayadayada), but this is impressive. It's not cheap, by any means, but this is something worth treating yourself to, time-to-time. This really makes me want to try beers like Rochefort and Westvleteren now... my interest has officially been piqued.
07-13-2013 03:18:49 | More by Alextricity
St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
99 out of 100 based on 7,239 ratings.