St. Bernardus Abt 12 (60th Anniversary "Special Edition") - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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Reviews by dauss:
4.85/5 rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Presentation: 750ml caged and corked. From the bottle, it looks like the regular ABT 12 with the exception of the "Special Edition" designation.
Appearance: Dark ruby color with hints of amber. Some yeast floaties, but this bottle is well over 2 years old. A large off tan head forms with excellent retention. Very effervescent with a large amount of bubbles streaming from the glass.
Nose: Beautifully balanced Belgian phenols with notes of raisins, figs, dates, and a nice alcoholic warmth in the end.
Taste: Delicately light sweet malt body with light clove and medicinal phenols, with more raisins and plums. Hop bitterness is nearly gone, but doesn't imbalance the malt sweetness. Dry bready finish with some hint of the high ABV that lurks within.
Mouthfeel: This beer is light and delicate, yet very complex. The sweetness is light, and isn't cloying. The carbonation is high, but it just lends to good degree of creaminess when it hits the palate.
Notes: This beer is excellent. I wish I had some while it was fresh for a comparison, but this beer has aged beautifully. Even at 11%, it is dangerously drinkable.
Serving type: bottle
05-10-2010 03:06:21 | More by dauss
More User Reviews:
3.45/5 rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.
Appearance - Hazy copper body. Khaki head. Medium collar.
Smell - Oxidized. Cardboard, not sherry. Fruity malt. A bit of yeast.
Taste - Caramel. Some dark fruits. Oxidation kicks in shortly thereafter. Cardboard that doesn't improve it.
Mouthfeel - Medium body. Cardboard. Slick body.
Overall - Just too old. Not even as good as the regular St. Bernardus.
Serving type: bottle
08-20-2013 03:18:31 | More by Alieniloquium
St. Bernardus Abt 12 (60th Anniversary "Special Edition") from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
97 out of 100 based on 277 ratings.