St. Bernardus Abt 12 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus Abt 12St. Bernardus Abt 12
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Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Belgium
sintbernardus.be

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2001

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Photo of Hibernator
4.78/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

St. Bernardus Abt 12
11.2 oz brown bottle
Black # on the back that reads 27 1009
Served in a St Feuillen goblet

Pours a hazy amber brown color with light tan trails of sticky lacings all over the glass.

Beautiful nose of plums, vanilla and ripe fruit.

Sweet brown sugar flavors blend with a thick malty backbone. Clovey and spicy with it's own unique identity. Dark fruits and syrupy liquid sugars please my palate. I can't think of to many other beers that have such a creamy and complex mouthfeel. Pure quality and brewed to perfection.

The drinkability level is beyond good, not to mention it's 10.0% ABV. Each gentle sip is more enjoyable than the next. A world class beer and clearly recommended. I have had this on tap at The Publick House in Brookline, MA a couple of times and this beer is even more phenomenal on draft. One the best beers I've had.

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Photo of hero27
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap @ the Lava Lounge in Waterloo, Iowa..

To fully appreciate this beer, I think one must really have it on-tap, or, at the very least, in a 750ml bottle. I have previously only had this in the small 11.2oz bottles, and, while it was very good, it was more flavorful on-tap...I have not ruled out that the bottles I had were possibly a bit tainted due to handling/shipping/exposure, etc..

Anyways..that's not important...on to the good stuff. This beer is nothing short of majestic. Always touted as one of the best beers in the world, and now I believe it. Served in a tulip-style glass. Dark brown, rich ruby color with a very large, frothy, immovable head. Yeasty sediment is suspended in the glass and the lacing forms in sheets. Aroma & taste are huge and complex..big brown sugar flavors & rich malts blend perfectly with the subtle and amazing array of spices. Full mouthfeel..little carbonation. The 10% alcohol is hardly even a thought as you're drinking it. Just an outstanding beer, and one every beer lover should enjoy.

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Photo of EStreet20
4.58/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been looking forward tot his one for a while. My St Bernardus chalice came in the mail today so I figured I should break it out tonight.

750 ml glass bottle poured into my brand new St Bernardus chalice.

Holy Carbonation!!!!. Just had my first "self opening" bottle. As soon as I removed the cage I placed the bottle down on my desk. I then saw the cork begin to slide upward. Luckily I was able to make a pretty sweet grab and cath the cork an inch or two from the bottle as it popped off, thus eliminating any risk to my ceiling light.

A - Poured out a dark brown with a huge (Slightly bigger than two fingers) fluffy off white head. A nice looking beer. The head is extremely foamy and leaves rings of lace on the glass.

S - A big fruity aroma, heavy on the malt. Definitely what you expect froma high quality Quad. A tiny bit of spiciness in there too, I don't want to say peppery but a little kick in the nose on the spicy side.

T - Wow, bottoms up. A nice malty taste that is balanced nicely by some flavors of dark bread. Some nice fruits in there too, a touch of grapes, some plums (I swear that's what I'm tasting) and perhaps a tiny hint of banana. A nice alchohol kick peaks out just enough to compliment all of the other flavors but is in no way offensive. Finally, A tiny bit of a peppery spiciness on the back of the tongue. Excellent.

M - Feels extremely smooth. Runs all over the mouth with an almost creamy texture. Definitely one to savor.

D - Each sip leaves you wanting more. By far the most drinkable quad I've ever had, and overall one of the best beers I've ever tasted.

Notes: Glad that glass came today, because I wasn't going to drink tonight. However now I'm just going to pop a movie in and sip on this one for a while.

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Photo of macpapi
4.77/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A nice 750 of this classic beer was the best birthday gift I received this year. After taking my time sampling and digesting this heavenly brew, I was fully able to appreciate its complexity and balance. Did not disappoint in any way at all.

Abt 12 pours a murky brownish red color with a full and puffy tannish head. Very impressive lacing is left behind on the sides of the glass.

Smells very sweet. Along with the regular malt and yeast one would expect of the quad style, there seems to be a medley of strong, deep and dark fruits. Plums, raisins, apples are all there. Very well balanced. Tremendously impressive on the nose!!

As far as taste goes, I must say the dark side has beckoned. This beer packs an absolutely incredible flavor. Fullness and great body are at its core. All that is in the smell is present in the swallow. But the complexity that is required to balance such a mix of flavors has taken me aback. The ten percent abv is noted with a sharp burn, which makes this a sipper. This sensation takes absolutely nothing away from an incredible taste.

In the mouth, St. B. 12 is full and burning. Every part of the palate is fully engaged with this brew.

Overall this is by far one of the best beers I've ever had in my life. The balance and complexity in the mouth is rave worthy. I've been looking forward to trying this well promoted Belgian for some time now, and am looking extremely forward to drinking it again. This is an excellent special occasion drink.

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Photo of maggotbrain
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is reddish brown with moderately sized, light tan head. The head has died down to a consistent layer across the top of the beer. A fine bit of lacing is forming on the sides of my St Bernardus chalice as I drink.

The aroma is very rich, earthy, and a bit wine-like.

The flavor is absolutely wonderful. So complex, it’s hard for me to pin down the specific flavor components. The best I can describe it: a lightly nutty, dark fruit-oriented flavor. This is some good stuff. Very rich.

The mouthfeel is perfect: light carbonation and a creamy body.

The drinkability of this beer is very good. The alcohol is pretty much nonexistent is a sea of flavor. I'd love to have another, but I only have one 330 ml bottle. Oh well, makes it more of a treat.

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Photo of Matthew
4.87/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pristine, subtle, and overwhelming worthy of respect. Hype that surrounds certain beers usually turn me off a bit but I cant be turned away by such desrving fervidity.

Pours a merkey brownish red and retains a fluffy bubbley slightly off white head. There is some yeast sediment in the bottle but not as much as I have gotten in some other bottles of abt 12. The aromas coming from my glass are heavenly. With the addition of typical belgian trappist ale aromas (plum, sweet figs, other dried fruit, I can pick up hints of apple, pear, and the aroma is rather smooth than others i have sampled with less of a present alchol character in its smell. The taste, oh! and the taste, again contains characteristics true to most quadrupels but is set apart with how incredibley smooth and well balanced the flavors flow together. Each characteristic seems to blend into each other and leave you with this aftertaste of a wonderful mix of fruits, mollasses and a ever so slight alcohol warming. The mouthfeel is silkier than expected, but each flavor sticks to your taste buds. This is a beer that needs exploring to really get and I plan to explore. This deserves its recognition.

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Photo of Oxymoron
4.82/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saint B to the 12th degree. Pours a ruby red to darker chestnut brown color. A fantastic head retention of a lighter shade of brown. Excellent lacing. I did pour some sediment in as well.

The smell is very rich and so complex. Notable malt with a plum aroma. A strictly Belgium smell with limited phenol accents. Very nice.

The taste is malt first. Complex malt taste with sweeter bread type qualities. Some cinnamon and fig tastes. Very rich and smooth to boot. Really this reminds me of a liquid cinnamon roll. The Belgium taste is noticeable as well. The plum flavor and banana twinge mixes well with the malt. It becomes more noticeable, as does the spice flavor, as it warms.

The beer is just smooth. A complex and full body. Very complex and a real treat. Believe the hype.

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Photo of jaluria
4.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful burgundy-brown in my goblet. A thick, lingering off-white colored foam develops and seems to stay intact for hours. The beer seems somewhat viscous but not overdone. I can detect dark fruits, alcohol, bread, figs, and some plum aromas. Very interesting and unique even for this style. The taste is just incredible; playful bitterness upfront with a strong, sweet malt finish that is dry and rich. A bit of warming alcohol sensation as well. Takes more like a Dubbel than a Quadrupel in terms of being an 'acquired' taste. As the beer warms, more complex and rich flavors become apparent; some spices seem to appear and linger in the aftertaste. Some roasted characteristics seem to prevail as well as the beer warms. The most incredible thing about this beer is that it is very very drinkable; the alcohol doesn't make itself known until after a glass or two. Just an incredible brew; one of my favorites, without a doubt. Well worth the $9 I paid for this bottle.

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Photo of SSGPat
4.78/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A wonderful pour. A wonderful beer.

Lovely dark brown. Some of the bubbles in the head were large, most were small.

Aroma was really promising. Promising that there was a great beer getting ready to go down my gullet. Malty and fruity nose with hints of sweetness.

Tasted outstanding. Everything that you could want in a beer. Various flavors of different fruits, depending on the tempature of the beer. As it warms, the flavor changes.

Carbonation that is just right. Nice and creamy mouth. Big and bold. This ain't your daddy's beer.

The scariest part about this beer is how easy it goes down. You don't realize that it's a 10% beer... until you fall off your stool.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle. This beer pours out a dark brown color with a huge head. Delicious aroma of bread, chocolate, dark fruit, vanilla, and spice. Sweet caramel malt flavor with cocoa, licorice, and pepper. Finishes spicy, with cloves and more pepper, and a little bitter. The flavor is big, yet somehow delicate. Very complex flavors. No sign of the alcohol. Mouthfeel is creamy. Incredible drinkability. This beer is all-around fantastic.

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Photo of sacfly
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Code 270110 11.2oz

Pours a dark brown, reddish hue. Clear, but sediment in the bottom of the bottle. Huge tan/brown head with medium to large bubbles. Light sherry, alcohol in the nose.

Plumb, fig notes in flavor. Sweet with a slight (but very good) alcohol burn. Dry finish. Heavenly.

Let this one warm up a bit. Brings out more of the fruity notes and covers the alcohol. Wonderful sipping brew… closer to a desert or wine than your average beer.

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Photo of tom444
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours out a rich deep brown, somewhat cloudy, with a thick light tan head that seems to last forever.

Aroma: Tons of malt, fruit, and enough alcohol that when I first started pouring it, I thought one of my roommates was drinking a Jack and Coke.

Taste: Rich and creamy, with plenty of malty goodness, and an added sweetness from the sugars. Some interesting fruity notes, black cherry, prune, grape, plenty of others - I'm tasting something new with every sip of this. Certainly warming, but the alcohol is masked very well by the other flavors. Almost tastes more like a fine wine than my usual dark beers.

Mouthfeel: Perfect. Full-bodied, creamy, with just the right amount of carbonation.

A truly incredible beer (just watch out when you stand up after finishing it). Words can't even begin to describe the experience of drinking it. Now, if only I can justify the cost of a 750mL bottle next time...

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Photo of asabreed
4.58/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A 33 cl. bottle into my Corsendank tulip glass.

Appearance: The head and lacing are stupid, really. So huge, billowing like pillows or fluffy clouds. Insane sticking to the glass, the head refuses to go down. This is screaming, "Leave me alone, or else." Absolutely indomitable and unrelenting. A spectacle.

Smell: Vinous characteristics upfront and complex, with some raisens, sugary malts, bread-like yeast, brown sugar, maple, candi sugar, some woodiness and smoke. But the vinousness is showing through mostly, and fantastically.

Taste: Vinous characters again, raisens, slight nuttiness, maple, brown sugar. All the dark stuff is there initially. Some vanilla starts to show through. Some dark bread. Some wood, smoke, and oak, somehow? Some tropical candied fruit, dark berries, especially upon the aftertaste. Close to perfect...

Mouthfeel: Silk and velvet -- it shouldn't be allowed to be tasted in a beer, but here it is. Body, carbonaton, evenness -- everything is perfect in the mouth.

Drinkability: A brew that's more than fine, and should be treated as such. Find it, admire it, take it in, and enjoy it. One of the best of the Quads, an essential.

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Photo of bignick
4.9/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at TPH many times.

An absolutely terrific beer, my favorite. It was served in a oversized wine glass. It was a deep and rich black, with only a little light permeating. There was a rich but receding 1.5 finger head. The beer smelled of nuts, rich chocolate, and alcohol. I cannot overstate how overwhelmingly complex this beer is. Drinking it is a joy, because as I work my way through the glass, it is a struggle to try to figure out what flavors are coming through. There is certainly a good deal of chocolate, but there is also a mild fruitiness. I certainly get a good deal of prunes. This is a wonderful beer on the whole.

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Photo of Derek
4.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Truly an exceptional beer.

A: Deep ruby-brown, nice head & lace.

S: Spicy with fruity and malty sweetness.

T: Christmas cake? Raisins, cherry, figs, tropical candied sweetness, caramel, treacle, warming finish. Truly incredible.

M: Moderate body, plenty of carbonation. Those Belgians now how to do it right!

D: Dangerously drinkable!

Thanks Kent (Austin)!

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Photo of beerphilosopher
4.87/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a wide St. Bernardus chalice ...

Appearance - Gorgeous. Dark amber with reddish hues and a thick, tan head with very good retention. A very impressive-looking beer. By the look alone, you can tell this beer is one to be reckoned with.

Smell - Complex with hints of sweet mollases, currants, raisins, and a solid malty foundation. Not overly sweet, but very complex and rich.

Taste - Warm and rich with an incredible toffee and dare I say, coconut-like nutty flavor. This beer is tremendous. The mollasses character lingers on the tongue and finishes with a terrific alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel - substantial and warming, as expected. A great example of how subtle, yet assertive, a quadruple can be. To me, this is the standard by which the style ought to be measured. Not cloying, or overly sweet, this one is well balanced, smooth, and quite complex in every respect.

Drinkability - Being a quad, it's not something you wanna slam down ... definitely a beer to savor and appreciate for it's impressive complexity. Arguably one of the best beers I've tried in a number of years. No, one of the best beers I've tried. Period. A treat in itself ... drink this when you can sit and relax and enjoy every ounce of this world class elixir.

This is one of my "if you were stranded on a desert island, what beer would you take with you" brews ... exceptional.

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Photo of Padron4KM
4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330cl bottle, Best before 12/08/09. Pours murky brown with a lot of suspended particles.
Aroma is toasty, plummy, prune, yeast.
Flavor is caramel, port, toffee, plum,raisin.
10%? can’t tell, very well hidden. That is until you stand up after finishing the bottle

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Photo of TastyTaste
5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Absolutely gorgeous, murky brown color huge tan head, and I mean huge. This is exactly what the beer should look like.

Smell: A dark but sweet smell of raisins, brown sugar, yeast, alcohol, toffee, and hints of java.

Taste: Holy mackerel, this is good, taste is dark and complex, lots of mig flavors competing for attention. More sweetness up front, but turn into a drier beer finishing with a good shot of alcohol and hops, buttery toffee, rum, bourbon, plums. I could see aging this for years.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Perfect, this beer is a world class Quadrupel, one that should be tried and enjoyed by all.

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Photo of nortmand
4.78/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours reddish brown with a big, fluffy head.

Sweet, spicy smell, with a malty backbone and a hint of sourness.

Rich, velvety mouthfeel supports a wine like fruitiness with a warming alcohol and the merest hint of sour. So good.

Strong, with many subtle flavors competing with big flavors, even so, this beer is extraordinarily drinkable.

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Photo of Px2GrafX
4.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

presentation: almost 12oz. bottle with a blue, yellow and white label and neck label. "st. bernardus abt 12" large across the top of the label with st. bernardus himself below holding a chalice of this brew. lots of belgian text on the back label. abv is displaryed at 10%. there is a stamped good by date on the back: 10.27.09. serve at 6-10 degrees celcius. "bottle fermented".

appearance: pours a nice milk chocolate brown with orange brown highlights in a chalice glass. nice 1 inch tight off-white head with a salmon tone. decent retention and lacing.

smell: sweet and malty with dark fruits, grapes and a hint of alcohol. lightly spicy with some cloves. there is quite noticibly a bubble gum aroma after the beer warms a bit.

taste: sweet malty flavors with a clove and ginger spicyness. sweet bread almost like yellow cake or sugar cookie. alcohol is very noticible and warming. a touch vinous and estery with red grapes, prunes and other dark fruits. finishes mostly sweet with a lightly spicy yeasty aftertaste.

mouthfeel: nice creamy medium mouthfeel. good carbonation, but not as champagne-like as others. rolls smoothly and swallows just a smooth.

drinkability: the alcohol is there and it's noticible in flavor and in warming, but i drank this quite easily. very tasty, i just had the hardest time putting it down. if you're having more than one, you may want to slow this trend, though.

overall: very nice quadrupel as this is easily the best belgian i've had to date. being more of an advocate of big american styles, i'm sort of on a belgian kick right now and i have a lot to try, so this may not remain my highest rated. but at any rate, this is an excellent beer and well worthy of two thumbs. i have two more of these in the closet, so i'll be re-reviewing this over the next couple of years as well. btw, i've finished this beer way too quickly and i'm noticing a "buzz" after just one bottle. excellent, but drinkers beware!

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison. Something a little special for review #150.

Pours a dark, murky, reddish brown with lots of clumpy yeast sediment floating about, a finger of khaki head that looks like capuccino with cinnamon with dark yeast floating in the foam. Wasn't sure if this was right, but reading other reviews it seems standard. Smells strongly of dark fruits, sweet roasted malt, and alcoholic vapors. Taste starts off with raisins, vinuous overripe grapes, banana esters, loads of spicy, brown sugary malts, and a hearty warming alcohol flush. Mouthfeel is smooth but crisp. A nice, complex Belgian here. Reminds me more of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale than a Quad, but either way, a top notch brew worth seeking out.

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Photo of Sephiroth
4.94/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip, this is one foamy beer. It is a beautiful deep ruby, with chunks of yeast, despite my careful pour. The label said to consume by the end of 2004.

The nose reminds me of 98 Harvest Ale from J.W. Lees. Raisins, cherries, and dried figs abound. Tobacco and slight anise, maybe some hops. The taste is rich. Everything I described in the nose is there in the taste. The fruits hit first, followed by dryness. The warming in my throat must be from the ABV. Liquid bread, this is.

The mouthfeel is silky and carbonated. It has that feel of an aged beer. Thick and heavy, but not coating. I could drink many of these as long as I didn't eat. Like I said, liquid bread.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.88/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A-This beer had a nice dark brown body with a creamy tan head. It had good lacing with each sip.

S- Notes of dark malt and raisins with some sweetness and caramel notes.

T- The taste of dark sweet malt was very complex. flavors of prune brown sugar, caramel and some nice faint alcohol warmth at the finish. As it warmed it gave more depth with some cidery and vinous notes also.

M- Medium-light mouthfeel with a medium alcohol warmth. No astringency or fizz.

D-Wow. This beer is bold and complex in flavor but nice and light in mouthfeel. The alcohol warmth is not overpowering and really balances the complexity of the malts. I will take another.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

With ultimate succulent sweetness, robust wine-like tartness, and a gauntlet of flavors that reach the taste buds from multiple angles and with an array of characteristics, this is an epic beer for the ages!

Delivered in a wide lipped, oversized bulb of a wine glass, adorned with the brewery's logo, this is the glass that deserves the beverage. The russet brown beer with burgundy hues carries a mild haze with a deep sheen. Tightly knit head character gives early impressions of thick blanket, yet late impressions are of a rich espresso-like creme. Fantastic retention and a generous allocation of sticky lace leaves intricate lacing patterns on the glass. A most inviting beer.

Rich berry-like aromas are tart, savory, and vibrant. Backed by the succulent sweet notion of cotton candy, caramelized sugars, vinous wine-like character, orange peel, corriander, and grape, this classy ale courts the nose with pin-point seductive response.

Flavors are much more concentrated than the somewhat tame nose suggests. Richly underplayed malts give a nondescript sweetness to the beer that when combined with alcohol delivers a deceptively light powdered sugar sweetness, slight chocolate, brown sugar, and elegant strength. Yeasty esters of grape, plumb, cherry, dates, figs, licorice, and apples all feed into the fruity complexities. Spicy notes replace hop bitterness with mellow white and black peppercorns, light smoke, and alspice with alcohol. Vibrant and bright, but not without the needed aged notes to suggest maturity, this fresh version satisfies just fine.

Rich and succulent, the first sips give a medium creamy notion but a dense weight to the tengemental senses before making a procession across mid palate and marching toward sweet warmth, semi-sweet finish, and a sultry aftertaste of fruit, alcohol, and whimsy sweetness.

This is a masterfully crafted ale that seduces the seneses with each and every sip. Keeping stride with the Westvleterens and Rocheforts, this beer plays no such second fiddel.

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Photo of Melchizedek
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow.

Pours a deep brown; it's clear, but kind of looks hazy because of the constantly streaming bubbles. Rocky head is massive and enduring, leaving rings and clumps all down the sides of the glass.

The aroma is comparable to the one or two better red wines I've gotten to try, only better. Alcohol is a presence, carrying with it some buttery caramel, nut, and mellow fruit aromas--I'm reminded of oatmeal with raisins and brown sugar, and maybe some other spices I can't quite identify. The mouthfeel is surprisingly light, given the character of the flavor, but just right. The carbonation helps with this, giving a foamy texture on the tongue. The alcohol is obvious but not overpowering, even compared to smaller brews; "rich and smooth" doesn't begin to describe the flavor, which delivers the promised buttery notes and strong, slightly roasted/smoky malts. There's enough bitterness to keep it from being too saccharine, although hops were hard to distinguish apart from some mineral/earthy flavors and maybe a bit of pine sap toawards the finish. I think there's a bit of anise to it too, although I'd want to sniff a bit to compare; the alcohol carries with it a lot of spiciness.

I don't think I'm quite worthy to catalogue all the complexity of this stuff. I couldn't resist pouring another glass, even though it was a school night; that should say enough. Delicious.

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St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.42 out of 5 based on 9,423 ratings.
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