Poured a dark brown with a thick head that lasted throughout the entire beer.
Very nice smell. Full of candied sugar, plum, raisins and spices. Taste was just as good as it smelled. Sweet, but not to much, with the raisins, and plum spices really soming out. Bit of alcohol too, but it didn't interfere a all. Very smooth and creamy.
Tried not to let the high ratings influence mine, but this is one of the best beers I've had.
Price: $9.99 Served In: Tulip
11.2 oz bottle I bought quite a while back in a brewery mix pack, but somehow I forgot about the ABT 12. Well, tonight is the night. Served up in my St. Bernardus goblet.
A: Pours a really rich and deep dark mahogony brown. This is more dark brown than it has red hues, but the red is there barely. THe head is really beautiful. A really rich and frothy light tan head with just a slight pink hue to it, rests easily on top at almost a full finger. I have been nursing this for a while and then head just has great retention. The lace is on the glass and has a good amount of stick to it, but the foam is just too heavy. It slowly slides back down into the glass, furthering the lasting head. Just a great looking beer.
S: Smell is real nice with some boozy wood at first. There is a really nice malty presece that comes out almost at the same place the yeast does. Then comes some nice plum and raisin scents. There is also an earthiness that comes out with the fruits as well. Very nice.
T: Taste is just damned good. That malty goodness is just barely sweet while mingling with the belgian yeast. The boozy wood is here in the flavor as well but it is not as bad as the nse lets on. Lot of fruit going on here. Plum, raisin, dark grape, apple skins. There is also a slight flavor of some nuts roasted in brown sugar. So good.
M: Light side of full in body, but this beer has some weight to it. Has a really nice silky smoothness to it, creamy. ABV comes out a bit with a slight heat on the palate, throat and stomach but it works very nicely with the flavors going on here. After taste is mostly of some wood with some boozy apple and plum. Carbonation is damn near perfect for this brew.
D: There is no doubt that this beer is amazing and lives up to its place on the top 100 brews. It does have a heaviness to it and it does sit a bit heavy in the stomach though. I wouldn't go as far as saying I would stop here, but I would definitely stop at a 750 of this. The flavor, look, aroma and feel are all on point, but you still have to remember this is a big beer. With all that said, damned good and will drink again anytime I have the chance.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 03-01-2009 03:35:43
Served In: Goblet
Best Before 7/11/11
St. Bernardus Abt 12 pours a deep murky crimson red. Glowing ruby highlights illuminate small floating particles when held to the light. A one finger airy beige head formed on the pour and slowly fell to a cap of creaminess leaving some spotty lacing on the way down. Has the look like the good, big Belgians. When you look you know it's going to be packed with flavor. Murky and dark like it's trying to hide it's secret before they spring out on you.
Aroma is big on the dark fruits including plums, prunes, raisins, and figs. I believe there's even some bing cherries in there, not many, but there are a few. Doughy malts are all over the background. A touch of sugary sweetness and slight earthy mustiness. Very nice.
Big tongue coating amount of doughy and bready malt hit right away. not as much of the dark fruit on the tongue as in the aroma. It's there but not as distinct and comes along more mid palate and finishes things off. Figs, prunes, and raisins are the fruit present on the tongue and mix very nicely with some candy like sweetness and a touch of milk chocolate. Earthy dusty yeastiness and a very welcomed alcohol spice add to the complexities.
The mouthfeel of this beer is outstanding. It actually seems light and airy up front but becomes medium-full with a superb velvety texture. Alcohol warmth on the swallow. Great mouthfeel.
This is an easy beer to put away. Far to easy for a beer this large but it is something I could probably only drink a couple glasses of in a sitting just because of the sheer size and complexities.
An exceptional quad from an exceptional brewery. Loaded with complexities and the only alcohol present comes in as another added layer of spiciness. Only gets better and better as it warms.
Price: $4.29 Served In: Goblet
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.
Served In: Bottle
I'm too drunk to actually rate this beer. Yeah, I'm a lightweight.
This is absolutely delicious. End of story. I'd buy it again.
Served In: Mug
From 11.2 ounce bottle. About 1 year old.
Pours muddy reddish brown with a beige head that never fades and leaves some nice lacing along the way.
Aromas of sweet rum-raisin, fig, pear, alcohol, belgian yeast, slight chocolate, and some sweet doughy malt. Overall just really well blended and subtle.
Flavors similar to the aroma with an emphasis on the raisins, fig and sweet doughy malt and a nice cocoa-y finish.
Slightly syrupy body with smooth carbonation and a nice finish.
An awesome example of the style and it comes in just slightly below Westy 12 and Rochefort 10 for me.
Served In: Snifter
Pours with a huge off white, frothy, head. Clings the the sides. Very murky, muddy brown color. Completely opaque. Very strong alcoholic nose. Notes of oatmeal raisin cookies. Sweet. Alcohol is upfont in the flavor profile. Some sweetness, and a mash of toffee and fruit. Very easy drinking palate. Soft texture all the way through. Velvet. This particualr bottle is very young. I beleive the date is 030310. I’m sure it ages very well, but as rated today, not one of my faves.
Served In: Other
Originally reviewed 07/15/06
Poured from 750ml bottle into tulip glass
A - Beautiful dark brown witha huge soapy, off white head.
S - Spicy with some fruit. Biscuity bready yeast with maybe a hint of cola. Very slight scent of alcohol.
T - Deliciously sweet up front. Caramel malts. Earthy with dark dried fruit. Superb.
M - Thick and slightly oily. Carbonation is perfect. Dances on the tongue.
D - You don't taste any alcohol in this. Simply a superb beer. I could live with this alone.
Served In: Pint Glass
Gorgeous thick color of reddish, dark crusty earth brown with a substantially tall, softly creamy, yet densely whipped, dark ivory crown that remains for a good while before slowly creeping down to an ever present thick murky skim. Lacing starts as styrofoam sheets but dissolves and sticks in big spots and some globules.
Aroma is soft and subtle, not all that strong but comes across complex enough with dark citrusy fruits of fig, raisin, starfruit, and touches of lemon and banana. Some cocoa sits within and a bit of crispy vanilla and cookie dough sweetness. But as it warms some major yeasty tones take over lending phenolic notes and spicy alcoholic burn.
Yum! Taste is super nice; very soft and subtle, full and scrumptious, nice dulled-like dark citrusy fruit notes dancing upon chewy cookie dough sweetness where pleasing sugars, vanilla, and lingering cocoa wait in the wings to finish it off. Quite a bit of things going on; like a waffer lemon tea cookies meets chewy sweet oatmeal raisin cookie dough with a splash of cocoa. Heavy milk-like thickness upfront, some light chewy malts and cookie sugars dominate the middle where it mingles with a solid carbonation and some wonderfully placed yeasty spices of clove and earthy dryness towards the finish. But this really never gets all that dry at all, it remains full and wet with amazing sugary cookie things. Its fades ever so gently off the palate where a dry spice coats under a sweet malt laden heaven. Mmmm...Liquid bakery flavors of oatmeal cookies, caramel chewy raisin bars, and moist chocolate/cocoa cake with a spritz of darkened citrus in the frosting. Amazing! The yeast sits just right for me, mild yet present with just the right amount of give and take around the middle and into the finish with its clove-like and phenolic spice and alcohol.
Full, fluffy carbonation, semi-chewy, very well rounded and just spicy enough, just the right amount of sweetness and sugarsall combine, and whammo, you've got an amazingly easy smooth, soothingly thick glass of necture here. Beyond drinkable; its fan-tabulous! Slides right down with wonderment! How in the hell do those 'smiling' monks do it?
Served In: Pint Glass
The pour is perfect. Nice dark amber that is slightly murky. Forms a nice looking tan head that lingers and lingers. Smell is sweet, and malty, awesome.Flavor is full of caramel and a touch of hops. What a smooth drinker for 10%, or any % for that matter. Awesome brew.
Served In: Flute Glass
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