25 November 2008

Beer Review, St. Bernardus Abt 12

St. Bernadus Abt 12
Watou, Poperinge, Belgium
10.5% ABV

Appearance: Dark brown, almost black opaque body with a thin white head. Head leaves foam but little lacing along the outside of the glass. 4.0/5

Smell: Sweet Belgian yeast aroma, hints of dark fruits, maybe a touch of citrus. Very complex, very inviting. 4.5/5

Taste: Sweet up-front, mostly from the yeast. Very yeasty overall, very malty. It's a very mellow beer considering the alcohol -- while it has a very complex and distinct flavor, it's difficult to talk about because the flavors are so elusive and unidentifiable. It's a wonderful flavor nonetheless. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Thick, chewy, lots of yeast in the glass. Leaves a nice coating to the palate. 4.5/5

Overall: 4.4/5

Drinkability: You can't even taste the alcohol here. I haven't done a parallel tasting of quads, but this might be my favorite of one of my favorite styles. 4.5/5

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