298. St Bernardus Abt 12

298. St Bernardus Abt 12

I picked up an 11.2 oz bottle of St Bernardus Abt 12 at Downtown Wine & Spirits last night. I let it warm a little and served it in one of my Ommegang chalices. This is a Quadrupel. BJCP Style Guide.

Appearance (4.5): Pours a hazy dark brown with a thick beige head that persists as a thin quarter inch layer that reemerges on swirling. Moderate lacing.

Smell (5.0): Raisins and other dark fruit, rich malts, caramel, spicy alcohol and a bit of Belgian yeast.

Taste (5.0): Like the aroma, the flavors are dominated by dark fruit and rich malts. Flavors of raisins and caramel are obvious. The finish is lightly bitter, with noticeable, but not overpowering alcoholic spice.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Tingly carbonation, smooth and medium-bodied.

Drinkability (5.0): Very tasty, the alcohol is noticeable, but not overpowering. Delicious and dangerous.

Overall (4.85): A really fantastic beer. Easily one of the best I've had.

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