St. Bernardus Abt 12 Belgian Abbey Ale

St. Bernardus Abt 12 Belgian Abbey Ale Belgium Quadrupel
Product ID: 00454
Region: Belgium
Type: Quadrupel
Size: 25.4oz
ABV%: 10.0
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"The St. Bernardus Abt 12 is the pride of our stable, the nec plus ultra of our brewery. Abbey ale brewed in the classic 'Quadrupel' style of Belgium's best Abbey Ales. Dark with a full, ivory-colored head. It has a fruity aroma, full of complex flavours and excels because of its long bittersweet finish with a hoppy bite. Worldwide seen as one of the best beers in the world. It's a very balanced beer, with a full-bodied taste and a perfect equilibrium between malty, bitter and sweet. One of the original recipes from the days of license-brewing for the Trappist monks of Westvleteren." —brewer
"Appearance: The glass is rimming with lace, hazed brown colour gives the appearance some depth.

"Smell: A spike of clove, layers of ripe fruit and malt sweetness are what the aroma is all about.

"Taste: Clove is certain to be the first flavour you taste as it rides the wave of sweetness, big brown sugar flavour with some cake-like malty qualities. Some buttery and phenolic flavours shoot to the palate in the middle to make it a bit juicy. Some earth and carob flavours in the mix. Alcohol is a little evident, it hiding under the sweetness right behind the fruity flavour that soon flare into esters and mild solvent flavours. Finishes sweet and warming.

"Mouthfeel: Exceedingly smooth with a creamy full body after the smoothness moves through.

"Drinkability & Notes: I'd have no problem sipping this all night long. A heavenly abbey ale that goes down as one of the best for me." —Jason Alström, BeerAdvocate

"Burnished dark copper color. Yeasty dough, dark caramel, nut fudge, and mild cinnamon aromas. A smooth silky entry leads to a chewy, fruity sweet medium-to full-bodied palate with raisin compote, toasted nuts, peppery spice, molasses, and toffee flavors. Finishes with a long, chocolate covered lemon peel, and spice fade. Rich and delicious—try with ice cream and nuts." —Beverage Testing Institute

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