Thursday, November 24, 2011

Beer Review: St. Bernardus Abt 12

Reviewing a St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV (a Belgium brewery).
Score: 92

2011 vintage bomber shared and served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Three fingers of foamy head. Beer is a hazy nut-brown/amber color mix and falls somewhere between opaque and translucent (but closer to opaque). 4.5/5

Smell: Banana and cloves. Definitely smelling toasted bread and some yeast aromas and well. Some spices, perhaps cinnamon and nutmeg. 4/5

Taste: Toasted banana bread. A little earthy and very malty-sweet. Some cherry flavor as well. Very complex. Finishes with a sweet banana and yeast, almost hefeweizen-like, flavor. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Finish is very sweet on the palate. 4/5

: A delicious brew; one of the best true Belgium beers that is widely available and moderately reasonable in price.

Recommendation: This is a beer everyone can enjoy, and one I would certainly recommend everyone to try.

Pairings: Italian food, hummus and curry. Pretzel might work really well off the beer's sweetness too.

Cost: $10.99 for a 750 ml bottle or $15.99 for a four pack.

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