Sunday, December 25, 2011
St. Bernardus Abt 12 Abbey Ale
Today I'm drinking another famous Belgian beer, St. Bernardus Abt 12 Abbey Ale brewed by Brouwerij St. Bernard in Watou, Belgium. This is a well-known Trappist Quadrupel, and I'm pretty sure that is supposed to be St. Bernard on the front label with his glass of this beer. Best Before 05/31/16. Serve 52-56°F. 330 mL. Heck, if I'm going to do a Belgian beer week, I may as well pick the most famous and acclaimed ones, right?
Dark ruby-brown color, caught me off guard a little mainly because I was going through the pre-drinking picture-taking motions. Caramel and figs and raisins, enjoyable aroma. Excellent flavors and an exceptionally creamy texture. Figs and raisins and cherries, nice depth and richness while also letting you know they've been sipping the 10% alcohol. Molasses, caramel and brown sugar add more interest, this time a bit sweet.
The Belgian yeast is prominent. Spicy nibbles follow and interact well with the high level of carbonation. The alcohol is well incorporated yet offers a bit of a burn in the throat and chest. Nice balance between sweet and bitter, with a little bit of each. Really complex, terrific flavors. Slightly hot but whatever... the alcohol brings out the best each flavorful sip has to offer. If you haven't you must!