Brew Review-St. Bernardus Abt 12
For this review I am trying the St. Bernardus Abt 12 Abbey Ale. I’ve had this beer in my refrigerator for all too long (since July! gasp!) so the time was perfect. Also I think the Trappist monk, as happy as he looks, was getting lonely. He got me thinking: is this beer actually brewed by monks. According to the history section of sintbernardus.be it does not appear to be brewed by monks. This was a bit of a let down, but I did discover that it is one of 14 Belgian Family Brewers. These members must have been brewing for at least 50 years non-stop. That is quite a distinction, but does that make for a great beer?It absolutely does! As you can see from the picture it is a chocolate brown color a small head. The aroma is malty with a hint of raisin. The taste is where this beer stands out. It starts with some sweet malt and the hints of the raisin from the aroma. It is a bit creamy in texture and the carbonation settles to the side of the tongue when the alcohol of this beer becomes apparent: 10%. The sweetness of the malt lingers through the finish and for the most part hides the alcohol. Ahh so good, definitely try this beer if you have the chance. I found it at Total Wine in VA.