St. Bernardus Abt 12 has a great quote on its website regarding the water in its beer:
“Water, pumped up from a depth of 150 meter is the basis of all St. Bernardus beers. This water is not only the purest but has also a historical background. Scientists have proved that the water that is pumped up now, is originating from rainfall from the time of Jeanne d’Arc.”
How does any brewer compete with that? It’s not exactly Rocky Mountain water, but wow.
How about the beer? Nice. Real nice. It’s a bit darker that I would have expected. Call it carmel, but it’s not a dark beer and is nice and smooth. It’s perfect for a cold winter day. My biggest issues was pouring it. No matter how hard I tried the head on this beer was epic. The taste was extremely rich. It doesn’t taste like chocolate, but it’s all that I could think about while imbibing. If I were to guess fruits, I’d go with raisin, plum and maybe add in some spice and licorice (which I realize are not fruits).
This could be an after dinner drink even. It’s also over 10% alcohol, so you wouldn’t want to drink this in large quantities, either. This is definitely a sharing beer.
Mendelson Rating: 8.5/10