St Bernadus Abt 12
Back home, if you manage to find a beer for about $1.50, it’s either a supermarket chain home brand beer, or something crap mass produced by one of the big brewers. You would be very hard pressed to find a beer that is rated so highly for this price however.
Somehow it seems that this is very much possible in Belgium. Just about every local supermarket sells St Bernadus Abt 12 for the measly price of €1 per bottle, cheaper if you buy a 6 pack. It’s nuts, there have been many times when we’ve looked at these prices, and just though about packing up, and moving to Belgium. In our European adventures so far, this country is blessed with some of the best local beers that are widely available all throughout the country.
The Abt 12 pours a beautiful black brown, with a generous light brown head. The smell is gorgeous, with raisins, figs, prunes and caramel. It smells fantastic, and being the second time I’ve tried it, knew what was going to happen. I prepared my palate for a flavour extravaganza with a swish of water, and then drank one of the most amazing beers.
To taste there are loads of dark fruits, very much along the line of the aromas, but with an added spiciness, mild bitterness and caramel to balance out the flavours. It’s awesome, because you swill the beer around in your moth, you can go through and tick off all the flavours. They’re so well balanced, and this is a reason why it is so highly rated.
The finish is on the dryer side, and as the beer warms, the alcohol becomes more evident. To sum it up simply, this is awesome. If you’re yet to try it, do yourself a favour and get one. It’s widely available so there should be no issues in getting some.
Bought for €1.20 from Carrefour Liege