In the spirit of beer being the beverage of the everyday man (and woman), we present Musical Cheers, a column that puts real beer in the hands of real people. Musical Cheers is guest authored by a revolving selection of friends and columnists with tastes as varied as the beers they review.
Guest reviewer name/occupation: Aimee Suzanne Kruse-Ross, glass artist, writer
Currently listening to: RÃ¶yksopp's “The Inevitable End" and The Doors' “L.A. Woman"
Currently reading: “Lunch Notes - The Book" by Mike Eserkaln
Fastest autobahn speed driven: 118 mph
Rain or Sun: Rain
Preferred Blue Collar Brews: Guinness, Heineken,
Preferred White Collar Brews: Chimay (red label)
Name of beer reviewing: St. Bernardus Abt 12
Type of beer: Abbey Ale (Quadrupel)
ABV: 10 percent
Pre-tasting: I decided to go to Ridgeview Liquor. Upon entering, I was very impressed with the store's layout and their mix and match six-pack deal is the area's best, imo. I selected this brew as I'm a fan of the works of St. Bernard of Clairveaux and anything with a saint on it has to be good … I've also had good experiences with Belgian beers.
Post-tasting: It has a nice, sweet malty smell, very little carbonation or head. Like many Belgian beers, there's likely a chalice that goes with this one. I don't' have time for that. Taste: it's good! A lot a flavors here; it goes down smooth and finishes a little warm – hello, check the ABV! Sophisticated flavors of dark fruits: plums, raisins, but it still tastes like beer, and that's a good thing.
You'll like this beer if: you're accustomed to darker foreign beers, bocks or what have you; you'll enjoy this.
You'll dislike this beer if: you have other things to do after drinking. After one of these it's naptime. This isn't a beer most could slam in quantity.
Rating 1 — 10: 10/10