Another fantastic beer on tap at the Abbot's of late is the St. Bernardus Abt 12, another of my favourite beers of all time. Like the Piraat yesterday, this was a filled swingtop bottle.
It pours a dark, relatively clear ruby red, without the haze you get from the bottle conditioned version. The aroma is sublime, with rich, spiced rum-soaked dark fruits to the fore, and a brown sugar and molasses sweetness underneath. Over time, the beer warms up to produce a nice chocolatey malt character. The taste is equally as impressive, with the same complex mix of fruit, sticky malts, and a touch of spice. The green apple note I found in the bottled version is here too, and just like the nose, that chewy, chocolate toffee character just grows as time goes on.
I never thought I'd say this, but there's a chance this could overtake the Piraat at the top of my list. I guess I'll just have to try them side by side again.
It's a tough job, but someone has to do it.