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St. Bernardus Abt 12 Special Edition

Formerly brewed at St. Bernardus Brouwerij
Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Watou, Belgium


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RATINGS: 561   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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The St. Bernardus Abt 12 is recognized as one of the best ales in the world. For the occasion of our 60th anniversary, our brewmaster Bert Van Hecke created a unique and special variety of the St. Bernardus Abt 12. This "Special Edition" contains hops from Poperinge: Challenger and Golding, and has been brewed with black, amber, munich and pale ale malts.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wedgie9 (2223) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 7, 2015
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2015 From notes. Tasted on 9/2/12 from a corked and caged 750mL bottle, big thanks to Curtis for sharing. Pours clear dark amber with a thick beige head that leaves fairly thick lace. The nose is caramel, toffee, golden raisin, brown sugar, vinous heat, along with just a touch of menthol and baking spice. The flavor is nearly perfectly balanced, the best quad I have ever had, with really great caramel, lightly burnt toffee, brown sugar, vinous, hot golden raisin, and light baking spice on the back. The body is full with just below average carbonation and a long lightly bitter toffee, vinous, and touch of spice finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
boto (1898) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - DEC 13, 2014
750ml bottle: Finally popped the cork on this one. Got a fairly loud "pop", but it didnít foam over. It pours a fairly opaque mahogany brown color. There was just a bit of a tan head that settles into a thin film and leaves some lacing. It has a good nose. Some dark fruits in there, as well a some faint cherries. Lots of malts, maybe some vanilla, toffee, there is lots going on here. Very smooth tasting. Absolutely no taste of alcohol, even though it is 11%. Malty, dark fruits, with a very subdued sweetness. Very complex. This is just excellent. I wish I had a few more of these!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 20/20
shigadeyo (3092) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - OCT 10, 2014
10/10/2014: †St. Bernardes Abt 12 Special Edition... †Ruby brown color with an off-white crown. †Aroma has a touch of oxidation but has plenty of caramel, fruity, cherry, black mission fig, dates, a bit of alcohol. †The flavor tracks with the aroma with a bit more oxidation and alcohol coming through. †Flavors include cherry, fig, dried fruits (raisin, date, plum), vanilla, dry oak. †Medium-bodied, a touch chewy, very nice. †This is a great beer. †Is it better than the Westvleteren 12? †Probably not, but it is close. †This beer aged quite well, but probably not worth the time to do so. †St. B Abt 12 is a great beer and is amazing any time, any where. †750 mL corked and caged bottle circa 2006 in a tin from Dilly Deli in Mariemont, Ohio.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (6160) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 3, 2014
"lots of dark fruits and brown sugar in the aroma and flavor. perhaps a tad more assertive than the regular St B 12. I like it a tiny bit better for the simple fact that itís not over carbonated, as i think the 12 usually is. maybe the age? i dunno. solid malty complex goodness, with the hops and yeasty dryness making a brief appearance at the end."

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HomerBeerOdysy (45) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 13, 2014
APPEARANCE - Opaque dark brown ale with a 2-finger light brown head that dissipates after awhile. Lacing is more a foamy film. SMELL/AROMA/SCENT - Smoky, piney, sweet, a little citrus. TASTE - Stout-like, smooth, not that smoky, herbaceous. ABV hidden by strong flavor. MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Smooth, a bit of a creamy head. A little carbonation. OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - I prefer the lighter quads over this, but itís a good drink nonetheless. Definitely quaffable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alexsdad06 (6081) - Ohio, USA - JUL 11, 2014
750 ml bottle from notes. Pours a deep cloudy reddish brown with a large off white head. The nose has molasses, prunes, ripe plum, toffee, brown sugar, and raisins. The flavor is mostly sweet caramel malts, brown sugar with raisin and plum. Some spicy hops add character. The mouth feel was a bit thinner than expected but not watery. The finish had some alcohol to it. I really enjoyed this, though I donít think there was much difference from the regular version.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Iphonephan (3712) - McLean, Virginia, USA - MAY 12, 2014
From a 75 cl bottle shared at home. Pours a cloudy cola brown with a thick but quickly receding tan head. Aroma of dark fruits. Flavors of caramel, plums, dark cherries and butterscotch,. Smooth, slightly boozy finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JStax (3313) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - APR 27, 2014
750 ml bottle pour. The cork was a son of a bitch to get out. Still carbonated. Pours a hazy brown color. More hazy than a fresh bottle we had side by side. The aroma is more caramel and toffee and dark fruits. Smells like an awesome aged beer. Itís held up marvelously. The taste is sweet caramels and dark fruits. Thick, chewy mouthfeel with soft, velvety carbonation. This is just an awesome beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (6326) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 31, 2013
bottle, cagd & corked. comes in a tin bottle holder. brownish, slightly muddied pour, lots of raisins, dark dried fruits, figs, plums. cararmel maltiness. i think i waited a bit too long as this seemed on the downward spiral

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rick_Compen (10) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 17, 2013
Alleen al om de mooie fles de moeite waard om te kopen. Afbeelding op de site klopt helaas niet. Maar daar gaat het uiteraard niet om. De smaak van dit bier overtreft alles. Dit is Westvleteren zoals het heel vroeger gebrouwen werd. Het is maar bij weinigen bekend maar toen Westvleteren besloot om binnen de eigen muren te gaan brouwen hebben ze de gistsoort licht veranderd.

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