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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: 557   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
blackmetal (112) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 9, 2012
Much like the standard 12, but perhaps a little more sharp. No mjor diversion from the 12 but it doesn’t need to be.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 3, 2012
750 ml bottle from Phaleslu. Pours dark amber with some sedimentation in suspension . Aroma is candies sugar, belgian yeast, caramel, fruit. Taste is sweet. Full bodied. Smooth finish. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
luttonm (2222) - Belgrade, SERBIA - JAN 28, 2012
750ml bottle. Old Rating. Loved the box so much that it still sits on my shelf. The original Abt 12 is one of my favorites, this did have a little bit more to it. Huge pour with crazy tall white head that laces and stays. Dark but light-cutting brown. Huge rising flavor that is slightly metallic, robust and effervescent. High carbonation that bitters a touch. SE did have more hop depth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4137) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 16, 2012
Bottle (thank to hannonT)... Poured deep, dense reddish/brown with a tan head. Heavy with booze and malt sweetness. Tasted grains, caramel sweetness. Dark fruits like plums and figs, cocoa, and big yeast esters towards the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - DEC 31, 2011
Bottle courtesy of MrChopin. Pours a chunky and hazy brown with a thin tan head. Toasty, nutty aroma with fruity nuts. Hints of strawberry. Flavor sweet and malty. Very nutty and toasty. Dry bitter finish. Goes down pretty easy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
That1Guy (1934) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2011
Crushed with Jakebra. Aged for about 3 years. A bit oxidized, but still pretty damn good. Lots of dark fruits and yeast flavor with a hint of booze. Wonderful mouthfeel. A pretty intense beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dfonorow (1445) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2011
Thanks Chuck! Pour is dark brown with some slight red tints and a gigantic bubbling tan head. Aroma is sweet with notes of raisins, fig newtons, candied sugar, and Belgian yeast. Flavor is sweet at first but transitions nicely. Yeasty finish with notes of dried bananas, light chocolate, and slight booze. This has aged very well over the 5 years or so, great Quad!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kuphish (380) - Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA - NOV 3, 2011
An EC special. Pours a clear, mahogany body with a large, rocky, light tan head. Sticky, clingy lacing. Date and prune aroma with some Belgian phenolics. Bright berry flavors in the flavor come through almost candyish. Some brown sugar/light molasses. Rounded out by a bit of mulling spice. Phenolics seem absent here. Sweet up front with no real bitterness. Finishes fairly dry with a light alcohol presence to add a pinch of sweetness. Super tasty!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adnielsen (9108) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 28, 2011
Bottle @ home. Cloudy, brown appearance with a creamy, brown head. Strong, dark candy sugar, caramel, dark fruity, raisin, plum, Belgian yeasty aroma. Dark plum, slightly citrusy, Belgian yeasty, deep caramel, toffee, mild chocolate, candy sugar flavor. Nice brew but I think I slightly prefer the normal version.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pintbypint (2610) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 2, 2011
750ml brown bottle, corked, stored in can. Reddish brown coloured beer with a light creamy whitish cap. Nose is sweet and malty, yeasty banana notes. Flavour has some chocolate malts, some malt chewiness, sweet raisin fruitiness, yeast/estery. Finishes with light hops and yeast, dry. Some leafy aftertastes. Full bodied, carbonation is strong but natural feeling. Alcohol is well integrated, this never feels like an 11% beer, very drinkable.

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