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St. Bernardus Abt 12 Special Edition

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

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RATINGS: 560   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kuphish (381) - 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!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adnielsen (9460) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pintbypint (2696) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skoisirius (1761) - Earth, Washington, USA - AUG 31, 2011
Drank back a few years ago a few times when it was in the shop. Nice light darkish brown pour. Plummy bread nose which extends into the flavors, melting into some light chocolate and maybe banana. Soft spicy finish carries it out perfectly. Wish I would’ve aged some!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - AUG 10, 2011
750ml bottle. Clear deep amber brown with a small beige head. Aroma is lots of dried fruit, bread, caramel and Belgian yeast esters. Flavor is super smooth, rich caramel and bready malts with a lightly tart yeast and faint hop bitterness. Medium to full body with average carbonation and a soft, smooth mouth feel. Very nice beer, has aged well.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DalzAle (1999) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JUL 17, 2011
Bottle shared by JK. Hazy dark brown pour, light & spotty carbonation and an aroma of rich malt/spice. Flavor was rich effervescent spiced malt and slightly warming with some good sweetness on the finish. Very enjoyable, I’m really glad I got to try this (Thanks John!)

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 15, 2011
[Bottle] shared by jk. Thanks! Very powerful pop of the cork. Pours clear raisin brown with a large, frothy beige head. Aroma is musty raisin, fig, fruit snack, chocolate. Flavor is fruity Belgian yeast, light hop, raisin, caramel, light chocolate, General awesomeness. Very nice beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
erickok (3793) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - JUN 17, 2011
Hotizontal-ish tasting of St. Bernardus 12 and this special edition. Brown body with fizzy tan head. Was a little cold when served but improved enormously on warming. Aroma has nuts, cheese, earth, red apple and brown bread. Definitely fresh herbs, too, plus an awkward citrus funk. Medium carbonation. Sweeter than the non-special version; strawberry like. Light sticky mouthfeel, some alcohol and bit too carbonated I think. Not as balanced as the normal Abt 12, which I prefer.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madvike (2847) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 2, 2011
Bottle from JCapriotti...thanks Jason! - Pours rosy amber with a thin-bubbled white head. Lots o’ floaties in there, too...yummy. Smells nice and sweet, with raisins, bready and yeasty, some heat, black cherry, light spicing, and a touch of menthol. Still some heat on this one, and the malt isn’t as rich as I remember the regular 12. Has a little of the menthol I noticed on the smell, along with a bit of dark fruit and sweet bread. Finishes very malty and yeasty. A touch of herbal hops and baking spice on the finish. Fairly thin body, biting carbonation--kind of surprising. Pretty good, but I’d rather just have the plain old 12.

4.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
EithCubes (5088) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 9, 2011
Corked and caged bottle received from a trade years ago, complete with the light-shielding and collectible metal container, which I believe will be converted into a coin-collecting bank. Around four years old at this point. Ruby-brown pour, beautiful, lovely lacing beige head. Dank cottonball nose, guileless alcohol, dry pitted fruits. My compatriot is pouncing on the phenolics. Taste is boozy, dryish but perceived sweetness, bubblegum, candyish, loads of berry, some pepper and herbal spices, banana, plum, prune, mild grape, mild caramel, light licorice, only the faintest whisper of hops. Complex, very complex layers of malt. Alcohol well contained, silky light-medium body. Age has treated this baby well, a real treat!


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