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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skoisirius (1715) - 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!

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DalzAle (1984) - 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!)

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
erickok (3533) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madvike (2728) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
EithCubes (4888) - 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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hayduke (3366) - Eureka, California, USA - MAY 1, 2011
This bottle had reached its "best by" date so it seemed time to pull it out of its can and go for it Shared with my brother Rick, from the 750 mL bottle this poured a dark burgundy with big long lasting bubbles with a lot of pink highlights, and very dramatic and evenly draped lacing rings. Simply beautiful in the St. Bernardus glass. Nose of ripe fruit and sweetness. Full body and a very smooth mouthfeel that is amazingly easy on the palate for such a high-alcohol beer. The flavor tends toward the sweet side, with ripe fruit dominating. The finish moves from the sweetness to bitterness in a smooth transition, with finally a little of the alcohol showing up. While just a tiny bit higher in ABV than the regular St. Bernardus ABT 12 it seems much the same. Which is to say it is one of the best beers in the world, and I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to enjoy this Special Edition beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (6497) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 20, 2011
750 ml bottle from dbsdelight- thanks again, Dan! Best by 3/6/11, tasted on 4/19/11. Just missed it. Pours a cloudy amber color with some bright golden highlights coming through along with a rocky, finger-thick beige head. Aroma of caramel, toast, brown sugar, raisins, nuts, and Belgian yeast- comes off like a Belgian barleywine. Flavor of caramel malts, Belgian yeast, candi sugar, dates, raisins, plums, and sweet dough. Similar to the nose but fruitier. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a sweet, malty, eventually sticky mouthfeel. Had this side-by-side with a fresh St. Bernardus Abt 12 on tap at The Royale. This was lighter in color, thinner in body, sweeter and stickier in mouthfeel, more oxidized from age, and not as well balanced. It would have been interesting to see what it would have been like next to a regular Abt 12 of the same age. Both are outstanding beers, but it just doesn’t seem like they did a whole lot different for this 60th Anniversary Special Edition, just a few subtle tweaks.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
drabmuh (194) - Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2011
Bottle shared by Huhzubendah - a Zealot of Beer in The Halls of Beerdom. Beerdom looks a lot like boredom. Just saying, I was too poor to buy this while it was on shelves in FL, and regretted it for a long time. This quad rivals almost all other quads out there. I still love Westys and also Struise, this is a great great beer. I can’t wait for their 70th anniversary. Beer is brown and hazy with a decent head that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate. Bready and estery aroma with a variety of fruits and malt sweetness in there as well. Smells great. Beer is medium to light in body with an effervescent palate. The beer leads off with some candy sweetness and the midpalate is dominated by the yeast and the esters and the finish is clean and not dry without an aftertaste. Its really drinkable and the mouthfeel is great. I really enjoyed this beer. St. Bernardus ABT12 is a solid beer and this one is even better. Who knew? Serving type: bottle

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