St. Bernardus Abt 12 (60th Anniversary "Special Edition") - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 284 | Reviews: 234 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by kkipple:
4.63/5 rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
So on my second anniversary of belonging to this wonderful site, my buddy Joe convinces to me to crack open something special and celebratory at midnight. Something special happens to be a bottle of St. Bernardus Abt 12 60th Anniversary that I bought from Mike Brawley in Charlotte months ago. Ive been looking for a reason to drink it, anyway.
I pull out my St. Bernie chalice for this one.
This looks pretty much like the normal St. Bernardus 12: A muddy, woody brown, sporting a 4cm tan head that leaves some minor sticky lacing as it settles down, with the larger bubbles staying in the center. The beer is quite murky, and shows off some orange highlights and yeast sediment when held to a light.
Ah, those crafty, complex Belgians! My nose reels with an assault of dark fruits, deep red wine, biting alcohol, tart yeasty notes, lemon peel, cocoa, roasted grains, earthy, vinous, peppery and spicy notes, brown sugar, and well it reminds me of a less alcoholic Rochefort 10. Which is to say, superb. The smell evolves and opens as the beer warms, all the better for savoring it, I say.
The flavor explodes across my tongue. Peppery spices, rich sugars, citrus, earthy malts, dry red wine, a touch of cocoa, apples, grapes, prunes the complexity is amazing. This IS Belgian beer. Layers upon layers of flavor, all wonderfully blended, held together by an alcoholic spiciness and rich malt sweetness. The finish is mildly dry, and falls from toffee sugary-sweet through dry spice and ends in a sour cherry lambic-like tartness that envelops the mouth. Its been a while since Ive had the original Abt 12, but I dont recall it being as good as this perhaps a side-by-side is in my future.
The mouthfeel is fantastic. The carbonation level is very fine and lends a fluffiness to a beer that avoids (somehow) being heavy. Its light and crisp in the mouth and exceptionally creamy. I cant imagine how to improve on it.
This special Abt 12 finishes dry, eventually, and the ending flavor reminds me of dried cherries with a pinch of brown sugar. The alcohol lingers as well, warming the mouth and inviting me to drink more. Why, I believe I will .
This is one of the finest Belgian Quads Ive ever had, and the best thing from St. Bernardus, which is saying a tremendous amount. This beer is absolutely worth every bit of the thirteen dollars I paid and is worth yours, too. Seek it out, and enjoy! Cheers to BA for the journey so far.
Serving type: bottle
07-30-2007 05:37:47 | More by kkipple
More User Reviews:
4.5/5 rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
this is something very special. i think it came out in 2006, so it has been carefully cellared for some time, and while some say may be past its prime, i think its drinking absolutely beautifully. price tag on the canister says $12.99. i find that remarkable because if that came out today it would be 30 bucks. the value and illusion of value in beer has never been higher, and for an item like this, it would fetch higher returns now. a cool slice of recent beer history. the beer itself is just wonderful. delicate and elaborate and absolutely a special version of the abt 12 we all know and love. the color is reddish hued rust to molasses, its fizzy for its age, and has an elegant cream colored head over an inch tall and never relaxing at all, its already relaxed at that height. the aroma is divine, well matured big caramel malts and that ramadan dried fruit element, dates and figs and raisins, all expertly balanced together. the label says they used some new hops for this recipe, but i get very little from that in nose or taste, i can assume its faded some, but my guess it this was never a very hoppy brew, instead a demonstration of grain forward flavor unrivaled in quality and depth. the mouthfeel makes a huge impression here. its so soft and delicate on the palate, barely medium bodied at this point, but still well carbonated. not punchy aggressive carbonation, but subtle, consistent, and expressive. the tiny bubbles carry tobacco and dried plum notes to the tongue, and that bernardus belgian yeast with its spice and blooming floral uniqueness to the forefront with the grain. down easy, the alcohol is invisible, but this is a beer to savor with friends. it felt right to drink it in a dark cellar on a rainy night. not sure how much of this is still around, but i cant see it improving any from here. if youve got one squirreled, blow the dust off, find some mates, and pour it up. a very special beer, lucky to be a part of this one.
Serving type: bottle
06-09-2014 22:24:45 | More by StonedTrippin
3.45/5 rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.
Appearance - Hazy copper body. Khaki head. Medium collar.
Smell - Oxidized. Cardboard, not sherry. Fruity malt. A bit of yeast.
Taste - Caramel. Some dark fruits. Oxidation kicks in shortly thereafter. Cardboard that doesn't improve it.
Mouthfeel - Medium body. Cardboard. Slick body.
Overall - Just too old. Not even as good as the regular St. Bernardus.
Serving type: bottle
08-20-2013 03:18:31 | More by Alieniloquium
St. Bernardus Abt 12 (60th Anniversary "Special Edition") from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
97 out of 100 based on 284 ratings.