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St. Bernardus Abt 12 (60th Anniversary "Special Edition") - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

St. Bernardus Abt 12 (60th Anniversary "Special Edition")St. Bernardus Abt 12 (60th Anniversary "Special Edition")

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

280 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 280
Reviews: 233
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.43%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

From the brewer: The St.Bernardus Abt 12 is recognized as one of the best ales in the World. For the occassion 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. Alc. 11% Vol.

(Beer added by: Todd on 05-08-2006)
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Deus1138

Georgia

5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love everything St. Bernadus offers. When I happened to spot this 60th anniversary edition in a new package store near my house, I knew I needed to snatch it up.

This is, without a doubt, the greatest beer I have ever had. The ABT 12 is phenomenal, but somehow, they improved upon it. The head was a little more frothy than usual. The smell is mostly dark fruity sweetness. The taste is more pronounced: raisin, plum, bready yeast, brown sugar, all fighting for dominance. The winner: your mouth.

I'm going to snatch up all of the remaining bottles at the store!

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2008 20:45:58 | More by Deus1138
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dherling

New Jersey

4.97/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, glorious. When you try out 350+ beers in 6 months and a beer stands out the way this one did, that's just damn impressive. Poured out a beautiful chocolate brown, with a luxurious creamy tan head. The nose is full of malt, spice, brown sugar, Belgian candi, yeast, some mild fruity esters, and a bit of alcohol. The taste was explosivley well balanced and extremely full bodied. It had butter, hint of cherries, chocolate, cream, toffee, caramel, brown sugar, tart citrus, faint hoppy bitterness, bready malt, toffee malt, plum, anise, light molasses, and brown sugar with a hint of smoke. The alcohol is beautifully blended into the texture of the mouthfeel, warming but not burning. MEdium carbonation, slick to clean mouthfeel, and immensely drinkable for such a huge beer. What apleasure.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2007 04:31:37 | More by dherling
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.95/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - This is a deep, inviting dark brown in color with an easy head that left some really nice lacing on the inside of my St B chalice.

Smell - This nose is amazingly complex. I'm sure I won't do it justice but I'll give it a go anyway.

The fruits jumped out first so I'll start there. The aroma of fresh dates is so exact that I can almost taste them in my mouth. If you've only had those dates you get at the grocery store in the sealed plastic bags then you don't know what I'm talking about, but fresh dates are loaded with sugar so much so that I use them to make ice cream sauce. This is that smell exactly.

I also get some nice figs, raisins, and mild chewing tobacco. On top of this I sense some wonderful cane sugar and the smallest sense of anise. The spicing is certainly clove with maybe a dash of cinnamon.

The malts have been weathered by the cellaring but they are lightly-toasted and rich with caramel. There are some huge bready notes as well that remind me of a Dunkel Weizen.

Taste - The sugars from the nose explode at the taste and the malt comes through nicely which tells me I didn't over-age this bad boy. They are definitely on the downswing though.

The toastiness is still present and the sugars still carry a good amount of structure. The dark fruits in particular show no signs of waning. There's a candied sweetness that I missed at the nose that lingers forever in the mouth like a long, passionate kiss. I will remember this like my first love.

Mouthfeel - This is full-bodied for sure with some wonderful carbonation that provides an excellent texture to this fine Belgian Ale. The structured sweetness of this ale just makes the salivary glands go crazy. I find myself literally drooling with each sip.

Drinkability - I don't know how this tasted fresh but here after four years in the cellar this is perfect in just about every way. The sugars and fruits just do not quit and the feel in the cheeks is like magic. I would almost swear on a stack of Bibles that this beer isn't 10% ABV. It doesn'feel like it has a drop of alcohol in it. This is an absolute masterpiece.

Note: I bought this in 2006 and cellared it for four years. This seems to be the sweet spot for this ale. Although it will probably cellar well for another two years I would advise drinking now or within the next six months.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 01:02:25 | More by RoyalT
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KickbacksSteve

Florida

4.95/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle poured into mini snifter. Beige head, quickly extinguishing. Aroma dominated by dates and figs. Also prominent is the "aroma of age", which I would describe as brandy or port. Captivating. Taste of molasses, brown sugar, candy sugar, fig and port. No alcohol present. Zero, zip. Amazing. Way too easy to drink, dangerously so. If you ever see this anywhere, buy it....no matter the cost.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 23:41:33 | More by KickbacksSteve
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garbercury

Pennsylvania

4.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Oh boy, this is a doozy of a beer. I am not sure if gets much better than this one...Abt 12 is already on my short list as my all-time fav, so taking it to another level takes a lot, they have.

A--Nice head and retention. Not huge though, but you know its fine.

S--Oak, sweet, molasses, cherry, plums?

T--Great flavor, complex.

M--lets party

D--I wish I could drink this beer every day of the year. This is terrific..

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2008 23:35:38 | More by garbercury
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EPICAC

Massachusetts

4.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I originally purchased two bottles of the 60th anniversary edition of St Bernardus Abt 12 at Downtown Wine & Spirits in the last few months of 2006. My intention at the time was to have one beer then, and to cellar the other. For whatever reason I ended up leaving both bottles in the cellar. Having both bottles in the cellar made picking out beer number 1000 for my beer list very easy. I had this beer on 8th April 2009. I let it warm to around 50º F before serving in a Westvleteren chalice.

This beer initially pours a mildly hazed, amber color, but becomes much darker and cloudier as the end of the bottle is poured. A half-inch thick, creamy, beige head tops the beer. The head retains well, and leaves generous lace clinging to the side of the glass. Small flecks of yeast on top of the head gives the beer a cinnamon-dusted appearance.

The aroma is malty and complex. The aroma gives away the fact that this beer has been aged. An aroma characteristic of aged Belgian Quads and Strong Dark Ales - somewhere at the intersection of boozy, vinous and buttery - greets the nose first. Notes of toffee, candi sugar are present, but have likely faded. Swirling brings out an acidic, cherry aroma as well as hints of chocolate.

This quad is malty and sweet upfront. A mild, bready sweetness is first evident, followed by sweeter flavors of caramel and candi sugar. Raisin and fig flavors appear towards the center and are followed by a lightly tart, cherry flavor. The cherry malts combined with the alcoholic spice give the beer a boozy, vinous quality that moves into a mildly bitter finish. Ageing, at least as compared to regular St Bernardus Abt 12, seems to have mellowed out the fruit in the center, and brought out tart and boozy characters. This beer is medium-bodied and smooth with moderate carbonation. It's not as thick as most quads. Has this relative thinness always been an aspect of the beer, or is it a consequence of cellaring?

Delicious, smooth and complex. I think ageing does a lot for this style as a whole. Deciding whether to have the next bottle sooner or later will be a tough decision.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2009 22:35:34 | More by EPICAC
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.9/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best before 02/05/11

Poured into a glass chalice.

Poured a dark caramel-color with a thick, foamy white head that left beautiful rings of lacing along the glass.

The smell is of dark fruitiness (raspberry?) and hints of cocoa. A wondefully complex aroma.

The taste is of sweet, complex maltiness. There's a plethora of tastes that mix well - dark fruits, caramel, chocolate. Hop bitterness is low, but enough to keep the sweetness from being cloying. The alcohol is very well hidden until the second pouring, and even then does not interfere.

The feel is creamy, full-bodied and incredibly smooth. Nothing about it makes it undrinkable...A great one for sipping, especially since it becomes even better as it warms.

And the beer gods rejoiced...

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2006 02:40:24 | More by jwc215
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Wasatch

Utah

4.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Been sitting on this one for about a year. Was suppose to have it last Christmas or New Years. Well, today is the day.

Tin Can/Brown Paper Wrapped
750ml
Caged/Corked

Nice loud pop apond opening. Poured into a Delirium Tulip, a nice ruby red/mahongy color, awesome carbonation, huge two-finger creamy light tan head, tons of thick sticky lacing follows and stay with the drink. The nose is malty, slight yeast, dark fruits (figs, raisins, plums), and a nice touch of caramel. The taste is simply amazing, malty, sweet, slight tangyness, dark fruits, and caramel. The alcohol is hidden very very well on this one. Full body, this is a well-rounded/complex brew. Very drinkable, a truely delicious brew, highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2007 20:26:51 | More by Wasatch
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PeprSprYoFace

California

4.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got a bunch of these bottles a couple years ago. Been drinking one every once in a while. It's 4 years old now and drinking amazing.

Pours a dark hazel brown with a decent head that dissapated to a nice thin layer. Decent lacing.

Aroma of Belgian candy sugar and Belgian yeast. Figs and rasins and brown sugar are also aromas.

Tastes exactly as it smells. It's drinking so smooth right now. Lots of brown sugar and dark fruits.

Mouthfeel is awesome. Perfect carb and soo smooth.

Overall this is drinking amazing right now so if you have one pop it open. I have a couple more left so I can open them a little later. I'll report back here.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2010 06:09:42 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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Angst

California

4.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Dark reddish brown with a frothy head.

S: Dark fruits, brown sugar, & raisins

T: Brown sugar, dark fruits, bread, simply outstanding!

M: Perfect carbonation, nice full bodied.

D: For a high ABV, this drinks very nicely!

O: An amazing beer that has held up well. Glad I have a couple more bottles. This was one of the first beers that made me say "Wow!" If you have the opportunity to try one of these do not pass it up!! Great beer!

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 02:43:13 | More by Angst
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Delerium

Maine

4.85/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer. I swear this is Westvletern12 unaged. In 4-8 years, I bet this will be the best tasting beer on the planet. Take a Westy12. Take this beer. Drink the two side by side. You tell me. Only Thirty Three Thousand of the beers exist, and I am going to buy every bottle I see. I recommend everyone else to do the same, as people around the world will realize in a few years the true value of this beer is yet to be decided. Definetely needs to be cellared a long, long, time, just as a SamiClaus or cUVEE dE eMPEROR NEEDS TO BE. To drink this beer before two years of aging is just a waste. This beer is like the second Coming of Jesus Christ.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2006 06:29:24 | More by Delerium
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.85/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark brown with a healthy head that sticks around and leaves some spotty lacing. The nose has cloves, banana, raisins, and alcohol as well as sweet malt. The flavor is sublime with cinnamon, dark fruit, banana, dates, and a late hit of hops. Very well integrated. Very creamy and rich mouthfeel, but not cloying at all. Very satifying and unbelievably drinkable despite the high abv.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2007 17:15:05 | More by Georgiabeer
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aforbes10

Iowa

4.85/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Recieved this bottle from Matt Capone (of Capone's just outside of Philly). THanks, Matt. It's been sitting in my callar for a while and last week my wife and i were hanging out down there and we just decided to drink it. Bottle foamed up immediately but i had a glass ready. Very bubbly pillowy head on top of a almost neon red body. Spicy malt and fusel alcohol odor. soft hops and cloves on the nose also. smells awesome. Taste...well, this is a great beer, and def. distinct from the regular abt. 12. Belgian malts, presented in a very smooth manner, leading into a softly spiced quality...corianer, cloves. Alcohol evident but only as a reminder that you're drinking a nice big beer. So smooth its like drinking liquid porcelein (sp?). Smooth and clean. a beautiful beer all around.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2007 15:58:58 | More by aforbes10
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.85/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle purchased from Julio's, Marlboro, MA. Corked and caged, in commemorative tin. Best before 03/05/11.

Poured into a heavy glass chalice, formed a 1" beige head over the clear reddish amber brew. Head fades at a moderate pace, with goodly amounts of sticky lace. Aroma is richly malty, with some fruitiness and spicing. Taste follows the nose, hearty grains upfront, prickly spices and a peek of fruit, and closes with light bitterness. Warming grows with time, and nary a sight of this 11%abv the label speaks of. Mouthfeel is w-o-w smooth, and drinkability is superb as well. Love the regular version and this one is great too!

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2007 00:09:08 | More by ppoitras
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dauss

Colorado

4.85/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 750ml caged and corked. From the bottle, it looks like the regular ABT 12 with the exception of the "Special Edition" designation.

Appearance: Dark ruby color with hints of amber. Some yeast floaties, but this bottle is well over 2 years old. A large off tan head forms with excellent retention. Very effervescent with a large amount of bubbles streaming from the glass.

Nose: Beautifully balanced Belgian phenols with notes of raisins, figs, dates, and a nice alcoholic warmth in the end.

Taste: Delicately light sweet malt body with light clove and medicinal phenols, with more raisins and plums. Hop bitterness is nearly gone, but doesn't imbalance the malt sweetness. Dry bready finish with some hint of the high ABV that lurks within.

Mouthfeel: This beer is light and delicate, yet very complex. The sweetness is light, and isn't cloying. The carbonation is high, but it just lends to good degree of creaminess when it hits the palate.

Notes: This beer is excellent. I wish I had some while it was fresh for a comparison, but this beer has aged beautifully. Even at 11%, it is dangerously drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2010 03:06:21 | More by dauss
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DIM

Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

a: This was a very hazy dark brown tinted with orange and dark ruby. Not at all what I expected. It pours with a large white froth that quickly fades to a thin covering. As I swirled for the aromatics though, the head reformed every time.

s: Sweet raisins and brown sugar dominate, along with some prickly yeast. There is also some flowery, brandy like warmth.

t: Raisin flavors that get sweeter towards the finish take center stage. There is also some lingering, moderately tart yeastiness at the very end. I love this, but as is often the case, there are spices I can't identify and layers beyond my ability to describe.

m: Every sip was creamy and mouth filling. The body was thick, but not quite syrupy.

d: My one and only bottle. sigh.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 19:50:44 | More by DIM
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tastybeer

North Carolina

4.83/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This bottle is about five years old, and now its supposed to be at its prime. Time for the having!

Looking good. Dark, deep woody brown, thick and hazy as far as I can tell, with a large spongy orange-taupe colored head. Dense bubbly goodness... Not much lace sticks once the head shrinks in size. Aroma is extensive. It seems to go on for exponential miles. There is a whole lot going on here. I don't know where to start. Its hard to begin picking out all the individual scents and flavors because of how they all come together so well. Mmmmm. Everything about this is smooth, bright, malty, velvety, and sweet. Its candy-like, but far from cloying. Full body with a fluffy, satiny, medium feel. The alcohol fits in perfectly with the rest of it, and this certainly does not feel like 11%.

This beer is awesome. If only there were more.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 02:51:02 | More by tastybeer
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rajendra82

Georgia

4.8/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The 60th Anniversary version of the Abt 12 came in a bottle that displayed very similar packaging to the “ordinary” Abt 12. The main difference being that the darker shade on blue on the shield, and the words special edition printed above this. The beer poured contemplatively translucent brown into the St. Bernardus chalice, with a well proportioned beige head that left a solid wall of lacing all around. The aroma of the beer surprised me in its hop intensity. The floral and earthy hop varieties seemed to have been used in sufficient quantities to overcome the hefty grain bill. Behind the hops were the sweet smells of saffron, cherry, and red delicious apple reassuring that this was indeed a Quadrupel. At the first sip, the beer just exploded onto the palette with a complex mixture of a multitude of flavors. So much was going on here; it was a little difficult to pinpoint what was the most dominant impression. Perhaps it was the deeply embedded raisin sweetness up front, or it may have been the citric sourness aided by the carbonation tingling my cheeks, or could it be that earthy hop kick felt at the back of the tongue, or was it the lingering black pepper taste left in the throat until the next sip entered it. Wow, this was such a complicated flavor profile that somehow still remained so cohesive. Missing from any of this was the 11 percent alcohol. The body also didn’t feel anywhere near the heft of such a strong beer. If this beer was so good at such a young age, I can’t imagine what a mind blowing experience this is going to become in 10 years.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2006 02:45:37 | More by rajendra82
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

4.8/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Bright scarlet body, gigantic head on the pour into a chalice. Crystal clear color, good carbonation.

Smell: Fruity and grainy. Belgian yeast is funky and earthy. Not the most pungent beer.

Taste: Big and bold. Starts strong and fruity, tropical and sweet with caramel. Then transfers to a more earthy, funky taste, slowly sliding into a small, long lasting hop finish. This flavor stays with you, and is good, maybe even better than the regular Abt 12.

Drinkability: Perfect drinkability, I could drink this in almost any occasion. Mid-November in Minnesota may be optimal, try it, enjoy it, I am sure you will.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2006 18:39:09 | More by TastyTaste
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kmo1030

Massachusetts

4.8/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

deep ruby brown with a thick light tan head. the head settles to a creamy quarter inch.
malt and dark fruit dominate the aroma. nutty raisin, yeast, brown sugar, like a freash baked raisin bread. i also find banana, intertwined with some bubblegum.
the taste is... well fantastic. if your looking for more out of a quad... you're not looking for a quad. booze is apparent right off the bat, but only really adds in my opinion, i like a little bit of a boozey component. dark fruits all over the place, raisin, prune, fig, hints of fermented grape. at various points i pick up caramel, brown sugar, and powdered cocoa depending on the level of warmth. i'm finding a little clove, bubblegum, and plantain-ish banana in here too, in addition to a sort of non-tart pineapple cream. the yeast provides a bread crust flavor towards the middle/back that really brings things together.
the mouthfeel is awesome too with a delicate effervescent medium to full body. smooth as silk.
incredibly drinkable, and almost quenching. this is one hell of a beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2007 21:28:23 | More by kmo1030
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

4.8/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a bright brown color. The head is large, billowy, rocky, and light tan in color. It recedes slowly into thick lacing, with chunks of foam sticking to the sides of the glass. The aroma is of caramel, anise, dates, and yeast. The taste is very balanced between the anise and other dark spices, and the malty caramel, nutty and vanilla flavors. There is a pronounced alcoholic warmness on the finish which adds to the flavor. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a high level of carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is one of the most drinkable quadrupels I have had. It seems to be a little mellower than the original ABT 12, but I like that. I would like to get my hands on another bottle of this, and age it for a few years.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2007 21:59:25 | More by KarlHungus
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ccrida

Oregon

4.8/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into my St. Bernardus goblet, the Special Edition Abt 12 is murky, dark reddish brown with small particles and a light khaki head that leaves heavy lace. For comparison sake, I had the regular Abt 12 right before this, and will note the differences throughout. Appearance wise, this one is redder and murkier (and a year or so older, I understand it was released late 06).

Smells is very nice, but not as pure fresh fruit as the regular, this 60th having more cured fruit, like prunes, and some vanilla as well. While I really love the sweetness of the regular, this one has more depth, and doesn't smell as thick. It also seems smoother.

Taste is very nice, super smooth and rounded, a nice maltiness (special b like raisin), not as spicy as the regular, perhaps because there is less contrast from the sugars. Rummy, with clean alcohol and moderate fusels. While I love the grape taste of the regular, I have to give a nod to the depth of this one...but then again, I've never had the patience to age the regular Abt 12, and really need to! But the bottom line, is this one is awesome! Huge thx to Hojaminbag for hooking it up, with an extra to cellar! One interesting note is that I had the last glass with pot roast, which paired with a quad is pretty much my favorite meal...but this time the pairing detracted from the beer a bit, emphisizing the phenols...next time I'll just have an Achel with the meal and save the St. Berny for desert!

Mouthfeel is highly carbonated, this pop of the cork on this one almost chipped the texture on my 12 ft ceiling! Lighter bodied and highly digestible as all their brews are, must be that 'artisan' water.

Drinkability is too damn good for an out of production beer that I probably wont be able to get any more of! The alcohol is less obvious and stronger then the regular (and younger) abt 12 I just had. Bottom line, this beer is the shit!

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2008 03:05:28 | More by ccrida
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SolsticeDreamer

California

4.8/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Just poured this one after having cellared it for about a year. Poured in to two St. Bernardus chalice getting bubbly head into both, not huge, not creamy but nice... Off white head to contract a hazy ruby body with a couple bits floating in it (yeast left over from the bottle).

The Smell was amazing, full of fruit and dark malts a sweet cherry sweet aroma lingered in my noise as i drank this one.

Oh the taste was mind blowing, dried fruits, nuts and oak type spiciness. Oh and ya the alcohol comes through perfectly in the end to tie everything together.

Mouthfeel was nice but i found my bottle to be over carbonated, i had the cork just blow off after the wire came off. I found myself swirling my glass to let some of the CO2 out. Otherwise i was happy with it.

I love how this one aged, mellowed out from the earlier tasting. Would be a daily drinker if i had more, but the normal ABT 12 does the trick, and this one is a great kick in the pants that should be saved and shared all at the same time.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2008 20:56:34 | More by SolsticeDreamer
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adammills

Michigan

4.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark rich amber that hints at an almost purple-ish hue. What appears to be a small amount of carbonation feeds a large fluffy head that is white in color. It leaves patchy lace on the sides of the glass as you drink. Very good.

This beer smells and tastes of plum, bready yeast, honey, mixed with an equal part of unearthly awesomeness. Alcohol is very present, adding to the perception of spice. Some clovelike attributes can be detected. It is remarkably soft in the mouth, the carbontation is marvelous. I am still trying to figure if there is an element of spice from the hops or if that is the yeast and the alcohol working in conjunction.

This is a very drinkable knockout beer. Made to sip a savor. For me this beer is a must try and a 10.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2007 01:54:50 | More by adammills
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MCDuhamel

Ohio

4.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a corked 750 ml bottle into a Westmalle chalice.

A: Pours a very dark mahogony that shows ruby against a light, but is nearly opaque. Head is dense and pillowy, and lasts until the very end. High carbonation is visible. Lacing is really a coating along the side of the chalice. Really very nice.

S: Much less bready than its "non-anniversary" counterpart. Smell is of fig, dried fruit, some very sligh phenols, and an earthiness.

T: A powerful burst of fig and dried fruit, with a distinct spiciness that is almost like cayenne, meets the tongue. Carbonation lends a prickly sensation that prevents the beer from being in any way cloying. Fades into a honey like finish that is paradoxically both sweet and dry. Absolutely fantastic.

M: Medium bodied, with high carbonation. Dense, but not chewy or cloying.

D: Even with its massive alcohol content, very easy to drink.

Overall: An interesting contrast to the "standard" Abt 12, which is one of my very favorite beers. This one, although clearly a different beer, is also truly outstanding and easily one of the most compelling Belgian ales available.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2007 20:12:42 | More by MCDuhamel
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St. Bernardus Abt 12 (60th Anniversary "Special Edition") from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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