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

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

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290 Ratings

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Ratings: 290
Reviews: 235
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.43%
Wants: 50
Gots: 26 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 05-08-2006

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.
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a cloudy mahogany (dark brown with some subtle hints of red). The beer has a half finger tall light beige head that reduces to a thin layer over the entire surface of the beer, though thicker at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Strong aroma of sweet malts with some hints of caramel, lots of dark fruit, and the definite presence of the yeast.

T: A very complex flavor profile to this beer. It starts out with some very sweet malts showing hints of caramel + toffee, that is followed by lots of dark fruit, and finally the finish is yeasty (like the stuff you normally get at just the bottom of the bottle). There are some hints of spices that are normally associated with the yeast as well which linger.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Very smooth.

O: Really a lot better than the standard St Bernardus 12 (which is a phenomenal beer). Great flavor, wonderfully enticing aroma, and looks great in the glass. It aged really well and I'm glad I had the opportunity to share this one with some friends. Would jump at the chance to have this one again if I came across it.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is hazy very dark mahogany in color and poured with a small off white head that never quite died down, consistently left a thin layer of bubbles on the surface. It also left some lacing running down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong sweet malty aromas in the nose along with notes of dark fruits and yeast.
T: Like the smell, the taste is complex and has flavors of dark fruits and malty sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and extremely smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The yeast also adds a bit of chewiness.
O: This is a great beer to sip that is very complex and hides its alcohol well. It seems to have become even smoother after several years of aging. The yeast also shines through and the initial pour tastes like what you would expect from the bottom of a bottle of another beer when the yeast particles are poured out.

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Big thanks to whoever brought this to the Rav Pig for RBWG 2010! The pour is a wonderful amber with a huge off-white head. The aroma is ridiculously complex... bread, malt, caramel, and so much more. The flavor is that and so much more... caramel, grain, yeast, grapes, and so much I can’t explain. Amazing.

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