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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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brdc

Wisconsin

4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Large corked bottle, out a commemorative can.

As I pour this one into a Chimay goblet, I remember that nobody does beer heads like the belgians. Atop the reddish brown, with golden highlights beer, sits a thick, everlasting creamy, dense tan head that produces never ending lacing. Just beautiful.
The classic belgian nose is here as well, in a great example; fruity, sweet candy, spicy, all blending quite nicely.
Full bodied and creamy, a pleasure on the palate. Caramel, dark fruits, spices, orange, more spices. Lots of malty sweetness, balanced by the spiciness. No alcohol to be noticed.
Very easy to drink, a shame, as buckeyenation pointed out, that the 60th anniversary only came once.
I should have gotten a case of this when I had the chance.
Outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2010 01:09:32 | More by brdc
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zdk9

Texas

4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy and brown. Not a lot of head or lacing.

S- Sweet, spicy, very complex. Hints of cherries.

T- Musty, sweet, malty. You could put this in a cup and bake it into some delicious cherry muffins.

M- Sweet and syrupy

D- A very delicious and special beer with great complexity.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2010 01:55:22 | More by zdk9
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark chestnut-cola with a foamy 2 finger sandstone colored head that was extraordinary lasting. The lacing left thick and clumpy patches adhering to the chalice walls defiantly. There was a strong sense of turbidity allowing no light to transverse through while underneath lied a good deal of carbonation that could be detected, but only when held to the light. Also present was an abundance of bran colored yeasty particulates that soon covered the entire portion of the bottom of the glass that were about the size of a pin head. After nearly 5 minutes the head was yet to level with a strong frumpy-milky whipped covering on top that persisted for the remainder of the drink. A solid perfect appearance, nothing could possible be added to the experience.

S: The nose was evident upon first opening at arms reach. A refined, semi-dry caramel backing brings a sense of sweetness while a ripe dark fruitiness of raisins and plums were also well documented. The alcohol is noticeable but not as much as one may perceive from a 11.0%abv, which also came off very smooth and refined , while hints of figs, and dried pears lightly lingered about. A very pleasant experience to say the least, complex, malty and sweet with a medium sense of aroma gets this off to a good start.

T: For the flavor a big exposure of caramel apple fruitiness is first to stand out. Dark fruit of raisins, plums and dates also show up. It is the fine and luscious creamy malting that truly defines this beer. The alcohol does make its presence known, but much like the nose was refined and smooth, and impossible to guess its 11.0%abv nature with notes of brown sugar, bread, and dried rum adding warmth upon the swallow. The flavor is very easy transition wise, effortlessly smooth making for a clean swallow.

M: The mouthful proves to be equally rewarding, Luscious and eloquently smooth. A full bodied affair with a good creaminess and edginess provided by the ample carbonation levels that provided some tingle. As good as you can expect and one worth holding onto for that little extra bit.

D: Drinkability was decent despite its high abv., which is a good thing, as it should be slowly consumed and savored. A rich full bodied experience that will fill you up alcohol and taste wise. Worthy by all regards of the most special occasion.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 22:10:00 | More by beerthulhu
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Lunch

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 750ml bottle purchased at Wells Liquors in Baltimore, MD back in 2006 into a St. Bernardus goblet at the appropriate temperature (12/19/09).

A: Pours a deep and dark chestnut brown with some slight ruby hues and one finger of a creamy off white head with decent retention.

S: Nice aroma of figs, rich dark malt, dark fruits, plum, raisin, and a hint of molasses.

T: Extremely balanced with a tinge of alcohol. The dark fruits highlight the flavor profile with raisin and plum being the dominant tones. Slight hints of chocolate, molasses and figs are all engulfed in a rich dark malt with some sweetness. The alcohol adds a pleasant warming tone at it is never obtrusive.

M: Full-bodied with smooth and creamy carbonation.

D: Quite drinkable especially for the style given the balance of all the complex elements that make up this Quadrupel. The 11% abv is hidden well, but it can certainly sneak up if several goblets are consumed.

Overall this was a nice take on the already world class St. Bernardus Abt 12. Certainly different, but subtle in those differences and unmistakeably St. Bernardus. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 16:39:44 | More by Lunch
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mrmanning

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle sample shared with HogtownHarry and Milos, Harry's bottle. This one is a neat blend of the original st berny abt 12, with an interesting american take on the style, which is mostly noticable in the flavour. It pours a deep mahogony/deep brown with a large frothy beige cap, lots of brusells lace. Dark fruit aromas (plum, cherry, fig) with a strong blast of challenger and spices, with some vanilla and rye bread. The flavours are similar in the dark fruit component, and there's a great sipcy floral contingent, but the american hopping doesn't work with these belgian flavours. It creates an almost metallic hop flavour that clashes with the fruit. Still tasty, but not as good as it could be. FInishes with longevity, spicy, tight. Thanks for sharing this treat Harry!

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2009 14:21:14 | More by mrmanning
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scootny

New York

4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A deep mahogany brown with a whipped creamy, perfect head. It stays like a shampoo lather on top barely receding and clinging to the sides to leave lovely patterns. Mostly clear with a few chunks of yeast in the glass.

Smell starts out like a cross between burgundy and caramel malt. Sweet and intense fruitiness follows with cocoa and more wine. A hint of clove and Belgian spiciness. The smell is so inviting and complex that you keep sniffing and finding yourself at a loss for all the descriptors.

Taste is much like the nose but better. The raisins and plums come full force and the deep malt breadiness of it all makes it feel like food on a damp cool autumn evening. Nourishing and comforting like a plate of mashed potatoes and gravy. Figs and Fig Newtons add cake like chewiness while the clove and spice of the nose break it up. Light noble hops add just a kiss of bittering balance to a superb malt base. The finish is dry with a choco-malted milk/latte lingering for a bit. Alcohol is lurking somewhere but it never steps forward. Feel is full creamy and harkens back to that plate of mashed. Perfect carbonation is smooth and velvety.

Drinkability is oh so good. You can park your glass right here and enjoy this all night. When you want a Westy 12 but can't pull one out of the cellar here is a choice that will satisfy.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 03:29:41 | More by scootny
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a trade from Photekut, even though I should have bought this when it was on the shelves in Chicago. Shared with friends after moving (most of our stuff anyway). Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip.

A - Huge three fingers of tan foam that slowly dissipates to a thick soapy cap and leaves tons of intricate lacing. The suspended solids in the brew make it look like someone sprinkled cinnamon on the foam. Coppery brown color that's slightly transparent and reveals some chunks at the bottom of the glass.

S - Caramel apple, raisins, dark fruits, chocolate, Belgian yeast, spices, a touch of anise, candy sugar. It's a wonderful and complex bouquet, but still well within the typical quad realm.

T - Pretty much all the things listed in the aroma, but with a strong emphasis on the apple, and a touch of tobacco. There's a light bitterness in the finish, and an odd touch of sourness that seems to be developing, but isn't intrusive yet.

M - Medium body, with some light alcohol heat, some light residual stickiness after a relatively dry finish. It's a little thinner than I prefer.

D - I split the bottle three ways, but I would have done this one on my own. Not quite as awesome as Rochefort 10, but better than regular St. Bernardus.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2009 01:04:33 | More by MasterSki
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and cage, nice tin to go with it. poured into corsendonk chalice aug 19 2009

A a deep ruby brown, very hazy, lots of sediment. the 3 finger head has good retention and leaves a fair amount lace. the head slowly falls into an island and continues to leave lace

S i get a fair amount of raisins and spice a little yeast quite complex. the booze is there but not the 11% i see on the bottle

T also quite complex, it tastes as it smells but with a little extra.
warming booze is there, a little caramel and dark fruits and a touch of sweetness,this is very nice

M/D not as heavy as expected yet still quite thick, creamy and very good overall. this would be better as a winter warmer, but still a little too easy too drink

wish i had a regular abt12 too compare the two, oh well. i managed too get one of these into my moms cellar. it will be safe there from my temptation and should age very well

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2009 21:54:59 | More by wordemupg
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Drew966

Florida

4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

St. Bernardus Abt 12 (60th Anniversary "Special Edition") pours a golden yellow with an off white head from a brown 750 ml bottle. The flavor seems heavy on the black licorice at first, that fades into an almost port like flavor, raisins then become apparent, alcohol is noticeable at the end but doesn't really interfere. An intense beer, excellent.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2009 19:48:18 | More by Drew966
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Dawkfan

Alberta (Canada)

4.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My first review! I've always been a little hesitant to review, but what the heck I might as well give it a shot.

750ml bottle poured into my duvel tulip. Poured an orangy brown with a 3 finger head. Awesome lacing as the head settles, I can't wait to tear into this!

Smells of dark fruits most notably raisins, perhaps some figs. I'm also getting some spice as well. It's so complex, really hard to put my finger down on exactly what I'm smelling.

This really does taste exactly like it smells and to me that's a good thing. There is absolutely no trace of the 11% abv, this beer has aged amazingly!

This beer has such a creamy mouthfeel, what an absolute delight!!!

This beer is extremly drinkable. I've been sipping on this for the last 2 hours and wishing that the bottle wasn't empty.

Lucky for me I've got another 3 bottles of this stuff in the cellar. I can't wait to try this in another year or so if I can wait that long.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2009 04:44:14 | More by Dawkfan
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dark ferric oxide orange mixed with a generous amount of dark cranberry red. A handful of vigorous bubble streams can be seen zipping up to a wonderful looking cap of golden beige colored foam that only a Belgian brewer could create. Persistence, rockiness and loads of lace are all present and accounted for.

Styles don't really matter in the end, but one whiff tells me that Special Edition smells like a BSDA. It's primarily brown malty, with plenty of medium-dark fruit and a perfect amount of clove-like yeasty spiciness. So far, this Rolls Royce of a beer is firing on all cylinders.

Ideally, I would have reviewed the standard St. Bernardus Abt 12 prior to reviewing this 60th Anniversary Special Edition. Since this bottle was getting on in years, I thought it deserved to meet its fate today. Even though I never took the opportunity to drink it fresh, it appears that almost three years in the bottle have been kind to this big ale.

The flavor profile consists of dark caramels dipped in dark chocolate, black licorice, figs and raisins soaked in dark rum, pipe tobacco and a hefty dash of ground clove. The first part of that description almost makes the beer sound like a stout, but it isn't that black malty. It is, however, darker in flavor than the color would suggest.

Warming brings about both increased complexity and increased intensity, which is precisely what one would expect from one of the world's finest. It's hard to believe the ABV is really 11.0% because this beauty drinks like it's several percentage points lower... at least.

The polished gemstone-like hue, the blizzard of yeast and the masterpiece of lace that is currently decorating the goblet give me no choice but to award an appearance score of 5.0. If only the mouthfeel was equally brilliant. On the other hand, the fact that it's just short of medium (for the style and the ABV) only serves to increase ease of drinkability. Yeah, like that was a problem.

This is an outstanding BSDA. It's a shame that 60th anniversaries happen only once, but then lovers of Belgian beer the world over can console themselves with the fact that the standard St. Bernardus Abt 12 isn't going anywhere. If you can still find it, this one is still drinking mighty fine.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2009 20:51:12 | More by BuckeyeNation
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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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dqderrick

California

4.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle purchased at Churchill's in San Marcos, CA.

Poured into 10oz tulip glass, 1/4" white head. Brown, raisiny in color. Cloudy and almost completely opaque. Smelled of raisins, brown sugar and prunes.

Tasted how it smelled. Extremely delicious. We picked up strong raisins, brown sugar and light belgian yeast. 11%? Bring it on!

The mouthfeel was smooth, silky and buttery. Bitter in the back of the tongue. Completely perfect.

We thoroughly enjoyed sharing this. There were 4 of us that participated in this review. We were very tempted to order another but decided to try something different. Try this if you can!

Thank you Devin, Candace and Jen for helping with the review!

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2009 03:52:34 | More by dqderrick
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mwilbur

Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a well-corked 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a nice blood orange with cloudy yeast particles and moderate carbonation producing a beautiful 2+ inch billowy light tan head. Excellent retention and lacing.
S: Heavenly. Belgian spice, citrus hops, caramel malt, raisin, and fig.
T: Dark fruit notes hits first...raisin, prune, caramel malt. Then a yeasty bread note with belgian spice comes through. Cinnamon note toward the finish. Very nice.
M: Surprisingly light on the tongue and effervescent from the carbonation. Honestly, I wish it was a bit heavier and that the taste lingered longer.
D: Due to it's lighter bodied nature (especially for a quad), this only adds to the drinkability of this one. ABV extremely well hidden. A superb all-around brew. A nice anniversary tweak on one of the best quads around. I wish I had another one!

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2009 03:54:05 | More by mwilbur
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FreightTrain

California

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

A- Pours a beautiful rich, dark amber. Amazing one finger head that persists for the entire glass, leaving sticky lacing all around. I've never seen a beer retain its head like this.

S- Almost perfumey smell. Delicates, fragrant, and beautifully subtle. Spices. Confections.

T- Delicious. Sugary but not grating; a full, rich malt flavor that lingers and grow more complex with time. No bitterness, but a nice balance that gives the flavor real dimension. Certainly some booziness, but not overwhelming.

M- Creamy but light with perfect carbonation. Coats the palate. Stellar.

D- The gods sip this while lounging on clouds.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2009 21:29:25 | More by FreightTrain
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ScreamForMe

Washington

4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Being a fan of the Abt 12 - I had been meaning to buy one of these every time I saw one at the local brew stores. Lucky me - I found one on a discount table at Whole Foods for 8 bucks less than the other stores I had seen it at!

This beer reminded me of a light port. The sugars and fruit combined I suppose. Different than the regular 12 but still enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2009 03:51:50 | More by ScreamForMe
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jujubeast6000

Texas

3.15/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 4/20/20007 (750mL bottle, aged 6mo? in fridge, BB03/05/11):

Pours a slightly cloudy amber brown. Huge off-white foamy.head, decent lacing, somewhat diminishing. Dark fruit aroma, not as flowery as most Belgians. Sugary aroma, almost like molasses. Sugar, some alcohol. Decent, not so complex.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2009 03:41:32 | More by jujubeast6000
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pants678

California

4.13/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It pours a very nice brown, it's cloudy, like liquid brown sugar with a good beige head foam. The smell is great, even after I was done with the bottle I continued whiffing the bottle. Delicious aroma. Nonetheless, the taste is good, again, tastes like it smells and brown sugar and some sort of sour fruit, something I can't put my finger on. Maybe it's a pear. But it is perfectly carbonated and fairly smooth. Reminded me a lot of Gulden Draak, but just not quite on par. Great brew, certainly wouldn't mind picking this one up again.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2009 06:39:11 | More by pants678
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Dantheman4162

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This was one of my original craft beer reviews. I need to find this again because I feel like my palate has changed since. I must confess I originally bought this because it came in a cool tin.
From my notes at the time:
Kind of bitter dark beer, sweet but tart. slight almost hoppy taste comes through. it was not a favorite, I definitely need to find this again. (probably worst review ever!)

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2009 06:07:21 | More by Dantheman4162
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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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slugfresh

Maryland

4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Figured I'd make this my first posting... My buddy Sleazo hooked me up for the holidays while at the Blind Tiger in NYC. The regular 12 is one of my favorites, so I had to give this one a shot.

A - An appealing reddish-brown hue with a small amount of foam was the result of the initial pour. From the looks of it, I couldn't wait to give it a shot.

S - Decent on the nose; akin to most Belgians; inviting yet not overwhelming

T - 12, 60 anniversary hits you right up front with notes of caramel, raisins and subtle spices. It had a definite 'wow' factor. In fact, I think that's a direct quote. Within seconds, the taste settles into that familiar St. Bernardus deliciousness. The aftertaste was minimal and pleasant. I compare it to a fast elevator in a skyscraper that speeds up initially, but then comes to a nice smooth finish.

This beer is EXTREMELY drinkable. Although it appears that this might be a heavy beer, it wasn't difficult to finish the whole 750 myself.

Excellent beer to dive in for my first attempt at beer snobbery on paper...

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 19:03:37 | More by slugfresh
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Split a bottle with Chris to get warmed up to day 2 of our tasting. What an awesome treat

A: Deep ruby red with an everlasting beige head that leaves some lacing in my Chimay chalice. Plenty of carbonation, brilliant clarity. This brewery brews some seriously gorgeous beers!

S: Rich and fruity with figs, plums and raisins with some rum-like sweetness with dark honey. Yeasty and estery. Really opens up when it warms up with a mild bitterness and a hint of alcohol

T: Tons of dark fruit and yeasty esters There's a hint of sweetness along with some plums and rum. Dries up on the finish, leaving a wonderful mild bitterness that resembles burnt sugar.

M: Like every other beer I've had from this brewery, this is ridiculously soft despite the high carbonation. Exceptional dryness enhances the m/f and really makes this beer easy to drink.

D: This is probably the best quad I've had. Awesome.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2009 04:03:59 | More by DefenCorps
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This has been sitting in my wine rack for about a year or so, and New Year's Eve calls for a bit of the 'out with the old' mentality as well. A good excuse to pop the top off this fancy sleek tin, I suppose...

This beer pours a cloudy brownish-orange, with puffy, creamy off white head, that leaves minor lacing as it recedes. The smell is very sweet malt - molasses, warm spices (ginger, cloves), and a little bit of yeast. The taste is strong on the warming alcohol, dark fruit, cloves, and allspice. The mouthfeel is creamy, mildly carbonated, and masks the heat from the alcohol just enough. This is surprisingly very easy to drink, smooth; an appropriate bottle to share before the Auld Lang Syne renditions kick off...

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2009 00:53:47 | More by biboergosum
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illidurit

California

4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine glass. Dark brown-amber color with a frothy tan head that displays great retention along with some sticky lace. Hazy yeasty body, but still sort of light for the style. Aroma is alcohol soaked dates and raisins. Flavor is fruitcakey, with fig, date, spiced sweetbread, caramel, phenols. Quite sweet but it does a good job of covering the hefty 11% abv. Body and carbonation are excellent and appropriate, which is expected from St Bernardus.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 22:29:38 | More by illidurit
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.85/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 10/16/08. Bottle broken out to celebrate the end of my midterms! Pours a murky brown with a nice thick tan head. Aroma of alcohol, apple skins, sweet dark fruits and bready yeast. Flavor of soda, light and dark fruits, and lots of bready yeast. Not as spicy or full of pep as the regular Abt 12, this one is much more mellow (which may be due to the age). It wears as you drink, especially as the beer warms, and gets a little acidic. Good but not "special" and the regular is better.
8/4/8/4/15 (3.9/5)

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 19:25:31 | More by LilBeerDoctor
St. Bernardus Abt 12 (60th Anniversary "Special Edition") from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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