St. Bernardus Abt 12 Oak Aged | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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4.35/5
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St. Bernardus Abt 12 Oak AgedSt. Bernardus Abt 12 Oak Aged
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Belgium
sintbernardus.be

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
St Bernardus Abt matured for 6 months in Oak Calvados barrels.

Added by beerpirates on 12-08-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#718
Reviews:
67
Ratings:
235
pDev:
7.59%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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51
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4.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.07/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stakem
3.76/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into a matching chalice appears hazy chestnut with minimal head formation.

Aroma of apple and pear. Some sugary date and raison aspect emerges as it breathes.

Taste is apple and pear with faint clove phenolics and slight earthiness. Some herbal bitterness, raisons and neutral alcohol. Molasses with musty oak aftertaste.

Medium in body with light carbonation. Initial impression is that this isnt even barrel aged but luckily more nuance emerges as it warms. The alcohol is hidden very well. Decent but honestly no better than the base beer.

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4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.82/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.64/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.7/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours dirty, translucent chestnut-brown. Big patch of sediment at the bottom of the bottle; a thin head that dissipates into gloopy bubbles.

Aroma is all grape, dark fruit, vanilla, clove, and sugars mulling in oak. Toward the bottom, the brown-buttery quality of the wood comes to the forefront. The taste follows - subtle oak permeating fruit and yeast. Some of the brighter flavours of the original abt 12 are gone, but the toffee/tobacco finish is a more-than-welcome substitute, shining even at cooler temperatures.

Mouthfeel is smooth, with tickly carbonation. Perhaps more initial alcohol heat than the original, and definitely a drier finish; I can feel this one on the roof of my mouth an hour after finishing. Fine by me.

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3.75/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.17/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of impending
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of spoony
4.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a 650 ml bomber to a chalice. Purchased in summer 2015 but I can't find a date on the bottle.

A-A moderately aggressive pour produces a fat finger of pillowy tan head with pretty good retention. The beer beneath is deep amber brown and surprisingly clear for the style (I did get the first pour from a settled bottle, so I suspect I avoided most of the yeast particles). Dare I say it is better looking than the standard Abt 12?

S-The aroma is a lovely mixture of typical Abt 12 flavors with a bit more boozy liquor-like flavor than normal. I pick up grape, prune, leather, light hits of clove and black pepper (even some cinnamon), as well as hints of raspy oak and citrus that I attribute to the barrel. The beer reminds me of fruit cake at times.

T-The taste is similar to the smell, with lots of dark, dried fruits (prune, dates, golden raisin), mild banana yeast notes, hints of liquor, as well as a light, tannic oaky note on the finish.

M-The body is medium in heft and mostly creamy. I could have used a little more heft and creamy carbonation here.

O-This is a great beer, no doubt, but I don't know that I prefer it to the regular Abt 12. I did not pick up a ton of barrel on this older bottle, but the little hints were nice. What I think I lost versus the non-BA version is some of the earthy complexity that makes the original so delicious. This version is more fruity and boozy. Still, it is delicious and I would happily drink more.

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4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.56/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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St. Bernardus Abt 12 Oak Aged from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 235 ratings