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

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Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Todd on 05-08-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 295 |  Reviews: 235
Photo of metter98
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
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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Photo of jfcaa193
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of drowland
4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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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Photo of imperialking
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Viciousknishs
4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A- pours a dark tawny color with a finger and a half of light ligh tan head. Great retention. Sticky lacing.

S- GIGNTIC fig aromas with raisin and plum notes. Slight toasty malt notes with a bit of blonde tabacco and and congnac. Spice chracters on the finish.

T- great bready malts with great spice characters. Fresh fig, plum and raisin. Blonde tabacco, rum cake and congnac character but incredibly more smooth. Finishes with a malt caramel and yeast dark fruit flavor.

MF- smooth coating mouthfeel with a light medium body and soft fine carbonation.

D- 100% drinkability

overall one of the best aged brews I've had. Thanks theformula for this one.

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Photo of JohneHoodlum
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of tastybeer
4.8/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of wedge
4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best Before: 02/05/11 Well...close enough.

Pours a dark garnet color under a thick slab of a head that gradually settles to a creamy covering. Mellow, smoothed-out aroma that initially springs from the glass when pouring, but seems to become much more subtle soon after. Dried fruits like fig and raisin, brown sugar, light toffee, and even a bit of banana bread. Delicious flavors of sweet bread, raisins, caramel, mild spicy phenols. Very, very tasty. Light molasses and really only the slightest hint of age, which is surprising. Some near chocolaty roastiness enters at it warms complemented by a berry-like tartness. So deep and complex, but it all comes together perfectly as one super-smooth awesome beverage. No alcohol save for the warmth in my throat. Creamy and just drying enough to beckon another sip but...must...resist...drinking too fast. This is a luxurious treat! Looks like I need to lay down a couple Abt 12s and hope that they age as well as this. I'm a little sad that I'll probably never have this again...

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Photo of claspada
4.56/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shout out to HimerMan for cellaring this so well and offering me 3 bottles in trade. Bottled in 2006, comes in a nice navy tin Special edition package/tube. The guy that I got this from said the actual beer probably has never see the light of day since it was bottled. Back of the bottle/container if came in has a nice description is in Dutch as well; wonder what it says... Crazy, anyway...
Aromas begin with a ton of dark fruit mainly huge raisin and fig smells. When I re-smell I get some nice Belgian yeast esters, banana and a little spice/clove. As it warms I get a little more toffee sweet maltiness and the faintest hint of booze. Really nice; overall kinda like rum soaked dark banana bread.
The tastes begin with really nice caramelized brown sugar and toffee maltiness. Next I get the prune, raisins and fig dark fruitiness I was getting on the nose. As it warms the yeast flavors really come out in full force with a fairly large spice/clove and a much lesser banana flavor which lingers a little on the palate. Wow, this has aged to perfection.
Zero, I repeat, ZERO alcohol taste/flavors; this drinks like a 7-8% Dubbel not a 11% Quad. Ridiculous.
The mouthfeel is full and yet carbonated quite nicely from the Belgian yeast. Really really great. The finish is a bit stickier and less dry then I usually expect/prefer in my Belgian ales, but maybe that's the age/maybe it was always like this. I honestly don't care it's great.
Overall, wow if you have this beer drink it, it can't get any better. If you are a fan of the original 12, you should really try to track this down because it is honestly better. I used to think original 12 was the best Quad I ever had but I can say I like this more. I have had this 3x and have had my mind blown on 3 separate occasions; this stuff is freakin' epic!!! I just got a Westy 12 to compare but damn this is going to be hard to beat.

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Photo of Angst
4.85/5  rDev +10.5%
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!

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.94/5  rDev +12.5%
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 matter the cost.

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

A: This poured a cloudy dark mahogany with fluffy light tan head and some sediment.
S: It smelled like super sweet and rich brown sugar and toffee and powdered sugar, with some banana bread and Belgian yeast.
T: It tasted like sweet brown sugar and earthy milk chocolate and powdered sugar and toffee and banana bread, with some Belgian yeast and dry spices. It had a sweet and spicy aftertaste with lingering deliciousness.
M: It was thick with smooth natural carbonation. Nearly perfect.
D: I had this back to back with a bottle of 2010 Abt 12, and this was far superior. An fantastic brew with great balance and delicate complex flavors. Amazing body too, with well hidden alcohol, so super easy to drink. But this is one that should clearly be sipped. After 5 years, this might as well still be fresh, so it could clearly keep maturing in the cellar for another decade or two. Simply a wonderful beer.

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Photo of jeffaz02t
4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep dark brown with a slight tint of maroon. Thick, puffy head. Lacing unlike most beers I have ever seen.

S: Yeast; figs, deep dark fruits, alcohol hints as well.

T: upfront is the malt sweetness and fig/dark fruitiness. The phenols and alcohol kick hits you from here until the end, with a slight hop bitterness. This bitterness is one of the main
differences I noticed right away when comparing to the regular Abt 12.

M: Full-bodied and on the light side of medium carbonation. Smooth!

D: So smooth and tasty it is easy to drink a few of these! I wish this was not retired.

Notes: Taken from notes in June of 2007. 750 ml bottle purchased at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

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St. Bernardus Abt 12 (60th Anniversary "Special Edition") from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 94.2% out of 100 with 295 ratings
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