When to Crack Open a St. Bernardus ABT 12?

Discussion in 'Cellaring / Aging Beer' started by kelvarnsen, Mar 6, 2012.

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  1. kelvarnsen

    kelvarnsen Disciple (395) Nov 30, 2011 Ontario (Canada)

    I have a bottle of Bernardus 12 that I bought either in December 2010 or January 2011 that I have kept basically in my basement crawlspace since then. I was wondering if anyone has any thoughts on when a good amount of time to wait before opening it would be. I was going to drink it over Christmas, but I had a super bad cold between Christmas and New Years so I didn't want to waste it. Now I have it and I don't want to just drink it any old night. Any ideas how long to age that beer for it to taste best?
  2. bum732

    bum732 Meyvn (1,150) Feb 18, 2008 Lesotho

    dude, just fucking drink it. It's St. Bernardus 12.
  3. Nuggethops

    Nuggethops Initiate (0) Jun 7, 2010 New Hampshire

    St bernardus can handle age and is great fresher too. In order to find out when you prefer it best you will have to experiment. Luckily this is a beer that can be obtained easily. Drink the one you have now and a fresher vintage you can buy at the store than cellar a bunch of them and try then at different ages until you figure out when you like it best then you can purchase bottles and age them until they are just where you like them best. That's what cellaring is all about
  4. kelvarnsen

    kelvarnsen Disciple (395) Nov 30, 2011 Ontario (Canada)

    I like your idea, unfortunatly I live in Ontario, and the Bernardus 12 was only brought into our Government run liquor store last year as part of a seasonal promotion. I bought 2, one I drank shortly after buying it and the one in my basement. Getting more isn't as easy as I wish it was.
  5. HugoTheSavant

    HugoTheSavant Initiate (0) May 26, 2011 Ontario (Canada)

    I'm such a fool, I was completely unaware of the St. Bernardus Abt 12 when it was in the LCBO. I thought Fin Du Monde was good enough for me (and while it's still amazing, I lost the opportunity to try another legendary beer). :flushed:
  6. stevefinny

    stevefinny Initiate (0) Aug 28, 2009 New Jersey
    Beer Trader

    seriously drink it!!!
  7. Smithrob9999

    Smithrob9999 Initiate (0) Aug 3, 2011 Texas

    I find I like it after about a year. I've had it with 6 months on it and the alcohol heat overwhelms some of the other subtleties.
  8. bushbeer75

    bushbeer75 Crusader (735) Aug 23, 2006 Michigan

    THANKS for asking the question kelvarnsen. I have a bottle with a bottled on date of 7/8/2010 that I just purchased so I am interested in everyones comments...oh, I know cellaring is subjective.
  9. Devi0us

    Devi0us Initiate (0) May 3, 2011 California

    Drink that shit...need more? Message me and we can work something out...it's that EASY!!!

  10. Brew33

    Brew33 Champion (844) Oct 24, 2007 Ohio
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    If you drank one fresh, I'd sit on it..... for quite a while. I like that beer with some age and oxidation. Fresh it's over carbonated and not very good imo. With 5 years, it's a totally different animal.
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  11. WhatTheAle1973

    WhatTheAle1973 Initiate (0) Mar 29, 2012 Virginia

    Where do I find the date my bottles was bottleld on? New entry to good beer world and this is so far my favorite by far.
    The one I have has the date of 29.04.16 on the metal.
  12. JohnnyTightLips

    JohnnyTightLips Initiate (0) May 30, 2009 Illinois

    Think its 4/29/11 as some European brewers add 5 years from the actual bottling date.
  13. deadonhisfeet

    deadonhisfeet Meyvn (1,472) Apr 23, 2011 Kentucky

    I'd drink it the moment you are in the mood for a quad. You can age The Abbot if you want to (there's certainly no harm), but it is completely unnecessary. That beer is of-the-charts good when it's fresh. I have to drive 40 miles to buy it and when I do, I buy several bottles of it. When I'm out, it's time for another 40 mile drive. It never sits in my cellar longer than 6 months.

    One thing though. When you do open it, I strongly suggest you do it over the sink.
  14. gordavidson

    gordavidson Poo-Bah (1,569) Apr 23, 2006 Maryland

    Last night I opened a bottle I bought in the summer of 2007. It was absolutely phenomenal. No signs of oxidation.
  15. TK5150

    TK5150 Initiate (0) Mar 17, 2008 Maine

    glad to hear this...I bought 2 750's back in December 2007, drank one, and decided to cellar the other for 5 years. i was planning on opening it for Christmas this year...this cements my plans.

    also, to add to the thread...I think Abt 12 improves significantly in just one year. it's a nice beer even for short-term cellaring IMO.
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