St. Bernardus Abt 12

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Type: Belgian Strong Dark Ale
  • Brewed by: St. Bernardus
  • Availability: Year-Round
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  • Region Available: Belgium , Canada , Croatia , Denmark , England , Finland , France , Germany , Israel , Italy , Japan , Netherlands , Scotland , Serbia , Spain , Sweden , Switzerland , USA
  • Aroma: Hoppy
  • Aroma Description: Bread - Dark
  • Serve at Temperature: Tepid
  • Container: Snifter and Tulips
  • Website: http://www.sintbernardus.be/en/beers.html
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  • 51 
  • 4.6/5 
  • 10.50% 
  • 527/3686 
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A dark ivory coloured beer with a high fermentation. The show piece of the brewery. Thanks to its soft and unconditionally genuine aroma, the beer can be smoothly tasted. The Abt has a very fruity flavour.

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Reviews: 4

  • Apr 16, 2012
    kaj-ii (780)Rank: Beer ConnoisseurGroup: Brown Ale Lovers
    4.1
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    [Best served in a Trappist glass]

    The pour was a murky medium chestnut brown with an average sized (1-2 finger) light brown frothy head that reduced to a large cap, which lasted throughout and allowed for some excellent sheets of lace.

    The aroma was a dark bread malt and a sweaty yeast with notes of caramel, a host of dark fruit (black cherries, plums, figs and raisins) and a large hint of alcohol.

    The taste was moderately sweet and a bit acidic with a nice caramel flavor in the beginning, and finished sweetly acetic with a big dose of dark fruit and a heavy alcohol funk at the end. The flavor lasted for quite a while with a fruity alcohol warming sensation left behind for one to enjoy.

    Mouthfeel was medium in body with a creamy, dry, syrupy texture and a nice lively carbonation.

    Overall this is an intensely satisfying and tasty beer, with a ton of unique flavors that are blended together extremely well. This is most definitely a brew to be savored again and again…

    Serving type: Bomber
  • Sep 25, 2011
    JimBeam1983 (153)Rank: Beer Explorer
    4.6
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    Cloudy brown pour with nice mahogany highlights and a pretty good carbonation content. The substancial head is fluffy and creamy showing a light tan. It also develops great lacing and retains very well. The nose is complex, sweet and earthy, fruity and lightly smoky. I got caramel and dark fruits like figs paired with good yeasts. The taste is bold but subtle all at once. The earthy hops come along first closely followed by the yeasts and a very nice and balanced lightly bitter sharpness slowly invades the palate from the back of the tongue. The sweetness is again just right and gives a nice foundation to all of the other elements. The mouthfeel is olily, sharp and dense which from my stand point is right on target. This Abt is full-bodied, complex and overall a very enjoyable product
  • Dec 11, 2009
    beerwolff77 (85)Rank: Beer AmateurGroup: Wisconsin
    4.6
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    Poured into my chimay goblet the beer is dark chocolate brown with a full inch of tan head. A slippery lace ring is left around the rim after some warming and settling.

    The aroma is pure candied dark fruits, fresh bread dough, cocoa, spices and a slight boozy tone that makes my mouth water.

    The flavor is a super smooth mix of malt, candied fruit, cinnamon toast, citrus, slight chocolate, and a kiss of hops. WOW!

    The feel rich and smooth. Has some bite to it with above average carbonation.

    Overall this a fantastic beer. I can see why it gets so much praise. Like liquid big boy candy.

  • Nov 7, 2009
    generallee (311)Rank: Beer ExplorerGroup: Fall beer lovers
    4.8
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    "Bringing heavenly nectar within reach". This is a quote from the back of the bottle. Indeed this wonderful ale is out of this world. It pours dark brown and is very opaque. The head is thick and creamy, with a tan color that leaves good lacing. The aroma is full of cherries, earthy yeast and dried fruits, as well as intoxicating liquor smell. The warming alcohol is bold and up front with roasted malts and some bitter hops. As you continue to sip the dark fruits come out. Black cherries, prune and dried apricot mingle with a caramel like sweetness on the on the tongue. The palate is thick and velvety smooth with a long finish and lively carbonation.