St. Bernardus Abt 12

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St. Bernardus Abt 12.  Just one of the reasons I never tire of beer or of writing about it.  St. Bernardus Abt 12 is a recipe that originated with the Trappist monks of St. Sixtus, and has been brewed by St. Bernardus Brewery, Watou, Belgium since 1946.  This beer is consistently rated high by reviewers, and for good reason.  St. Bernardus Abt 12 is a Belgian Abbey-style Quadrupel, and pours medium brown and semi-cloudy with a big beige head that leaves a lot of sticky lace.  The big caramel bouquet carries some sugary notes, and a little butter, or perhaps butterscotch (NOT diacetyl butter, for sure!), and a mild shot of 10% ABV alcohol tang.  Abt 12 is sweet and tart in the throat and on the tongue, but that alcohol presence lessens the effect of the potentially overpowering sweetness.  I suppose there are hops in there somewhere, perhaps making their presence known in the dryness on the back end of the finish.

Don’t make the mistake of drinking St. Bernardus Abt 12 too cold.  Rather, serve it at cellar temperature or you will miss the subtleties of this big beer.  Leave the fridge space for your Old Styles and Miller Lights.  St. Bernardus Abt 12 is a…

95/100 Belgian Abbey-style Quadrupel



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