St. Bernardus Abt 12


St. Bernardus Abt 12 is brewed with the same recipe as the Westvleteren 12, which is often regarded as one of the best beers in the world. Westvleteren 12 currently uses a yeast strain from Westmalle and different water, so the beers will taste different though. Also considering if you have two cooks (or brewers) using the same recipe and ingredients, they will still produce two different tasting dishes. So even if they did have everything the same, they would still be at least slightly different. Another dissimilarity between the two is that Westvleteren 12 is quite rare, and that exclusivity could contribute to its reputation. Luckily for the Average Guy St. Bernardus Abt 12 is delicious, widely available, and affordable.


Abt 12 poured a rich mahogany with an ample off white head. Sweet brown sugar, caramel, raisins, and plums dazzled in the aroma. My mouth overflowed with the flavors of toffee, caramel, brown sugar, and light stone fruit. The mouthfeel was smooth and there was a chewy quality to it which mixed nicely with the slight bite from the alcohol. This was definitely one of the best beers I've ever had the pleasure of drinking, and is an absolute must try if you enjoy Belgian beers or ones with a high alcohol percentage.

Overall: 10/10






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About Colin Smith

Hi, I'm Colin, I love a good hoppy IPA, but I can find immense enjoyment in a solid session beer, imperial stout, quadrupel or a nostalgic beer from my past.

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