Brew of the Week: St. Bernardus Abt 12

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by Niko Ivanovic


You won’t find these beers everywhere, but you may have stumbled the St. Bernardus trappist ales at Riley’s. If so, don’t let the $10 bomber price tag deter you from trying one of the best widely available Belgian ales in the world.

Of course the beer isn’t this good by chance. The beer’s recipe is modeled after the number one ranked beer in the world, Westvleteren 12, since the same monks who brew St. Bernardus now used to also craft Westy 12 (it’s a long story).
Anyway, the point is that this beer is really good. A quadruppel style ale, St. Bernardus Abt 12 is a boozy, rich, dessert beer that features tons of dark fruit like fig, pomegranate and currants. There’s also a complex undertone of caramel, brown sugar and a little sour green apple. Not as good as the holy grail of beer that is Westvleteren, but surprisingly close.
Score = 9.5/10

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