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Thursday, February 24, 2011

St. Bernardus Abt 12 Review

St. Bernardus Abt 12 was one of those very, very random beers one can find on the shelves of the LCBO stores. At first, I thought it was a misplaced product, but I could not find a place for it in any of the aisles. Of course, no one could tell me how much this was until they scanned it...$3.45. Not bad for a random Belgian ale. SOLD!

The beer is bottle-conditioned so there was a bit of a situation when I first opened it and turned around the dispose of the cap. It was contained with a very absorptive paper towel and on went the beer tasting. St. Bernardus Abt 12 is dark brown in color with some red hues and pours with an off-white head which recedes to a creamy island in the middle - standard for most beers of this type. The aroma is malty, slightly metallic with very distant dried fruits. The taste is malty, not very sweet with a unique blend flavours, something I was not expecting from this beer. Lightly roasted malt, a bit of sweet dried fruits, jammy with a bit of apricots. The finish is where this shines. It is a mix between a strong Belgian beer and whiskey! It is spicy with a very warm, long, whiskey-like finish and just a hint of citrus. Recommended!

Cost - $3.45
Taste - 8.5/10
ABV - 10%

Overall - 8.5/10...unique flavour with an even more unique finish


  1. Do you remember which LCBO did you find this beer? I need to take some to the US for my friend but cannot find anywhere! Any help would be appreciated! Thanks :)

  2. Yes, I got it from the one on 115 King Street in Waterloo/Kitchener. Unfortunately that was a while ago and it was a lone bottle without a shelf label.