St. Bernardus Abt 12 is widely regarded as one of the best beers in the world. It is therefore no surprise that it is our brewery’s flagship beer, ranked at the very top of the St. Bernardus beer hierarchy. It is brewed in the classic quadrupel style and adheres to the original 1946 recipe.
This is a dark beer with a robust head that is ivory in colour.
- Color Dark
- Type of beer Quadruple / Top fermentation
- Alcohol degree 10 %
- ° Plato 20
- Recommended pouring temperature 8 - 12 °C
- Color (EBC) 60
- Bitterness (EBU) 20
- Shelf life 4 years (bottle) / 1,5 years (keg)
- Packaging Bottle: 33 cl / 75 cl - Keg: 20 L
Character, taste, aromas
St.Bernardus Abt 12 has a very fruity aroma that is the result of using our own unique yeast. It brims over with different, complex tastes and stands out through its long, bittersweet finish. Thanks to its mild, rounded taste and perfect balance between bitter and sweet, this beer goes down very easily. When you drink an Abt you can enjoy life to the full!
The Abt 12 packs a formidable taste punch which makes it the ideal partner for rich beef dishes and recipes with game, the famous stoverij beef stew or rabbit for example. Blue cheese – a Roquefort springs to mind – also forms a perfect match with Abt 12. And don’t forget to try out a pairing with chocolate for unexpected but highly successful results.
Since 2012 we have produced a limited number of 1.5 litre bottles, our Magnums. To create this special edition, the Abt 12 is bottled into a special dark brown St.Bernardus magnum bottle on which the brewery logo is printed in relief. It also comes with a Bière Belge bottleneck, a branded cork and a unique muselet, the wire cage around the cork. Each edition of the labels on these bottles has been designed by a new artist, and all of their art works are kept in the brewery’s art collection.
For the first edition we invited Belgian artist Rik Vermeersch to paint 'The Abbot'.
Then, Italian artist Giampaolo Amoruso created a mouth-blown work of art entitled 'Bernardus e Marco'.
An idiosyncratic interpretation of Abt 12 was added to the collection by Belgian artist Christian Silvain in 2014.
Belgian painter André Van Schuylenbergh created 'Lynn', named after Lynn Van Royen, his daughter-in-law.
To commemmorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the brewery, in 2016, a special label was designed with a statue to match.
In 2017, with "Van Gogh", French artist Bernard Pras used weird and wonderful objects to create temporary installations that he then records with a camera.
The Belgian, multi-talented artist Kamagurka painted 'De Regenpijp' especially on the occasion of the Magnum 2018.
Pjeroo Roobjee, born in Ghent in 1945, painted 'De zuster van astronaut Dick beluistert de ruis van sterrenstof'.
Belgian visual artist Christophe Malfliet paints in series, mainly figurative, abstract or in interaction. He always manages to inspire his paintings with a rebellious undertone, how innocent the scene may look. His 'Illuminato' adorns the label of the 2020 edition.
A celebratory 6-litre bottle, filled to the brim with the ‘heavenly nectar’.
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