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.
This year’s design is an artwork of the Belgian artist Pjeroo Roobjee. The screen printing of the artwork ‘De zuster van astronaut Dick beluistert de ruis van sterrenstof’ on the bottle makes this Magnum very unique. Together with the editions of 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 it becomes a true collector's item.
Pjeroo Roobjee, born in Ghent in 1945, is a multi-talented artist who has been awarded several times in the course of his career. His predominantly monumental canvases travelled the five continents and represented Belgium at important art events such as the Biennales of Sâo Paulo and Venice.
New beer: St.Bernardus Abt 12 Barrel Aged Sour
St.Bernardus Abt 12 is the brewery’s flagship beer and widely regared as one of the best beers in the world. Abt 12 is brewed in the classic Quadrupel style and adheres to the original 1946 recipe.
St.Bernardus Abt 12 Barrel Aged Sour is brewed with the same recipe but after brewing the beer rested in oak barrels for 3 years. This beer aging lets the beer go sour in a natural way. In June 2019 the beer was blended with freshly brewed Abt 12 and bottled in 75cl bottles.
The beer has a fruity - sour aroma that comes from our own specific yeast strain. Remarkable is the absence of alcohol flavor. The acidity in the finish very well masks the gravity of the beer (Alc. Vol 10%). Furthermore, it is a very balanced beer with a fresh taste and a perfect balance between malty and bitter. In short: a must-try!
Given the limited number of bottles, it's really a beer for enthusiasts. It’s only available in the brewery shop and in Bar Bernard.
World Beer Awards 2019
The annual World Beer Awards are among the most prestigious beer prizes in the world, the 'Olympic Games of the beer world'. For the first time in years our brewery participated in the World Beer Awards. We registered 4 of our beers, which earned us no less than 5 medals.
Abt 12 won gold in the 'Belgian Style Strong' category and our St.Bernardus Wit was awarded a silver medal in the 'Belgian Style Witbier' category.
Prior 8 and Tripel are Country Winners (one step higher than the gold medal) in their respective 'Belgian Style Double' and 'Belgian Style Triple’ categories. Our Prior 8 and Tripel can now be called the best ‘Dubbel’ and ‘Tripel’ in Belgium for one year. At the end of last year, St.Bernardus Tripel also won the gold medal at the Brussels Beer Challenge for best 'Belgian Style' Tripel.
And it’s not all, on top of that the Prior 8 received the highest distinction in its category, namely ‘World's Best Dark Belgian Style Dubbel'. Prior 8 not only became a Country Winner, but also a 'Style Winner' worldwide, in other words, the world’s best ‘Dubbel’ beer! This also means that the Prior 8 can get even further this fall, since it will compete for the title of 'World's Best Dark Beer'. The results will be announced in September.
St.Bernardus Day 2019
On Tuesday, August 20, we celebrate 'St.Bernardus Day'. Maybe the ideal moment to meet up with friends, colleagues or family and enjoy a glass of Heavenly Nectar together? Don't forget to capture your St.Bernardus moment with a selfie or photo, accompanied by the hashtag #stbernardusday ;-)
Do you run a bar yourself? Do you wish to organise something on St. Bernardus Day? Through the link below you can download artwork and visuals for both online and offline purposes.
Gold medal - BBC 2018
Our St.Bernardus Tripel was voted best (Belgian Style) Tripel during the Brussels Beer Challenge. The BBC is an annual international beer competition that competes for the title of the best beer. Each beer from the participating brewers is carefully checked and tasted by a professional jury of 80 internationally renowned beer experts.