St. Bernardus Abt 12

October 30, 2008 by Aaron Goldfarb | Filed under Brewer: St. Bernardus, Country: Belgium, Grade: A regular, Style: Quadrupel.

10.5% ABV from a bomber

What’s your number?

No, not that number you sicko. That’s a number you should probably never tell any one. What I’m talking about is the number of beers you’ve had on Beer Advocate’s 100 Top Beers on Planet Earth.

Don’t get me wrong, this is in no way an end-all of beer drinking supremecy. Many of the brews probably don’t belong on the list, only there due to statistical fluke, while quite a few others are virtually unattainable for mere mortals. Not that I am mere.

But there are many great, great legitimate beers on the list. The one currently resting in the #20 slot, St. Bernardus Abt 12, being one such. I would dare say it may be the most “attainable” great beer on the list, certainly in the top 25, as pretty much all Whole Foods, gourmet supermarkets, and high-end liquors stores have this around and in stock at all times.

The fact that it is so attainable, the fact that it does have over 1150 Beer Advocate rankings, makes its place on the Top 100 list all the more impressive. This isn’t a case of a small sample size of beer nerds driving up the ranking of an impossible-to-find limited release brew that is perhaps only so-so. I mean really, should beers with only 20 total reviews be included in the rankings? I’m not sure they should.

This is people from all across the globe easily finding this beer, already knowing its greatness, yet continuing to score it remarkable well.

And indeed, it is a damn fine brew. Not quite as dark as most quads I’ve had, but very strong to the smell. Potent in taste as well. Smooth and creamy, somewhat buttery though not in a bad way, and sweet along with citrus esters. Not quite as complex as say, a Westmalle Dubbel, but brilliant nonetheless. Amazingly drinkable.

As for my number….

I currently have drank 24 of the top 100 beers, with 6 additional brews on tap. That is either currently sitting in my apartment, or en route to me via beer trade. 30 beers. 30%. Doesn’t seem like that great of number but when you consider how many brews on the list can only be found by hanging out with asocial, girlfriendless beer losers at brewery release “parties,” by visiting a Belgium monastery, or by trading with a stranger in some far off place you never plan on visiting, then you realize that I may be doing alright.

Or, at least I think I am.

So I want to know (in the comments), what’s your number? Make me envious.


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17 Responses to “St. Bernardus Abt 12”

  1. Dave says:

    Hey bro did you see this? If you get this, please pick me up a bottle

  2. HOLY SHIT! I have got to find that. You’ve seen that I’ve already given their Black Chocolate Stout an A+. Aged in bourbon barrels might make my head explode. I need to get this for us!

    Hey, and what’s your beer count number? Answer the Vice Blogger’s question dammit!

  3. amm002 says:

    20. I have some catching up to do.

  4. AMM, are you including the ones you have yet to try but will soon have? I got the ranked Old Rasputin heading your way.

  5. amm002 says:

    No, just what I’ve already had. I think there’s another 5 or 6 on tap, including what you guys have coming.

  6. Then you’ve almost caught me. I don’t have a lot of easy “gets” left. Most of the rest are oddballs.

  7. KingOttoIII says:

    I have never had, seen, or heard of any of those. Here in America we drink Budweiser, ok? Greatest country on the planet.

  8. KOIII, Like 75% of the beers listed are American. I thought you only drink Italian cordial liqueurs nowadays.

  9. amm002 says:

    Only reason I’m at 20 is from last weekend at Darkness…the trading table was filled with fantastic stuff I normally wouldn’t have access to.

  10. KingOttoIII says:

    You are a real fancy boy with all these beers. But I dont get why IPA was listed 6 times. How can the same beer be on their that many times. Isnt it the top 95 then?

  11. Dave says:

    I’m at 24, I have 4 hopefully coming in trades and I have a few in the house I have not drank yet. So I’ll be around 30 soon.

  12. settlesdown says:

    I’ve got 16 that I can remember. There’s always this weekend!

  13. The more I think about it…how the fuck is stuff like Westmalle dubbel and tripel, Old Guardian, Utopias…etc, not in the top 100. There is NO WAY there are 100 better beers on planet earth than any of those.

  14. amm002 says:

    Agreed. I think BA is heavily biased to U.S. beer reviewers. Combine that with some beers that don’t get alot of reviews, but high ratings, and things get screwy. The rankings would probably change if you had a more representative sample of beer drinkers worldwide.

  15. Dirtyspeed says:

    15 here. I still got work to do. I added you to my blog roll if you don’t mind. I really enjoy it. Mine is still new.

  16. Thanks for reading and for giving me a link.

    I like how your blog’s looking so far too. Good stuff. I’ll add you to my roll.

  17. As of today, I currently sit at 33 out of 100. Not bad.

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