Abt 12 Magnum Edition 2015 comes in a specially designed Magnum sized bottle (1.5 liters / 50.721 oz) with embossed brewery logo, Bière Belge neck, champagne cork with logo and gold wirehood.
Belgian artist André Van Schuylenbergh created the artwork (entitled “Lynn”) especially for this year’s label; the original painting is part of the art collection of the brewery. Beautifully screen printed on the bottle, it extends the tradition (starting in 2012) that makes these annual bottles collector’s items.
St. Bernardus Abt 12 is an award winning quadrupel that pours a hazy brown with a frothy beige head and expressive carbonation.
Taste follows the nose and includes candy sugar sweetness balanced by spice, coriander, a big hit of malt, fruit, and the warming power of 10.0% ABV. The mouthfeel is soft, smooth and medium bodied. The finish is dry, warm and slightly bitter.
This beer is a perfect ingredient in and accompaniment to classic Belgian stews, such as rabbit and prune casserole or beef carbonnade.
Blue cheeses of the Roquefort type also make for an ideal pairing, and don’t overlook chocolate desserts for an unexpected but very successful combination.
Serve at 46 – 57 degrees F.