Take a good look at that picture. Notice the happy monk on the bottle? See how the bubbles ride lightly on top of the luscious opaque liquid below? That right there is brewed perfection. Nectar of the gods. And where I want to begin .. St. Bernardus Abt 12.
Honestly, if I had first run into this ale out somewhere, there would have been way I would have just tried it. For starters, it costs too dang much and then it’s hard to pronounce! I mean, that’s why I still haven’t tried Stella Artois yet! I can’t pronounce the dang thing! Anyway, a friend of ours wrote a review on this ale once and got me intrigued. I still raise a glass to Danny every time I buy St. Bernies 12 .. in my opinion, the most perfect ale that has ever been created. Belgians know something about brewing, let me tell you. If you stick around here long enough, you might start to figure that out as well. Germans make cars, Canadians make toques (I think), Americans make other countries fat on fast food, and Belgians make ale. And this Belgian is king.
You will mostly find it available in the 1 pint + corked bottle shown above but occasionally in 12 oz 4-packs. Hey, if you find some 4-packs, LET ME KNOW! I have found the corked bottle at finer beer stores and even at Kroger on 53. Uh oh, gave away my secret stash .. but .. if one more person finds out about this gorgeous goodness, all the better. You may also find it on tap at Taco Mac. More about that in a minute. From the corked bottle, you’ll want to leave it in a dark cool place until it reaches that dark cool places “room” temp .. ideal is around 55 degrees or so. Oh ya, let me guess – “What??!! WARM BEER?!?!” Heck ya. With ales, you’ll want to server them warmer so 1) you can taste the complex flavors you’ll find in them and 2) there is so much dang alcohol in this thing, if it’s cold, that’s ALL you’ll taste! (10% ABV!!)
So anyway, after the ale has warmed up from the deep freeze most retailers keep the poor thing in, you’ll want to uncork it. Careful. It will blow your face off with a run away cork and you’ll lose about half of that deliciousness to the floor. Take it slow and gently uncork it. NEXT .. pour it into a rounded goblet like the one you see above. This part is important. If you try pouring it into a fluted beer glass, a narrow mug, or some other like vessel, this ale will rebel and explode on you because of it’s high carbonation. Now, hold it up to the light and try to peer through .. THEYS STUFFS FLOATIN’ IN IT!! .. yup, it’s re-fermented in the bottle so the “floatin’ stuffs” is good stuff. Finally, take a taste and understand what all the fuss is about. True beauty.
I really can’t say enough about this ale, but because I’m getting long winded, I think I have. Now, let me revisit that Taco Mac thing from earlier. If you find this ale on a menu sometime and decide to give it a try .. order it as a “St Bernies 12” (they will know what you are talking about) and then, like at Taco Mac, let it sit once the waiter/waitress brings it out to you. Watch some sports on TV, or shoot the breeze with your dinner mates while you wait .. wait for the travesty of the freezing cold ale sitting in front of you to warm to a delicious temperature. Shame on you Taco Mac, you should know better.
Oh, one more thing .. for goodness sake, don’t re-cork the bottle. Share this with friends .. they will thank you for it! Peace, and happy exploring!