A Note on This Beer
Selkirk Abbey's 12° has all the refinement and ABV of a Rochefort or St Bernardus, but it escapes the syrupy, fruity rut that American and Trappist Quadruples have stayed in the last twenty years. When you taste 12°, you will be stunned by its smooth, dry drinkability.
Only released every other year, 12° from Selkirk Abbey is a special occasion Belgian Style Abbey Ale that takes a clean, smokey caramel step beyond traditional boundaries.
A hearty dose of toasty char pulls 12° away from traditional flavors of a Big Belgian. A wide range of malts impart rich, caramel flavors while Belgian amber candi sugar adds to the dark molasses palate. Though 12° was initially loaded to the brim with sugars, most of the sweetness has fermented out, leaving a heady, deliciously roasted brew.
12° pours a clear, glimmering garnet with slight tan froth. Aromas of raisins, caramel, ginger and cola conspire to bring you in close. Savory flavors of tobacco, smoke and leather remind you this sweet smelling brew is an adult beverage. A moderate palate buffeted by clear minerality and lactic caramel tang makes 12° incredibly drinkable for such a strong beer. All the aromatic sugars have magically converted into alcohol leaving a crisp, repeatable finish.
12° is highly rated on Beer Advocate, but it’s such a limited release it isn’t even on Selkirk Abbey’s website. As hard to find and tasty as a Trappist Quad, 12° offers a unique range of flavors all for a fraction of the price.
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