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Brewed by St. Bernardus Brouwerij
Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Watou, Belgium

bottled
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on tap
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 4297   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.14/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The St. Bernardus Abt 12 is the pride of our stable, the nec plus ultra of our brewery. Abbey ale brewed in the classic ’Quadrupel’ style of Belgium’s best Abbey Ales. Dark with a full, ivory-colored head. It has a fruity aroma, full of complex flavours and excels because of its long bittersweet finish with a hoppy bite. Worldwide seen as one of the best beers in the world. It’s a very balanced beer, with a full-bodied taste and a perfect equilibrium between malty, bitter, and sweet. One of the original recipes from the days of license-brewing for the Trappist monks of Westvleteren.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2008
Draught: Aroma of ripe dark fruits, yeast, sweet malts, alcohol, and toffee. Essentially, it smells like a Quad. Poured dark brown in color with a small, off-white head that diminished over time. Hazy. Not sparkling. Flavor was sweet. Tastes of malts, smarties, alcohol, bubblegum, dark fruits, and chocolate. Medium to full body. Dry, tingly texture. Average carbonation. Dry, sweet finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thill25 (232) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 20, 2008
750 ml shared w/ hop-smoker...Poured a Florida swamp-water brown w/ a great two finger fizzy tannish colored head. The nose was a powerful yeast, dough, candied fruits, sweet dark fruits. Tasted like candied figs, dates, dark caramel, a teensy bit of chocolate...Medium bodied, warming, slightly fizzy mouthfeel. Great sweet/dry finish. Best quad that I’ve had...Terrific!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 20/20
santos999 (318) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 19, 2008
Courtesy of dpjuart. Pours a deep burgundy with a creamy, fluffy off-white head. Smells of dates, prunes, raisins, molasses and brown sugar. Phenomenal, almost indescribable taste. Bourbon oak flavors meld with sweet brown sugar on top, followed by alcohol heat, with a long, grainy, fruity, and sweet finish. One of the world’s more perfect Quads.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jobyone (234) - Charlotte, USA - MAR 19, 2008
Bottle. Pours a reddish brown with a large frothy off white head. The aroma has hits of strae, molasses, chocolate smoke. Lots going on and all the better for it. The Taste is sweet to start but the bitterness comes out towards the end. Finishes with a nice bitterness and a creamy texture. This is a wonderful beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jkwalking05 (4587) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 17, 2008
Brown color with a thick, creamy head. Aromas of raisins, brown sugar, and dates. Flavors are pecan, caramel, prunes, dates with a light yeastiness.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dpjuart (1112) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2008
3/15/08 - Part of Christmas BeerClub Haul, shared with Naka and santoslhalper. Pours beautiful flat brown with small, off-white head. Nose is brown sugar and molasses with prunes, dates, figs and raisin. Great brown sugar, caramel, and toffee taste with fruit (see above). Alcohol warmth throughout and into finish and after. Just great. Gives Westy 12 a run, and is easier to get ahold of.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
blackmurder (236) - Whitaker, Oregon, USA - MAR 17, 2008
A flawless Belgian quad. Dark root beer body with heavy yeast sediment. Massive cream head.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (10859) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 16, 2008
This is a really good beer. Nice foamy, cream colored head that lasts. The mouthfeel is warm, smooth and rich. A phenomenal beer. If you cant find the Westvleteren, try this one. You wont be sorry.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Hands (1) - Cadier en Keer, NETHERLANDS - MAR 16, 2008 does not count
Better, cheaper and much easier to buy than Westvleteren 12! Very tastefull Belgian abbey ale.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Naka (719) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2008
Courtesy of Juart. Pours a slightly translucent brown color with a creamy frothy off-white head. Nose of a really fruity fig apple mixture and a wallop of alcohol and spice. A good dose of rich caramel and toffee in the flavor. Lots of layers to this beer. Has the dark fig and raisin with some spice background and ginger candy. A creamy oily body. This is an outstanding beer.


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