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

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RATINGS: 3730   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.15   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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The St. Bernardus Abt 12 is the pride of our stable, the nec plus ultra of our brewery. Abbey ale brewed in the classic íQuadrupelí style of Belgiumís 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. Itís 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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jlf278 (287) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 12, 2006
A nice bubbly powerhouse. I couldnít get past the bitterness and acidity. Itís full of very nice flavors. It is plummy, chocolatey, raisiny...perhaps even craisiny. I would surely have another and another, but it sort of knocked me out. Overall, quite nice when it warms up a little and the bubbles subisde. Donít drink it right out of the fridge like i tried.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fin (7278) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2006
Bottle at Berenbak, Antwerp, Belgium, 06-10-06. Dark brown in colour, and with a pleasant malty aroma with some dark fruits. Taste is a little chocolate like at first but with sweet malts and dark/dried fruits pushing through, have had this before and whilst I really like it, itís not the world beater some appear to consider it (in my opinion)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eczematic (1319) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - OCT 9, 2006
beautiful clear mahogany - almost purple - with creamy light head. styrian, vanilla, special b, fudge in aroma - complex. in mouth deep malt with rich fat plumminess and fruit, finishing with blend of spicy hops and plenty of coriander. also hints of anise, stewed apple. warming, smooth, drinkable. good stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jcr (2187) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - OCT 6, 2006
Red-brown body with good-looking tan head. Nose of overripe fruit , sweet malts and alcohol. Notes of banana, apple, plum, raisin, caramel. The flavor is stronger and better, highlighted by the sweet malts with a slightly bitter, peppery finish. The taste evokes flavors of juicy plums, figs and overripe apples. Full body. Thick, rich and smooth. Long, sticky finish. Nice warming from the alcohol. A delicious beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hiphops (286) - caldwell, New Jersey, USA - OCT 4, 2006
dark brown. honey fig smell i guess. mouthfeel was creamy and smooth reminded me of a scoth ale with a strong dried fruit presence good not great.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TechMyst (167) - Fox River Grove, Illinois, USA - OCT 3, 2006
CONTAINER VOLUME: 750ml
CONTAINER TYPE: Bottle (Conditioned)
FRESH: yes (cellar for up to 15 years) [L040309 H33]
PURCHASED @: Binnyís
COST: $8.99 / Bottle
HEAD: massive medium-brown; mostly lasting; eventually diminishing to 1/8"
LACE: Laced in bottle; left huge rings; eventually large cloud-like formations; then spotty dots
COLOR:
REFLECTED- dark brown
TRANSMITTED- murky deep brown
AROMA: fruit / sweet wine
MOUTHFEEL: medium; swirling fizzyness
PALATE: lightly slimy/sticky; eventually sticky/resinous
TASTE: caramel apples; plum-rasin; harsh bitter cranberry aftertaste
COMMENTS: Itís good; not great. Itís supposed to be the best beer in the world. Too much like wine. Iíd like to try some aged...the dregs looked like melted chocolate. If Iím looking for alcohol content at a better price and taste Iíll take DFH90í. However the buzz from one of these was heavenly. Iíd drink it again; not for the taste, but to check out the buzz again. And shouldnít beer tasting be about the taste. If I want something in this style Iíll take the Chimay Rouge. Iíve mentioned before; I do not care for fruit beers; and this beer is as fruity as the monk on the front of the bottle...
CONDITIONS:
MOWING/WORKING ON CAR- no
WITH FRIENDS- maybe
SIPPING- maybe
GET MY BUZZ ON-yes

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chilehead (186) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - OCT 3, 2006
Tasted side by side with the Westy 12, as this is effectively the mass-produced version of the westy, it seemed appropriate to pair them. Nice flavor profile, and an excellent beer, but it couldnít hold up to the silky smooth round mouth experience (in both flavor and body) of the westy 12.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimvy (131) - OíFallon, Missouri, USA - OCT 2, 2006
On tap at Falling Rock Pub 9/29/06. Dark brown, cloudy. Tan head-long lasting. Aroma is dominated by malt...not much else. Flavor - a good balance of malt and hops, though malt dominates. Good flavor, slight tartness in the finish. Overall, a really nicely balanced beer, but not up to expectations. Clean, good malt, nice balance.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - OCT 1, 2006
(11.2 oz bottle (marked "FL 13 10 10") from Julioís Liquors (MA), cellared for 6 mos. after purchase) Pours a cloudy dark brown with about a finger and a half of soft, creamy biege head that recedes to a nice cap that stays. Lots of solids come out of bottle. Aroma fairly sweet - brown sugarish with hints of fruit (plums, cherries?). Mouthfeel lightly fizzy, dryish, light-bodied. Nice lacing. Flavor pretty much matches the aroma - has a light brown sugary sweetness with the fruitiness in there as well. Finishes fairly dry. Nice, pretty elegant beer but a little disappointed I didnít get tons of complexity.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Kpfeifle (25) - Patchogue, New York, USA - SEP 30, 2006
What a great beer. Very dark amber, quite cloudy with a nice head. Many complex citric smells. Taste was carmel, pear, malt. Worth itís place in the top 50.


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