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

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RATINGS: 4259   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.


4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
LordCorkscrew (1774) - Ronco Scrivia (GE), ITALY - FEB 23, 2008
E bravi i St. Bernardus che si riscattano dal loro nome di operai dell’ombra di St Sixtus con uno dei prodotti più notevoli che mi sia capitato di assaggiare nel genere così detto Quadrupel che poi è semplicemente una denominazione di comodo. E quindi sto comodo. E’ bello stare comodi quando si beve una birra del genere perché così ce la si gode bene peccato che dura poco. 100 a.C. Secondo tribunato della plebe di Appuleio Saturnino, che propone una nuova legge agraria, appoggiato dal pretore Caio Servilio Glaucia, anch’egli di parte popolare. Fa approvare inoltre una clausola che obbliga i senatori a giiurare di osservare la legge; Quinto Cecilio Metello Numidico (campione della guerra giugurtina) preferisce l’esilio. Ciò forse è all’origine di una serie di tumulti scoppiati durante le elezioni (sia Glaucia che Saturnino si erano ricandidati per l’anno successivo, in modo da sviluppare il loro programma) che spingono il Senato a ricorrere al senatus consultum ultimum. Mario, in quanto console, si vede costretto a far uccidere i suoi protetti: la sua reputazione ne viene fortemente scossa e preferisce allontanarsi da Roma per qualche tempo, andando in missione diplomatica presso Mitridate. Viene domata la seconda rivolta servile in Sicilia.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maltybones (62) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 22, 2008
Dark chocolate brown with a thick two finger reddish-brown head. Aroma is both earthy and sweet. Falvour is similar with saccarine sweetnes mixed with more mellow hints of chocolate, dark fruit and a very nutty finish. Alcohol is very well hidden, which was a surprise compared to similar brews (ie Rochefort 10). Extremely drinkable for such a weighty beer.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
rodgers004 (26) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - FEB 21, 2008
Its hard to know what to say about this beer, superlatives don’t do it justice. Out of the bottle it pours a reddish brown, with complex aromatic notes. The depth of taste is both bold and multivalent, with notes of several fruits and spices. All told a top 5 tasting experience.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
logem1234 (1) - Rocky River, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2008 does not count
On Tap @ Bier Markt W.25th Street in Cleveland. I noted many of the same flavors that were described. The dry, somewhat malty finish is what prevents me from giving the beer a higher rating, as well as drinking more than two or three at a time.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Davinci (295) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2008
The jolly prior smiles from his sky blue label as I pour this murky raisin colored marvel from it’s bottle. A small bubbled off white head vigorously aproaches the rim of the glass, quickly settling down soon after to a beautiful ring of froth. Small bits of yeast dance in the nectar as I wait for it to warm a bit. Aromas of alcohol and perfume rise from the glass. Raisins bathe in a mahogony booze. Hot alcohol fills the mouth like a fine scotch. Soon the alcohol dissipates leaving flavors of chocolate covered raisins and sweet dried cherries. The finish is somewhat dry leaving a hints of licorice on the palate and a wonderful warmiong feeling in my belly. Grade A to be sure.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - FEB 21, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2008 Poured a dark brown color with a huge off white head. The smell was very sweel to the nose. The high alcohol content it not noticable in the taste. Like other in the genre of beer dark fruits such as fig and raisins were present. A great beer deserving of such a high rating.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
timfoolery (1126) - California, USA - FEB 21, 2008
Bottle from Monument Liq in Concord. This brew was similar to others of it’s genre, namely the Rochefort 10. I found it to taste much like dried-dark fruits, especially cherries and raisins. It’s unfiltered look, innumerable head, rich flavor, and masterful palate pull in a top-10 tasting for me. Excellent. I could drink this one on a deserted isle.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gunsho (134) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 20, 2008
what a beer. color is hard to decipher as the bar is rather dark tonight.looks a dark amber, nice frothy acing. aroma of berries and other fruits, caramel but not really, just sweet really. perfect balance of malt and hops. thank you watou. on tap @ the map room

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tomer (2788) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - FEB 19, 2008
0.33L bottle, quite small but dense head, brown colour with some deep red taints, a bit murky. Strong aroma of vanila with some earthy notes, carbonation is quite strong but not offensive, flavour is sweet and alcoholic with some mild coffe notes. Mouthfeel is pleasantly creamy and so is the aftertaste which is mildly sweet.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TikiE (368) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 19, 2008
Simply delicious! Thanks for the sample CollinTikianus! Poured a hazy orange with a skinny full lacing. Smelt of berries and bananas and went down and tasted in what words can that can not describe. I hope we meet again St. Bernardus!


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