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

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RATINGS: 4030   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 ’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.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
T3llLAllDE (100) - USA - JUL 13, 2007
a little strong for my taste but still a nice beer . maybe not all its cracked up to be but very good

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
cyrenaica (1095) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 11, 2007
I tried this beer on July 11, 2007 at Cafe Volo in Toronto (only because they were temporarily out of Rochefort Trappistes 10). I was very nervous about trying this....high alcohol content, dark brown, yada yada yaada. Well, try it I did. It poured a dark brown into the glass with a small head that lasted throughout the entire beer. The aroma was thick with bread and hops, and some fruit. It was silky smooth on the tongue with a full-bodied feel. The taste.........unlike any beer I’ve tasted before. There was bread, and malt...and hops. The alcohol was not noticeable on the tongue.....but I felt it going down....and this is one damn fine beer!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joekfsu (138) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - JUL 10, 2007
Pours dark amber, tan lasting head. Smells very sweet and a slight hint of alcohol. Fruity initial flavor rounded off by malt flavors. Short finish. Great drinkability, even the girlfriend enjoyed it. One of my first Belgians, which could come back to haunt me since I doubt I’ll like many as much as this.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marko (4263) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - JUL 10, 2007
Bottle at the Hopdevil... only Deus and Gouden Carolus Cuvee van de Keizer left.
Poured an extremely dark red, almost black colour. Vinuous and sourish nose with raisins and alcohol. The taste has a beautiful smooth malt profile, a bit chocolatey, that merges perfectly with the warming alcohol finish... dark fruit, prunes dipped in alcohol, somewhat spicey, herbal, nutty, dry... The aftertaste is a bit light and gone quickly. Complex and obviously a great beer but I expected more.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JUL 9, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2007 Dark mahogany pour with reclusive ruby hues, very obviously bottle conditioned. A big off-white head forms, fading very slowly, never fully. Thick lacing clings to the glass the whole way down as the liquid is drained away. The aroma is very earthy and upon first nosing, it’s plain to see where this beers’ origins lie. Notes of wood grain, classic Belgian yeast, spices, soft hops, raisins, figs, dates, plums, lightly roasted malts, bitter chocolates, carob, apples and other mellow fruit scents. Very complex and always engaging. Caramel seems to compose an intricate backbone, structured in a way as to provide steady sweetness that doesn’t interfere with the enjoyable process of dissecting subtle nuances. Alcohol is noticeable but never bothersome, though the flavor would score one point higher were it less noticeable. The flavor is a dynamic mosaic of fruits, yeast spiciness, chcocolates and roast. Candi sugar sweetness parades around the woody notes and seems to seep into the furthest recesses of the mouth. The sweetness level is medium-high, bitterness is mild, acidity low to mild. Carbonation throughout is medium-high and soft. Prickly spicing is a fine counterpart to sticky caramel notes. The finish is very sweet initially, then dries signifigantly and leaves fruit and sugar notes alone to battle for supremacy until the next sip. A very elegant palate, a sort of modest full body with plenty of excitement for all the senses. Light vinous and alcohol notes throughout. Very good. Although this doesn’t share the complexity of some notable Abt beers, it stands strong and deserves regognition for consistency, great aroma and taste and a lively spirit. Seems serene and reserved while still knocking over the tastebuds like a wrecking ball of sweet flavors.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 9, 2007
Cloudy mahogany pour with a solid off-white head. Yeast, darker fruits, baked apples, sugar, and spice. Subtle, vinuous flavor with figs, anise, and faint cocoa. Some sweet yeast esters and a bit of bubble gum. Very nice.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Defreni (2798) - Husum, DENMARK - JUL 9, 2007
Flaske. Mudret med et forsvindende hoved. 2 år gammel flaske hvilket kan ses på bundfaldet, som er med til at få øllen til at ligne noget hentet fra årets Roskildefesival. Tilgengæld er resten helt i top. Fantastisk smag der minder en smule om portvin.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jvmiller (558) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 8, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2007 I don’t have a whole lot of experience with belgians, and perhaps they are not my favorite. But, I was able to appreciate this for what it was. Taste of yeasts, dark fruits. Very carbonated, easy to drink. Sweet.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheKegergator (241) - California, USA - JUL 5, 2007
The pour is perfect. Nice dark amber that is slightly murky. Forms a nice looking tan head that lingers and lingers. Smell is sweet, and malty.Flavor is full of caramel and a touch of hops. What a smooth drinker for 10%, or any % for that matter. Awesome brew.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kirill (277) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 5, 2007
very hoppy aroma, salty and sweet at the same time, with fruit and a nicely smooth texture... i prefer the westvleteren and rochefort 10 to this but its still good


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