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

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RATINGS: 4003   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
clasley (153) - Arkansas, USA - JUN 17, 2007
750 ml bottle. Pours a hazy mahogany with a dense tan head. Figs and plum in the nose with a hint of alcohol. Wildly complex body with fruit and spice at the front. Highly carbonated sharp mouth with a slight alcohol burn at the finish. Wonderful.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
roder60 (1288) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 15, 2007
Pours a delicious looking hazy dark brown with a medium layer of froathy creamy looking offwhite head...a little wisp of dark yeast sediment too that almost gives it a cappuccino look on top. Aroma is perfect balance of sweet and spices, not too powerful, rather subdued yet all encompasing. smells of dates, burbon, earth, and a lot more, just so complex and beautiful. Mouthfeel is medium, slight abrasive finish. flavor is alcohol, berries, malt, pine, and figs. overall, deliicous.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 15, 2007
Second taste, first rating 6/15/07. Draft at Eola Wine Company in Winter Park, FL. Lucked out and got a massive double pour for $7! Very dark brownish cola color with a medium off-white head and excellent lacing. Aroma is rich dark fruit. Flavor is excellent....cherries, figs, raisons, dark fruit. Nice body with a very smooth finish. Alcohol comes through about 30 seconds into the finish. Outstanding beer!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
yomintyfresh (53) - USA - JUN 13, 2007
Dark color, thick head that lingers and leaves a lot of lacing. Sweet flavor - cherry, fig, raisin - but not too sweet. High ABV more noticeable as the beer slowly warms.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
yanks2006 (2) - USA - JUN 11, 2007 does not count
bottled- very dark and malty flavor. with accents of fruit and raisins. the head was a thick light light brown color. by far the best mouth feel and rich tasting beer that i have experienced. will enjoy again soon

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
deadlogic (8) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - JUN 10, 2007 does not count
pours deep brown with a rich, creamy thick offwhite head with a few brown flecks. fruit and malts dominate the nose. tastes include malt, rasins, dates maybe, and many others i cannot describe. nice full bodied mouthfeel and smooth all the way down. this is the best beer i have had the pleasure of drinking up to this point.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
cspring (15) - Maineville, Ohio, USA - JUN 9, 2007
Bottle - Probably one of the best beers I have had to date. Was tasting with others that I had heard more hype and this blew them away. Great color and complex taste start to finish.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
joefflin (68) - USA - JUN 9, 2007
Wow. This is my first beer like this, i dont evn know how to describe the experience. I don’t even feel ready or experienced enough to describe. The aroma is of alcohol, a light berry, and nuts. The taste is so complex its like that gum in Willy Wonka with a 3 course meal, it changes continually and each sip i find something else. The taste is slightly alcoholic with pine, nuts, figs, yeast, malt, berry, and pretty much every other flavor imagineable. Truly a ride with a long aftertase . The appearance is also quite beautiful with the hazy brown with speks of what reminds me of little seeds. Well rounded, exciting.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - JUN 9, 2007
Pours a deep reddish-brown with garnet highlights and a fluffy, beige head. Quite pretty. The initial aroma was a bit musty and horsey but quickly faded to a fruit medley of apples, grapes, prunes and pears. The fruit cake notes that many detect in this beer are present, but I felt the overall aroma was "lighter" than that descriptor. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, creamy, sticky-sweet and lightly effervescent with a hint of alcohol at the end. Pears, apples and plums front a warm alcohol finish. This is a great beer and one that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jvittorio4187 (255) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - JUN 8, 2007
Awsome. Pours a dark brown with a white, fluffy, grwing head. Tons of fruit with stong rasins and figs. Sweet. A syrup like feel on the tounge with a strong finish.


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