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

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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.


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ILoveNewBeer (113) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 15, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2009 The initial aroma made me say "oooh" out loud. This beer is amazing, the flavor and aroma mixed with the pleasant after taste as well as how it makes your mouth feel is truly unique.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JEB12345 (13) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 12, 2008
Bottle. Pours out dark with a medium head. Has a sweet yeast taste. Good beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GJF (1510) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - MAR 8, 2008
Fabulous beer. Nice yeasty, sweet aroma. A dark brown pour with frothy, rocky head. The flavor is incredibly complex with lots of malt, yeast, dark fruits. Clean and complex. Pour me another!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
dkingsella (152) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 8, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2009 11.2 oz bottle. Picked it up at Belmont Station in Portland. Pours a dark reddish brown with a huge frothy head. Hangs around for the duration and leaves a very nice lacing. Aroma is earthy with nice fruit notes. Flavor is incredible...very yeasty, with dark fruits and brown sugar. Alcohol is detectable as you would expect from 10.5 abv, but no burn. Fair amount of carbonation. Overall very nice.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 8, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2008 Bottle, 750. Gorgeously murky with a super creamy head. When cold, aroma that was very fruity but overly sweet, a bland, almost soda flavor, and a palate wrecked with way too much carbonation. However, upon warming, all awesomeness ensues. The nose was a blend of all that fruitiness along with notes of honey, toffee, coffee (these latter two being gentle but making their presence well known at the same time), and less sweet notes of dried fruits in the area of figs and dates. The flavor and palate were simply perfect. Everything came together in perfect harmony, the absurd carbonation had mellowed, the alcohol was absolutely non-existent, and I got the distinct sense that if any one flavor were added or subtracted the beer would be ruined. Well, not ruined, just it’s perfection would be ruined. Spectacular.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - MAR 7, 2008
Not what I expected. Pours a dark brown with a way big frothy head. Not thick enough though. Yeasty with dark fruits. A metallic finish ruined it for me.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Treephiend (58) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 6, 2008
on tap at The Victory in SE Portland, OR pours a reddish brown with a frothy head. Smells sweet and like your typical Belgian tripel or, in this case quadruple, yeasty raisiny and even a hit of banana. It tastes pretty awesome, bit yeasty hit with plums and raisins. The mouth-feel is incredible, its thick almost syrupy, but that thickness is quickly cut through by the carbonation and the alcohol. This is truly a standout beer. I usually find quadruples completely overwhelming, but this was excellent.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
smith4498 (3550) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAR 6, 2008
Pours dark brown with a light brown head that disappears quickly. Aromas of yeast, raisins, plums, dark fruits. Flavors are the same. Flavor is sweet and fruity with a slight touch of alcohol. Meduim body, lively carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. Very smooth. I love it! This is one of my favorite brews.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
princesslala (131) - DENMARK - MAR 5, 2008
This beer is another dark belgian beer, but it has a lot of amber undertones. The head is bubbly and frothy, but it fizzles out quickly. The smell is sweet, similar to an apple cider. It tastes a little bit like apples too, but more like the apples that you don’t use for eating or making juice, more like the dryer apples that people have traditionally used for making booze. The mouthfeel is a little thin and I can feel the heat from the alcohol. I think this beer would pair well with something creamy and sweet--maybe apple pie a la mode.

4.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
benpickens (483) - Camarillo, California, USA - MAR 4, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2009 Pours a dark brown with a generous creamy head. Aromas of fermented apples and cola. Beautiful mouthfeel and warming sweet finish. Superb.


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