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

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RATINGS: 4249   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slayer85 (1051) - Firenze, ITALY - OCT 18, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2012 Bottle (10% ABV). A hazy/cloudy dark brown beer, with an average sized, frothy/fizzy, mostly diminishing off-white to light brown head. The aroma is moderately malty (toasted/roasted grain, caramel, hint of chocolate), moderately yeasty (dough), with notes of sugar, plums, peaches, raisin, port, licorice and alcohol. The flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Medium to full body, velvety/creamy/thick texture, lively carbonation, rather long finish with light to medium bitterness, moderately alcoholic. Raising the score fronm 3.9 to 4.1. Complex, very sweet, but fruity, warming, not excessively alcoholic. Needless to say not at the same level of Westy 12, but nevertheless an excellent ABT.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
zamco17 (134) - Corpus Christi, Texas, USA - OCT 17, 2007
holy &^%$ this is perfection in beer, period. Belgians usually never do this for me, but damn. great color nose and flavor, not a thing bad to say about this beer. im so glad i got this.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ansset13 (127) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - OCT 16, 2007
The pour is dark drown, with a large tan head that recedes slowly. The nose is complex, with aromas of dark dried fruits, yeast, malt , and a slightly vinous touch. The flavor is sweet and well balanced hiding its alcohol to a nice warming finish. Great stuff!

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
thedrip (10) - Harlowton, Montana, USA - OCT 15, 2007
330 ml bottle. pours a dark clear brown with a thick large head. Notes of rains, and berries and alcohol. nothing overbearing, extremely well balanced and flavorful.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
patty26 (95) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 14, 2007
Bottle from New Beer Distributors. Pours a deep brown with a a burgeoning puffy head. Beautiful aroma of figs and raisins with a dash of alcohol. The aroma gets the mouth watering. The flavor is dominated by raisins and yeast. A sweet flavor but not overwhelming. Sweet liquid warms the tongue and the alcohol warms the stomach. Absolutely terrific beer.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
hiddenvariable (207) - pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2007
bottle. pours a dark but clear mahogany with a thick bubbly light tan head that sticks around and laces well. huge complex nose of berries and raisins, dark fruit, corriander, wood, nuts, pears, and a some yeast. tastes of raisins, nuts, spices, more yeast, and more dark fruit. the palate is equally superb, with the spices tingling on my tongue, playing with a hint of bitterness and an even smaller hint of sweetness. fair carbonation for a creamy mouthfeel, with a medium to thick body. a nearly perfect beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MMortier (11) - Ghent, BELGIUM - OCT 11, 2007
33 cl bottle.
Breathes coffee and a dark peasant’s bread, alcohol. Going down, there are pieces of gingerbread, and then real deep in the nose there’s a small surprise, a sweet thing, the sprout of a cinnamon and vanilla pair, but hard to get to.
Taste is no surprise, coffee again, and dough with wood. Oily texture, less creamy than some other abts. Makes me want to eat a cookie. My girl-friend says "Bellewaerde!" because it reminds her of an amusement park. I try to focus on dominant flavours but the beer lacks some identity. Perhaps this is why I like it so much, it doesn’t try to be anything different.
Long finish with heavy alcohol and no further surprises, which is a bit disappointing and substracts some value. Will probably re-rate this as I become more experienced.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BigMilly8 (389) - Wesley Chapel, Florida, USA - OCT 11, 2007
From bottle : Pours a dark hazy brown with a gi-normus off white head, that leaves great lacing all over the glass. Aroma of great fruits and yeast, bananas and pears. Palate thin to medium and goes down smooth as a babys bottom. Flavor is very nice and fruity, all kinds of fruits it seems, very complex, and the alcohol is hidden greatly. Gives me a nice warm feeling throughout my body.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
xibalba89 (147) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 10, 2007
Pours a dark reddish-brown with a nice head that dissapates rather quickly. The aroma has lots of yeast and floral hops, maybe a hint of banana. The flavor is a great beer-flavor... nice malts that make me think of fresh soil, but not too heavy. No real dark fruits or anything like that, just good old fashioned beer flavor. The mouthfeel is pretty nice, not too obtrusive... it goes down nicely, with a hint of spice in the finish. Excellent beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KimJohansen (10409) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - OCT 10, 2007
Pours brown with medium head. Aroma has overripe fruit, malt and hints of banana. Flavor is sweet with toffee and overripe fruits. Great complexity.


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