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

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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 3871   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 íQuadrupelí style of Belgiumís 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. Itís 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
asmithbeer (71) - California, USA - OCT 24, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2007 Very deep amber pour with decent head(fizzled out fairly quick), sour smell. Very nice flavor, mild bitter & slightly buttery sweet. More carbonated than I expected. Pretty good.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
StueyD (1239) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2006
I acquired a crate of these from a work colleague at the Fox & Hounds, after she had been away to Bruges for a dirty weekend! A dark, reddish brown coloured beer with a thick white head. A musty nose of dar, ripened and dried fruits, plums, cherries, raisins and candied peel. The taste is slightly sour, sherry-like fruitiness, again dark fruit, plums and raisins, along with molasses and bitter chocolate. Very drinkable! (Bottle - purchased from the Bier Palais, Bruges, Belgium courtesy of Jackie at the Fox & Hounds).

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tomthompson89 (1905) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 22, 2006
nice... so nice.... some fruit flavour and aroma, dark, lotsa head, slight fruit, lovely belgian dessert beer as i like to call em

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dragonfly1 (495) - Colorado, USA - OCT 22, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2007 11.2 oz bottle Wow, so very good. Round, heavy mouthfeel; made this one last 30 minutes- head & lacing remained the entire time. I donít think it was as fruity as previous reviewers indicated (made it sound like a lambic or something) See Grovlamís review on 9/29- well said.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
elektronikfagtekniker (891) - kbh, DENMARK - OCT 22, 2006
bottle. dark color. large head. dark fruity aroma. taste of yeast and dark fruits. quite carpy and a bit sour. complex. good.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OldRaspy (292) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 20, 2006
On tap at the bier garden served in a trappist glass mahogany incolor with a good beige head. Aroma was malts and dark fruit. Flavor was the same dark fruits that were in the aroma some malt and a touch of caramel. Great Beer

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
LennyH (60) - Delaware, USA - OCT 18, 2006
12 oz bottle. Very dark chestnut brown with a nice beige foamy head. Fruity aroma and flavor. Very smooth finish with a slight dryness and bitterness. No indication of the 10.5% alcohol level. Very well done.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cliff (399) - The Land of Milk and Honey, Ohio, USA - OCT 17, 2006
deep mahogany color, hazy with aromas of dried fruits and yeast. creamy mouthfeel and wonderfull fruit and spice flavor, dried cherries? slight hop presence that gives it a nice finish. delicious quad.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Moosewood (4) - Florida, USA - OCT 14, 2006 does not count
Never had anything from this brewer that I didnt like, and Iíve tried them all. This is no exception, and is probably my fave of the bunch. Ranks up there with the best Iíve had and its great that I dont have to travel to Belgium to get it! Its always in stock at ABC!!! Appearance, aroma, mouthfeel, flavor is all top notch. No wonder that monk on the bottle is so happy! Pours dark as night with a big, white head that diminishes but never completely and great, sticky lacing. Complex nose and flavor (from a Belgian??? Nooooo...) of fruits, nuts, breads with maybe a hint of caramel in there. A wonderful, slightly estery aroma that peaks around the middle of warming, mmmmm...The 10.5% is very well hidden in my opinion (better than Rochefort 10, and I LOVE all the Rocheforts!). Overall, outstanding stuff and easily obtained. This is a staple in my fridge...

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bp (810) - Queens, New York, USA - OCT 14, 2006
Bottle purchased at ABD in Brooklyn: pours a dark ruby red, aroma of raisins or prunes, taste is malty and maybe some fig flavor as well, the alcohol is fairly well hidden, not as good as the Westvleteren but a very good brew regardless.


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