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

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RATINGS: 4285   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 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
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mwelsh13 (499) - Maryland, USA - DEC 8, 2007
Deep brown pour with an off white head. Sweet nose, bready and yeast overall. Caramel and roast flavor. Warm alcohol at the end . Nice quad.

3.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mvcramer (243) - Lexington, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 6, 2007
Pours a beautiful chocolate brown wiith a tan head. I was a bit disappointed in the aroma. Very faint and not what I expect in a finer Belgian. There were some faint candy/caramel notes, but not what I thought Iíd find in this quad. Nowhere near a Westvleteren 12 or even a Roch 10. The flavor far exceeded the aroma. Nice subtle roasted flavor with fruity notes (plum or prunes). A very good beer... but short of my expectations.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TrefwoordPunk (943) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - DEC 6, 2007
Bottle 33 cl. Pours a dark amberish brown with a medium but fading tannish head. Smell is sweet, caramel and candy come to mind. Taste begins sweet, caramel, ripe prunes, honey, corn syrup. After that it has a bite, coffee, alcohol and roasted malts. An excellent beer!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - DEC 4, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2009 33cl bottle at De Wildeman, Amsterdam. Dark, murky brown with a big tan head that lasts a good bit. Aroma is really malty with ripe fruit, brown sugar sweetness and some alcohol. The flavor is very sweet - the sweetest of the quads that Iíve had. Itís a nice sweetness though; not cloying. Very good as a dessert drink. I think that the sweetness does suppress other flavor qualities though. Thick with smooth carbonation and a slightly sticky finish. Very nice, but not as elegant as Rochefort, or a drinkable as Westy. Had it a just below room temp at De Wildeman, and tried it the next day on draught at Gollem, which served it much colder, and I have to say that it was much better warmer. (8,4,8,4,17=4.1)

Rerate: 33cl bottle. Murky brown with lots of yeast chunks and a bigger off-white head. lots of dried fruit in the aroma: raisins, figs, dates, just a touch of floral honey and bread. Very smooth flavor that almost just comes across as sweet without much else, until you start concentrating on it, then the complexities start to show, with some spiced cookies and dried fruit. Medium bodied with medium carbonation despite a gushing pop to the cap. Still good stuff, but just seems to sweet and a little too smooth to the point of lacking some character.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
keithw (15) - USA - DEC 3, 2007
750ml Bottle. Quality all around. Sweet , dark and flavorful with terrific complexity. Dark fruit, brown sugar and caramel flavors predominate. Nice mouthfeel , with just the right amount of carbonation. I enjoyed this with friends who could not believe the depth of flavor in this beer. That is what great Belgians do, and this is a great one!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tagz (337) - Alabama, USA - NOV 28, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2008 750 bottle. pours cloudy brown/orange with a thick cakey head. nice musty yeast aroma. taste begins with some barnyard funk and rounds out with a sweet brown sugar flavoring that reminded me of ginger snaps. warm alcohol bite at the end that imparts some taste but is not unpleasant. despite the sugar the palate is crisp with subtle carbonation. i really enjoyed sipping this one, but over time the sweetness wore on me. although if they toned it down at all the alcohol might be too much. would be a good after dinner drink to cap off a nice meal. donít think iíd want to do the 750 on my own though. recently tried this on draft and it was much less sweet than the bottle. helped accentuate the yeast. bumping this up a bit and planning to give it another rate in the future to see which taste prevails.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
radagast83 (7141) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2007
Bottle. Like the 8, it Pours a thick hazy brown/dark red color with a tan head. The beer has a very caramel and dark fruit aroma, heavy on the malts and just a hint of spice. The flavor is caramel, fruit, and something I just canít put my finger on. The alcohol is very noticeable, and itís extremely warming when drunk. This beer is one of the more complex that Iíve had in recent months.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - NOV 26, 2007
Poured from a 750ml caged and corked bottle and served in a tulip. This quad poured a dark mahogany with ruby highlights. The head was substantial and made of tight, tan bubbles, and lasted throughout the entire glass. Quite a bit of thick, spotty lacing was left around the glass. The aroma of the beer included dark fruits, candi sugar, plum, and some mild yeast esthers. The flavor consisted of roasted caramel malt, candi sugar, red grapes, plums, and finished with a strong note of tounge warming alcohol. The mouthfeel was full-bodied with moderate carbonation, finishing warm and slightly dry. An excellent quad that displayed an absolutely beautiful pour and a nice, complex flavor.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2008 Bottle. Pours a deep mahogany with a gorgeous tan head. Aroma of dark fruit and spice. Flavor is chewy with dark fruit and spice, black cherry, raisin,etc. This beer is big, fruity, and warming. I normally donít like malty beers, but the Belgians somehow pull it off for me, EXCELLENT!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2007
Pours a dark brown with a nice sized head. Hints of chocolate, dark fruit and alcohol in the aroma. Hints of raisin, spices, dark chocolate and alcohol warmth. Surprisingly fruity for a beer this dark. Very good.


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