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

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RATINGS: 4045   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.15   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.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2007 Draft @ Monk’s Cafe - I have a couple of bottles that I haven’t had the chance to crack open yet, but I think a draft of this stacks up well. Nice, dark brown color with a light head. Sweet aroma with dark fruit abundance - cherry, plum, grape. Sweet, malty taste makes this one all worth it - on taste alone, it’s one of the best beers I’ve tried. Magnificently smooth & a real treat.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hamirubi (309) - Waarschoot, BELGIUM - MAR 8, 2007
Rather commercial, but not so well known (within my group of friends). I just love it. It’s the perfect abt-beer as a surrogate for the finest trappist-beers.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jellybeanriot (27) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - MAR 10, 2007
Unfortunately I can’t really smell this beer right now due to a cold. But WOW. Appearance is basically perfect - a coffee/mahogany colored body with an ivory head that leaves beautiful lacing. The flavor is phenomenal, with strong maltiness; notes of chocolate, caramel, and molasses; heavy fruitiness. Palate is perfect. The best part, however, is this tingly warming feeling in my tummy as I’m drinking this. Highly recommended!

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - MAR 7, 2007
Poured from fridge into cold tulip glass an foam nearly overflowed glass. Had to spoon it out. Light malt, light hops, and earthy smell. Off white, lasting head with good lacing. Deep reddish brown color. Little bitterness, Moderate sweet finish. Dreamy creamy soft texture. Full body and moderate alchohol. Great Belgian Abbey beer. I bought a case of it at $3.59/bottle. Interesting history.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
elmatador00 (519) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 12, 2007
Pours a dark color, with alot of head. Hints of fruit and spices. Alot of sugar makes this sweet, which is very tasty for me. Finishes pretty nice.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
FLnative80 (174) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2007
Bottle. 1Pt. 9.4 Fl. Oz. Appealing, thick, off-white head with great longevity and lacing. Scents of malts and fruits fill the nose. Great mouthfeel. Perfect carbonation. Satisfying flavor. I will definitely be drinking this beer again.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 12, 2007
Tons of dark dried fruits in the aroma and flavor. Plum and raisin. Some spice, lots of dark sugars. Great palate, a bit on the sweet side. Some alcohol. Not blown away, but it’s my first bottle.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAR 6, 2007
33 cl bottle, best before 24/05/10 courtesy radiomgb. Cloudy dark brown amber colour with a mostly lasting frothy off-white head. Raisin, chocolate, plum, yeasty, and light alcohol aroma. Raisin, chocolate, plummy, and yeasty flavours with noticeable alcohol and a light citrus pith and yeasty bitter finish. Full bodied, very warming mouthfeel. Very good, but much preferred the Prior 8 to the Abt.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RoyceH (1197) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - MAR 7, 2007
Deep rich dark ruby colour with a thick tan head. Nose is dark fruit, cherry, plum, maltiness and some freshness. Very complex. Taste is slightly fizzy and warming, dark fruit, a little alcohol, perhaps a touch of banana. Palate is slightly fizzy still, smooth, bold, lasting warm malt and dark fruit. Just a hint of alcohol, but dry.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 7, 2007
This is an extremely substantial beer, and a rather unique one, but satisfied me as a wine would rather than as a beer due to its grape and fruit character. This beer is a cloudy red-brown (more red than brown) with very solid head formation. Aroma is very fruity with a lot of plum and raisin aroma. Flavor is very grape-y, with a big puckery finish like a cabernet wine would have. It is extremely dry, and a bit fruitier than I would have preferred. Mouthfeel is very dry and astringent, but pretty good. I had this on-tap at Landmark 1850 in Milwaukee, served in a tulip glass several degrees too cold.


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