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

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RATINGS: 3769   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 ’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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Louipa (121) - USA - JUN 17, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2006 This beer allows you to see god....or perhaps thats the drunkeness. Either way GREAT BEER....GREAT!!! Buy it now...

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
estein9 (2) - USA - JUN 14, 2006 does not count
One of my first trappist beers so take my opinion with a grain of salt, but this was glorious

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerBB (132) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2006
medium brown color.. good sized head that fades in a few min. All malt aroma here. Good roasted malt flavors. Alcohol is nicely disguised. very good

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cbrixius (136) - Newberrytown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 12, 2006
I had this after a Rochefort 10, so although this is one outstanding trappist brew, you could definitely see a small dropoff in quality. Poured a semi-cloudy amber brown hue with a small off-white head. This had a very sweet aroma that was somewhat prunish. It had a medium character and a nice smooth texture. Almost perfect.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Skinnyviking (7068) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 11, 2006
Bottle. Off-white high and lasting head.head. Hazy amber body. Roasted malt and alcohol aroma. Astonishingly mild and fruity flavor for such a strong beer, not at all the expected alcohol taste

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SSSteve (3773) - - JUN 9, 2006
dark brown, root beer colored beer. huge creamy off-white head that lasts forever. raisins, spices, plum, yeast, cherry aroma. smooth for the alcohol content. alcohol doesn’t show up hardly at all. raisin, plum, caramel, brown sugar flavor. mild licorice finish. medium sweet, somewhat dry.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bgoguen (53) - Colorado, USA - JUN 8, 2006
I think this is one of the best quads I’ve ever tasted (although admittedly I haven’t had that many). Quads have so much character and are usually really complex and packed with flavor. This is no exception. A truly great beer from a great Belgian brewer. A must try for any quad enthusiast or general Belgian connoisseur. I would put this right up there under Rochefort 10.

4.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - JUN 7, 2006
Small bottle. Bad scores on the aromas!! Smells of soapy, aspirin and wet leather. But it is the most beautiful beer i have ever poured with a Dark woody brown body with dark purples in the light. Hazy and with some medium particles that look like pepper. The biggest and longest head ive ever poured with more lacing than other beers heads! It lookes just like the picture on the bottle, kind of like an expresso with a cloudy head. The flavor is nothing like the aroma. Wonderfull mouselike malty silkyness on the toungue that feels almost erotic. Starts sweet and fruity (rasberries, cherries, raisins) then theres a second or two of bitternes and a finish of oak and smoked maple leaving an aftertaste of coffee and nuts. And then the second taste is all diffrent with hints of vanilla, prunes, yeast, and alcohol. WoW! its a cameleon beer thats so complex that it changes with every plus temperature degree. If it wasnt for the aroma this brew would have topped my list!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rybowen (105) - Los Angeles 90039, California, USA - JUN 6, 2006
Beautiful, deep ruby red pour with a sturdy head that fell slowly. Incredible raisiny rich aroma with yeast. Rich flavor, vanilla, noticeable alchohol. Complex, inviting brew.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 5, 2006
This poured a slightly cloudy deep brown with a red tinge. Creamy medium sized head that lasted well and left some scattered lace. The aroma carried licorice bullets, some vegemite initially, with some raisins and some evidence of the hefty alcohol. The flavour was pretty well balanced, if a little on the sweet side. A lovely full bodied palate, with a bit of a biting carbonation/bitterness combination that kept the tongue entertained and the sweetness from being cloying. Very nice indeed - one to go back to.


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