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

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RATINGS: 3864   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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chilehead (186) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - OCT 3, 2006
Tasted side by side with the Westy 12, as this is effectively the mass-produced version of the westy, it seemed appropriate to pair them. Nice flavor profile, and an excellent beer, but it couldn’t hold up to the silky smooth round mouth experience (in both flavor and body) of the westy 12.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimvy (131) - O’Fallon, Missouri, USA - OCT 2, 2006
On tap at Falling Rock Pub 9/29/06. Dark brown, cloudy. Tan head-long lasting. Aroma is dominated by malt...not much else. Flavor - a good balance of malt and hops, though malt dominates. Good flavor, slight tartness in the finish. Overall, a really nicely balanced beer, but not up to expectations. Clean, good malt, nice balance.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - OCT 1, 2006
(11.2 oz bottle (marked "FL 13 10 10") from Julio’s Liquors (MA), cellared for 6 mos. after purchase) Pours a cloudy dark brown with about a finger and a half of soft, creamy biege head that recedes to a nice cap that stays. Lots of solids come out of bottle. Aroma fairly sweet - brown sugarish with hints of fruit (plums, cherries?). Mouthfeel lightly fizzy, dryish, light-bodied. Nice lacing. Flavor pretty much matches the aroma - has a light brown sugary sweetness with the fruitiness in there as well. Finishes fairly dry. Nice, pretty elegant beer but a little disappointed I didn’t get tons of complexity.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Kpfeifle (25) - Patchogue, New York, USA - SEP 30, 2006
What a great beer. Very dark amber, quite cloudy with a nice head. Many complex citric smells. Taste was carmel, pear, malt. Worth it’s place in the top 50.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pbjclimber (150) - Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2006
Pours a dark brown with a nice tan head. Taste is of chocolate, caramel, and a little bit off nutty malts. There is also some fluit aftertones present. Very well balanced.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grovlam (4157) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 24, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2006 This is diffently one of my top 5 beer’s that I have tasted. Malty was Molasses, Caramel. Aroma was Banana and Honey, Brown sugar, Maple syrup end. Body was very full and Texture was Creamy. I really enjoy this beer a lot. 29-09-2006 Second time I have tasted this beer. This time it was possible to compare it with the Westvleteren Abt 12. It does not stand the distance against this great beer, but still I think it has a place high on the top 50 list. The St. Bernadus is very complex in aroma. But I personally don’t understand the comparison with the Westvleteren Abt. 12. These two beers are of course related, but taste nothing alike. Well that is just my humble opinion. One other thing that I have read about this beer is that it is supposed to have a metallic like finish. Once again I could disagree more. Not a hint of metallic finish when I drink this beer. Just a smooth complex and long aftertaste. Lovely beer altogether

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Arayaga2 (1812) - portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 23, 2006
Nice and dark brown around the edges with an opaque ball of black in the center. Big off white head, and the sweet smell of cherry cider. Taste is expectedly rich and sweet with cherry, and does not reveal its alcohol. $4/12oz

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2006 Bottle. Dark chestnut color with a light beige head. Nice aroma, subtle. Vanilla, malt, anise, yeast, dark fruit, cider, pear. Really well balanced flavor. Plum, cherry, more vanilla, malt, super smooth. Buttery. Great palate,smooth, silky, bubbly, couldn’t ask for a better mouthfeel. This is definitely a world class beer, and makes me want to explore the world of abt/quadrupels more than I have.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerprincess (52) - Indiana, USA - SEP 22, 2006
Dark brown with a nice thick tan head. Nice lacing that lasts forever on the side of the glass. Malty nose with toffee hints and dark fruit hints. I am a bit congested today however. Malt flavors with coffee, toffee, caramel hints. Somewhat sour and has a lasting linger. VERY NICE!!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Reid (1944) - Salem, Oregon, USA - SEP 21, 2006
Served in a chalice from a 11.2 oz bottle (28/02/11). Says 10.0% alcohol. Dark brown ale and quite murky, large tan, tight bubbly head. Good carbonation, livelly. Very dark fruity/malty aromas, very toffeeish, hints of black cherry and candied apples. Mmm dark malty taste, raw demerara sugar, trecle and toffee,semi bitter plum/ sultanas and spiced undertones, slight hint of sherry like alcohol. Very nice and smooth on the palae with a lingering pleasant bitterness and some tummy warming alcohol to finish. Overall a very nice beer, well worth its place.


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