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

bottled
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common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 3728   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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
marvinpontiac (117) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - APR 22, 2006
Excellent example of this style. Dark and opaque and when it warms up a bit the aroma really comes out.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - APR 22, 2006
From a 11.2oz. slender brown bottle with a best before date and serving instructions on the back label, served at cellar temperature. Made a very good appearance, poured a hazy brown with a fluffy, bubbly topped head that settled into a creamy, bubbly lacing, good carbonation. Had a clove, ripe dark fruity and sweet malt nose with whiffs of spicy alcohol. A crisp, smooth, light from carbonation, creamy medium bodied mouth feel, very good drinkability. Clove, gentle spice and brown sugar, sweet dark fruity maltiness, some butteriness towards the middle, a nice alcohol warmth in the palate and a semi-dry, sweet malty, spicy alcoholic finish. A delightful Belgian, one of the better Quadrupels, a must try for anyone exploring Belgian ales.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tubbfan (147) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2006
Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle, 10% abv. Very dark appearance, quickly dispersing head, but nice lacing. Very deep aroma consisting of dark fruits, yeast and alcohol. Nice carbonation, not overly crisp carbonation, and a full body. Flavor consists of dark fruits, yeast and alcohol. . . but much more consistent than a barley wine. I believe this is my first quadupel and it appears to follow the style almost to a tee!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vyvvy (3904) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - APR 19, 2006
UPDATED: APR 29, 2006 Pours dark brown with a ruby red tint with a pillowy offwhite head. Aroma has dark fruits, caramel, earthy yeast and mustiness. Full bodied beer with sharp carbonation on the finish. Taste has lots of dark fruit character as well as toasted caramel, earthy caramel yeast and more. The taste starts smooth, but there is sharp carbonation on the finish that hampers the overall taste. Finish has lots of the aspects of the initial taste mixed with spiciness and lots of carbonation. Throughout the glass the flavors are often muffled out by the sharp carbonation. While still a fine beer, this was much better when I had it on tap - less sharp carbonation and more complexity. I will have to give a rerate when I have it on tap again. 8/4/8/3/16 (3.9) RERATE 4/29/2006: Has this on tap and what a difference. Head was much creamier and stayed around much longer. Not as much mustiness on the aroma - much cleaner and richer. The palate had a light frothy carbonation, the bottle was much sharper. The taste started out with dark fruit, caramel and earthy yeast. The finish had medium bitternes and yeast. Further down the yeast comes up and gives a hearty breadlike taste. The caramel becomes more rich and the bitterness in the finish begins to mellow further. It seems to get much thicker and richer further down the glass. The alcohol is well hidden, but it is still a sipping beer. Wonderful. 8/5/9/4/18 (4.4)

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
rdawson321 (145) - USA - APR 19, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2006 Pours dark and cloudy. Aromas of toffee, fruit, and brown sugar. Very smooth with invisible alcohol. Very warming. Medium bodied, well balanced, and a bit fruity. Great brew. Better than the whole Rochefort Trappistes portfolio.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Quixote18 (236) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - APR 19, 2006
Poured from bottle into a tulip glass, the off- white head nearly rampaged out of control. Nice retention and lacing. Body was fairly dark brown. Aroma reminded me of dark fruits and was a little wine-like. Flavor was well-balanced, rich, and spicy. Just enough noble hops for balance. Had some alcohol warming in the finish, but not enough to burn. I can see why it is one of the top beers in the world.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - APR 19, 2006
color is cloudy and dark with spots of sediment, nose of sweet maple syrup raw bread, sweet initial taster, creamy and medium bodied, port wine taste ,acidic aftertaste

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SHIG (3555) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - APR 18, 2006
Very dark brown color sorta syrup apperance with creamy head. Deep fruit smell tingles the nose. It has a nice fruit taste with sweet malty flavor that finishes with zest on the taste buds.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slcbrewer (44) - USA - APR 17, 2006
Very good quad. Not quite as much alcohol as the Westy or the Roche. Perhaps a touch less complex than those two as well. Also less sweet.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 17, 2006
Pours a cloudy brown. Looks like unfiltered apple cider. Nose is full of spicy prunes and a touch of alcohol. Taste is a semi-sweet, fruity, malty and a bitter dry after taste. This beer is not too strong and not too weak. Great beer.


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