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

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RATINGS: 4066   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
petermadsen (390) - Vesterbronxxx, DENMARK - MAR 23, 2007
Fruity estery aroma with nice spec. B character. Quite direct and cockey. The flavour is figs, prunes, almonds and alcohol with a nice sweet finish. The palate is nicely carbonated which makes this beer very easy to drink. Great abt, but it could use some more complexity.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nolankowal (937) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2007
Bottle. Deep red pour with an off white head. Aromas of candied fruit, orange zest, malt, yeast and some light booze. Light citrus oin the flavor along with more candied fruit, lemon and lemon zest. Lively carbonation with dry sweetness throughout...dry, somehwta boozey finish. For a style I don’t care for , this was rather exceptional.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hapjydeuce (979) - Carlsbad, California, USA - MAR 21, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2007 Light tan head upon the pour, nice froth and lace on the edges of my Trappist glass. Dark mohogany color with lots of yeast. Notes of citrus and heavy fruits on the nose, I love the aroma on this beer. Plenty of raisin, cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel, pear and banana under the malt tones. Chewy palate, malty taste finishing with dry alcohol, Belgian yeast and candy sugar. Finishes smooth on the tongue. This is right up there as one of my favorite Belgian brews, next to the Trappist Rochefort and Westvleteren beers.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
theviolet (173) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 20, 2007
Great Beer. One of the best I’ve had. Nice alcohol warming. Beautiful color and aroma. Very deep falvors. Mild finish.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
iep (230) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAR 19, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2007 Dark ruby red with a dense head and nice lacing, it’s a shame about the hideous bottle/label. Complex malty aroma with dark fruits, candy sugar, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, alcohol, liqourice, and much more. A well balanced yet very complex flavor, with an extremely detailed malty long finish in which the instantly recognizable St. Bernardus yeast was prominent, as well as some spicy hoppiness. Medium/thick mouthfeel, low carbonation. Lush, one of the best.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rotorhead87 (119) - Temple, Texas, USA - MAR 18, 2007
One of my favorites. Pours a dark reddish-brown with a small head, and lots of yeast sediment floating around. Amazing aroma. Great quad flavor - sweet and malty with some malt and fruity flavors. Very smooth drink with a long finish. Alchohol well hidden considering the high content. Highly recommended.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Carl99Fan (187) - Suwanee, Georgia, USA - MAR 17, 2007
The beer that started the addiction. Had one of these on a whim at a Taco Mac in Suwanee GA. Felt like I hit the lottery. I cried when the bottle runnethed over. Will always have available in my home when entertaining guests. Dark, smooth, flavorful....didn’t know beer could be this good. If you can find it, try it. My first Trappist beer, but happily, not my last.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
UselessGdTaste (365) - Long Beach, California, USA - MAR 15, 2007
Very potent and sweet with a smoothness that was well apprecitated. A great quadripel.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
JonMG (2) - Cedar Park, Texas, USA - MAR 14, 2007 does not count
Pours dark red/brown. Nice typical Quad nose, sweet malt, candied sugar and yeast. Great flavor, port like characters - raisins, spice. Nice long finish.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
arbysauce (3) - Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, USA - MAR 12, 2007 does not count
Can barely taste the alcohol, pours a dark reddish/brown with a light head and plenty of fruit on the palate. Excellent.


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