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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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dj (536) - Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 6, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2007 Bottle, 330ml. A dark brown colour with a red tint and a small off-white head. A strong yeasty, fruity peach aroma with some malt and caramel evident. The taste is dominated by malt, with some bread and dark chocolate. Perhaps a little plum or blackberry in there as well. An almost syrupy mouthfeel. A noticeable alcohol burn in the fairly sweet, malty finish. High carbonation. Good lacing. Oh yes, this beer is deserving of its high rating.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
churchill00 (154) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 6, 2007
Delicious. I was referred to this by a friend who lived in Belgium for years. Despite high alcohol content, it’s never as overpowering as some Trappist varieties. Deserves its 100 rating.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BeerFanDan17 (1033) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - MAR 5, 2007
The "12" is the mack-daddy of Belgian beers. Served in a traditional goblet, it’s taste, strength, and smoothness all work together to provide a great beer experience. If you’re switching from US beers and want to try a true staple, this is the one. Available at the best liquor stores and tap rooms.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BustedFlat (554) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2007 Poured from a 11.2 ounce bottle into a snifter, deep ruby red with a medium beige head. The aroma was sweet, fruity and full of malt. The taste was sweet and creamy with notes of dark fruits and malt. Very smooth and well balanced. There is very little alcohol present at the start, but it becomes more noticeable as it warms. For my money one of the best beers in the world.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BrideOfFrankenkitty (44) - Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2007
F*cking Brilliant!! I just want to sit and smell this. The maple, alcohol, apples, raisins, blackberry & currant. The look is all dark chocolate with a wussy (fast disappearing) ecru colored head. Very Pretty. The flavor (if I can stop sniffing long enough to taste...) is raisin, alcohol, maple, brown sugar, and just F*ck Me!. If I may get all girly, I want to have this beer’s children.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
aenimopiate (176) - The United States of Texas, Texas, USA - MAR 2, 2007
Wow! I am enjoying this beer. Lovely aroma of flowers, yeast, and fruit combine to be a wonderful part of this beer, making it a complete brew. No real head, just a tan film. This beer is fairly close to being perfect.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LinusStick (3000) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2007
Tried this back to back with Rochefort 10 and this lost by a....dare I say....smidgeion? Pour was a medium brown with a huge puffy head. Aroma was very grainy with yeast and alcohol. Taste was some prune and raisin with yeast and malt undertones. Creamy mouthfeel with a little carbonation. Not as strong as the Rochefort but easier drinking.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
unibaren (157) - 8000 Århus C, DENMARK - FEB 28, 2007
Delicious, bread like, yeasty aroma with lots of fruity (and some slightly roasted) notes. Huge lasting head. Dark reddish colour. Lots of small bubbled carbonation. Fantastic taste dominated by dark malts but also rather sweet/spicy and liberal amounts of hops. Mouth feel is great and it feels a little more fresh then Westvleteren 12 and Rochfort 10 because of the high carbonation. One of the greatest beers in the world.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
keoki182 (305) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 27, 2007
Poured a dark brown/red/purple with huge head. Very slowly dissipating head as well. Nose of candied sugars, grape soda, raisins. First sip was very smooth. Something (maybe the yeasts?) gave it a very carbonated feel on my tongue. The alcohol is very well-hidden. Although some peeks through early on, the beer becomes much more balanced once it warms. This was really an awesome beer overall. Respect it, and you will come out a better person for the experience.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 26, 2007
Pours a nice dark color with a big chunky head. Nice aromas of raisin, fruit, yeast. Nice sweetness and bitterness, great balance. Light burn. Very good.


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