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

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RATINGS: 4263   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.14/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Whelk (123) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2007
Bottle, Best before 28/08/12. Pours a dark brown with a light coffee-colored head. Aroma is alcohol, dark fruit, malt. Quite sweet with vinous dark fruit, some peachy tones, dark malt, and a warming alcohol finish. Strong carbonation. A little too vinous for me, but very interesting.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrBeachtwig (54) - Sandared, SWEDEN - OCT 21, 2007
33cl. bottle. Wonderful apperance, dark with solid head. Smell is complex with bitter almond. Taste is long and complex, again with bitter almond. You can sense it is a strong beer, but only in a positive way. The best Belgian beer there is.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nearbeer (4726) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 19, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2007 0.33cl , FL 14 12 11. Nearly opaque brown with ruby highlights. Large, creamy, lasting head. Aroma of scorched caramel. Flavor is near-scorched toffee, brandy, chocolate, and dates soaked in white wine. Palate is light-medium, a little too fizzy, and alcohol tingly. Quality brew, but overrated. Tastes like a good dubbel mixed with some wine. Too alcohol-hot and simple to be really great. Go get a Rochefort 10 and don’t bother with this one.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bobsy (194) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 19, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2007 Bottle conditioned. Pours a beautiful ruby brown, with a generous off-white head, which slowly diminishes to a small creamy foam of microbubbles. The aroma is a strong bouquet of fruit and sweet malts - it smells like you should eat it with a spoon. The flavour is divine, and changes as the drink warms. Raisins and dried figs feature prominently, and every now and then a hint of peach comes through. The sweet malts are present from the start, and become more dominant as time goes by, as does the fruitiness of the yeast. Exceptionally creamy on the palate, and with a warming finish, this makes me glad that this is the first bottle of a case of 24!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slayer85 (1051) - Firenze, ITALY - OCT 18, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2012 Bottle (10% ABV). A hazy/cloudy dark brown beer, with an average sized, frothy/fizzy, mostly diminishing off-white to light brown head. The aroma is moderately malty (toasted/roasted grain, caramel, hint of chocolate), moderately yeasty (dough), with notes of sugar, plums, peaches, raisin, port, licorice and alcohol. The flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Medium to full body, velvety/creamy/thick texture, lively carbonation, rather long finish with light to medium bitterness, moderately alcoholic. Raising the score fronm 3.9 to 4.1. Complex, very sweet, but fruity, warming, not excessively alcoholic. Needless to say not at the same level of Westy 12, but nevertheless an excellent ABT.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
zamco17 (134) - Corpus Christi, Texas, USA - OCT 17, 2007
holy &^%$ this is perfection in beer, period. Belgians usually never do this for me, but damn. great color nose and flavor, not a thing bad to say about this beer. im so glad i got this.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ansset13 (127) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - OCT 16, 2007
The pour is dark drown, with a large tan head that recedes slowly. The nose is complex, with aromas of dark dried fruits, yeast, malt , and a slightly vinous touch. The flavor is sweet and well balanced hiding its alcohol to a nice warming finish. Great stuff!

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
thedrip (10) - Harlowton, Montana, USA - OCT 15, 2007
330 ml bottle. pours a dark clear brown with a thick large head. Notes of rains, and berries and alcohol. nothing overbearing, extremely well balanced and flavorful.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
patty26 (95) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 14, 2007
Bottle from New Beer Distributors. Pours a deep brown with a a burgeoning puffy head. Beautiful aroma of figs and raisins with a dash of alcohol. The aroma gets the mouth watering. The flavor is dominated by raisins and yeast. A sweet flavor but not overwhelming. Sweet liquid warms the tongue and the alcohol warms the stomach. Absolutely terrific beer.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
hiddenvariable (209) - pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2007
bottle. pours a dark but clear mahogany with a thick bubbly light tan head that sticks around and laces well. huge complex nose of berries and raisins, dark fruit, corriander, wood, nuts, pears, and a some yeast. tastes of raisins, nuts, spices, more yeast, and more dark fruit. the palate is equally superb, with the spices tingling on my tongue, playing with a hint of bitterness and an even smaller hint of sweetness. fair carbonation for a creamy mouthfeel, with a medium to thick body. a nearly perfect beer.


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