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

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on tap
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 4259   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 íQuadrupelí style of Belgiumís 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. Itís 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.


1.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
tundragrove (6) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - OCT 8, 2007 does not count
"Tasted like I ate a box of raisins and pissed in a bottle. Would buy again, for my dog."

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
t4h2c0 (95) - seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 8, 2007
Great beer, Iím just not a huge belgian beer fan but I do like the darker ones and this is complex enough for any beer geek to appreciate.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Slacks (615) - Bolton, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 7, 2007
1 Pint, courtesy of wanderingman: WM said heíd bought this bottle in April so we knew it had aged a minimum of six months. Poured deep brown and red, heavily speckled with particles of flavour, even through the off-white bountiful head. Lots of alcohol in the aroma, paired with milk chocolate, prunes, rock candy, and sour fruit. Aroma is busy, tons to offer. Youíll find lots of yeast and bread along with figs, prunes, plums, cloves, milk chocolate, and a hearty dose of alcohol. These Belgians are so often well done and this is obviously no different - let it warm up, the flavours just charge out. Found it a bit chalky on the tongue, thickly coating it while going down smoothly, but that didnít stop me from enjoying it.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
uoffgator (49) - Miami, Florida, USA - OCT 7, 2007
This is one if not my favorite beer. Rich, full bodies with a pleasant aroma. Couldnít ask for anything better out of a Quad/Abt. If i only knew how to make this beer i would be in heaven.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WallyWalrus (205) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 5, 2007
750ml bottle. Pours a cloudy dark brown with a healthy off-white head. Aroma is sweet and earthy like a somewhat more complex IPA -- the sweet tones are of caramel, coffee, and chocolate while the crisper tones are of hoppy citrus, yeast, and roasted malt. Flavor is full-bodied and tart with strong fruit flavors of plum, fig, and sour fruit alongside some tart flavors of hoppy citrus and a slight but notable hint of boozy alcohol. A rich and pleasant brew complimented by its aroma but somewhat checkered by the boozy flavor.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2007
33cl Bottle $4.29 Binnyís Orland Best Before 7/11/11 St. Bernardus Abt 12 pours a deep murky crimson red. Glowing ruby highlights illuminate small floating particles when held to the light. A one finger airy beige head formed on the pour and slowly fell to a cap of creaminess leaving some spotty lacing on the way down. Has the look like the good, big Belgians. When you look you know itís going to be packed with flavor. Murky and dark like itís trying to hide itís secret before they spring out on you. Aroma is big on the dark fruits including plums, prunes, raisins, and figs. I believe thereís even some bing cherries in there, not many, but there are a few. Doughy malts are all over the background. A touch of sugary sweetness and slight earthy mustiness. Very nice. Big tongue coating amount of doughy and bready malt hit right away. not as much of the dark fruit on the tongue as in the aroma. Itís there but not as distinct and comes along more mid palate and finishes things off. Figs, prunes, and raisins are the fruit present on the tongue and mix very nicely with some candy like sweetness and a touch of milk chocolate. Earthy dusty yeastiness and a very welcomed alcohol spice add to the complexities. The mouthfeel of this beer is outstanding. It actually seems light and airy up front but becomes medium-full with a superb velvety texture. Alcohol warmth on the swallow. Great mouthfeel. This is an easy beer to put away. Far to easy for a beer this large but it is something I could probably only drink a couple glasses of in a sitting just because of the sheer size and complexities. An exceptional quad from an exceptional brewery. Loaded with complexities and the only alcohol present comes in as another added layer of spiciness. Only gets better and better as it warms. 9/22/07

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dmtroyer (431) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2007
A relative disappointment, but quads arenít my style anyhow. Fairly dark in pour, but still retained a certain clarity. The carbonation you come to expect. Not as complex as I would hope, I was fairly overwhelmed by the sour malt. The nose is the best part of this offering.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
garthicus (2889) - Dublin, IRELAND - SEP 27, 2007
Deep dark rusty colour, tiny head with a malty port aroma and a toffe-mint flavour culminating in a short finish, enjoyable

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
clueo (168) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2007
Nice dark color with no translucence. Poured from a bottle settles nicely with a huge frothy head. Great aroma and a wonderful finish. W

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gottalottaibu (243) - charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 26, 2007
one of my favorites, amazing how I have not ated it yet. dark hazy brown pour with a huge frothy head. caramal, spicy fruit aromas with some alcohol. chewy and full mouthfeel. nice plum and raison flavors balanced super well with malt and alcohol. finsih is wonderful and long enough to get you wanting another sip.


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