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

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RATINGS: 4176   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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JUL 9, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2007 Dark mahogany pour with reclusive ruby hues, very obviously bottle conditioned. A big off-white head forms, fading very slowly, never fully. Thick lacing clings to the glass the whole way down as the liquid is drained away. The aroma is very earthy and upon first nosing, it’s plain to see where this beers’ origins lie. Notes of wood grain, classic Belgian yeast, spices, soft hops, raisins, figs, dates, plums, lightly roasted malts, bitter chocolates, carob, apples and other mellow fruit scents. Very complex and always engaging. Caramel seems to compose an intricate backbone, structured in a way as to provide steady sweetness that doesn’t interfere with the enjoyable process of dissecting subtle nuances. Alcohol is noticeable but never bothersome, though the flavor would score one point higher were it less noticeable. The flavor is a dynamic mosaic of fruits, yeast spiciness, chcocolates and roast. Candi sugar sweetness parades around the woody notes and seems to seep into the furthest recesses of the mouth. The sweetness level is medium-high, bitterness is mild, acidity low to mild. Carbonation throughout is medium-high and soft. Prickly spicing is a fine counterpart to sticky caramel notes. The finish is very sweet initially, then dries signifigantly and leaves fruit and sugar notes alone to battle for supremacy until the next sip. A very elegant palate, a sort of modest full body with plenty of excitement for all the senses. Light vinous and alcohol notes throughout. Very good. Although this doesn’t share the complexity of some notable Abt beers, it stands strong and deserves regognition for consistency, great aroma and taste and a lively spirit. Seems serene and reserved while still knocking over the tastebuds like a wrecking ball of sweet flavors.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 9, 2007
Cloudy mahogany pour with a solid off-white head. Yeast, darker fruits, baked apples, sugar, and spice. Subtle, vinuous flavor with figs, anise, and faint cocoa. Some sweet yeast esters and a bit of bubble gum. Very nice.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Defreni (2883) - Husum, DENMARK - JUL 9, 2007
Flaske. Mudret med et forsvindende hoved. 2 år gammel flaske hvilket kan ses på bundfaldet, som er med til at få øllen til at ligne noget hentet fra årets Roskildefesival. Tilgengæld er resten helt i top. Fantastisk smag der minder en smule om portvin.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jvmiller (558) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 8, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2007 I don’t have a whole lot of experience with belgians, and perhaps they are not my favorite. But, I was able to appreciate this for what it was. Taste of yeasts, dark fruits. Very carbonated, easy to drink. Sweet.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheKegergator (241) - California, USA - JUL 5, 2007
The pour is perfect. Nice dark amber that is slightly murky. Forms a nice looking tan head that lingers and lingers. Smell is sweet, and malty.Flavor is full of caramel and a touch of hops. What a smooth drinker for 10%, or any % for that matter. Awesome brew.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kirill (277) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 5, 2007
very hoppy aroma, salty and sweet at the same time, with fruit and a nicely smooth texture... i prefer the westvleteren and rochefort 10 to this but its still good

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JayNW (12) - Crewe, ENGLAND - JUL 4, 2007
This beer is bloody close to Westvleteren Abt 12. The only major difference is in sweetness. Of course it is much easier to buy and therefore perhaps has less mystery surrounding it. If you want a Wv12 but can find one this is the closest thing to it.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Adenila (1560) - DENMARK - JUL 4, 2007
Really nice mahogny towards deep red look, with a bubbling brown head. Aroma is very rich, with different esters comming through. But the dominating aroma seems to be very nice sweet alchoholic port scent, that brings promise of something nice to come. The flavor is just soo smooth and delicious. Complex palate, and a very warming alchohol, thats only felt. The palate is quite exploding, which helps bring all the different aromas forth in the mouth. Very enjoyable.

4.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
IvoR (92) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 3, 2007
Bottle. Pours amber, a little muddy, with a thick brownish head. Aroma is nice. though it doesn’t stand out. Taste is fruity at first, then malty. Leaves a pleasant finish that doesn’t last for very long. Very nice to drink.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeremytoni (3022) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JUL 3, 2007
From bottle at the pours dark amber color with a good amount of head. Nice smooth flavor with a pleasant lingering aftertaste.


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