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

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RATINGS: 4286   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yngwie (16483) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 6, 2007
Bottle, 33cl. Hazy, brown pour with a good dash of floaties, and a big, lasting, creamy, beige head. The aroma left a slightly oxidized impression that vanished after some seconds, being replaced by a nice, vinous blend of dried fruits, sugar, alcohol, a little spicy touch, ripe red plums, some yeast and some berries. The flavor started with caramel, chocolate and roasted malt, soon to have company by dried fruits, sugar, a little alcohol burn that got more evident towards the end, a nice bitterness and a yeasty note. To follow the alcohol in the finish, thereís bitterness and sweetness, dried fruits and a little spicyness, as well as some caramel. It is, as mentioned, warming in the mouth, but it feels a bit thin for an abt. Of course itís not thin, but I would like it to be fuller, the fullness sort of disappeares rather quickly, leaving an empty feeling in the mouth, even though the carbonation is still there, and the finish is doing what it should. Thereís also some cellar notes in the flavor, and nice lacings paint the side of the glass. A fine brew, but a bit disappointing on the mouthfeel. (071106)

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 4, 2007
10-30-07 bottle. Earthy smell with hints of raisins. Cloudy appearance. High alcohol taste (hence my lower than average score). Highly bubbly on the palate - very carbonated - almost like a heavy spritzer.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StefanSD (2357) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2007
11 oz bottle from Holiday in Escondido. Pours an unfiltered cloudy bark brown color. The head is cream colored with plenty of lacing evident. The aroma is moderate in strength with raisins, plums and chocolate. The flavor is complex and highlights toffee, raisins, caramel and dark breads. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy. The finish was long and bittersweet with just a touch of alcohol showing up near the end. Overall: this is a very fine quad. Recommended.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ubamartian (155) - Watertown, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 2, 2007
Small bottle poued in a trappist glass @ 47 degrees F. Pours a deep cloudy brown with a creamy coffee colored head. The lacing on the glass as the head dissipates is very evident. The aroma is a blend of belgian yeast, raisins, and roasted chocolate. The anticipation of the first sip is fullfilled and the tastes collide to create a fruity, tending towards raisin, yeast infused, lightly roasted flavor. This beer is more towards sweet, but the other flavors tone the sweetness down and add complexity. The finish is wet with a suttle hint of fruits and a larger tasting of the bready yeast, delicious. The silky smooth texture is similar to a plum juice without the bitter drying effects. Hits the tongue smoothly, and caresses the taste buds. Then slides gently down the throat. The faint warmth it creates is a perfect complement. The alchohol flavorings are almost non-existent and are blended in well with the overall taste. Only thing I could ask for is a more complex flavor with a few more earthy flavors. Overall this is an excellent example. Definately a stock item in my beer cellar.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pumpmaster (1353) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - NOV 2, 2007
11 ounce bottle purchased at ABC Liquors Pembroke Pines, FL at $4.00 Excellent

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
lb4lb (2584) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 31, 2007
Very underwhelmed by this. Smell was decent yet somewhat faint. Smells of light chocolately roastiness, a touch of belgium yeast and metal, and mostly of raisins. The second this hits my tongue the ridiculously high carbonation basically turns the beer into foam. Feels like champagne in the mouth. Taste is a touch dark fruit, roasty, raisiny, light but standard belgium yeast character and caramel. Honestly, the mouthfeel was the worst part of it. Fizziest beer Iíve had in nearly 500 beers. Alcohol is hidden well, but Iíd be happy to never drink this again.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
reeljob (14) - USA - OCT 30, 2007
Drank from the large bottle w/ the cork in a trappist glass. Dark woody brown color, light brown head. Winey/fruity aroma, very intriguing. This beer has a sweeter taste, albeit very enjoyable. Chocolate/ roasted notes throughout. Very full feeling beer, not one to drink on a full stomach. Didn;t taste much alcohol. Nice carbonation. Drank this on the warmer side of cold; I think that helped. Drank it too fast, thoough It was gone before I knew it.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
heavy (2750) - Split, CROATIA - OCT 30, 2007
27/10 0.33 l bottle at Hopdevil, thanks Doggythedog for ordering this one for me! Dark brown body with moderate brownish head. Aroma is malty, nice sweet, dominated by caramelized sugar. Flavor is quite full and pretty complex, fruity, spicy, with caramel, chocolate and some coffee dominating the most.. Speaking about alcohol, itís quite felt. Minimal carbonation. Finish follows the flavor as much possible, very nice. Great beer, although a full scale lower than Rochefort 10. Thank you Doggythedog for another great tasting night...

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - OCT 29, 2007
Pours a beautiful mohogany color with a huge fluffy head. (I mightíve poured it to fast!) Intense aroma with malt standing out, along with some yeast, sugar, and earth. Flavor is quite complex with the alcohol very forward, followed by some cola, dried fruit, malt and finished by the alcohol burn, just as it began. Very nice, but a bit harsh. Iíld suggest aging it a few years to see how it mellows with time.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skeegle (566) - Maryland, USA - OCT 29, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2008 An excellent abt. I loved this beer because it was so carbonated and filling. After two of these your beer craving will be drowned becasue of itís sugary complexity.


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