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

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RATINGS: 3935   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.15   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
LennyH (60) - Delaware, USA - OCT 18, 2006
12 oz bottle. Very dark chestnut brown with a nice beige foamy head. Fruity aroma and flavor. Very smooth finish with a slight dryness and bitterness. No indication of the 10.5% alcohol level. Very well done.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cliff (399) - The Land of Milk and Honey, Ohio, USA - OCT 17, 2006
deep mahogany color, hazy with aromas of dried fruits and yeast. creamy mouthfeel and wonderfull fruit and spice flavor, dried cherries? slight hop presence that gives it a nice finish. delicious quad.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Moosewood (4) - Florida, USA - OCT 14, 2006 does not count
Never had anything from this brewer that I didnt like, and Iíve tried them all. This is no exception, and is probably my fave of the bunch. Ranks up there with the best Iíve had and its great that I dont have to travel to Belgium to get it! Its always in stock at ABC!!! Appearance, aroma, mouthfeel, flavor is all top notch. No wonder that monk on the bottle is so happy! Pours dark as night with a big, white head that diminishes but never completely and great, sticky lacing. Complex nose and flavor (from a Belgian??? Nooooo...) of fruits, nuts, breads with maybe a hint of caramel in there. A wonderful, slightly estery aroma that peaks around the middle of warming, mmmmm...The 10.5% is very well hidden in my opinion (better than Rochefort 10, and I LOVE all the Rocheforts!). Overall, outstanding stuff and easily obtained. This is a staple in my fridge...

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bp (816) - Queens, New York, USA - OCT 14, 2006
Bottle purchased at ABD in Brooklyn: pours a dark ruby red, aroma of raisins or prunes, taste is malty and maybe some fig flavor as well, the alcohol is fairly well hidden, not as good as the Westvleteren but a very good brew regardless.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
strings (377) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 13, 2006
Bottle from Haket. Didnít seem to write any notes about this one, but certainly an improvement from the two St Peters rubbish beers Iíd had just before it. Ah, back on track with this one (is what I recall thinking)

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jlf278 (287) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 12, 2006
A nice bubbly powerhouse. I couldnít get past the bitterness and acidity. Itís full of very nice flavors. It is plummy, chocolatey, raisiny...perhaps even craisiny. I would surely have another and another, but it sort of knocked me out. Overall, quite nice when it warms up a little and the bubbles subisde. Donít drink it right out of the fridge like i tried.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fin (7910) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2006
Bottle at Berenbak, Antwerp, Belgium, 06-10-06. Dark brown in colour, and with a pleasant malty aroma with some dark fruits. Taste is a little chocolate like at first but with sweet malts and dark/dried fruits pushing through, have had this before and whilst I really like it, itís not the world beater some appear to consider it (in my opinion)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eczematic (1320) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - OCT 9, 2006
beautiful clear mahogany - almost purple - with creamy light head. styrian, vanilla, special b, fudge in aroma - complex. in mouth deep malt with rich fat plumminess and fruit, finishing with blend of spicy hops and plenty of coriander. also hints of anise, stewed apple. warming, smooth, drinkable. good stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jcr (2256) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - OCT 6, 2006
Red-brown body with good-looking tan head. Nose of overripe fruit , sweet malts and alcohol. Notes of banana, apple, plum, raisin, caramel. The flavor is stronger and better, highlighted by the sweet malts with a slightly bitter, peppery finish. The taste evokes flavors of juicy plums, figs and overripe apples. Full body. Thick, rich and smooth. Long, sticky finish. Nice warming from the alcohol. A delicious beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hiphops (286) - caldwell, New Jersey, USA - OCT 4, 2006
dark brown. honey fig smell i guess. mouthfeel was creamy and smooth reminded me of a scoth ale with a strong dried fruit presence good not great.


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