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

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RATINGS: 4177   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.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jdhunt76 (56) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - MAY 17, 2007
On tap. Pour is a rish dark brown. Flavor of toffee and chocolate covered raisins, with a touch of caramel emerging as the beer breathes. Nice lingering palate, nice floral element which blooms in the aftertone. Beautifully well balanced.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cryotek (206) - Pawtucket, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 17, 2007
Grainy brown colour with an off-white head. Spicey-sweet aroma dominated by yeast and dried fruit with slight aroma of alcohol. Taste desciption i would say very much like the aroma. I enjoyed it, especially because of the 10.5% didn’t hurt the flavor IMO.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
futomara (1) - USA - MAY 16, 2007 does not count
This is by far my favorite Belgian style ale. Opaque, very deep reddish brown color, with a lasting, creamy head. The first taste revealed that it was not as sweet as I was expecting nor was the taste very high in alcohol either.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
smartlung (159) - Valrico, Florida, USA - MAY 15, 2007
bottle from Le Bon in Miami Beach - dark brown pretty thick head - as someone said earlier the finish is what draws people in to this beer and I couldnt agree more - what a smoothie - excelent - i’m sure the atmosphere I drank it in helped as well. Man I cant get enough from this brewery

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Gabemik (46) - Joplin, Missouri, USA - MAY 12, 2007
I may have drank a bit of heaven. Deep dark brown beer with a tan head that never fully leaves the beer. Aroma is light, but fruity. Flavors of raisons and spices, nothing overpowers in this beer including the alcohol. The palate is silky smooth, with no alcohol burn.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mkofron (155) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 11, 2007
Sweet fruity aroma..Dark brown with average tan head. Full body palate and very smooth masking the high alcohol content well. Fruity raisin flavor. Excellent beer.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dra19 (89) - holland, Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2007
Bottle. Dark brown with lots of head. Very sweet aroma. Alcohol is quite hidden. Maybe a little too sweet but an exceptional brew.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mugabe (258) - SWEDEN - MAY 8, 2007
Bottle @ pub. Pours a dark ruby with thick head. Yeasty aroma of plum. Fresh and creamy, fruity flavours of dark berry with a very sweet finish of plum/raisins/sherry with prominent alcohol. Maybe too far a bit on the sweet side.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dezzilu (226) - Whitmore Lake, Michigan, USA - MAY 6, 2007
It is tough to say something original about a beer that has sooooo many ratings. I was astonished how big the white head and how difficult it was to place the aroma. The flavor is big, but not unexpected considering the alcohol content. However I am certain that It is the finish that draws people to this beer. The taste in the mouth after drinking is quite astonishing. Remarkable for such a strong beer. I am not convinced this beer is 4+, but it is absolutely 100% worth-trying. Cheers

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
madscotsman (147) - Fairview Heights, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2007
Brown Sugar color and light off-white head. Very sweet aroma, slightly carbonated with a very smooth finish. I truely enjoyed this beer.


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