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

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RATINGS: 4274   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - AUG 29, 2007
Bottle. Pours a hazy copper with a fluffy, lacy off-white head and dark particles. Aroma of grapes, caramel, yeast. Full body and moderate carbonation. The taste is full of fruit, yeast malt, and a touch of fruitcake and alcohol. Somewhat dry and spicy finish. A really nice beer and I’d never turn one down, but knock your socks off nice? Idunno.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - AUG 29, 2007
wow...beautiful dark caramel color with a fluffy long lasting white head. lots of floaties. aroma is amazingly similar to a really nice woody chardonnay...wood, vanilla, yeast, raisins, cinnamon, caramel, on and on. flavor is everything in the aroma with a light bitter tannic finish like fresh red table grape skins. medium/rich mouth feel is creamy with a bit of acidity. warm from the alcohol in my nose but it is not offensive...note to self...get westy 12....hint

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nihar (68) - Ohio, USA - AUG 28, 2007
Pours dark amber with light head and has a sweet aroma of plums.. flavor has hints of raisins and caramel with plenty of malt... very smooth texture but doesn’t hide the alcohol...

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DownsouthGav (601) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2007
Raisins and vinous notes. Soft and medium body. Small head. Complex and well masked alcohol. One for special occasions

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 27, 2007
Bottle. 11.2 oz. Pours a dark opaque brown with hints of red, and a huge off white head that lasts the length of the brew. Aroma is yeasty, like dust on a windowsill with some smell of overripe fruit, light malt. Medium bodied with light almost creamy carbonation. Flavor has some dates, little plum, mostly sweet though and of caramel and malt. Strong alcohol presence, maybe too strong. Finish is fairly clean and unexpected. Very nice.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
EHSRanders (1993) - Tjele, DENMARK - AUG 26, 2007
Bottle. Hazy amber colour with huge creamy off-white fully lasting head. Fruity aroma with roasted malt and caramel. Sweet spicy complex flavor. Bitter finish. Oily palate.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Embrouille (2835) - SWITZERLAND - AUG 26, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2009 Bottled 33cl. It pours a hazy nut brown beer with a tanned fluffy head. The nose is of chlorine, banana and syrup. Lots of alcohol in the taste. Malty, decently hoppy with a dominating banana flavor. Full bodied. The finish is of lingering banana and butter. This beer leaves a nice lacing. My least favorite St. Bernardus. Additional comment: I enjoyed this beer much more the second time. Nice burnt caramel and plum components.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jexes23 (5) - Texas, USA - AUG 26, 2007 does not count
This was exceptional. The beer has just the right amount of fruit, spice and everything blended together. Warms you up, I’d definately reccomend getting some I purchased the bottle from the Central Market in Austin.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
blklab2007 (2118) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 25, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2012 1 pt 9.4oz bottle have been saving this one for a while. bottle poured with vigor and had a nice foamy head that diminished to a nice layer of little pools of carbination erupting to the surface all over. when held to the light there is a fair amount of sediment in the glass and the color is a nutty brown with some reddish tone. the body in the glass is thick with smells of cherry, yeasts, spices of many flavors, and an alcohol warmth. but on to the tasting part, wow hits with so many good things going on. heavy malt is apparent, cherry, plum, fig, cinnamon, and as another rater stated anise, and some tasty yeasty notes with a flowery snap. really has just the right carbination and the alcohol is well hidden. second glass is pouring just as well as the first, really pretty in the glass. so the question is does it live up to the hype? in my mind it does, looks great in the glass, smell is complex and not overpowering, and the beer itself has many great flavors that combine well. have been looking for a beer to put at the top of the pack and this fits the bill well.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2007
I bought a sixel about 2 years ago and have been milking it the entire time. Pretty much drink a glass every once in a while or when I crave a quad. Unbelievable how much this has grown with age. Still hides the 10.5% just as good as it did 2 years ago. So many flavors /aromas it would be hard to write them all here. I’d say the raisin is coming in stronger now than it used to. Still complex and wonderful. The sixel was well worth the 2nd mortgage.


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