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

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RATINGS: 4065   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.15   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.


3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brstp (201) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 6, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2007 Bottle. Hazy dark brown color, fizzy khaki head. Pretty strong alcohol aroma, some plum and spice. Taste is tangy, spicy, a little hoppy at times. Great beer but I canít ít see myself drinking it all of the time -- perfect time/place seems like after-meal drinks at a dinner party.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
eyesandsmiles (179) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - FEB 6, 2007
spiritually deep aroma. full tasting and tangy with a well appreciated aftertaste of bitterness. a revelation.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jwasciuk (198) - Lowell, Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2007
Pours murky dark brown with a creamy brown head. Aroma is complex, cookies, bananas, dark fruits, and apples. Flavor starts balanced twards the sweet side, carmel, toffie, and finishes more well balanced and short. Medium to full bodies, creamy and softly carbonated.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DSG (8575) - Tel Aviv, - FEB 4, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2014 Re-rate 1/5/14: Bottle from my cellar shared at a tasting at Orenís place. 2006 bottle. Murky dark brown. Aroma full of dark fruits, somewhat oxidized with port, caramel, a bit of chocolate and a bit of nutty hints. Sweetish flavor with chocolate, dark fruits, oxidized vinous notes and a finish with a light alcoholic touch. Medium-bodied. Aged pretty nicely. 7/3/7/3/14=3.4

(Re-rated on 7/15/07. Took a point from the aroma and a point from overall impression. Changed the description a bit). Bottle. Color is very dark brown, with a lovely beige-brown head that lasts long. Aroma of malt, yeast, dark fruits, caramel and a bit of alcohol. Flavor is sweet with malt, raisins, carmael and some yeast. A nice full body with a spicy, alcoholic and a bit bitter finish. A great beer. 7/4/8/4/16=3.9

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drfabulous (4916) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - FEB 3, 2007
Richer and stronger than the 8. Pure quality. I donít need to get poetic. This is an excellent beer.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
llafoe (40) - Greenwood, Indiana, USA - FEB 3, 2007
25.4 oz bottle. Pours a cloudy light brown with an off-white one finger head. Very appealing sweet aroma of molasses, plums and caramel. The flavor is dominated by carbonation, follwed by cherries, plums and caramel. Nice warming on the finish. Great beer!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MacDaddyOJake (274) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2007
Murky brown body with a big, foamy tan head. LOTS of stuff in the aroma, very pleasing. After one whiff I had to smile, undoubtedly resembling the monk on the label. Flavor mirrors the aroma with fruity notes of plum, cherries, caramel, brown sugar, and molasses. Wonderful flavors coaxed from the yeast, the brewing experience is overwhelmingly evident as I sip it. As it moves down the pipes, I feel a warming sensation that is no doubt caused by the 10.5% alcohol. The alcohol is masked in the flavor, but not hidden. A very nice brew and genuinely worthy of its high rating.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
RaphaelN (195) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 2, 2007
Bottle at St. Veronus. Poured in a Trappist Glass with a white head. The smell on this beer is gorgeous. The aroma is very inviting and the best of any beer that I have smelled. Unfortunately, the taste didnít hold up to its promise. Flavour is of cherries, molasses, brown sugar, plums, and a small hint of grapes and caramel. Creamy mouthfeel and a well-bodied brew. Tastes great, but the aroma makes it out to be bigger than it truly is. Pleasant experience, pleasant beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - FEB 1, 2007
Pours deep opaque brown with large tan head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma of plums, raisons, alcohol and caramel. Flavor is the same with the alcohol not being to over whelming. Even with the 10% ABV this beer is very drinkable.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BleacherBum (177) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - JAN 30, 2007
What more needs to be said about this beer? A rich mohagony color with a puter head. Sweet with a hint of some fruit (raisin/figs), but not overbearing. Beautiful balance of hop and spice to back up that sweet entrance. The finish is as consistent as the rest. A medium carbonation finish leaves a malty flavor in tandem with just the right amount of hop. Itís called beer. It tastes good. Give me more. Oh, and itís 10.5%. Who the hell wouldíve known? 2 mangled thumbs up.


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