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

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RATINGS: 4052   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 ’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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DirtyMartini (194) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 29, 2007
beautiful dark brown color with a off white foamy head. gotta admit that my taste buds might be off a bit since im congested, so i couldnt quite get all of the aroma i wouldve liked. flavor was sweet...a little caramel, some fruit, and enough alcohol to know its there, but in no way overpowering. its a solid beer, but i must admit...it just doesnt wow me like the rochefort 10 does....i would take that beer 10 out of 10 times over this one. cant say ive ever had the westvleteren, so i cant compare with that.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Optigon (562) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JAN 28, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2007 Pours a really large, foamy head. Dark brown color. Aromas of alcohol and fruit. Some honey in there. Strong malty flavor that consists of honey, fruit, and cork. Really excellent!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 28, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2007 Bottle. Pours a very dark red/brown with a bunch of carbonation. Bubbles sticking to the side of the glass like soda. Has a medium size foamy white head that disappears pretty quickly. Strong and complex aroma of dark fruits and malts. Great smooth flavor that is refreshing and very complex. No complaints.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
NJBeerman013 (1052) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - JAN 26, 2007
Draft at Eulogy. Dark brown, almost raisin in color. Creamy head that never faded. One of the best Abts. I have ever had. The aroma is almost as amazing as the taste,

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 24, 2007
The color was grape/orange with brown hues. The head was off-white, creamy, and lasted forever. The aroma was not very pungent at first. There was a sour/yeasty smell. The alcohol and fruit were stronger after having had a bit to drink. The flavor was alcohol, yeast. It burned the nose slightly. The palate was alcohol and was a bit harsh. The finihs was warm and lingered in the back of the throat.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4377) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 23, 2007
Finally tried this one, I feel like its a staple that I should have had a long time ago. Poured a murkey brown that showed some red in the light, bottle had sediment that remained stirred up after sitting. The head was profuse, tannish white, and frothy. The aroma was typical belgian, some spicy aromas, ripe fruit, alcohol, and musty notes. The flavor showed the alcohol but in a mature way (it wasn’t over the top but it let you know it was there), spicy, mature fruit, and a sweet caramely taste. Nice. The palate was very dry and had a small bubble carbonation feel to it. The finish was very warm and I noticed the alcohol very much. Not as great as I had expected, but still a good Belgian.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
steve/brandon (3) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2007 does not count
Great beer with which you can’t go wrong. I’m drinking one now. This is one of the twelve or so beers I currently have in rotation. It’s not overly sweet to me like Achel, it seems to be a good balance, hops are present so it has a good blend of hoppiness, malt and alcohol with chocolate & coffee overtones. The bottom line is you won’t regret giving it a try and there is a good chance it may become a regular for you if you do.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drewbeerme (3898) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2007
UPDATED: APR 23, 2008 11.2oz bottle, part of our blind "Better Know a Style: Abt/Quadrupel" tasting, pours deep murky brown with nice white head. nose is molasses, prune, plum, toffee, brown sugar, maple syrup, and mostly raisin. taste is rather sweet with rainsin and plum notes. mouthfeel is slightly watery with alcohol and dry finish. finished #3 out of 9 quads.

2005 vintage, 33cl bottle. i wouldn’t say this improved, mellowed a bit. still tasty but not better.3.8.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
sberk13 (5) - pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 20, 2007 does not count
as my co-worker put it tonight - "perfect" - this is what belgians should taste like - malty sweetness with hints of fruit - great color with a nice solid head

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ekstedt (5992) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 19, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2010 On tap at Ölrepubliken in Göteborg, Sweden. Pours a nice reddish brown colour with a generous beige head. Superbly balanced fruity and nutty aromas with dry yeasty and hoppy notes, and nicely integrated alcohol (is it really 10.5 abv?). Medium to full bodied, extremely smooth mouthfeel, with a vivid carbonation. Wonderful. Perfect.


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