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

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RATINGS: 4031   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 ’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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerBiker (1413) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2007
[Tasted in 2004, DK-ITA: 0-0 with Troels.] A truely very strong beer with alcoholic presence. Therefore it is a hardkicker for many. Sometimes it’s good, othertimes it’s less good. But lots of ingredients such as notes of fruit, sweetness, caramel. Heavy stuff!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - JAN 12, 2007
A very good belgian beer. It lacks a lot of the estery quality of some belgian beers, which is actually a plus to me. I am not a fan of the banana taste in my beer. That said, it is very resiny, dark fruit and candy and complex with a nice finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mhelgason (495) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JAN 10, 2007
Brown-amber pour with a off-white head that lingers. Aroma was sweet and fruity...figs I would say. Flavor is also sweet and complex, with fruit and a almost bubble gum character. An overall good but not great beer.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
robinvboyer (3495) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2007
wow.......if you cant get westy 12, this is just as good. excellent! aroma of dried fruit, and caramel. nice big fat frothy head. absolutely a piece of heaven.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 8, 2007
Bottle. Poured into a St. Bernardus Tulip. My favorite Belgium which makes it my favorite beer. A wonderful pour, Frothy white head. Dark amber in color. Fruity smell. Wonderful complex taste. I like this better than the Westvlederin because I think it tastes "cleaner", and is much more available. That being said, the Westi is the original.(for those who do not know the story, westvlederin used to sale its recipe to St. Bernardus for mass production, in 1992 the trappists started selling for themselves (to retain the trappist "logo’) and St. Bernardus carried on the "formula" note it is not a trappist, but the same basic stuff as a Westvlederin Abt. 12)

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
pintocb (646) - Darsville, Georgia, USA - JAN 7, 2007
Awesome. Very bready and fruity nose. Can smell the alcohol, but it doesn’t detrace. Very murky in the glass. More effervescent than I expected. Tastes like heaven. Lots of malt and esters. Sweet and bitter hops all at the same time. Alcohol in the finish, but not hot, just present. Awesome.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pubbe (493) - Højbjerg, DENMARK - JAN 6, 2007
Bottle. Dark reddsih brown with off-white lasting head. Heavy malt and pretty high level of hoppy bitterenss. Some orangecid is also detected. Malt and a high level of carbonation on the palate. Average finish, with nice hoppiness. Certainly a well made and tasty beer.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jerre (2895) - Waregem, BELGIUM - JAN 6, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2014 Bottle; 33 cl Deep brown with off-white head. Aroma very yeasty/bready, with dark fruit notes and some alcohol. Dark fruits again in the mouth, with a yeastiness as well, and the warming alcohol, though that is very well-integrated considering the abv%. Soft and delicate, but packed with flavour, a truly, outstanding beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2007
Poured from bottle. Dark reddish brown...Slight head, good lacing...VERY fruity, yeasty aroma...Taste was fruit fruit fruit...Apple, figs, plums...Very pleasing after taste...Very easy to drink.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sojifio (11) - madison, Alabama, USA - JAN 3, 2007
Dark red pour, fruity aroma. flavor of caramel, malts and alcohol which combines for a nice flavor profile, though not extraordinarily complex. nice bitter finish


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