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

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RATINGS: 4271   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.


4.2
   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 (1992) - 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.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ardrum (2) - Ohio, USA - AUG 25, 2007 does not count
Unbelievable beer. Very complex flavor. I had trouble isolating particular flavors, but it was amazing. Spicy and mildly fruity, I’d say. I couldn’t believe how smooth this beer was for 10.5% alcohol. I’ve had MUCH more offensive beers at 8%. This was spectacular!!!

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (13825) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 22, 2007
Aroma of dark fruits backed by roasted caramel malt. Deep ruby tinged dark amber color with a beige head that quickly flattened. Medium bodied; moderate, nearly creamy, carbonation. The flavor is prune, molasses, raisin, brown sugar, wheat?, caramel malt. Smoothly fruity, sort of. The finish is sweet around the edges, with some bitter at the back of the mouth. It is to die for. Fortunately, only the bank account has to pass over. Got to get more.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hammster (187) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - AUG 20, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2007 750 ml bottle. One of the better beers I’ve ever had, It had a remarkable head and color that was a deep opaque brown. The armoa and flavor were also very distinct and sweet malty flavor. The palate was exceptional and the 10.5% ABV was hardly noticeable. I don’t understand why people would buy a cheap wine when they can have this instead.


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