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

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RATINGS: 3863   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.15   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - JUL 16, 2006
22 oz. bottle. Cloudy dark brown with a big tan head that laces beautifully and subsides slowly to a thin tan layer that lasted the duration. A wonderful yeasty bread aroma is immedately evident, but some time and concentration results in additional subtle notes of dark fruit, and a little fragrant spiciness. Full mouthfeel with a lively effervescece, very easy to drink for a beer with this much complexity. Alcohol is not evidnet, and the flavor is malt biased with dark fruit, brown sugar, and a lgith sourness that leads to a faint bitterness to round out the malt. Well balanced, easily drinkable, a truly enjoyable beer.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2006 This beer changed my mind about a lot of things. This is by far the best Belgian I’ve had--better than Rochefort 10 in my opinion. It was good enough to cause me to re-think my rankings of several other beers. The pour is a very dark brown, with a little carbonation and a nice dirty white head. I caught a few specks of sedimentation in the head. A great aroma of nuts and sweet malt. The taste is just incredible. The smoothness in the mouthfeel is unmatched. I couldn’t believe how easy it was to drink this beer--even with all of the full flavor. The taste has a great sweet malt flavor--very full with a nice hint of fruit at the end. Unparalleled if you ask me. The finish is smooth--with no aftertaste at all. A wonderful beer experience.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
victory (45) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2006
I was at eulogy tonight and met fellow rate beer user phillymonksman who recommended this brew to me. Before i pass out, i want to say thanks john, this beer is definately goes in my top 5. Mouthfeel is amazing, a bit of carbonation fades and the complexity hits. let it sit on your tounge and it just keeps getting better and better with more flavor revealing itself by the second. A lot of beers taste good, this one also FEELS good. can’t wait to drag some friends out and try it again.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
smhncabot (310) - Cabot, Arkansas, USA - JUL 6, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2007 pours muddy brown with mahogany highlights and moderate off-white head. aroma is caramel, cinnamon, toffee, and some roast-nut (touch of bread). taste is sweet with good ripe fruit and caramel nature. it brings in some choco and nut character. definitely shows some dark fruit towards the finish then fades to a tangy sweet bitterness. great stuff.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Nugget (30) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 11, 2006
Draught. The head doesn’t form more than a pinky finger or last long but is somewhere between fizzy and creamy. Roasty, fruity but not sweet, dark, dangerously drinkable. I poured a glass of this for a girl this afternoon and it almost floored her. I love this beer, bottled or on tap.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jason (1682) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 7, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2007 Bottle. Very sweet smell. Pours a generous head, dark amber look. Flavor is mildly sweet with pleasant carbonation. Hint of fruits (cuurants?) with a small malt presence. Very good and very smooth quad. Cheers!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bdjames29 (273) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 6, 2006
Bottle. My first Belgian Abt - an exciting experience. Pretty dark brown pour with slight reddish tints. When held up to the light, suspended particles are apparent. Creamy, thick, tan head that lasted throughout the entire glass. Wonderful sweet fruity flavor. Alcohol taste is strong but not overpowering - a bit winey. Full body. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer - i’ll be delving into a few more similar brews in the near future.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (7091) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 9, 2006
Deep amber color with light tan head that seems to last. Great lacing. Aroma is light with hints of sweet fruit, malt and spice. Sweet fruity flavor underscored by some spicy notes. The sweetness doesn’t linger too longer and therefore doesn’t pile up making this very drinkable. Bit of a warm alcohol finish with a light yet lingering sweet malt taste.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nightfall (1307) - Hamburg, GERMANY - JUL 10, 2006
Bottle. Cyprus @ All about Beer. Propably the best of the beers that I bought on that trip. Deep reddish/brown color. Low to medium white head. Sweet malt and fruity aromas. Very rich flavours of raisins, plums among others hints of roasted nuts. A very great beer.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Damian (5) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 16, 2006 does not count
The first thing that struck me about this beer was the interesting bottle graphics. Quite funny. Then came the beer itself. HUGE, beautiful, frothy deep brown/black head. Beer appears very murky with pieces of yeast floating. Aroma is quite strong - fruity and smoky. Taste is decadent - strong malt presence along with spices, plums, apricots. I would definitely buy this beer again!


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