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

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RATINGS: 3810   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mklein818 (172) - Etterbeek, Virginia, BELGIUM - MAY 16, 2006
Rather bitter and toasty for an Abt--but with deep, well rounded flavors. Prefer Kasteel and Konigshoeven, but this still a world-class product nonetheless.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2006 On tap at Falling Rock. Aroma is nutty, with a slight hint of grass. Plenty of grapes and yeast and lots of caramel. Appearance is mahogany with a light creamy head. In the flavor department, I experienced raisins, malt, hints of alcohol toward the end. It’s a very malty, but not too big or cloying. It’s so very smooth. Slight wood notes. A good brown taste - some toastiness there. It’s got a great aftertaste - alcohol, malt, toast and grapes noticeable. I really enjoyed this, it’s a fantastic brew.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
stoutchap (416) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2006
Like light streaming through the murky brown flow of the stream in the farmers field, an earthy pour offset by head of ivory foam. Caramel apples tease the tongue, while goldenrod and rye bread hit the nose and throat in preparation for the oakiness that follows. Mouth-filling satisfaction that grabs all that is good in the air and pulls it full tilt straight down your gullet and finds rest in a warm little ball in your belly. God bless the monks!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dedollewaitor (14040) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 10, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2007 Muddy Brown color good white head. Lively carbonation. Dark fruits. A bit warm from the alcohol. Filling with a great lasting finish. (You might call it " The poor mans westvleteren)" Creamy! Brilliant!

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
skibumphishead (259) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 9, 2006
12oz bottle poured into a chimay chalice during the first inning of a sox/yanks game. The aroma was raisins and brown sugar. The taste was crisp raisins and rich maltiness. As it warms the smooth chocolate caramel flavors take over the hint of alcohol disappears. Quads are my favorite style of beer and this one does not disappoint. I have noticed this gain in popularity recently and I am glad that more people have been able to experience the beer geeks’ heaven that is in this blue bottle.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
iowaherkeye (2692) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAY 9, 2006
11.2oz bottle, best before end 26 08 10. Aroma of yeast, graham crackers, raisins, slight alcohol, bananas, sour cherries, and maybe some pears. Pours a hazy reddish-brown with a moderate tan head--also some floaties. Yeasty and tart up front some burnt sugar, and the taste follows the aroma, though the cherries I don’t really taste anymore. Warming alcohol and sweet brown sugar finish. Friggin’ great!

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 9, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2009 The pungent nose hits you right when you open the bottle! The body has an opaque, dark brown with rust highlights and noticable effervesence; light tan, mostly full, frothy head persists to the end and leaves nice tight Belgian lace. Finally the nose is excellent with molasses, caramel, fig, light banana, cherry, and apple, maybe some cinnamon and nutmeg, maple underneath and light earth, and faint pecans; very interesting and inviting. The taste never quite matches the nose; sweet caramel, molasses, and fig dominate, but never allowing it to get cloyingly sweet. Slight banana, pecans, dates, and spice (cinnamon and nutmeg) back the big malt flavors with a slight acidity that melds into the finish. Very full bodied, thick, chewy, and lively makes up the palate. Finishes long and fairly sweet with only a tinge of earthy bitterness underneath molasses, dates, and yeast esters lingering. The alcohol never becomes overpowering, but adds a nice bold, warmth, epecially as it progresses. A very impressive and daring beer with an aroma to die for. Not quite as good as Rochefort but certainly one of the best Abts.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - MAY 8, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2008 Pours murky brown with a full, creamy, clumpy froth. The froth stays clumpy for the duration. Aroma of sweet belgian candy malt. Full nectar w/ mellow residual effers creating a creamy texture. This brew is slightly sweet w/ an earthy tropshire. Flavors of carameled cherries, apricot, raison, cocoa, rootbeer, ripe banana, medicine, tobacco. Alcohol flavor is present. Mellow and warming w/ a lingering, slightly bittered finish. Highly recommended.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bart (2940) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAY 8, 2006
Nice robin-red to brown colour, rather lot of carbonation and a large white head. Deep malty aroma, little yeasty, roasted-bitter, with some chocolat in it, grainy alcohol and ripe fruits. Creamy, full body with a sweet palate and some carbonation. Burned-bitter finish, ending with an overwhelming warm alcoholic taste. Beautifull beer, very nice balanced, top.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TrappistMike (11) - GERMANY - MAY 5, 2006
It’s rumored that some of the yeast used for the St. Bernardus Abt 12 orginally came from the old Westvleteren brewery after WWII. If this is true than it would help explain the complexity of this truly great beer. This is one of, if not the best of the Abbey beers (by abbey I mean trappist inspired non-monastic beers).


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