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

bottled
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RATINGS: 3749   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2005
Dark mohogany color with a thick frothy off-white head. Sweet spiced aroma. A good fruity flavor mixed with malt.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HungChad (13) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 28, 2005
I was unimpressed the first time I drank this beer, but didn’t rate it because the general reviews were very, very good (100th percentile!). Upon second try, I would say it is a good beer, but not incredible. Light malty nose that is overpowered by bright, clean odors that my wife thought was a bit band-aid or soapish. The appearance is nice - brownish, chocolate with some amber tones and a big , rocky head. Flavor is only moderately complex and much of what could be a better beer is overpowered by poor balance with the high, astringent alcohol levels. This IS a good beer, but if you want a great beer in the same style that can also be readily found, get the Rochefort Trappistes 10.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Choos (595) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - DEC 28, 2005
Aroma: big mocha notes and some fig. Appearance: dark brown, tan foamy head and patchy lacing. Flavour: wallop of malt, mocha, a very little bit of fruit and very well blended not noticeable spiritousness. Palate: medium mothfeel and drinks clean. Overall I liked this but was dissapointed it didn’t blow me away.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
NewCastle1 (59) - Indiana, USA - DEC 26, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2006 Wow. Another great beer here. Bottle. Has a good yeast smell to it. Maybe a touch of vinegar as well. You can taste the alchohol in this one. I felt this beer all the way down. Has somewhat of a chocolate, smokey flavor. Very smooth. With little aftertaste. Finishes clean. Pours rather redish brown, with a very large head that lasted the whole time. Very good beer. Will have to get a few more of these.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kreepindeth (404) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 25, 2005
Pours a bronze color similar to a dark apple cider. Forms a 3/4 head cream in color. Smells of yeast and vinegar. First taste is a blast of harsh alcohol. The alochol flavor is a bit too overpowering in this beer and makes it harder to taste the more subtle flavors. Still relatively smooth for a beer of this alcohol content.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 23, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2008 A nice dark bronze with a red hue, allowing practically no light to pass through. Aroma is fruit, light chocolate, toffee, coffee, nuts. Flavor is the same. Smooth creamy palate, full-bodied, and big malts. Enjoyably complex. A very good Abt. Worthy of the top 50, according to the style. This has to be the best one of their style. Not overpoweringly sweet, or ’wheaty’. I would definitely recommend this to others, and that means you fool!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ebarnes (239) - Beech Grove, Indiana, USA - DEC 23, 2005
Large bottle. Pours deep amber with a huge head. Not so fruity as other Abbey ales. Very smooth, very nice.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CMUBEERMAN (421) - - DEC 23, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2006 This shit kicks ass. You can find it all over the place. Taste the alcohol, taste the light, taste the fame...Abt 12.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blackburn99 (7) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2005 does not count
It has a nice thick off-white head to it. For a darker beer, it is relatively light. It seems to have a bit of a bitter aftertaste. I much prefer the St. Bernardus Tripel. But, I really haven’t met a Belgium beer I didn’t drink. Cheers !!!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
doubleipa (224) - Georgia, USA - DEC 20, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2006 This is right on style. Aroma is light bread, with a moderately yeasty smell. There is also a hint of cherry. I think the draft verion, which I had two night ago has more cherry. There was a rocky head, but definitely not as much as on draft. Not a whole lot of head, but it doesn’t fully diminish. Initial flavor is moderately sweet that lessens somewhat. More cherry and bread than the aroma indicated. The finish is long. This was lively on th etongue, more so than the draft version. There is a moderate alcohol feel. While this is one of my favorite quads, I think it’s even better with a year on it. When I think of what a quad should be like, I think of ABT 12.


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