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

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RATINGS: 4064   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.15   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.


4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
reakt (949) - Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2007 Bottle from Utobeer. Dark brown with an off white head. Great lacing. Aroma of brown sugar, fruits and wheat. Tastes of maple syrup, toffee,dried fruits. Complex, full bodied and delicious.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SudsMcDuff (6923) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 16, 2006
pours a cloudy brown colour, with a healthy tan head..good lacing here, smells of a musky fruit sherry, warms u indeed..very complex and very pleasing,expensive but quality...smile on you happy monk!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Phil (181) - Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2006
Watou - t’hommelhof - most recently - has anyone else noted the changes? Or is it me?

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 12, 2006
12oz bottle. Medium-dark brown appearance; off-white head with decent lacing. Pleasant nose showing dried fruits and cherry cola. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: belgian sugar, maple syrup / toffee backdrop, plenty of yeast and spice. Much less carbonated than out of the 750s (more palatable). Sweet, yeasty finish of medium length; warming.

4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Harsebrau (227) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - NOV 11, 2006
Beautiful beer. Cloudy brown with good carbonation and some sediment floating around. Lackluster aroma however...almost like steel. Strange. Excellent flavor of fruit - plums, cherries, and raisens. Tight on the tongue with a fiz on the roof of the mouth. Some alcohol flavor too. Fantastic beer.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
iamsancho16 (99) - USA - NOV 10, 2006
A very good beer, a little bit sweet for my tastes. Seemed to have nice balance and nice color.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MadIndian (2614) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2007 Bottle. Thanks to Stegosaurus and Beerded_one for this sample. Ok to start I was a little dissapointed with this one. Still a good beer but I was expecting great. Pours brown with an off white head. Sweet aroma with a hint of bread(yeast). Good body sweet taste with spice. Like I said it was good but not great.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
altonbrownd (3927) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - NOV 9, 2006
Bottle at home. A very pleasant quadrupel with complex taste with fruits and chocolate flavors. Orangy color. Very smooth, velvety even.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MHED (114) - lisle, USA - NOV 6, 2006
on tap Map Room. poured slowly ,dark brown with a slight ruby hue and light tan, big frothy head. wow. aroma was sweet dark toffee and friut. sweet flavor of raisin and date, mollasses and dark agave nectar slightly balancing itself in the middle, then finishing soft sweet and smooth. incredibley drinkable at 10.5 % and every sip, makes you want more. what a nice beer....thx

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
StompBrockmore (316) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 6, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2006 33cl bottle - pours a light clouded reddish brown with a lightly tanned head on top. The aroma - wow! - is dominated by a big hit of yeasty, bakery fresh bread with a bit of dark fruit up the spine. A little bit malty. That bready scent is less pronounced in the flavour, but still there along with a complex array of fruits and malt, plums being the most obvious to me. For such a high ABV beer, it’s extremely smooth with only minor traces of booziness. Really, you can hardly detect any alcohol at all, which I found shocking at 10.5%. Beautifully soft mouthfeel. A very complex, incredible beer. Apparently it’s based on the elusive Westvleteren 12, and is very similar to that "beer of beers". If this beer was a shotgun, it blew my head off. Kablow!


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