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

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RATINGS: 3743   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 íQuadrupelí style of Belgiumís 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. Itís 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.


2.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
DBLashure (1) - USA - OCT 31, 2005 does not count
Normally donít drink beer of this quality from bottles. After having one on tap at Coleís in Buffalo, NY I decided to give it a try. From the bottle is terribly bitter. no fruity taste, only a bitter, lingering aftertaste. I couldnít even finish my glass. Very disappointing for otherwise one of my absolute favorites.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - OCT 29, 2005
Pours with a huge off white, frothy, head. Clings the the sides. Very murky, muddy brown color. Completely opaque. Very strong alcoholic nose. Notes of oatmeal raisin cookies. Sweet. Alcohol is upfont in the flavor profile. Some sweetness, and a mash of toffee and fruit. Very easy drinking palate. Soft texture all the way through. Velvet. This particualr bottle is very young. I beleive the date is 030310. Iím sure it ages very well, but as rated today, not one of my faves.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
pmarren144 (36) - Auburn, New York, USA - OCT 25, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2007 1pt. 9 oz corked bottle. Suprised to find this in Ithaca, NY, but they have it there a lot, I guess. Pours cloudy, and has a lot of head. Lasts awhile, too. Very fruty nose, I spent 10 minutes just smelling it. Mouthfeel was creamy, and and for over 10% alcohol content, you almost didnít realize it. Not a lot of hops, malty, fruity finish. Excellent as a treat now & then!!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - OCT 24, 2005
11.2 oz bottle. Best before date of 03 03 10. POurs a dark murky brown, thick fluffy tan head. big lacing all the way up to the brim. Aroma is full of sweet fruits, cherries grapes, plums,. Nuts and toffee present as well. Flavor is sweet, dark fruits and a candy sweetness through the body, sweet dry finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 24, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2007 Bottle. In a blind tasting, split with NachlamSie, and tronraner, pours chestnut brown color, spotty lacing. Aroma has an abundance of berries, with enough dark fruits to keep it from being too bright. Flavor is strong berries and dark fruits, some brown sugar, and yeast. The carbonation is strong, and the flavor seems almost fleeting. A warm alcohol finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 23, 2005
This stuff is definitely the best St. Bernardus beer by a longshot. Well... at least a couple of tenths of a point better. Appearance-wise, theyíre all pretty close to the same. And all of the St. Bernardus ales are pretty similar palate-wise. Where this beer really thrives is in its aroma. Iím not sure exactly what it was, but this beer made a much better impression on my nose than the others I tried. Anyway, great beer.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 23, 2005
The head on this one was huge. I like to think that after so many beers, I am able to give a decent pour, but with this one I had to let things settle down a bit before I could top off the glass. So what we have here is a nice hearty looking brown ale with a big rocky head (but you probably saw that coming). Nice yeasty, fruity, choco-nutty aroma. I was expecting it to be cloyingly sweet but that was well underplayed by a roastiness. One of the smoothest abts Iíve had the pleasure of sampling. "The show piece of the brewery." Indeed.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Padron4KM (535) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - OCT 23, 2005
330cl bottle, Best before 12/08/09. Pours murky brown with a lot of suspended particles.
Aroma is toasty, plummy, prune, yeast.
Flavor is caramel, port, toffee, plum,raisin.
10%? canít tell, very well hidden.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - OCT 22, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2012 Pours dark brown with a big, creamy off-white head, mostly lasting, nice lacing. Aroma is clove, plums, banana, and sweet malt. Flavor is caramel, toffee, plums, raisins, figs and spice. These all come together superbly. The mouthfeel of this is wonderful, very smooth, carbonation dances on the tongue. Long finish, slightly warming, but alcohol is amazingly hidden. Fantastic.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bourne (161) - Suwon, SOUTH KOREA - OCT 22, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2005 dark brown, opace. tan head that doesnt go away. strong toffee taste. not overpowering flavors(coffee or chocolate hints) very good beer. silly label


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