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

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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 3877   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jb (2302) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 24, 2006
I’ve looked forward to this one for a while and it did not disappoint. Dark orange brown, very murky and bubbly. Thick thick head. Sweet smelling of raisins, toffee, caramel. Similar flavors in palate along with chocolate, wasn’t as sour or yeasty as some. Finished clean, not overly sticky. No alcohol aroma or taste. Great!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAR 23, 2006
33cl - 12 08 09 - Initial aroma is very malty. Chocolate, raisin, yeast, prune, and other dark fruits with a bit of spice. Pours dark brown with small head and great lacing. Flavor is a little musiter than aroma, but similar flavors. Bubbly smooth palate. A very tasty, easy drinking quad.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stew41 (1759) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - MAR 20, 2006
Thin head; ’flat white’ coffee like in texture. Dirty caramel brown in colour. Malty nose, firm, a touch bitter, nice chocolate lift. Powerful palate, dark malts, slightly stewed. Heat is apparent but in check, and balance is ok. Quite a meal of beer given the malt driven and alcohol. Nice fizz levels throughout. Good but IMHO not a 100 pointer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Malakin (469) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 19, 2006
Dark brown with a bit of larger sediment floating around. Sweet caramel aroma. Lots of good dark malty flavours without the alcohol being too overwhelming although it does have a nice warming effect.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
decaturstevo (5215) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAR 12, 2006
Put off cracking the cap on this for a month my loss. The aroma scared me(in a good way) in that it jumped out at me with malt, vanilla, and alcohol. Rolling golden pour that was as inviting as the aroma. An off white to tan head and a slightly cloudy body that when held to the light is a lite amber. The intial flavor of this beer is slightly sweet and fruity with alcohol. It finishes with a slightly bitterness with an alcohol kicker. This beer is light and creamy in the mouth with lively carbonation. I can’t say anything bad about this beer. EXCELLENT!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
smcd (366) - USA - MAR 8, 2006
A special brew. Big, hearty, earthy aromas predominate. Sweet, candi sugars can be noticed in the background inviting one to dive in to its thick, brown, moussy head and rich, textured darkness. Lingering aftertaste leaves you wishing the bottle would never end.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2006
This beer introduces itself with a hearty aroma of wheat, yeast, malt, and caramel. It is a sediment filled brown solution with a thick light brown head that is slow to fade. When it does fade it leaves heavy lacing. This is a thick beer that fills the mouth with a robust wheat and yeast taste. The taste fades leaving a biscuity taste lingering in the throat.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thewolf (11260) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAR 6, 2006
Really splendid beer. Cloudy brown with limited head. Very sophisticated taste with hints of caramel, wood, vanilla, citrus. Wonderful palate that feels great in your mouth.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hippie4beer (162) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAR 4, 2006
Bottle. Pours a cloudy brown color with a thin bubbly white head. Aroma was very much like authentic vanilla bean rum. Strong notes of vanilla, with an alcohol presence, citrus notes follow up the nose. The flavor was warming with notes of dark fruits, citrus, apple, vanilla bean, and light caramelized oak. Mouthfeel was highly carbonated and fizzy. Very nice.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tenghave (402) - Taastrup, DENMARK - MAR 4, 2006
Købt i Superbrugsen for 35 kr. (70 cl. flaske). Øllen er rød-brun med flot brunt skum Øllen er tung, men alligevel meget fyldig og rund. Eftersmagen varer længe, og er god. Alcohollen dominerer dog en del. Er en del bedre end Abt 8’eren Øl, som skal drikkes i små mængder.


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