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

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RATINGS: 4231   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.14/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hamirubi (427) - Waarschoot, BELGIUM - MAR 8, 2007
Rather commercial, but not so well known (within my group of friends). I just love it. It’s the perfect abt-beer as a surrogate for the finest trappist-beers.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
wetherel (1856) - Cupertino, California, USA - MAR 7, 2007
Poured from fridge into cold tulip glass an foam nearly overflowed glass. Had to spoon it out. Light malt, light hops, and earthy smell. Off white, lasting head with good lacing. Deep reddish brown color. Little bitterness, Moderate sweet finish. Dreamy creamy soft texture. Full body and moderate alchohol. Great Belgian Abbey beer. I bought a case of it at $3.59/bottle. Interesting history.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2007 Draft @ Monk’s Cafe - I have a couple of bottles that I haven’t had the chance to crack open yet, but I think a draft of this stacks up well. Nice, dark brown color with a light head. Sweet aroma with dark fruit abundance - cherry, plum, grape. Sweet, malty taste makes this one all worth it - on taste alone, it’s one of the best beers I’ve tried. Magnificently smooth & a real treat.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RoyceH (1198) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - MAR 7, 2007
Deep rich dark ruby colour with a thick tan head. Nose is dark fruit, cherry, plum, maltiness and some freshness. Very complex. Taste is slightly fizzy and warming, dark fruit, a little alcohol, perhaps a touch of banana. Palate is slightly fizzy still, smooth, bold, lasting warm malt and dark fruit. Just a hint of alcohol, but dry.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 7, 2007
This is an extremely substantial beer, and a rather unique one, but satisfied me as a wine would rather than as a beer due to its grape and fruit character. This beer is a cloudy red-brown (more red than brown) with very solid head formation. Aroma is very fruity with a lot of plum and raisin aroma. Flavor is very grape-y, with a big puckery finish like a cabernet wine would have. It is extremely dry, and a bit fruitier than I would have preferred. Mouthfeel is very dry and astringent, but pretty good. I had this on-tap at Landmark 1850 in Milwaukee, served in a tulip glass several degrees too cold.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAR 6, 2007
33 cl bottle, best before 24/05/10 courtesy radiomgb. Cloudy dark brown amber colour with a mostly lasting frothy off-white head. Raisin, chocolate, plum, yeasty, and light alcohol aroma. Raisin, chocolate, plummy, and yeasty flavours with noticeable alcohol and a light citrus pith and yeasty bitter finish. Full bodied, very warming mouthfeel. Very good, but much preferred the Prior 8 to the Abt.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dj (556) - Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 6, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2007 Bottle, 330ml. A dark brown colour with a red tint and a small off-white head. A strong yeasty, fruity peach aroma with some malt and caramel evident. The taste is dominated by malt, with some bread and dark chocolate. Perhaps a little plum or blackberry in there as well. An almost syrupy mouthfeel. A noticeable alcohol burn in the fairly sweet, malty finish. High carbonation. Good lacing. Oh yes, this beer is deserving of its high rating.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
churchill00 (154) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 6, 2007
Delicious. I was referred to this by a friend who lived in Belgium for years. Despite high alcohol content, it’s never as overpowering as some Trappist varieties. Deserves its 100 rating.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BeerFanDan17 (1058) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - MAR 5, 2007
The "12" is the mack-daddy of Belgian beers. Served in a traditional goblet, it’s taste, strength, and smoothness all work together to provide a great beer experience. If you’re switching from US beers and want to try a true staple, this is the one. Available at the best liquor stores and tap rooms.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BustedFlat (554) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2007 Poured from a 11.2 ounce bottle into a snifter, deep ruby red with a medium beige head. The aroma was sweet, fruity and full of malt. The taste was sweet and creamy with notes of dark fruits and malt. Very smooth and well balanced. There is very little alcohol present at the start, but it becomes more noticeable as it warms. For my money one of the best beers in the world.


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