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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: 4065   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.


4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbill (3574) - Laurel, New York, USA - OCT 29, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2007 25.4 oz. bottle. Pours a nearly opaque auburn with a thick, creamy light tan head that lasted through the entire glass. I thought the aroma was pleasant but bit on the light side. Dates, raisins and sweet malt in the aroma. Extremely flavorful with plenty of plums, raisins, dates, caramel, and malt. Very smooth with the 10.5% alcohol very well hidden. Well crafted and delicious.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tranquillity (1454) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 29, 2006
Small bottle. Aroma of soap and fresh fruits. Almost black body with extremely thick head. A bit stale like old books, but full taste of oak and plums. No alcohol in the taste, which is a small minus for this one.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
henryalvz (32) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 26, 2006
Very deep cloudy amber, thick head that last and last. Smooth taste not to bitter.fruit tastethat fills the mouth and palate. Listen to the monks and try one today.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 25, 2006
Bottle at the Chapitre in Namur (Belgium), cloudy dark cola-like colour with a filmy beige head (also served in its superb cognac-style glass). A rich and complex aroma - vinuous and malty, with stewed fruits and sultanas. Gentle carbonation all the way through, with strong molasses flavours. The finish was dry and bitter with a touch of licorice.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
asmithbeer (71) - California, USA - OCT 24, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2007 Very deep amber pour with decent head(fizzled out fairly quick), sour smell. Very nice flavor, mild bitter & slightly buttery sweet. More carbonated than I expected. Pretty good.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
StueyD (1467) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2006
I acquired a crate of these from a work colleague at the Fox & Hounds, after she had been away to Bruges for a dirty weekend! A dark, reddish brown coloured beer with a thick white head. A musty nose of dar, ripened and dried fruits, plums, cherries, raisins and candied peel. The taste is slightly sour, sherry-like fruitiness, again dark fruit, plums and raisins, along with molasses and bitter chocolate. Very drinkable! (Bottle - purchased from the Bier Palais, Bruges, Belgium courtesy of Jackie at the Fox & Hounds).

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tomthompson89 (1934) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 22, 2006
nice... so nice.... some fruit flavour and aroma, dark, lotsa head, slight fruit, lovely belgian dessert beer as i like to call em

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dragonfly1 (498) - Colorado, USA - OCT 22, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2007 11.2 oz bottle Wow, so very good. Round, heavy mouthfeel; made this one last 30 minutes- head & lacing remained the entire time. I don’t think it was as fruity as previous reviewers indicated (made it sound like a lambic or something) See Grovlam’s review on 9/29- well said.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
elektronikfagtekniker (891) - kbh, DENMARK - OCT 22, 2006
bottle. dark color. large head. dark fruity aroma. taste of yeast and dark fruits. quite carpy and a bit sour. complex. good.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OldRaspy (292) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 20, 2006
On tap at the bier garden served in a trappist glass mahogany incolor with a good beige head. Aroma was malts and dark fruit. Flavor was the same dark fruits that were in the aroma some malt and a touch of caramel. Great Beer


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