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

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RATINGS: 4284   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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
scanovajr (674) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - APR 21, 2007
Bottled 33cl at Delirium Cafe, Brussels. Pours dark brown with a beige head. Aroma is sweet, malty and fruity. Flavor is very comlex. Notes of caramel, dry fruits. Notes of alcohol and licorice. Well balanced.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skyview (5542) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - APR 21, 2007
Beer sampled at Cellar’s Wine & Spirits Friday evening beer tasting. Pours a cherry cola caramel with a thick head and nice lacing. Lots of aroma such as dark cherries, smoky toffee, chocolate, raisins and a little yeast. Taste is very soft and smooth. A bit high on the alcohol.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Isadaddy (11) - tampa, Florida, USA - APR 20, 2007
Nice beer, if you like belians. Not my first choice of beers, but when in the mood, is usually among the top three belgians I would choose. Good flavor, smooth and easy to drink. Too easy, with the high alcohol content, you can get in trouble.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TexasPete148 (2) - USA - APR 19, 2007 does not count
Not much for repetition. If you ever get the chance, it’s worth a taste.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - APR 17, 2007
11.2 oz bottle from Whole Foods in Hillcrest. I poured this one to fast and gave me a huge head. After that dissapated I was left with a nice greyish white head. Good lacing left on the glass after my first swallow. Tastes of raisin, sour grape, and mollasses. The alcohol is well hidden and I enjoyed this.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EKGoldings (631) - Radford, Virginia, USA - APR 17, 2007
What a tasty treat. Not up with the Trappists ... but if you like that style, you’ll like this one.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
HopBackDoc (474) - Hatboro, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2007
On draft at Isaac Newton’s in Newtown, PA. I was surprised to find this one on tap, poured into a Chimay glass. Deep brown with garnet red hues. Little to no head, just a perfect white ring encircling this beer. Aroma of dried fruits, molasses, plums, and malts. Flavor was a masterful blend of malts, mild spice, dark fruit, toffee, molasses and a mild hop presence. What a great blend of flavors to entice the taste buds. The alcohol was barely noticeable. Very delicious and paired well with my London broil. Excellent brew.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
glennmastrange (2649) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - APR 16, 2007
Bottle. I’ve had this beer on tap in the past but I waited till I tried it out of the big bottle before I rated it. After pouring two glasses I did notice sharper aromas from the second pour due to, I assumed, the sediments from the bottom. Smells of molasses, light coffee, milk chocolate, herbs and perfume, doughy yeast, and raisin, dates, brown sugar and a little alcohol. Head was rocky, white, fully lasting and had excellent lacing. Color was a hazy brown. Flavor was moderately sweet, lightly acidic and finished lightly bitter. On the palate it was a chewy, medium to full, creamy with lively carbonation. There is not a thing offensive about this beer and I’d say the taste is just about perfect. A bit better from a bottle than a tap. More please.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - APR 15, 2007
750 ml bottle. Cloudy brown with a red hue, big frothy head and high carbonation. Sweet fruity aroma with dark fruit flavors and rich malty taste. Nice long finish and literally no alochol burning sensational. Considering it’s high rating, I thought it might be a bit more complex. Regardless, still a damn good beer.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - APR 13, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2009 1.59 pint bottle, $9.99. Solid malty aroma with moderate amount of sweat yeast. Big fruity champagne bouquet, OMG (very sexy aroma). Huge frothy off-white head that never fully diminished. Murky dark amber brew with an average amount of medium sized particles. Flavor starts off moderately sweet and salty and finishes the same but with a little bitterness. Duration is average. Palate is medium/light with a watery texture and lively carbonation. Loved it loved it loved it.


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