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

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RATINGS: 4031   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - SEP 5, 2006
Bottles courtesy of Ross and Secret Santa. Pours murky brown with a large bubbly head. Aroma is sweet with loads of fruit, caramel and candy sugar. Flavor is also very sweet and fruity, the alcohol makes itself known (little stronger than I would have liked) with a yeasty spicy finish. Definatly a well made beer but i think i prefer the 8 over this one.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GriffinAvenue (396) - Winchester, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 4, 2006
Draft (@ The Publick House, Brookline, MA). Rootbeer-like coloring and inviting appearance. Brewery-tour wort aroma with fruity, sweet taste. Quite pleasing finish with sense of alcohol happily numbing my nostrils. Indisputably high quality - a better beer though than my palate can detect at this point. Will re-rate again after more experience.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
grandridge (224) - Port Clinton, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2006
24 oz bottle: poured dark amber with large off white head. mouthfeel nice and smooth. Starts off with some fruits and alcohol flavor (balanced but could be better) , then bitter taste but not overwhelming. Finish is spices and yeast. All and all a good beer but I have to agree with the others who feel that Rochefort puts this to shame (it’s not even close).

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dubbercody (213) - Vancouver, Washington, USA - AUG 30, 2006
On tap at Concordia Ale House in Portland, OR. Poured into a Bernadus Chalice. Two fingered fluffy head that disapated into a nice layer of light fluff along top of beer. Thick lacing remained on side of glass. Beer looks very dark amber to brown. Smells spicy and malty. Taste follows nose beautifully. Great carbonation that leads to a spicy aftertaste that tickles the roof of mouth. Taste is smoother on draught than from bottle. It’s a bit heavy, more of a fall/winter beer in my eyes. Would be perfect with a sweater. Overall fantastic beer will have again especially when I can find it on tap.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cab (866) - DENMARK - AUG 29, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2007 Bottle. It is not a westvletern 12 but close, good taste but a bit too alcoholik , do think i like it.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sputerbug (114) - Nacogdoches, Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2006
750ml.Bottle.Pours a hazy dark brown with a nice tan head that has some staying power.Aromas of dried fruits,sweet malt,and honey.Flavors of raisin,malt, yeast,spices and so smooth and balanced.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AskForJenny (1033) - Ontario, New York, USA - AUG 28, 2006
750ml - It’s good, not great. Good pour, nice head, good brown color. Doesn’t have anything near the balance (or price) of the Rochefort, and it’s much more distractingly sweet.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 21, 2006
Thanks to ( realale420 ) for a great trade. Can it get any better? Sipping on a Trappist glass full of a wonderful Belgian quad while watching Deadwood on HBO. Pours a super deep brown with a big three finger head. Rich malty flavor with a belly warming 10% bite. It does not get much better than a Belgian abt/quad. Well I guess if Jessica Simpson was pouring my Belgian quad it would be better.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rooney31 (42) - USA - AUG 20, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2006 Bottle. Has a dark hazy color with an everlasting head. The top of the head actually had brown sediment flakes that almost looked like chocolate powder on a cappuccino... I’m not sure if this is standard or not, perhaps the bottle had been sitting for some time. The aromas were difficult for me to pick up because of a slight cold but the sweet fruit smells I managed to detect were pleasant. Flavor had a nice balance of roasted malts, prunes, raisins, chocolate, and fruits with a medium-high alcohol taste. Overall it’s great though, I still prefer Rockefort 10 for this particular style.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - AUG 18, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2006 Pours very dark and very cloudy with a pale head. Aroma is quite nice and quite complex - interesting fruit (citrus, peach, banana), yeast, some spice (coriander), and some alcohol - in fact, the alcohol aroma grows substantially stronger as the beer warms. Flavor is very complex - it starts off sweet and tingly on the tongue (from alcohol and carbonation) with lots of caramel and toffee. Some bitterness, some yeast, and lots of fruitiness arrive at mid-taste. The finish is sweet with lots of alcohol, but also has some mild roasted flavors (toasted bread) and some hints of dark fruit. My original rating of it (had it at a restaurant this past August) was not as agreeable - though I still thought it was very nice (I scored it a 3.9). My taste of it tonight (12/09/2006) is immensely delicious!


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