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

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RATINGS: 4283   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 íQuadrupelí style of Belgiumís 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. Itís 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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
truebluehes (199) - Tipton, Iowa, USA - APR 11, 2007
Tap and Bottle... Tap a little smoother, but not that noticeably. Great color and head. Very easy to drink. Weirdly, always reminded me of a hint cotton candy.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Driftwood6 (214) - USA - APR 10, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2007 On tap at Map Room in Chicago. One of the best Belgian quads Iíve tried. Amazingly smooth and easy to drink for the high alcohol content. I really enjoyed the dark color and head. Served in a nice big trappist glass-- it was a nice beer to finish off a nice Monday night with my buddies.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jackson220 (136) - new lenox, Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2007
Pours a dark earthy brown with a huge fluffy biege head. Aroma is of mild fruit and spice. Nice full and creamy mouthfeel. Dark fruits like plums on the tongue. This was truly a great beer. It was just so smooth and silky. I could drink this beer all day long. the next day too

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChrisThomson (522) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 10, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2007 I first had this beer when the LCBO was selling a St. Bernardus assorted gift set at Christmas 2005. This beer really stood out as the best St. Bernardus offering. I recently did a blind taste test along with Rochefort 10 and Westvleteren 12, and St. Bernardus 12 didnít really stand up. Definitely a great beer, but didnít quite reach the sublime level of the other two. The beer pours with a nice red-brown colour with white head. Is rich with raisin and port flavours, but with much lower intensity compared to the other two.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - APR 7, 2007
From the bottle it poured a deep rich brown.Aroma of fruit and sweet malt. Ever so smooth on the palate with flavors of deep complex fruit. Full body with a low alcohol taste. a superlative Belgian Abt.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - APR 6, 2007
Pours dark brown, with a decent head. Smells nice of dark fruit and malt. Taste is much of the same, dark fruits, malty, some spice, very smooth mouthfeel with quite a bit of carbonation. A real pleasure to drink.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
juiceisloose (1302) - Windermere, Florida, USA - APR 5, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2007 Pours a dark almost tea like color with a thick creamy head. Has the smell of dark fruits with fruits and spices in the taste as well. Has very little carbonation and tastes kind of grapey. Has a good mouthfeel and finshes smooth. I just had this on tap and it is just great. All the spices and fruit blend perfectly for an outstanding beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BINGEBOT (240) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 4, 2007
Very dark red in colour with a decent head. The aroma is very ripe fruit, malty sweetness, and strong alcohol. The flavour hits you like a ton of bricks. Sweet and strong. Very alcoholic, attacks the mouth. Hints of caramel with a bitter aftertaste. A decent beer in itís own right, but 2 bottles and Iím done for the night!

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Diablo9845 (62) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - APR 4, 2007
Bottle @ Chauccers Pub. Poured into a Trappist glass. Dissapointing head considering my expectations. Dark, murky brown in colour (with a hint of orange). Sweet aroma and an amazing mouth feel with great carbonation. Taste was sweet, with the alcohol hidden nicely. Could not put my finger exactly on the taste but I would say some sort of dried fruit. Overall, a VERY enjoyable experience. Served the way it should be, I left a happy man.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
RiverHorse (457) - New Jersey, USA - APR 4, 2007
I have been waiting awhile to try this mother. This beer pours a murky copper/dark amber color. The head on the beer was very frothy with large bubbles that stuck to the edge of the glass for a good deal of time. I smelled raisins and malt. The taste was of the classic Abt/Quad style. The taste is dried fruit, carmel with carbonation and alcohol. The mouthfeel is tremendous as the beer really coats your whole mouth and warms you up as it goes down. The beer got better with each sip, as I think it was a little to cold on the first few sips. This is a tremendous beer and is in my top five beers of all time. I have a bottle of the special edition aging in the basement. I am extremely excited to try that one next.


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