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

bottled
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common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 3835   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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - JAN 3, 2006
Pours Mahogany with a frothy beige head with great lacing. Malt, caramel, cherry, plum and spices in aroma. Flavour is smooth and thick. Fruity and estery with some notes of yeast. Has a warming alco-feel. Excellent!!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BobbyW3363 (154) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 2, 2006
Pours out a dark brown with a foamy off-white head. The aroma is nice, but unremarkable. Drinking the beer is pretty enjoyable, it is malty and has some hints of vanilla, but there is something slightly odd about the middle or finish; I can’t quite put my finger on it. The mouth feel is smooth and thick. Overall a good Belgian, but I’ve definitely had better.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 2, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2006 From 11.2oz Bottle. Pours a cloudy ruddy brown color with a thick layer of creamy, ivory head. Pleasantly thick, rich aromas of raisin, fig, and caramel malts. A chewy, freshly baked gingerbread cookie bough gives the aroma its base. Some vanilla toffee and cinnimon spice are in there as well. Full bodied, rich mouthfeel with a touch of vanilla and clove spice accompaning the smoky, meaty spice that characterizes this brew. The finish is a bit astringent with some alcohol burn, but nice nonetheless.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 2, 2006
Dark brown with a nedium sized frothy head. Aromas of caramel malts, fruits and some fig. Thick, rich and somewhat sweet, lots of fruit balancing the high abv. Lots of malts on the finish with lite bitterness. A nice one for sure!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MattShizzle (542) - Bernville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2005
Very good, strong and warming! Lots of esthers. Nice, dark color. Very rich. Somewhat overcarbonated.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GreenDragon (219) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2005
Pours with a frothy white mostly diminishing head on a wood-brown body. Thick lacing left behind. Strong malt aroma with sharp strains of alcohol, cherry, plum comming through. Malty taste with strong alcohol and fruit notes showing up. Hint of bitterness on the finish on a rich body.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2005
Dark mohogany color with a thick frothy off-white head. Sweet spiced aroma. A good fruity flavor mixed with malt.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HungChad (13) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 28, 2005
I was unimpressed the first time I drank this beer, but didn’t rate it because the general reviews were very, very good (100th percentile!). Upon second try, I would say it is a good beer, but not incredible. Light malty nose that is overpowered by bright, clean odors that my wife thought was a bit band-aid or soapish. The appearance is nice - brownish, chocolate with some amber tones and a big , rocky head. Flavor is only moderately complex and much of what could be a better beer is overpowered by poor balance with the high, astringent alcohol levels. This IS a good beer, but if you want a great beer in the same style that can also be readily found, get the Rochefort Trappistes 10.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Choos (632) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - DEC 28, 2005
Aroma: big mocha notes and some fig. Appearance: dark brown, tan foamy head and patchy lacing. Flavour: wallop of malt, mocha, a very little bit of fruit and very well blended not noticeable spiritousness. Palate: medium mothfeel and drinks clean. Overall I liked this but was dissapointed it didn’t blow me away.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
NewCastle1 (59) - Indiana, USA - DEC 26, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2006 Wow. Another great beer here. Bottle. Has a good yeast smell to it. Maybe a touch of vinegar as well. You can taste the alchohol in this one. I felt this beer all the way down. Has somewhat of a chocolate, smokey flavor. Very smooth. With little aftertaste. Finishes clean. Pours rather redish brown, with a very large head that lasted the whole time. Very good beer. Will have to get a few more of these.


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