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

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RATINGS: 4286   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.


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.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
islay (2185) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 31, 2007
11.2 oz. bottle. Sweet, classic Belgian aroma. Cinnamon and sugar scents. The smell is disappointingly weak. Pours a sparkling brown with a large amount of suspended particulate and a large amount of beige head. Produces limited lacing. Sweetness and alcohol dominate the flavor, which is similar to that of a barleywine. Thatís unfortunate, as I am not a big fan of the barleywine style. Chocolatey. Bitter, English-style hops noticeable. Lacks the complexity and spicyness that make so many Belgian beers special. Bland. Little aftertaste. Full-bodied. Smooth and lively in the palate; very good texture. Easy to drink, which is impressive for a beer with such a high alcohol content. Light alcohol burn. I found St. Bernardus Abt 12 to be remarkably disappointing. I had heard great things about this beer, and it completely failed to live up to the hype. Sure, itís drinkable, but itís just boring.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mmmbeer (1389) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 30, 2007
UPDATED: APR 27, 2008 This beer is not the greatest beer in the world despite what people say. Brown color, decent head. Noticed the bubbles, going, and going, and going... if I wanted champaigne, I would have bought that. Good taste, but became bloated only an hour into the drinking of the bottle, which at the time I had only consumed half. Donít piss on my leg and tell me itís raining. UPDATE (4-27-08)- resampled very early this morning- EXACTLY that same results as previously experienced- the score remains that same.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fukito (1018) - Santiago, CHILE - MAR 30, 2007
Bottle at CervecerŪa Oldemburg, March 07. Yeasty aroma, with a spicy touch. Deep rich brown color with a medium beige head. Plums, a touch of dried fruits and some yeasty phenollics. Satisfying MF, a bit flat. Rich, flavorfull but a bit flat belgian strong dark ale. I expected more.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
acearl (492) - The Ham, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2007
Brown hue with diminishing off white head, mininal lacing, alcoholic smell not overpowering taste but can feel the effects, closer to water than oil, medium body, molassas malt, dried fruit particularly prune tang, as it warmed it became very chocolatey, delicious and probably somehow nutritious.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
brianbuntz (49) - Santa Monica, California, USA - MAR 26, 2007
Pours an opaque mahogany with a nice head. Velvety mouthfeel. Sweet with some spice and dried fruits in the background. Very smooth despite the 10% alcohol content. Caramel-taste. Almost like flan.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Moz (613) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - MAR 24, 2007
Bottle, 33cl. Hazy brown colour with a tan head. Complex flavour with fruits, grapes & candy. Perhaps a wee bit alcoholic smell. Fuity flavour with plums, figs and candy. The taste isnít alcoholic at all despite 10% ABV. Top-notch beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - MAR 24, 2007
For the availability and price of this beer compared to rochefort 10 or for that matter westy 12...it is a phenomenal beer that is a fantastic abbey quadruple that is great bang for your buck. Very lively and carbonated body that has excellent head retention. The palate is velvety smooth with a nice prickly presence from the carbonation. Lots of yeast characteristics to this beers aroma as well as some candied sugar and fruits. The flavor is very refined with some of the yeast coming through, some belgian candied sugars, some alcohol comes through too, but it is very welcoming in this big abbey beer. A great quadruple that is a perfect way to introduce people to this style of beer.


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