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

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RATINGS: 3764   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.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dyetube (1182) - McKinney, Texas, USA - SEP 26, 2005
this beer pours a brownish red with a 1/4 in tan head. it has aromas of nuts and raisins.. flavors are very smooth with nuts and spices and raisins. this is a nice beer, but not one of my favorite of the abbey styles. Cheers!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - SEP 25, 2005
Reddish brown. Strong trypical abby taste. High alchol but can still scence the fruit and some other flavors.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - SEP 24, 2005
Very dark and murky with a nice whiteish head that slowly dissapated into a light ring with some lace and a dollop in the middle. bready/yeasty aroma with some, what I think is an orangey fruity aroma. Lots of carbonation up front that is kind of getting in the way of the taste. Almost coffee like bitternes rounds it out. Obvious fruit tastes with a creamy pleasing texture.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
FrankJohansen (3602) - Sabro, DENMARK - SEP 24, 2005
33 cl bottle. Brown colour with a laaasting head. Sweet taste of malt and orange. Full body with lots of taste, but with a slight alcoholic aftertaste

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kevin62 (267) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 24, 2005
found in a bottle in 330ml size at the tap room in warren n.j.Poured a ruby brown color with a perfect head.The beer had sweet and malty flavors,an absolutely great tasting beer!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CSX333 (2) - USA - SEP 23, 2005 does not count
Poured in a St. Bernardus chalice from a 750 ml bottle cooled but not cold. Smooth, creamy, plenty of fruit. This one never disappoints. A favorite Quadrupel.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dogfish120 (143) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 23, 2005
Tap: Ashlesy Ann Arbor. Wow, served in a tulip glass. Small head stuck around for a while. Very complex nose candied, faint coriander/orange, very smooth but a fair amount of carbination, some coffee and other bitterness towards the end. Warm alch. note. Excellent

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
sammy3D (141) - Lawrenceville, Georgia, USA - SEP 20, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2005 Sweet fruit nose not unlike rum. Incredible pour from the bottle with head to the top of the glass. The flavor is very focused with warm sweet malts, banana bread and sugar cane undertones. Smooth, creamy finish with just the right bitterness. My love for belgian beers is growing.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jefcon (1389) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - SEP 15, 2005
Deep mahogany color with a massive off-white rocky head. Small bead. Leaves lacing in its wake. Aromas are lightly perfumed, baking wheat bread, some faint candied orange, LIvely carbonation and a long-lasting palate. Still, the beer is smooth and creamy. Plenty of fruit and hops extend into a rich malty caramel "meat" of the beer. The finish is bready and has just a hint of hazelnut depth and the bitterness of coffee bean. A fantastic beer.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sfontain (802) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2005
11.2 oz. bottle from the brand new natural foods store on Sawmill Rd., Columbus, OH. Paid $3.49. This is a perfect-looking beer; very dark garnet color with a thick, frothy, bubbly, everlasting head that leaves froth all the way down the glass; thick globs of yellow floaties abound. Aroma is heavy and full: malts, caramel, dark fruit, rotting vegetables, spicy, alcohol; unfortunately the less apparent smells are too subtle. Flavor is strong and really nice but just not as easily describable as the rest of this beer; taste is malty with sugar and some dark fruits; the alcohol bite is just perfect here, though. Somewhat more carbonated than I was hoping, and barely thin; otherwise silky and not sticky. Overall this is a very solid beer; I think some people do overrate this just a tiny bit; I don’t quite see the complexity in the flavor that some people claim. However, this is a very good beer at a price that isn’t terrible in comparison to some other comparable brews. Very good.


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