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

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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 4270   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.


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Carl99Fan (187) - Suwanee, Georgia, USA - MAR 17, 2007
The beer that started the addiction. Had one of these on a whim at a Taco Mac in Suwanee GA. Felt like I hit the lottery. I cried when the bottle runnethed over. Will always have available in my home when entertaining guests. Dark, smooth, flavorful....didnít know beer could be this good. If you can find it, try it. My first Trappist beer, but happily, not my last.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
UselessGdTaste (365) - Long Beach, California, USA - MAR 15, 2007
Very potent and sweet with a smoothness that was well apprecitated. A great quadripel.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
JonMG (2) - Cedar Park, Texas, USA - MAR 14, 2007 does not count
Pours dark red/brown. Nice typical Quad nose, sweet malt, candied sugar and yeast. Great flavor, port like characters - raisins, spice. Nice long finish.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
arbysauce (3) - Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, USA - MAR 12, 2007 does not count
Can barely taste the alcohol, pours a dark reddish/brown with a light head and plenty of fruit on the palate. Excellent.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
SDalkoholic (2331) - Linda Vista, California, USA - MAR 12, 2007
Fills my trappist glass as a dark and dense leather brown. Small layer of film develops across the liquid. Aroma is a very sweet malt character and also displays alcohol and yeast. Very strong and very potent. I wish i had a 750 mL of this quad.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
elmatador00 (519) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 12, 2007
Pours a dark color, with alot of head. Hints of fruit and spices. Alot of sugar makes this sweet, which is very tasty for me. Finishes pretty nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 12, 2007
Tons of dark dried fruits in the aroma and flavor. Plum and raisin. Some spice, lots of dark sugars. Great palate, a bit on the sweet side. Some alcohol. Not blown away, but itís my first bottle.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
FLnative80 (174) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2007
Bottle. 1Pt. 9.4 Fl. Oz. Appealing, thick, off-white head with great longevity and lacing. Scents of malts and fruits fill the nose. Great mouthfeel. Perfect carbonation. Satisfying flavor. I will definitely be drinking this beer again.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jellybeanriot (27) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - MAR 10, 2007
Unfortunately I canít really smell this beer right now due to a cold. But WOW. Appearance is basically perfect - a coffee/mahogany colored body with an ivory head that leaves beautiful lacing. The flavor is phenomenal, with strong maltiness; notes of chocolate, caramel, and molasses; heavy fruitiness. Palate is perfect. The best part, however, is this tingly warming feeling in my tummy as Iím drinking this. Highly recommended!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hamirubi (547) - Waarschoot, BELGIUM - MAR 8, 2007
Rather commercial, but not so well known (within my group of friends). I just love it. Itís the perfect abt-beer as a surrogate for the finest trappist-beers.


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